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Traquair 2020

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

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RATINGS: 155   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle. Poured a deep mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, some earthiness, and some woodiness. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, lighter earthiness, chocolate, and some roast. Smooth and easy drinking for 10%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Pours a rich dextrinous harp ruby brown with one finger of light tan head. Dextrinous nose with notes of caramel and peat followed by raisins and a mild port-like quality. Rich malty flavor, caramel and sweet toasted grain with some fruity esters and peaty notes. Slightly raisiny with a mild alcoholic warmth and full body.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Dark brown cola-like pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of sweet toffee malts and light floral hops. The aroma really reminds me of a Scotch ale. The flavor is heavy on the sweet caramel and toffee malts with little to offer in the way of bitter hops. Those expecting a barely wine may be disappointed but this is a very solid beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of prune, raisins, dates, toffee and licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, licorice, dried fruit and a hint of vanilla with a smooth dry lingering toffee finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2011
bottle from az wine 4/10/11. dark scotch ale color. clear with a small off white head. it smells like sticks.... woody forest smells mix with sweet smoke, toasted nuttiness, brown sugar, dust and some umami. it tastes a lot like bruised red apples.... sweet and oxidized. there are also notes of molasses, toast, nuts, brown sugar spice oatmeal and some savory business on the end. it is sweet but not cloying. in fact, it is quite enjoyable (especially for one which doesn’t like sugary beers. 8/4/8/4/16/4

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a deep brown that allows no light to pass with clear brown edges. There is a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, caramel, prunes, rum and just a touch of smoke. The flavor is equally enjoyable with ample caramel, prunes, brown sugar and again a bit of smokiness. Some warming from the alcohol arises towards the finish. Perhaps I’ll put a bottle or two away for 2020.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Gift from Doug Jameson. Bottle from Total Wine. Nice, clean reddish brown pour with a solid lacing and thin head. A strong, raisin, caramel malt and alcohol aroma. A well-balabced taste of dark fruit, caramel malts, toffee and molasses. A mild cognac taste. An Outstanding barley wine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaboon (1519) - FINLAND - DEC 12, 2011
Red brown beer with almost no head at all. Aroma is raisins, fruits and toffee. Flavour is fruit, raisins, sweetness and a little bit of alcohol. Very, very nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1446) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2011
Den här ölen trevlig och kraftig med mycket kaffe och choklad i smaken. Efter en stund kunde jag även känna toner av fruktighet och syrlighet titta fram.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4782) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with a lot of red. It negins with a smallish head but it noisily and quickly fades. All kinds of dark fruit and rich malt in the aroma. Wood, too. Very inviting. That complex fruit is also tasted. Raisins, plums, cherries, and alcohol. A bit of chocolate and bourbon. Plenty of earth and a nice little hop bitterness. The feel is smooth. This is good stuff.


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