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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: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickut (276) - 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 (4006) - - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Deep, dark copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. Lasting retention. The bouquet is a luxuriant intermingling of caramel, toffee, ruby port, light molasses and toasted pecans with a splash of coffee. Full-bodied and oily with supple carbonation. The flavor is a complex, lightly vinous, hearty mélange of sweet caramel malts, buttery toffee, crusted port and rich coffee. Malty, but fairly balanced, warming finish. More reminiscent of a Scotch ale than a barley wine. World class beer from a classy, masterful brewery!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grungejesus (51) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
caramel, raisin, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Fantastisk öl! Komplex och fyllig. Inte alls särskillt spritig trots sin ABV. Lättdrucken. God till ost.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
11.2 oz bottle. Caramel malts on the nose with spicy squash and brown sugar. Pours amber brown with no head. Strong molasses notes with hints of rum and brown sugar, caramelized malts with hints of toast. Very nice sipping beer, I think with some time it will dry out or atleast the sweetness with be more subdued.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2010
0.33 l bottle at Old Brick’s Inn, Jyväskylä. Dark reddish brown color. The aroma and flavor is typical for a well made Scotch ale: Sweet maltiness balanced by gente roasted malts and warming alcohol. Notes of coffee, pine resin, chocolate, almonds and dark fruits. Full bodied, palate is slightly sharp. Very nice sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikkopen (1048) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2010
330 ml bottle at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Clear deep red colour, thin and quickly dissipating tan head. Caramel-sweet aroma with plenty of dried dark fruits. The flavour is syrupy-sweet, with roasted malt, dates, raisins, oak and alcohol warmth. Medium to full-bodied. Another excellent beer from Traquair House.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6390) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2010
330ml bottle @ Hilpeä Hauki, Helsinki

Great barley wine that reminds me of Nøgne’s #100. Well balanced, surprisingly hoppy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2010
Deep amber to ruby colour. Thin head vanishes. Complex charter of deep caramel, butter cookies, raisins and a hint of dark chocolate. Caramelly sweet taste developes through multiple layers deepening and finishing slightly sour. Powerful yet very drinkable, velvety and balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13611) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2010
330ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
7 Rich marmitey aroma. Some dark fruit sweetness, dates
4 Deep ruby, small tan head settles to a ring
8 Gently chocolatey roast, quite cakey in places. Some bitterness, stangely hoppy for Traquair.
4 Smooth sweet palate, quite crisp carbonation. Finish choc full with chocolate, and leaves
15 Certainly quite potent, but with the noble hop bitterness, the tingles you get in your mouth are not just alcohol. Look forward to having the chance of an aged one in 5 years.


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