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Traquair 2020 - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 42 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sitarist on 01-08-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Axelbay
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
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.

Photo of Tom052
5/5  rDev +19%

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...

Photo of MeisterSmudge
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of avaldivia
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of adrian21
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
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.

Photo of chakadrum
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.)

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a huge head that leaves a few spots of foam here and there

Smell: Caramel, fig and a hint of peat

Taste: Opens with a brown sugar and caramel flavor that adds some figgy complexity by mid-palate; after the swallow, some fusel alcohol appears, followed by a hint of smokey peat in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; a touch of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Being a big fan of the House Ale, I was expecting this to be fantastic; frankly, it is just an above average English Barleywine; maybe it will get better with some age but it really lacks malty complexity right now

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yet very dark brownish amber in color and has hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that faded away, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has light to moderately strong aromas of dark fruits with some sweetness—smells of figs, prunes and raisins seem to stand out in particular. The smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits and some sweetness along with hints of molasses and toffee.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol towards the finish.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and it’s not syrupy or cloying.

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.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter.

Pours clear with a smoked ruby body of beautiful hue and a slight head. This beer could probably produce a much larger head but I prefer to pour English Barleywines with little head.

The aroma of this beer is stronger than average and can be detected from a foot away from the glass. The nose itself is an exquisite corsage of toffee and fruits. The undeniably English hops provide an amazing ripe-fruit touch to the expected notes of figs and raisins. Slightly burnt toffee and lightly roasted barley are present and balanced, and a touch of fruity esters are detectable as well.

The flavor follows the nose and delivers additional flavors, including noticeable dusty oak, slight chocolate, a bit of alcohol bite, and chewy caramel. There is actually less overall depth to this flavor than I expected. This flavor differs from many other English Barleywines in the presence of oak flavors, which are mellow and not tannic or harsh.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth, and the carbonation is mellow but not lacking.

Conclusion: This is as excellent as I expected it would be. The Traquair House Brewery is an interesting piece of history and a place I would love to visit someday, and this beer is another that I respect and enjoy drinking very much.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I guess I was supposed to hold onto this until 2020, but that isn’t happening. In my Great Divide goblet, this beer sits a dark brown with beautiful reddish brown highlights. There’s a dense, light brown head that recedes to a ring, leaving some lacing. The nose is rich, deep and complex. Toffee, brown sugar, a whisper of smoke are immediately noticeable, along with a mild hop character that’s mostly present as a firm bitterness. Moderately caramelized honey is present, this does bring to mind fresh brittle. Some rich, rummy fruit cake is also present, growing in strength as this beer warms up, lending notes of dried figs, raisins and dates. Lovely stuff, this.

The palate opens with an excellent blend of burnt sugar bitterness, dark brown sugar, molasses and toffee. The fruit does take over the mid-palate, lending an excellent array of flavors here – cocoa covered raisins, dates, figs, as well as some dark honey. Medium-full in body with soft, creamy carbonation, this beer does dry out on the finish, leaving a pleasing burnt sugar bitterness, a mild smokiness, toasted bread and a firm hop bitterness. Excellent stuff, this, I’d love to see how this ages, though the initial burnt/brown sugar malt character is one that I fear could get duller with age, or worse, stale and papery. With the alcohol well hidden, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended.

Traquair 2020 from Traquair House Brewery Lld
93 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.