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


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RATINGS: 1341   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2006
The beer pours to a very deep garnet colored body with a very thick and tall chocolate milk foam colored head. The aroma is port wine, coriander, grain dust, blueberries. The flavor is chocolatey, oatmeal-like, peat, tobacco, and powdered sugar. The palate is rich, lightly smokey, creamy, good feeling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31110) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 13, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a deep redish hue and diminished light tan head. Plum fruity aroma. Mild malt, caramel and minor liqourice note too. Flavour is roasted malt with chocolate smoothness and bitterness. Light bitter and liqourice like bite following. Growing overripe fruity plum notes which gives reminiscence of Belgian trappist brews like Westmalle, Rochefort and a bit of St Sixtus. Dry yeasty spiced finish with a lingering fruit note. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29226) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2003
The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of smoke. The color is very dark brown and it has a small dense light brown head. The flavor is very sweet chocolate with underlying notes of malt, bread, and roasted malt. Great flavor - and great palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark, but not black - there’s a reddish tint in there somewhere. The head is pretty much non-exiisting and the level of carbonation is very low. Pleasant, spicy nose. Dry, malty and slightly bitter with some indefinable but very delicate spices in the aroma. Reminds me of some of the best Belgian trappists. And I just read, that a "Blair Ale" has been brewed in support of the Labour Party election campaign. Way to go - it worked.... 200405

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20664) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
Bottled. Clear brown coloured with a medium sized off white head. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and spices. Sweet flavour of spices, butterscotch, liquorice and alcohol with notes of dried fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20302) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber colour, big beige head. Aroma is plum, berries, slight roast and raisins. Flavour is smooth raisins, dark fruits and berries. Quite smooth, and lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19336) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2002
Dark reddish brown. Spicy nose. Huge, malty and sweet body. Complex, and very tasty, but a bit too spicy for my liking, and still I prefer their regular House Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16596) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2006
Poured a dark brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of spicies, licourice and malt. Flavor is a little sweet and spicy. Hints of licourice and orange peels too. Some bitterness in the aftertaste with hints of the spices. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
23rd December 2007
DArk brown beer. Sweet with a subtle floral and fruit undertone. Dry sweet finish. Unusual - nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14403) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2011 2010-12-30, bb 2010-05-20, probably 5 years old, 7-4-7-3-15=36
The color is dark brown, almost black; the head is medium-sized, creamy, reducing to a thin layer. The aroma shows some toasted nuts; caramel. The body is quite slim, the texture is a bit oily; the caramel and roasted malts flavor is still quite good; it has some small signs of oxidisation; the bitterness in the end, mostly supported by the roastiness, is quite evident. Solid.

2009-12-31, 9-4-7-3-15=38
The color is almost black; fizzy, initially there is a medium sized creamy head, but it disappears quickly. The aroma is intense, of caramel, mature but not old. It still has a respectable body structure, with dark caramel flavor, but the age is more evident here. Balanced final, with an evident share of dark malts and dark caramel. Surely not at its peak, but interesting anyway.

2003-02-01, 10-5-8-4-16=43
Dark color, creamy head.
Wonderful complex aroma: malty, fruity, Porto wine, sweet liquorice.
Full malty mouth, round taste, some sweetness, sharp presence of liquorice, caramel, roasted malt; almost fruity; still a bit young.
Good final, a lot of malt, liquorice, caramel; well balanced by a pretty strong bitterness.

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