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Traquair 2020 - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

129 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sitarist on 01-08-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Aiptasia:
Photo of Aiptasia
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled while fishing, direct from the bottle. It's a beautiful thing. My first taste of a Scotch ale.

A: I can only rate it as good, as I sampled it directly from the bottle. From what I could note, the beer had some froth along the 12 oz. neck and was a nice rich deep dark color.

S: The smell was imediately noticed, nice rich chestnut, pine hops and sweet dark caramel.

T: Similar to the smell, nutty and semi-sweet. Not as sweet as Belgians but very pleasant on the pallete. Pine hops back it up nicely. Well balanced.

M: Full bodied but with a dry finish. This beer is in your face then finishes dry. Low carbonation and not overly fizzy.

D: Very drinkable. I really enjoyed this one. It goes down very smoothly and the alcohol is well masked. High alcohol content = very dangerous. Pace yourself with this beer.

Aiptasia, Feb 16, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer intent on holding it a least for a little while,Iam glad I didnt.Poured a rich mahogany with a tinge of scarlett,a thinner but persisntent head atop.A mix of molasses,caramel/vanilla,raisin/prune,and light peaty smokiness in the nose,alot going on but it all melds well.Big chewey mouthfeel,the definition of chewey right here.Alcohol dipped stone fruit and molasses dominate the palate,it has an almost cakey feel to it.The sweetnes is kept in check pretty well with the alcohol zip providing the sweetness mainly in the finish.A complex to the hilt beer,its one of the best
barleywines I have had either from here or the UK,wonderful stuff.

oberon, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 brown bottle with a best before date of April 2020.

LOOK: Hazed tawny hue, good lacing on the glass

SMELL: Figs, apple butter, Christmas pudding, slightly boozy alcohol, faint spice, vegtal hop, caramel

TASTE: Smooth, thick creaminess, very malty, caramel, nutty, grainy, earthy, leafy hops, mild twang, slow escalating alcohol warmth, figs, cotton candy, green peppercorn, biscuity, semi-sweet finish

Damn, wish I had grabbed two bottles to see where this one goes eight years later. Certainly great enough to pop open now. A solid sip.

Jason, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of JHarris1717
4/5  rDev -4.8%

JHarris1717, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -4.8%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer is clear but very dense with a hint of garnet brown at the base when held to the light. There is a thin creamy beige head and a gentle carbonation of a few bubbles glide up the side of the glass.

S- The dark pot caramel aroma has a toffee hint with some light dry prune notes in the finish. There is a light buttery diacety that takes on a buttered popcorn quality as it warms but remains in the background.

T- The rich pot caramel has a nice dark flavor with a soft bitter note in the finish. The caramel is pretty neutral not being sweet or dry.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat with a little flat texture which is not a bad thing. There is a gentle fizz that comes through after each sip is finished.

O- The rich flavor of malt is not sweet but nice and compliments very well with the bitterness that lingers just a bit. Although the malt flavor doesn't have a lot of depth it does have a rich full character and it will be interesting to see how this changes.

rhoadsrage, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of lanamj
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my trolls tulip.

A- A nice brown color. Not much clarity one this one, rather opaque. It has a nice mocha head that resides to a foamy cover with heavy lacing.

S- Nice caramel, and sweet malts. It has a small amount of spice in it as well. I do get some dark fruit and molasses as well

T- Nice malty flavor. It has a lot of sweet flavors like molasses, brown sugar and some spice. I get some chocolate and date as well

M- Nice and medium body. Its not to thick but not thin either. I fell like the long feel it leaves makes this a great beer. Carbonation is great.

O- I like this beer a lot. It is good fresh I'm sure with some age it would be great. All around its not the best Barleywine I've ever had but it holds a lot of the qualities that the greats hold.

lanamj, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superior English style barleywine. Dark colour, dark fruit, toffee, booze balanced with a subdued sweetness, cherry, fig, vanilla.Some mollasses and massive rich malts. Very drinkable, so smooth. Above average mouthfeel. I am sure ageing would make it even more amazing.Thanks again M.-P.

Sammy, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown color that looks more like mahogany when held up to the light. The pour produces a nice off-white head that creates a thin ring of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is predominately malty with dark fruit and sweet caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is big and malty up front with some sweetness and toffee flavors. The finish has some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chewy with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this one is pretty tasty fresh. I can only imagine that it will just get better and better with age. Considering the high ABV, this one is amazingly drinkable. Definitely worth a try. Buy one now, save at least a few for later.

cjgator3, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Corkpuller
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really unique and deftly balanced beer. Profound and complex with a soft, soothing texture. The aromas shift seamlessly between fruity yeast driven esters of white grape, coconut/banana, fennel and malt driven bread pudding, chocolate and brown sugar.

