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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The Duck-Rabbit Barelywine is the hoppiest of all the Duck-Rabbit brews. This is a Farmville-style Barleywine, crafted the way brewers in Farmville have always done. Loads of Amarillo hops give a piney citrusy bitterness thatís supported beautifully by a toffee malt backbone. ABV: 11.0%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a hazy chestnut color. The off-white shaded head is quite small - not even a finger high - and doesnít even retain itself well. It leaves a bit more lacing than I expected, though. S: There seem to be a goodly amount of toasted malt notes, giving it a lush breadyness to it. Plenty of dark fruits lurk behind the malty goodness, and even a wisp of dark chocolate comes through occasionally. There are some tart and boozy touches. Some nice subtleties here - it isnít just malts and a bit of fruit. T: It starts with plenty of toasted malts. Dark fruit flavors enter the picture after the midtaste, with some alcohol appearing on the finish. Touches of leather, chocolate, and cherries also come through. The boozy nature isnít just generic fusel nastiness, but itís also well nuanced, well integrated, mellow, fruity, and a bit tart - just like it should be in a barleywine. Complexity isnít forceful, rather itís subtle and challenging yet rewarding all at the same time. M: The body is full, but perhaps not quite as creamy as Iíd enjoy. Itís quite well attenuated, giving it low finishing sweetness (for the style), but a noticeable booze presence and a tart bite. An 11% barleywine devoid of a significant hop presence shouldnít be this drinkable. And yet this is. O: Where did this come from? All I know about Duck-Rabbit is that they only brew dark beers - and that they struggle with infection problems. This, thankfully, isnít infected, just damn tasty. One of the better non-barreled barleywines Iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (464) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Delicious, great lacing, light brown with a touch of cloudiness, at first taste I thought it was a cream ale. Warm caramel flavor with fruit and chocolate. The creaminess stays with you for awhile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle from tmongoose, many thanks sir! Dark amber/copper pour with an off-white head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and dried fruit. Taste is sweet malt upfront with some plum and dried apricot notes coming through in the finish. Slight warming from the abv in the finish but not overpowering. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2986) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Via trade with Busick. The aroma is a bit odd. Aromas of cooked vegetables, caramel, fruit, somewhat oxidized. The appearance is deep red/brown, translucent, off-white head. The flavor is cooked vegetables, fruity, caramel, bread, oxidized. The finish is light pine hops, lingering sweetness. Medium to medium/thick in body. Nice, but the oxidation and the cooked vegetable thing is a tad off-putting. Otherwise a solid barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Bottled 355ml. Slightly yellowish head. Boozy, sticky with a moderate bitterness. Raisin and caramel throughout. Definitely not a show-stopper barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2505) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle. Caramel and raisin nose. Smells just a bit oxidized. Deep orange/ brown color. Overly sweet from beginning to end. Sort of balances in the finish. Medium body. A real caramel bomb. Not too bad. But it does get a bit cloying after several sips. Too bad, too, considering how good many of theri other brews are.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (4355) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle 33cl from Allen, a dark amber beer with low head. Nose is sweet like with red fruits and oxidized notes. Aroma is on sweet caramel with prune dominant, bit oxidized, yeast, barley grains, red fruits, fig, quite alcoholic, finish is very sweet again with lot of burnt caramel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle from 2011. Mahogany with a nice beige head. Alcohol, some prunes, some peat, resin, fair amount of sweet caramel malts. Mild+ carbonation, moderate+ body, sweet, slightly sticky, boozy, not sure my palate enjoys the strengths of each individual flavour as they do not seem to meld well together, somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1251) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Tap. Pours dark amber with a slight amount of head. Aroma of mixed fruits and alcohol. Taste of dates with slight carbonation and a nice burn of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (607) - Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2013
2010 12-oz. bottle. Very boozy, malty aroma with caramel, toffee, and a heavy wood resin note. Pours a muddy dark color with chunky lacing. Sharp caramel malt flavor with an almost overpowering woody, grainy tone, and a touch of orange. Thick body with a very syrupy texture and an astringent finish. Even though itís close to 3 years old, the brew still tastes quite green; perhaps even more time in the cellar is needed.

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