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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: 166   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (1675) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LoFi (1637) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1609) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1571) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TEJA (1530) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1515) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1485) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
11.2 ounce bottle, brewed in 2010, best before end April 2020. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper/brown color with maybe a 1/4 inch light tan head that fizzled away somewhat quickly. There’s a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, dark fruit (raisins, figs, plums), brown sugar, and some dark bread. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of some peatiness, wood and some sherry flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and has low/moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I’m glad I drank this now. Not sure how good this will be in 2020, but I only had one bottle and didn’t want to wait any longer to drink it. If there’s any more bottles of this lying around, it’s worth buying and drinking!

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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (1246) - mclean, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
Aroma malt and aroma of dried fruit. Appearance dark reddish brown. Taste slight sour flavor with some hint of bourbon and strong, lasting lon the palate


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