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Traquair 2020

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


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2248) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a shortlasting tan head. Vinous with a taste of dark friuts, red currants and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jongo (82) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. Latte colored thick foam. Brown and hazy color. Smell of sweet figs, cinnamon, raisins and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, caramell sweetness, figs and a hint of red berrries. Medium mouthfeel with an earthy bitter aftertaste. Not done yet. Needs cellering, now it´s to much alcohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LoFi (1595) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. Very dark brown/red with a beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma of port wine with quite a bit of alcohol. Tastes of licorice, port, dried fruits, caramel. Sweet with a full mouthfeel and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2355) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a thick off white head. Some lacing. The aroma is sweet of dried fruit, port and burned caramel. The taste has a rich malt profile, it’’s sweet like chocolate and grain, a little smokey with hints of some vegtables. The aftertaste is not as sweet, in fact it’s rather laid back with some saltiness to it. The texture is a little sticky, but not over the top. "Stable and serious" I think this will be a world class beer after some years in the cellar!.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2010
Sweet, thick caramel on the aroma along with... well, it’s like port with caramel. Dark, full malts with caramel in the mouth, shifting to dark, dried fruit. Falters a bit after that, bit of hop bitterness but thins out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TEJA (1371) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Malty aroma almost like a maltextract with fine oak notes and some Sherry and but this will improve and get eaven better with time. High brown foam that slowly goes down to a lasting thin lace that stays. Deep dark red color and perfectly clear (as far as my old eyes could see through such a dark ale). Big malty taste with big body and aged sherry. A litle bit young still and will improve with a year or 10 in the celler. I’m going back for a couple of more bottles for storing. At 4 € a bottle this is a bargin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2010
Bottle. Pours out in a clear deep reddish amber colour with a low firm bubbly off-white head. Rich caramely aroma of raisins and prunes. Ful-bodied with sweetish notes of caramelized sugar, prunes, raisins, caramel and a wee bit of hot alcohol. Long sweetish malty finish of prunes, fudge, burnt sugar and candied dark fruits. A sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2010
Bottled. Bron colour with bubbly head. Dark bread, syrup, caramel and light salty toffee. Mouthfeel is big yet elegant, and chewy. Flavour is big and has notes of molasses (salty toffee?), dark bread, darker fruits. Big body, big flavour, but still bit too bold. Not your everyday Barley Wine due to the sweet, salty molasses thing. Really low on hops as I see it. Malt bomb, where Barley Wine meets Scotch Ale. Low bitterness, if any at all. Long duration. Too young still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4619) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle. Thanks Bullit. The aroma has caramel and raisins mainly. Clear, brown coloured barley wine with not much head there. The taste is quite sweet, with sugar, caramel, raisins and a hint of spice. Bit sticky. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5315) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2010
Bottled. Clear brown color, short head. Aroma of raisin, caramel malt. Raisiny taste, bit sweet. I like it, although it is a bit unbalanced.

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