If I was forced to blind guess the style of this beer I would have trouble. It's equal parts Barley wine, quad and porter. That is not to say that it lacks focus. I really like it.

The mouth feel is surprisingly light with just enough alcohol kick. Not at all solventy.

My bottle shows no sign of oxidation and actually drinks fairly young. I see no problem for this to age 10 years.

I will be buying 6 bottles.

Corkpuller, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Gonzoillini, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep garnet body with flecks of red in the light. Nice off-white head. Small, but appropriate. Mostly wisps of bubbles after a few moments. Some foam does cling to the glass, surprisingly, especially as I swirl it.

Smell - Rich, molasses flavors dominant. Good dark fruits almost as strong. A touch metallic at the end of the nose. Smells really nice, aside from a touch of impurity.

Taste - The sweetness comes through a bit more, but it's not too much. The molasses flavor is a nice complement to the fruitier aspects. There's a lingering bitterness that manifests itself as a bit earthy, but adds a nice backdrop for the malts. As it warms, there's a distinct diacetyl flavor in the finish. A bit of the scotch ale coming through? It shouldn't be there, I suppose, but I don't mind it.

Mouthfeel - Remarkably light for a 10% barleywine. Not what I expected. Too light, really, as the flavors drop off and almost nothing lingers on the palate. Makes me want to drink it faster, but it's still not a light beer.

Overall - Good flavors. I don't see this improving with age, despite its name. Even with a nice flavor, it lacks the depth to be truly delicious.

Alieniloquium, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of MontereyBay831
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

MontereyBay831, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of trappistlover
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(11.2oz bottle). Pours a deep mahogany with thin off-white head. Aroma has loads of caramel malt, some smoke?, and some wood. It has a faint resemblence to a belgian quad. Not quite a quad, but some similarities by aroma. Taste is sweet with caramel again shining through and light bittering hops. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is slightly bitter. A very nice beer that I would expect to age very well.

trappistlover, May 12, 2011
Photo of aepb1
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/black body with a small tan head

S- Dark fruits, molasses and some bready malts as well as a boozy edge

T- Sweet dark fruits, toffee malts and it finishes sweet

M- Full-bodied and good carbonation, creamy and the 10% ABV is ridiculously well-hidden

D- Solid barelywine to be sure and the hidden ABV for this young is nice

aepb1, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of TWStandley
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

TWStandley, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature 48º into a tulip.

Dark saturated copper crimson in the light, with a finger or two of tan foam resting on top. It settles after a few minutes leaving a delicate ring of lacing on the way down. A thin skim remains across the surface after the first few sips.

Estery and phenolic in the nose like a high gravity doppelbock, perceptible hints of alcohol and malty spice. Brown sugar and cinnamon.

Full bodied, sweet and estery with plum, raisin, and plantains fried in butter. Hints of butter toffee, sticky with brown sugar sweetness, fig jam and multigrain bread. Slightly drying in the finish from the alcohol. Body has enough carbonation to avoid being syrupy, and is simply full bodied and sweet. The 10% abv is apparent in the aroma and taste, though it doesn't overwhelm. One to take awhile with, sipping away the last days of winter.

emerge077, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Just shy of two finger's worth of audibly fizzy light-to-medium tan colored compact smooth slightly creamy froth... Modest retention gives way to a lopsided veil of lacing and a moderate color... The color is aubergine... A bit of light leaks in along the top edges of the glass... Just a couple of small sluggish carbonation bubbles can be seen at the top of the glass...

S - A rich and robust nose... Loaded with malty goodness... Dark fruit bursting at the seems... Plums... Raisins... Fig... Loaded with caramel and toffee as well... A touch of brown sugar... Very nice... Very appealing...

T - Grape juice... Raisins... Figs... Dates... Plums... Perhaps some raspberries as well... Brown sugar... Touches of caramel and toffee... A mild booziness... Fairly complex...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Very minimal carbonation... A bit chalky... Some stickiness...

D - A very nice English Barleywine... This one is a sipper of the malt bomb... An excellent brew to sip and unwind at the end of a long winter day... It will be interesting to revisit this one in 2020 and see how it actually ages...

philbe311, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Gobigvt7
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 1/26/2012. Brewed in 2010. Poured into an 8oz snifter.

a - thin, quickly dissipating white head. A nice amber caramel color.

s - smells a little hot, honey, wet malts, straw. Smells English.

t - bit-o-honey, booze, strong toffee, burnt sugar, and medium sweetness. if there were ever hops here, they are long since hidden by time. Some bitterness from the burned notes. Lingering roasty coffee and butter toffee. The aftertaste might be the best part about it!

m - mildly cloying but not syrupy, definitely hot. very low carbonation.

o - I'm glad I sat on this for almost 2 years. The burnt sugar malty characteristics and aftertastes are stunning and delicious. I feel warm and fuzzy. I wish I'd saved two!

