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

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415 Ratings

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 75
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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 Dubbercody
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty, thick, caramel and an awesome smelling beer, taste follows the smell and it's a damn tasty beer. Interesting beer that falls beautifully into a wee heavy beer land. Great with a tough of age.

Glad to taste it and I'm very pleased with this beer. Good warming impact and a great beer to drink to warm you.

Photo of bjohnson
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChuckCook for lugging this in his suitcase all the way from Va. i appreciate the chance to try it.

A: Pours a dark brown rust color with a one and a half finger cream colored head. Decent retention with a thick skim on top and hugging around the edges.
S: Sweet smelling right from the get go. Fruity and tartlike notes--mostly mixed berry--with a good infusion of caramel and honey. An ever so slightly boozy smell also.
T/M: Thick and spicy with an excellent body. Syrupy and creamy on the palate. Nice huge fruity and tart notes with a background of caramel malt. Roasted caramel malt on the palate in the aftertaste. Slightly bitter, but I think that comes from the tartness.
D: Amazingly smooth on the palate despite the spicyness and high boozy aromas. Extra sweet however, which makes this a sipping beer rather than a session brew. Quite tasty and very enjoyable.

Photo of Vancer
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was great, deep oak toppep with a lacey tan head. But the aroma – intense malty caramels, chocolate and coffee. Nice, real nice.

Extremely rich and full bodied, a real caramel bomb. Smooth drinking, well, sipping anyway. The 8% just shows his little head at the finish, but with a nice warming kick. And a little hint of smoke rounds this one out.

Good ol’ blackie sent this to me in the NoBSBIF Beta. Appreshit again!

Photo of warriorsoul
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rusty brown in color..a full finger of light tan head...half of it remains on top...some glorious lacing remains.
Nice aroma in the nose...sweet honey and cherries.
Flavor is where this one takes off dried fig, toasted caramel, dried cherries, sherry...the alcohol is slightly medicinal, but not astringent. Not quite hitting me like a scotch ale until this offering hits room temperature...sweetness wins out in the end...not very dry in the finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick...not cloying.
Very enjoyable brew...something I'd end the evening sipping.
Thanks again ChuckCook.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown with a shade of mahogany showing through. Thin toffee brown head. Smoky alcohol aroma with dried fruit notes. Almost like a drunken fruitcake. Huge malt body hits with a mild hop profile. Alcohol present through to the finish but warming and pleasing. A very slow roll in the mouth thickens it up. This also releases ome piney flavors. Alcohol still present but this is still complex with: malt, fruit, hops, butterscotch. I think i am getting some wood or peat smoked flavors somewhere, yes, definitely. A bit earthy. I feel as though I am sitting by a huge stone fireplace in Scotland in the dead of winter warming up with this awesome example of the style! Excellent.

Photo of wedge
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pure crimson with a short creamy-smooth head that ends up sitting on the surface in gloppy beige patches. Fine lace drapes the edges. Deep toffee malt nose - sweet, mapley, toasty, and nutty, finishing with some woody alcohol. The flavor is huge...a big malty punch along with a dark fruity quality that adds a bunch of complexity. Rich caramel, toffee, and maple, light smoke, plums and other purple fruits, and oak. Tasty stuff. The alcohol is warming but not intrusive. Medium-full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This was the (hopefully annual) Spring seasonal from this brewery, but I found some last week and its still quite good. Rich, malty, and exceptionally complex. A very nice strong Scotch ale from NC's dark beer specialist.

Good until 3/07 - get some if you can find it and hoard as you please.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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!

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.