Formerly brewed at Traquair House
Style: Barley Wine
Innerleithen, Peebleshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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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.

KyotoLefty (10693) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle. Shared at my 10K rating celebration. Nose is treacle, caramel, vanilla. Dark brown with lace. Sweet treacle flavor, chocolate, caramel, fudge, grapes. A bit oxidized, very fruity. A bit past its prime but lovely.

Holmen1 (6481) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2015
Flaske (med dansk pantemerke - fra Kihoskh?) delt med Ovesen etter vellykket brygging: brunsvart med mye skum for en barley wine. Nydelig aroma av sviskeplommer, tørket fiken og Anton Bergs Blomme i madeira. Smaken likeså, og den er naturligvis i avdelingen for søtsaker. Allikevel såpass med humle at den ikke blir vammel. Kompleks, langvarig og lekker.

Holmen2 (4043) - NORWAY - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle shared with JMD at HND 15.11.15. Ebony. Pale brown head. Strong aroma of roasted nuts, dark malt, figs, strawberry jam and brittle. Similar taste. Sweet aftertaste of sweet berries and sweet brittle.

teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 14, 2015
Bottle split at ChrisO tasting, London. It pours a dark copper color with minimal off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, toffee, raisins, figs and light oxidised. Taste is sweet and lightly warming with notes of chocolate sponge, orange marmalade and toffee. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, excellent

TorbenJensen (1572) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2015
Traquair 900 has a beautiful hazel color. The aroma is malty with notes of fruit, caramel and brown sugar. It tastes good both plum and raisin and has a slight aftertaste of chocolate. Brown sugar characterizes the sweetness, but never gets too overwhelming. I can not trace any hop bitterness, but it is also not required in a Barley.

GlasgowTAD (1898) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
Pours a reddish brown with slight foamy white eggshell head. Aroma is raisins, figs and red berries. Taste is figs, raisins, slight oak and vanilla.

andreasnatanael (8) - - MAR 5, 2015 does not count
Nydt i vinglas. 11-07-07. MHT 01-03-17. Kraftig maltet, nærmest portvin, meget sød, karamel, brunt farin, rusiner og andre mørke frugter, samt lettere medicinsk og nogen humlbitterhed. Der dannes en meget lille cremet skumkrone, der forsvinder og efterlader en lille blondekant. Den er usigtbar, mørkebrun og med rigeligt bundfald. Aromaen bliver i smagen nærmest helt opfyldt. Den er startende med moderat sødme, som hurtigt tager til i styrke og bliver endnu kraftigere og kun en let humlebitterhed. Kroppen er medium i konsistens, klæbrig og med lettere kulsyre, lidt medicinsk, moderat alkoholisk, som er fint gemt i de mange smagsnuancer. Virkelig en glædelig smagsoplevelse, kan helt sikkert gemmes år endnu og blive mere og mere rund og blød!

AndySnow (8119) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Butterscotch, caramel, some liquorice, chocolate, alcohol.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, butterscotch, liquorice, alcohol, raisin.

mR_fr0g (13517) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s mid-week lasting 03/07/14. Tha haanks to Craig. Caramel / mahogany brown coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is nice liquorice, berries, caramel. Touch of age on the nose , cardboard. Flavour is swweet liquorice, touch of smoke, caramel, dried fruits. Palate is fullish body, sweet. Solid.

McNeillR (2329) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Massive soft dried fruit, a lot but not firm - breezy oaty and light clove. Initial taste is rich dipped McVitives with a terse darkened malt and oily sweetness. Sweet, half-melted toffee and a light milky cup of tea. Finishes smooth, brown sugar sweet and bright fading bitterness.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

Much more noticeable spice here, a bit woodier and still that nice milky sweetness. Solid 4 still.

Bottle, Sir Tadalot Top 50 Scottish Tasting

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