jrob21 (2897) - 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 (4367) - 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 (1141) - 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.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles from Ross. Brilliant dark copper color, highly carbonated, tiny bubble off-white head. Aroma a bit muddled. Residuel sugar dominates, hints of grass, pine resin, dry crackers, and some citrus I canít pinpoint, mango or apricot maybe. Flavor has a ton of residuel sugar, caramel, pine resin and again a hard to pinpoint fruit. As it warms Iím getting a slightly vegetal/off character in the aroma? Doesnít taste anything like 11%, sugary sweetness seems to be masking any alcohol that might have been there. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, just a tad too carbonated for a bw. Going to re-rate soon, had this at a 4.2 off first impression, but kept fading.
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled - ... I was very excited to hear Duck Rabbit was making a BarleyWine for 2006... Pours a reddish orange with a thin white head... Nose is very sweet with lots of fruity aromas...Taste is sweet upfront with a bit of hop bitterness on the back of your tounge.. great BW from a great North Carolina brewery...
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a nice orangy color with a very small head. Aroma is sweet with just a bit of hops and malt. Flavor is very much the same but I tasted more alcohol than I like in the BW. Over all this is a very good example and it comes from a kick ass brewery.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Overly sweet aroma with a clear brown-orange appearance. The taste of sugar is abundant with this beer with an earthy tone as long as a honey-mustard flavor? This beer needs some aging for its full character to show.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, from Lighthouse Beer/Wine in Surf City. Barley transparent orange coloring, very little head. Aroma of fruits - raisins, maybe? Could be apricots. The flavor is great with lots of fruit and a very subtle hop tinge. The mouthfeel is a bit much for me - barleywines like Old Foghorn and Bigfoot donít quite have the heavy feeling that this one does. Extra points for an N.C. brewery putting out a barleywine - this is by no means bad. Iíll have it again.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Bottle. Poured a thick dark orange-copper color with a very thin head. Apricot, date, and sweet aromas are present with a faint hop aroma in the background. Mouthfeel is thick, and carbonation is present, but appropriate for the style. Pit fruit tastes dominate the flavor, and the finish has a slight pineapple juice taste to me. The alcohol is not detectable, and for some reason I think this is brew would benefit from some alcohol presence. Itíll be interesting to see what this does after a year.