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Traquair 2020 - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

121 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%


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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sweemzander

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Says this was bottled in 2010, meant to be consumed before 2020. So as the brewer intended, despite me opening this now, it age for longer.

(A)- Pours a rather dark burnt sienna color. Produced a minimal tan frothy head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- An overall richness of caramel, honey, and a light biscuit-like yeast profile. Ever so slight hint at the beginnings of oxidation that brings out some really nice earthy leather notes and combines nicely with the honey and caramel malty sweetness.

(T)- Again, like the smell, a nice underlying sweet richness. Velvet-like honey and caramel malts. Subtle hints of leather/tobacco. As it warms some really nice bits of raisin and molasses show up that really adds another nice dimension to the overall taste of this.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. The sweet richness in this is so nice since it does not overpower your tastebuds, but is balanced so well with the subtle beginnings of oxidation with the bits of leather and tobacco. Ever so mildly bitter that its almost not worth mentioning.

(O)- This is a great English style barleywine that does not get too sweet or boozy. I have not had this fresh to compare how it is now, but this is one of those beers for me that really shows even what about 2 years of aging can do to change how a beer is. Would it get better with more time? Hard to say since its in a really nice spot right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:44:39 | More by sweemzander
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: dark, semi-turbid brown, light tan head - foam pours tall with a strong pour, medium blubby bubbles, falls rather quick, but does leave wispy swirls to the bottom and some snotty streaks of lace

S: caramel, brown sugar/black rum - cocoa powder - a little bit of whiskey? (toasted wood and grainy booze), though fairly mellow and mild - subtle hints of dark fruit...maybe a baked plum? - the chocolaty malt is quite the dominant aroma, overall

T: caramel, mild and dark vinous notes - a touch of anise woven in the back - distinctly a Traquair/Scottish flavor profile, reminiscent of their House Ale, just seemingly altered due to the higher alcohol content

M: wonderful anesthetic/sedative effect (have I eaten enough today?!) - smooth with a booze-attenuated syrupy consistency - "thin" and "light" enough - silky, but not heavy - super easy to knock back

O: very darn drinkable, of course - its construction is pleasant and solid, but arguably suffers from a little lack of depth and strained richness - as I stated, this tastes too similar to their House and Jacobite, as far as the malt profile goes (which is hardly a bad thing)

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:32:27 | More by Bouleboubier
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color with amber hues along the edges and a small amount of frothy off-white head that dissipates to leave some lacing.

Aromas begin with intense dark fruits and caramel maltiness. Its a sweet bready, toasty maltiness but has a definitive fruity component with plums and almost vinous red wine notes.

The tastes follow the nose with copious amounts of toasted brown bread, molasses, caramelized sugars and dark fruits. The flavors are sweet, but surprisingly not overly so as many beers of the style and ABV can be. As it warms it gets a bit woody and vinous, bordering tannic, with potent plum and fruit skins.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with an expectedly lower amount of carbonation. Finish is fruity with surprisingly low perceieved alcohol.

Overall I am very impressed with this offering from Traquir as I have been with all their bottled beers. I was afraid from the appearance and the aromas that this would be too cloying sweet and alcoholic but it was neither which is a true testiment to a quality brewery. I'm not sure if this weill hold up until 2020 but I plan to try to find more in the near future to test out the theory.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 19:57:06 | More by claspada
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Corkpuller

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 19:43:29 | More by Corkpuller
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into duvel glass.

Appearance: brown body with a cranberry red hue. Almost 2 fingers of offwhite head that drops to a thin cap.

Smell: The nose is sweet, fruity, spicy, and vinous. Almost reminicent of a Wee Heavy beer minus the smoke.

Taste: Low end of moderately sweet malt profile that goes right into a strong fruity note about the middle of the beer. Hints of brown sugar, candied sugar, and caramel; but its even more fruity than the beer is malty sweet. I am getting a mixture of raisins, prunes, red apples, red grapes, pears, and white grapes. The beer finishes with an estery, vinous, and spicy, alcohol burn that is a touch stronger than subtle yet not quite to the moderate level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This drinks pretty easy for a 10% ABV beer. A touch of heat from the beer, but thats to be expected within the style/ABV that this beer proclaims to be affixed to.

