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Traquair 2020

Formerly brewed at Traquair House
Style: Barley Wine
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2010
Bottle. Deep amber color, nice beige head. Milky creamy aroma, nutty notes, some fruit. Toffee, buttery, strong without bringing too much alcohol. Nutty flavor, milky, mild creamy notes, some alocohol, fruity. Malty finish with nutty and buttery notes. Wonderful barley wine!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14610) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2010
Bottled 330ml (O’Haras, BB 04/2020)
Dark brown-ruby color, small off-white head. Raisins, prunes and cola in the nose. Full-bodied. Quite Belgisch flavor: lots of dark fruits (dates, prunes and raisins). Alcohol is reasonably hidden. Sweetish, nice dessert beer. Warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13757) - 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. It’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Chestnut brown with mahogany accents. No head. The aroma is fruity - mainly dates - and promises an oxidized character. Very sweet - treacly - on the palate. Almost corn syrup sweetness. Fairly soft, creamy body. There isn’t much alcohol taste but it still drinks big.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12758) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours darkly ruddy with a foamy beige/tan head. Aroma is darkly fruity and slightly malty. Med body. Flavor is maple?, roasted malt, and hints of dark fruits. Treacle. Brown sugar. Sea weed? Wood. For something that starts simple it gets fairly complex. And the heat isn’t even there. An ale that just stands alone. I doubt there’s anything similar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
33cl bottle. Minimal beige head atop moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, light smoke. Taste is sweet, caramel/molasses, raisin, light smoke. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation. Nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2013
(330ml bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Flavor of honey, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, and almonds with a hot, mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12230) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy dark fruit and earthy malt aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex caramel malt with a medium to heavy complex finish with a small alcohol bite of moderate to long duration. This is a very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11520) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of prune, raisins, dates, toffee and licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, licorice, dried fruit and a hint of vanilla with a smooth dry lingering toffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11511) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2010
330ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
7 Rich marmitey aroma. Some dark fruit sweetness, dates
4 Deep ruby, small tan head settles to a ring
8 Gently chocolatey roast, quite cakey in places. Some bitterness, stangely hoppy for Traquair.
4 Smooth sweet palate, quite crisp carbonation. Finish choc full with chocolate, and leaves
15 Certainly quite potent, but with the noble hop bitterness, the tingles you get in your mouth are not just alcohol. Look forward to having the chance of an aged one in 5 years.

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