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Traquair 2020

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%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluffy (2395) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2011
the site calls it a barleywine, but the bottle says its a scotch ale. its pretty impressive regardless. pours a dark brick head with a short but sticky large bubble head. i smell apples and bourbon. flavor is raisins, dates, brown sugar rum, some pear, figs. a mild alcohol burn and somewhat buttery on the palette. very well done i must say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5341) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2010
Bottle. Thanks Bullit. The aroma has caramel and raisins mainly. Clear, brown coloured barley wine with not much head there. The taste is quite sweet, with sugar, caramel, raisins and a hint of spice. Bit sticky. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (6293) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget. It poured a clear dark amber liquid with a very small dirty grey-white head. Sweet flavour of candy, brandy and caramel. Semi-smooth mouthfeel, medium amount of carbonation and thick body. A bit to alcoholic for my taste. Could use some more malt and residual sweetness. Might improve over time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle, fresh. Pours clear, showing a deep, purplish-garnet colored body with a relatively small, smooth head of khaki foam. The froth settles to a thin film with a pronounced, lasting ring, each tilt of the glass leaving behind a dense wash. A few rounded, horizontal flares of lacing manage to stay behind. The nose is certainly on the sweet side for a barleywine, based in toasted marshmallow most prominently, with notes of singed maple sugar, dates, and pecans trailing in varying prominence. There might be a bit of toffee in there but not much. Hops are primarily floral, with just a dash of citrus. Flavors are a little more balanced, as the toastiness of the sugars lends a bit of edge to the sweeter notes of candied pecans and maple glazed dates. The marshmallow drops off a bit, continuing the balancing theme, though it still largely remains a sweet barleywine overall. Lightly zesty floral bitterness is all that backs up the toast in keeping the malts at bay, but it does a fairly decent job. The palate falls somewhere between medium and full bodied, laden with sugars, yet somehow at least manageably dry. Carbonation is moderate throughout. Good brew on the whole, though this sweeter style doesn’t really tickle my funny bone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (7057) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2013

Appearance: Dark subtle red color with a tan head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Dark malt and fruity.
Palate: Medium body. A bit sweet and light bitterness. Creamy carbonation.
Taste: Dark malt, fruity. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: A pleasant surprise.
Personal stats: Bottle (as Traquair 2010) from a trade with rlgk.
Blytjern 13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9378) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
33 cl bottle as "Traquair 2010".
Originally rated on 20101029.
Pours dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of caramel malts, sweet ripe fruits, toffee and some alcohol notes. Flavor of ripe fruits, caramel malts, syrup and nutty notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (10879) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34696) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2010
Bottled. A dark red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2011
The brew pours chestnut brown with a small head. The aroma has a strong malty backbone, but is not sweet. The flavor is malty on a smooth body, again not very sweet and syrupy, but right spot on as an English barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2011
The aroma is very rich and sweet with toasted caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, and alcohol. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The taste is somewhat like the aroma but is very bitter. The palate is smooth and thick. Overall I am not entirely impressed maybe it needs 10 more years. However, this is still a good beer.

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