Overall: This is a nice beer, but I can't say its an english barleywine. Its so much more fruity than it is malty sweet; so it reminds me more of a Scottish Wee Heavy especially in the flavor profile of the beer. More caramel, toffee notes is to my liking for an english barleywine. I speculate that since this beer was made in scotland the yeast strand from that beer region imparts the fruity flavors and nose found in this beer that are similiar to a Scottish Wee Heavy style beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 12:28:23 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Immortale25

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 02:47:29 | More by Immortale25
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small notes oak and peet, with a light roast and notes of caramel. In the taste, a small alcohol presence, and nice roast, and a pleasant caramel presence. A small bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and small alcohol presence in the aftertaste. A bit alcoholic, but a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 19:29:52 | More by OWSLEY069
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shleepy

California

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle info snifter glasses. Bought at Whole Foods in San Ramon, CA.

A: A good, brown color. Small-medium off-white head.

S: Molasses, and either oakiness, a spice, or both.

T: Hot alcohols come though, just a little bit. A lightly (hazel)nutty sweetness. Does not finish clean because of the alcohol.

M: Fairly heavy-bodied. Low-medium carbonation.

O: I remember liking the House Ale more. I think this one is too high ABV to be very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:43:30 | More by shleepy
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jibbyvonjibb

California

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany brown color. Clear. Small head.
S: Strong toffee. Licorice. Bourbon, which makes me suspect that it has been aged in barrels. Molasses. Baked bread. Figs. Some alcohol. More intense than the house Traquair which I found to be more fruity.
T: Alcohol quite noticeable up front. Mollasses-like sweetness. Caramel. Finishes with a raw grain astringency.
M: Full body. Medium carbonation. Creamy, like a toffee candy.
O: An interesting, complex beer, but not as drinkable as the lighter version, which has more balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:39:47 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was dumb and didn't buy this about 6 months ago when I had my first chance. So I see a single bottle and snatch it up without hesitation farther down the road. And now I'm cracking open the only bottle I'll probably ever get. I feel like I'm about to hear the theme song for the "real men of genius" any second now.

This beer is smooth. Very well made. I don't really get a high amount of distinct character, but the thing that I think about while I drink it is that it's a true barleywine. It's a shame I don't have more to let rest for a while to see how they develop as I am certain it would be interesting to see. I guess that's what I can say most about this: that it is well enough made to let age and develop into something genuinely serious.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 04:59:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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jtingue

New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Deep, but clear, mahogany red in color. Pours with one and a half fingers of head that stick around for quite a while. Some lacing on the side of the glass, but nothing spectacular.

Smell. Very fruity, as one would expect, with very ripe prune and raisin. Joining the fruit is some substantial molasses like sweetness. A slight metallic astringency is there in the background along with some alcohol.

Taste. Starts out with sweet, estery, fruits, again with prune and raisin. Some huge, candy like sweetness cuts the fruits and overwhelms the palate. Some slight detection of alcohol, but just enough to warm it up a bit and not to cause any sort of burn. Some of that metallicness come through here as well, not sure quite how else to describe it. The finish sees the return of some of the fruits, along with a minimal amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Thick in body with light carbonation, but enough to give it a very creamy mouthfeel. The warming of the alcohol, as stated before, contributes in a good way.

For me this one is quite enjoyable, maybe not worth the 12 dollars I paid for it, but still enjoyable. I wish I could expound more on the metallic note, but I cant really describe it. That is the only hickup in the beer, for me. This does have 2 years of age on it however, so who knows how it was stored...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:09:35 | More by jtingue
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 02:50:36 | More by Jason
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:01:16 | More by Alieniloquium
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:37:30 | More by LiquidAmber
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2378GCGTG

Texas

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

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 14:40:01 | More by 2378GCGTG
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, nicely amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue when held up to the light as well as carbonation bubbles viscously struggling to rise up through the beer. As I pour this deeply caramelized sugar notes are noticeable as well as an earthy, coriander like spiciness that really seems to be more of a nutty note as my nose adjusts. Notes of caramel brittle, touches of toffee, a nutty sweet maltiness as well as a frutiness that reminds me of dates and perhaps a touch of raisins are noticeable up front; this really does sort of remind me of some sort of nut & caramel candy, perhaps a nut brittle of some sort. At first there seemed to be an ever so slight vegetal note to this beer, but that seems to have dissipated pretty quickly.

