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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

409 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 73
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silver0rlead on 05-15-2006)
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Photo of Umbra
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled out of a bottle and into a Belhaven pint glass at Cape Fear in Wilmington.
Pours a dark, though clear, brown tan head didn't have much of a chance with the ABV. Nice clingy lace on the sides. Big sweet molasses like aroma.
This is a wee heavy that is malty as all get out. Molasses and cocoa are the main flavor with enough earthy quality to keep it honest. Not overly sticky medium bodied brew with a bit of ETOH burn at the dry end. As expected after my first few from these guys, Duck Rabbit knows their dark brews. Worth another...

Umbra, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a small tan head. The aroma is sweet and smoky. With a alcohol notes wandering around in the background. Hints of choclate and toffee come foward as the beer warms. The taste starts with a chocolate notes and the smoky notes swimming back and forth in your mouth. As the alcohol warmth starts to radiate out into your belly a light dried fruit (fig) character lingers at the back of your thorat.

ybnorml, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cola color and clear with amber hues and a decent size tan head from an aggresive pour. Aroma is mainly sweet maltiness also has some ripe fruits and a little smoky quality. Taste follows with some ripe fruit first on the tongue followed by a rich caramel and brown sugar maltiness. There is a hint of a warming alcohol in the finish. The balance in this beer is outstanding. There is a hop presence that is both slightly drying in the finish and also slightly peppery on the tongue midway thru a taste that balances the rich maltiness. The alcohol is very understated but present in just the right amount. I've never been a fan of the style, but it's impossible for me not to be a fan of this beer, very well done.

hoppymeal, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from mntlover. Pours a clear, copper mahogany body topped by a skimpy beige head. Some attractive sheets of lace drape the glass.

Aroma has a lot of toffee and caramel maltiness, some toastiness, a note of whiskey, and some delicate hopping that seems floral.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a politely restrained carbonation.

Taste is surprisingly complex, especially as it warms. Malty caramel and toffee, a fruity Winesap apple note, and solid earthy hops bittering. A whiskey note is pleasantly warming, not overbearing. Some red cherries are also picked up throughout. Finishes with a wood smoke aftertaste.

Another impressive outing by this little North Carolina brewery. An interesting and well crafted example of the style and a most pleasant sipper on a cool autumn evening.

merlin48, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Color is a clear burned amber with an impressive off-white head. Nice duration with sticky lace on the glass. Aromas are sugary sweet, with lots and lots of dark fruit notes evident. A whiff of ABV as well. Flavor starts off with a chocolate-drizzled dark fruit medley. Middle sees a roasty-toasty malt influx, and finishes with a leafy hop bitterness with a Heath bar note. Thick, thick mouthfeel really boosts this up. Nicely done.

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light bricky browning scarlet. Or a dark caramel you decide. Off white head dies out quckly and leave little to no lace.

Nose of fig, toffee, caramel malt, mollasses, and big alcohol. Also hints of Anise, and other dark fruits.

Damn good straight forward fruity and explosive. Sweet malt, with black currant, black cherry, milk chocolate, toasted coconut, alcohol in the mouth and the chest as well as a bit of a dark bread. Very good.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for this style but does not deter you from liking the beer due to the balance and complexity this beer brings to the table. I think I could drink this for a long time coming.

mcallister, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. This one pours a deep deep amber to brown color with ruby highlites. Clarity is good, and there is a finger of head that falls to a full coating over top. The aroma is very malty, with big caramel notes, and a light phenolic note, but not really smokey as I would have expected. Taking a sip, I find caramel and a lighter chocolate malt flavor, with the phenolic character coming through more like a smokeyness, but still not exactly what I was expecting. It is a slight bit astringent on the finish as well. This one is okay. The feel is thick with a moderate carbonation hanging on there. Overall, I think this one is just not quite there for a scotch ale. The flavors are not well melded, and the aftertaste that hangs on is a little off-putting for me. This one is okay.

kmpitz2, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the prettiest ruby/mahogony colors I have seen in a beer. Not a lot of head, and just a small ring of foam around the edges of my pint glass. Swirling leaves bits of foam and some nice winey legs on the glass.

