Cybercat (5878) - Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a decent tan head - very inviting. Aroma is strong and smoky with hints of caramel and coffee, much like a stout or porter. Rich malty flavor has firm nutty and smoky tones, as well as hints of caramel and hop bitterness. Texture is smooth but edgy, and finish has a hoppy undertone and a touch of sweetness. DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Thanks to Ross for this one. Dark brown pour going toward black. Aroma of heavy roasty malt, figgy fruit, brown sugar, some maple syrup, cacao. The flavor is caramel malty, figgy, dark fruity, with some brown sugar, almonds, molasses, cacao, and slight rauchy oaky barleywiney notes. Very complex aroma and taste, with a dense, complex, well balanced palate. Duck Rabbit is a brewer that has always impressed me, and this beer is an elite scotch ale. Find a friend in North Carolina, and get ya some today! GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - My first try at a Duck-Rabbit beer and what an impression. This was one seriously intense beer. An aroma of toffee, raisins, dark fruit, maple syrup, and a little boozy. Appearance was a deep brown/reddish color, hazy with a small head. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, slightly sticky but still excellent. Flavors were nutty, dark fruits, spicy, woody, earthy, a little smoky and just incredibly complex. This rates very high with me. Thanks so very much to JCB for sending!!! zoucrew102 (1913) - - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Sweet caramel malt aroma with some peat and a touch of smoke. Pours deep caramel brown with a medium tan head and good lacing. Caramel malt with a hint of brown sugar to start. Finishes extremely smooth with a rich peatiness and a bit of smoke and booze. Excellent scotch ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Heard this was in the store, and since I choked and only bought 2 or 3 bottles of the imperial stout, I just bought 12 of these. Scotch ales are something that I am not too fond of due to the massive amount of malts that seem to overwhelm the beers. That said, this was the best scotch ale I have ever had, and one of the better beers from NC. Pours out dark brown with a tan head that goes to the end. Smells malty, some hops, little hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty, refreshing, and excellent. The beer goes away very quickly compared to other beers I have had in the style. A great malt bomb that will only improve with some age. Excellent offering.
Shag (3026) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2006
A dark amber appearance. The aroma is nutty with some caramel and alcohol. The flavor consists of chocolate, caramel, nutmeg, and some alcohol notes. A sweet finish. Damn good one. shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3/01/2007: Well, the Duck-Rabbit Barleywine tasted more like "Bandywine", but Ross redeemed himself one this one. Apparently the bottle he sent me is approaching a year old and it was awesome right now...
Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale pours a clear dark amber color. It has an ample amount of carbonation, but it isn’t over done. Initially there is a small honey-colored head, but it quickly diminishes and leaves only a partial film. This stuff
looks pretty thick; the bubbles rise slowly to the surface through the viscous beer... The aroma is sweet, deeply malty and contains a complex blend of aged fruit, caramel/chocolate, and fine alcohol. The flavor is rich, full, malty, and complex. Flavors of aged dark fruit, something darker like caramel and/or chocolate, and reminants of subltle smoke blend into an amazing experience. The alcohol is extremely well integrated into the overall flavor and barely noticeable. The mouthfeel is thick, full, sticky, and creamy. This is one of the best Wee Heavy/Scotch Ales that I’ve had. Actually, as this beer warms it seems to open up even more. Some additional whisky/scotch notes become more apparent as well as a little bit more alcohol. This is a truly impressive and very fine beer. I like it just as much if not more than the Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter (probably more actually). This beer would be perfect with just a touch more smoke...
12 fl oz bottle from ross, Enjoy by 3/07. Thanks Ross. This bottle was amazing! Please send me a 6-pack of this wonderful brew the next time it is released! Rating = 9/3/9/4/18 = 4.3
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8/10/2007: An entire case of this just showed up on my front porch today. I was wondering if this beer was ever going to make it out of the brewery this year since it was so late in being released. Oh well, it’s here now... The Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale pours a clear, dark, ruby-amber brown. This bad rabbit looks thick - the bubbles are having a hard time making it to the surface! There are lots of very fine bubbles shimmering around the edges, but there isn’t any head since they the bubbles are so suppressed by the viscosity of the beer. The aroma is just as wonderful and complex as I remembered it from last year: Rich, sticky caramel, alcohol-soaked dried fruit (kind of like fruit cake), and a hint of caramelized malt (faint smoky character). The flavor delivers what the memory held on to as well. It is sweet on the lips and strong and malty on the palate with notes of caramelized sugar, smooth alcohol, pecans and dried fruit, subtle cherry, and some oak or wood dryness. Overall it is rich and quite intense. The label might state that the alcohol content is 8% by volume, but there’s no way. It’s definitely much higher, yet well melded into the overall flavor. The body is medium-full and thick. It’s super smooth though. This is such a great beer! I look forward to sitting down and slowly sipping every one of the 24 bottles that I received. Oops, only 23 now since I just drank this one...
