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.
TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2011
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 flambéed plums, prunes, grapes, apples, and apricots.
Final Thoughts: lovely and sophisticated. Traquair House never disappoints both in traditional castle brewing and modern inspiration.
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a shade of ruby around edges. Small tan ring of foam on the surface. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit notes, toffee, sweet malt, and soft chocolate. Taste is very rich and malty with big caramel, chocolate toffee, dark fruit notes, soft alcohol and light peaty smokiness. Touch of brown sugar and molasses in here as well. Body is medium-full with a light, creamy carbonation. Ends with more big malt notes, caramel, toffee, light chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses. Rather tasty! osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pours a mahogany color with a small tan head. Aroma of yeast, nuts, chocolate and light alcohol. Flavor of chocolate, malts and slight alcohol. Decent. beastiefan2k (4191) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2011
11.2oz bottle. Clear dark coppery brown color with a minimal head. Aroma is strong yeastie weirdness, very much Tranquir, very much I like. Strong on herbalness and heavy on malt. Still screams at me as a Scottish barleywine. Flavor is similarly herbal, strong maltiness (deep earthy and leafy) and an ever present alcohol. Easy drinking for a hard beer. I like it, way too pricey to every buy again though. beerbill (3619) - 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.
hellbilly (3306) - 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 fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
Dark brown color, almost black; thin head. Light aroma of caramel, sugar, soap, alcohol, light phenol. Strong caramel flavor, rather sweet but boring, with a really too strong flavor of sweet liquorice. Sweet booze, cloying. daknole (11048) - 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! Ratman197 (15628) - 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. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, dark fruits, a yeastiness (somewhat similar to Unibroue), and a touch of caramel. It pours a transparent dark orangish-brown with a one finger khaki head that leaves behind spotty lacing. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and fruit. The finish has caramel, a hint of Unibroue-like yeastiness, and a touch of alcohol. medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.