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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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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Malt and herbal aroma with light fruit. Malt and toffee flavor with light herbalness and light earth. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and light fruit lingers with light herbal notes and light woodsiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear caramel brown with a thin to medium sized white to beige head. Big caramel, toffee, toast on the nose. Chewy toffee and caramel flavors. Long warm booze on the finish, chewy and yummy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Expensive 11.2oz bottle pours garnet – amber with thin tan head. The aroma has an even mix of spices, toffee, black strap molasses, prunes, cherries, figs and sweet molasses. This smells like this beer has great potential with some age and also smells great right now. The taste is very good right now and makes me wish this was cheaper so I can buy more. I get prunes, sweet dates and then boysenberry mixing with molasses. It picks up spiciness midway and ends with sweet prunes, a touch of caramel candy and slick sweet molasses all in the forefront. This is easy drinkin’ stuff for a beer that is meant to be aged. Yum!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 Bouteille 33cl BB 04-2020 as Traquair 2010, courtesy of rlgk. Acajou, col fin beige, blanc cassé disparaissant vite. Arôme est fruité noir avec ce bouquet très anglais au niveau du barley wine, sucre brun caramélisé, léger biscuité et fine note de levure en rétro. Palais est complexe, fruité noir rappelant le raisin sec, prune et figue, le tout ponctué par un léger profil sucre brun et touche de mélasse. Note épicée venant des houblons qui arrive juste après le fruité. Léger terreux, biscuité crystal au niveau des malts. Complexe et un style anglais qui ne fait que se bonifié avec l’age.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle:   Ruby hued, large frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet molasses, raisin, fig, and date like nose.   Sweeter than fruitier.   Smells as if it will be rather malty.   Surprisingly not that malty on the tongue.   I should say, not as thick or rich as I would have expected.   Not that it seems thin, but its not cloying or sticky at all.   Decent caramel and molasses like flavor, with some minor dark pitted fruit.   Very nice flavor profile, and perhaps its better than its not that sticky.   Though I do question it lasting for another 9 years without losing all its legs.   Body and mouthfeel are only moderate.   Lingering sugary malty sweetness, molasses, with some of the aformentioned dark pitted fruit.   Pretty simple, yet fairly elegant, despite not being a bit heavier.   Alcohol is well hidden.   Good, but for $10... I question that.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Bottle from City Beer. Pours reddish brown with a sweet fruity aroma and a modest tan head. There is a sweet smoked malt flavor with a thick molasses finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2013
bottled, at preBTBF tasting, dark brown color , wine barrel notes on aroma, flavor is nice mix of dark whiskey, chocolates, and raisins/grapes

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
2/11/11. 11.2oz bottle. Suprisingly clear deep red pour with a small tan head that fades fast. Big dark fruit aroma mixed with sweet malts and a dash of roasted malts. Sweet fruity flavor up front that fades to a surprising amount of roast, char, and almost smoke. Pretty nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5934) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
330. Pours a clear dark brown with rubied edges. Loose creamy tan suds up top. They don’t really stick around all that long. Big toffee and caramel nose--we love to talk about how lots of beers smell and taste like toffee and caramel, but nobody really corners the market on those essences the way the big UK barleywines ride ’em out at the front of the herd. Creamy, sticky medium body. Surprised it’s not much bigger and thicker, given the stickiness and the abv. Oh, wait. It’s british. Never mind. Toffee, plums, caramel, butterscotch, dates, figs, the whole megilla: christmas morning, fire in the fireplace, stocking full of fruitcake, nobody can understand why you’re drunk already. That’s what this tastes like. Hides the booze reasonably well--oh, yeah. You’re also one of the people who can’t understand why you’re so drunk already. Tasty stuff, worth repeats. Not sure if it’s worth stacking up a case for aging, though that’s clearly the suggestion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (5913) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle from Peckhams, Glasgow. Deep, copper red in colour, with a big white head and slight carbonation. Aroma of caramel, barley sugar and red fruits. Chewy malt flavours, with some orange fruit and toffee. Finish was dryish with warming alcohol. Very enjoyable.


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