Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Traditional Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland


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RATINGS: 1463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The famous Bear Gates guarding the approach to Traquair House, near Pebbles, have been closed since 1745 - when the last person to pass through them was Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Now, 250 years later, the ancient Traquair Brew House celebrates the Jacobite cause by producing this potent spiced ale to a traditional fine recipe. Sip slowly and remember the old toast to the "King O'er the Water."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (769) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, some candied cherries, bready, baked spices, yeasts. Taste is dark fruits, some cherry and wine notes, caramel, slight hoppy bitterness. Roasted malt and hoppy bitterness, dry aftertaste. Very good beer. Do not overcool it before tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (9220) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared at the Watford tasting, many thanks to Paul for this one. A but brown coloured pour with a fading tan head. Aroma is cola cubes, strawberry, nutty brown malts. Flavour is composed of airy old malts, jammy fruit, nutty earthy malts, cola cubes, earthy roast. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, semi sweet. A little age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1749) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2016
A nice beer overall. Pours a beautiful deep red with a tan head. Smells of nuts and smokiness. Tasty is smoky, with some vanilla and nuts. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALLOVATE (2895) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2016
Second go on this one; my first being at the brewery in Innerleithen way back in 2006. This one a 2012 vintage and by vague memory - no notes for my last visit - this seems to be smashingly consistent but not without its own nuances. Into a Traquair tulip at cellar temperature. Deepest ruby with good clarity and a shimmering radiance when held to the lights. Head holds at just a half finger of tight, shiny beige-ish cream. Doughy, thick, molten chocolate pudding nose with inklings of anise, mace, green peppercorn, leather, sweet berries like strawberries, light vanillin and a good whiff of tawny port. It is dessert-like on the palate, well melded and on a sweeter-tip. Quite dusty in the back; earthy with an aniseed/juniper-like spice that lasts long between each sip. It is dominated by decadent vanilla chocolate icecream. A little age has given it strong madeira and light sherry notes. The body light but its soft suppleness and amped flavours give it plenty of moorish appeal. Alcohol melds into it - noting the madeira. Earthy, musty and leathery undertones add extraordinary depth. This is just a delight to savour and sip. A true credit to the last Jacobite stonghold. Near perfection. Loved it!!! 33cL, BBE 07/20, Cellarbrations. Carlisle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanfl (619) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - MAY 18, 2016
Clear deep amber brown body, small brownish head. Aroma of toffee, dried fruits, candy sugar, alcohol fusel. Flavourq of caramel, complex malt notes, candy sugar, alcohol. Caramel medium finish, slight bitterness. Fairly dry. Good sipper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (736) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 29, 2016
Dark brown colour. Beige modest head. Hints of caramel, vanilla, banana, dark fruits, plums, spicy notes in the aroma. Vanilla and caramel at first. Spices, bready notes, hints of chocolate in the middle. Spicy, quite sweet finish. Hints of alcohol and spices in the aftertaste. Rather medium bodied, medium carbonated, rather sweet beer. Average balance. Quite sweet palate. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1972) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - APR 28, 2016
BOTTLE 33 CL. Clear dark ruby, beige head. Big malty and fruity aroma, molasses, dried and fresh plums, fortified wine. Taste: rich smooth malts with oxidative notes of pelicular wines - dried prunes and a nutty light bitter finish. Would benefit from a little more body and some alcoholic heat too, but otherwise excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moretum (91) - Vienna, AUSTRIA, AUSTRIA - APR 26, 2016
Bottle from BeerLovers, Vienna. Pours dark brown colour with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and alcohol. Taste of sweet malt, caramel, alcohol and berry fruits. Soft carbonation and medium bodied. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4981) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2016
Bottle.Dark brown with a small head. Malty with spices in background. My first from this brewery which I have tended to overlook for all the new craft breweries which was a mistake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lokis333 (393) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - APR 6, 2016
Clear deep brown amber color with small brown foam. Aromas on the sweet side of honey, heather, malt, caramel and straw. Palate, full body, thick sticky texture, with light carbonation leaving nice warm, spice and malt finish. Taste is on the sweet side, tastes aged, malty and on the strong side. Has some hints of heather and herbs. Overall, my first traditional ale from this region but very nice and enjoyable! Do strongly recomend it!

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