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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: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 (7122) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2543) - 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 (11) - 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 (2779) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burg326 (3662) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
Poured a caramel color with aromas of light wood, toffee, booze and some light oxidation. Flavors were caramel and toffee with some wood and oxidation on the back end. Decent beer overall

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2701) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle received almost 2 years ago when I turned 30. Thank you rlgk! 2010 version. Pours murky wooden brown with a very small beige head that doesn’t leave any trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet, malty and vinous with biscuits, caramel, toffee, sherry, sweet dark bread, wood, raisin bran, hay, dates, leather, alcohol and hints of lemon zest, cardboard and smoke. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter, malty and vinous with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, port wine, sherry, hay, raisins, dates, prunes, leather, cardboard, soil, wood and hints of alcohol and smoke. Mouthfeel is round, slightly sticky sweet, tiny boozy, vinous and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and malty with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, port wine, hay and lemon zest. Quite good but starting to get unpleasantly oxidized.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6624) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2588) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
12 Oct 2013, bottle. ruby brown, clear, some bubbles, very fizzy head. nose is raisins, big alcohol, doughy wheat bread. med body, moderately fizzy. tastes of toasted cereal malt, some alcohol, toasted raisin oatmeal cookies. pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Brown pour with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee with some heavy caramel notes. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of some nice dark fruit notes complimenting the toffee and caramel. The alcohol is also present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

1/27/2011: Traquair 2020... Aroma: Chlorine followed by some rich caramelized malitness. Appearance: Mahogony color; mostly clear; deep beige head. Flavor: Nice caramel maltiness with a slight butterscotch quality; good residual sweetness; almond sweetness; quite European-like; alcohol is mostly hidden. Palate: Medium-bodied; milky texture; smooth mouthfeel. Overall: Nice, but probably needs a year or so to fully develop.

11.2 fl. oz. bottle (10% ALC./VOL.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #148 for this beer.


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