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White Rabbit Dark Ale - White Rabbit

White Rabbit Dark AleWhite Rabbit Dark Ale

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82
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%


Brewed by:
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Australia

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brendan13 on 08-01-2009)
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SmashPants

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle, stylish and cute label per the White Rabbit norm.

Appearance: pours a transluscent dark-brown with hints of chestnut-brown against the light. A small head pops up and hangs about for a time.

Aroma: a heavy caramel / treacle aroma with enough earthen and fruit hops to balance. Some sugar behind also. Quite refreshing.

Taste: not the strongest of flavours, but the caramel and hops are still definitely there with a touch of liquorice. One of those dark ales that are great for a warm day.

Aftertaste: all flavours hang about for quite a time, with some sweetness lingering. Nice.

Mouth feel: a light- to- moderate body with moderate carbonation. Works well.

Overall: whilst I wouldn't have this every day mainly as I can't afford it) I would definitely pick up a 6-pack every now and then. I am glad to report that White Rabbit have produced another great, easy-drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 07:58:43 | More by SmashPants
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at The York Tap, York, England (£5.50, 330ml):
Dark brown to chestnut with a few red tinges throughout and a really thin foamy head on top that is tan coloured and holds fairly well.

Hoppy with a darker caramel aroma and some sweet malts and toffee. There is some sugar and a few lighter fruits lingering in the background. This one definitely seems more American brown ale than English brown ale, on the nose at least.

Caramel malts and again more hops than I expected with some sugary sweetness and some orange with a hint of apricot and peach lingering in the background and touches of bitterness too.

Medium bodied & hoppy with strong carbonation and a semi-bitter feel to it. Very smooth and with touches of sweetness that all balanced out quite well.

Quite a nice beer all round with a good hop character & great balance with a very smooth mouthfeel. I found this one incredibly easy to drink and got through it in no time at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 10:29:16 | More by flyingpig
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eddocron

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this as both bottled and on tap. I liked the tap a bit better - held its head a bit longer and laced nicely and the aroma seemed more distinct, clear caramel and some fruit. Draw had a 2 finger head, dark brown appearance.
Taste was good, not too bitter and finished well. Easy to drink.
Overall it was my fav on tap at Little Creatures Brew Pub in Freo. Australia, even though it isn't "officially" a product of Little Creatures.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 21:58:08 | More by eddocron
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machalel

Australia

3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep and earthy mahogany, with a dark beige head. Head fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Toffee notes along with some grain and barley-sugar.

Taste: Sweet toffee and malt with some sultana aspects. Maybe a touch of chocolate. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and medium carbonation.

Overall: After trying their Witbier, I was a bit worried about this one. Fortunately, it proved a step in the right direction, as it was a better beer than their White Ale. Probably a little bit too conservative and thin, it was, however, quite drinkable and inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:07:28 | More by machalel
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soju6

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a small head that fades to no real lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness and dark fruit.

T: Flavor of roasted malt, bit of caramel sweetness and dark fuit. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and creamy. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer, pretty good for the style. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 10:07:14 | More by soju6
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jjkatter

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- dark mahogany with very little to no head.

S- toasted malt and caramel.

T- not near as bad as I was expecting, given the reviews. Taste follows the nose. Fair body with subtle malted barley characteristics.

MF- pretty smooth and well balanced. Yea, feels pretty good in there. Let's do it again...

O- I am pleasantly suprised by this one. After opening mediocre craft beer after mediocre craft beer, this one's actually drinkable and the kind of thing I would actually have another of... Salute, lapin de blanc.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 08:00:22 | More by jjkatter
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White Rabbit Dark Ale is a brown ale that tastes... brown. There isn't really much else going on though. It's not terrible, but it is boring.

A: Dark brown colour and a 5 mm head that lasts ok. 4

S: Malty. Maybe some brown sugar. Not much else. 3

T: There is a slightly sour malty base with some hints of clove and hard-water impurities. 3.5

M: Foamy but not overly carbonated. 3.5

O: 3

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 12:35:54 | More by vandemonian
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Raebies

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fruity, orange bubble gum smell. Orangey brown coloured ale, slightly on the light side with a small tight head of foam.
Tastes like tangerine, very light bitterness.. grapefruit comes through as it warms up. Thin bodied.. with the name"dark ale" I was expecting something completely different, but this is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 07:08:53 | More by Raebies
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dansmcd

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A dark shade of maroon/brown. Disappointing skin of fizzy head which was gone in seconds.

S - Brown sugar, honey, sweet malts.

T - Strawberry jam and grapes. Quite hollow in the middle.

