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

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RATINGS: 1362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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."


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Delicious, somewhat sweet dark brew. Flavors or fig, raisin and molasses.. even some sourness like sour plums as it warms up. Great beer!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2404) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle from Colonial Spirits. Brilliantly clear dark brown with wonderfully garnet highlights and a smallish off white head that took some coaxing to stir up and dissipated quite quickly. Aromas of stone fruit and brown sugary caramel and toffee with hints of smoke, light wood and non descript spice. The flavor follows through on what the aroma promised. Dark sugary maltiness with hints of caramelized sugars with lots of cherry and almond notes with touches of prunes and raisins. Light spice and alcohol flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex sipping beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3651) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Sample at Strong Ale Festival 2014. Comes a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is dark fruit, sweet malt, caramel, and spice. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john_henry (115) - - NOV 17, 2014
Pours dark with good tan head. Slight fruity yeasty aroma. Quite high effervescence. Very light taste initially but soon develops to a lingering burnt apricot finish. Interesting beer, but doesn’t beat the Traquair House Ale for me, which is still my favourite scotch.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (784) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2014
Bue en bouteille. Belle surprise ! On sent le raisin, une pointe de caramel. L’alcool est présent mais bien dosé. Belle rondeur en bouche. Good one !

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (896) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Dark brown pour some lingering tan fluff. Aroma berries, raisins, markers, smoke. tastes sweet smoke, leather, plums. Lactic sticky palate

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2331) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Classic spiced Scotch ale since 1995, with a yellowish beige, medium thick but thinning and eventually breaking, moussy head, colour a very dark and clear ruby red, quiet fizz. Rich malty and spicy aroma which initially reminded me a lot of Rochefort 10, with impressions of banana, caramel candy, coriander, port wine, cloves, eucalyptus, raisins, pear, cognac, marzipan, chocolate, hazelnut paste, red wine, liquorice. Sweet onset, candied dates and cherries, rounded, rather thick and oily palate, smooth with a deep caramelly, nutty and eventually more chocolatey maltiness, adorned with strongish retronasal spiciness (especially coriander seed, subjective impressions of ’drop’ and cloves) with drying effect, further spreading into the satisfying, long and warm finish where some liqueurish alcohol, leafy hops and dark bittersweet malts are beautifully interwoven. Deservedly a classic, in which the maltiness combined with the coriander give it a somewhat ’Belgian’ bouquet. I can imagine this tastes less ’common’ to a Scottish or English consumer than to a Belgian one.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"i LOVE their house ale...why’d they have to go and add coriander? i think it distracts from an otherwise solid beer. nice aroma and body, but the flavor is a miss. too bad..."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ambro206 (144) - ITALY - OCT 17, 2014
Birra scura incredibile. Se servita quasi a temperatura da il meglio di se e libera aromi fruttati e di cioccolata fondente incredibili. Nonostante l’alta gradazione non si ha mai la sensazione di alcolicitŕ sul palato. La maltazione č imponente ma il bilanciamento non ne risente grazie ai luppoli che regalano note speziate. Il finale č piacevolmente lunghissimo e dominato da aromi di liquerizia.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (915) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Simple but beautiful bottle art. Pours a very dark amber color forming a creamy and thin bubbled tan head. Medium retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains forever on the top S: Very malty and metallic. Strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, roasted malts, oak, raisins. Roasted and a bit smoked T: Sweet upfront. Very malty and a bit fruity. Again, strong notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, oak, roasted malts. Mild bitterness as a traditional ale should be M: Heavy creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. Extremely malty aftertaste O: Great drinkability. A classic that deserves its reputation [ BA Review @ 11/6/2013 ]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABT_S54 (177) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
33cl bottle served in a Trappist glass. Pours a very clear dark brown colour with a few large bubbles and a very short lived bubbly head. Aroma is quite subdued but there are notes of malt and sweetness. Taste is burnt sugar, toffee and caramel. Disappointing lack of spices. The taste is too one-dimensional and the mouthfeel quite watery. Disappointing.


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