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


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RATINGS: 1424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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."

JohnBarleycorn's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle. Aromas of smoky malt and syrupy brown sugar on an odd spicy background. A definite flavour of coriander, plus tree leaf, Ovaltine and a general herbaciousness. While the effort and originality is impressive, the overall profile is a little too peculiar; would not have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1278) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2015
Something thin foam, but a delicious aroma of fruit (berries?) And plenty of malt. The taste is incredibly full of hard toasted caramel malt, a little yeast and a good fruity aftertaste. It only slightly aroma hops and hop bitterness is gentle but in good balance with the malt-rich body, like most in this beautiful ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bawelt (130) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 28, 2015
Nez très timide : on sent un fond caramel boisé. En bouche : attaque agressive, pas mal d’alcool et très pétillante. Longueur plutôt caramel avec une très belle et excellente fin réglisse. Un peu trop déséquilibrée pour me plaire vraiment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
xXbaptisteXx (151) - - SEP 21, 2015
De couleur brune avec de légers reflets rubis la mousse de couleur blanc cassé et à une ténacité correct Au nez on va trouver des arômes de chocolat au lait de café doux et des notes légèrement boisé En bouche des la première gorgée sentir des petites notes acidulée suivi de café et une légère amertume arrive par la suite c'est une bière qui est assez douce mais qui manque un peu de corps et de longueur

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrol (151) - - SEP 21, 2015
Pours dark brown.A decent beer. Strong malt flavor with a hint of corriander, roasted malt and a bit spicy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senka (951) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 31, 2015
33cl. Bottle@Pööbel. Pours dark brown with no head. Heavily malty. Gently bitter. Smooth when cold. Oily when warm. ABV is here. Ok, but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3868) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2015
330ml bottle at home, source unknown, spicy, treacle aroma, very dark brown near black, thin lively beige head, spicy caramel, viscous, hot finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChtiBreizh (255) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 30, 2015
Clear amber, small head. Malty, caramel. Medium to low sweetness, astringent with a bitter bite. Low carbonation, medium body. Rough and not very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2836) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle. Courtesy of TVT. Cheers Tim. Clear, ruby red. Film and halo of beige head. Chocolate and raspberry. Not unlike a Raspberry Ruffle chocolate bar. Some stewed apple. Some cinammon and black pepper. Taste is soft, smoky sweet. Hint of fruity dryness. Soft carbonation. Smooth, albeit a bit watery. Finishes light, toffee sweet. Light, fruity dry close. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beachmaster (261) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bomber into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a medium khaki head that slowly fades into a disk on the surface. Nose is dark roast malt with a hint of toffee. Taste is moderately sweet dark roast malt, with coriander and spice on the finish. Moderate carbonation with a creamy mouth feel and long finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinte (418) - Udine, ITALY - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle 0.33L. Dark brown body with reddish nuances; average, frothy, tan head, mostly diminishing with some nice lacing, though. Moderate malty (roasted, caramel) aroma with moderate-to-heavy notes of dark fruits (plums, blueberries), wine ans spices. Moderate sweet flavour with light-to-moderate roasted bitterness; notes of licorice and light chocolate. Medium-to-full body with creamy texture; soft carbonation. Very nice and complex beer!

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