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


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RATINGS: 1512   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (4466) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Exceptional beer. Medium bodied, dark brown appearance with light brown head. Fresh roasted malt aroma with a licorice tinge. Flavor is malty but there is a pronounced spicyness to this beer that propels it above competition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arcanor (384) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2017
330ml bottled 2016-10-26, best before 2026-10-26. Pour dark brown with mahogany reflexions. Dense off-white foam is like a fireworks in my glass and then vanish. Aroma is liquorice, caramel and malty. Taste, sweet brown sugar, toasted and warm alcohol. Full body and medium carbonation for the style. Oily and slick, long sweet and toasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fugitive (1984) - Athens, GREECE - APR 3, 2017
Bottle. Color brown with almost no head. Aroma sweet malt, malt, bread, some alcohol. Taste sweet, caramel, alcohol, roasted, bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeersweden (651) - SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2017
Clear, dark mahogany colored with a very thin head and no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, fudge, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, coffee and vanilla.
Taste: A lot of malt in the taste. Caramel, dried fruit, raisin, plum, oak and brown sugar.
Mouth: Medium body and carbonation. Crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MasDen (279) - Mogilev, BELARUS - MAR 10, 2017
Aroma: malty with fruity esters, dried-fruit, dark caramel, a bit alcohol. Appearance: brown color without head. Taste: medium malt character, dark caramel, dried fruits, alcohol, dry finish. Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Antzrhere (178) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017
Pours dark brown, almost black. Aroma is sweet chocolate, toasted malt and caramel. Taste is chocolate, roast and vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1581) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle, Total Wine. Light bodied but clinging sweetness and harsh spices keep it interesting. Good clean flavors. Toasted bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee and a slight hue of hops. Over-ripe plums, port and smoke balance it out. I can pick up the coriander but its mellowed by clove and licorice. Solid dark ale. Loving these Traditinal Ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
19Oracolo78 (171) - ITALY - MAR 2, 2017
Birra dal color marrone scuro. Schiuma beige, cremosa e persistente. Allolfatto sentori di frutta secca, caramello, malto tostato, lievemente speziata. Al palato corpo pieno, venature dolci ed alcoliche, caramello, toffe e liquirizia. Unottima birra da sorseggiare, causa la sua alcolicit e il suo corpo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (2111) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2017
Bottle from systembolaget. Dark brown /copper with faint beige head that leaves lacing. Nutty aroma and taste with lightly burnt caramel, malts and some dark fruit. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2986) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle. Very dark brown in colour with reddish tint. Malty spicy aroma. Very malty (roasted malts, caramel, demerara sugar, chocolate). Spicy (coriander, nutmeg & cinnamon). Fruity (dark fruit, raisins, plums, dates, berries). Sweet very malty very spicy fruity ale. Wow. Complex. Terrific Traditional Ale! (2008)

   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.

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