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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 107
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 12-12-2006)
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to excellent kkipple for hooking me up with some of these, you rock Dan!

Pours a hazy dark red, some orange highlights, thin light brown head forms, settles to a thin ring and a layer, few lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, very rich, toffee, sweet sugary goodness, alcohol, sherry, almost wine like, bread, bit of toast, pretty neat. Taste is super sweet and bready, caramel, wine, brandy, alcohol, toast, very sweet middle and finish, iron, sherry in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very warm, but pretty drinkable. Different kind of barleywine, but interesting. Thanks Dan!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 04:33:08 | More by Viggo
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber/ruby with a good head and lasting lace.

Smells good, sweet and dark with a bit of alcohol.

Dark fruits are present in the taste, along with a bite of alcohol in the finish. Also a woody flavor, vanilla, and malt. A bit of hops in the mix somewhere. Unlike some recent barleywines i've had, no off flavors in this one.

Mouthfeel nice and substantial. Coats the mouth well.

I was impressed by this - quite well balanced and drinkable for a barleywine, with good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 23:02:39 | More by Strix
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beavers

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a snifter.

Ruby brown body with a khaki-colored creamy head. Leaves decent, but sporadic lacing all the way down. Smells of rich bready malts with faint fruitiness that is swept away by an aggressive hop aroma. Some alcohol picked up. Tastes is rich maltiness balanced by a strong bittering hop profile that is reminiscent of the west coast barleywine style. Outrageously drinkable for an 11% ABV. Alcohol is never dominant, hidden within the polar balance of rich malts and heavy hops. A true hopheads barleywine. This is my favorite way to enjoy barleywines...young but balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 02:43:53 | More by beavers
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pomegranate-orange with a frothy, orange creamsicle colored crown that is currently filling the top half of the snifter. The head is now wonderfully melty and is leaving feathery rings of sea foam-like residue on the sides of the glass. Who says that 11.0% is a lace killer?

On a positive note, no alcohol is appreciated in the nose. Unfortunately, the beer smells too much like sour fruit. Sweet would be good, hoppy would be even better, but tart ain't gonna get it done in a barleywine. For what it's worth, I'm almost certain that this bottle is from the original batch (December '06).

Not that it was a difficult call given the nose, but Barleywine Ale is much too sour fruity for its own good. I have no earthly idea why that should be. Go ask a brewer. My hope is that if D-R brews another batch (assuming they haven't already), they rethink things from top to bottom.

Flavors include unripe apricots, oranges, peaches, and maybe even plums, swimming in sugar syrup and caramel. If you like sweet-and-sour barleywines, then Duck-Rabbit has the beer for you. Drinkable? Sure. Enjoyable? Not really. A few months more than one year in the bottle shouldn't have done it that much harm.

Sipping is the only way to go, mostly because of the teeth-rotting sugary sweetness. The mouthfeel doesn't stand in the way of faster drinking since it's thinly syrupy, if that isn't oxymoronic. Little carbonation contributes to a serious shortage of mouth excitement.

Duck-Rabbit deserves some slack since most of their lineup is solid, if unspectacular. Porter and Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale are the best so far, with only Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout to go. I wish the brewers much better luck with the second batch of Barleywine Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 15:29:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this brew in a trade with GODofALL.

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

A - clear, nice reddish amber color with a tight tan head that left some small bits of lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma, some alcohol is detected as well.

T - sweet, sweet tasting brew. as the brew warms the alcohol is much more noticable.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation feel.

D - a little too sweet for me, one and done.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 01:16:54 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, pours out from the 12 oz. bottle into my Gulden Draak chalice. Fine stream of beige leather bubbles cascade through the deep Sangria like blood orange body, murky with yeast particles suspended bringing out quite the colloid. Head forms thick and stands up with resilience, lacing is fine even and intricate what a beautiful glass of barleywine lies in front of me. Aromatics deliver with deep over ripened raisin and plums reduced and caramelized in brandy, touch of pear drizzled with light syrup. All that malt is balanced with pine cone and herbal minty fresh hop doses, also alcohol is also evident with vapors tickling the nose and an earthy wood like accent finishes the party. Flavors flood well together drinking sweet right now but guaranteed not to be too cloying upfront sweet citric, caramel richness barrages my senses. Slightly burnt brown sugar really coats the palate, with alcohol soothing the back of the throat like a mild anesthetic. Bitterness streaks through with piney, citrus peel, and herbal mint qualities really impressive flow going on this is real barleywine. Alcohol is evident but maybe I have a high threshold I'm not tasting 11%, that's a good thing no instant headaches here or fusel alcohol, ethanol is just another well coordinated aspect of the brew. Mouthfeel is soothing with residual sugars coating the palate on each sip strong even bitterness is left on the palate carbonation is ample but not overdone body is medium to full in the spectrum of things. Overall drinkability is really great, I like this barleywine from the front to the back in every way a great beer I find it more impressive than the Baltic Porter or standard Porter I've had from them. What an up and coming brewery thanks jcdiflorio for the opportunity to sample this one. I also agree that this beer will only get better with age if your able to hold on to one for that long, because it's drinking pretty good right now and that friggin' red eyed duck with the derby on won't stop staring at me when I open the fridge I had to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 18:47:49 | More by WVbeergeek
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kwakwhore for the send. 12oz brown bottle served into a tulip glass. 1" light tannish/brown head,very creamy.Nice clear mahogany color had good retention leaving some sticky webby lacing down the glass with a few strands of very tiny bubbles tighly knitted rising.

