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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: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12604) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11952) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, SF. It pours deep ruby brown, with a thin foamy off-white head. The nose is wood, nut, leather, caramel, marzipan, marshmallow, spice, plum and red grape. The taste is caramel, toffee, leather, nougat, marzipan, fig, raisin, plum, vinous notes, brown sugar and some alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Not cloying. Well balanced. I imagine this will only get better with time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle. Poured a deep mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, some earthiness, and some woodiness. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, lighter earthiness, chocolate, and some roast. Smooth and easy drinking for 10%.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: January 01, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Dan NYE
Vintage: 2020
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet malty aroma, light smokeyness, candy sweetness, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of candy character, light smokeyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (10882) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
Superior English style barleywine. Dark colour, dark fruit, toffee, booze balanced with a subdued sweetness, cherry, fig, vanilla.Some mollasses and massive rich malts. Very drinkable, so smooth. Above average mouthfeel. I am sure ageing would make it even more amazing.Thanks again M.-P.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10836) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Dark brown. Maple, raisins, prunes, buckwheat pancake aroma. Flavor is sweet with some fresh cane syrup, prunes, vanilla and molasses. Good stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Deep, dark copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. Lasting retention. The bouquet is a luxuriant intermingling of caramel, toffee, ruby port, light molasses and toasted pecans with a splash of coffee. Full-bodied and oily with supple carbonation. The flavor is a complex, lightly vinous, hearty mélange of sweet caramel malts, buttery toffee, crusted port and rich coffee. Malty, but fairly balanced, warming finish. More reminiscent of a Scotch ale than a barley wine. World class beer from a classy, masterful brewery!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2010
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, overripe fruits and cake. Flavor was quite sweet with roasted malt, caramel, dark overripe fruits and vinious notes. Finished sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is fruity, caramel, taste is bitter, dry, thin, sweet, a bit prickly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9675) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Capone’s. Pours clear mahogany/dark brown indirectly, with 1-finger tan head. Nose is earthy peaty dark malt, figgy fruit, cherry, berry, hops, caramel, red grapey. Complex nose on this., Tastes malty, earthy, peaty, slightly scotch-like, fairly rich, with some figgy fruit notes, semi-sweet vinous fruit, brown sugar minus most of the sweetness, and earthy notes.


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