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Traquair 2020

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Formerly brewed at Traquair House
Style: Barley Wine
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An ale brewed to celebrate the first decade of the 21st century and to be consumed before the end of the second decade. Traquair Brewery -- tiny, historic, and rooted with deep traditions -- is situated in Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. Savour this authentic taste of Scotland.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy dark fruit and earthy malt aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex caramel malt with a medium to heavy complex finish with a small alcohol bite of moderate to long duration. This is a very good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Chestnut brown with mahogany accents. No head. The aroma is fruity - mainly dates - and promises an oxidized character. Very sweet - treacly - on the palate. Almost corn syrup sweetness. Fairly soft, creamy body. There isn’t much alcohol taste but it still drinks big.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2148) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2011
Pours dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is spices and malts, as is mostly the flavor. Very nice and balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Sweet, caramel ale. Barley wine or old ale? Some brown sugar in there. Taste is very nice and smooth. 10 percent well hidden. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluffy (1497) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2011
the site calls it a barleywine, but the bottle says its a scotch ale. its pretty impressive regardless. pours a dark brick head with a short but sticky large bubble head. i smell apples and bourbon. flavor is raisins, dates, brown sugar rum, some pear, figs. a mild alcohol burn and somewhat buttery on the palette. very well done i must say.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2011
330mL bottle - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia. Best Before End April 2020.

Appearance: Pours out a deep brownish-red body with a wispy, ivory-hued head thinning out into the appearance of a werebat in flight.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose of bread pudding immersed in a hotel pan filled with chopped quality fruits, top-shelf liquor, sugary liquids, and stray wood shavings.

Taste: Golden raisins, currants, and chewy Deglet Noor dates soaking in a sweet blend of dark caramel, treacle, almond syrup, and a few drops of Hennessy and rum. Leisurely languishing of sweet maltiness and robust fruitiness throughout. Buttery, toasty breadiness underneath. Leafy English hop character with a modest twinge of bitterness. Earthy, zesty oakiness creeks in and holds firm until the semi-sweet, lightly heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty and a decent way to sip away a Tuesday night. Seems like the 900 given a slight bump. The fruitiness, sweetness, and light carbonation leave it tasting and feeling like something you’d find under a ’dessert drink’ heading.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Pours deep ruby red with minimal off white head. Nose is molasses, chocolate, caramel, port wine and a hint of earthiness as well as coffee. Tastes like chocolate, butterscotch, coffee, port and dark roast and caramel malts. Interesting palate with a slightly oily texture and a borderline medium/full body with a really rich, sweet, warm finish that hangs around for longer than expected. Needs to age a bit before I revisit this one. May be a little too sticky for drinking this soon.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4490) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2011
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Olutkellari Helsinki - rating from memory) The beer poured deep dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma was sweet, malty and mildly roasty. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, mild roastedness, molasses, mildly hops and medium bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and malty. Nice balanced beer - not over sweet which is really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickut (274) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear, deep red with no head. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter. Palate is full bodied and crisp. Aroma has chocolates, coffee, grains. The crispy palate would definitely mellow out with a bit of aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3735) - - DEC 31, 2010
bottle. deep burgundy with a small, filmy head. tobacco, fudge, dark chocolate, toasted caramel, earthy mud aroma. flavor has lots of sweet caramel. notes of fudge. silky and velvety palate with a medium-full body. seems to have all the right ingredients for 10+ years of aging. already smooth and easy to drink considering the abv. a great scot BW.


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