DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany, small but creamy tan head that produced some pretty nice lace. Roasty malt nose and a subtle hop presence. Medium body with very light carbonation. Surprisingly bitter for a brown ale, although not unpleasantly so. Burnt caramel, citrus hops and a quite dtry finish. Not your typical brown ale, but quite drinkable nonetheless.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer_Hawk! Pours a clear dark brown color with a very small head and a nice ring of lacing that remained through-out the beer. aroma is slightly roasty, but very mild overall. flavor is light with hints of roastiness and hops. Itís a light and very easy beer on the palate. Pretty enjoyable for a brown ale. I would drink this again!
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with BlueDevil0206, thanks James!) Rather than being sweet and caramely like most brown ales Iíve tried (not necessarily a bad thing), this shows quite a lot of roast and hoppy bitterness, with plenty of mildly sweet chocolate for a very tasty, balanced and uncommonly interesting brown ale. Light roast, chocolate and gentle hops in the nose, but it could definitely be more aromatic. Fairly dry on the palate, medium "plus" body, good carbonation levels, has kind of a "porter" mouthfeel to it. Medium-dark ruddy brown color is a bit darker than mahogany and would also be a lovely shade for furniture. The light tan head is beautiful in the glass, rising to a full inch during the pour, slowly settling back down to a thin layer, but leaving wide rings of lace over much of the glass. I think Iím liking this more than I probably should because it actually has some hops in it, which has been a nice break from the standard browns the brewers of this country tend to produce.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a thin head with little lacing. Itís bitter and roasty with a slight malt note. Medium bodied and smooth.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 2005 bottle from Suttree! Pours a chestnut mahogany, with light red tints and a tan overtone. Head is beige and recedes quickly to a ring. Aroma of toasted/roasted malts, light burnt caramel. Hops are soily, farmy, lightly nutty and a touch bitter. Flavor is roasty, light licorice, sweet brown sugar mixed with hay and barley grains. Touches of chocolate and light almonds, walnuts and creme brulee. But not quite that sweet. The roast is dominant, but yet, though it is dry, it is not undermalted. Just roasty, dry and lightly bitter. Low carbonation. Clear, seemingly filtered and force carbonated, with a dry, lively texture and no alcohol. Clean with little to no yeast presence.
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just disappointing when compared to either the many great brown ales out on the market or the greater Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout. I know they warned me about the hops, but I thought it would have been a little more well-blended. I really tried to get in to it, we just didnít mesh well. Duck-Rabbit, I think we need to take a "break." Itís not you, itís me.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Wow, it smells like a porter, mocha in particular. Pours deep brown, but defiantly not black with a decent tan head. Head disappeared rather quickly. The flavor is, well, subtitle. Malt, caramel or toffee, with a little bit of alcohol and hop bitterness in the finish. There is some hazelnut in the aftertaste as well. Iím really not sure how to reconcile the aroma and the flavor, they are pretty different. Feels smooth and thick, but not creamy; very drinkable texture. Ok, Iím defiantly getting more of the caramel and toffee now that Iíve had a few sips. Not a bad beer at all, but this is the weakest thing Iíve had from Duck-Rabbit.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a reddish brown with a small off-white head that left behind light lacing. Sweet nose with smells of chocolate, molasses, and a light hops. The flavor is chocolate, spices, and a hint of coffee and hops. Finishes with a light bitter aftertaste. Light to medium body and very enjoyable.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, best by 11/05) Huge beige head atop a clear nut brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, nutty, citrus, herbal, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, citrus, pine, herbal, nutty. Light-medium body. Much hoppier than most brown ales, a pleasant change of pace.
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle acquired in trade with Johnathan3584 (thanks!). This one opened with a loud psst and the all too familiar gushing of beer all over my desk. Poured a medium and hazy brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, chocolates, pine, spices and citrus. Tastes of nuts, spices, pine, and roasted malts. For a brown beer, hops definitley make themselves known in this one (especially in the aroma). Body on the thinner side.