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


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RATINGS: 1468   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (785) - 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 (2045) - 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 (92) - 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 (5002) - 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 (407) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (1826) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 22, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown nearly black body with tan head. Aroma is cocoa with slightly roasted malts. Taste is dark caramel with nuts and hints of herbs. Aftertaste is nice balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (3255) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2016
Mørk brun med høyt lys brunt skum. Lukter vått trevirke, mot mugg, mørk sjokolade og espresso. Søtlig kandis, vanilje. Fyldig noe alkohol og brent karamell og sjokoladebitterhet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (1712) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle. A- Caramel, grapes, sweet tarts, A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, off white head. T- Grapes, sweet tarts, P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, vinous finish. O- Starts of smelling quite complex but quickly turns to smelling and tasting like grape sweet tarts or grape medicine. Overall, a tasty beer but not as complex as it probably should be. I think the House Ale edges this one out. Coriander is there too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kapusil (1201) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 14, 2016
0.33l bottle. Deep ruby body, thin off-white head. The aroma is quite heavy. It has some caramel, figs, chocolate, sherry and toast to it. Taste of caramel, dates, cherries and chocolate. Sweeter, heavier and a bit more sour than the House Ale. I prefer the other one over this, but it’s still nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Bouteille. Nez malté de caramel toffee bien sucré aux notes fumées et terreuses, de réglisse noire, fruité (confitures de prunes sucrées, notes de raisins), épicé (coriandre) et herbeux avec des notes d’alcool doux liquoreux et de chocolat. Rondeur moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture crémeuse et légèrement liquoreuse. Goût fruité très légèrement sûr (prunes et léger de raisins aux notes vineuses avec des notes de pommes vertes et de mûres), assez épicé (coriandre, notes de gomme de pin et de poivre) lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût malté de caramel toffee sucré (rôti et notes fumées, notes de bonbon sucré) parallèlement à un goût d’alcool moyen-doux liquoreux, léger de réglisse noire et de chocolat noir qui aboutit à une finale assez herbeuse, un peu sèche de noix et légèrement amère de houblon herbeux (petites notes résineuses) et avec de faibles notes de café. Arrière-goût moyen-long et un peu sec, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux et d’alcool doux (avec des notes de rôti et de chocolat), avec des notes sèches de noix et une légère aigreur fruitée (moût de prunes, de raisins et pelures de pommes) et épicé. [notes 2005]

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