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

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RATINGS: 1330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
Bouteille de 330 ml achetée dans une SAQ au coût de $4.25. Dégustée le 16 août 2003. Bière noire opaque. Mousse peu, col mince et éphémère. Peu effervescente, bulles fines. Odeur de café prononcée. Douce, assez sucrée, très amère en finale. Goût de café prononcé.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Andy_ (644) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 29, 2014
Deep copper colored beer with no head at all. Aroma has liquery, caramelly and vanilla sweetness. Flavor is sweet with liqueur, mämmi with coffeey acidicy. Palate is completely flat and medium full. Finish has practically no bitterness and little alcoho with some syrup. Short aftertaste. Disappointment, feels like a real ale but probably shouldn’t be like one?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1227) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with decent head. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, bubblegum. Some roasted malt. The oak is quite hidden. Pretty rich and complex. Medium full body. Medium sweetness. Below average carbonation. Creamy texture. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2472) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2014
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/1/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, cherry, plum, pear, fig, toffee, toast, apple, molasses, oak, brown bread, chocolate, coriander, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, toast, toffee, apple, oak, brown bread, chocolate, coriander, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, toast, toffee, oak, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding scotch ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and moderate oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1155) - Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2014
An attractive ruby reddish brown beer with a small beige head. Beautiful, unique, complex rounded aroma where everything just comes together seamlessly. Dark fruit. Caramel. Bread Chocolate. Port. Subtle spices. Sweet with a hint of alcohol peeking in. Flavor is a much more subdued version of the aroma. Dark malt and spices. Lighter bodied, a bit thin. Finish is semi dry, a little nutty, some alcohol warmth. A wonderful, interesting, complex, ponderous beer with an aroma that got my hopes up way too high but was a treat none the less.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinEvelyn (535) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2014
very sweet, rich, dark fruit aroma. Malt, sugar sweetness, raisins, dates, etc. Taste is similar. Very rich, some spices, smooth, malt, a little fruity, braedy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polaxis (73) - SWITZERLAND - APR 23, 2014
33cl, bottled, at home @10°C. Dark amber colour, whitish beige head. Aroma is slight roast and raisins. Flavour is smooth raisins and berries. Very well balanced, tasting beer. Recommend!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1478) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Thin head that rapidly dissipates. Mahogany body. Nose is cherries, pine, coriander, toast, caramel, blackberry, plum, red wine, wheat, banana. Sweetish. Warming and full bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (6914) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig fruchtig, würzig, Karamell. Geschmack leicht röstmalzig, Gewürze, Karamell, fruchtig.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (1387) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2014
330ml bottle. Not sure why I’ve not rated this before. Had a chance to properly savour it this time. Sweet liquorice of course with a tinge of treacle, ginger and coriander and a lovely sticky mouthfeel. A classic without a doubt.


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