M - Light in body, too much carbonation.

O - Had been looking forward to this but Im not a fan. Just not enough flavour punch. Glad I just bought a single.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 13:02:18 | More by dansmcd
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heygeebee

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting ale, and one I first found last winter. Deja-vu a year later. On special 15.80 for a 6-er at Dannos, can't be bad.

Pours a deep brown with red tints. One finger beige head, good lacing. Kudos here, the head stays and stays. Really unusual to see such good head retention.

Nose is restrained, some caramel maybe.

Taste is malt-driven, some caramel/chocolate, with no hop balance for bitterness, although Mrs heygeebee noted an ear-wax like sharpness on the back palate - not as unpleasant is it writes. Mouthfeel is light and creamy

Highly sessionable, although just perhaps the sweetness might catch up

I can never work out whether this is better served colder or slightly warmer. An English Brown Ale it really isn't

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:45:26 | More by heygeebee
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brewymcgee

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy brown with a reddish tint and a creamy off-white head

Aroma: Very much like christmas pudding with a twist of citrusy hop freshness

Taste: Caramel malts with dry dark chocolate and a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but very smooth, carbonation is present but not intrusive.

Drinkability: It is interesting, combining some of the flavours of much richer beers with a lighter feel. Would make for a nice change in a session. Let it warm up to bring out the flavours!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 13:21:21 | More by brewymcgee
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up at a Canberra liquor store. Cute label drew me in.

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark sludgy brown-ruby, no visible carbonation, thick creamy head, good lacing streaks.

Nose is rich and malty, notes of caramel, chocolate, grape, floral hops.

A malty brew, pleasant to drink, but a bit watery to the finish for my tastes. Caramel, chocolate, smoke, grassy hops, a bit of dry grape. Tastes like an English mild dark.

Low carbonation, thinner bodied. Felt like a cask.

A nice sessionable dark, decent flavor although it could have been a bit more nuanced. Could be a great English mild with a lower ABV. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 08:23:55 | More by JohnnyBarman
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xylophonica

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Jupiler signature glass.
Note - this is rated at 4.9% not the 5.2% listed above.

A - Dark brown/maroon colour - looks like a coke. Very light sugary head without much substance.

S - Lots of dark sugar aromas here, caramel, molasses, toffee.. A nice counterpoint to this though is that there are some more herbal/spicy aromas in here as well. Quite strong with just a touch of sweet rum or port.

T - Tastes like a fairly normal brown ale! Some nice spicy/bitter on the tongue initially. This is offset by some dark chocolate flavours seemingly mixed with something a bit softer - maybe honey. Soothing aftertaste verges on licorice/aniseed. Nice combination and quite robust.

M - Quite vibrant at first with the above mentioned aftertaste. Shame it doesn't linger a bit longer though.

O - An interesting beer, but not groundbreaking. Flavour is stronger than that of a Newcastle Brown (for example) but the honey/sweeter sensations give it a very different feel. It's growing on me as I drink and warming well. Good to see a small and fairly new Australian brewer trying to make something other than another pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 12:58:16 | More by xylophonica
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delboy1203

Australia

4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a dark brown colour with a few centimetres of beige head that thins qickly.
S - Caramel and nutty character
T - Nice hoppy flavour once the beer reaches a decent serving temperature. Malty after taste
M - Light-bodied with a medium to low carbonation.
D - A delicious beer that can be enjoyed with a meal or as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 07:49:26 | More by delboy1203
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LeonSammartino

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a seriously good beer. Nice complex flavours, toasted malts, which gives it a full flavour, but yet still very refreshing and easy to drink.

Poured darkly not surprsingly, with a tea coloured head.

Only a very slightly hoppy aftertaste, it's more on the smooth and creamy rather than fruity/hoppy side of the ledger.

Better on tap than in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 05:30:23 | More by LeonSammartino
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nickd717

California

2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle shared by someone at dbuckingham's tasting. Always good to get a random Australian tick.

Pours a clear medium-brown color with a small off-white head.

The aroma is...whoa, wacky tobacky in your FACE! Weed is big in this one, along with nuts and caramel.

The flavor is also big on Mary Jane, which dominates the hop profile. There's also caramel malt, toast, nuts, and cocoa.

A little thin on the palate with average carbonation.

Below average for the style overall. Didn't really want more than my small ticker's pour here.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 05:33:24 | More by nickd717
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eric5bellies

Australia

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Weihestephaner Weizedn Glass

A - pours a nice clear red dark copper colour with an off white head that reduces to a film.

S - Citrus aromas from the bottle, much more malty once poured.