Clean,dark fruit with dates and figs,slighly musty,earthy,slightly boozy,vinious with dried tea leaves.

Heavy strong maltiness,lots of burnt tastes, bittersweet dark fruitiness with a touch of sourness. Good balance with a very leafy,tea-like hop bite. Feels like a stong beer,the boozyness is well hidden for an 11% beer. This beer could only get better with age.

Thick and cloying with wine-like dryness. Was a bit rough to be real drinkable. Some aging would really do this beer some justice.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 04:07:22 | More by jcdiflorio
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Deep brown with a fantastic ruby hue. Pours with a light head that reduces to light layer of bubbles and thick ring around the glass. Very nice lacing. This is what a barley wine should look like!

S: Complex aromas of fig, malts, brown sugar, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Strong malts wash over the tongue teasing it with sweetness slowly giving way to a rather strong alcohol presence. The finish is relatively dry, which is interesting given the relative maltiness on the front side. The linger actually has a hint of bitterness.

M&D: Mouthfeel is rather heavy, which is to be expected and is well matched to the brew. However I found the strong alcohol taste a bit distracting. The carbonation is very light, but persistent. Although the taste on the front end of the drink is quite good, the alcohol linger is distracting to me. I enjoyed the drink, but don't know if I would want to drink more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 00:18:48 | More by SIRIUS2
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bobbyc881

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A little on the darker side of barleywines. Brown-orange with ruby highlights. Thin tan head settles down to nearly nothing shortly after the pour. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Sort of reminds me of prunes?

Taste begins quite sweet. Prunes, raisins, vanilla, oak, carmelized sugars and dark breads. Certainly noticeable alcohol right up front. Aggressive bitterness through the middle, finishing up bittersweet with a warming sensation I would expect from a strong barleywine. Bold and aggressive flavor -- I like it.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Coats the entire mouth in that sticky bittersweetness. Drinkability suffers a bit from the boisterous levels of alcohol, but this is still an excellent sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 00:00:21 | More by bobbyc881
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you to brouche, for sending me this beer in NoBS BIF Ultra. Served this one at cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: This bad boy pours out a deep copper color with some dark ruby highlights. A semi hard pour yields three massive fingers of tannish head that is quite dense yet pillowy. Great head retention left generous trails of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Loads of tiny carbonation bubbles are noticed rising to the top of the glass.

Smell: Very fruity. Raisin and plum to name a few. Very thick malt aromas with a mild hoppiness attack the nose. Slight notes of tobacco and wood are also noted. A touch of caramel and a hint of booze round out the nose nicely.

Taste: Also somewhat fruity. Rum soaked raisins and cherries come to mind. A sweet maltiness is balanced out by a somewhat bitter hop bite. Brown sugar, yeast, and booze in a finish that is dry and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel here. Not quite syrupy, but some thickness to it. Plenty of carbonation felt in the mouth.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. The eleven percent ABV and huge sweetness knock it down a few points. A sipper in my opinion. A pretty good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 19:42:39 | More by jaxon53
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ewright

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a snifter, there is little head. The beer is a slightly murky dark brown.

S: A bit of fig, some sharp alcohol on the nose. I get a little caramel buried in there as well. EDIT (4/9/08): A bit more complexity is showing. I get notes of other dark fruits to go with the fig ... raisin or plum. +.5

T: Good hop bite to balance the large amounts of malt. Finish is a cross between a cloying stickiness on the middle of the tongue and a dry burn on the back. The alcohol is WAY too prominent though.

M: It burns a bit. The alcohol is not nearly as subtle as with other barleywines or RIS.

D: I'll be sipping this one slowly for a couple of hours. Hopefully I'll warm up to it, since I have 5 more to go. EDIT (4/9/08): Not as harsh as I first rated it, but I still think a few more months will do nothing but help this beer. +.5

Overall, not one of my favorite barleywines when young. I think I'll lay down a couple and see how they taste in 6-12 months. There seems to be good potential for aging in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 00:45:32 | More by ewright
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of december 2008. The beer is a dark amber, mahogany color. There is a light tan head that is slow to form and dissipates quickly.

