Dog's Bollocks - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rushing Duck Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: koopa on 03-20-2013

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by themind:
Photo of themind
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a unique, good tasting beer! The beer pours a small head with a bourbon and dark cherry aroma. The taste is mostly the same with a slight tartness to it. The mouthfeel was good as the carbonation level seemed on par with this type of beer. I am very impressed with this beer, it's not something you can slam down or drink massive amounts of but when relaxing this is a great choice.

Bottom Line: Rushing Duck kicks A$$!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Big khaki head. Lasts with wisps for a while.

Smell - Smells like peanuts. Peanut butter. Caramel. I don't get any of that bourbon barrel.

Taste - And it kinda tastes like peanuts. Nutty malts. A hint of oak. Caramel. The finish is a little astringent. Some apple fruitiness, too.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Middle of the road. I have no complaints, but I also can't say too much about it is great.

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -1.5%

This strikes you , right off the bat, as an excellent example of an English Barleywine. The nose is filled with tell tale maple, molasses, toffee, caramel, butterscotch and dark fruit aromas.

The flavor is sweet with sugary candy taste like Wurthers Original toffee, Bit O`Honey and butterscotch. There's a layer of brown sugar and honey with a base of malt. As I said before, excellent barleywine.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by myself today at the Plan Bee Savage release.

Pours a slightly opaque reddish-brown, with a small head, and not much lacing.

Smells like caramel, toffee, vanilla, some slight chocolate, and a hint of bourbon.

This seems to a blended barrel-aged barleywine, with a small portion of it barrel-aged. I wish the barrel character was slightly more out in the front. There's a bit of bourbon, with light sweetness, some oak, vanilla, caramel, and toffee. There's no alcohol burn at all, it's really smooth and rounded-out.

This is a medium bodied, slightly thinner than I would've liked, but substantial enough. It's got a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, with a low level of carbonation.

This is a really nice barleywine. I'd like to see a 100% barrel-aged version though, that would be interesting.

Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. A: Dark amber and slightly cloudy, with nice lacing. N: Strong nutty malts, with a peanut aroma. T: The peanuts really come through, mild spices, and accompanied by some sweetness. P: Mouthful is smooth with some carbonation. O: Rushing Duck has made a very enjoyable English style ale. This is not a beer you should chug, but sip and savor, all the flavors this beer has to offer.

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pretty decent but a little thin

Photo of Granuaile
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent brew from an excellent brewery. I'm a regular visitor at Rushing Duck, and I have never tasted a beer I didn't like, but this one is the best.

Photo of JG-90
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dog's Bollocks pours a deep cloudy mohogany color with hints of amber and with a small head and low retention and low of lacing. Smells of mostly of bourbon, and dark cherry. Also some vanilla, earth, maple syrup, and oak.

Taste starts with oak and light vanilla, then bourbon, then crisp herbal hops, earthiness, and dark cherry/sweet/fruity. Nice crisp dry finish, can definitely feel the alcohol in the taste more than the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with below average carbonation and a bit of slickness.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +1%

These ducks run with the big dogs as they introduces their second rendition of Dog's Bollocks. Its tread on the original barleywine style provides succulent and flavors with the strength to rival that of wine.

Deep amber and tawny brown, the beer's malt-forward demeanor is obvious to the eye. Looking like brandy or sherry, its distinctive cap of froth is rich with sweet toffee, cashew, buttery caramel and dried fruit. Laced with the boozy sweetness of bourbon and wood, the taste greets the tongue in the same fashion of well-aged tawny port.

As its decadence seep deeper and deeper into the tastebuds, its rich toffee, rum cake, butterscotch and molasses flavors become obviously dessert-like. Weave in the dried fruit character from cherry, apple, fig and date, and memories of fresh baked fruitcake come about. While the subtle roundness from woodsy hops arise, they tease the palate with notions of bitter maple.