12 fl oz bottle ( 8% alcohol by volume) from ross, Enjoy by 6/08. Thanks again Ross! You really went above and beyond the measly 6-pack I had orginally asked for. I appreciate it greatly!
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10/24/2009: The Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale... Aroma: Wonderful caramel; real maple syprup; cedar. Appearance: Beautiful rich honey-amber color with a beige crown; shimmering carbonation slowly rise through the apparently thick liquid. Flavor: Sweet maple sugar and several layers of rich caramelized sugar, caramel, and candied dates; faint hints of almond, dried peaches, and toasted wood (cedar?); a whisp of alcohol through the nose. Palate: Smooth and milky texture; medium to medium-full body; slightly syrupy. Overall: This beer has become a bit more sweet, but still incredibly delicious; truly a magnificent beer, but may have been closer to prime at 1-2 years...
Twelve fuild ounce bottle ( 8% alcohol by volume; Enjoy by 3 07 ) from Springlicker. Thanks Jay! Rating: 8/4/8/4/18 = 4.2
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10/26/2009: The Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale... Aroma: Lush caramel aroma; nicely caramelized malts; deep citrusy hop presence (mild); touch of smooth alcohol. Appearance: Cloudy to murky deep, nearly opaque amber color; frothy beige head and residual crown. Flavor: Several layers of sweet, rich caramel malts; mild aged hops; slightly dry finish; warming alcohol. Palate: Medium-full body; smooth and mellow texture; slight stickiness on the lips. Overall: Still quite good, but not holding on as well as the previous vintage...
Twelve fuild ounce bottle ( 8% alcohol by volume; Enjoy by 6 08 ) from ross. Thanks Ross! Rating: 8/3/7/4/16 = 3.8
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1/24/2011: The Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale... Aroma: This beer smells delicious! It has lots of deep, caramelized maltiness, dates and golden raisin, a suggestion of smoke, and a very nice alcohol presence. Appearance: Mostly opaque brown color; slowly dissipating beige to tan-colored crown; still plenty of carbonation bubbling up throug the thickish liquid. Flavor: Creamy, sweet caramel; lots of rich and deeply caramelized malts; molasses and pleasing tobacco and leather in the finish; hints of dried apricot and prune; great alcohol compliments the sublime maltiness and vents nicely through the nose; wonderful complexity; only a tinge of well-integrated oxidation setting in. Palate: Medium-full; smooth and mellow with just enough carbonation; sticky residue in the mouth after swallowing. Overall: Still AWESOME and better than more recent vintages, so 2006 was a superb year for this beer; this is a PROPERLY done Scotch Ale and still my favorite!
Twelve fluid ounce bottle (8% alcohol by volume; Enjoy by 03 07) from springslicker via trade at DLD’07. Thanks Jay! Rating: 8/3/9/4/18 = 4.2
Bottle. Shared by a generous Ratebeerian at the PP Strong Ale fest 07. Burnt amber color with an ivory head. Warm roasted aroma with toffee and port notes. Sharp and fruity with dark fruit flavors. Very clean finish. Avery nice beer. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Thanks to Steve from TN!!
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with no head.
Aroma: Dark fruit, dried dark fruit, granola bar, brown sugar and burnt sugar.
Taste: Booze soaked cake, dried dark fruit, cocoa, finishes with a bitter twang.
Overall: Heavenly. I’m not sure the age of this bottle, but I flipped out at how great it was. Had some cellared notes to it, so I’d guess 2 years was on this bottle. suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Very dark coppery-ruby-amber color. Nice looking, tight, creamy tan head. Huge malt aroma. Caramel and spice. Awesome malt taste. Tastes a bit smoky. Caramel and vanilla. Sweet and somewhat warm. Nice warming feeling after each swallow. Would be great on a cold summer day. Lucky for me, it’s just that today. Very good beer.