Aroma of malt, chocolate, some alcohol. Very pleasant smelling beer.

Taste is excellent. Very malty with hints of chocolate and toffee but not overly sweet. The alcohol is apparent but in a good way. No noticeable hop presence.

Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Enough carbonation to keep it light. Very drinkable.

Overall an excellent beer. This was brewed in the Spring and has had a couple months to age, and I think that has really helped this beer. Highly recommended.

doppelmeup, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice oaky garnet color. It changes as it moves through different light revealing thick orange tones and glowing ruby reds. A dense creamy light orange tinted cream colored head reaches a few fingers to the rim of my glass. A tight retention layer remains for good duration. Smell is thickly malty with cocoa, mollasses, maple, vanilla, nuts, and some mixed dark purple fruits, most likely dates and figs. Tastes pretty yummy. Mollasses, ccaramel, ocoa, nuts, dark fruits, and smokey leaves, with an alcohol kick. Finish has a warming alcohol tingle and a nice smooth texture. Medium-semi full body coats the mouth with sweet malty awesomeness. Drinkability is great despite the apparent alcohol and sort of high ABV.

A good wee heavy. Mmmm.

tastybeer, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big malty pour from Duck Rabbit with a stellar foam that only appears briefly. Color is a nearly opaque deep brown with a thick center and reddish tint on the sides. Nose is sweet and malty with caramel and chocolate on the radar.

Taste is huge and broad, travelling quickly to every tastebud I've got. Malt is still the meal ticket, deftly hiding the present but non noxious alcohol. Sweet and refreshing but some dryness in the finish. Notes of licorice, black bread, and maybe molasses. Late fruit notes as well.

A lively and rewarding wee heavy, a bit different from the more traditional examples of the style I've tried but worth trying if you see it.

daliandragon, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best by 04/07 - served in a tulip. It pours a brilliant, crystal-clear crimson/blood red with medium carbonation and a thin, fleeting tan head that leaves light lacing, but aggressive swirling manages to work up a finger of head that recedes more slowly. In the nose it starts with caramel and molasses malts, but becomes earthy and almost sugary sweet with some esters and light hops. It is big and earthy on the palate, with peat, toasted, and caramel/molasses malts, a touch of smoke, light green hops, faint alcohol, and raisins that show up halfway through. It has a big chewy body that is almost syrupy, lightly numbing, and has a medium finish that reveals notes of currant and blackberry. It is a big, earthy, and complex beer, but it verges on too sweet, though the malts are spot on - I could almost taste some scotch in the background.

mmmbeer, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours maghogany color with a samller tan head that falls to a ring with sparce lace.

Aroma is lots of caramelized malts, hints of toffee, dried fruits plums figs ect... Light chocolate hints whiffs of spice and vanilla on alcohol notes. Aroma is big lets you know you have a stout brew in your glass.

Taste is big like aroma lots of sweet malts, caramlized sugars, molasses dipped figs, rasins and plums floating on a big malt background. Spice and alcohol along with vanilla and grassy hops hints in the finish. A big beer a big scotch ale. If you are in the mood for a big beer this one is great. While not as good or subtle as other that might be more complex and better in drinkability this one is good no doubt.

Mouthfeel is big full rich with a nice pep before and during the finish right on for a Wee Heavy.

Drinkability is good but not great. Don't know if that makes sense but, nice beer just not one I would drink alot of.

mntlover, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, 1st of 2 bottles brought to me by Blackie..."The Legend of Duck-Rabbit Spreads North"

appearance: pours into a snifter...dark garnet-mahogany body, glowing ruby tint...creamy tan head with great lacing...good looking scotch

smell: somewhat faded aromas by my standards of the style...sweet caramel malt, fig, raisin, date, lightly hopped, vanilla, prune, a bit boozy

taste: This is a good scotch, but as far as NC scotches go I think I will take the Highland Tasgall. Luckily, the taste was a bit more impressive than the aroma with a rich caramel body, sweet malt, raisin/dates/fig, slightly woody, light metallic hop finish, alcohol a tad hot

mouthfeel: smooth rich body, hop bitterness in the finish

drinkability: pretty good, but the alcohol could be masked a bit more (Duck Rabbit should pick the brain of Tom Porter at Lake Louie)

dirtylou, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bBD apr 07

Pours ruby red with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Good head retention some lacing

