ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy chestnut color. The off-white shaded head is quite small - not even a finger high - and doesnít even retain itself well. It leaves a bit more lacing than I expected, though.
S: There seem to be a goodly amount of toasted malt notes, giving it a lush breadyness to it. Plenty of dark fruits lurk behind the malty goodness, and even a wisp of dark chocolate comes through occasionally. There are some tart and boozy touches. Some nice subtleties here - it isnít just malts and a bit of fruit.
T: It starts with plenty of toasted malts. Dark fruit flavors enter the picture after the midtaste, with some alcohol appearing on the finish. Touches of leather, chocolate, and cherries also come through. The boozy nature isnít just generic fusel nastiness, but itís also well nuanced, well integrated, mellow, fruity, and a bit tart - just like it should be in a barleywine. Complexity isnít forceful, rather itís subtle and challenging yet rewarding all at the same time.
M: The body is full, but perhaps not quite as creamy as Iíd enjoy. Itís quite well attenuated, giving it low finishing sweetness (for the style), but a noticeable booze presence and a tart bite. An 11% barleywine devoid of a significant hop presence shouldnít be this drinkable. And yet this is.
O: Where did this come from? All I know about Duck-Rabbit is that they only brew dark beers - and that they struggle with infection problems. This, thankfully, isnít infected, just damn tasty. One of the better non-barreled barleywines Iíve had in a while.
ilovedarkbeer (2138) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a copper color with little head. Notes of dark brown sugar syrup, english hops, cookies, and fruit. Sticky mouthfeel, long warming finish.
zoucrew102 (282) - - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie. Sweet dark fruit aroma along with caramel malt. Pours light brown with a good, tan head and excellent lacing. Sweet caramel malt to start. Finishes smooth with a good amount of dark fruit on the finish with just a hint of booze. Hides the high alcohol well. Very good.
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MiP (12839) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 11%. Peppery vanilla and coconut aroma, fried fruit and nuts... Studentenfutterbier? Cloudy red brown colour. Small tan head. The flavour is very sweet and nicely alcoholic. Has the same flavour notes as aroma notes, but the flavour is also citric. Not as flavourful as it could have been considering the ABV.
Bamsen78 (1965) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Embrouille - thank you! Pours slightly hazy ruby / copper brown with small off-white head. Clear, sweet aroma of malt, caramel, raisins, nuts and alcohol. Sweet flavour of fruit, and caramel malt, raisins, and juniper berries. Bitter, boozy notes, rather pleasant. Bitter aftertaste. Nice.
tmongoose (928) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared, pours a murky brown color with off white head. Nice aroma of sweet malts and raisins and plums. Medium bodied. Flavor is malt forward with lots of sweetness but not cloyingly sweet. Plenty of dark fruits and raisins. Classic barley wine very well made. Only detraction is its a little bit light on the mouth feel and no real deep alcohol burn that should accompany a barley wine.
merc7186 (1468) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Burnt Orange Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
S: Boozy, Plums, Sweet Bread
T: Caramel, Dark Fruit, Sweet Bread, Boozy
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Sweet
Overall, for a properly aged bottle, it still packs quite a kick on both taste and booziness. Probably one of the better Duck Rabbit beers that I have had.
radio_nowhere (596) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into snifter glass. Rusty-amber color with tan head. Aroma of heavy malt sweetness, caramel, dried fruitiness (plums, raisins) and brown sugar. Taste is pretty heavy on the caramel/dried fruits adding notes of chocolate, fresh fruit (cherries, figs), grainy, alcohol with minimal earthy hop bitterness. Heavy body, low carbonation, sweet, rich, syrupy with slightly sweet roasty finish. Pretty solid barleywine, not remarkable but solid.
beerme31 (432) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma of fruit, licorice, spice. Hazy caramel color. Medium sweet taste. Medium-heavy body, thin texture, sour finish. Not a huge fan of this style but this one was pretty good.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewvival 2011, on tap. Clear dark amberbody small tan head
Sweet malt fruit caramel and grain aroma
Sweet malt carmel light roast and fruit flavor
Med full bold mod carb
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
DR doesnít exactly excite me, and this beer was on par with that .. . Pours a shimmered tan ruby .. Mild foam .. . Burnt sugar, plum skin, and halle berry . .. Thin and something i wouldnít ever want again .. . . Ever seen a baby pigeon? iím sure you havenít..