bluejacket74 (1996) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
11.2 ounce bottle, brewed in 2010, best before end April 2020. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper/brown color with maybe a 1/4 inch light tan head that fizzled away somewhat quickly. There’s a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, dark fruit (raisins, figs, plums), brown sugar, and some dark bread. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of some peatiness, wood and some sherry flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and has low/moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I’m glad I drank this now. Not sure how good this will be in 2020, but I only had one bottle and didn’t want to wait any longer to drink it. If there’s any more bottles of this lying around, it’s worth buying and drinking! Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2013
Aroma of apple, malt, dark fruit, and caramel. Pours murky brown with fizzy film. Taste is nice and sweet with great flavor profile. Mix between a Belgian brown and English barleywine. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2011
Pours dark for a barley wine, almost opaque mahogany, with faint copper tints around the edges. There is a decent head but it’s not long for the world and recedes quickly to a thin cap.
Aroma is sweet with treacle, caramel, chocolate and tons of dark fruits with raisins and figs. There is also a huge molasses aroma with hints of bready malts.
Taste is also sweet thought there is more of a woody character up front. But after the wood comes the parade of sweet flavors. I’m getting some red apple skin, caramel and plums. The finish has a boozy heat but with plenty of molasses sweetness lingering on the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels really thick on the palate, heavy with sugary sweetness.
I really enjoyed this one as I like my barley wines sweet, and this is certainly sweet. Should age like a champ. zizzybalubba (1891) - Raleigh, 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. 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.
LoFi (1763) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
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. 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. rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Pours a very dark clear mahogany color with a thin white head that fades fast. Nose is molasses, raisins & berries, sugary caramel malts and very similar to a quad. Flavor is light cardboard, sweet malts, chocolate and some dark fruitiness. Slight alcohol present and a sweet syrupy finish. Not too bad. stefannilssons (1578) - 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. angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to someone at Mora2000’s pre BTBF tasting. Dark brown pour. Aroma is caramel, toffee. Flavor is toffee, toast, apples, and plums. Watery mouthfeel. esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2010
Deep amber to ruby colour. Thin head vanishes. Complex charter of deep caramel, butter cookies, raisins and a hint of dark chocolate. Caramelly sweet taste developes through multiple layers deepening and finishing slightly sour. Powerful yet very drinkable, velvety and balanced.