Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:
It's a beautiful thing to see bigger, bolder beers come from North Carolina. Just think: About three years ago, beer over 6 percent was against the law. Let's drink to the third anniversary of N.C. popping the cap.
Clear ruddy-brown color wears a crown of tan lacing; great head retention for a higher-alcohol ale. Rich caramel malt aroma with some spicy earthy hop and a clean nearly hidden alcohol. Smooth and creamy with a wet, medium-full body, which shows that this beer is not too thick. Maltiness has a good amount of depth with caramel and some toasted that blankets the taste buds. A little fruity with suggestions of dried plums and raisins. Slight cocoa note within. The alcohol wakes the palate up with a clean warmth and slight spiciness. Hop bitterness drops just enough flavor to keep the malt sweetness in check. Finishes slightly sweet with a lingering spicy alcohol.
Balance is the charm here, and even within balance there can be complexity. The 11 percent is definitely there, though not within the first couple of sips. A lovely sipper to be had.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2010 17:50:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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