Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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2.08/5 rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
I had a few ounces of this on tap around a month ago, but only remember that I found it to be too hoppy for an English-style barleywine. We shall see what the bottled version brings to the table.
A: Slightly redder than amber body that's fairly transparent. White head doesn't get much past one finger before receding with minimal lacing.
S: There's a sweetness right at the start, but it gives way to tropical, hoppy notes soon after. Odd for an english style. Alcohol phenols are also present.
T: Starts off alright, again with the sweetness, but things take a turn for the worse after this. Towards the middle some of that tropical hops flavor comes in, as well as hops bitterness, far too much of it for an english-style barleywine. Alcohol comes in at the middle as well, and dominates through the end, accompanied by a tingling, burning sensation in my mouth that I am not at all fond of. Aftertaste is alcohol and bitterness.
M: It could be worse I guess. I'd say that thicker would be better, but not with these flavors. Those burning pricks at the end of each sip don't help anything either.
D: I would have been more than happy to stop after a couple of sips.
Blech. I don't really understand why this isn't classified as an American-style barleywine - the hops are much more dominant than the malts. Regardless of which category it belongs in, this is a poor beer. I have a few more of these which I will age, but I'm not expecting great things. A very disappointing beer from a brewery I usually enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2010 03:11:54 | More by WorldWideStout
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