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

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RATINGS: 1509   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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3.7
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2005
No head. Coca Cola Color. Smells like stewed prunes. Taste is sweet meld of Coriander and spicey sweet pruney malt.

3.8
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours an opaque dark brown, to dark amber color. It is topped by a wispy brown head that is barely there. The aroma is a mix of earthy spice notes and rich concentrated fruit notes. I get aromatic notes of fig, prunes, dried cranberries, raisins, coriander, and cherry liquor. The aroma is quite nice and rich, and quite intrigueing, I am definitely spending quite a bit of time just smelling the wonderful aroma on this beer. The beer is only lightly sweet, but still finishes with the rich fruity notes that were found in the nose. The finish also has that earthy spice note of coriander. The taste does not quite live up to the wonderful aroma, but it is still quite satisfying. I get notes of prunes, raisins, and figs. This beer is quite good, though I would certainly wish that the flavor was as rich and intrigueing as the aroma.

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4
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Quite the ale. Deep garnet and molasses. White headed and coated with small treacly bubbles. Head dissipates. Cherries, caramel and brand, slight vanilla rum edge. The coriander is immensely prevalent in the nose adding a floral, citrus presence to the butterscotch and peat. Massive maraschino cherries. The coriander lays very flat on the tongue, almost as an afterthought behind the stickiness of the malt. Sweet and yet earthy. Carbonated and yet slick as motor oil. Mysterious. Aftertaste lingers with dripping cherries. Excellent brew. G

3.7
thegreenrooster (4558) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pour is a very muddy looking brown. Aroma is sweet and fruity with lots of dark fruit esters and toped off with a citrusy coriander. Flavor is very complex. Very sweet on the swallow and then the spices hit you. Coriander and a bit of dark plum rests on your tounge after the swallow. There is a lot more in here but i have not made up my mind as to what it is. A very nice but pricy beer experience. Every swallow is a different pleasure for the sences.

4
drunkmonk (13) - hillborough, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2005
33ml ($5.99) mahagony almost purple color. thin head that disapates rapidly. fruity esters in nose, dates, plums, and rasberries. fruit up front with caramel and malt backbone, with a warming ethanol finish. much thinner on the mouth than I would have expected. great beer.

4
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
At chester’s in Hamilton, Ontario with Joey Capps and Jadoreblanche. Body is opaque black, with a thin off white head. Aromas are minty, candies, roasted caramel malt. Awesome. Taste is sweet, cotton candy, minty. Caramel. Finish is smooth. Full bodied, complex, and a great beer. Wow! Thanks for suggesting this one Joe!

3.7
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2005
Bottled, stored for 3 years. Opaque, black with thin beige head. Flowery aroma witth notes of chocolate, heather, roasted malt, licorice and a hint of smoke. Flowery flavorwith notes of pepper, pears, tropical fruits, syrup. Some sweetness. Dry with a decent bitterness.

4
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 7, 2005
The bottle poured a deep garnet slightly cloudy beer. It was bottle conditioned. The head was frothy and didn’t last long leaving no lacing on the glass. The aroma is a wonderful sweet-spicy mixture. The coriander comes through loud and clear accompanied by sweet dried fruits and pepper. The body was full with light carbonation and a smooth texture. The flavor starts off with an almost sweet candy-like taste that matures toward the middle revealing the alcohol warmth and pepper. The finish is very long but gentle.

4.3
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Robe auburn foncée et claire aux reflets roux surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômês de scotch, de cassis et d’épices. Saveurs de cassis, de sucre brun, de vin et d’épices. Corps bien présent.

4.4
scotty (1224) - SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2005
VERY dark, good bead resulting in a big frothy long lasting head, which leaves a nice lacework. Nose is delicately spiced, whereas the palate is big and quite complex, with the spice character coming to the fore...and lasting through to the finish. A distinctive, powerful brew from the back of beyond. FANTASTIC!!!!


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