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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stultus (147) - ESTONIA - FEB 11, 2017
Pours dark brown with a tan head that recedes quickly. Aroma has a lot of caramel, plums, roast. Taste has roast, strong caramel, plums, berries, sugar/candy sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (2571) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2017
A smell of my childhood. Something delicious candy I ate when I was little. The flavor is coffee, chocolate and good malty. OK bitterness which fills the upper part of the mouth a weak moment. Really good beer. Follow me @ Kung av l @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_est_deus (1261) - rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2017
Hel klar, brun, khaki frgat skum. Doft: Kola, malt, lite likr, mild av torkad frukt. Tydlig men ej oangenm alkohol doft. Smak: Kola, Cola, malt, lite alkohol, frukt soda, ltt jst frukt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VueltaBirrista (94) - Murcia, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2017
Tenemos delante una cerveza muy oscura. Al trasluz se aprecia marrn, pero ya os digo que la sensacin es de estar delante de una cerveza negra. Carbonatacin baja y capa de espuma muy pequea de color marrn claro. Lo primero que se aprecia en su aroma es malta tostada y caf. De nuevo la sensacin no solo visual de estar delante de una Stout. Pero el abanico se va abriendo y aparece tambin fruta madura y especias. Tiene mucho cuerpo. En boca sabe jugar con los amargos del caf tostado y los dulces de la fruta madura. Tiene adems toques picantes y especiados. De hecho en su etiqueta especifica que contiene especias, pero no indica nada ms. Como veis, un birrote muy complejo y con cierto carcter a buen licor, lo que la hace ideal para tomar sin prisas en una buena sobremesa con un postre de chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kittenbieer (151) - LYON, FRANCE - JAN 15, 2017
UPDATED: APR 17, 2017 Partage avec mon cher Appiantiqua dans nos petits verres Duvel 18cl. Belle robe cuivre aux reflets rubis surmonte dune mousse beige peu persistante avec une bonne carbonatation.Le nez nous offre des armes extraordinaires,trs complexes avec des notes vineuses,florales,fruites...La bouche nous amne sur des saveurs aussi varies limage du nez avec la chaleur de lalcool dominant mais dans un bon quilibre.Un barley wine excellent!17/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
appiantiqua (151) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 15, 2017
UPDATED: APR 16, 2017 Dguste avec mon Kittenbieer dans un verre Duvel 18cl. Temprature de dbut 8 9. Trs belle robe sombre reflets cuivrs surmonte dune mousse beige peu persistante; bonne carbonatation. Nez agrable avec des armes boiss et de discrtes notes houblonnes et maltes. Le got est amne des saveurs de vieux whisky et de subtiles notes de torrfaction le tout dans un bon quilibre. La finale de bonne longueur reste au mme niveau dexcellence avec le retour des houblons et la persistance des alcools vieillis en fts. 17/20

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TEJA (2936) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget Sweden. Tiny brown head. Very dark amber color. A very nice and complex aroma from chocolates caramell and spicy finish. Sweet caramell taste with a low chocolate and bitterness taste. Solid body and a very nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3072) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2017
33ml bottle, callared since 2007. Interesting nose of poached pears with cinnamon under the cap. In the glass, it follows with a malty barley wine smell, with just a little bit of phenol from aging. Color is deep brown to black with just a tiny ring of foam at the edge. Taste starts of with a very thin, non-carbonated mouthfeel. Well, thats the UK style, I guess. An old recipe meant to be experienced, perhaps, from cask. It does get pretty warming after I put my goblet down. But it could also be due to age. Can hold that against the brewer, since this did have a "Best Before June 2011" on the label. So I try to adjust. Spice is not as prominent as it might be. Sediment at the bottom, but it stays in the bottle, no yeast to decent like a Belgian beer. Still, an interesting experience with a histroical beer, and Im happy to have had it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bastarda (489) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2017
A complex, thoroughly balanced caramel-malt forward beer with a lovely low carbonation and a beautiful colour, great accompaniment for pondering on the year that was 2016.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (1232) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Shared 500 ml bottle. Best before June 2018. Dark brown with a short-lived off-white head. Aroma and taste of malt, dark fruit, caramel, earth. Didnt think it lived up to its reputation...

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