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

bottled
common

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available

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RATINGS: 1499   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polaxis (73) - - APR 23, 2014
33cl, bottled, at home @10C. Dark amber colour, whitish beige head. Aroma is slight roast and raisins. Flavour is smooth raisins and berries. Very well balanced, tasting beer. Recommend!


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kittenbieer (130) - LYON, FRANCE - JAN 15, 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!!!!!19,5/20

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
appiantiqua (130) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 15, 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 particulirement agrable avec des armes boiss et de discrtes notes houblonnes et maltes. Le got est extraordinaire avec des saveurs de vieux whisky et de subtiles notes de torrfaction le tout dans un parfait quilibre. La finale de bonne longueur reste au mme niveau dexcellence avec le retour des houblons et la persistance des alcools vieillis en fts. Un sommet!!!! 19,5/20

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TEJA (2622) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3031) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bastarda (464) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (971) - 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...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (1134) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
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 didnt bring to me what I expected. The 8 ABV doesnt come through in the flavor but I feel it so I know its there.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
darbeer75 (702) - 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 its not overly sweet; Palate: heavy body with long, malty finish; Overall: decent but wont seek out again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
axl (659) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2016
330ml bottle. Very dark mahogony brown with a slight redish hue and almost no head. Aroma is dried red and black fruits, warming alcohol, toffee, plums and red stonefruits. Taste is dried fruits, nutty malts, toffee, dry-ish bread, red stonefruit, light roastiness, herbal notes and light coffee. Surprisingly light mouthfeel, medium carbonation and dry, fruity and herbal, aftertaste.


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