With the creamy sweetness of malt easing up a bit and its alcohol balance growing, the barleywine finishes just off of cloying and with the spicy prickle of bourbon along with light coconut, caramel and wood spice.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown/maple amber with hazy ruby highlights. Finger and a half of uniform light tan head, dispersing to larger bubbles on top

S: Deep oak aroma. More resinous and sappy than woody. Fig, plums, and prunes with some alcoholic phenols.

M: Full bodied and mellow sipper. Slightly syrupy but not overly viscous. Barely noticeable warmth from alcohol and light-mod carb. Very smooth, but sometimes I like that extra warmth in a barleywine.

T: Impactful sweetness initially. Delicate for such deep flavors, smooth, sweet and delicious. Mostly dried figs, medjool dates (the ones that taste like caramel, and buckwheat honeycomb. Vinous grapelike flavors ground the malty sweetness somewhat with hopping kept at minimal it seems.

Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey orange color with a lovely cloudiness. Hues of yellow to catch even the corners of your eye. Tan head of foam that I cannot speak to because I only poured a tasting glass worth. But it looks creamy and long lasting. Nose is malty and deep. A slight hint of bourbon under a nutty toffee. Dark dried fruits in the background come forward more and more as it warms. Light buttered toast, stiff caramel and spice. gentle hop herbal to remind you they are there.

Taste is layered with malt character. Molasses, dark dried fruits, raisin and lots of caramel to offer the palate. This beer has only mild esters from alcohol on the nose and on the palate the alcohol is smooth and offers a friendly bit of warmth to the swallow. The flavors are mellow and well blended. A ticklish bit of spice in the finish . The barrel seems to all but disappear on the palate and then it shows itself like a child that plays peek a boo bringing subtle hints of the whiskey and oak to the flavor without totally revealing itself. Light bit of treacle emerges as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, chewy with smooth alcohol warmth. A moderate carbonation keeps this beer from feeling heavy or syrupy.

Photo of cavedave
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful brown, clear and thick looking, nice finger of tan foam atop that leaves some lasting lace as it retreats.

Tart yeast, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, some sharp but very light hops in there too, all in a medium strength aroma that is enticing.

Wow all the flavors of the bouquet, but the hops at the end of the sip leave a nice herbal drying. It is sweet, but it is a balanced sweet that doesn't overpower nor cloy, and the bourbon goodness is forward but really tasty. Clean and very delicious.

Lighter in the mouth than many, but it is an advantage for this big beer. Low carb., really nice finish, clean linger on palate.

What a great beer, can't wait for them to do this again. I think I saw 5 barrels of it ageing on a pallet in back.

Photo of Cuzco
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Decicco's Brewster

Pours a nice amber color with a hint of off white head.

Smell is sweet with notes of bourbon and hints of vanilla.

Taste matches the nose almost perfectly. The bourbon is more pronounced in the taste.

The mothfeel is very nice as well. A nice full bodied barleywine.

Overall, this is another great beer from Rushing Duck. I have to go get more before it is all gone.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +1%

From 12/02/14 notes. Had on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC, 12 oz. pour in a tulip.

Pours a medium murky reddish brown color with two inches of light tan head and moderate to low carbonation evident. Caramel malts, coconut, bourbon, oak, toasted malts, bready malts, toffee, sweet dark fruity malts, and a light spice. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall a very good beer. Large coconut presences from the barrel but not a ton of bourbon. Would like to have it again.

Photo of koopa
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dog's Bollocks "Batch 0" released in 32oz medicine bottle style growlers at the brewery last weekend. This is a partial bourbon barrel aged (6 months) barleywine from Rushing Duck.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear mahogany with red tinged folds and a 1 finger off white crown that shows moderate retention and lace Not surprising since this beer is in the double digits abv wise I believe.

Smell: Waves of sweet bourbon, a hint of plum / fruity english yeast esters, a present yet controlled alcohol presence, moderate roast, a dash of charred barrel, and a grainy note.

Taste: Same as the nose and fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: A well balanced and extremely drinkable BA Barleywine.

Dog's Bollocks from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.