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Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style AleDuck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 77
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: silver0rlead on 05-15-2006

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Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 276
Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a tasting hosted by my friend SwillBilly.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany atop red legs with a fizzy tan head.

Smell: Figs and Carmel toasted malt and a touch of overripe banana and even a slight earthy suggestion of peat.

Taste: It has a big malt presence that is sweet and zesty with caramel fruit and a bit of spice. It seems to snap crackle and Pop in the mouth. It has a roasty malt almost smokey but not quite. It is as if the roastyness was blanketed by caramel and bananas that turned ripe. It has a light sour nip in the back of the palate and finishes beutifully dry.

Mouthfeel: Lively medium body with very active carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking 8% Scotch Ale. It could really be dangerous.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The last beer i brought back from my vacation at the Outer Banks,came in a 12 brown bottle crimped cap like the rest of the Duck Rabbits Poured this one into my Mad Elf tulip glass.

Cloudy,deep copper color had a reddish/orange hue when held to the light.1" tan head dissapated quite quick to a slight layer turning into a ring of foam around the glass.Some very tiny bubbles tightly knit surging from the sides of the glass,no lacing at all.

Sweet,very carmellized aromas with lots of roastyness,sharp burnt notes with a tinge of alcohol,woody/earthy with dark fruit and tea leaves. Complex aroma with hints of burbon/scotch.

Intense sweet heavy carmell at first taste,with charred wood,earthy,syrupy tastes with a boozy edgy to them.Dark fruit with dry tea leaf bitterness at the finish. Good balance,interesting taste.

Has a light mouthfeel at first with the mouthfeel getting fuller by the second finishes thick and chewy.A sipping beer with a decent amount of booziness. One beer at a time for me on this one.

Brought back several Duck Rabbit beers back from vacation the dark beer specialists it says on the label. All were very good dark beers recommend all there beers. Pick some up if you can.

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cherry-mahogoney colour with a whispish crowning head. Scotch barley toasty aroma. Medium plus mouthfeel, significant but not distracting carbonation. Sourish finish that worked good post spicey tasty pizza. Very drinkable and fresh, thanks to Drunkmonk. I am not a huge fan of this style, but it was good. A new state.

Photo of ncvbc
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I must say that this one didn't live up to my usual expectations of Duck-Rabbit beers.

It poured a brownish color and had ruby highlights . Decent cabonation and a thin, fizzy head.

Smell was pretty good. It was like figs or grapes. A little oatmeal raisin and brown cinnamon sugar. Only problem was that it was slightly masked by alcohol.

Taste was even more masked by alcohol and took away from what could have been a brew with some serious depth. A little toffee and I swear I picked up some apple in there. Weird.

Mouthfeel was kind of sticky, seemed more thin when colder and improved when warming.

Drinkability isn't so great to me. Not reaching the potential that it probably has and not too impressing for me.

To be quite honest, I think the regular beers from DR are more consistent than the seasonals. I love the Baltic Porter but the others don't stand out to me. The Porter, Milk Stout, and other regulars are true to the style and have character. This is all just my opinion...

Photo of wagenvolks
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. 2007 bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an attractive, dark amber ale with a semi-opaque body that transitions to ruby red in the light. A thin, khaki head recedes slowly on top, with no lacing to be found.

Intoxicated by the aroma, I detect sweet floral notes with clover honey, caramel, banana, and a touch of nail polish. Definately the highlight of the beer, the scent is different than any other Duck Rabbit beer.

An intense rush of flavor greets the palate: liquor-esque banana and honey notes hit first. Taste is a bit salty, too, and almost too sweet for the style. Viscosity is syrupy, with a medium body & almost no carbonation. The salty presence makes the tongue sweat a bit, but the finish is lacking. I can't say that this is my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit by any means, but that may be a result of the style. Nevertheless, it's a pretty interesting beer and others seem to enjoy it, so cheers to that.

Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to mikesgroove for a BIF trade. Pours a ruddy dark copper with a slight off white head and nice sticky lacing.
Smells of a nice malty brew, caramel and toffee up front.
Taste is thick and massive, dark malts with a nice caramel note in the finish. This is all about malts with a slight hop note in the middle that quickly fades from the malt. Very sweet in the finish as well. Really nice evening sipper, mouthfeel is thick and smooth.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown, a big soapy head, and dots of lace emerging as the glass empties.

The aroma is simply awesome. Peat and toffee in abundance, with light smoke, grape must, Ovaltine crystals, baked brown sugar and distinctive nuttiness.

Flavor has that hard-to-define piquant edge typical of the style. A little charcoal, a bit of chocolate, some cola and root beer, lots of toffee/caramel maltiness, mineral hardness...one for the tastebuds to savor and interpret over and over. I've had three in the past few days and I get something new every time. I do think it's a bit "strong" tasting...not as in ABV, but like everything hasn't had enough time to gel yet. Aging might be key here.

Mouthfeel is slick and buttery, matched by tingly but moderate carbonation.

