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Traquair 2020

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91
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Formerly brewed at Traquair House
Style: Barley Wine
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 164   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.


Ughsmash's rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7181) - 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.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
11.2 ounce bottle, Not sure where exactly I purchased this, however. Likely Monument in Concord or in Berkeley. The aroma on this has lots of cardboardy oxidation with some butterscotch-like notes. The aroma has some sweet, peaty, toffee hints, too. I really enjoy the nose on this. Moderately hazy cola-colored body with a medium, fairly strong light tan head with surprisingly good head retention. Starts with a fairly sweet sherry-like flavoring. Has plenty of toffee in the middle. Light roast. Becomes a little thin and slightly watery. Finishes with a woody, papery, oxidized flavoring. Carbonation is low. This is pretty one-dimensional, and I really don’t see how any more time would improve this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
11.2 ounces goes a long way. dark ruby brown. full bodied and boozy without quite being hot, but the booziness and sweetness are persistent. not any real hop presence, but a complex cornucopia of dark roasty malts, chocolate, plum/raisin and other dark fruits, with a hint of smoke. kinda like a wee heavy, kinda like a barleywine. good stuff, though I’ll have to have another House ale, which i remember being slightly better. this should age well...not til 2020 but for a year or two."

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (605) - SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2014
Dark brown. Loose tan head. Some fizz and complexity.Malt and a trace of mint. Toffee ending with some butter. OK.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1325) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Dirty light brown, no actual head. White pepper and nutmeg drowned in soft toffee sweetness. Malt sack dusty bitter, soft creamy tea. Highlight is the lowlight of the ABV, neat and palatable but there’s not a kick at any point. Slow milky sipping. Finishes lightly lemon bitter but a lampooned comforting creamy linger.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (4219) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark red brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of almonds, dried fruit. Taste is sweet, light booze, more fruit. Texture is oily, medium body. Sticky, rich finish. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2493) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Dark mahogany with tan head. Aroma is slightly oxidised, dried fruit and earthy. Taste of dried fruit, raisins, dates and plum. Sweet and a little prickly fizz.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (3538) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2825) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2014
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/16/2010. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, light herbal/wood, and toast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, light cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, light herbal/wood, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, light cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, light herbal/wood, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost no warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barelywine. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PBEMichaud (14) - CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
Brun opaque. Nez guimauve, chocolat avec un peu de réglisse. Saveurs de top de crème brûlée et de fève de cacao. Superbe équilibre entre le sucre, la faible acidité et l?effervescence entre délicate et modérée. Rondeur exemplaire en bouche. Bouteille, 2014/07/16.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3060) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle 0.33l at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu (as Traquar 2010). Originally rated 31012012. Colour is murky brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, raisins, alcohol, caramel, sweetness and malts.


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