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


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RATINGS: 1513   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - 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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Pours dark brown with a tall tan head. Malt and plenty of hop aroma with spicy and herby tones. Sweet malty flavor with a good spicyness. Soft and well-balanced with a dry finish. Low on carbonation. Good one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2005
Opaque dark brown w/ reddish hue. Light brown foam. Sweet, malty, spicy aroma w/ hints of licorice, caramel, & smoke. Thick, chewy, slightly syrupy feel. Complex, spicy flavour of licorice, molasses, caramel, port, dried fruit, & chocolate. Dry, peppery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
Dark brown/red with a nice frothy head. A complex aroma, some citrus, spicies and lots of herbs. Flavour is citrus, herbs and chocolate. A lot going on. Ends dry.

   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 (7290) - 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!

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