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Traquair 2020 - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair 2020Traquair 2020

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93 Reviews
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Reviews: 93
Hads: 138
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 30
Gots: 47 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: sitarist on 01-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you to CruisaC for hitting me with this in the Barleywine BIF. Split with my wife into duvel tasting tulips.

a - beer poured a deep purple brown with a thin white head that didn't hang out long. very plum-like with a darker heart than rim. nice lacing.

s - very nice malt. purple fruits. makes me think of an old ale or even a doppelbock or belgian dark...that family. smells very nice...excited for a taste.

t - strong fig and nutmeg. again, dopplebocks come to mind. the booziness gives it a peppery spicy flavor. malt dominance and i love it.

m - smooth, thick, rich. not overbearing. did i say smooth? slips down really easy.

o - overall, i was very impressed. this is one that i hadn't heard of until it arrived in a BIF box and when i researched it a bit there was some good buzz on it...this one lived up to the buzz and i think is sliding under the radar a bit. very worthwhile beer (that i am pretty sure i can get locally!) that i will be drinking again. this one doesn't need any age, delicious fresh. booze is invisible. the only thing my wife said about it "this is a really good beer" and she doesn't always proclaim that and is quite the barleywine fan. so if this one impressed her, it *must* be good!

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Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of JHarris1717
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. L: Poured from a bottle into a thistle glass producing a lacy 2” tan foam collar over a brilliant chestnut column. S: Fresh bread crust and some plum aromas. T: Rich malt with caramel, fresh bread crust, plum. F: Medium full body, medium low carbonation and less warming than one would expect from 10% abv. O: A very fine barleywine with a strong Scotts character.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of lanamj
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Corkpuller
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of markcp
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of MontereyBay831
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of trappistlover
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of aepb1
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of TWStandley
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of philbe311
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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...

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Photo of Gobigvt7
4.36/5  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!

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Photo of Beejay
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Traquair 2020 from Traquair House Brewery Lld
92 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.