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


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RATINGS: 1500   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Poured a nice browncolor with a thin off lite-brown head. Aroma was malt, a lot of toffee notes. Flavor was more of the same. Heavy toffee caramel notes with a good malt taste and that fleeting of something else. A medium bodied beer with a chalky finish. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VueltaBirrista (79) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kittenbieer (131) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
appiantiqua (132) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3032) - 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 (466) - 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 (973) - 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...

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
darbeer75 (703) - 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.

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