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

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RATINGS: 1459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


4.1
   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]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Draftbutchers (4) - perugia, ITALY - FEB 24, 2016 does not count
Bottle from supermarket. Deep brilliant brown with red hues. Strong, pungent aroma of caramel, cherries, fortified wine. After a while gets smoother and "elegant" Flavour follows the aroma with caramel, malt, candy syrup and cherry brandy. Georgous mouthfeel! Big beer, dense on the palate, very little carbonated, with warming alchool and sweet aftertaste. Almost no hop detected, very little bitterness

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7468) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle from Connollys Wines, Solihull. Poured a clear medium brown with a thin broken off white head. The aroma is sweet malt, creamy caramel toffee. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich red berry fruit, light alcohol bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zgpt (28) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Pours dark brown without much head, taste is medium dark and smooth with oak, oak/whisky finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvgeniyKurilov (154) - - FEB 4, 2016
Quite strange ale with a lot of caramel and sweet aromas and tastes. It’s too sweet. Herbs, herbs, sweet herbs. Not balanced for me.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (894) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle from Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is outstanding! Strong dark fruits, licorice, wild fennel, spiced dark forests filled with the wildest fruits. Taste is similar but with the oak mellowing things out nicely. Fantastical stuff here.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (3963) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Pours dark brown to black with low light tan head. Aroma of basement, roast malts, nuts, muscovado, herbs. Taste is sweet, complex, herbs, sugar and yeast. Very Belgian in style. Body is medium to full, creamy and smooth, light boozy finish, soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
impuritylaw (62) - Freibierg, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle bbe 12/22. Aroma and taste are pretty similar to a Doppelbock. Sweet, malty, dried fruit and a bit spicy. As it warms up some smokey taste emerges making it more complex. Nice beer for a cold winter’s evening but a bit too sweet for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Initial aroma smelled like dirty feet and licorice. However, it was too cold and as it warmed it became toasted wood and molasses. Beautiful root beer brown with a tan head. Lots going on in the flavor with licorice, coriander and ginger along with a milk chocolate note. There is a sense of root beer there too. More toasted wood in the finish with a lasting mint and herbal flavor along with more chocolate. Really interesting beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (2487) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige foam head leaving some lacing. Aroma of dark malt, zesty, spice. Taste is malt, bready, molasses, chocolate, raisins, with a floral note, and spicy, grassy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry nutty light bitter finish. Very drinkable.


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