White Rabbit Dark Ale - White Rabbit
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3.33/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
09-30-2009 08:39:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
09-03-2009 07:16:32 | More by dgilks
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
10-01-2009 06:32:47 | More by laituegonflable
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
04-05-2010 02:08:27 | More by CrazyDavros
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
01-08-2010 12:17:39 | More by ADZA
2.42/5 rDev -33.5%
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.
10-22-2010 05:33:24 | More by nickd717
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
08-19-2012 10:07:14 | More by soju6
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.84/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
11-08-2013 10:29:16 | More by flyingpig
3.38/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
08-01-2009 10:30:53 | More by brendan13
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
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
06-24-2011 04:45:26 | More by heygeebee
3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
04-21-2011 08:23:55 | More by JohnnyBarman
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
10-09-2010 11:37:43 | More by eric5bellies
3.08/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
09-10-2011 13:02:18 | More by dansmcd
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
05-06-2010 11:03:14 | More by joecast
3.33/5 rDev -8.5%
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
12-26-2011 12:35:54 | More by vandemonian
3.35/5 rDev -8%
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.
09-28-2009 06:30:11 | More by vancurly
White Rabbit Dark Ale from White Rabbit
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