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White Rabbit Dark Ale - White Rabbit

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83
good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brendan13 on 08-01-2009)
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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 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 JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of xylophonica
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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 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 nickd717
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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 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 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 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 CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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 Cs1987
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of jbowers56
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear reddy brown colour. 2 fingers of head dissapates pretty quick but leaves a decent pillowy layer - atleast so far.

Little creatures smell. Wow, what a trademark scent! Nice citrus hops mix with a malty sweetness. Very pleasant.

Pretty hoppy for an english dark ale. Interesting. Roasted malt qualities mingling with a definite citrus hop character. Not impressive, but pretty good.

I would like a thicker mouthfeel personally.

I could slam these down pretty easily, though I'm not sure I'd buy enough to do so.

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 laituegonflable
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of vancurly
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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 Macca
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

White Rabbit Dark Ale from White Rabbit
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.