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

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RATINGS: 1417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Temptation (255) - - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2688) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle. Courtesy of TVT. Cheers Tim. Clear, ruby red. Film and halo of beige head. Chocolate and raspberry. Not unlike a Raspberry Ruffle chocolate bar. Some stewed apple. Some cinammon and black pepper. Taste is soft, smoky sweet. Hint of fruity dryness. Soft carbonation. Smooth, albeit a bit watery. Finishes light, toffee sweet. Light, fruity dry close. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beachmaster (251) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bomber into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a medium khaki head that slowly fades into a disk on the surface. Nose is dark roast malt with a hint of toffee. Taste is moderately sweet dark roast malt, with coriander and spice on the finish. Moderate carbonation with a creamy mouth feel and long finish. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinte (418) - Udine, ITALY - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle 0.33L. Dark brown body with reddish nuances; average, frothy, tan head, mostly diminishing with some nice lacing, though. Moderate malty (roasted, caramel) aroma with moderate-to-heavy notes of dark fruits (plums, blueberries), wine ans spices. Moderate sweet flavour with light-to-moderate roasted bitterness; notes of licorice and light chocolate. Medium-to-full body with creamy texture; soft carbonation. Very nice and complex beer!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
budedou (566) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - AUG 6, 2015
black color with a small tan head- Aroma is roasted, coffee, prune and raisin Flavor is dried fruits, alcohol, coffee Full body, light bitterness, medium roasted - a mix between a stout and a Belgian dark ale

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (629) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle, pours dark ruby with an off white head. Aroma: molasses, toffee, spices. Taste: dark fruit, molasses, toffee, biscuit, wood, nutmeg, vanilla. Sweet, light bitterness, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation. Lasting spicy sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2117) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2015
Awesome brew.Pours a dark, opaque murky brown with a thin beige head, creamy and lignering. A nice aroma of toffee, molasses and cocoa with a heavy oak and barrel emphasis. Nicely done brew with mild bitterness, nice rich and complex malts and a sultry oak aged presence.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2279) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Dark cider/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, & spice; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel/syrup, rich fruit, some licorice, and spice; Fairly thin but tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdouglas (1) - - JUL 19, 2015 does not count
Nutty and caramel aroma, very sweet, a bit too sweet for my taste. Decent taste, fine brew. Just a bit too mundane on the palate for my liking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (775) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle @deTolly, Tartu. Pours brown with brownish head. Aroma is malty, sweet, caramel, slight honey. Taste is at first sweet,caramel, malty, coffee,some bitterness at finish, warmin alcohol in throat. Medium body. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fashawn (439) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JUN 26, 2015
Surley sweet. Very complex, a lot of flavour. Strawberry, molasses, vanilla, plump. A very special beer, with watery texiture, good drinkability and a lot of flavours at the end


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