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Traquair 2020

 
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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%
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 Scotlands oldest inhabited house. Savour this authentic taste of Scotland.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5610) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Tan head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Dark caramel and maple aromas. Sweet peat and dark caramel upfront turning to hot in the lasting finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16111) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger of frothy off-white head. Intense aroma of dark fruits and caramel to this one. Some plums and almost vinous red wine notes to it. Its also got an almost woody character to it. The flavor is sweet, but not overly so. A bit woody and vinous, maybe even tannic. Heavy flavors of plum and fruit skins. Dark sugar and molasses are also prominent. Medium to full body with low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: January 01, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Dan NYE
Vintage: 2020
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet malty aroma, light smokeyness, candy sweetness, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, dark caramel sweetness, touch of candy character, light smokeyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1580) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2011
Den hr len trevlig och kraftig med mycket kaffe och choklad i smaken. Efter en stund kunde jag ven knna toner av fruktighet och syrlighet titta fram.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (920) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaboon (2007) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
11.2oz bottle from Pinch poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy, dark brown with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma of caramel, sugar, dark fruit and a little smoke. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. A lot more sugar and caramel than fruit in the taste. Full bodied with a thick texture. Soft carbonation and a long finish. Overall, very good. I would love to try this one when 2020 rolls around.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2743) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5322) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a snifter. Pours dark brown with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, some bread, caramel, and cereal, floral hops, and hints of chocolate and alcohol. Flavor about the same with a strong malt profile. Texture is smooth, but I wish it was thicker. A really good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Appearance: clear garnet, amber, and cherry woods dense and polished. Small tannish head fades to a small but solid collar bordering a paper thin tan film. Swirls thick and lacey.
Nose: prunes and fudge, raisins, dried plums and apricots. Fudge weaves in and out of all while dark fruits dominate. Apple skins. Tree bark shavings along the edge with faint whispers of dried leaves.
Palate: prunes and raisins with cinnamon in the back. European chocolates mingle with rich moist black earth. Wisps of smoke in the back burning bark and wood. Starts to grow tannic along sides red wine soaked leather and oak. Chocolate truffles with cinnamon and chocolate powder. Spiced and flambed plums, prunes, grapes, apples, and apricots.
Final Thoughts: lovely and sophisticated. Traquair House never disappoints both in traditional castle brewing and modern inspiration.


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