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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

276 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 427
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.95%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: silver0rlead on 05-15-2006

The Duck-Rabbit’s Scotch Ale is a full-bodied, deep copper-colored treasure. Bold and malty, this beer’s sweetness comes from a massive quantity of grain complemented by some serious kettle carmelization. The flavor is rounded out by a warming alcohol sensation.
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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with slight amber hue. Little white head and no lacing.

The smell is dried dark fruits (raisins) and slight caramel.

The mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side but the hops and carbonation make it lighter as it goes down.

The taste is dark fruit and molasses which covers up the 8% ABV quite well. (318 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle (best by 10/11 date) into snifter glass. Pours a dark, reddish brown with a short, bubbly tan head and nice lacing. Aroma picks up dried fruit notes of apricot, pear, prune, and apple skins with touches of caramel, brandy, and sourdough malts. Flavor is silky, slightly sweet notes of toffee and smoked malts coming through in front of fruity notes of apple, raisin, and fig with a dry, slightly warming brandy essence on the swallow. Palate is medium bodied with solid carbonation and a lingering, bittersweet, fruity finish. This is too fruity and syrupy for my tastes especially for a Wee Heavy Scotch ale... (635 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with no head.
S: It smelled like dark molasses and caramel, with some roasted barley and butterscotch and copper hops, along with honey wheat and a bit of biscuit.
T: It tasted murky and oxidized, with burnt molasses and rusty copper and stale honey wheat and cardboard. I poured a second bottle, which was much better. Roasty and dry with some sweetness.
M: The first bottle was watery and completely flat. The second bottle was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Moderate body.
D: The first bottle was almost definitely oxidized, but the second bottle was good. Interestingly, both looked and smelled about the same. Most of the flavor elements were similar, but much fresher and more vibrant in the second bottle. The body had the biggest difference. The first bottle was a drain pour mostly due to how flat it was. Totally undrinkable. The second bottle was easy enough to drink, with decently hidden alcohol. But ultimately, even the "good" bottle was only a mediocre wee heavy. (1,024 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/thistle glass.

Leaves a faint tan head of about three fingers. Body is a cloudy really interesting brown orange. I really like the color on this beer, it seems very unique. Head falls at a steady pace with minor stickyness.

Bouquet is very nice. First a cream malt, that gives way to a nuttyness. The bouquet feels even salty, and matches this nutty quality like fresh roasted and salted nuts. I enjoy this very much as well, I am craving meat and jerky smelling this.

And for taste... Solid. A big ovaltine like malt sweetness at first, coupled with an almost dry smokeyness. Finish is a little wet but not too bad. Salty in taste as well this feels like it would be good with cured ham or salted meats to eat with. Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated though. Some faint fruit on the finish of some type of stemmed berry fruit (slight sour cherries?) also after a swallow.

Alcohol does creep up though and get noticeable after awhile.

A solid Scotch Ale and another win for Duck Rabbit! (1,030 characters)

Photo of BierSchuler
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle
A: honey colored & cloudy with a weak head and no apparent lace.
S: mildly sweet aroma
T: taste starts with the tiniest bit of tartness and then the sweetness takes over for the finish
M: nothing particular to note
D: easily consumed, even at 8.0% alcohol; makes for a pleasant refreshment or accompaniment for food. (355 characters)

Photo of KidsDoc
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip

A: nice deep orange, light brown with golden hues. Minimal head with large bubble surfacing after aggressive pour. slightly off white collar

A: very sweet, dark fruit/raisin, buttery, bready/yeast aroma

T: Similar but with a little more heat from the alcohol. Sweet, caramel malt. Dark fruit. Slightly bitter finish with a smooth buttery aftertaste. Fairly pungent alcohol comes through - not well blended. This is a very sweet tasting scotch ale - near excessive

M: light and very smooth to start, builds to a medium body in the finish with a sweet (not bitter) sticky feel

D: A little too sweet, even for me! and a little bit too much heat from this one. Very smooth and not something I would ever decline. Definitely has a lot of flavor going on but a little disorganized. I would still give this one another go as I really enjoy scotch/scottish ales but may do a taste/test comparison alongside one of my staples next time just to get to see if this is still a beer worth keeping around. (1,020 characters)

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

Served in a tulip pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle

Appearance is a dark brown/amber color, clear, with a creamy 2 fingers head of tan. Nice lacing as well. The aromas are super rich and strong -- malty sweetness with caramel and dark fruits. It's hard to pinpoint all of the aromas.

