Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.63/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Grabbed a single from Asheville 'cause I can't remember the last time I had this one. Cracked after lunch on a cold, clear Sunday afternoon. "Enjoy by" date of 10/11
A. Murky, muddy red-clay. Short head with active bubbles and additional life thanks to my New Belgium lazer-etched goblet.
S. Sweet and malt-sugary, as most of Duck-Rabbit's bigger brews tend to be. This is sharp smelling, with some high fusel booze and some sugary, raisiny notes going on... sort of reminds me of a Muscat dessert wine. Minor aromas of darker malt and an almost tannic, woodsy-husky grain smell. No smoke, sadly. Subtlety is not this beer's strong point.
T. Hmm, yeah, this is pretty much how I remembered... fortunately the flavor here isn't as sweet as the nose suggests and has some real malt depth to it, sadly, it's neither as refined or approachable as that stalwart standby, Old Chub. OC is actually a good jumping off point, since most of my (few, if any) readers should be familiar with it. Duck-Rabbit's take is more 'rough hewn', with more evident booze in both the flavor and the warming factor. There is less dark fruit and more worty slickness, and I almost feel like I'm picking up a bit of hop citrus - probably just a byproduct of the fermentation though. This has a spicy, almost peppery kick to it upon swallowing. Interesting stuff, but not the best example around.
M / D. Slick, medium bodied, fully carbonated, perhaps a bit too excitable. Drinks... okay. I wouldn't go back for this one on a regular basis.
Duck-Rabbit here has a decent take on the style, too rough and sharp tasting for my personal preference, but your mileage may vary.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2010 20:01:09 | More by kkipple
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3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
I am working to reduce the deuced backlog of bottles that has built up here at Chez Woody and which cries out to me on a daily basis.
From the bottle: Made in Farmville, North Carolina"; "Proudly hand made in small batches".
I was inspitred to break out a goblet the other day, as opposed to my usual shaker pint. The greater surface area means that the head does not rise as high, but I still got a finger of dense, light-tan head for my efforts. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = > 22, < 27), allowing for little light penetration. Nose had a toffee-like candy sweetness underlain with alcohol heat. Ah, an 8%er to begin the day ... Mouthfeel was thick and full and I felt like I had placed a dollop of cream on my tongue. The taste was quite sweet, very much like toffee, but with dried dark fruits, also, plus the heat was not lost on me. Phew! This is no playing around. As I watched the lacing begin to form a ring around the inside of the goblet, I was given pause to consider the prevalence of AIPAs and my propensity for drinking them. I really enjoy their bitter, citrusy flavors, but it is also nice to partake of a malt-driven beer on occasion. The finish was malty-sweet, certainly, but the fusel alcoholic heat on the extreme finish gave it a breathtaking dryness. My my my.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 15:40:11 | More by woodychandler
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From the 12. fl. oz. bottle sent to me from a non BA-member in trade. Sampled on February 10, 2014.
It pours a handsome looking deep amber tone with a quick lasting off-white head. Mild carbonation.
That aroma is so Scottish! The sweet malts really kick in on the nose along with a feint dark fruit character. It does make me wish to drink the beer.
The body is medium to full but generally rather smooth.
The taste is sweet and malty like the most traditional of Scottish Wee Heavy brews. Kind of on the mellow side considering the 8% ABV. And that higher ABV is well masked.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 22:53:36 | More by puboflyons
Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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