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


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RATINGS: 1462   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (3148) - 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 (1697) - 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 (1178) - 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]

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7635) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zgpt (31) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (952) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (4051) - 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.

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