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


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RATINGS: 1380   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."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1632) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Nice scotch ale esque maltiness with fruitiness and caramel or toffee. Spice note very prominent, makes it sorta desertlike, but without a sickeningly saccharine character. Really tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4180) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Subdued chestnut and maple syrup nose. Clear brown, medium yellow head. Wood, pecan, and chocolate syrup. Light to medium body. A touch cloying, at least, far sweeter than its lack of complexity can support.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moebbels (385) - FINLAND - JAN 22, 2015
A clear dark body with a minimal head. Nose has sweet aromas of grapes and sherry. Taste is sweet with cola-like qualities and a mildly bitter finish. Low carbonation and rich palate. Quite nice, reminds a lot of swedish julmust.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint. I assume this is the right listing, but this says "ale brewed with coriander and fermented in oak barrels" below the Jacobite Ale text. 3.0 A: Deep brown, nearly black, color. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and not much of any lacing is left. 4.25 S: Might not look great, but it smells great. Coriander hits you right on the first whiff and hits you hard. Earthy peatiness, light roastiness, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, mineral, and some spicy phenols. Very nice, but could use a bit more power. 4.0 T: Like the nose, the coriander is readily apparent. Underneath you find much of what the nose has: earthy peat, light roast, brown sugar, molasses, caramel. Mineral and phenols are upped somewhat in the taste. Though I love the taste of coriander, it does dominate the brew. Whether or not that is a bad thing, I don’t know. But it does prevent a deeper inspection as to how the flavors mesh. Still, damn good. 3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat slippery feel. Could use some more creaminess, but good enough. 4.0 D: I probably rated this higher than it deserves, but I love coriander so that’s how it is. Worth a try either way though. Solid all around. DavoleBomb, Jun 06, 2013

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedrens (27) - SPAIN - JAN 16, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2015 Very complex aroma, but dificult to define (banana, cola, chocolate...maybe), medium sweetness, medium bitter, dark brow ruby colour almost black, clear, tan foam, medium body, creamy-milkie feel, astringent, bitter finish that comes back...soft carbonation...good beer but I guess I expected more for this beer...or maybe too much complex for me now...I will try again and in other conditions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
magicmn (82) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Caramel and dried fruit notes in aroma. Dark red to brown colour. Very reach malty taste. Good strong ale in scottish manner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (399) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
Poured a dark see through brown. The head died off quick and left no lacing. Sweet and malty, then biscuity, toffee, light coffee malt, with some alcohol and subtle coriander. Average beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (2848) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2015
It poured a brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of malts, caramel and slight notes of sweet cacao. The taste was of sweet malts with slight notes of vanilla and spiciness in the backend. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saintjulien (170) - - JAN 3, 2015
toast, nuts, black, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rammer (194) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. And here is a great Scottish ale. Caramel, dark fruit, nice and easy. Good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1118) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours a semi transparent dark reddish brown with a medium sized off white head that quickly becomes a thin spotty covering and good legs. Aroma is malty, molasses, nutty, spices, and dark dried fruits. Flavour is malty, molasses, some port like qualities, mild spice notes, a touch of chocolate and very light bitterness. Quite tasty and very enjoyable!

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