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


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RATINGS: 1466   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."

tsetlock's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Poured a nice browncolor with a thin off lite-brown head. Aroma was malt, a lot of toffee notes. Flavor was more of the same. Heavy toffee caramel notes with a good malt taste and that fleeting of something else. A medium bodied beer with a chalky finish. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
voyageurmike (300) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2016
500 ml bottle from Liquor Barn. Dark opaque brown, raisin aroma. Dark fruit malt taste, interesting bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
indrekr (390) - ESTONIA - OCT 7, 2016
Appearance: brown, dark red, clear, minimal head. Aroma: bread, roasty, alcohol, kvass. Taste: medium sourness, lightly bitter, medium sweetness. Palate: medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, medium bitter, short aftertaste. Astringent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redders1974 (1002) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle at home after celebrating a unexpected rochdale win over Bolton. Brown with medium silky beige head perfect in the glass. Taste figs port brandy marzipan outstanding sipper would work well with a cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (6194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2016
Sample at a Systembolaget tasting. Smell of caramel, roasted sugar and dried fruit. Similar taste but not as sweet as expected. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRenter76 (834) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Aroma of fig, raisins and corriander. The body was black with brownish tinges. Mouthfeel was smooth yet it had a little bite despite the lack of carbonation. Flavor of plum. licorice, fig and spices, the alcohol was well hidden. Overall i wouldnt want to drink too many of these in a row its a little to sweet for me, and its overpriced, but it is a good brew thats worth a try. Originally rated on 10/23/08

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (384) - - SEP 10, 2016
500ml bottle. 12/28/23 BB date. Appearance: Dark brown with deep ruby/garnet hue, clear, and a moderate khaki colored head that lingers nicely. Aroma: Rich caramel, bready maltiness with a strong citrus and coriander character. Also a little vanilla and oak. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, mostly caramel with a touch of toast, a spicy coriander, and ends with a light oak and just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness. Almost had a dark candi sugar flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body. Has a nice creaminess, with a moderate carbonation and just a touch of alcohol warmth. Finish: Dry and tannic with a lingering caramel maltiness and touch of spicy coriander. Overall: Awesome twist on a classic Scotch Ale. The coriander gives a spicy citrusy note that provides a nice contrast to the rich maltiness. Oak character is really restrained, only noticeable in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phfyysik (768) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 4, 2016
Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is roast, raisin, plums, caramel, cinnamon, biscuit, some grass, hay, dust. Taste is fruity, plums, caramel, toasted bread, oily, biscuit, some jam, dried apples, white chocolate. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - AUG 27, 2016
Bruna e poco schiumosa, non effervescente. Nocciole, ciliegie, caramello, prugne, malto, fichi. Corpo medio, vellutata, finale amarognolo. Ci vorrebbe un pizzico in più di intensità, attacca un po’ al palato. Equilibrata.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thellgren (824) - 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 (4327) - 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!

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