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


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RATINGS: 1424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
simont1 (462) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
Caramel, burnt sugar, earthy with dough like qualities a bit if letter and licorice with a tint of soy sauce, quite complex but thin and semi-dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (314) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Aroma: caramel, raisins Appearance: deep brown, clear, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (2228) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark black colour with a beige head, rich malt aroma, taste is light and malty a dry fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Intsr (90) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 18, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 AROMA : caramel, roasty, chocolate, herbs, banana. APPEARANCE : red/ brown, clear, minimal head, white foam. TASTE : medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour. PALATE : light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarmok (561) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 18, 2015
Appearance: dark red clear liquid with minimal head. Aroma: caramel, toast, chocolate, herbs, banana, alcohol. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, roasted malts, caramel. Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long bitter finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Handypaul (333) - - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear very dark brown with a frothy small quickly diminishing head that leaves no lacing. Aroma of molasses, alcohol, whiskey and dark chocolate. Lightly bitter, light body, thin texture, average to lively carbo and a brief lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (912) - CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Pours clear brown with a thin light beige head diminishing to a thin skim, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is toffee malt, dark fruit, spices, liquorice, dark chocolate, woody oak. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (7/10) Full bodied, low carbonation and slightly syrupy. (4/5) Iím not usually a fan of the Scottish styles, especially wee heavies, but this is a decent Traditional Ale. Itís sweet, hovering on the edge of cloying, but thereís a depth and complexity of flavour that saves it from being boring. Itís not something Iíd choose for a go-to, but itís definitely worth trying. (14/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anfractuosity (257) - - MAR 8, 2015
Beautiful ale, lovely warmth from the spices and the alcohol. Tastes of dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1772) - FINLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber color with no head. Aroma of cream, butterscotch and vanilla. Sweet taste with some bitterness in finish. Medium body. A bit oily feel.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (570) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Poured into a Kwak glass. Appearance is ruby brown, fairly dark, a beige fizzy head which doesnít last long. Aroma- caramel, fruitcake, port, malty, brown bread, raisin. Taste- chocolate, fudge, caramel, almonds, cherry, sugary fruitcake, slightly fluffy mouthfeel, bitter at first but finishes sweet. Very nice indeed.

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