The taste follows the aroma of a complex beer with lots of malt flavors in layers. I get sweet caramel, raisin and plums in a way that reminds me somewhat of a Belgian dubbel. Alcohol warmth is there as well. The feel is a full body, with a medium amount of carbonation and a clean finish.

I really enjoyed this beer. Ideal to sip and enjoy slowly at the end of the evening. (659 characters)

Photo of TheDudeBeers
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany brown ale in color, no head.

S - Smells of sweet malt and grain.

T - Tastes of toffee, sugar, carmel, with a fairly strong alcohol finish. perhaps the alcohol part is just because i'm drinking it a little bit warm.

M - It's pretty smooth and light on the tongue. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - I'd put it on par for drinkability with a good winter warmer. Basically i'm saying it's pretty easy to drink for the alcohol level. (448 characters)

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Didn't get too much of this at the store, grabbed the last six-pack on the shelf. Very excited about this beer, and decided to serve it just under 62 degrees.

A: Really rich, ruby, amber color. Nice tan head that quickly fades leaving a wonderful lacing that shows off the lees...

S: I poured this into a nice tulip glass, and immediately the smell gives off strong aromas of caramelized malt, toffee, and brown sugar. Perhaps some nice persimmons caramelized in a brown butter sauce? Toasted wheat bread, and fig round out the lively smell. Very appetizing and much more complex than many wee heavies...don't really notice the alcohol either. Seems to be a well-rounded, well executed brew...

T&M: Wow -- a bit creamy on the mouthfeel, with a super long finish. I'm still tasting the caramelized fig, brown bread ice cream, and subtle hint of allspice for a few minutes after taking a sip. This is an extraordinary beer that is soft, sweet, and spicy, but full of malt flavor, dried fruit, and the ever present saltiness of cured meat. I'm left with a cocoa covered dried prune, served on a nice Irish rasher...definitely can't say no to this one.

By far, this is my favorite wee heavy. I like Dirty Bastard and Skullsplitter, but I think this has the best balance of all three. There is sweet, savory, salty, and fruity aromas that the other two lack on some degree. Might have to do some bartering, but anything to get another six-pack or two is definitely fair game at this point. (1,488 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fast and hard, a long day of work deserves a long beer. Sent by the good and honest bucketboy, I sniff with great interest.

Caramel and smoke, one might go so far as to say peat and earth come out, and with a taste I say "hello Special B!" it taste like fricken' raisins my man. Delightful, smokey raisiny toffee goodness.

No lacing on this, no head even. The thin white fizz disappears like soda in july. Very good beer, very enjoyable.

Duck-Rabbit - You are in the winner circle. (493 characters)

Photo of Transatlantic
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter

A - Pours a clear dark copper color. Head is just off-white, doesn't stick around too long but leaves a beautiful lacing.

S - Doesn't take much to smell everything this beer has to offer! Straight up is the sweet smell of caramel, the smokiness, and a big punch of dark fruit, mainly a raison and prune sort of smell.

T - Just as the smell, you pick up on just about everything in the taste. The sweet caramel strikes the taste buds first, followed by the powerful raison and prune taste. The smoky flavor of the roasted malts then finishes off as the beers goes down: this is where you get the only bitterness in the beer.

M - Medium to full bodied and very oil like (as others have described). The beer's appearance would have you assume it to be slick.

D - Oh my, what a dangerous beer. If you're not careful, you'll have the six pack all drank up without realizing it, then you'll be making a fool of yourself. There isn't the slightest hint of alcohol and after the first taste, you won't want to stop drinking it. (1,046 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2010 batch.

Pours dark amber/copper with a one finger beige head that leaves a few spots of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, fruity, a little chocolate, touch of smoke, bready, quite malty. Good strength.

Flavor features a lot of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits such as plums and figs, some apple, a bit of chocolate and coffee, noticeable alcohol but not too hot, fairly sweet lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, medium carbonation.