An interesting, complex offering from this consistently impressive brewery. Will probably be even better with age on it.

Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

Pours quite thickly in the glass, I am left with a near clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall light yellowish brown head.

The smell is exceptionally malty with a great deal of caramel and smoky malt. There is a slight fig aroma to this. Mostly this is basic but very strong Scottish ale aroma.

The taste begins sweet and slightly smoky with a big malted milk ball flavor at the beginning. There is a slight sour flavor here that I can't exactly identify, possibly malt scorch it isn't strong but it is present. Malt with a little leather and a slight herbal trace to it, mostly this is malt. After a while the hop addition becomes more noticeable and a solid bitter finish appears. Smoke could be stronger but this is a good basic Scottish Ale.

The mouthfeel is thick and to the style.

A good basic Scottish Ale without any flaws. Not outstanding but respectable in all respects and worth trying.

Photo of kwakwhore
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown pour into a snifter. Small head which doesn't last very long. aromas of fruit sugar, and alcohol. really sweet with a little bit of hop bitterness at the end and perhaps a hint of peated malt. Alcohol is very obvious in this beer more than it should be. Not my favorite Duck Rabbit seasonal for sure and not as good as it was on tap at the pre-release party. I'll let the rest of the six pack sit for a while and see what happens to it.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep mahogany color with about a finger high light tan head.

The aroma consists of dark fruits, dark roasted malts, brown sugar, some light booze, and some caramel. I don't notice any smokiness, which is something usually present in a Wee Heavy. The smell is a tad sweeter than I would like.

Flavor starts with dark roasted malts, before the dark fruits take over. Touch of smoke lingers in the back. There is also some of that sweetness, but it's not as dominant in the taste as in the aroma.

Solid mouthfeel. Bit of a burn after swallowing from the alcohol. Good beer, but not my favorite example of the style.

Photo of klewis
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjgardner for this one.
3/07 freshness date

A: Pours a dark reddish color with a small bubbly head that quickly disappears. No lacing.

S: Sweet port-like smell with an aroma of caramel.

T: Very sweet and a bit cloying. Malty with strong flavors of molasses and caramel. Little, if any, roastiness. A bit of alcoholic heat, but if anything, it helps to balance the sweetness a bit.

M: Full-bodied and sticky but with quite a bit of carbonation. Way to fizzy for the style and for the flavor profile of this beer in particular.

D: A bit too sweet and a bit too fizzy, but otherwise a good beer. Worth a try.

Photo of Goldorak
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gorgeous crimson ale with a lowly ring around the collar.

Smell: Lightly roasted, caramel aroma that don't seem quite to meld, it could use a bit more booze to heat it up and bring it all together.

Taste: Well carbonated and plenty of malty caramel and biscuit/fruity flavors, with a bit of yeasty finish that came off almost like those candy bananas. This might be in the upper tier of American-made Wee Heavys, but we've had so many knockouts in my neck of the woods that it sort of gets lost in the shuffle. It is wickedly drinkable, I'd almost say sessionable if it weren't for the 8% ABV.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep tea-amber color with a tan head that melts to simple lace.
Aroma lacks any smokiness, but is very heavy with dark sweet toasted malt and brown sugar and dark fruits.
Flavor has a touch of smokiness....mostly the dark amber toasted sweetness of the malts with heavy dark fruits afterwards.
Another fine late evening sipping brew.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with reddish hues and a light beige head.

Smell: Odd, bewildering aroma of peanut brittle, smoked meats, and spiced oatmeal cookies which I will remember every single moment until the end of my days.

Taste: Butter toffee sweetness attached to sharp notes of wood, cinnamon, peanuts, sherry, and marzipan. Its the beer equivalent of Frankenstein's Monster. This has been my experience through three different bottles now. There will be no fourth attempt with this Duck-Rabbit brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: I don't know if my friends have been noticed I seem a bit down this last week, but its due to this beer.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a clear but dark copper color with about half an inch of amber head. No lacing to speak of. Smells of sweet malts, booze, caramel, and oak. Tastes of caramel sweet toasted grains, brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. Tongue tingling from the booze with a medium to full body and mild carbonation. Very nicely done wee heavy. One that I would seek out again.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark ruby cola color with a fluffy light tan head that fades fairly quickly to surface. Little lacing present.

The smell is nice. Dark fruits, molasses, syrupy and sweet.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is well carbonated yet smooth and creamy. The 8% ABV is detectable in the finish but it's not distracting.

It's got a nice malty caramel flavor that coats the tongue

Warm and sweet with a nice complexity. This one is a good drinker.
Many thanks for the opportunity drunkmonk!

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a big sturdy head.

Aromas are of cereal, sweet grains, whiskey, and oak.

Upon first sip, I notice a nice thick and full mouthfeel. There are dark fruit flavors, stewed raisins soaked in booze, a bit of grain, and a crisp sweet finish. It is a complex brew... lots of flavors bouncing around. There is also a bit of an alcohol kick, but it's not overpowering or unpleasant.

