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


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RATINGS: 1428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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."

mtwhitney's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JAN 31, 2013
This is even better than their House Ale. At first I was skeptical, as this version had coriander added. But this is really one of the most outstanding ales I have ever consumed. Brewed in honor of the Jacobite revolution, this ale is a worthy competitor to Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout, the best brew in the world. Fitting. Do not drink too cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (5482) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: SBWF 2015.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Spices, malt, dried fruit, raisin, a bit vinous.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Vinous, dried fruit, some berries, raisin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (1483) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
330ml bottle, pours black, small, tan head. Rich malty aroma, dark treacly caramel, plums, dark, dried fruits, some lactics, texture is creamy and oily. Noble hop aromas in the finish which is sweet, carbonation is fine to flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFF (48) - - OCT 18, 2015
C’est une bière foncée qui a bien du corps, ce qui va bien avec le fort taux d’alcool. Malheureusement pas suffisamment carbonifié.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (1297) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 14, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2015 330ml bottle at home shared with gf. BB 07/2024. almost black color, small coffee-colored head. smells malty sweet, raisins, spices, biscuits, some plums, some wood. nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of dried fruits, plums, raisins, very light roast notes, some (warming) alcohol, spices, a bit peppery. finishes a bit dry with some roast and notes of dried fruits, some alcohol and also peppery. decent stuff, was expecting a bit more, rather alcoholic, has a bit of a peppery / light dry / a bit bitter finishes that does not work for me so well. Overall good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2015
Something thin foam, but a delicious aroma of fruit (berries?) And plenty of malt. The taste is incredibly full of hard toasted caramel malt, a little yeast and a good fruity aftertaste. It only slightly aroma hops and hop bitterness is gentle but in good balance with the malt-rich body, like most in this beautiful ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bawelt (187) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 28, 2015
Nez très timide : on sent un fond caramel boisé. En bouche : attaque agressive, pas mal d’alcool et très pétillante. Longueur plutôt caramel avec une très belle et excellente fin réglisse. Un peu trop déséquilibrée pour me plaire vraiment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
xXbaptisteXx (177) - - SEP 21, 2015
De couleur brune avec de légers reflets rubis la mousse de couleur blanc cassé et à une ténacité correct Au nez on va trouver des arômes de chocolat au lait de café doux et des notes légèrement boisé En bouche des la première gorgée sentir des petites notes acidulée suivi de café et une légère amertume arrive par la suite c'est une bière qui est assez douce mais qui manque un peu de corps et de longueur

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrol (187) - - SEP 21, 2015
Pours dark brown.A decent beer. Strong malt flavor with a hint of corriander, roasted malt and a bit spicy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senka (964) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 31, 2015
33cl. Bottle@Pööbel. Pours dark brown with no head. Heavily malty. Gently bitter. Smooth when cold. Oily when warm. ABV is here. Ok, but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4021) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2015
330ml bottle at home, source unknown, spicy, treacle aroma, very dark brown near black, thin lively beige head, spicy caramel, viscous, hot finish

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