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Traquair 2020

 (RETIRED)
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91
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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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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 Scotlandís oldest inhabited house. Savour this authentic taste of Scotland.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2012
11.2 oz bottle from Spirits Brick. Poured a murky muddy dark brown body underneath a smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma is quite nice with some big raisin, prune and fig to start then toffee, caramel and molasses slight touch of old honey and earth. The body is medium to fuller with a chalky finish and some alcohol warming and a lingering sweetness on the aftertaste. Flavor of rum soaked raisins, slight touch of buttery toffee, alcohol, vanilla, wood, raisin and fig. Good stuff on this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6730) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, SF. It pours deep ruby brown, with a thin foamy off-white head. The nose is wood, nut, leather, caramel, marzipan, marshmallow, spice, plum and red grape. The taste is caramel, toffee, leather, nougat, marzipan, fig, raisin, plum, vinous notes, brown sugar and some alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Not cloying. Well balanced. I imagine this will only get better with time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 23, 2012
pours a dark brown with a small brown fizz. Has a smokey malted mollasses flavor that kind of reminds me of coccoa?? not sure!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2012
33cl bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a sweet dark caramel malty nose with some molasses and raisin notes. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel malts with toasty milk chocolate complexity and dark fruity character and mild oxidation before a drier slightly warming creamy finish. Well-balanced and fairly complex. Seems like a cross between a Scotch ale and barley wine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6333) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of rich dark fruits, including plum, dates, figs, and cherries, butterscotch, molasses, buttery malts, and brown sugar. Flavour of butterscotch, plum, cherries, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Finishes with booze and caramelized / burnt sugar. Great body and complexity. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, nicely amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue when held up to the light as well as carbonation bubbles viscously struggling to rise up through the beer. As I pour this deeply caramelized sugar notes are noticeable as well as an earthy, coriander like spiciness that really seems to be more of a nutty note as my nose adjusts. Notes of caramel brittle, touches of toffee, a nutty sweet maltiness as well as a frutiness that reminds me of dates and perhaps a touch of raisins are noticeable up front; this really does sort of remind me of some sort of nut & caramel candy, perhaps a nut brittle of some sort. At first there seemed to be an ever so slight vegetal note to this beer, but that seems to have dissipated pretty quickly.

Rich feeling as it first hits my palate, but not nearly as much as I was expecting, a bubbly carbonation keeps this moving along, even providing a touch of carbonic bite in the finish. A hint of dark malt, sort of grain husk astringency is lightly noticed in the finish, there is also perhaps a touch of herbal character and bitterness in the finish. The beer is viscous and certainly has a certain heft to it as it lumbers across the palate; this suggest at the sweetness that is so pervasive in this beer; it isnít quite cloyingly sweet and the sweetness is not simplistic as there is a lot of caramel, chewy-nutty malt complexity, definite caramelized biscuit character, as well as a more toffee like note at times. There is a subdued fruitiness here that suggests at dates and perhaps some raisin like notes (though the latter seems a little bit of a stretch. There is a touch of spiciness and heat from the alcohol in the finish, though for a beer of this strength it is certainly quite smooth. This suggests at a rich, almost oxidized character (though I donít think this is strictly true) that reminds me of sherry in some ways (the nutty notes also help with this).

This is quite tasty, definitely an appropriate, cold weather sipping beer. I could see this aging quite elegantly for a couple years, though I donít think this would be in peak condition come 2020.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1639) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Pours a very dark clear mahogany color with a thin white head that fades fast. Nose is molasses, raisins & berries, sugary caramel malts and very similar to a quad. Flavor is light cardboard, sweet malts, chocolate and some dark fruitiness. Slight alcohol present and a sweet syrupy finish. Not too bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4371) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Tan head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Dark caramel and maple aromas. Sweet peat and dark caramel upfront turning to hot in the lasting finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10841) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger of frothy off-white head. Intense aroma of dark fruits and caramel to this one. Some plums and almost vinous red wine notes to it. Itís also got an almost woody character to it. The flavor is sweet, but not overly so. A bit woody and vinous, maybe even tannic. Heavy flavors of plum and fruit skins. Dark sugar and molasses are also prominent. Medium to full body with low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: January 01, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Dan NYE
Vintage: 2020
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet malty aroma, light smokeyness, candy sweetness, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of candy character, light smokeyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4


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