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