White Rabbit Dark Ale - White Rabbit

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of delboy1203
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Photo of Mendicant
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of DrNo
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of rjimlad
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of LeonSammartino
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of PursuitOfHoppiness
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of foles
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of joecast
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of istarilord
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of JGZ
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of excelthoughts
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MenInVen
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of brewymcgee
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of Clogs83
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of heygeebee
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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

Photo of LittleCreature
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I have already reviewed White Rabbit on-tap, giving it a perhaps generous 4.05.

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a finger of loose beige head that gradually reduces over a clear, dark reddish brown body. Head retention is less than impressive.

Smell - 4.0
One sniff reveals the Little Creatures influence, as citrus-like hops dominate the aroma. With warming there is a slightly spicy note to the hops, as well as caramel and a little alcohol.

Taste - 4.0
Underwhelming when cold, improving as the temperature increases. Hops rule, but there is a definite backbone of toasty, slightly roasty malt. Recognisable as part of the Little Creatures family in its grapefruit hop character and assertive bitterness. Perhaps a little more malt character would be an improvement.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Reasonably fine bead, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall - 4.0
A sessionable ale for any time of year and something I will surely drink again if the price is right. I tend to agree with Dean McLeod, that the dark ale could well be a new style, it is certainly nothing like an English brown ale in flavour. Very good stuff, one of the best beers being brewed in Australia.

Photo of Raebies
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of juju7
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of koolk
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddy-brown with a very small off white head that drops quickly and laces a little.

Nose has a nicely balanced mix of fruit hop flavour and some yeast derived aromas. Sweet tropical and perhaps even a little grass seem to dominate. Some chocolate notes appear as well. Nice enough.

Good flavour on the palate - Some darker malt flavours of roast and biscuit mix with some slightly red fruit hop flavours. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is very nice, though I think it does finish a bit short. Creamy and well balanced sweetness and bitterness are nice.

Worth a crack. I have no idea on what the open top ferment has done for this beer, but I like it and managed to knock off a couple.

Photo of Gervaise
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of flyingpig
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

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White Rabbit Dark Ale from White Rabbit
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.