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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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JHarris1717

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-09-2012 10:42:34 | More by JHarris1717
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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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daysinthewake

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-23-2012 14:47:46 | More by daysinthewake
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Romulux

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-20-2012 20:41:21 | More by Romulux
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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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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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christopheraknox

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-11-2012 21:45:42 | More by christopheraknox
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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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pjs234

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-17-2012 21:51:58 | More by KAF
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-16-2012 04:58:28 | More by ygtbsm94
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-15-2012 21:40:01 | More by RedHaze
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-15-2012 19:34:34 | More by ohtheguilt
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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
Traquair 2020 from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.