ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Clear, filtered, dark pale body with a small off-white head. The aroma is herbal, floral, citrus, very hoppy and light caramel. The flavor is very sweet, with lots of herbal and menthol, to the point of being unbearably medicinal. Medium body, light and fizzy. This was one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. I really hope this was just a bad bottle. Iím giving it a 5 as the overall score just because Iím a nice guy. My gut instinct is to give it a 1 because I literally couldnít drink this beer.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, best before 12/07. thanks to JCB for this. poured into my new koningshoeven snifter (thanks to jimbowood for this glass in a trade). my first bottle of this had very noticible infection (adhesive strips) in aroma and flavor which was confirmed by holdenn, but this bottle has no traces of that. thanks to JCB and Ross for checking their bottles for this as well. possibly a bad bottle or in just some of the bottles. beware? wow 5 shout-outs in 1 rating! a new record for me. now onto the beer...pours a deep mahogony with nice head. aroma has loads of caramel and brown sugar, some undertones of dates, cotton candy, maple syrup. smells like freshly baked brown sugar caramel-chip cookies(thatís a real cookie right?). mouthfeel is fizzy and sorta sticky. hop flavor is very piney but this is not a typical bitter "american" style barleywine. flavor is also rather earthy, with a burnt caramelness to it, close to being too sweet but not syrupy, some smoke in there and finishes with some sweet orange. alcohol seems well hidden. i think the excessive use of brown sugar is whatís turning me off the most. the first 3 ounces were uncomfortable, after that the beer becomes rather enjoyable. not the finest example of the style but also not the typical BW so props to that.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2008 Trade with Ross, thanks. Pours an amber color with nice white head that fades quickly. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, slight notes of hops. Taste is very sweet caramel malt with mild citrus hops. This barleywine is too sweet and syrupy. It does hide the alcohol very well, but is too one sided.
**Re-rate after a year** Wow, this is a lot better then when I first had it. Similar to Mikeller Big Worse. Lots of fruit and caramel with the alcohol subdued. Not like the average barleywine, but enjoyable.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with Ty5592 - Pours a clear deep amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Has a floral, resin hop and light brown sugar aroma. Has a very sweet caramel malt flavor with some light dark esters. Medium to fully body. Alcohol is well hidden. Very nice beer. Thanks Ty.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Pours a bright ruby copper with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Aroma has a good, fresh peppery piny hoppy presence with some lightly toasty caramel malts and some bready yeasty notes along with a touch of tart fruity esters. First sip presents a sweet pale malty flavor with a nice fresh peppery hoppy balance and some mild soy beans toward a mildly bready, yeasty bittersweet sticky finish among a fine, foamy, full mouthfeel. Has some fruity fusel off-flavors that seem out of place, otherwise a decent barleywine.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Duck-Rabbit is quickly emerging as one of the premier craft breweries in the South and this offering more than justifies their rise. A radiant copper body is topped by an impressive beige hued head that retains well and deposits generous island chain lace on the tulip glass. Pungent aromas of citrusy orange and tangerine are joined by some pine sap and grapefruit rind. Malty caramel and toasted brown sugar notes lurk underneath. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, with a medium body and carbonation. Tastemis awash in fruity complexity as apple and melon join the citrus cornucopia of the aroma. Lots of sweet malty backing here, with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar meeting up with a hint of darker fruits. Difficult to classify as American or English in style, but very well done.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, hints of apple, and lots of citrus hops. It pours a transparent amber with a small white head. The flavor is very sweet with lots of residual sugar and caramel up front. The finish has a huge citrus kick with lots of sweet orange and mild grapefruit hops. The mouthfeel is very syruppy. There are no real signs of alcohol because there is so much sweetness that covers it up.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark fruits stand out in the aroma.Pours dark with red highlights.Dark fruits come through in the flavor as well.Medium to full mouthfeel with a warming finish.
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!