S: Rich malt & slight alcohol nose up front. Choclate scents & biscuitty notes (with cinamon) come through as it warms

T: Malt, brown sugar, maple syrup & alcohol up front. Choclate & fruittyness follows. Finishes warm, fruitty & slighlty boozey

MF: Actually a little thin for the style with good carbonation

Drinks okay for the ABV, this will certainally go down easier in January than July. Love this style & this is a good'un!

russpowell, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of walleye
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Ross from the other site.. I finally decided to open one of the beers he sent me awhile back. poured a mahogany with a off white head, that left a small amount of lacing. aroma when I popped the cap I got a sweet malt aroma and got the same out of the glass, than along came some brown sugar, caramel, fruity, than some nice wiff of alcohol, as it warmed the alcohol got stronger. flavor dark fruits, plums, caramel, cherries, alcohol, nie dryness to this. a very good beer thanks again Ross

walleye, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of ejquin
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Cola brown, almost black with off white head.

S: Typical wee heavy of caramel and butter scotch. Slight sweetness and alcohol.

T: Sweet up front fades to butter scotch and brown sugar. Alcohol on finish fades to a long molasses flavor. Really blanced well. The scotch and the alcohol notes peak out just enough so you know they're there, but remain in check.

M: Chewy, heavy and slick. Nice carbonation.

D: The alcohol is definitely there, enough so you know you're drinking a serious beer, but is very well balanced.

Ovr: I haven't had a ton of wee heavies, but this is my favorite. Very good beer that I'd drink again and again. If only I could get more.

ejquin, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber. A small tan head rests up top, but only for a moment. No lace to speak of.
Aroma is of highly carmelized malt. Almost on the burnt side of things, but a pleasant burnt side of things.
Sweet and caramel like. Kind of an over cooked caramel flavor. A touch of fruitiness behind it somewhere. Alcohol is present and hot.
Full bodied with decent carbonation. A touch syruppy. The alcohol is very warming... more so than beers I've had with much higher ABV's.
Okay drinkability, but maybe a bit much to handle between the burnt flavor and the hot alcohol sensation.

BeerRun13, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body, but with some clarity, and ruby edges, under a slimmish head, cola-tinted.

Sweet, malty aroma, cocoa and nuts, a little oak and a trifle bit of molasses...just a tiny bit sharp, too. Interesting. I like that.

Great big malty bite right off the top, big, sweet, tasty. Makes itself comfy in the mouth, like it ought to. A little sticky, but not straying far from delightful.

This is how I like a wee heavy. More heavy than wee.
Good gumptions, it's got a lot of taste and character. Quite nice.
Full bodied, long, chocolatey finish...ending a tad dry, but every bit delicious.

Nice work, Duck-Rabbit boys and girls!

feloniousmonk, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of blitz134
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Barley's in Asheville. I didn't think I'd get a chance to have this one, but an inpromtu trip to the area lead me to this one (and then I found a 6pk the next day down at Greenlife).

Garnet, caramel body. Basically clear when held to the light. Arrived with only a little head, but a quarter inch of off-white head remained and reduced to nothing as my glass emptied.

Caramel and light toasted malts prevailed in the aroma. Some smokey peat flavors came through as well. Raisin and plums too. Alcohol is evident but expected. Very nice.

Taste is typical wee-heavy and no corners were cut to water this one down. Toasted malts and chocolate again come in with some raisins and figs. The typical scottish alcohol twang is there in the finish, almost whiskey like to me.

