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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: 154   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9042) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (8604) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (8543) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8540) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8530) - 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%.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8094) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a deep, mahogany brown body with a medium sized, khaki head. Huge aromas of brown sugar and dates. Cereal, toffee, alcohol, caramelization, vanilla. Very deep. Flavors of brown sugar, caramelization, prunes, dates, dark fruits. Brandy. Good. Could probably use 2 years of age to its benefit. Medium to lively bubbles. A bit of booze and esters. Nicely balanced for a young strong ale. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2012
33cl bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a sweet dark caramel malty nose with some molasses and raisin notes. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel malts with toasty milk chocolate complexity and dark fruity character and mild oxidation before a drier slightly warming creamy finish. Well-balanced and fairly complex. Seems like a cross between a Scotch ale and barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2013
11.2oz bottle. Poured murky medium brown with a short, spotty cap of toasted beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, aged caramel and dark fruits, with earth and fruity yeast accents.. warmth brought out molasses and light, complementary floral notes.. very nice. The flavor found tangy, almost woody notes on the tip of the tongue, with licorice, molasses, and lesser caramel following.. warm, dark fruits and yeasty dryness emanated outward.. tacky and muddled on the finish, with residual tartness. Medium-bodied with low-ish carbonation on the palate.. needed a little more carbo to keep moving.. overall a tasty and interesting brew.


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