angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
esox (1198) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty, malty, delicious. I suggest picking it up, and waiting a few years.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - APR 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark woody brown with an amazing off-white, light cream-colored head. Great retention. Nice malty aroma, though quite faint considering the abv. The flavor is pretty simple to be honest. Not much going on, and some definite soy character, which is my least favorite quality in a beer. Overall: I am disappointed. I LOVE all of the other Traquair stuff I have had, and this bottle was fucking expensive. Oh well.
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I looked up the shade of red this beer pured out as, Wikipedia said Wine. The body was clear, and the head was one finger thick. Unlike most other barleywines, this one seemed to have a vigorous carbonation. The smell was very sweet, like molasses or honey almost, with just a dash of spice. The taste was very rich, reminding me of golden raisins and brown sugar. Despite the richness, this beer was actually not overly sweet, and spicy hops came through in the middle of each sip. The finish was sweet again with some peaty undertones. Thick and tongue coating, this was very velvety in the mouth. Very drinkable for a 10% ABV ale, and a fine drink 9 years before the expiration date of 2020.
mikkopen (936) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Clear deep red colour, thin and quickly dissipating tan head. Caramel-sweet aroma with plenty of dried dark fruits. The flavour is syrupy-sweet, with roasted malt, dates, raisins, oak and alcohol warmth. Medium to full-bodied. Another excellent beer from Traquair House.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from whole foods novato. pour s avery deep hahogony with a decent sized khaki head, nice retention. decent old ale-ish flavor, a lil crisp. this might be really damn great in 5 years or so, we will see.
abcfan (848) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish brown with no head and very little lace. Significant fruit and raisin aroma is present. Taste is sticky sweet with dark fruit present. Very smooth on the tongue. Finish is short, but sugary sweet. Great brew.