Very nice Scotch Ale, one of the better examples I've tried. (564 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,651 characters)

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

dark red pour, two finger head, pretty thick. the color is beautiful.
smell ia also a huge hit, love it. its yeasty sweet bread, like fresh out of the oven type shit. i wish i could better decifer this, but i can tell you its awesome.
its got a nice sharp carbonation that really brings the breadiness and malts alive, the hop presence is fairly hidden in the background, and the sweet coating left on my tongue after each sip is delectable. the abv pokes its head out just a bit in the finish, but is by no means oppressive or offensive... its actually a nice touch.
this is the third duck rabbit ive had in as many nights and im very pleased with the experience. this particular brew would have perfect drinkability if the abv werent so high. (745 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored ale with very little foam formation. A slight haze is present and little carbonation.
A rich malty aroma, sweet and buttery.
A sweet tasting malt bill caramel and Vienna malt. Some bread or biscuit at end.Some fruity esters are present.
I can taste a very light smokiness.
Smooth with a medium body
A pretty good beer. (332 characters)

Photo of Spica66
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in trade from thagr81us. Thanks, Calton.

Poured into tulip and shared with gwuilliums.

A: Red/brown with minimal head formation.

S: Sweet like fresh bread, but with a very slight sour note in the back. Gwuilliums noticed it first, then I could not miss it.

T: Sweet malt and alcohol. Caramel and raisins. Hardly any hops at all. Very tasty!

M: Full bodied without being too sticky as is often the problem with this style. Proper carbonation.

D: This is one of those beers that will get you into huge trouble! An extremely easy to drink 8-percenter!

Overall, I really liked it. (594 characters)

Photo of slowbie
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a quickly disappearing head.

Aromas of toffee and dark fruit, but not very much aroma for an 8% beer.

The taste echoes the aromas, with the dark fruits taking center stage. Good sweetness level for a scotch ale. A little smokiness in the finish as well.

Great mouthfeel for the style. Good thickness and body and a subtle carbonation to tie it together.

Overall, this is probably my second favorite scotch ale so far. Granted, I haven't tried many (and none from outside America), but Founder's Dirty Bastard is the only wee heavy I've tried so far that's better than this one. (614 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter (from a 6 pack).

A: Pours a clear red with a thin tan head.
S: Caramel malts and some peat (smoke flavor).
T: Very sweet upfront with the peat next, and more caramel and toffee on the finish.
M: Light bodied for the style, light carbonation, and a bit sticky on the finish.
D: There is a light alcohol burn as this warms, but it is pretty airtight for the wee heavy style. Good representation. (437 characters)

Photo of donManguno
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Rather thin tan head which dissipates quickly. Reddish color, as expected, but it looks a bit thin.

S - Bready. Raisins and toffe up front, with alcohol and an unidentifiable sweetness at the end, a bit like brown sugar maybe.

T - Raisin and dark cherry sweetness, with toffee and caramel underneath. Alcohol is prominent, and in the dry finish I detect a bit of cocoa and tobacco.

M - Nice and chewy, maybe a tad oily, but the carbonation is thin and insubstantial.

D - I could (and may) drink this whole six-pack tonight, but it doesn't hurt that this is currently my favorite style. This is a very good example, a bit sweeter than Dirty Bastard which is my current favorite, but it goes over well. (709 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Amber/orange pour with a very bubbly layer of cream colored head.

Fruity aroma, darker fruits, some malt and bread behind. A little booze.

Taste is equally fruity. Strawberry, raspberry, grape. Fruitcake and quite a bit of booze. More caramel and toffee comes through late. Some bread and cocoa.

Carbonation is a bit on the high side, which definetely keeps this from being sticky, but I would prefer less. Medium bodied with the abv moderately present.

Too carbonated and more importantly way too fruity for me. To each their own though. About the only one from their lineup I haven't cared for and I've had almost every one. (637 characters)

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy ruby/brown color with a tan head. Retention isn't super and there isn't much lacing either.

S: Big and malty. Sweet brown sugar, some light roast, and dark fruits.

