Traquair 900 | Traquair House Brewery

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Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed once in 2007 to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the Traquair House.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of GlennWB
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate taste along with malt and carmel. Very good beer.

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Photo of Sanderson
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 03, 2017, at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt and alcohol
Head small (2 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown, opaque, many floaties
Flavor of malt and caramel; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Wow! A great-tasting beer, malty and sweet, with well-hidden alcohol. Got to buy some more of these.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2007. Pours very murky dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, prune, fig, brown bread, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/fruity malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, chocolate, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, raisin, plum, chocolate, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and lightly fruity flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English barleywine style. All around good balance and complexity of deep malt flavors and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DLucky
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of seanyfo
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into Grimbergen Goblet

Bottled March 2007, best before March 2017

A- Dark mahogany with a lot of floaters. 2 finger tan head reduces very quickly to a crown. Lacing is average.

S- Slight madeira note, some toffee malt, some spice, overall malt dominant as expected with some dark rye bread.

T- Slight sweet sherry quality with subdued sweet malt character coming through, tad syrupy in the finish. Hint of alcohol heat coming through with prune like bitterness but very subdued

M- Low carbonation, a bit thin in body. Smooth

D- Definitely not the best from Traquair, thought 2010 was far better although thats a younger beer. Would be great to try fresh as this seems to be taking on a sherry quality which i doubt was there fresh which im not entirely keen on. Lost a bit of life. Not one i would seek out again or age any further.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle. 2007 release.

Pours a solid, very dark brown. A tan head soon rings up. Smell is dark, rich fruit and dark, rich malts. Sipping, I also get a heapin' helpin' of roasted molasses. Not really "burnt" though - just sweet, mellow, and boozy. Complex. Tastes like hard tack maple candy. Finishes bitter and with a bit of alcohol burn.. to be expected. Easy drinking and tasty. A fine beer.

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Photo of clickpush
2.59/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lots of sediment, dark brown body, not much head though some bubbles visible. Caramel nose, woody, chocolate. Flavor is a bit oxidized and subtler than I expect from a 900th anniversary beer. Not much going on inside this bottle... wish I'd had the opportunity to try it fresh.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010 (brewed in 2007, to celebrate the 900th anniversary).

Appearance : deep red-brown, with tan foamy head.
Smell : vinous aroma and alcohol presence.
Taste and mouthfeel : dried fruits with bitter notes of hops.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style English Barley Wine.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, 2007 vintage, best before March 2017. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cola brown color with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very malty, it smells like caramel, raisins, molasses, and brown sugar. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with some booze noticable. Also, the taste isn't as strong as the aroma would indicate. Mouthfeel/body is medium with low carbonation, however it seems a bit thin. It's not as rich as I expected it to be. I think the drinkability is good, it's a good sipping brew. Overall I think it's a good beer, although I think this could use some more age on it.

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Photo of zoso493
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got my hands on a 2007 bottle and I've been excited to try it. Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a nice coca-cola color with a lot of ruby tints when held up to the light. A vigorous pour produces a foamy three-finger head that receded quickly.

Smell: Really nice scent of caramel and toffee and all other kinds of sweet malts. Also maybe some brown sugar? Definitely has a graininess that's typical of Scotch ales, as well.

Taste: Really smooth drinking beer. The taste is difficult to describe, but it's almost like a chocolate covered fruit. I'm having a really hard time picking out any specific flavors but it's a very sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this is almost perfect. Really creamy and full-bodied.

Drinkability: You'd never guess there was 9% ABV in this brew. Really smooth, easy-drinking beer, even despite the sweetness.

Overall, this is a really nice and very interesting brew. This is the first English barleywine I've had and while it departs from the American style a bit (or rather the other way around) it's still very tasty and seems to maintain a Scottish edge to it. Definitely worth a try if you see one.

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Photo of Pencible
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle. (Thanks to Will for sharing!) This poured a transparent dark mahogany with quickly dissipating tan head. It smelled like sugary caramel and toffee and honey wheat, with some subtle creamy orange and a bit of alcohol. It tasted like chocolate covered cherry with honey and molasses and oranges and cream and fresh wheat. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a sweet aftertaste. Overall this was a super sweet and succulent beer. It had fantastic complexities and subtleties that go far beyond the flavors I've captured above. It was bold and ultra clean, with well hidden alcohol, so it was super easy to drink. The body was a bit thin, but the taste was just perfect. Truly a great barleywine, which will likely continue to improve with age (peaking in another 5 years maybe?).

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks phyl21ca for this 2007 edition. Pours dark brown with foaming off-white head. Barleywine and sugary aroma, a little old ale in the nose. Above average mouthfeel, with caramel and inetraction of brown sugar. A simple and easy drinking beverage, with some potent alcohol. Satisfing, and sweetish but not overally.

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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a dark, nut brown color. There's quite a bit of light getting through producing garnet (nearly purple) highlights. The head is tan in color and modest overall. It's lucky if it reached a finger deep. Retention was short and lacing was relatively light.

Smell: The nose is very malty and full of dark fruit. Caramel malts smell sweet and strong. Some chocolate is also noted. There's a diverse range of dark fruit including plum, raisin, and a little prune. It smells very sweet. Brown sugar and molasses are secondary components, but add a great deal of depth and character. Smells like there's some very light hop aromas. Alcohol is noticeable, but isn't overly strong. This a very deep and nice smelling beer. I'm sure I'm not catching it all.

