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


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RATINGS: 1342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (110) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 21, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2014 Eccellente e particolarissima birra! Dolce, dall’aroma affumicato e maltato, sembra di assaggiare dello "zabaione liquido". Si avvicina molto ad una barley wine. Da non perdere!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (936) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2014
@ Havregatan. Bottle (330 ml) from Kihoskh, Copenhagen (31 DKK). Malty and caramelish, spices, sweet flavor, medium body and oily texture. The finish is quite dry and sweet with fruity and spicy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (499) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 7, 2014
330ml bottle at home. Pours oily black. Little or no head. Bit of tan in it. Molasses, cherry, honey, blackberry, alcohol and spice on the nose. Flavour is caramel dark fruit syrup sweetness with slick mouthfeel. Slight alcohol hit on the back of throat. Full flavoured body with lasting luscious berry aftertaste. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and finger thick beige head. Aroma: Aniseed, spiritous, dried fruit, liquorice, toffee. Taste: Medium sourness and sweetness with low bitterness. Palate: Thick fairly smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, burnt toffee, aniseed, fruity, spiritous finish. Comments: Very good and glass lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnCook101 (321) - - JUN 3, 2014
Toffee, spice and herbal notes. Very sweet initially but backed up with a detectable bitterness. Almost opaque black. Hides the abv well. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (1384) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle from Traquair House brewery shop. Clear ruby body with a thin beige head. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of fig, toffee, heather honey and coriander. Flavour of spices, toffee and herbs. Easy drinking for the ABV. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Soft fizz. This reminds me of Westmalle’s Dubbel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
A lovely beer which seems very old fashioned, and that’s quite appropriate, the look and history behind it. I thought there was a sweet tone from various old style laid down fruits, some brown sugar and chocolate. Fine balance between sweet and bitter and a good alcohol strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (163) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle from Beer Gonzo. Like Thornbridge Bracia, the dark brown / black colour and rapidly disappearing head makes this look somewhat like coca cola. Medium, slightly oily body with light carbonation. Initially malt and dark fruits on the nose, followed by more malt, treacle and spices, and a hint of marmite. Not as complex as Bracia but interesting and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2825) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle 0.33l at Pivo, Oulu. BBE APR 2022. Colour is deep dark brown with small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, raisins, nuts, nice balance of dryness and sweetness, some chocolate and malts. Pretty special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
artyom (459) - Osijek, CROATIA - MAY 28, 2014
0,33l bottle. Dark ruby - brown color with quickly disappearing tanned head. Aroma is malty, caramel, toasted malt and spices. Taste is rather sweet with rich maltiness. Full bodied with average carbonation. Alcohol is also notable. Overall it’s good and complex beer.

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