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99
100
style
Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Traditional Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1499   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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3.9
   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.

3.1
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Thanks to Kawa for sending this one my way! Dark brown, cola like appearance, slight head. Different aroma from anything else Ive ever encountered, sort of a molasses, spice, vegetal thing that I couldnt quite get my head around, including an alcohol note. Flavor was even more surprising. A bit of cola, but the predominant flavor was tootsie roll, sort of like Kahlua and chocolate liquor mixed with some curacao. Also a note of toffee. Glad to have tried this, would be interesting to age out.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
shadey (2085) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pour is a brownish red that is very deep in appearance. No head whatsoever. Looks flat. Nice pleasent berry flavor. There is no carbonation. I dont know if this bottle leaked or what, but its completely flat. This killed it for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pours dark brown with no head. Coriander all over the place. Hard to taste anything else. Strangely I like this brew overall even though its a bit one-dimensional.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2005
Dark brown colour with light brown head. Malty and spicy aroma with hints of anis. Flavor is sweet and spicy with hints of licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Poured a cloudy, dark brown with an orange tint at the edges. Small off white head. Aromas and tastes of molasses, spices, soy sauce, and light lemon. Additional flavors of dark fruits (plums and raisins). A little earthy. Light alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2005
01.16.05 Bottle best by 06/09 Dark, ruby brown pour with small tan head. Tasty aromas of orange and spice, black tea, lemon, herbal, yummm! Flavors are woodsy and orangey with some soy and light pitch. Good stuff, can be simple or complex as mood dictates, earthy and eminently enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2005
this was an awesome brew to drink at the end of my session. sweet spicy smell as well as taste. red colored pour resembling that of a scotch ale. rich and very sweet, almost too sweet, this is one to be consumed in low quantities. certainly not a session beer. very interesting and hugely complex brew. not bad at all.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Not a lot to look at with a tan, anemic head and only a soft aroma of molasses and Cointreau. Mouth is warm and sharp, with flavor (as the previous poster stated) of burnt oranges. I also add chocolate-orange candy with a lingering complex assortment of Whitmans Sampler flavors of dried fruit candies. Also a bit of biscuits and a hint of smoke. Put me up in a castle with a cask of this, a boar and a spit and some ladies in waiting and Im set.


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