Rich feeling as it first hits my palate, but not nearly as much as I was expecting, a bubbly carbonation keeps this moving along, even providing a touch of carbonic bite in the finish. A hint of dark malt, sort of grain husk astringency is lightly noticed in the finish, there is also perhaps a touch of herbal character and bitterness in the finish. The beer is viscous and certainly has a certain heft to it as it lumbers across the palate; this suggest at the sweetness that is so pervasive in this beer; it isn’t quite cloyingly sweet and the sweetness is not simplistic as there is a lot of caramel, chewy-nutty malt complexity, definite caramelized biscuit character, as well as a more toffee like note at times. There is a subdued fruitiness here that suggests at dates and perhaps some raisin like notes (though the latter seems a little bit of a stretch. There is a touch of spiciness and heat from the alcohol in the finish, though for a beer of this strength it is certainly quite smooth. This suggests at a rich, almost oxidized character (though I don’t think this is strictly true) that reminds me of sherry in some ways (the nutty notes also help with this).

This is quite tasty, definitely an appropriate, cold weather sipping beer. I could see this aging quite elegantly for a couple years, though I don’t think this would be in peak condition come 2020.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:43:19 | More by Gueuzedude
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep chestnutt color with red hues leaving a dirty white cap and lingering bubbles

S: English malts, some dark cherries, toffee and some sherry

T: Very nice. Has an extremely nice clean taste with prnounced dark cherry, underlying cocoa, some sherry notes, light elements of dark fruits, toffee and light booze ending with a nice bitternes

M: Nice medium to big body, well carbonated, extremely smooth on the feel, lots of flavor

O: Nice, clean and memorable English Barleywine courtesy of Thorpe429

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:48:45 | More by barleywinefiend
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Gobigvt7

Oregon

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 07:26:51 | More by Gobigvt7
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby brown color where light easily passes. Modest but thick, long-lasting head that leaves a ring of lace after each sip.

Strong, rich maple syrup and caramel smells. Very sweet, like freshly made toffee.

Strong malt sugar flavor, reminds me of taffy for some reason. The alcohol is very present, but not overwhelming. Rich body, naturally, but the low carbonation makes nearly oily. Notes of vanilla and flat cola.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:19:15 | More by smcolw
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle, Eddie.

Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger of frothy off-white head. Intense aroma of dark fruits and caramel to this one. Some plums and almost vinous red wine notes to it. It’s also got an almost woody character to it. The flavor is sweet, but not overly so. A bit woody and vinous, maybe even tannic. Heavy flavors of plum and fruit skins. Dark sugar and molasses are also prominent. Medium to full body with low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 18:47:49 | More by womencantsail
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer. Pours a slightly murky brown with a thin head. Lovely aromas of brown sugar, figs, and plum pudding. The taste is similar with rich caramel flavors, a bit of spice, a bit of wood, and some nice dark fruit. Slightly on the sugary side, but there is a streak of bitterness that runs through the beer that helps balance things. This should hold up well in the cellar, as advertised, probably taking on sherried notes. Very drinkable right now, but probably better in another year when the sugariness has diminished a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:31:01 | More by Georgiabeer
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with a friend and served into a goblet

A: Hazy brown with a small amount of cream colored head. A bit muddy looking, but not bad.

S: Caramel, toffee, Figs. Very nice.

T: Plums, toffee, some breadiness - not nearly as sweet as I thought it'd be. Complex and balanced.

M: fairly thick with good carbonation.

O: I very much enjoy this beer. I find many English Barleywines to be too sweet and boozy. Not so with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:20:07 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:43:00 | More by philbe311
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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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chakadrum

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I noticed when I poured it was that it felt rather fluid as opposed to being viscous. No head. As I sip no lacing clings. I almost gave it a rather low appearance rating then I held it up to the light and saw the lovely ruby hue.

The smell reminds me of Thomas Hardy's. Rich dark fruits.

I taste some light coffee notes. A bit sweet most likely from the residual sugar from such a high gravity beer. Not much in terms of hop presence. I taste a tiny bit of licorice. I'd guess the beer is around 50°F right now which feels like a really good temperature for this beer.

Despite my original comment on the fluidity, this beer has good body. Not too thick not too thin.

Overall, excellent beer for a snifter and/or goblet and a fire place, with a fire, on a cool fall night or a cold winter night for that matter. This would also age really well I'm sure (as the name implies.)

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 22:23:02 | More by chakadrum
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Traquair 2020 from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.