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


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RATINGS: 1349   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."

Temptation's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Temptation (226) - - MAR 1, 2013
Very deep brown color, almost black, with a tiny head which fastly disappears. Warm aromas to cherries, pears, sweet fruit, cola and some toasted malts. Sweet flavour, tastes like liquorice, cola, plums, toffee and nuts. Rich, delicious and original. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1090) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Nice cloudy brown in the glass. Great dried fruit aroma; figs rasins and dates and a touch of smoke. Clean flavor of brown sugar, molasses and dried fruit. Overall a wonderfull brew... Thanks BarZigKin for sharing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (155) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2014
33 cl bottle from Liviko Alcostore in Tallinn harbour (€ 3,10). BB Apr 2024. Pours a reddish brown, mahagony red against light. Head is tan, drops fast to leave a thin scattered layer, then disappears. Nose is sweet of dark autumn fruits like plums and dates, maybe even some apple notes there, but also caramel candy, crisp malts, spices. Taste is equally autumny, with molasses, plums and apples, and a considerable alcoholic zing after it’s warmed for a while (also on the nose). It’s a bit like a weaker version of some Barley Wine. Finish balances nicely between spicy and bittersweet. Medium body with a nice and soft, velvety mouthfeel and mild, crisp carbonation. This is good.

I’m going to get a couple more bottles, and hope to restrain myself from opening at least one of these before 5-10 years. The idea gives me goosebumps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suurjuust (1068) - ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2014
Ruby brown, small creamy tan head. Nose is dried fruit, malt, fruity sweetness, coriander, malt. Flavor is chocolate, licorice, dried fruit, toasty notes and caramel, flowery notes in the delicately sweet-and-bitter finish. Reminds me of Westmalle Dubbel and I do like me some Westmalle Dubbel. Great balance, smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (720) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
Orange/marron opaque avec un petit tête beige. L’arôme des pruneaux, sucre brun, malt, caramel et mélasse. Le goût à les mêmes carecteristiqies, sucré avec plein de corps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (744) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 20, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 0,33L bottle, BB 04.2022. Pours dark ruby-black with light tan head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is sweet, fruits, caramel. Flavor is sweet, dark plums, raisins, chocolate, hint of spices, cognac like notes. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kustie (158) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle@Kerho. Black color and small head. Aroma has plums, oak, chocolate, roasted and caramel malt, dates, spices and some sourness. Taste is malty, a bit sweet and ends with long lasting liquorices, chocolate and caramel flavors. Also some oak and dates in flavors. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (716) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 20, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 50cl au Sherwood Pub (Nicorvo) couleur brune, effervescence et mousse peu présente. Une bière avec une attaque sur le fumé très prégnant limite brulée assez agréable, fin de bouche caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pyrmir (3369) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
330 ml bottle at GH. Brown with a ruby tint, off white head. Aroma sweet and bready, almost like svagdricka, some malt and burnt sugar. Taste is sweet, sugary, bread, light smoke, svagdricka and mild liquorice. A bit too sweet for me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (1933) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
33 cl. bottle, BBE December 2022... Clear, dark amber colour with a golden tint. Thin, off-white head, that lasts throughout. Fruity aroma with plums, resins, mild chocolate, caramel malts, toast, liquorice, rather spicy. Taste is sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes rather dry and spicy with faint liquorice, dark fruits and light impressions of alcohol. Lovely, rather spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (474) - CROATIA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle; pours dark brown with a tan head; aroma of caramel, dark fruits, molasses, spices, and a hint of alcohol; flavor is sweet with roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, a hint of spice and oak; semi-dry finish with a little alcohol warming; very little bitterness; drinks very smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable; very good, complex beer

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