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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 Scotlandís oldest inhabited house. Savour this authentic taste of Scotland.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Gilbert, AZ. Pours dark reddish-copper color, with creamy off-white head, and abundant carbonation. Aroma is complex with vanilla, malt, and some dark fruit. Taste is well balanced, sweet caramel malt and toffee. Full bodied, rich and syrupy. Very little hop flavor. Finish is somewhat bitter, but nicely bitter. This one is silky smooth and boozy- - a great ale!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
11.2 fl oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is a hazed brown orange copper, with a smallish light tan head. Aroma is coriander, grassy, and a rye maltiness. Taste is sweet malt, the rye notes, followed by bread and floral herbal. Peat earthiness crops up in the finish. Really interesting and integrated beer. Palate is heavy to medium bodied, lower carbonation - certainly a sipper. Lingers with peat, sweet malt and minor alcohol notes. Nice one, thanks for sharing Eugene.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2011
(11.2oz bottle). Pours a deep mahogany with thin off-white head. Aroma has loads of caramel malt, some smoke?, and some wood. It has a faint resemblence to a belgian quad. Not quite a quad, but some similarities by aroma. Taste is sweet with caramel again shining through and light bittering hops. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is slightly bitter. A very nice beer that I would expect to age very well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Malt and herbal aroma with light fruit. Malt and toffee flavor with light herbalness and light earth. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and light fruit lingers with light herbal notes and light woodsiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light and a 1.5 light beige head quickly settles into a lasting ring. Thin ring and sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Earthy, leathery malt aroma with hints of toffee, caramel biscuit and hazelnut. Subtle floral hops and faint alcohol booze but the nose is dominated by the earthy and sweet malt notes. Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a slightly creamy texture. Faint earthy hop bitterness up front that is quickly countered by the leathery and sweet malt flavors. Lots of caramel with hints of toffee, biscuit, rye and hazelnut. Slightly boozy but at 10% the ABV is very well masked resulting in a very quaffable beer. Overall, this beer was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting it to be much hotter and harsh at this stage but itís already considerably mellow. Well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. I plan on buying a bunch more of these to see how they develop over the next ten years.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2011
Deep garnet, thin layer of persistent head. Rich vinous fruity aroma, plummy, rummy, raisiny, reminiscent of the house ale. Nose is complemented by a leafy tobacco like hoppiness. Fruity and sweet flavors, a touch vinous. Alcohol and some astringent or cloying heavy malt sweetness comes up toward the finish, not as refined a palate as Iíd hoped. Finish is long, with madeira or sherry like notes of oxidized wine, and it almost makes me want to say I can taste some kind of oakiness in this, but perhaps not.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2011
Pours to a deep brown mahogany body with a tall cream tan head. The aroma is peaty leather and grain dust with some notes of tobacco and coriander. The flavor is heavy with the malt, tobacco, sweet caramelized sugars, molasses, and grain dust. Very earthy with subtle banana. The palate is medium bodied and leaves a long earthy character.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Opened this bottle last night to celebrate Amyís birthday. Picked these up from West Lakeview, Caponeís, and Rickís. Iíll give them each an assist. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Pour yields a bronze brew with a bit of a garnet hue. Nice tan head sticks around for a bit and leaves a few legs on the side of the glass. The nose starts out with some dried plum and raisin plus a bit of molasses and brown-sugar sweetness. There is some sweet sherry there as well as it warms up. The flavor is mostly comprised of lingering dark fruits and cherry plus some sherry undertones along with a molasses-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation; there is no booze but the finish is a bit too bitter, almost tannic. Drinkability was pretty good. Not super impressed with this one right now (although I had high expectations). Weíll see what itís like in a few years. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-08-2011

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours dark for a barley wine, almost opaque mahogany, with faint copper tints around the edges. There is a decent head but itís not long for the world and recedes quickly to a thin cap. Aroma is sweet with treacle, caramel, chocolate and tons of dark fruits with raisins and figs. There is also a huge molasses aroma with hints of bready malts. Taste is also sweet thought there is more of a woody character up front. But after the wood comes the parade of sweet flavors. Iím getting some red apple skin, caramel and plums. The finish has a boozy heat but with plenty of molasses sweetness lingering on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels really thick on the palate, heavy with sugary sweetness. I really enjoyed this one as I like my barley wines sweet, and this is certainly sweet. Should age like a champ.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
Traquair 2020 Barley Wine Pours medium brown with a light head and oily appearance. Hazy and unfiltered. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of apple juice. Not a huge aroma, but opened up nicely with warmth. Flavor is boozy and sweet with a nice nutty malt note and some mild hop bitterness at the finish. Will age a few bottles to see how this does.


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