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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: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. Savour this authentic taste of Scotland.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LoFi (1594) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1487) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2011
Den här ölen trevlig och kraftig med mycket kaffe och choklad i smaken. Efter en stund kunde jag även känna toner av fruktighet och syrlighet titta fram.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1484) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Dark brown cola-like pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of sweet toffee malts and light floral hops. The aroma really reminds me of a Scotch ale. The flavor is heavy on the sweet caramel and toffee malts with little to offer in the way of bitter hops. Those expecting a barely wine may be disappointed but this is a very solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (1459) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 330ml bottle as Traquair 2010 at Alvar, Turku, Finland on 26/12/2010. Pours dark brown with some reddish tint, no head. Aroma is of dried fruits with some alcohol in the back, a bit winey as well as yeasty. Taste is sweet, some caramel, dried fruit, molasses and some alcohol. Palate is a bit thin for the style. Definitely need to try again. Love this brewery, even if this isn’t their best.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to someone at Mora2000’s pre BTBF tasting. Dark brown pour. Aroma is caramel, toffee. Flavor is toffee, toast, apples, and plums. Watery mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TEJA (1360) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1276) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Dirty light brown, no actual head. White pepper and nutmeg drowned in soft toffee sweetness. Malt sack dusty bitter, soft creamy tea. Highlight is the lowlight of the ABV, neat and palatable but there’s not a kick at any point. Slow milky sipping. Finishes lightly lemon bitter but a lampooned comforting creamy linger.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
330 mL bottle from Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago, served in a snifter. Pours slightly hazy mahogany with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves minimal lace. On the nose, there are big notes of molasses, caramel, herbal hops, raisins, fig and oak. The flavour is moderately sweet with toasted malts, caramel, molasses, figs and raisins. This is balanced with herbal hops, earthy notes and a hint of spice. The finish is long and malty with plenty of dark fruit. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent barley wine with a welcoming fruitiness and a mellow, malty sweetness. It is very well constructed and I would be curious to see how it ages. 2012-04-05

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle@Systembolaget. Pours deep red and has a beige small head. Nose is just perfect. Has deep aroma from nuts, sweet medium roasted malt, little vinous, pepper, red berries and little woody. Flavor is quite the same. Warming and palate is little oily. I like!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esox (1098) - 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.


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