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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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425 Ratings

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 77
Gots: 14 | 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

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Beer added by: silver0rlead on 05-15-2006

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Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 276
Photo of Imbiber
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chuck for this bottle.

Deep ruby red with a moderate light tan head. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity, vinous. Smells more like an well-aged barleywine than a Scotch Ale - but what the hell...

Taste... Malty, fruity and somewhat complex. A halfway point of the aforementioned barleywine odour with corresponding taste (though the finish more resembles a doppelbock) and the Scotch Ale it's supposed to be. This has been aged a few months so that may well be a factor here.

There's a hint of diacetyl but I'm not saying that's bad, just adding to the complexity. Again probably as this has been sitting around for a while.

To sum up, very tasty and probably a little misunderstood. I wish I could obtain it locally.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. Thanks to Brouche for this one!

A - Pours a reddish brown with a creamy caramel-brown head. Good carbonation.

S - The aroma didn't impress me...detected hints of wood barrels and alcohol, but they didn't seem to go well together. Roasted hints in the background, but they too seemed lacking. Individually, all good scents, but they couldn't quite finish the job.

T - That which was lacking in the aroma department was more than backed up by the taste. Burnt & roasted sugary malt flavors played very well together, supported by some tart fruit and a strong alcohol punch. Everything came together very well.

M - Creamy body with a strong finish & aftertaste; warming sensation lasted on my tongue for quite some time.

D - Definitely stands out among other Scotch Ales...a flavor and aroma that compares to few others I've had. Not a session beer by any means...much more enjoyed as a nightcap sipper. Definitely get one if you are able.

Photo of malcontent
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, ruby/brown liquid with the minimal head I'm used to from Scotch Ales. A thick ring of foam circles the edge of the glass.

Rich, sweet-smelling malt, raisins, honey and a faint touch of smoke make for a more than pleasing aroma.

Raisins are predominant as are some marble rye and plum notes with just a touch of burnt bitterness cropping up on the finish. Very tasty and similar to a barley wine in many ways.

Creamy and thick, one could even say there's a slight syrupy quality to it, but that is to be expected to an extent from this style. However, although this beer is very close to dead-on for the style, I just couldn't see drinking more than one more. Still, an outstanding beer and a great intro to Duck Rabbit for me.

Thanks Lhasa

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

Poured a hazel brown with a nice 1 inch head that slowly faded lacing up the sides. Much visible carbonation and a noticeable hissing sound. Smell was very nutty, and I mean that literally. Smell was of nuts and caramel with a hint of hops and just a touch of alcohol, smells like its gonna warm you up. The taste was very very sweet, syrupy and lots of dark fruit flavors. Very sugary sweet, no real taste of alcohol, which at 8%abv is a nice touch. This is another fine brew from Duck Rabbit, very full of flavor and body, glad I have stocked up! These guys just cannot go wrong!

Photo of HimerMan
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; poured into my Delirium Tremens glass. Huge thanks to WeisGuy for this beer, really awesome stuff and a top-notch trader.

Pours a nice ruby red/brown color with a nice 3-4 finger head of an off-white carmel color and nice stickyness.

Smell - great full flavor of scotch, the way I really prefer the style, and a nice aroma of creamy woodlike sweetness.

Taste - Best part about this beer, this is full flavor and nice nice robust scotch and brown ale malty flavor. It rides through all the way out, and has no hoppy annoyances in the aftertaste.

Overall - I would buy this regularly if I could, but since I can't get it here - I will continue to trade for them when I run out. :)

Great stuff, thanks again.


Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby with little head that settles down toa ring that sticks around. The smell is mostly lots of winey malt with a spicy finish- so much malt that there is even a little soy smell at the end. The taste is quite nice, with a lot of sweet/spicy malt and some winey notes. Very big, and a little sweet , but not too much so. Very creamy and rich. Quite a winner from this little brewery that is quickly becoming a favorite.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a - deep reddish/brown color, hazy, smallish off-white head with no retention or lacing

s - sweet toffee and caramel aroma with wisps of alcohol

t - huge amount of sweetness, lots of caramel and toffee, little bit of smoke and alcohol on the finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, very dry finish, nice warming effect

d - way to sweet for me, to drink more than one

Not a bad beer to sip on a cold night. A bit too sweet for me overall. I'm glad I tried this brew, but it's probably the least impressive Duck Rabbit offering I've had yet. Then again, Wee Heavys just aren't my favorite style to begin with.

