ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
Darkmagus82 (1247) - - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Treansfer from BA review on 7-11-13-
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance Ė Served a deep copper color with a one finger cream colored head. The head has a good level of retension slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma is heaviest of sweeter aromas. The main is that of a caramel and butterscotch nature, but it also has lots of fruity aromas of cherry and raisin. Along with these smells is a moderately strong boozy smell of rum and a bit of a herbal hop aroma.
Taste Ė The taste begins with a bready and moderately sweet flavor of caramel and darker fruits upfront. A bit of booziness is present from the start with it growing stronger and more rum like in flavor as the flavor advances. Some wood and herbal flavors begin developing more toward the middle to the taste, with them remaining rather light to the end. Some roasted flavors come to the tongue more at the end and when combined with the herbal and a bitter citrus, one is left with a hot bitter-sweet boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. Both are appropriate for creating a more chewy and thick beer which in concert with its strength and boozy nature make for a slow sipper.
Overall Ė Not too bad, but a little messy at the end of the taste as the bitter and sweet sorta collide with the booziness leaving a slightly off flavor in the mouth. Not one I would necessarily frequent.
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle from the roter. sticky sweet. sweet carmelized brown sugar. tree sap. sweet caramel. bit of sweet cough medicine. dryer than expected, with some warming, though somewhat harsh, booze. too much of a cough syrup presence. not particularly drinkable.
jcnielsen (2104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with white head. Plum, butterscotch, malty aromas. Syrupy, malty, light cherry, fruity flavors.
obguthr (3833) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cashew and walnut nose, fairly rich, all within a caramel base, some lacing. Clear dark copper, thick yellow head. Overripe orange, oak, cashews, lemon zest. Complexities really come to life upon warming. Medium body, quite hot. Enjoyable, but Iím not sure I like the hop choice in this milieu.
Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: A little different than most barley wines. Almost like a cross between an IPA and a barley wine with a heavy dose of citrusy wheat beer. Hid alcohol in an unprecedented way, to me. I canít say this was a great barley wine based on what it should taste like, but it was an incredible beer that is truly different and enjoyable if I pretend styles donít exist. Surprisingly easy to drink since the citrus is almost more acidic than bitter.
TECHNICAL: Tried 2/22/2013. Bottle. Poured a murky, medium to dark, brownish orange with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma contained light to moderate caramel; a little burnt toast; moderate grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime hops (orange was the dominant one); slight brown sugar, hints of alcohol; ever so slight sulfur; and all sorts of citrus. The initial flavor was mod sweet and bitter, and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet; moderately bitter and lightly sour with a long duration. There was caramel malt, marmalade, very citrusy hops, orange grapefruit, lemon and lime, orange juice, but sour orange was the dominant flavor. The medium to full body was a little oily with soft yet tingly carbonation and an ever so slightly alcoholic finish.
bmerz (708) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not old. Pours with small head, thick legs, deep clear golden amber. Aroma is strong dank piny and spicy resin hops, brown sugar. Flavor is very straightforward bitter and more resiny hops with booze over powering the somewhat fruity sweetness and sugars. Feel is oily and a little wooden with soft moderate carbonation. Itís hitting the spot though not remarkable.
Celest (126) - - MAY 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice barleywine with amber copper colour. Notes of caramel. Toffee, cara malts, brown sugar, american hops
bth122 (1267) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper color with medium head. Aroma is malt, malt syrup, caramel, and hop resin. Good balance of hops and malt. Maybe more on the matly side. Solid bitter finish. Medium body (at least). Slight warming alcohol. Average carbonation. A solid barley wine, not the best Iíve had, but solid.
JFGrind (1844) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden medium bodied, aroma of fruit, flavors of sweet caramel, medium bitterness. Overall for the high alcohol content Duck-Rabbit is a laid back and dare say easy drinking barley wine.
JediMindTricks (446) - Remington, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber. Slight lacey head. Medium body. Wildflower honey. Tangelo peels. Nice syrupy aroma. Slight turpentine. Slight rancid butter. High alcohol not hidden.