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Traquair 2020

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Formerly brewed at Traquair House
Style: Barley Wine
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
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RATINGS: 162   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (721) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Pours reddish brown with no head and very little lace. Significant fruit and raisin aroma is present. Taste is sticky sweet with dark fruit present. Very smooth on the tongue. Finish is short, but sugary sweet. Great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of rich dark fruits, including plum, dates, figs, and cherries, butterscotch, molasses, buttery malts, and brown sugar. Flavour of butterscotch, plum, cherries, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Finishes with booze and caramelized / burnt sugar. Great body and complexity. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TEJA (1300) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Malty aroma almost like a maltextract with fine oak notes and some Sherry and but this will improve and get eaven better with time. High brown foam that slowly goes down to a lasting thin lace that stays. Deep dark red color and perfectly clear (as far as my old eyes could see through such a dark ale). Big malty taste with big body and aged sherry. A litle bit young still and will improve with a year or 10 in the celler. I’m going back for a couple of more bottles for storing. At 4 € a bottle this is a bargin.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (4213) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2010
999# rating (RB), 2010-09-10, Göteborg AR: the aroma is wee but destictive of red fruits (cheeries, red grapes), spiced choclolate and some vanilla tones The liquid is oily when pored and the aroma is more "sharp" AP: high froty beige head that slowly diminishes leaving wee curtains, colour of body is dark ruby red. F: oily, vinos a bit sharp but well balanced - will be rounder after ageing a couple of years, great bitterness, cherries, red grapes, chocolate (like a chocolate praline filled with cherry in port wine), a bit sprity. Conclusion: a great scottish hand crafted barley wine, thx!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2010
33 cL bottle, courtesy of joergen. Pours cloudy deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is dark roasted malty and slight breadish. Caramelish and breadish. Lingering roasted and dark malty. Slight sweet note. Light alcohol note.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikkopen (835) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2010
330 ml bottle at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Clear deep red colour, thin and quickly dissipating tan head. Caramel-sweet aroma with plenty of dried dark fruits. The flavour is syrupy-sweet, with roasted malt, dates, raisins, oak and alcohol warmth. Medium to full-bodied. Another excellent beer from Traquair House.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4376) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2011
330mL bottle - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia. Best Before End April 2020.

Appearance: Pours out a deep brownish-red body with a wispy, ivory-hued head thinning out into the appearance of a werebat in flight.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose of bread pudding immersed in a hotel pan filled with chopped quality fruits, top-shelf liquor, sugary liquids, and stray wood shavings.

Taste: Golden raisins, currants, and chewy Deglet Noor dates soaking in a sweet blend of dark caramel, treacle, almond syrup, and a few drops of Hennessy and rum. Leisurely languishing of sweet maltiness and robust fruitiness throughout. Buttery, toasty breadiness underneath. Leafy English hop character with a modest twinge of bitterness. Earthy, zesty oakiness creeks in and holds firm until the semi-sweet, lightly heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty and a decent way to sip away a Tuesday night. Seems like the 900 given a slight bump. The fruitiness, sweetness, and light carbonation leave it tasting and feeling like something you’d find under a ’dessert drink’ heading.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6910) - 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
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light and a 1.5 light beige head quickly settles into a lasting ring. Thin ring and sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Earthy, leathery malt aroma with hints of toffee, caramel biscuit and hazelnut. Subtle floral hops and faint alcohol booze but the nose is dominated by the earthy and sweet malt notes. Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a slightly creamy texture. Faint earthy hop bitterness up front that is quickly countered by the leathery and sweet malt flavors. Lots of caramel with hints of toffee, biscuit, rye and hazelnut. Slightly boozy but at 10% the ABV is very well masked resulting in a very quaffable beer. Overall, this beer was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting it to be much hotter and harsh at this stage but it’s already considerably mellow. Well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. I plan on buying a bunch more of these to see how they develop over the next ten years.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9115) - 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!


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