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

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RATINGS: 1392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2092) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Pours a very dark brown with garnet highlights and a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is fantastic, intense fruity earthy and floral notes, coriander, juniper, nutmeg, lots of sweet floral and fruity notes, sweet malt, a hint of burnt sugar and citrus. Flavor is equally intense and impressive, tons of spice, molasses, earth, heavy thistle and honeysuckle floral notes, dark fruit, burnt sugar, sweet, earth plant notes, a hint of sweet melon. Medium body with a creamy to oily feel throughout and light carbonation. I really thoroughly enjoyed this beer. So intense without being overpowering and so unique.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Intsr (50) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 18, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 AROMA : caramel, roasty, chocolate, herbs, banana. APPEARANCE : red/ brown, clear, minimal head, white foam. TASTE : medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour. PALATE : light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarmok (149) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 18, 2015
Appearance: dark red clear liquid with minimal head. Aroma: caramel, toast, chocolate, herbs, banana, alcohol. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, roasted malts, caramel. Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long bitter finish,

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Handypaul (292) - - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear very dark brown with a frothy small quickly diminishing head that leaves no lacing. Aroma of molasses, alcohol, whiskey and dark chocolate. Lightly bitter, light body, thin texture, average to lively carbo and a brief lightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (584) - CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Pours clear brown with a thin light beige head diminishing to a thin skim, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is toffee malt, dark fruit, spices, liquorice, dark chocolate, woody oak. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (7/10) Full bodied, low carbonation and slightly syrupy. (4/5) I’m not usually a fan of the Scottish styles, especially wee heavies, but this is a decent Traditional Ale. It’s sweet, hovering on the edge of cloying, but there’s a depth and complexity of flavour that saves it from being boring. It’s not something I’d choose for a go-to, but it’s definitely worth trying. (14/20)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anfractuosity (156) - - MAR 8, 2015
Beautiful ale, lovely warmth from the spices and the alcohol. Tastes of dark fruits.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1642) - FINLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber color with no head. Aroma of cream, butterscotch and vanilla. Sweet taste with some bitterness in finish. Medium body. A bit oily feel.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (433) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Poured into a Kwak glass. Appearance is ruby brown, fairly dark, a beige fizzy head which doesn’t last long. Aroma- caramel, fruitcake, port, malty, brown bread, raisin. Taste- chocolate, fudge, caramel, almonds, cherry, sugary fruitcake, slightly fluffy mouthfeel, bitter at first but finishes sweet. Very nice indeed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (578) - ESTONIA - FEB 28, 2015
330 ml bottle, poured into a wine glass, black, no head. Aroma has some liquorice, dark plums, herbal liquor. Taste has some mild liquorice again, a weak hop bite, some caramel sweetness that gives way for a longer tingling aftertaste. Dry. Feels old. I guess this is nice example of the style, personally not crazy about it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Towey1989 (222) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 Bottle. Pours a clear deep brown colour with a medium tan head. Aromas of caramel, roasted malts, plum, figs, toffee, pecans and alcohol. Taste of caramel, toffee, coffee, plum, liquorice and molasses, also a little oak and spiciness. Soft carbonation and medium bodied. A long and warming malty, spicy finish. A really lovely complex and drinkable beer, definitely buy this again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (1114) - SPAIN - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl. @ Cerveceria Internacional. A: Brown / Marron. T/S: Malt, sweet, raisin / Malta, dulce, uvas pasas.


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