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


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RATINGS: 1487   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."

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Bottled. Pours a reddish brown color with no head. Without tasting it, Id guess its going to taste watery for some reason. Spicy aromas with notes of hairspray...yes, hairspray. Big malt sweetness with tons of spice and chocolate although I dont really pick out the coriander. Syrupy sweet mouth feel. Its definitely not watery. A little too carbonated IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2005
Pours very dark brown with a small lasting tan head. Strong toffee and herb aroma. Lovely sweet toffee flavour, yet not in any way cloying! Full bodied, quite smooth too. Some great spicy herbal notes, and quite fruity too. Really tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 23, 2005
Pours dark chocolate brown. Rich sweet, spiced grassy aroma. Full bodied, nice texture. Full flavored but not bold. Rather soft, complex approach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2005
Pours dark brown with no head. The aroma is very spicy with corianders, coffee lakrids and a bit of smoke. Very soft, not much carbonation. Great schottish ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2005
Purple-black liquor with a creamy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is malty, rooty and coffee-like and the body is mildly sweet with a lingering spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
Dark brown with a hint of red, some nice head. Taste is clovey, fruitcake as mentioned, brown sugar and liqorice. Alcohol is very well hidden, this goes down smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2005
This was a really nice brew, pours a dark copper with a thin off-white head that lasts. Smells kinda like rum raisin cake, lots of brown sugar, alcohol, dark fruits, kinda smokey and rummy. Taste starts with some smokey malts, warming on the palate brings out dark fruit and a big sweetness. Finishes very well balanced for all the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Very strange aroma - nuts? Beautiful cream head w/brown color. I dont know what coriander is, but i think it might be raspberries. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pouring a deep, near solid brown with a light dusting of a tan head, this has a rich, earthy malt aroma. Thick mothfeel with a rough edge nonetheless, this has a huge malty flavor with some caramel notes and some serious perppery spicing to it. With its dry alcohol finish, this is a real warmer. Why the light coriander spicing turns this into a "Spice/Herb/Vegetable" is beyond me. This is a great tasting Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Very rich and spicy, with a powerful coriander flavor. I wouldve liked it to be less syrupy, and more refreshing. Still very good.

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