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

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RATINGS: 1464   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."


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (962) - 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 (4052) - 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 (924) - 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 (2557) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (555) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2015
Flaska på Örebro Öl & Whisky Festival. Från festivalens i särklass trevligaste monter; Bishops Arms! Mörk rubinröd vätska med beiget skum. Fullt med friskt syrlig och fruktig kola och torkad frukt i mängd. Även choklad och möjligtvis ett något fruktigare kaffe i bakgrunden. Sötman dominerar. En del rökiga toner i smaken. Inte mycket kolsyra, lagom stor kropp. Ett litet humlebett och kaffe i eftersmaken. Kunde fått vara lite tyngre och något mer rostad, men väldigt trevlig. Någon för den sötsugne, tåls att sitta och smutta på en bra stund.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6723) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: SBWF 2015.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Spices, malt, dried fruit, raisin, a bit vinous.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Vinous, dried fruit, some berries, raisin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
330ml bottle, pours black, small, tan head. Rich malty aroma, dark treacly caramel, plums, dark, dried fruits, some lactics, texture is creamy and oily. Noble hop aromas in the finish which is sweet, carbonation is fine to flat.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFF (140) - - OCT 18, 2015
C’est une bière foncée qui a bien du corps, ce qui va bien avec le fort taux d’alcool. Malheureusement pas suffisamment carbonifié.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (2217) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 14, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2015 330ml bottle at home shared with gf. BB 07/2024. almost black color, small coffee-colored head. smells malty sweet, raisins, spices, biscuits, some plums, some wood. nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of dried fruits, plums, raisins, very light roast notes, some (warming) alcohol, spices, a bit peppery. finishes a bit dry with some roast and notes of dried fruits, some alcohol and also peppery. decent stuff, was expecting a bit more, rather alcoholic, has a bit of a peppery / light dry / a bit bitter finishes that does not work for me so well. Overall good stuff.


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