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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The Duck-Rabbitís Scotch Ale is a full-bodied, deep copper-colored treasure. Bold and malty, this beerís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3380) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Pours clear dark copper color with off white head. Caramel and molasses aromas with a touch of peat. Big sweet toffee, caramel, and molasses flavors with a hint of smoke. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (299) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Deep caramel brown with a thin white ring. Light semi-sweet toffee and candy corn aroma. Smooth with just a hint of toffee flavor. Hides the alcohol well. Flavors are not very bold, almost to the point of being ordinary and blah. Even after it warmed up it didnít get much better. Too plain to be really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2016
A big sweet beer can be a nice treat sometimes and The Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale is a good example of that. Big and sweet are the dominate adjectives, though itís also nuanced and very drinkability for such a hefty brew.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 9/2016 and cost $2.49 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Seemingly magenta, but actually caramel brown/dark copper. Body is crystal clear, though carbonation is visible. Pours to a fairly large, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet malt and dark fruit. Alcohol is present as well.

Taste: Thereís a lot of sweetness in this beer, but thereís also a significant amount of smoke or astringency as well. Though no smoked and/or peat malt is used in the brew (as far as I can tell), there seems to be some present. Of course that might also be the raw alcohol, which contributes a fair amount towards the palette. Sweet toffee flavor on the finish along with a dark fruit taste of maraschino cherry or raspberry puree. Not much in the way of hops, though I would not consider this beer to be imbalanced per se. All in all, itís delectable and impressive.

Drinkability: The first few sips of The Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale seemed strong and sticky, but it quickly seemed to be much lighter as I continued. In fact, the mouthfeel seemed to be actually quite thin. The 8% ABV certainly comes through in both the taste and as a warming sensation. This is satisfying and drinkable for sure.

RATING: 8/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
samsmith33 (771) - - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle to glass. Aroma is brandy, wine, wood, barley, broth, bergamot. Look is clear mahogany reddish brown. No head. Taste is yeast, brandy, bergamot. Feel is Somewhat flat. Interesting flavors again for Duck Rabbit, but not a home run.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Caramel, leather, malty aromas. Caramel, boozy, wood, slight earthy flavors. Not really my style, but decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1438) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2015
On tap at the Bull in Gainesville. Dark ruby pour, small beige head. Lots of malt sweetness, some clove and a bit of fruity yeastiness to it. A bit on the light side of body, but the flavor is wonderful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is not my favorite. It is very malty and sweet. It is a true scotch beer and is dark with sweet mix of deep malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (5229) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2015
12 oz bottle purchased at the Beer Shoppe, Adrmore, PA. Best before 9/2015 ticked on the side of label.Thin head retention that died after a minute on top a deep ruby color. The aroma is sweet caramel, light pear, burnt brown sugar and a light fruit note.

Flavor is right with the nose with a lot of caramelized toffee/ caramel leading into a mild peat hint in the finish. Alcohol is also here but not overwhelming or distracting. Light dark fruit as it warms up. Body is fuller side of medium with a lower Co2 level. Pretty well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Underdogs88 (274) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Kettle caramelization is high. Appearance is a cloudy dark brown with an off white head. The head was poor with poor retention. Flavor has a one dimensional rich caramelization flavor, but not much else. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation. Overall, the beer has an interesting caramelization flavor, but is still one dimensional and I really don't enjoy it. The recipe needs more complexity. Also, the beer lacks the typical full/medium full body of a wee heavy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1538) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2014
On tap at Finneganís. Amber, mahogany pour. Sticky sweet caramel, some soft dark chocolate malts, moderate oak. Definitely a wee heavy. Nice and sticky sweet. Because of the sticky sweetness, this is great when you want a wee heavy but would probably be rough if I wasnít actually seeking that out.

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