Gobigvt7, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Beejay
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed a bottle of the Traquair 2020. Apparently this is the same beer as the 2010, but is re-labeled for the US Market.

A: A beautiful brilliantly clear copper red. A very pretty looking beer indeed. The head is small and slightly tan, this dissipates into a layer of thin foam and large bubbles. It looks glorious in the glass.

S: A bit of booze. Sweet with caramel, and bready notes. perhaps a little raison. A hint of booze in here as well.

T: Rich and malty, with a huge bread and raison flavor. The finish is sweet syrup and roasted grain. Roasty, sweet and delicious. There is a touch of booze, but that is to be expected.

M: Full bodied, syrupy, and a nice level of carbonation.

D: This beer is pretty great. Full of flavor and a bit of booze.. there is a lingering roasted grain bitterness that finishes this out.

Beejay, May 20, 2011
Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown and ruby read body under a light colored head, bubbles dancing up from the bottom as the lacey head fades

Smell: Malty sugars and baked bread give way to fruity notes, specifically figs which fade into a caramel finish

Taste: Fruity caramel and complex sugars and malts predominate, with hints of bubblegum and dark cherries, which give way to other dark fruits and an acerbic finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, flows on the tongue with a supportive carbonation finish, I wish this was a bit thicker in the body.

Overall: Interesting beer, seems like it has been diluted down a bit, I think if it were a bit more concentrated it would have a better chance of being at the peak in 2020, as it stand now, I don't think that will be the case

2378GCGTG, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very deep reddish brown amber, appearing brown at the edges. Thin fine off-white head that dissipated quickly with light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and some dark fruits. Flavor is strong, rich malt, sweet and caramel. Some dark fruits. Not complex, but very rich in malt flavor. Neither too sweet nor dry. Medium to heavy bodied. Pleasant and I look forward to see how this ages.

LiquidAmber, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a deep, dark amber in color with a decent bit of cloudiness to it. Nice little head of white pops up and over the top, settling down into a thin, but firm coating of white that sticks to the walls decently, and evenly. Rich, deep vanilla coming through the air, enough that it was really the only thing I was detecting at first. Smooth, oak notes now coming up as well as toffee and butterscotch. Complex as could be, you could fall in and die in the aroma of this one. Then you take that first sip, and wave after wave of crashing smooth as silk flavor washes over you. Just immense and complex, it really just puts it all into perspective. Rich caramel malts that are pinned perfectly against the rich, decadent toffee and vanilla flavors. Light touch of bourbon, smooth, earthy, Sublime. There is just nothing at all about this that doesn't just scream smooth and complex.

mikesgroove, May 15, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says brewed in 2010.

A- Pours a dark brown somewhat opaque color with a 1/4 inch tan head that quickly dissolves and becomes a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Light surface foam and unimpressive lacing.

S- Soft roast in the nose with notes of milk chocolate and traces of oxidation. Some alcohol plus some sherry-like sweetness.

T- Smooth roast leaning toward the nuttier side of things with less oxidation sensed than in the aroma. Alcohol is very subdued allowing for multiple sips in a short time-span. More notes of sherry plus some cocoa. Hardly any hop bitterness.

M- Creamy, slick and deep. Low carbonation and a hefty body.

O- Glad I didn't let this go any longer since there are clearly signs of oxidation. The label implies that it can be aged up until 2020 but I beg to differ since there's not enough alcohol. And, although the English barleywines aren't traditionally more hop forward, there isn't enough hop content for my taste.

Immortale25, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany brown body topped by an initially tall but rapidly fading tan head.

The nose reminds me a whole lot of a Belgian quadrupel. Anise, dark candied fruits, ripe figs and tart plums, caramel apple, cereal grain.

Rich but pleasant on the tongue. Toffee, peat, smoke and plum are dominant. Slight berry tartness beneath, though this largely a rich, malty beer. Caramel apple comes to mind again. The smoke character came as a welcome surprise, lending a bit of balance to the initial blast of sweetness. Full-bodied and syrupy on the tongue, more earthy and peaty in the finish than bitter. Really nice stuff, and I can see how a few years of age could turn this into an absolutely brilliant beer.

largadeer, Mar 03, 2011
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Traquair 2020 from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.