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White Rabbit Dark Ale - White Rabbit

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 86
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 7.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy red-brown colour, quite clear, and certainly not particularly dark, but the head is a nice yellowish white cloud. Lacing is good. Overall it looks very pleasant indeed.

Some dusty grain on the nose, a little roasted character, and a faint whiff of banana. Even something else fruity, like apricot sits behind the dusty grain characters which is what is most prominent. Very pleasant, if not particularly big.

The grain is more prominent on the palate, and the phantom fruit characters disappear entirely, leaving it quite dry, and unfortunately rather thin. It has a pleasant wholemeal bread character on the palate, and the back is refreshing, but I feel as though the nose promised more than the palate delivers. Ends up feeling a bit thin.

Still, it's a very drinkable and quite sluggable beer, much like the English ales I can only imagine it is styled after. Refreshing enough, and it goes down very smoothly. Not bad at all, overall. (956 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The White Rabbit dark ale is smooth and creamy. The beer poured a deep rich dark amber with off white head that is leaving a mild lace. The scent is non-descript. The taste is malty with presence of peat. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this beer is easy to drink. (297 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a rich, hazy brown with a fluffy light tan head. Great head retention and decent lacing.

Rich malt aromas with chocolate and biscuit are present. Peachy, fruity notes bring out some nice, English yeast character here. Very good.

Tasty enough with a nice malt backbone holding up this beer with solid biscuity notes and toast. A herbal hop bitterness acts as a counterpoint and fruity yeast esters add interest. Unfortunately, White Rabbit is let down by a slightly metallic character more reminiscent of some industrial lagers which detracts from the beer. Solid but with a couple of flaws.

This is smooth, creamy and relatively light which makes it an easy drinking beer. Good.

A tasty, drinkable brew with plenty going on. I can see this being a decent session beer and hopefully the light metallic note is just limited to this batch. I can certainly see this being a good darker, maltier beer that I may drink in summer if the mood strikes me. (961 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque dark beer, with a sweet malty smell; the cola sweetens carries into the flavor, with welcome coffee bitterness on the endtaste. Overall, pretty good if a tad sweet for my liking. (192 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dusky red-brown colour with very cloudy appearance, almost opaque with healthy beige head, good retention. Lace is a sticky film, thick, sticky and gorgeous. Hell of a looker.

Nose is quite sweet and spicy, a lot of malt and steamed pudding aroma with aspects of nutmeg and cinnamon as well, maybe a hint of clove. Slight herbal aspect. Not very pungent though for all that, smells very enticing but could just use more, should punch you with enticement. Not a subtle seduction technique I know, a punch in the nose, but still...

Taste is unusually tart. Has a pudding, cakey kind of malt base to it, quite English really, then assaulted by a bit of a sour and slightly bitter spice character. Hints of lemon zest, mustiness and a bit of funk.

Mouthfeel is quite slick but mostly just thin I think. A little bit of zing and leaves very dry. Almost a vinous dryness and I feel like this would hangover the fuck out of me.

Drinking is quite nice though, phenolic and astringent but not palate-destroyingly so. Seems interesting but a bit thin. (1,054 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of nickd717
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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 (738 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a hazy red hued light brown colour with a few centimetres of beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Herbal, earthy and nutty character, some chocolate powder notes & fruity esters.
T - Nutty character comes through the strongest with some earthy and herbal hop notes. Fruity esters also come through a lot stronger in the taste.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to low carbonation. Sweetish maltiness is balanced by a noticeable herbal bitter finish.
D - A decent, some what sessionable beer but certainly nothing to get excited about. (563 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At Naughtons Hotel in Melbourne.

A - Pours a dusky russet-brown color, opaque with rich beige head, good retention. Lace is a ok.

S - Nose is sweet, charcoal, and spicy,roast malt with nutmeg and cinnamon, herbal, hay. Good start, but could be more abundant

T follows smell and is richly charcoal, roast, and tart. Works a bit of a sour and bitter spice. Hints of lemon zest, mustiness and funk. Odd, but good.

F Mouthfeel is slick with a bit of zing and ends dry. Drying, almost astringent, vinegar finish.

Odd, nice, stink and charcoal. Worth a try, but not making want another. Good contemplation beer but needs more body. (633 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to wait until the final bottle from the 6-pack before reviewing. At least two of the bottles had more dominant yeast profile; reminded me of my earlier homebrewing attempts, or the ale they produce at Goulburn (who also open ferment).

a) Pours an attractive reddish brown, chestnutty. Beige, rocky/sudsy head, decent lacing.

s) The nose initially hints at ginger powder & other spice, and some caramel notes. Very light touch of roasted characters, almost porter-like. Warms to a metallic hint.

t) Some stonefruit flavours, biscuity / toast-crust. Lightly herbal elements as well, perhaps elderflower or chamomile or somesuch.

m) Smooth feel, medium body, long, sweet finish.

d) Probably have only a few, as they sweet feel might become a bit cloying after a while. Certainly a beer of interest, although nothing particularly outstanding to note. (860 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,168 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black, with a red hue. Aroma. Has a nice sweet hazelnut aroma. Taste. Roasted malts, backed by a bit of sweetness and an espresso like bitterness. (172 characters)

Photo of pagriley
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Pours dark amber with 1/2 inch off white head
- Caramel malts and sweet roast notes - very typical brown ale. Nice
- Nutty roasted malts again dominate. Good flavor with a little kick of hop bitterness to finish clean and lighten the profile
- A bit thin. would love a bit more body and a touch less carbonation. A little prickly for my tastes and it detracted from the malts

Overall, a very solid brown ale. Quite comparable to other sub 5.0 alcohol offerings I have had in the US - New Glarus Fat Squirrel comes to mind as a very similar beer that I also enjoy - worth trying (585 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

English Brown Ale is not in my spectrum of familiarity , so I base my comments purely on personal taste.
This is a beer made for sipping.The colour hints at sweetness which I thought was demonstarted by some rockmelon flavours.
It sits easily in the mouth , alathough the 5.2% alcohol is prominent.
I would happily drink this again , but a 330ml bottle is too small .The style screams for a 500ml bottle , or probably a draught pint. (433 characters)

Photo of Macca
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a light brown with some red hues. A finger of beige head. Some lacing.

The nose is dominated by fruity esters.

The esters again come through on the palate. Some earthiness.

Medium bodied with some sweetness.

The sweetness becomes a bit much after a few. (269 characters)

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White Rabbit Dark Ale from White Rabbit
84 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.