T - nice grainy note with a yeast malt finish that is quite bitter on the finish.

M - Plenty of fizz and low to medium body and real smooth.

D - This is one of the best mass produced beers in Australia and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 11:37:43 | More by eric5bellies
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rjimlad

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking forward to drinking this for some time and I'm pleased I did as it's a very nice drop. Poured with a nice beige head that stayed the distance. Colour is black tea with moderate carbonation and some yeast sediment. Aroma is hoppy with bread and grass notes. So is the flavour which is bready and slight roast beef with understated malt drive and a bitter hop finish to clean the palate. All in all a lovely drink that I think will be a favourite. I prefer the Kozel Dark, which is readily available and with a richer malt mid-palate but White Rabbit finishes more cleanly. I will drink this any time.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 07:41:51 | More by rjimlad
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foles

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer. Nice and malty, but well attenuated, highly drinkable, and hoppy! This is an american brown ale with Kiwi hops. I think they finish with strickelbact hops. Its certainly being tweaked as its been changing ever so slightly over time.

One of the first american browns brewed in Australia? Certainly one of the first with a decent distribution.

Jamil raved about this beer on his recent trip to Australia.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 10:56:18 | More by foles
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joecast

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

could have sworn i reviewed this beer. love it on tap, lets see how the bottle compares.

clear dark appearance, sort of coppper/mahogany. low carbonation. thin tanned head with good lacing.

nice moderate aroma. a bit of malt sweetness with a finish of hoppiness. hops are not too distinct as english or american. well, certainly not american. perhaps lightly earthy, but thoroughly tamed.

very sessionable flavor. good balance. clean fermentation which to be honest kind of takes away from the english bent on things. i like my english ales to have some yeats/fermentation character. this one is almost clinical in its lack of noticeable flaws (at least to my sledghammer palatte). the dark malt character is interesting and keeps me wanting more and it doesnt overpower the rest of the beer.

this goes down easier on tap than the bottle, but this is still pretty tasty. the (near) robust flavor pairs well with the light body and makes this a great beer to have more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 11:03:14 | More by joecast
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istarilord

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany-brown with decent-bodied, light brown head. Nice floral scent, light malty/fruity sweet smell (strawberries today, but who knows what someone else would smell).

Nice texture with a medium bodied flavor. Hops dominate, slight acidity though well balanced with malt and a bit of floral (a beer that tastes like it smells, what a concept).

Easy drinking but decent body, medium carbonation. Good by itself!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 09:57:39 | More by istarilord
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with ruby highlights and a large lasting head.
Nose shows green, spicy, grapefruit hops with nutty darker malts and hints of chocolate in the background. Neither hops nor malt leap out of the glass, quite a good balance.
First up upon tasting the malt seems to lead the way, with more nutty and lightly roasted notes. The hops mainly show up as a green, spicy finish of mild bitterness.
Carbonation is too high, creating very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 02:08:27 | More by CrazyDavros
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juju7

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The tap version would definitely get a better score from me but I have never taken notes on it so reviewing the bottle. The cool thing about this beer is that it really is hard to classify and also difficult to accurately describe. The nose is a good balance of noble hops and slightly toffee malt. There is a hint of Belgian-ness about it coming from the yeast. A pretty cool hybrid. Smooth and elegant. The kind of dark ale that could appeal to the wider beer community without being dumbed down. A beer I'd be happy to drink anytime.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 10:53:21 | More by juju7
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Cs1987

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark red, 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Strong caramel, grassy hops.

Taste - I can't help but think of this as a "dunkel ale", as to me it tastes more like a dunkel lager than any other style. The roasty, earthy malts are well balanced with grassy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, good texture.

Drinkability - Fairly drinkable.

Overall - I have waited for a long time to try this, but I am not surprised about it in any way. White Rabbit is a quality drop, but is not quite as interesting as most niche style beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 12:43:24 | More by Cs1987
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ADZA

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There has been so much hype about this beer im stoked to be able to finally taste it myself,it pours a reddy,brown,dark rose colour with a nice one finger head with sporadic lacing here and there,the aroma is very,very hoppy for a english brown almost passionfruity with some caramel malts aswell,it has a light body mouthfeel for the style which is definately not a plus in my mind with nice tastes of passionfruit,stonefruit and some light toffee malts which really smooths out the tailend of this brew to make it a really easy drinking session beer but by no means would get caught up in the hype as its just another session beer thats easy to drink and even though its not bad ive definately had heaps better.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 12:17:39 | More by ADZA
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White Rabbit Dark Ale from White Rabbit
82 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.