Very nice Wee Heavy. I'd be more than happy to drink this again. Not too thick, it's tasty and quite drinkable.

Thanks again for the bottle mikesgroove!

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Murky reddish orange color, with hues of copper and brass. Fizzy head of orange white foam bubbled away quickly, leaving minor lacing. Medium low level of carbonation.

S: Strong aroma of caramel malt and boozy sweet caramel. Notes of molasses, brown sugar and roasted sweetbread were well received.

T: Sweet, sweet caramel maltiness, with a touch of roasted grain and raw sugar. Some afterthoughts of whisky and earth. A natural caramel flavor permeates everything. Nice.

M: Nice. Heavy, sticky, sluggish. Suprisingly, this one retained a level of carbonation which added to the pleasureable experience.

D: Fair. As good as this is, it's a one and done brew. On occasion, I could come back to it.

Notes: Special thanks to mikesgroove for the 12 oz. sample from the No Name BIF.

Photo of KevBrews
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful, frothy caramel head; held to light, brew is red-brown in coloring

Smell: Wow--great aroma! Lots of barley and peat, with some alcohol and caramel

Taste: the first sip is aggressive, with a fullness, a maltiness that teeters toward excess, but at the last minute, slides back to be well-balanced; hints of peat and brown sugar in caramelized malt--very dessert-like, but not cloying on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full, pleasant carbonation, with a mouthfeel similar to Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale

Drinkability: This beer would age extremely well, provided I could keep it in the fridge long enough. One of my favorites from NC.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of unclejedi.

A: The ale is dark brown color that has some auburn orange highlights. The head was sizeable on pour and retains as a thin white covering on top of the ale.

S: The aroma is strong malts, with some green grapes and figs coming out. The aroma is surprisingly close to the doppelbock Samiclaus.

T: The malt body continues from the nose and it quite strong. The malts are fruity, with a dry raisin and date body, nicely showing off the alefruits. There is a slightly smoky element underlying the malts, showcasing some of molasses and thick sugars. Hops are not a big factor here but the malts happily carry the load.

M: The mouthfeel showcases some of the peaty depth of a strong scotch ale. The stronger malts also better showcase the depth of the ale.

D: The 8% abv is deceptive, hiding itself well. The malts make the ale, creating a strong enjoyable meal.

Photo of WAP
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a gorgeous deep ruby with a thick tan foam head, leaving clouds of lace as it recedes. The smell in intensely sweet with some earthy undertones. The taste is quite sweet, but has nice earthy flavors, dark bread, and a hint of smoke to lend complexity. The mothfeel is quite smooth and nice. My one complaint about this beer is the drinkability. It has been difficult to finish each one of these I've opened because of the sweetness and high ABV. If this came in bombers I would really be in trouble.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to mikesgroove

Pours a rather murky copper-brown with a creamy tan head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramel malty with stong notes of brown sugar / molasses along with a distinct toasted nuttiness. Light hint of hops in the background.

Sweet and caramel malty with hints of molasses.Gives way to toasted nutty flavors and a hint of herbal hops. Finishes caramel sweet with a lingering pleasant tosted flavor.

Full, creamy body. Nicely carbonated.

A very well crafted beer, quite enjoyable to drink. I could probably drink a second one before needing something to cut the sweetness. Another solid brew from the impressive Duck Rabbit.

Photo of Alkey
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with fresh date by 04/07 poured a black cherry color with a thin tan head that leaves a few specks of lace around the glass. Smells malty with some fruit scents of plums or prunes. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and some fruit flavors and just a bit of alcohol. Feel is light/medium with a slight tingle of carbonation. This brew is pretty easy to drink but I don't enjoy the dark fruity flavors like I once did.

Photo of hunteraw
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ipa2xs for sending this one my way in the No Name BIF.

Appearance: Garnet in color, one finger head. Mediocre retention and little lacing.

Smell: Malty, with sweet brown sugar notes and slight smoke. Dark fruits slightly reminiscent of a dubbel.

Taste: Sweet and malty, with a hint of smoke. Some caramel and dark fruits. Very little hops character.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. Medium body, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: This isn't my favorite style, but I've been thinking of brewing one soon (smokier than this though) so I was looking forward to trying this one.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S - 12 oz bottle. best by 4-07. not sure what that means in terms of date bottled. Thanks to doppelmeup aka Santa for this sampling.

A - Pours very dark with a ruby core. head isnt big but is a decent shade of cream. appealing....quite appealing

S - Caramel, dark sultry fruits, slightly herbal in the back, big malt.

T - tangy fruitiness, malty, creamy, syrupy, slightly bitter on the finish, warmth hits my belly, sugary, delicious.

M - nearly perfect, creamy, smooth, tangy.

D - one of these would be my limit in a night. kind of fatiguing though they are certain delicious.

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Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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