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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: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 Scotlands oldest inhabited house. Savour this authentic taste of Scotland.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2847) - Finspng, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2010
Pours deep ruby with a large but fast sinking head. Sweet aroma with notes of wood, toffee and treacle. Thick mouthfeel. Flavour is quite sweet and has notes of wood and cherry stones. Alcohol bitter finish. Will probably improve with age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2010
Veeery dark red color. Dried fruit and alcohol in aroma. More of the same in the flavor together with a malty body and a lot of sugar for the sweet tooth. The bitterness is there, but not in your face, it rather brings it all together. Some oily viscosity, still not as much as many other barley wines and not enough if you ask me. Still, a nice beer but not top in its class.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Croff (164) - Ostra Sonnarslov, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2010
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. Small head that fades to a thin lace very quickly. Aroma of caramel, spice, ripe dark fruit, and a slight hint of toast. Full bodied flavor of dark bread, dark fruit, floral, herb/spice, malt. Foamy mouthfeel with noticable alcahol. A mild dry, syrupy finish, with a oak note. Although drinkable, It is a different barley wine than I have had before. While drinking it I had to keep reminding myself that it was barley wine and not a american strong ale. I look at the ingedients on the bottle and no barley. I look into the Traquair website and it is not referred to as barley wine. So I dont know what this stuff is as far as a "style", it is drinkable, but nothing special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (6557) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2010
999# rating (RB), 2010-09-10, Gteborg 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
holdan (260) - USA - SEP 9, 2010
Dark amber with nice head. Aroma roasted, malt, dark fruits. Taste roasted, malty, sweet dark fruits, licorice. Body full, text smooth and thick, alcohol well hidden, finish with bitter coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6564) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle (33 cl) from systembolaget. Dark reddish brown, medium creamy beige head. Nutty, almondy, and caramelly malt aroma with dried fruits and a lot of floral and herbal hops. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Dry with a nice, soft, lingering bitterness. A slightly different barley wine with more dark molasses maltiness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (3174) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a shortlasting tan head. Vinous with a taste of dark friuts, red currants and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jongo (85) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. Latte colored thick foam. Brown and hazy color. Smell of sweet figs, cinnamon, raisins and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, caramell sweetness, figs and a hint of red berrries. Medium mouthfeel with an earthy bitter aftertaste. Not done yet. Needs cellering, now its to much alcohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LoFi (1711) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. Very dark brown/red with a beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma of port wine with quite a bit of alcohol. Tastes of licorice, port, dried fruits, caramel. Sweet with a full mouthfeel and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (3002) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a thick off white head. Some lacing. The aroma is sweet of dried fruit, port and burned caramel. The taste has a rich malt profile, its sweet like chocolate and grain, a little smokey with hints of some vegtables. The aftertaste is not as sweet, in fact its rather laid back with some saltiness to it. The texture is a little sticky, but not over the top. "Stable and serious" I think this will be a world class beer after some years in the cellar!.

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