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


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RATINGS: 1294   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Buongiorgio00 (576) - - JAN 23, 2014
Una piacevole scoperta, questa birra tradizionale scozzese. Molto ricca e interessante, anche se la sensazione oleosa e la rilevante presenza della nota alcolica possono stancare. Il gusto è complesso, con note di frutta scura e bacche che si confondono con una pervasiva speziatura.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bozo_skeleton (391) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2014
robe brune aux reflets rouges, peu de carbo et col tres fin qui laisse une belle dentelle. Arôme majeur de caramel, ensuite des notes boisées avec une touche de rhum et de fruits noirs. Tres belle rondeur en bouche sur un mélange d’épices et de raisins sec et/ou figues. Tres bel équilibre et bonne longueur. Un régal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1607) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma is roast, hint of smoke, coriander and floral. Taste is sweet with an almost acrid bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth and well rounded. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (1702) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Spicy, smoky beer, pours dark cola brown with thin fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and floral, taste is more earthy, peat, wooden. Some of the coriander comes through on the palate. Complex beer, but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pours a dark brown close to black and yields the same colored body, the head was about a slim finger’s worth of white foaminess, lacing is adequate and graces the sides of the glass in a spider web sort of fashion; the smell is a rich sort of sweet somewhat cherished coriander-ish aroma, it wants to creep up on ya with some odd oaky molasses that ends up shouldering into some dark fruit but for the most part, they pretty much stay subdued; I do get some black licorice coming through as well; the taste has a rich sweetness in there and then the spicy coriander comes through to help to balance it just a bit, there is some black licorice as well; am I getting a "whiskey" sort of background in the taste - in my opinion, I think so, slightly sweet molasses aftertaste and that leads into a super dry molasses finish; on the palate, well, its not as easy as some might want it to be, but its not too heavy, however, there is a decent coating of black licorice penetrating the mouth and tongue; overall, I would say a pretty good Scotch Ale that I would have again especially with that coriander coming out to add a slight spice - nice night cap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (367) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Poured from 33cl bottle. Very dark reddish brown with dissipating beige head. Aroma of caramel, prune, fig. Dark fruits are there, but light. Alcohol is mostly masked. Body is light and creamy and works well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1000) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 29, 2013
Small bottle. Dark brown body with a reddish hue. Medium tall but firm and creamy head. Aroma has toffee, prunes, rum, blackcurrant, mild spices. Taste has got the same, accompanied by a rich oily mouthfeel. Great balance. Reminds me a lot of the great Rochefort offerings - it’s thick and dark like the "10" but with much less alcohol heat, just as smooth as the "6".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (521) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 20, 2013
Botella de 33 cl en el Lúpulo Septiembre de 2012. Bueno esto ya es otra cosa,,,, la mejor de las tres de esta casa que he tomado hasta el momento. Gran potencia alcohólica muy bien integrada con el cuerpo medio - fuerte que presenta la cerveza. Color negro con espuma oscura no muy persistente. Sabores menos herbáceos y maltas tostadas y quemadas combinados perfectamente con una densidad muy interesante. Olor penetrante especiado con algo de tostado. Para repetir sin problema una y otra vez mas. ---Me traduzco la etiqueta con la historia de las puertas de la cervecera---Las famosas puertas del oso que custodiaban la aproximación a Traquair House, cerca de Playa de piedras, se han cerrado desde 1745 - cuando la última persona en pasar a través de ellas era Bonnie Prince Charlie. Ahora, 250 años después, la antigua Brew House Traquair celebra la causa jacobita al producir esta cerveza especiada potente para una receta bien tradicional. Beba despacio y recuerde el viejo brindis por el "Rey de O’er el agua."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1035) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
Une mousse qui se résorbe en un mince voile au-dessus d’un liquide brun aux reflets rouges. Le caramel est le premier à signaler au nez. Ensuite, il y a du malt, des effluves boisées, de tourbière avec de subtiles vapeurs d’alcool mêlées avec des raisins secs. En bouche, c’est un savant mélange d’épices et d’herbes qui laisse une impression de minceur, mais un espèce de crescendo gustatif nous surprend, avec un certain délai, envahissant du coup le palais. M.A. avril 2023 (903-231113)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (485) - - DEC 5, 2013
From a bottle. Very nice winter ale. Caramel, light spice toffee, round mouthfeel but not over the top.

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