ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
mcberko (14077) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 2006-2010. 12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is oxidized, with bready malt, toasted caramel and light sweetness. Flavour has quite a lot of alcohol, with caramel and dark fruits. Fairly oxidized, but not too intrusively so. Decent for such an old beer.
solidfunk (7354) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramelized malt and mash. Brown pour with decent head. Sweet and boozy finish. Good for style. Bottle.
S_Side_Smitty (704) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red-amber and clear (?) with a medium light tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet (maybe some mild molasses) with a fermented grain aroma. Taste, unlike aroma, is interesting with syrupy sweetfeed like grains up front followed by some hoppy tropical fruits that kinda dance around with the grains. Thatís followed by an insidious bitterness that creeps in for the finish. American style for sure, but not what I would expect from a barley wine even if it is American style. The flavors just arenít deep enough, but the alcohol is hidden well.
alexanderj (3531) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Color was an auburn amber with only a wisp of head. Aroma of ripe roten fruit, caramel, earth and bacon. Malty, with some mild piney hops in finish. Lingers. Alcohol hidden. Fairly mild overall
thegreenrooster (3977) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a hazy copper with a average white head. Aroma Is a nice sugar plum with a bit of toffee and alcohol. Flavor is a big toffee and a full on assault of earthy malt. The mouth feel is a bit thick but has plenty of chewy molasses and toffee malt with a lot of dark fruit but also has a bit of hop bitterness. One of those beers where you can still taste it long after the swallow. The alcohol is no problem with this beer but it does give you a pleasant warming in the chest after each swallow.
tsd08460 (779) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: caramel, citrus, pine
Appearance: clear amber with a thin off-white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
PorterPounder (7244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - on tap at at Liberty Bar and Restaurant. Sparkling dark orange pour, frothy, off white head with a delicate web of lace. Boozy aroma, but not off- putting, some kids cereal sweetness, but not cloying. Flavor has some caramel, a bit of maple syrup, some brown sugar, solid sweetness, but not cloying at all. Thick, rich mouthfeel.
jsporrer (628) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Cloudy caramel brown with an off white ring of foam. Semi sweet toffee aroma. Light carbonation with a medium slightly oily body that clings to the glass. Smooth syrupy like texture that coats the tongue and roof of the mouth. Just a hint of bitterness along with the toffee flavor. Hides the alcohol well. No harshness and no burn at the finish. Flavors linger awhile. Very enjoyable.
Sirmixsomewhat (196) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím forced to review this after having poured a glass with a flat headóI think I got unlucky and got one that had just lost some of its carbonation or something. That said, it still pours a deep reddish brown and tastes wonderful. Itís kind of nutty and simultaneously smooth and robust. Fantastic beer.
lobosaintori (89) - - OCT 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
was pleasantly surprised by this beer! poured a hazy brownish red color with a nice thin white head that lasted nicely eventually lacing the glass. the aroma smacks you as you open the bottle with strong aromas of roasted coffee and hazelnuts. Has a nice body with just the right amount of carbonation. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate a bitty nutty. ends nicely with a small bite. the alcohol level is noticeable but not unpleasant.