illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Bottle courtesy of the Ross "ripper" Laughter. Pours deep dark translucent brown, with ruby highlights and a nice camel head. Rich malty aroma, almost barleywinish with some sweet sugary dark fruit notes, and a very tiny note of smoked peat. All kinds of flavors here...tobacco, plums, caramel, wood and a hint of smokiness. Not too heavy or sticky in texture, which is a nice touch to this. A little bit of alcohol in the bitter and malty finish. I even picked up some vinous notes somewhere along the way. This is real good. I’d love to see how this would cellar.
aracauna (3050) - Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark blood red with a good head. Sort of like a very dark red wine in color. Rich malty aroma. Slight touch of toffee. Cherry, a bit of wood. Sweet tea.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, ruby red, almost brown. The tiny head fades quickly. The aroma is huge malt, coffee, plums, raisin. More plumb and raisin in the taste. Tastes like an english barleywine. No hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness to speak of...which is to style. Vinous finish, with an alcohol kick. Definately a sipper. Not my favorite style but I’ll give it high marks for a job well done.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Willblake at the last HW open house. Hazy reddish brown color with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel and a bit of peat smoke. Sweet malty flavor of caramel, molasses, dark dried fruits and again just a hint of smoke. I have had two of their beer and have been impressed with both.
Dorwart (2362) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin dense head. Light carbonation. Nice rich aroma that really reminds of greasy deep fried food like french fries and fish sticks. Some caramel and molasses along with some smokey malts. Color is an outstanding port mahagony brown. Frothy in the mouth which is unexpected. It is like it explodes into a frothy goodness the moment it hits the tongue. Great mellow smokey andf malty flavor. Good bit of peat, molasses and sweettness. Rich and creamy in the mouth. Finish is creamy and smooth with a noticable alcohol warming and kick. Slick and malty. A very good scotch ale and one that I wish I get my hands on more of. A great big thanks to Magjayran, my secret santa, for this one.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany like color with champagne bubbles. Deep effervescent aroma with prune, brandy and fruit cake notes. Deep and flavorful taste. Smokey, prunes, caramel, dried and sugared dates and lingering coco hints. Very enjoyable. Creamy full body with tinny carbonation that gives it a tang. This is the stand out Duck-Rabbit for me. Very good.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle picked up @ Lighthouse Beer & Wine in Surf City NC: Mohogany coppery brown w/ a short lived off white head. Strong malty and cherry lollipop aroma, with caramel malt and medium plum fruitiness. also with bready malt and light alcohol. Some smokey woody aromas and light phenolic yeast and hints of roasty coffee, very light, but noticeable. Well balanced flavor overall, but lightly to sweet malty flavors, caramel, malt finish and light plum fruitiness. a bit of sugary sweetness and a hint of roast. Malty aftertaste is lightly toasty and bready. Fuller medium body, smooth m/f, and well hidden alcohol, lower carbonation. A bit on the fruity side for a wee heavy, but the fruit flavors and aromas in here are the ones I’d expect if they were in there. A very highly enjoyable beer and a pretty good wee heavy!
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HWOH thanks to Willblake for sharing. This was a great Wee Heavy even compared to the great Alesmith we had that weekend. Pours a slihgtly hazy ruby red, almost brown with a thin film of a head. Sweet caramel malt aroma with raisin and light plum and light tobacco hints. Flavor is sweet with deep crystal malts- sharp fruits, brown sugar, light woodsy hints. Creamy mouthfeel, and finishes very smooth. Well done.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour nice ruby amber with big dense tan head...smell is rich and malty...molasses, caramel, cookie dough...taste is sweet and slightly smokey...also somewhat vegetal...strangely herbal...sweet and malty, but not great...good though...
OldGrowth (2617) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. from trade with ross. Great nose, sweet. Malty. caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses. Clean brownish orange color, small head, faded quicly faded to a ring that would come back as I tipped the glass. Minor lacing. Sweet flavor. Like aroma with a hint of scotch or is it peat? Carmelized brown sugar. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, sweet sticky finish. Tad brash, but great. A little aging is gonna do wonders. Makes me wish I lived there now. Thanks ross!