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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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 38
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 Crosling
2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, Mackinlay's Inn, Stockholm, Sweden. A dark ruby/burgundy colored beer with a small white head. Did not appear to be bottle conditioned. Non descriptive smells, maybe some browned red apple and brown sugar, but not much otherwise. Flavor doesn't have much complexity. Malts are sweet, caramel-like, also a bit husky. Not a lot there.

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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 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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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 Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 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 Jonte
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red/brown color with a little brown head.

Smells a bit like belgian ale. Yeast, alcohol, ripe fruit, plums and caramel.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, lots of fruit, licorice, alcohol and some bitterness in the finish. Medium to full body, light carbonation and long aftertaste.

Nice and complex beer, but definitely nothing you drink a lot of.
I shared a bottle with a friend.

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

From a 12oz bottle - Pours a clear root beer color with small quickly dissipating head. Below average carbonation. Smells sweet alcohol with oat and a ton of fruit notes in the nose. First sip is super sweet and smooth with fruity flavors balanced by a matching mal backbone. Very nice, very drinkable. Excellent bitter finish. The 9% ABV is not well hidden.

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 900-year anniversary barley wine from Traquair - picked up in ├ľstersund, Sweden, which seems just the place to get obscure Scottish beers.

A: At first it seems a dark ruby red, later on I note a brownish tint. The head is decent, which seems appropriate for the style.
S: Whoah. Raspberry! And then after a while, caramel. Overall, pleasant.
T: This is very malty and sweet. Different than other barley wines I've had...must be the lack of hops. Aftertaste is basically non-existent.
M: It's a pleasure to have this beer in your mouth: heavy, oily and buttery. The carbonation is present, but not overly noticeable.

Drinkability: Man, this barley wine is rocking my world. But I'll keep my cool and give it a 3.5. It's smooth and goes down like a dream, and though I'm not a huge barley wine fan, I recommend it whole-heartedly.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Creamy hazelnut-taupe head with a solid body and a taut surface interrupted by large, frothy bubbles that slowly, slowly break it down, leaving behind sticky waves of lace. Body is a very dark, blackish Brazil nutshell brown that only lets a small splinter of red-sun light through along the edges.

Smell: Sweet and a bit boozy, with plenty of molasses, applesauce, vaguely coconutty rum, toffee, carob, honey, toasted wheat, yellow cake, and a hint of chocolate. A very well-developed malt base - fruity, sugary, excellent - but is that it? An imbalanced aroma, hopefully not indicative of an imbalanced flavor...

Taste: It is sweet... but not imbalanced, I don't think. Very nice, in fact, flush with ripe dark fruits - prunes and raisins, mostly, soaked in rum or Sambuca - with some honey notes, bitter burnt caramel, brown sugar, and a strange oversteeped Earl Grey tea-like bitterness in the background. Slightly herbal, reminiscent of bay leaf and star anise for some reason, with a red berry (or is it grape juice?) sweetness around the edges. Fruity, slightly nutty, not too dry and not too syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Lush, soft, smooth as hell but for a slight alcoholic heat in the finish. Surprisingly dry and well-attenuated for such a malty beer.

Drinkability: This is a bit of a letdown, considering the cost, the occasion, and how much I enjoy the ol' House ale. Certainly worth a try, and an excellent example of the style, but not as revelatory as I had hoped.

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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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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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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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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