thebaldwizard (1205) - 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 (912) - 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 (3047) - 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 (4456) - 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 (1142) - 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.