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Traquair 2020 - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

124 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 27
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)
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

5/5  rDev +19%

11-29-2011 01:31:57 | More by MeisterSmudge
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avaldivia

California

5/5  rDev +19%

11-18-2011 17:16:13 | More by avaldivia
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billzav

Florida

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ale is nothing short of outstanding, and takes its place among my favorite all-time barley wines. Deep chestnut in color, 2020 has pronounced notes of sweet caramel and dark fruit in the nose and initial taste, followed by hints of brown sugar, honey, and vanilla spices with a smooth creamy finish. 2020 is a very well balanced beer, and the alcohol content of 10% is extremely well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 12:36:07 | More by billzav
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Tom052

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19%

12-08-2011 00:04:56 | More by Tom052
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adrian21

Virginia

5/5  rDev +19%

11-16-2011 01:35:48 | More by adrian21
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cosmicevan

New York

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 01:49:42 | More by cosmicevan
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BardofBeer

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Traquir House has always been on my top five
list of favirite breweries. 2020 joins its siblings Traquir house Ale and Jacobite Ale as
"WORLD CLASS". I poured 2020 into a tulip glass,
it pours a deep dark mahogany color, leaving a small lacing of head on the surface of the beer and edge of the glass. Aroma is a wonderful blend of Oak, Carmel, Tofee and Plums. The wonderful full body of 2020 wraps the tounge with flavors of roast barley, black licorice,Brown Sugar, Plums and dark Malty flavours.As good as 2020 is now I cant wait to try it in 5 years and again in 10 years. 2020 is in the "life changing experiance" catagory.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:10:19 | More by BardofBeer
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 12 ounce bottle at around 50 F into a tulip glass, this beer poured a three inch thick dense ivory head that slowly faded into an espresso-like crema cap. The liquor is dark ruby, quite clear, with moderate carbonation apparent. The nose is of figs, raisins, and sherry. The same appear on the tongue, with a bit of red fruit (cherry?), caramel and toffee as well, and a honey-like sweetness that is nicely balanced by enough carbonation to keep the beer from being even close to cloying. No hint of the prodigious alcohol strength appears on the palette. The beer feels surprisingly light on the tongue, and is shockingly, and dangerously, drinkable.

Put simply, this is the best English style barley wine I have ever had. This is a world class beer, even at only a year old; a decade in a properly maintained cellar could do marvelous things to it, if one could somehow muster up the determination to lay it down for so long.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:44:35 | More by MCDuhamel
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12owls

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

01-31-2013 22:35:06 | More by 12owls
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tjmodica

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

01-14-2013 01:59:47 | More by tjmodica
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

01-03-2012 02:10:01 | More by pirmannt1
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-15-2012 00:54:35 | More by TonyTalon
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark redish color with hints of brown. Small tan head that didn't leave much on the sides as it dissipated.

S - Candied fruit, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, I have no idea why this is called a barleywine, this has got to be a quad. No mention of barleywine on the bottle, or of anything that Traquair has written. Seems to be all 3rd parties that have dubbed it this, and I disagree. This smells like a fantastic quad.

T - Tastes like a truly awesome quad. Toffee, lots of figs, caramel, and brown sugar. Unlike Rochefort, which gives a bit of alcohol burn, the alcohol in this is buried. Tastes fantastic.

M - Smooth, medium bodied.

D - This is an awesome beer, and I am going to go buy some more, can't get enough of this stuff. One of the best surprises I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 05:17:12 | More by AgentZero
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brotherloco

California

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Best before April 2020... Check.

Pours a dark translucent brown. Very small bright beige head, mostly a ring w/ large bubbles. Touches of lace.

A very nice aroma of dark fruits and sweet molasses. Really reminds me of a Belgian with strong candi sugar.

Taste is fantastic! Even better than the smell. Very similar to the nose. Sweetness prevails, but with layers of bitterness, dark fruits, bready malt, spices, and stinging hops. Again, very much like a Belgian. Alcohol is almost completely buried which is impressive for a 10% beer.

Body is medium full with pretty low carbonation. Gets a bit thick as you get through the glass.

