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


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RATINGS: 1510   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Good till 2011! I might have to go buy a few more just to age them. Nice dark pour, almost stout like with a medium head and not much lacing. Taste is smooth and soft with and end of small bitter. Lots of blended citrus with caramel, and coriander. Roasted nuts, and some licorice layed in there over a scotch like finish. mmm..only bad thing I could find about this thing is the price. 4.99 (O_O)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6444) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Dark amber pour, delicate lace head, complex aromas and tastes. Very sweet. Blend of vanilla (faint), Pez candy(!) and burnt or roasted malt with a complex of spices in the finish. Not quite a dessert beer, but one to savour when up for something different.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6316) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Poured a mahogany red color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, orange peel, and coriander. Taste of more citrus and coriander, caramel, light smoke and roast, no alcohol present, and a velvetty mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours a dark waknut color body with a medium, tan head. Aroma is molasses, carmel, and oranges. Flavors are toasted malts, carmel, pecans, molasses, black licorice, and oranges with peels. An awesome Scotch with quite a unique twist!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Pours a deep rusted brown, hazy. Decent head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is spicy and dark, dark malts, caramel, licorice, coriander, maple, and a hint of orange. Flavor is nearly identical, licorice prominent as is coriander. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Poured into a lager glass. Deep reddish brown color. Not quite opaque. Moderately thick head that went down into a consistent yet small off white head. Molasses is apparent in the aroma. The flavor starts out with that same obvious molasses flavor. But the finish is all spicey coriander and it rounds this beer off nicely. I feel like each sip challenges my tastebuds. A beer such as this gives me a new appreciation of the art of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 I cant help but be dissapointed here, in the nicest possible way. I coming from scotland should probably think this is the best scotish beer as every1 else seems to think so. But its just too....hardcore...for lack of words. Aroma is molasses, grassey, stable yard, corriander and bready, all in 1 swoop. Taste is stupidly complex, gettin on a good rochefort 10 for complexness. Alcohol is very well hidden aswel, but i just find the bitter sweetness of the dark chocolate taste overpowering and hard to finish. Ill need to try it again to see how it goes, nice beer and im proud of its complexness concidering the brewary is less the 50 miles away, but just not for me i suppose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 Sweet smell but a suprisingly less sweet taste. coriander. Great mouthfeel, dry, thick pallate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark, but not black - theres a reddish tint in there somewhere. The head is pretty much non-exiisting and the level of carbonation is very low. Pleasant, spicy nose. Dry, malty and slightly bitter with some indefinable but very delicate spices in the aroma. Reminds me of some of the best Belgian trappists. And I just read, that a "Blair Ale" has been brewed in support of the Labour Party election campaign. Way to go - it worked.... 200405

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10335) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
The first of 2 top 100 beers Ill be sampling tonight. This ones label says "Best before June 2011." Pours burnt sienna (deep brown, not copper or amber) with medium, nice-looking off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, nuts, cognac, earthy peaty, spices. Complex aroma. Tastes caramel malty, with a chocolaty, dark fruit and spice presence. The mouthfeel is velvety and complex. As it warms, more nuts and spices emerge to couple with the dark fruit. Unique, complex, and delicious!

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