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


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RATINGS: 1342   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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (467) - - MAY 27, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a medium translucent brown with virtually no head retention or lacing. Aroma is malt, caramel, slight note of sweet cacao. Flavor is sweet malt, complex, with slight notes of vanilla and vegetal spiciness at the end. The coriander may have faded slightly?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
venom666 (345) - Alicante, SPAIN - MAY 26, 2014
Brown with little white foam that quickly disappears. Malty aroma of baked bread, toffee and some species. Medium carbonation. Dry malted teste, full bodied, very spicy with chocolate and coffee touches. Extremely complete, balanced and well finished.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1774) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Light maltiness, grass, caramel aroma. Medium body, medium carb. Spiced rum, coke, toffee, light malt cake, lemon... OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
77ships (3763) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2014
Courtesy of Kraddel. Thanks! 33 cl. bottle split by 2 @ Barely legal tasting room. Pours a blackish dark brown with a spotty beige head. Smells of thick black liquorish and quite a bit of sherry with spices and candy. Tastes of way too much black liquorish, thick yeast, oxidation, gravy, bad quality dates, metallic,… Basically tastes like a not so good Belgian Christmas beer loaded with black liquorish. Body is thick. I had difficulty finishing my glass. I had high expectations of this one and it was a complete letdown. I am frankly baffled by the high ratings here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (3112) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle Pours dark , reddish brown Smell is sweet , sugary cookies . Thin body , very straight forward, famiiar taste ( liquorice ??? ) , toffee , cookies . Low carbo .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (2539) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Dark red pour, coffee chocolate malt smells, full bodied, taste is boozy, medium carbonation, toffee, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2014
Backlog. Bottle at Green Lion Inn. Dominated by spices and burnt caramel, herbs and sherry-wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CraftRebellion (8) - London, - MAY 11, 2014 does not count
Pouring a nearly-black dark red, there are aromas of dates and other dark fruits accompanied by a small tan head that quickly dissipates. The body is quite thin but has rich sweet fruit, spices and malt flavour. The short finish with a little warming alcohol makes this something to be savoured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (2371) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Headless murky brown liquid that smells of date honey, hints of wood, black pepper and moss. Tastes deep and fruity - like cooked fruit. Soft carbonation, full-bodied, long, deep fruity finish. Really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1156) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle from the Trembling Madness Drink Shop, York. Pours mahogany with a nice creamy head. A lovely rich ale with liquorice, chocolate, sherry, raisin and nice warming alcohol. Very nice and easy to drink for the strength.

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