A really great beer. Got a 2nd one in the cellar to try in 9 years, but sure wish I had a 3rd to drink right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 03:19:42 | More by brotherloco
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DoubleJ

California

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A strangely cold day in my area. Good conditions to cook up some chili, add some bacon, and crack open a Traquair 2020 to heat myself up. On to the beer:

The beige color of the head provides a clean contrast between the foam above and the body below. Its body is very darlk red and pishing into brown's territory. Some amounts of lacing cling ot the glass. The nose caught me off-guard with its Belgian-like character; red grapes, prunes, a little booze in the aroma.

As the beer spalshes into the mouth, I knew this was a winner. Sweet dark fruity esters and a dendril of smoke and roast start it all off. But then this ale reaches a new level. The beer starts to get smokey. A splash of tobacco kicks in. Then the beer sweetens and become almost like a chocolate dessert. What an amazing transformation! Bonus points for having the alcohol dangerously hidden and remaining very easy to drink. It doesn't feel as heavy as the 10% says, but it doesn't need be in order to be outstanding.

Summing it up, Traquair 2020 is impressive beer that is ready to drink right now. The trasformation is beautiful, and it paired very well with my bacon chili.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 06:16:55 | More by DoubleJ
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Best before April 2020.

A - Pours with a half-finger of light tan foam that settles to a thin ring and some hazy film, leaving minimal lace. Semi-transparent dark ruby-brown color.

S - Firstly, this smells like a quad. Secondly, it smells like a fantastic quad in the league of the best trappist breweries. Huge nose of caramel, treacle, dark fruits, candi sugar, and only a faint whiff of alcohol.

T - Again, huge treacle and toffee, booze-soaked vinous dark fruits, figs, brown sugar. Booze is not apparent, and this somehow avoids being cloying.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, low carbonation. Goes down very easily for the style, and only the lightest bit of warmth in the back of the throat.

D - This is shockingly ready-to-go right out of the gate. It'll only get smoother over the next 10 years, but there's no shame in being impatient and drinking this right now. I split a 12oz bottle with a friend, and I'm probably going to buy a bunch more for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 17:45:27 | More by MasterSki
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 20:17:46 | More by oberon
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bespin15

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-28-2013 14:34:46 | More by bespin15
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-14-2013 00:31:43 | More by pathman
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Axelbay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-17-2012 02:59:37 | More by Axelbay
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wonder how the Scottish contengency feels about creating Strong Scottish Ale that defies the style to the point that the most apt catagory would be an "English" barleywine. Though there's enough Scotch element to make me interpret this beer as a Wee Heavy to the extreme-- maybe a Wee Sumo?

Pouring an exquisitly handsome and rich mohogany hue with crimson and ruby highlights, the beer shows off its brilliant color and clarity. Lightly tanned foam builds a formitable head that falls to a delicate creme that coats the beer evenly and laces with intermitten pockets along the glass. A very sharp look.

Rich fruity and malt sweetness fill the nose with plumb, grape, dates, figs... really and nice blend of stone, dehydrated and pitted fruits. Sweetened and rounded by toffee, caramel, and molasass the fruits come to life in a very brandyish and port wine kinda way. Still a memory of Scotch Whiskeys persists with earthy notes of peat and mild phenolic smoke.

Very strong flavors of those fruits and malts swirl for a very well melded and mature taste. Rum soaked raisons, fruitcake, and ripe cherries further deepen the complexity of flavors that continue to reveal themeselves with each and every sip. Alcohol flavors dance with the smokey/peaty notes in the finish for a savory, yet thinly sweet taste.

Full and sweetly feeling early, the mouthfeel weathers the syrupy start to provide a creamy and pleasantly fatty mid palate before venturing onward to a malty dry finish and a linger of earthy Scotch and port-like fruity sweetness.

Despite its Barleywine alcohol strength, this beer is as easy to consume as any sessionable Scottish Ale, making it dangerously smooth and drinkable. Though an absolute joy to drink, the beer falls just a step off of the pace of its nearest beer- J.W. Lees Lagavulin aged ale. Sorry Scotland.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 18:22:43 | More by BEERchitect
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stxSS07

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-15-2012 04:41:03 | More by stxSS07
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-14-2013 04:34:17 | More by spycow
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-26-2012 01:23:58 | More by pjs234
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daysinthewake

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-23-2012 14:47:46 | More by daysinthewake
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Traquair 2020 from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.