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


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RATINGS: 1357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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."

spporras' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spporras (259) - - JUL 3, 2007
(Bottle BBE 05/2017) Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, caramel, alcohol, licorice and anise. Dark red brown colour and brownish, small head with a hint of lacing. Roasted malty, spicy (anise) and licorice flavour. Lively carbonated, oily, slightly alcoholic and medium to full-bodied palate. Tasty brew! 24/06/07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - 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..."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ambro206 (136) - 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 alcolicità sul palato. La maltazione è imponente ma il bilanciamento non ne risente grazie ai luppoli che regalano note speziate. Il finale è piacevolmente lunghissimo e dominato da aromi di liquerizia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - 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 ]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABT_S54 (168) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
This is one of my all time favorite beers. The nose is to die for...very complex. I pick up notes of vanilla, corriander (of course), malt, oak, molasses (?). Anyway... a superb, complex ale. One of the worlds finest in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
weark (323) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle from Au Grain D’Orge - Dark brown near black color with a small tan head, good lasting and small lacing - Aroma is roasted, coffee, plum, dried prune and dried raisin, spicy - Flavor is dried fruits, kick of alcohol, coffee and spicy - Medium/full body, light/medium bitterness, good carbonation, medium roasted bitter finish - a mix between a stout and a Belgian dark ale, spicy with a powerful character

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
agent_persik (413) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 5, 2014
Dark red color, minimal beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, burnt sugar, dried fruits and herbs. Sweet taste has similar notes, light roasty bitterness in finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Drinkable, but expected much more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
solvaris (106) - - OCT 5, 2014
---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1101) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Nice cloudy brown in the glass. Great dried fruit aroma; figs rasins and dates and a touch of smoke. Clean flavor of brown sugar, molasses and dried fruit. Overall a wonderfull brew... Thanks BarZigKin for sharing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (182) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2014
33 cl bottle from Liviko Alcostore in Tallinn harbour (€ 3,10). BB Apr 2024. Pours a reddish brown, mahagony red against light. Head is tan, drops fast to leave a thin scattered layer, then disappears. Nose is sweet of dark autumn fruits like plums and dates, maybe even some apple notes there, but also caramel candy, crisp malts, spices. Taste is equally autumny, with molasses, plums and apples, and a considerable alcoholic zing after it’s warmed for a while (also on the nose). It’s a bit like a weaker version of some Barley Wine. Finish balances nicely between spicy and bittersweet. Medium body with a nice and soft, velvety mouthfeel and mild, crisp carbonation. This is good.

I’m going to get a couple more bottles, and hope to restrain myself from opening at least one of these before 5-10 years. The idea gives me goosebumps.

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