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

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RATINGS: 1504   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2218) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Nice scotch ale esque maltiness with fruitiness and caramel or toffee. Spice note very prominent, makes it sorta desertlike, but without a sickeningly saccharine character. Really tasty stuff.


4.1
tanel025 (206) - ESTONIA - OCT 4, 2017
Dark brown with beiger head. Looks like whiskey with the foam. Aroma has alcohol, vanilla, roasted malt. Taste is whiskey, roasted malt, licorice, anise, vanilla, caramel. Medium sweet, medium bitterness. Also slightly spicy. Very interesting and good beer, I understand why it's in TOP50, but little too much taste of whisky for my taste. Would certainly suggest to try this beer.

4.1
gripweed57 (2804) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2017
500 ml bottle. Deep copper red color. Frothy tan head. Faint sweet roasted malt nose. First sip is caramel malt with treacle notes. Fairly intense bittersweet notes. Hints of oak and coriander in middle are subtle, but present. Dryish finish hints at dark dried fruit, licorice and spruce tips. Quite complex, the flavor deepens as it warms. Warming alcohol notes as well.

4
buddybutch (123) - Nantes, FRANCE - SEP 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours black/deep brown, almost no head. Plum fruit, Port wine. Mild malt, mid bitterness, chocolate feel, small wood/wood barrel. This beer has a light quadruppel feel, like a soft Rochefort 10.very good beer

4
TimE (6074) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2017
This is for the 2002 version, drank in about 2006 (?!). A vicious pour that produces giant bubbles that aren’t all that appealing to look at. The nose shows great depth of milk chocolate, ginger, coriander, anise, fermenting wort. The mouth goes even further with slight smokey notes and whiskey shows up. Very malty, off sweet. The whiskey continues to the end and finishes almost like a great scotch. Age helped this beer a lot. Fantastic.

3.5
karstenkindfed (1) - - JUL 31, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2017 Elegant sweet malts with a hint of bitterness. Light spicy notes and a little dry. Ends with notes of cocoa, sweet cherry and alkohol

4.1
mabuzzer (899) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2017
330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, dried fruit, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, treacle toffee with dried fruit notes, and a lovely alcohol warmth.

3.9
astanford (52) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2017
caramel, chocolate, nuts, toast, roasty, earthy, smoke, woody, brown, cloudy, minimal head, tan foam, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,

4.1
nybol (2311) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Engelsk lakrids er nok mest den smag der brede sig i munden på mig lige nu. ikke så tung og tyk som de bedste porter/stout’er, men en kraftig smag er der da.

4.2
jjsint (3437) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours brown with a touch of black raspberry. Very little visible carbonation and almost no head. Chocolate, hazelnut, slight suggestions of honey and leather. The taste blows me away: sweet and laden with lightly spiced honeyed notes. There’s a gorgeous balancing hoppy bitterness, but the foreground is all about the slightly spicy sumptuousness. Cinnamon, liquorice, rosemary and a touch of horehound lead up to the long finish. Gooey mouthfeel and it feels a lot more carbonated than it looks, giving the body strength. A prince of an ale.

4.1
nordic (654) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color, creamy head. Aroma: port wine, chocolate, caramel, berries. Taste: sweet, oatmeal, bitter finish, warming alcohol. Good!


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