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

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RATINGS: 1515   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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freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Deep ruby chestnut brown, this beer has a malty nose. A quickly dissipating white head floats on the ample body of this brew. Slightly tart with malty sweetness throughout, the coriander spiciness blends well. Smooth and thick, this brew is a glassfull of malty goodness. Molasses plays a prominent role.

3.8
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Dark ruby with fast disapearing head. Aroma has hints of fruits and anis. Balanced sweetness with spices and lasting aftertaste

4.1
lamas (1638) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. Best before June 2011. Dark brown pour with small light-tan creamy head. Aroma of milk chocolate, licorice, coriander and some alcohol. Smells a little like a Cadbury Creme Egg. My girlfriend says it smells like soy sauce. This is smooth and thick. The coriander is definitely there in the taste. Also present is some milk chocolate, cocoa, some molasses and anise. Nice and sweet and malty with a little bitterness. A bit of a warming sensation at the end. Unique and excellent stuff.

3.7
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2005
Pours dark brown with almost a reddish hue. Thin tan head. Nose is licorice, spicy and tones of maltiness. Flavor is corriander, nutmeg and banana. Reminiscent of a good German Hefeweizen. But just then, tha flavor turns to chocolate and caremel. Nice dry finish.

3.2
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2005
The simple black and white label in classic old fashioned woodcut style speaks of an era, long gone. I’m preparing for a new horizon in beer, pairing my (current) favorite style Scotch Ale, with the musky enjoyable coriander. This lady pours deep and dark, with that lovely ruby glint in the corner of the glass. Held to the light, it’s more off a blood red glow, with a fastly diminishing head riding shotgun. My nose fails to detect much of a beamingly distinct aroma. Faintly wafting up my nostrils is a puckery stale malt. This beer has coriander in it? Maybe it’s not supposed to overshadow the rich tones of the malt, but this beer is really stretching to have coriander in its register. I’m mostly detecting it as it smacks on a my palate, a little of that musty spice aftertaste. Sourness prevails right away, smoothing out into a slightly bitter toasted coating. Butter. It’s there. This is a quality that I think I’ve found in beers that have a high alcohol content, but have seen too much time on a store shelf. It goes along with a meaty quality described in some aged beers. That coriander is coming out a little more now, as a venerable limey hint on my tounge. I’m just noticing the stillness of this beer. I wish I could say better things, but this beer doesn’t light my fire. Maybe it saw too much florescent light.

4.2
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle from Hogs Back. Pours a strange clear coke colour with a little, thin and sparse head. Wonderful aroma of spice and herbal sweetness. Flavour is suprisingly mild and with only medium spice presence (very balanced with it), malt sweetness, apparent alcohol and some background coffee. Smooth and suprisingly good.

5
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Pours brown with a small head that lingers. Nose is strong with elements of raisins, prunes, coffee and nuts. Taste is of coconuts, nutmeg, bananas, coriander, rosted malts and afterhints of pepper and spices. This one’s a great beer and my personal favorite to date!

4.5
DYCSoccer17 (3697) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Wow, I guess there is coriander in this puppy. Smells mildly like a wit, but it also has chocolate notes in the nose as well. Quite sweet and almost candy-like aroma. Perhaps there is some mintiness as well. This thing has a very unique and wonderful aroma. Moderately opaque mahogany color with a small light tan head. Wow, this is a very different beer. Mild hints of lemony coriander, turning chocolatey/coffee-ish with nice thick roasted notes. Finishes late late with a smoked roastiness and mild chocolates. The coriander also lingers on and on. I like this A LOT more than their House Ale. Very complex, roasty, and tasty!!

4
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 [bottle: peckhams] pours dark, almost black with a medium tan head. the nose is molasses, roasted carrots, spices, a little caramel, slightly meaty with the faintest notes of coffee and liquorice. exceptionally well bodied with a long finish.

4.2
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2005
dark brown pour with a thin tan head. sweet malty nose of spice. milly rich palate full bodied, fruitcake, spice and brown sugar molasses. quite good and a nice surprise.


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