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

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RATINGS: 1501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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TimE (5953) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2017
This is for the 2002 version, drank in about 2006 (?!). A vicious pour that produces giant bubbles that aren’t all that appealing to look at. The nose shows great depth of milk chocolate, ginger, coriander, anise, fermenting wort. The mouth goes even further with slight smokey notes and whiskey shows up. Very malty, off sweet. The whiskey continues to the end and finishes almost like a great scotch. Age helped this beer a lot. Fantastic.

3.5
karstenkindfed (4) - - JUL 31, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2017 Elegant sweet malts with a hint of bitterness. Light spicy notes and a little dry. Ends with notes of cocoa, sweet cherry and alkohol

4.1
mabuzzer (855) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2017
330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, dried fruit, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, treacle toffee with dried fruit notes, and a lovely alcohol warmth.

3.9
astanford (51) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2017
caramel, chocolate, nuts, toast, roasty, earthy, smoke, woody, brown, cloudy, minimal head, tan foam, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,

4.1
nybol (2247) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Engelsk lakrids er nok mest den smag der brede sig i munden på mig lige nu. ikke så tung og tyk som de bedste porter/stout’er, men en kraftig smag er der da.

4.2
jjsint (3203) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours brown with a touch of black raspberry. Very little visible carbonation and almost no head. Chocolate, hazelnut, slight suggestions of honey and leather. The taste blows me away: sweet and laden with lightly spiced honeyed notes. There’s a gorgeous balancing hoppy bitterness, but the foreground is all about the slightly spicy sumptuousness. Cinnamon, liquorice, rosemary and a touch of horehound lead up to the long finish. Gooey mouthfeel and it feels a lot more carbonated than it looks, giving the body strength. A prince of an ale.

4.1
nordic (651) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color, creamy head. Aroma: port wine, chocolate, caramel, berries. Taste: sweet, oatmeal, bitter finish, warming alcohol. Good!

3.5
ironcontra (333) - POLAND - MAY 29, 2017
Something almost like a Scottish Belgian ... Nice musty aroma, a lot of caramel and malts in the flavor, alco totally hidden, kind of viscous and maybe (unfortunately) a bit syrupy

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mikeyo1 (840) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2017
bottle @ home. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of deep, warming fudge, caramel, licorice, herbs, chocolate and some dark fruits. Medium o big body and a very good duration. Smooth palate. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, fudge, gentle spices, vanilla, chocolate, licorice. Very nice.

4.9
Grimwar (1) - - MAY 12, 2017 does not count
Bought this on a whim, as it is hard to find imports where I live and my store got this in. Absolutely fantastic. Coriander balanced by chocolate, thick malt, hint of hops and many more nuances every time I take a sip. Must try for anyone who has not had it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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