Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. Itís slightly sweet with notes of rotten fruit and band-aid phenol notes. Donít know if this was just a bad bottle or if itís just a bad beer. Will definitely have to try it again.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to DrBayern! Pours a clear dark amber color with a nice foamy off-white head on top. Aroma is full of sweet malts with pine hops, toffee, sugar, and apples coming through. Flavor is full of sweet fruit, sugar, caramel, and spicy and piney hops. This is definitely one of the sweetest barelywines I have had considering how fresh this beer is. Alcohol gives the beer warmth also but nothing over the top. Quite an enjoyable barleywine. I guess I havenít experienced many english-style barleywines so this beer makes that style interesting. I will have to try more similiar to it. I think it would be quite interesting to age this beer also since it is already developed into what Bigfoot is after a few years.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Magjayran. Thanks!
pours crystal clear light copper with a nice big off whited head. good lacing. aroma dominated by strong piney hops with hints of wood and toffee. flavor sweet and slightly tart cherry bitter caramel and spicy hints. medium dry sweet/tart cherry black pepper finish. warm alcohol throughout. full thick body. nice on a snowy night like tonight.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma was earthy with a strong Belgian yeast presence. Strong esters of citrus and phenols of pepper ruled the aroma. Behind the citrus and spice was a tart malty presence. The amber beer was crystal clear and touted a strong off-white head which rose very tall and laced the glass. The flavor was malty and roasty and with a strong tart character which lasted for days on the palate. The flavor exhibited strong alcohol which led to a very strong warming effect post consumption. The bittering level was high and the bittering and hop flavors overshadowed the tart maltiness. In the midst of all that was a bit of a roasty character to boot. On the palate the beer was full and heading toward being viscous. The carbonation level was well done. Overall a beer with several issues, mostly the Belgian yeast aromatics and the tartness in the aroma and flavor. Drink íem if you got íem, saving this one would most likely be a mistake. 12 ounce bottle. Best bottle of the 4 tried thus far.
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 RERATE 2006 Bottle at blind barleywine tasting:
Lot of tropical fruit now with a deep palate. Great sipping beer and a must try. AR -1, FL +1, Overall: no change.
Original review: (3.8) 2006 Bottle from Ross and served in my Unibroune snifter: A tawny hue with a nice initial foamy off-white head with fades by left a good ring and very good lace. The nose detects plum and orange, cane sugar, resiny and spicy hops, caramelized malts, and a note of star anise. The flavor profile starts with a healthy hit of sweet fruit and sticky sugars blended with leafy hop bitterness. Midpoint is found a sharp smack of alcohol but it is not dominate. The finish displays some spicy notes, anise and clove seems to the characteristic here along with a hint of medicinal phenols. The mouth feel is lush and sticky but hardly cloy. There is a moderate warming and youthful brashness found as the aftertaste. Overall, a solid beer with some good things going for it. Still it is also a bit rough on the flavor profile but some aging should help that. Get one for now and one for later.
shigadeyo (3180) - 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 (8751) - 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 (6199) - 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.