Traquair 900 | Traquair House Brewery

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Traquair House Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English 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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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 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 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 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 adamette
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 20th review of this beer...whooohooo... Served into my clean, clear Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint from a bottle looking exactly like the one pictured here. I purchased it at Chuck's fine wines in Chagrin Falls, OH and the guy there (Chuck?) told me that they are very rare.

A Georgeous ruby deep brown body with little head although initially I was carefull to avoid a big head. Really nice appearance.

S A really great, strong classic ale smell of malt, sweetness and I can smell some alcohol there.

T Very nice. A big, bold ale taste of malt, somewhat syrupy nectar like biggness with little hops. It is sweet for sure but not terribly so. It actually shares some characteristics with some bold red wines, difficult for me to put into words but there it is.

M Full with big, bold tastes but little carbonation on the tongue.

D Not great due to the bigness but this is a great beer none the less.

Notes: I really enjoyed the Jacobite from Traquair so I was looking forward to sampling this one. I was not dissapointed. I was a bit suprised to see that the style here includes the word "Barleywine" but I can say for sure it is better than any other Barleywine I have had before this.

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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 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 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 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 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%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of baggio
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a beer i've been looking forward to reviewing. So far, all the beers
i've tried from Traquair has been brilliant so expectations was high on this one.

A: Ruby red with no lace whatsoever.

S: Prunes, candy sugar, dark bread.

T: Soy, raisins, chocolate, dark bread, salt.

M: Filling and very sweet. Low carbonation with loooong aftertaste.

Wow. A perfectly balanced barleywine that i think will mature nicely
over the years. Highly recommended!

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Photo of bark
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is very deep red-brown; the liquid is clear. The very low pale brown head leaves some fine lacing.

The smell reminds me of matured strong red wine. Lots of dried fruits, some nuts, and alcohol. I poured the beer while it was too cold, but after a while, it really opens up.

The taste is strong and very balanced. Mild, lightly sweet malt with some dry roasted motes blends with dried fruits (apples, apricots, raisins). The long aftertaste got dry, somewhat bitter notes of hops, some mild whiskey and hints of exotic fruits.

The carbonation is fresh, but not too strong. Lots of small fine bubbles. The liquid is smooth and a bit creamy.

“The best beer I had this year” a person said on a web forum. I don’t really agree, but this one is definitely one of the most skilfully crafted that I have had in a long time. Great, high quality stuff!

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

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