Taste: 900 is one malty, sweet beer. Caramel malts are the most prominent variety. They're sweet and give it a really solid backbone. Chocolate malts are secondary and add a little more of a sweet flavor. Prune, raisin, and plum come through very strong and are a primary feature. Brown sugar and molasses play complementary roles, but only add to a very deep roster of flavors. I'm not picking up any hop flavor here. If they're here, they're consumed by the malts. Alcohol is noted, but it's blended pretty well. It doesn't come across too strong. Finishes sweet with a nice dark fruit flavor. I'm close to pulling the "4.5" trigger here. Ultimately, it's just not quite as refined here as compared to the nose. But, it is very good.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and feels a tad too thin. Carbonation is light. It is smooth, but would benefit from a more substantial body. Drinkability is good, but a little limited. It's a big beer, is a little heavy on the stomach, and is strong at 9%. Good sipping beer.

Traquair 900 is really good beer. It's a very nice English Barleywine. I like it quite a bit. The body is a little thin and throws the experience off a bit. There's little doubt it's very good beer. I'm certainly glad we see Traquair here in Ohio. I've been impressed with every single beer of theirs I've tried. Recommended.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Inviting brown body, with ruby highlights, tan head with large bubbles, light lacing

Smell- Sweet malty caramel with toffee and little hops

Taste- Deliciously sweet malty flavor with caramel and toffee. Light roasty malts with slight hop-bitterness in the background to bring a great balance, solid and focused.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a chewy texture. Excellent.

Personally, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep rich mahogany color, poured into a snifter, with very little evidence of a head on top. A thin beige ring circles the glass. a sweet, almost sugary scent strikes the nose, that is followed by dried fruit fragrance. Then a dark bread scent rounds it all out. The taste is heavy on the malt, and it dominates all the way through ech taste. Bread and yeasty fuit esters come in at the end of every sip. A hearty mouthfeel at the front, it spreads itself out evenly, gradually thinning out. The warming sensation of alcohol hits the back of the throat and continues all the way down. This is definitly an english barley wine, the intense maltiness and fruitiness in the taste and the hearty feel, make this a beer to warm up to on cold rainy day.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 33cl bottle from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a dark dark brown with a little bit of khaki head.

S: caramel malts, brown sugar, slight alcohol scent

T: a sweet, slightly alcohol flavored caramel malt and brown sugar taste...nice combo

M: very full bodied and palate covering

D: drinkability suffers a little from the alcohol flavor, but the overall taste is delicious enough to keep you wanting more

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the tenth and final beer in our June 11th Old Ale Blind Tasting. It finished in 4th place. Courtesy of JRedner. Pours clear amber with thin tan head. The aroma is date, prune, plum and raisin dark fruitiness. There's also mild cherry candy sweet and tartness too. The taste is malty sweet leaning toward caramel. Behind that is a note of sugar coated plum sweetness. There's some grapes mixed with caramel too. Wow, very dark fruity goodness. Almost tastes like a rich sweet grape juice. This one seems to border between the styles of English Barleywine and Old Ale.

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Photo of beveritt
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a silk screened, 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label has a short narrative concerning the 900 year anniversary of the Traquair House. No freshness date visible.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of light tan head. This settles to just a thin, incomplete coating of foam and a slight ring around the glass. The beer itself is a deep, dark brown and completely opaque. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Extremely sweet and fruity aroma, like the strawberry Red Vines. No hints of malt or hops.

Taste: Luckily, not as sweet as the smell. Still sweet malt, but at a much more reasonable level. Caramel abounds, with hints of honey. Slight acidity. Very mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation level. Body is good, but not as good as it can be for a barleywine.

Drinkability: A little leary based upon the smell, but this turned out to be a nice sipper. Not sure if this has the complexity to develop with age, but not a bad sipper now.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've tried this beer two times. The first time was at home a year or two ago and now I tried it again on the pub. You can really tell that some stuff has happened to this beer after so long in the pubs refridgerator (good things actually).

Looks amazing! The bottle is so lovely and mystique, I've even saved a bottle to have at home to look at. The beer pours a dark brown/red color with a huge beige head.

Smells interesting of pine-needles, almost hints of the Swedish Christmas-drink "Glögg" which is a basically a spiced up wine with some Vodka added. The smell is really malt-dominated anyway, and really matured.

Tastes good with notes of those earlier mentioned pine-needles, sweet malts and some spices. The high ABV doesn't bother me at all in this one, I couldn't tell that is is 9%.

I think this is one of those "must-try"-beers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a thin, short-lived head.

Smell: Sweetish dark caramel aroma with a distinct woody component and notes of dark fruits stirred up with some booze.

Taste: Cream dark caramel and brown sugar with a reasonable amount of malty sweetness. Touch of licorice. A bit woody, some tobacco hints too. Rather fruit throughout with a taste of plump, juicy raisins. Earthy hops with a restrained bitterness. Somewhat boozy on the chewy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decent, enjoyable barleywine and isn't that all anyone was ever asking for?

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Traquair 900 from Traquair House Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 45 ratings