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.

Added by bark on 09-06-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by Bananaman:
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 olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown and burgundy color ale with a medium foamy head with some average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of subtle peat with some toffee malt is well balance. Taste is also a well balance mix between some toffee malt with some subtle notes of peat which is quite enjoyable. Body is quite full with a very nice creamy texture. Very well done and something I would love to have more often.

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

Big thanks goes out to Dlucky who sent this bottle my way because as he said, I just had to try it. Well damn, I guess I will then. I pulled this one out and proceeded to chill it down. Served around fifty degrees and poured into a chalice. This one was consumed on 10/22/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich dark and earthen looking. Nice tones of a dark hazelnut brown with an infused look to it. Almost totally opaque, save for a few tiny glances of light in and around the back end of it. A nice tuft of tannish colored foam then rose up over the top of it and settled down nicely into a small pillow on top of the glass. Some light side glass lace capped off a very nice little show.

The aroma was very full, and nice and complex, classic old ale. Nice notes of bourbon, woodsy, oak like notes and a good touch of caramel coming off of it right away. Maybe some currant, or some other nice dark frit like vibe well underneath with the slightest touch of what could be seen as honey kissing it. The flavor was very mellow, nice and almost tasted aged, this was very well put together. Interesting blend of toffee and chocolate like flavors on top of a very bready, malt driven base that really just pushed this well into the forefront. Some light, and earthy hops in the finish were fleeting, but had enough of a punch to really push the caramel and toffee flavors across the back of the tongue towards the end. Nice push on here for sure. Smooth, with the alcohol very well hidden, this was a sipper, but by no means came off too strong. Delicate carbonation was more then enough to keep it from feeling flat, but not too much to lighten it up.

In the end, while not the best I have ever had in the style, I have to give this one a damn good recommendation. Very solid with a deep, resin filled palate. I really enjoyed this and would love to have it around on a semi regular basis.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. 9% ABV. Pours a very dark mahogany color. A nice looking tan creamy head disappears after a few minutes, leaving a bit of lace.

Dark fruit, cherries in the nose. A bit vinous. Toffee malt and esthery character.

A fair amount of chocolate malt, with some residual sweetness. Dark fruit and raisins come to mind. Not much in the way of bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden for a beer of this size.

Medium body, low carbonation. An interesting, and somewhat pleasing beer.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle comes to me courtesy of DLucky. Thanks, man. Review edited slightly to reflect a tasting on 12 Dec 2008 (basically only change was alcohol had already started to blend in a little better though I tihnk this one will be good for years to come).

A = Dark mahogany, a small tan head kicked up with some ferocity on the pour but subsided very quickly leaving scant tracings on the surface with slight carbonation made up of small bubbles.

S = This one needed a couple minutes to breath, right after the pour it was very barnyardy but once it had opened up I get large amounts of molasses, treacle, rye bread dough, very slight floral tartness.

T = This stuff is awesome. Cream, chocolate, Bailey's, maple syrup, molasses, but even with all that a definite bitterness to keep it all in balance.

M = Heavy bodied, smooth creamy texture, perfect level of carbonation when swished, great mouthcoating.

D = I could drink this over and over again. Highly recommended.

A tour de force. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. I am laying a few bottles down to see how it changes over time. The bottle says the drink by date is in 2017. Let's see if that's right or not.

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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 barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so, an anniversary beer from Traquair. Didn't know about this one till it showed up courtesy of BWBIF 3. How's it fair:

A - rich dark brown / ruby red with a nice off white yead

S - rick dark ripe fruits, sweet malts, raisin, raisin and a slihgt hint of abv.

T - similar to the aroma, it's rich toffee, raisings and sweet malts. It reminds me of certain moonraker but drier.

M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, sweet with a balance to keep it on the dry side of sweet.

D - a sipper and at 12oz it's a great serving size.

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

Almost a year old by now. Strange choice of drink for a hot summer night...but why not?

Medium to dark brown with red hues. Decent tan head that dissipates quickly, a little lacing.

Smell is very nice! Dark rum-soaked dry fruits (raisins, figs) dominate. Something remiscient of Marmite. Roasted notes, coffee maybe, a little bit of chocolate. Quite a lot of alcohol.

