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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The Duck-Rabbit’s Scotch Ale is a full-bodied, deep copper-colored treasure. Bold and malty, this beer’s sweetness comes from a massive quantity of grain complemented by some serious kettle carmelization. The flavor is rounded out by a warming alcohol sensation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle from Justin in trade. Aroma is of toasted caramel and Grand Marnier. Flavor is similar with a toasted, orange rind hop element, which really adds depth compared to the typical wee heavy. Really surprised and happy about this one. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 3/29/2013 - Draft at Alla Spina. Pours brown with beige head and lace. Nose of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, raisin, and some roasted malt. Full bodied with a slightly hot finish. Good for a wee heavy. 7/4/7/4/15 12/12/13 - Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a slight reddish hue and thin tan head. Nose of cherry, fig, chocolate. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel, light carbonation. Fruity and malty. Some chocolate and slight roast in the finish. A little sweet, a little warming but not much alcohol flavor. Really smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (731) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
12 ounce bottle from timfoolery, minimal, disappearing head, ruddy dark red, crisp palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5678) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with a one centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of alcohol, bananas, yeast, oak, malt and a ton of toffee and sweetness. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong alcohol flavour with a lot of nuts, earth, toffee and raisin flavour at first with a good grape-y finish and some smooth light hops. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol and somehow even more toffee and nuts - very nice. The toasted malt flavour and sweetness comes through nicely, but leaves the palate doused with a lot of taste. Overall, a nice scotch with the flavours you’d expect and a complex profile to finish off the beer. What you’d expect from this brewery - another consistently good beer for the style and one that everyone should sample. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 04-January-2013 for US$2.49 sampled at home in Washington on 22-March-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (3011) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours a deep ruby caramel color with a finger of eggshell foam. On the nose its earthy sweet with traces of molasses, stale grass and dark fruit. The palate follows the nose nicely with a nice round warm mouthfeel that coats the mouth with balanced earthy sweet flavors that bitter out nicely and clean up with a touch of booze and raisin on the lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle courtesy of theisti. Pours a hazy mahogany with a fluffy ecru head. The nose is of plum, red grape, black cherry, and a faint dustiness. The palate is medium-bodied and vinous, with a drying, tannic finish. Following the nose, the flavor profile is a bit tart and vinous featuring similar dark fruit notes to those in the aroma. This bottle is a couple years old. So, I’m not sure if it’s representative of a fresher batch (especially as it’s fairly atypical for the style), but it’s pretty damned good. Thanks again for the bottle, Tim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a medium amber with an off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, dark fruits, and caramel. Taste is dark fruits, hints of vanilla and caramel, and a bitter alcohol bite. Bitter/sour finish. Not a big fan of this one at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2013
A happy find on the Georgia trip. Pours a largely opaque copper amber with some orange highlights. A thicker toffee head is produced with a vigorous swirl and settles to a ring leaving behind touches of lace. Complex nose involving dark fruit notes, dates, cherries, maybe a hint of molasses, caramel apple, some smoky peated malt notes, and light alcohol vapors. Taste is very sweet, a touch tart, with a hint of bitterness. Heavier bodied, full, bright with flavor, a touch sticky, with a lengthy peated finish. Really happy with this one, full flavored, nuanced, appropriate heft, and that great smoky caramel apple thing that makes scotch ales so good. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooter520 (185) - - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle. Bruised banana and caramel aroma. Tastes same with some floral hoppiness. Pretty solid for the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (1365) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Deep mahogany red/brown colo. Small beige head. Rich dark fruit malt nose. I smell prunes, soy sauce, burnt wood and autumn leaves. First sip brings notes of burnt sugar, licorice, spruce and wood. Complex bittersweet malt and hops in midtaste and finish. Very noticable alcohol taste. Sticky treacle aftertaste lies long on the palate. This is a big brew and very tasty. Worth seeking out.

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