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


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RATINGS: 1485   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Insertpunhere (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2014
This is one of the first truly interesting beers I had before the craft beer explosion. Fairly high in alcohol at 8%. Dark in color. Chocolate, caramel, and spices. It is brewed with coriander and it definitely comes through on the palate. Cool label, cool beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (4183) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to bjammin, cheers Ben. Black beer with small head. Aroma of licorice, treacle and dark malts. Taste is treacle, dark malt, some hops and earthy with some brandy notes. Light to medium bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1731) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2016
Dried fruits, alcohol, light soy sauce, spicy, vanilla, earthy, Grass. Dark Brown colour, red hues, small beige head. Big sweetness, salty, light bitterness, coffee and jam, warming. Medium/fullbodied, soft carbonation, warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmctaster (79) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Brown. With no head. Aroma is plums and alcohol. Taste is plums, sugar, dark fruit, and slight alcohol. Thin, but strong and good sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (3486) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2016
Bottle from SB. Dark reddish amber with a tiny tan head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, caramel, fruit and hebs. Medium to full body with a long malty / spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nicke80 (519) - Sdertlje, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2016
33 cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours amber with little head. Sweet spicey aroma with toffee and caramel taste. Some spicey after taste with hints of uniper and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HULK777 (567) - - NOV 10, 2016
Sweet sugar, peppermint candy cane, and sweet fruit aroma. Taste of cola, spices, and ripe berries. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (353) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2016
Mycket vackert mrkt rubinrd med beiget skum. Stor lite vins doft med stma av olika torkade frukter - dadlar, fikon mm - ven lite mrkt brd. St fruktig smak av torkade frukter med en liten fin kryddighet och en aning alkoholhetta. En riktigt god strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewhemia (239) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2016
Red/brown color with small off white head. Aroma of dates and prunes, overripe grapes, wood and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet (notes of raisins and prunes), light bitter and has a bitter and sour finish. Really nice depth in this beer. A bit too acidic in the finish Im afraid I think though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKernOwl (201) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2016
Rich sweetness and spice. Like sugar coated licorice; choc, cardamom and coriander nose. Sleek but longish choc and caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2357) - Hagen, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Firma Bier, bottled in July 2014. Clear, extremely dark red with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, off-white head. Sweetish, malty, spicy, moderately fruity and a bit vinous aroma of toffee, raisins, prunes, some oak and spices. Sweetish-malty, moderately fruity and quite spicy taste of toffee, raisins, prunes, vanilla, orange peel, coriander and some oak, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, spicy and slightly vinous finish. Medium body, smooth and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very tasty, quite complex and not too spicy. Delicious!

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