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Traquair 900

Formerly brewed at Traquair House
Style: Barley Wine
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland
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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottled, Special;
A potent ale brewed at Traquair to celebrate the 900th anniversary of this, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. Originally a royal hunting lodge, Traquair has been visited by 27 kings and queens and has strong associations with Mary, Queen of Scots and the Jacobites.

ChristianSA's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Starts with a whiff of tobacco going into dry roasted malt aromas with hints dark chocolate and fruity esters. Almost like a Belgian trappist. The body is dark mahogany sporting a white head with medium retention. The flavor start with malt sweetness going into a long succulent malt aftertaste with coffee and chocolate coming through. The beer lingers for a while with a combination of hops bitterness and caramel fudge before a warming sensation from the alcohol kicks in. Smooth but unspectacular mouth feel. A well crafted, balanced and tasty ale hiding its 9% ABV very well. However it could be more complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10867) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle from Kihoskh. Clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, vinous and a little alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with a little warming alcohol. Very soft. 100814

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8275) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at Chriso going Dutch tasting, 03/07/14. Chestnut brown with a moderate lght tan swirl and edgeing. Nose is light smoke, dark malts, toffee, light peat, dates, spice. Taste comprises dark toffee, very light oxidisation, fruit cake mix, spice, caramelised sugars. Medium + body, fine carbonation, drying close with light booze. Ok barley wine, perhaps a little tired now but still eminently drinkable. The 9% ABV is well integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3rd July 2014
Craig on Heat Tasting at ChrisO’s. Clear deep red - amber beer. Small bubbly pale cream colour head. Palate is light and a little airy. Modest fine carbonation. Tangy toffee laden malts. Whispers of tangy dark chocolate and dried fruits. Trace of mellow cognac, slightly sourish. Light dry finish. Not bas at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13591) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle at Craig on heat tasting. Dark ruby lasting beige head. Sticky sweet malt aroma. some oxidisation and soy sauce. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10767) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s - many thanks to Craig for this one. Pours clear garnet with a frothy, light tan head. The nose holds old bread, some sweat, aged berries. Medium sweet flavor with nips of oxidation, fruitcake, raisins, toffee, figs. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and oily texture. Sweet finish with fruitcake, old toffee, dried fruits, berries. Certainly some oxidation present but the overall beer is wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (2122) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Sweet caramel, a bit thin, little cardboard, light fruit, dry toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
Backlog. Tried it bottled 2011 at Green Lion. Caramel, some chocolate, dried fruits and a slight herbiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Staffan47 (860) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2014
Klötz tar med en flaska på Valborg. Mjölkchoklad i doften. Fikon och torkad frukt. Svagt dammig och oxiderad. 2007

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (553) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
Bottle from 2007. Faint nose to start but opens up over time with nuances of caramel, honey&sweet soy sauce. Very flat but not flabby.Delucate, complex, slight sap, butterscotch,mature with a slightest of bitter ends. Complex and soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2556) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2014
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2007. Pours very murky dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, prune, fig, brown bread, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/fruity malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, chocolate, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, raisin, plum, chocolate, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and lightly fruity flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English barleywine style. All around good balance and complexity of deep malt flavors and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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