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

Another fine example of a southern brewing! Got this via trade.

A - Rich ruby red, small light tan colored head.
S - Rich malty smell, caramel, cider? and a bit of heat.
T - Similar to the smell. Huge malts, caramel, apple / cider and ripe fruit. Surprisingly it doesn't travel down the cloying road. Guess there's just enough hops to keep it on the sweet side.
M - medium to full bodied. Creamy brew.
D - Very drinkable. Slow and steady. Only 8% but it warms you as you drink.

Not quite what I would expect for a wee heavy but that aside I like the variations they've introduced. A great beer overall.

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

Duck Rabbit's Wee Heavy wasn't exactly what I was expecting as it's got some non-style quirks to it, but like all of their other beers it satisfiescompletely in its own right.

It pours a very dark chestnut/mahogany body with ruby highlights beneath a short but creamy head of dark tan than holds throughout the first half of the glass and leaves some thin lace behind.

The nose is malty with notes of brown sugar and a suggestion of roastiness. Dark fruitiness winds it's way through with notes of raisins, plum/prune, and dark berries. Some hoppiness appears as well, giving it an added side that's interesting.

In the mouth it's full bodied and creamy and oily smooth with a restrained carbonation.

The flavor is very much as the nose indicates. Sweetish, as expected. The caramelish, slightly cocoaish or nutty maltiness gives it girth, while bright fruitiness lends it life. Somewhere in there, a cusp of deep, almost burnt roastiness resides. It's less restrained than your typical Scottish wee heavy with more fruitiness, but it's more lively character makes up for that... it is its own beast! A solid bitterness supports it, and it finishes dry and lingering with notes of caramel, dull chocolate, and dark fruit.

Another winner from Duck Rabbit!!! Now if I could only get my hands on it more regularly!

Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Gestalt theory? Oh yeah, I totally went over that in my second semester of grad school. It's...umm... something the way people perceive stimuli... a-and there was something about surface tension on a bubble. Like, our perceptions are formed by the outside pressure of things, and we perceive things as wholes, not as sums of parts. That's a big key, things as wholes...OH! there was that Duck-rabbit thing, where somehow showing that you could simultaneously perceive one object as two different things somehow proved gestalt. Or something. I honestly don't know how in the hell gestalt is different from any other reception-type theory, and, being a full-on Derrida-ian postmodern contextual kind of guy, I had no use for it. "

*This will be the first "gestalt" beer review I have ever undertaken, and is perhaps the first review of its kind. This is history, people.*

[Start of gestalt reading of beer]

I perceive this to be a good beer, on the whole.

[End of gestalt reading of beer]

What the modernist duck rabbit types would have you believe is that I don't use any sort of context to judge this beer. The fact that it excels the expectations I brought to it should not factor into my review. (As those expectations were born of my experience with its stylistic counterparts, making them very contextual and very personal. There is no objectivity, so they must be discounted.)

I couldn't mention it outside the context of its having been sitting in my fridge for nearly six months and still having remarkably robust nutty, malty, and caramely odor and flavor with no fruity signs of age or spoilage. That would mean that, in my perception of the beer, I was factoring in things other than the immediate presentation of the beer.

I could admire its large, retentive head and a nice coloring (assuming that such admiration was in no way contextual, not based on a constructed knowledge of what a "good" pour is). I could not, however, mention that its pour was all the more remarkable for its high alcohol content.

I couldn't mention that it is superbly balanced for a wee heavy. That would involve my thinking of other wee heavies.

I suppose the high marks for mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, as both are very much based on simple, biological perception. Although, scoring them according to a ten-point scale seems to infer some sort of hierarchical ranking system, which just smacks of context.

If my review has made no sense to you, then you have an inkling of what it was like for me, trying to wade through the ramblings of gestalt theorists. Suffice it to say, this beer is well above average, and that has nothing to doing with a divinely mandated or manifested notion of "goodness" on my behalf. If you agree with me, please let me know. I have some literature for you to read...

Photo of Dubbercody
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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