Mouthfeel is full, coats well and the flavor really lingers. Superb drinkability. To the the style, flavorwise. Alcohol works in perfectly. Definately a sipper but one I'll gladly partake in again, and luckily I can.

blitz134, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed the Duck Rabbit offerings I have had for the most part and this was no exception,poured a deep clear amber with a thin wispy head that was gone very fast leaving nothing behind,nice complexity in the nose,brown sugar,roasted nuts,and a nice leafy hop presence wich may not be true to style but is nice nonetheless.Very rich tasting brew but not overly sweet full bodied and somewhat of a sipper,deep brown sugar and caramel notes up front with underlying baking chocolate with lighter raisin notes finishing with a touch of earth.This a nice beer full of rich flavor and pretty bold,thanks to hoppedup for this solid brew.

oberon, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A finger of root beer colored head, a nice water lace of the same color surrounds the beer and moves with it as I drink. The beer itself is a dark brownish red color....with ruby and orange hints. There is also light carbonation visible.
S-Very sweet, lots of brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. This style is very dank, but I am not sure if the dankness comes from hops of a caramel malt....it is hard to tell, very sweet and strong none the less.
T- I found this beer almost not drinkable when I first tasted it, but I read up on the style....tried another beer in the style, and I am now reviewing the 5th beer of my six pack. Very sweet in the sense of alcohol and molasses. There is very light hops in the middle of the body, and this helps with the drinkability of the beer.
M/D-Thick, syrupy, strong, moderate-low carbonation. This style is growing on me...I guess it will take a couple more for me to truly know how I feel, but I did enjoy the other sample I tried a little better.

jameaterblues, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my pint glass a dark amber with some ruby highlights. 1/2" head gives way to a lacey crown. Sparse lace on the sides.
This wee-heavy is a delight to the olefactory sense. Smoked chocolate covered cherries aroma. My taste buds are begging, but my nose doesn't want to let go. Alas, it's time to move on. Huge malty sweetness. Dark fruits. Mostly cherry. Mixed with some smoke flavor and a hint of chocolate. Chocolate is not as strong in the taste as it is in the aroma. Dry finish with the perfect amount of alcohol. Enough to warm your insides and give the beer some bite, but not so much that it turns you off. Feels chewy in the mouth, which I think a wee heavy should be. Anything that taste this good is very drinkable. That said this is a sipping beer.
Paul should be proud of this beer, and I'm proud something this good is brewed in NC. When everyone else is releasing Hefe's and Pilsners this time of year, Pauls comes out with an excellent wee-heavy...Cheers to Paul and Duck-Rabbit!!!

wcudwight, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A mahogony brown colored beer emerges. A rather nice sized tan head forms. Nice lacing is left behind as well.

Aroma is chocolaty and caramelly. Alcohol and sweet dark fruits such as raisins and figs also are noteworthy. I really enjoy the toased chocolate aroma of this beer.

Taste is nice as well. Again, chocolate and caramel are the major players here, followed by some figs and even a touch of black olive. The alcohol is fairly subdued but is noticeable.

One of the better Wee Heavy's I can remember. A wonderfully beefy body makes this an enjoyable brew.

SaCkErZ9, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of Enola
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Duck-Rabbit brewery has hit the jackpot with this beer!

I poured this beer into my Chimay glass. There is little head from a soft pour. The color is a deep mahogony color. The smell is sweet. There is a good amount of maltiness here as well. The taste is malty and there is an aftertaste that lingers for a good while. The mouthfeel is smooth, You can certainly tell it is higher in abv but it is not overpowering. This beer is well balanced. I may return for another sixer of this after finding out just what a gem it is. Probably DR's best beer to date.

Enola, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a six-pack of this and thinking I may be wishing I had the rest of the sixer.

The beer poured a clear dark brown with ruby red highlights. It produced a two finger amber head that laces the glass as you nurse the beer.

Aroma is sweet malts. Some fruitiness -- darker fruits -- and caramel/toffee. There is also a hint of smokiness, though the brewer says no peat malt was used.

Flavor is malt dominant, with caramel and some bready hints. Sweet, but has just enough hops to stop short of cloying.

Chewy, big body

A very nice beer. A sipping beer with the full body and sweetness. Not all that common of a style. Glad to have this one made here in NC!

ncbrewerbun, Jun 07, 2006
Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.