T&M: Interesting flavor. Raisin and fig are prominent on the palate, along with more brown sugar and lightly toasted malt. Not much peaty flavor at all. There's a bit too much alcohol presence, as well. Body is fairly full, with an oily mouthfeel.

D: It's an unconventional take on a wee heavy, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless. (514 characters)

Photo of Verecund
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fairly aesthetically pleasing ruby-hued mahogany with a burlywood head. Decent rings of lace.

Not a lot of complexity in the nose: bready malts, an earthy graininess (like mulch stripped of almost all of its noisomeness), some sweetened toffee.
Quite sweet. I get a good bit of the caramel, toffee flavor here, cocoa powder, lightly burnt malts, with a slightly distinguishable dark cherry fruitiness running on the mid-to-late palate. Ends with a small amount of spicy heat.

Medium full with a moderate amount of carbonation. Needs either greater viscosity, or a slight reduction in heat as it warms.

Overall, I like, but don't love, it. It's fairly sweet and warming, but there's enough counteracting bready maltiness to keep it from being cloying. Flavors strike me as slightly muddled - I think I'm secretly wanting a little more berry fruit character (or, on the other hand, more of a peat presence sometimes found in the style). Curious to try it with a little age. (979 characters)

Photo of dtivp
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark mahogany with a very light tan head with some retention and very little glass lacing.
Aroma of fresh bread, malt and toffee.
The taste was very creamy with a heavy bread / malt flavor with the sweetness of toffee and figs.
Moth feel was medium body, light carbonation with a slight warming from the alcohol.
This was a very nice enjoyable beer another fine beverage from Duck Rabbit. (402 characters)

Photo of TheBigE5
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful color! Dark brown color with a smaller head to it. Smell is not very potent but you can smell the malt. This scotch ale has a very bold flavor, with its malty flavors very nicely balanced with sweet caramel and nutty undertones. Finishes with a sweet alcohol kick that, for me, was enjoyable. I don't think i could have more than one or two, just due to the weight, but it sure is a delicious brew. (408 characters)

Photo of radioscooter
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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I'm currently on a Scotch Ale taste test to try to replace (and if possible, eclipse) my long-time favorite Mcewan's. We can't get McEwan's anymore in the US.

As I've mentioned, I don't feel qualified to simply add more commentary on beers, so I try to switch it up to bring a little something new to the table. This time I am taste-testing FOUR Scotch Ales (yes, I'm going to bed soon) and putting them all to my McEwan's Litmus test against the "real one". In this case, the real one is the McEwan's. No fancy Jacobites tonight - we are comparing McEwan's to :

Skull Splitter
Duck Rabbit
Arcadia Ales

North Carolina? WTF? Okay don't send hate mail. The other night a few friends and I tasted the Milk Stout from this brewery and it was - God. Awful. Maybe a bad bottle because it was seriously OFF. But - I can't say for sure, and this isn't THAT review. But it really threw me. I'm a dark lover and have made my way well around the island to recognize the differences in Oatmeal, standard, milk and other stouts. This one was just - wrong. But let's get to their Scotch Ale.

Appearance is iced tea. Head is completely forgettable. No body, no staying power. Smell, on the other hand is intoxicatingly complex. Very old world, plum, fig malt...

Taste - wow. Just amazing. Not a replacement for a standard Scotch Ale, more of a Barleywiney, treacle-like attack. But amazing amounts of character and flavor. Phenomenal, complex exotic fig/plum/cherry fruit flavor. THIS one needs to be cellared for a few years. I am getting more of a Harvest Ale than a Scotch Ale. No heather, no peat, no smoke. But very syrupy and fruity. A welcome surprise but - you know - we're looking at Scotch Ales here.

Mouthfeel - the alcohol is the only downside here. It is very Ethery and you feel the entirety of the 8.5 which makes it a hard beverage to imagine being your best girl for the night. Though the bludgeoningly tasty flavor will fight that sentiment.

I'd drink the hell out of this one and order at least one more. It makes me want to go back and give their milk stout another shot. As a scotch ale - not a prime example. But as an amazingly complex Wee Heavy - or Barleywine or Real Ale - fantastic brew. (2,280 characters)

Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.