Taste is along similar lines as the smell, but not as impressive. A little drier than expected. A little too much alcohol. Little hop presence, though some bitterness in the finish.

Full bodied, somewhat slick, small bubbles. Goes down easily for a 9% abv beer.

Good and surprisingly drinkable!

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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 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 mdagnew
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Cornelius, Edinburgh...

Poured a deep dark russet brown colour... creamy mocha head poured small but tight, thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to patchy wispy covering with thick edging... some light strands of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of rich treacle sweetness mixed with dark fruits (dates, prunes, fig and raisins), toated bready (mainly fruit loaf) malts, nutmeg and faint cinnamon spices, sweet toasted nuttiness, dark chocolate and liquorice, faint trace of smoke, some of the 9% alcohol just noticeable..

Taste isn't quite as amazing as the smell... Molasses, rich alcohol (rum) soaked fruits (figs, prunes, date, some raisins also), some light smokiness comes through after the sweetness, toasted bready maltiness, malt loaf, light marsala notes, quite a lot of spiciness - pepper and nutmeg, some light medicinal notes, some soy, faint anise...

Feel - Rich and smooth... medium / full bodied...Drinkability is pretty decent even for a beer of 9% although it might become too sweet after more than bottle...

Overall - An amazingly good brew... every bit as good as i had hoped... Highly recommended.

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

Very dark red-brown in colour. Poured with little foam and smelling of yeast, caramel and some fruit- pears maybe? The taste was rich, ather X-mas like and sweet with some licorice and with the alcohol coming on strong. As usual with this kind of beer the taste develops and gets a lot better if you leave it alone for 15-20 minutes after pouring. Another excellent beer from Traquair.

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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 OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to almost black in color and a small light tan head. In the aroma, licorice, raison, fig, and prune like fruitiness. In the taste, just like the aroma, with a nice maltiness and a pinch of alcohol. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fig and licorice aftertaste. Hides the alcohol, dark fruits and a nice maltiness, very nice.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 2007, best before March 2017! Bottle thanks big time to Andrew who sent this all the way from Edinburgh to Utah! Thanks mate. Pours a ruby color with a small off-white head. An amazing nose; full of rich berries, sweet candies, alcohol, toffee and perhaps some prunes. The taste was awesome; sweet and juicy berries, currants especially. Some chocolates, nutty and sweet malt too. Very interesting, more like a strong old ale than a barley wine though. So many fresh berries, just decadent. Scotland shows her muscle with this one. Awesome. I need more.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nlmartin
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a tulip glass. The beer came out of the fridge a bit colder than I would have liked it. After a wait of 20 minutes the beer was about the way I liked it.

Appearance: The beer pours a very nice ruby coloration. The carbonation bubbles up in a lazy loose grouping. The head of the beer is a very light cream coloration. A film of lacing remains behind on my glass.

Smell: A fruity blend of raisins and cherries dipped in port wine. Chocolate, honey and vanilla dance around in the aroma.

Taste: The beer delivers a pleasing combination of the aroma. Its a bit boozey on the finish but not in a bad way. A very nice malty treat.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The mouthfeel of the beer is too thin. It has an anemic medium body. The low carbonation works well with the smooth mouthfeel. I just wish the body was a bit fatter. I like em round and big. The beer is a very solid stab at the English Barleywine style. Worthy of a glass or two.

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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 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 mcallister
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red colored with bricky accents. Pours with a very full head of off white that sticks around.

Thick with raisin aromas, port reduction of figs, chocolate, marmalade, honey, oxidation, sherry grapes, with even a hint of marsala. Some caramel and a slight hint of vanilla.

Much the same as the mouth with a alcohol showing on the finish. A creamy texture on the finish as well yet the mid palate is slightly off. Bitter on the finish also but more tannic than a hop bitterness. Raisin is prevelant but not as overwhelming as the nose would suggest, chocolate covered raisin is the key. Prunes, and dried figs with dried black and blueberries as well. A solid beer but nothing that really reaches out and grabs you. Just barely missed on this one.

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