Smell is of sweet malty caramel. There is also an alcohol twinge that floats into your nose.

Taste is slick and fruity with a malty caramel middle and then an aftertaste that is slightly bitter and earthy but not super astringent. The higher ABV warms the throat and belly.

Definitely better as the beer warms, this is a fine sipping beer. Not one I could drink all night because of the potency but a nice one to try from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 00:10:52 | More by jbphoto88
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NitroGen

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. 11% ABV Brown bottle 06-07 date on the bottle written by Davelikesale who gave this to me in a trade. Thank you Dave!

P: pours a stunning brilliant medium amber pour with two fingers of intense light tan foam head that very slowly settles it a thin cover. Huge lacing

S: Huge aromas that I can detect sweet cameral, plums and figs spicy grains and alcohol.

T: Surprisingly thick that starts out really sweet malt, fried fruit caramel and settles on the tongue with some nice alcohol with and settles with a very nice alcohol aroma.

M: This one surprised me as it is a bit thick, sweet and not a huge amount of alcohol that I anticipated as it is evident only at the end. Very well balanced from beginning to end and I would definitely have again.

D: This one is a huge barley wine that I have been enjoying for over an hour just sipping and enjoying the flavors get even more pronounced as it warms. No more than one at a time for me please, but a definite one to recommend to others for a taste treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 01:43:52 | More by NitroGen
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle aggressively poured into an Imperial pint glass nearly resulted in a volcano of foam... but the explosion of head settled nicely to a sheet of gluey tan lacing that left definitive hash marks at the sip-lines.

Reeks of caramel...gorgeous cranberry color...caramelly flavor with traces of black raisins and green fruit (maybe currants?), sweet, syrupy and smooth on the palate, but with a starkly-bitter, tangy hop finish.

ABV kicking in...a bourbon-like, but nice warming from the alcohol after the finish. Can't drink many of these, but lacking the patience to cellar this interesting brew, I'll try :)

Glad to have Duck-Rabbit down the road in Farmville!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 00:38:50 | More by cvstrickland
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of a trade with unclejedi.

A: The barleywine is a dark red, tawny almost, color. A thick, voluminous head and lots of carbonation resulted in a foam volcano after the bottle was opened. That head has laced nicely in the glass.

S: The nose is malty thick, full of strong cereal grains and a pale (color-wise) fruit aroma that is slightly tart but chewy. There isn't much, hopwise, to be said.

T: Nice and malty, this is a nice sippin' beer on a cold windy March night. You know, the kind that comes in like a lion. The malts have a molasses and alefruit flavor, heavy on the boozy sweetness. The sweetness is most evident at the end of a sip, with the strength and taste of green grapes. There is little in the way of hops, making this a malthead's dream.

M: The mouthfeel is definitely English, lots of malts without the overabundance of hops. The sweetness pushes cloying at times.

D: The high abv and intense sweetness is limiting me to one glass. This is not the best that Duck Rabbit has taken to market.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 03:18:15 | More by akorsak
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CrazyMacHarris99

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear ruby red with little to no head but a nice ring stuck around. Smelled of sweet malts with a hint of hops and some alcohol. There was a very sweet malt taste and what seems like pure sugar. There is a lot of hot alcohol which detracts from the sweetness and some sour hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was oily and the alcohol burned down the gullet. This one didn't impress me but I would like to see what it would be like after sitting for awhile downstairs.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 03:25:16 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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MMAJYK

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- This beer is the color of the heart of a stick of cherry wood after you split it with an axe. It is transparent with a head that is off white and 1/2" in my snifter.

S- The smells are rich of caramel malts, brown sugar, and brandy-like. The hops are sour and hidden in the back behind the malt bill.

T- Up front, you definitely taste the malts, roasty and toasty as anything. Midstream, the tastes are of figs, molasses, and the bittering hops. Aftertaste leaves with a big punch of alcohol warming all the way down. This one is a little bit "hot" to me. Maybe some age would improve it.

M- Medium and very oily. Carbonation is low.

D- It is very sweet and rich so that takes away from the drinkability factor for me. I think it needs to chill out a while.

Overall- As BW's go, this one is just OK. I have had better from other US breweries, but it is not bad. I think a few years in the cellar and it will be where it needs to be for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 23:48:15 | More by MMAJYK
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ding for this one!

