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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (6786) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle. Dark chestnut, offwhite cream. Spicy heather aroma, nutty. Light honeyish maltyness, light chocolate, toast, walnuts. Heather retronasal. Mellow dry mouthfeel, light sparkly. Delicious spicy beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of joergen. Clear dark orangey brown with an off-white head. Nuts and overripe fruit in the nose. Very full-bodied, plenty of overripe fruit notes and quite some licorice also. Rather sweet bordering sticky. Distinct warming alcohol in the finish. 280910

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40453) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2010
33 cL bottle, courtesy of joergen. Pours cloudy deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is dark roasted malty and slight breadish. Caramelish and breadish. Lingering roasted and dark malty. Slight sweet note. Light alcohol note.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 Bottle. Clear red-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of marzipan. Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits and hops with notes of marzipan and alcohol. Warming alcoholic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2010
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, overripe fruits and cake. Flavor was quite sweet with roasted malt, caramel, dark overripe fruits and vinious notes. Finished sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34350) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2010
Bottled. A dark red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, leading to a bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18199) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2010
Bottle. Deep amber color, nice beige head. Milky creamy aroma, nutty notes, some fruit. Toffee, buttery, strong without bringing too much alcohol. Nutty flavor, milky, mild creamy notes, some alocohol, fruity. Malty finish with nutty and buttery notes. Wonderful barley wine!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6691) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2010
Bottled from Systembolaget Brown with a small off-white head. Hair-salon-aroma along with chocolate and sweet fruits. Warming alcohol. Sweet fruits in the flavour as well. Raisin and resin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2010
(Bottle) Pours deep mahogany reddish brown with a sand-coloured head. Typical super meaty, sweet and fruity Traquair aroma with notes of salty ham, broth, figs, prunes, black cherries, sticky raisins, toffee/fudge/butter, caramelized nuts, vanilla, orange marmalade, dried apricots and brown sugar. In addition, some black tea, herbs, flowers/tulips, juicy dark bread and earth. Some Belgo-ish esters. Only hints of hops. The nose is unique and complex, like many other Traquair beers. Touch of alcohol. The flavour is light to medium sweet and light bitter. Meaty, dark fruity, dark sugary/syrupy/toffee-ish and malty. Fudge and mild herbs in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is round and soft as well as light sticky with a light carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Hmm, Barley Wine? Reminds me more of a Quadrupel or a Wee Heavy.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2817) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2010
Bottled:
Pours deep ruby with a large but fast sinking head. Sweet aroma with notes of wood, toffee and treacle. Thick mouthfeel. Flavour is quite sweet and has notes of wood and cherry stones. Alcohol bitter finish. Will probably improve with age.


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