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


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RATINGS: 1458   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."

Salmoniform's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Poured from bottle to glass. Clear brown with a reddish hue and tan head that dissipated relatively quickly. Aroma is corriander, orange, citrus, sugar, caramel, vanilla, slight roast malt and a tad oaky. Mouthfeel is nice with a light body and moderate carbonation. Sweet initially with a slight CO2 bite with a heavyily lingering corriander essence that lingers. Overall, this is an interesting brew but comes accross as a bit watery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thellgren (789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Uba ja Humal, Tallinn. Appearance is brown/ruby. Aroma has caramel and liquorice. Taste has that too, and salt, spices and lots of malts. Very good and dangerously strong. Reminds me more of Belgian dark ales than any of the English or Irish stouts and porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (4204) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2016
330 ml bottle Clear dark mahogany body with a good head. Loads of raisin, date and other dark dried fruity flavors. Hints of faint spices. Smooth body with near perfect, light carbonation. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Florya (1697) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2016
How : bottle Appearance : unclear dark brown , no head. Aroma : caramel, dried fruits, orange peel, chocolate, mild coffee notes. Palate : medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Osprey (5952) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2016
June 2016 - Bottle share in Watford as ’Traquair Jacobite Ale’, 8%, 2009 vintage. Many thanks to Paul for this classic. Opaque black with a red hue, foamy tan head. Aroma is rye bread, spicy, molasses, chocolatey. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is dark chocolate, light metallics, molasses, burnt wood, some spice. Just a touch papery and oxidised sherry notes. But has held up pretty well for a 7 year old beer and is tasting good. Pretty impressive, I think. Really wasn’t expecting it to be this good. (3.9)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1323) - - JUL 21, 2016
One of the absolute best Scotch Ales out there. Dark brown pour, larger beige head. Aroma of cherry, spice, dried dark fruit, cocoa, caramel, oak. Malt forward taste, dried dark fruit, spice, dark bread, oak, leather, dark chocolate, earth, nuts,. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, some candied cherries, bready, baked spices, yeasts. Taste is dark fruits, some cherry and wine notes, caramel, slight hoppy bitterness. Roasted malt and hoppy bitterness, dry aftertaste. Very good beer. Do not overcool it before tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8920) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared at the Watford tasting, many thanks to Paul for this one. A but brown coloured pour with a fading tan head. Aroma is cola cubes, strawberry, nutty brown malts. Flavour is composed of airy old malts, jammy fruit, nutty earthy malts, cola cubes, earthy roast. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, semi sweet. A little age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1732) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2016
A nice beer overall. Pours a beautiful deep red with a tan head. Smells of nuts and smokiness. Tasty is smoky, with some vanilla and nuts. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2016
Second go on this one; my first being at the brewery in Innerleithen way back in 2006. This one a 2012 vintage and by vague memory - no notes for my last visit - this seems to be smashingly consistent but not without its own nuances. Into a Traquair tulip at cellar temperature. Deepest ruby with good clarity and a shimmering radiance when held to the lights. Head holds at just a half finger of tight, shiny beige-ish cream. Doughy, thick, molten chocolate pudding nose with inklings of anise, mace, green peppercorn, leather, sweet berries like strawberries, light vanillin and a good whiff of tawny port. It is dessert-like on the palate, well melded and on a sweeter-tip. Quite dusty in the back; earthy with an aniseed/juniper-like spice that lasts long between each sip. It is dominated by decadent vanilla chocolate icecream. A little age has given it strong madeira and light sherry notes. The body light but its soft suppleness and amped flavours give it plenty of moorish appeal. Alcohol melds into it - noting the madeira. Earthy, musty and leathery undertones add extraordinary depth. This is just a delight to savour and sip. A true credit to the last Jacobite stonghold. Near perfection. Loved it!!! 33cL, BBE 07/20, Cellarbrations. Carlisle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flanfl (613) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - MAY 18, 2016
Clear deep amber brown body, small brownish head. Aroma of toffee, dried fruits, candy sugar, alcohol fusel. Flavourq of caramel, complex malt notes, candy sugar, alcohol. Caramel medium finish, slight bitterness. Fairly dry. Good sipper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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