NachlamSie (3296) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 The first time I had this brew, I was heavily intoxicated and completely amazed by this beer. Iím revisiting this ale on a sober palate tonight and out in the freezing weather for optimum big beer conditions. I poured the beer at room temperature to reveal a deep, muddy-ruby body with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is slightly tart with melon, caramel, cherry, and a bit of bubblegum. It actually smells more balanced as the brew cools down a few degrees. The flavor brings out a bit more intricacies. It is definitely a sweet, fruity beer. It lacks the heartiness of the other DR seasonal releases, but itís still a moderately robust quaff. The finish hints at a Belgian type of flavor, a tiny bit of nutmeg and bubblegum. The most noteable flavors are that of really sweet fruits, strawberries. . .and maraschinos come to mind. So, this wasnít as mind-blowing as I first experienced it in my drunken stupor, but it is a pretty decent beer. I wasnít sure what to expect from this being that itís supposedly based on their regular amber ale which is definitely my least favorite brew from this spectacular brewery. A few of the weird fruity notes in that amber ale do make themselves known here. (Feb 27 , í07) - Iím drinking this again and I still agree with all my prior notes, but Iíd like to add that this time I detected a piny hop presence in the nose in particular, and also slightly in the flavor. This couldíve been more noticeable since I had two stouts prior to this, both with very low hop aroma or flavor. But, this barleywine definitely has a detectable pine presence.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to ross. Ruby-copper pour with a nice head that unfortunately faded all to quickly. Malty aroma thatís floral, citrusy and cloying, bit of sour cherry. Very odd aroma for this style of beer. Flavor is also very cloying, more sour cherry and citrus. I think unfortunately I got a bad bottle because this brewery has made some other excellent brews and this just seems too far off to be intentional.
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 (3917) - 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 (6426) - 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.