Pours effervescent brown/orange into a duvel tulip with 1 finger of sand colored head. Average lacing, some oily shimmer & average head retention

S: Some cakeyness, plummy notes, & oakyness. Boozeyness, caramel & a touch of smokeyness once warm

T: Caramel, dryness, & leafy hops up front with some boozeyness. A little vanilla, oaky dryess, along with piney & leafy hops once warm. Finishes a bit too dry, with some brown sugar, & some maple syrup

MF: Chewy & slick with minimal carbonation

Drinks good, between the boozeyness & the dryness, slows you down a bit. This BW has some American traits that detract a little, but this will only improve with age

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 05:37:19 | More by russpowell
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drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear mahogany, nice thick two finger head gives out to a really nice steady lacing. Smells of dates and other dried fruits along with sweet candied malts and a dose of ethanol. Sweet malt flavors blended well with an assetive hop bitterness. There was more bitterness present than the aroma's would indicate. A bit syrupy, but not as thick as I was expecting. The 11%abv is not detected in the taste, but felt in a nice warming sensation down the back of the throat. This is a very nicely balenced barleywine. Not as sweet as an English and not as bitter as most American styles. It's a very nice easy drinking sipper.

Another nice job by Paul and the gang at Duck-Rabbit.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 05:09:31 | More by drunkmonk
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jph424

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful dark reddish brown with a 3 finger light tan head that has great retention. Leaves wonderful rings of lacing.

S - Amazing aroma, definitely hops, caramel, and malt sweetness

T - Whoa, lots of everything. I taste hops with a bit of alcohol, and a lot of malt and caramel sweetness.

M - Lightly carbonated and full bodied. Very smooth.

D - Pretty darn drinkable, particularly for something this potent. This is a darn good barleywine. I think I would classify this as a in between American and English Barleywine. Great seasonal release from Duck Rabbit who is now in Georgia!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 18:35:37 | More by jph424
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This new arrival in Georgia was picked up at Green's on Buford Highway today. As I poured the beer into an over sized wine glass, I was surprised at the level of carbonation and head retention in this 11% ABV brew. The body was burnished copper in color, and clear. The aforementioned head was a good three fingers thick, and was creamy enough to form a volcano cone above the rim of the glass. The smell was soft caramel dipped fruit. The spicy hops were also quite strongly evident in the smell. The taste was wondrously earthy sour, and my fears of confronting any cloying sweetness dissolved away as the warmth of the alcohol seared down my throat. The dryness was like sipping on some fine sherry. There were some lingering dry fruits in the finish. The body felt a little small, but it made this fine beer all the more drinkable. All of the ingredients felt a little bit disjointed at this young age, but I can clearly see the greatness this beer will achieve with a few years of aging. Welcome to our state Duck-Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 05:46:56 | More by rajendra82
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ruckzuck

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at BSP. I was very glad to be there to inaugurate Duck Rabbit into GA.

A - deep red, off-white head

S - citrus, chocolate, roasted malt, hops

T - same as smell; really great; taste was really enjoyable at the pub; I love this beer!

M - medium body, nice carbonation

D - incredible! My notes from the pub say "should be illegal!" and that's probably about right. Duck Rabbit can do no wrong and I'm proud to have met the brewers tonight!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 03:58:58 | More by ruckzuck
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: The color of this one is perfect, a clear amber orange color. Very pretty. The problem was it took me 10 minutes to pour because of the massive, fluffy, light tan head.

s: The most obvious aroma was a sweet candy cherry smell. I also detected some piney hops and mild alcohol notes.

t: Cherries that are mildly sweet start things off. At the finish there was flowery hops and alcohol.

m: Good viscosity and carbonation, but some slight chalkiness as well.

d: Thanks to barleywinebrewer for the chance to try this tasty barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 18:48:46 | More by DIM
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice copper color with a large head that had good retention. Nice lace left on the glass because of this.

smell - Caramel, brown sugar, and some citrus smells.

taste - Has a sweet malt taste, with a fruit side here. Caramel and brown sugars are present in the malt taste.

mouthfeel -Medium body with some carbonation.

drinkability - Nice beer, I'm glad i tried this, since I hear a lot about Duck Rabbit. Hope to try them all from this company.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:40:28 | More by auxiliary
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last of the Duck-Rabbit brews that i have to try and once again it's a challange to get it into the glass. What is up with this brewery and overcarbonating the beers. It's frankly just pretty annoying and really drags down my impression of what otherwise were fairly solid beers.

Nice bronze color but the head turns me off a little. It's foamy and gives the impression of a glob of tan shaving cream sitting on top of the beer. The head is maintained at a solid inch but stong stream of carbonation to the top.

Sweet sticky malt smell with some that high ABV burning though in the background. Taste is also sticky sweet but it does have that typical english style beer taste, not sure i can put a finger on what it is. I guess it's kind of an earthyness.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a bland finish. Overall this one leaves me wanting more. The flavors are one dimensional and I still can't get past the overcarbonation that makes it impossible to pour.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 02:14:05 | More by beermanbrian
Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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