merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Duck-Rabbit is quickly emerging as one of the premier craft breweries in the South and this offering more than justifies their rise. A radiant copper body is topped by an impressive beige hued head that retains well and deposits generous island chain lace on the tulip glass. Pungent aromas of citrusy orange and tangerine are joined by some pine sap and grapefruit rind. Malty caramel and toasted brown sugar notes lurk underneath. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, with a medium body and carbonation. Tastemis awash in fruity complexity as apple and melon join the citrus cornucopia of the aroma. Lots of sweet malty backing here, with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar meeting up with a hint of darker fruits. Difficult to classify as American or English in style, but very well done.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, hints of apple, and lots of citrus hops. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head. The flavor is very sweet with lots of residual sugar and caramel up front. The finish has a huge citrus kick with lots of sweet orange and mild grapefruit hops. The mouthfeel is very syruppy. There are no real signs of alcohol because there is so much sweetness that covers it up.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark fruits stand out in the aroma.Pours dark with red highlights.Dark fruits come through in the flavor as well.Medium to full mouthfeel with a warming finish.
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my new trading buddy--Ty5592! This baby has a sweet, vinuous and candi-sugar aroma. Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Medium palate for a barleywine. Sweet and slightly hoppy in the front end. It has a good warming malt sensation throughout. Lots of belgian candi-sugar type flavors and just a hint of that 11%.
CelticBrew (747) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours outa an orangy semi dark amber, forms a small beige head. Aroma of malts, malts and more malts. Distinct aroma of raisins, figs along with the lovely maltiness. Taste of pure lovelyness! All of the above with a particular smoothness that makes me proud to live here in NC. DR puts out excellent beer products, this one is no exception. DR has a wonderful baltic porter as well, but this my friends, may be thier best beer/ale ever. Absolutely no hint of alcohol, well hidden, and overall KICK ASS beer!
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was an amber/red. The head was fizzy but barely there. The flavor was bitter, waxy, and alcoholy (for lack of a better adjective). The palate was thin and carbonated. The finish was warm and bitter.
jrob21 (2167) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice smooth beer. Big head with big lacing and slightly sweet characteristic. Red fruit flavors and floral aroma. Slightly creamy texture. Very well balanced and not alcoholic at all. The sweetness is mild for a barleywine and makes this a very drinkable, highly potent, beverage. Good job duck rabbit.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 06/07 bottle. Wow! what a solid barley wine from what Iím beginning to see as North Carolinaís premier brew. They just donít stop!! The brew is very sweet & malty, itís huge... but not at all w/ out itís complex hop characteristics (citrus and herbal). The flavors change throu out the whole beer dramatically. Itís smooth too. This is hands-down one of the best bwís Iíve EVER had and also one of the best beers in a LONG time. $12ish a 6 pack.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 Poured a deep copper with a thin pale tan head. The aroma is intense hop, a floral/citrus aroma. The flavor is sweet fruity alcohol, caramel, toffee, smells like a strong IPA, some fermented fruit (grape). The palate is bitter and a little harsh. THe finish is sweet and warm. Overall a tastey Barley Wine, just a little too much hop for me. Tasted like an Imperial IPA.
barleyPops (1137) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of OhioDad, thanks Scott. great looking pour with a tarnished copper color and a orangey-khaki head. aroma is very sweet caramelized sugar and some tropical or citrus type fruit. flavor is more of the same with a sticky sweetness on the lips and more hints of... candied apricots? nice barleywine, just a little sweeter than Iíd like.