shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Duck-Rabbit Barleywine looks thick and syrupy as it streams from the bottle. It is a very clear, reddish amber/ruby color. The dense, foamy, ivory head collapses to a lasting peach-colored frothy crown. It has a moderate level carbonation and the bubbles float slowly to the surface. The lacing effects are quite detailed and prolific. The aroma is very sweet, sugary, and malty, with some sort of over ripened fruit (apples maybe?). Deeper probing of the aroma reveals some rubbing alcohol and bandaid adhesive, but these characteristics are not too disruptive. The flavor is initially a lot like the aroma, but not quite as good. There is some fleeting bitterness in the sugary finish. The alcohol content is actually very well hidden for 11% ABV. However, each sip seems to be a bit more sour than the preceeding one and the finish becomes more medicinal or something. This barleywine has a full, syrupy body and is very smooth and creamy on the palate. Overall itís good, but nothing like I was expecting or really enjoy in an English-style barleywine. The aroma was okay, but the flavor seemed a bit off and there needed to be a little more hop presence to balance everything out. I guess this beer was just a bit of a disappointment for me...
12 oz bottle (Enjoy by 12/07) from ross. Thanks a lot Ross, you bastard. What the hell am I going to do with the second bottle of this liquid band-aid that you sent?! As it is, Iím already reaching for some Olde English 800 to wash this first one down! Oh well, at least I didnít end up with six bottles of this hooch like Sean (illinismitty) did! Unlucky guy... Just kidding Ross, itís not quite *that* bad...
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from THE Duck Rabbit source on ratebeer, Mr. Ross. This was my second bottle, because I thought the first may be bad. Pours a translucent copper amber with an creme colored head. Very nice aroma of nuts, fruity yeast esters, sugary malts, and maple. Syrupy mouthfeel. Initial flavor of maple, caramel, and brown sugar. Very sweet. I know this is an English style barleywine, but there is very little hops to counter the sweetness. There is a ton of band aid phenols on the finish, that really ruin this for me. I love Duck Rabbit beers, but I think they need to work on this one. This was not up to par with their other beers. Very disappointing. Thanks anyway Ross, you buttnugget.
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (courtesy of TURDFERGUSON). Apple juice/marmalade and malt aroma. Dark amber color with small but long lasting head. Sweet cherry/apple jiuce flavor primarily - light bite of hops and alcohol to finish. Nice flavor without being cloying. Nice sweet barleywine without the more typical alcohol harshness.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Hopscotch. Not a bad BW as far as the "norm" had a bit of earthiness, not unlike Immort Ale, and the other flavors were caramel, some fruit notes like a maramalade thing or something. Strange brew.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (12oz). Via trade with TURDFERGUSON. Poured clear bright burnt copper with a huge fluffy beige lasting head. Aroma is more ASA - resiny hops, sweet juicy malt, dry leafy yeast, not much alcohol for 11%. Taste is jammed with citrus alphas, very acidic and sour, weak orange juice malt backing, quite boozy, a little jagged. Average body, a little slick, alcohol and acidity dominate this one, a warming finish and bitter aftertaste - only just decent.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Light brown color with a light brown head. Malty caramel nose with some citrus hops. Flavor is malt, caramel, and a bitter citrus finish.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brilliant garnet with a big khaki head. The aroma is very strong with peppercorn and clove, along with notes of toffee, and hints of roasty coffee and subtle alcohol. The flavor is spicy with peppercorn, clove, and anise. In the middle of the mouth it moves toward a warm, sweet flavor reminiscent of buckwheat honey and raisin cookies. The finish has a slight roastiness to it and a grapefruit zest tang. It leaves a pleasantly ashy aftertaste which fades away before too long. This is some tasty stuff.
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Bottle thanks to Rayg1, thanks man. This poured a clear amber body with a good size head. Looked great in a snifter with a nice head retention. Aroma is very sweet and hoppy with a notice of yeast in there, reminded me in aroma of a belgian ale(odd?). Anyway the taste was very sweet with notes of hops, caramel, apples, and slight citrus undertone. Smooth but a light mouthfeel for a barleywine. Update: Too odd of a barleywine.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blind tasting of 19 BWs. A very nice looking barleywine this beer was a glowing clear ruby cooper color with frothy white head. The aroma had a nice toasty caramel nose with a good amount of citrus and piney hops to give a great balance to the sweetness. The sweet fruity malt flavor had a candy like quality with a good amount of hop flavor and bitterness backbone to give the balance to the beer. This is a very nice full-bodied example of a barleywine.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - The 5th and final Duck Rabbit beer, and I was sort of sad to see this come. Not only did it mean I had no more Duck Rabbit beer but it meant the tasting was about over. An aroma sweet caramel, fruity, and floral. Flavor profile had burnt sugar, dark fruits, some piney hops with a sticky mouthfeel that was slightly unpleasant.