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

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RATINGS: 1410   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."


Salmoniform's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (1222) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (687) - 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 (408) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (475) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
Pours a deep brown with not much head. Aroma is fruity and laden with summer berries. Taste is quite spicy, mince pie, raisins and some heat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
morebeerdude (8) - Alabama, USA - JUN 14, 2015 does not count
Tried both this beer and the Oak Aged version side by side. Both dark and malty sweet and thick. Oaked has more carbonation and less sweetness. Hard to nail the coriander. Raisin and toffee and rhubarb. Like them both but the Oak is was the favorite of the 4 of us tasting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (976) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
500ml bottle - pours a deep reddish brown . Faint vanilla and dark fruit aroma . Taste brings a strong toasted oak flavor with vanilla and caramel malts . Smooth body . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1792) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Bottle from Favourite Beers Cheltenham. Deep cola colour with a thin tan head. The aroma is a touch like cola with fruit, the taste is very strong caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alomtnez (165) - SPAIN - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Small tan fizzy head with poor retention. Clear brown colour with honey hues. Aroma is chocolate, toasted caramel and prune. Flavour is coriander seeds, biscuit, molasses, toasted caramel and dried fruits. Medium oily palate, medium body and low carbonation. Roasted caramel aftertaste. Great, complex and amazing taste!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (1210) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2015
Bottle at home, 17th April 15. Pours deep dark brown, but clear. Little head. The aroma is burnt caramel, black treacle, liquorice. Taste is complex, caramel, molasses, cloves, slight alcohol. Body seems a little light. Good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (416) - - APR 14, 2015
Dark brown with almost no head. Aroma and flavours of caramel, oak, dried fruits, cherry, little cacao notes. Low carbonation, full body, sweet finish. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackisle (1141) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Very dark but clear red brown color, small frothy beige head, recedes after a while to a thin layer, fair lacing; sweet malty nose, roasted, dark fruits, vanilla, cloves, licorice, chocolate, old madera; taste medium sweet and bitter, roasty, chocolate, spicy notes; full bodied, creamy texture, velvetty mouthfeel, soft carbonation, aftertaste rich and warm bittersweet, chocolate, spices, alcohol, quite dry palate at the end; overall a beer with a rich aroma, a round taste and a warm finish.


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