Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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3.43/5 rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.
A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange mixed with crimson and amber. It glows softly when held to light, but otherwise it looks pretty dark. About a finger's worth of tan head lies on top with good retention.
S - Overall the nose is fairly sweet with some sticky caramel, toffee, and sweet chocolate malts. It has a bit of spice to it as well in that earthy, gritty sort of way, and it has something like a fruity side to it. All malt, with a kick of alcohol at the end.
T - The nose translate faithfully into the taste, with two exceptions. For starters, the fruit comes across stronger here, with a noticeable tangerine and fig flavor. Secondly, the alcohol is turned up a notch. It's a bit hotter here, and while it doesn't make it undrinkable, it does detract a little from the overall experience and balance. Otherwise, it is still pretty sweet with lots of caramel and toffee with a peppery spice to it. The chocolate is more subdued as well, but stretches out over the entire duration of the sip.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Like Rabid Duck, I feel it's a bit thin and light for the style, and especially so for the sweet taste. I guess it's a better compromise than having it be syrupy, though.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. This is definitely on the sweeter side of the barleywine spectrum, but the taste does counteract this a bit with the hops. The biggest grievance I have against this beer is the somewhat hot alcohol burn in the flavor. While bold, the rest of the flavors have a tough time compensating for this.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 03:31:20 | More by nhindian
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