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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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3.9
VueltaBirrista (104) - Murcia, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2017
Tenemos delante una cerveza muy oscura. Al trasluz se aprecia marrón, pero ya os digo que la sensación es de estar delante de una cerveza negra. Carbonatación baja y capa de espuma muy pequeña de color marrón claro. Lo primero que se aprecia en su aroma es malta tostada y café. De nuevo la sensación no solo visual de estar delante de una Stout. Pero el abanico se va abriendo y aparece también fruta madura y especias. Tiene mucho cuerpo. En boca sabe jugar con los amargos del café tostado y los dulces de la fruta madura. Tiene además toques picantes y especiados. De hecho en su etiqueta especifica que contiene especias, pero no indica nada más. Como veis, un birrote muy complejo y con cierto carácter a buen licor, lo que la hace ideal para tomar sin prisas en una buena sobremesa con un postre de chocolate

4.2
Kittenbieer (197) - LYON, FRANCE - JAN 15, 2017
UPDATED: APR 17, 2017 Partagée avec mon cher Appiantiqua dans nos petits verres Duvel 18cl. Belle robe cuivrée aux reflets rubis surmontée d’une mousse beige peu persistante avec une bonne carbonatation.Le nez nous offre des arômes extraordinaires,très complexes avec des notes vineuses,florales,fruitées...La bouche nous amène sur des saveurs aussi variées à l’image du nez avec la chaleur de l’alcool dominant mais dans un bon équilibre.Un barley wine excellent!17/20

4.2
appiantiqua (199) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 15, 2017
UPDATED: APR 16, 2017 Dégustée avec mon Kittenbieer dans un verre Duvel 18cl. Température de début 8 à 9°. Très belle robe sombre à reflets cuivrés surmontée d’une mousse beige peu persistante; bonne carbonatation. Nez agréable avec des arômes boisés et de discrètes notes houblonnées et maltées. Le goût est amène des saveurs de vieux whisky et de subtiles notes de torréfaction le tout dans un bon équilibre. La finale de bonne longueur reste au même niveau d’excellence avec le retour des houblons et la persistance des alcools vieillis en fûts. 17/20

4
TEJA (3066) - 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.

3.8
DrnkMcDermott (3100) - 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, that’s 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 I’m happy to have had it.

4.1
bastarda (502) - 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.

3.1
wombat23 (1422) - 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. Didn’t think it lived up to its reputation...

3.8
RickFifty (1254) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2016
Deep mahogany color, beige head. Caramel malty nose, bread yeast, brown sugar, spicy, hint of anise. Caramel taste, rich malty, spicy notes, dates, nuts, smooth and balanced. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

2.9
fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2016
I expected much more from this bottle than what I poured. It is a thin, medium caramel colored pour with a very slight head that all but totally dissipates immediately leaving a thin white line as a halo on the edges. The aroma and taste just didn’t bring to me what I expected. The 8 ABV doesn’t come through in the flavor but I feel it so I know it’s there.

3.1
darbeer75 (902) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Aroma: extremely malty; Appearance: clear, dark amber with thin white head that disappears quickly; Taste: follows nose with tons of malt; usually not my favorite style but it’s not overly sweet; Palate: heavy body with long, malty finish; Overall: decent but won’t seek out again.


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