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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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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from derrickt007 as an extra from Double Trouble GIF. Thanks Derrick!

Crystal clear burnt orange topped by a generous beige head. Good retention and nice lacing, especially given the gravity. Looks pretty viscous, bubbles rise very slowly through the beer. Citrusy aroma, some tangerine, a little fruity, slight banana, caramel, light alcohol. Very sweet, lots of residual sugar makes this pretty thick. Alcohol is well controlled, bitterness is very restrained. Orange hop flavour throughout, with pine resin backing this up. Malt is a little crackery. Fairly low carbonation, sticky, some warmth. This is a really strange barleywine. It doesn't quite fit my expectations for the style, but it's pretty good and is an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 02:04:05 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip.

Pours a dark, ruby amber with a thing layer of off white head. The nose is complex; there are notes of bread, citrus, fruity, caramel, and an underlying cherry, medicinal note. The flavor is similar; big malty body offers caramel and bread but the hops are intense with a very strong grapefruit juice and pineapple citrus character. The mouthfeel is warm, smooth, full bodied, and well carbonated.

This is a good beer. It's a sipper but it's highly drinkable. It's balanced, hoppy, and a little sweet. I think a little age would mellow it out more, but it's good as is. The citrus quality is intense and may not be for everyone, but I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:38:22 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-04-2013 20:25:38 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

A long day at work and a nice and very welcome 12oz. Poured into my Delirium goblet... 2 finger yellowish khaki head.. great lace.. but no real cap.. the brew is pretty deep amber.

Nose has tons of caramel and plenty of estery fruitiness .. plums and maybe dried cherries.. toasted malts and some grassy hoppiness that combine into what makes me think of sawdust.. a bit boozy.

Flavor mirrors the nose, but more cherry esters really come in mid palate and linger through the finish.. some whaffs of cocoa.. but the caramel malts with deep munich are really the main players.. hops are bigger than the traditional English BW.. and definitely lend toward the American side of things.. there is certainly some citric and maybe some piney hops.. the caramel verges on toffee as it warms.. really this is a nice BW.. very drinkable.. but still a sipper in the respect that I want this one to last a bit.

Very nice body.. pretty thick but with a great carbonation... the alcohol seems to cut through the viscosity, but really is not too much of a distraction for me.. It reminds me very much of an aged Old Boardhead or a pretty old.. Old Bawdy... I like this more than the most recent Old Bawdy.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 07:07:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

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

2009 vintage courtesy of Paul - much obliged!

Pours a honey-copper color with an off-white head. The head settles fairly quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with a lot of hops - mostly citrus but with pine and floral hints in there as well. There's also a bit of nondescript fruit smells.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the malts are a bit more in charge. Pine hop flavors come out more than any other hop flavor, and the fruit flavors are still there. This is an interesting mish-mash of flavors that ends with a nice bitterness. This is fresh from the brewery and I didn't find much presence of alcohol with the exception of a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a syrupy thickness with good carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing what I had, but I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these at a time.

Overall I was impressed with how good this was fresh. The older version was certainly more balanced, but the flavors in the fresh bottle were still impressive. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 01:59:00 | More by glid02
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-06-2014 02:43:32 | More by PEIhop
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dirtylou

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, delivered by Blackie who always keeps me up to date on my mediocre NC beer drinking (not you highland!!)

appearance: very nice appearance...shiny amber body, very clear, big frothy beige head with great lacing. It's a nice looking barleywine, thats for sure

smell: odd...metallic, plasticy pungent hops, sharp candied aromas...unusual and difficult to describe

taste: This is just a wierd beer. Its not particularly offensive but its not one of the better barleywines i have had. Hop presence is a tad sour, not too bitter, and difficult to place (its citrusy, not particulary piney)...artifical cherry flavoring. I'm at a loss for words

mouthfeel: pretty smooth, sour, lacking bitterness, moderate alcohol feel

drinkability: eh

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 03:01:16 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this bottle poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. The beer is dark reddish copper color, transparent, almost no head. The beer smells sweet and malty, sort of sugary too. I think this favors the American barley wine category more than the English variety, a bit strong and sweet. The taste is likewise sweet with a little burn in the aftertaste. A lingering boozy quality. A very well done interpretation of a style I generally don't favor.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 00:12:08 | More by TurdFurgison
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billab914

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky mahogany color with a thin white lacing stretched across the top of the beer. The head clung to the edges of the glass and left some modest lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice malty flavor with some notes of caramel, cherry and raisins to it. I get a little hop citrus to it as well with a little lemon to it.

The taste shows a rich and sweet malty flavor to it throughout the flavor. Caramel, raisins, cherries and figs show up in the maltiness. I get a bit of a lemony, grapefruit citrus to it as well. Some bitterness comes through in the finish which balances it out pretty nicely and also gives it a bit of dryness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being about average for the style. It has a bit of a rich and creamy feel to it as well. Drinkability is pretty good, it had a nice rich malty flavor to it but also didn't become too sweet. Pretty good version of the style and an enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 02:02:59 | More by billab914
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

04-26-2013 03:04:37 | More by rolltide8425
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-06-2013 01:49:26 | More by Zaphog
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.28/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
11% ABV, Enjoy by 2, 6, 13 (I think...it's barely there) notched on the label.

Thanks Onenote81!

A - Deep lightly hazy copper in color, this barleywine is gorgeous and topped by a long-lasting ivory head that dots the snifter in delicate lacing.

S - Infection is starting to peek through an otherwise great-smelling beer. Behind the light sour, musty funk and phenolic band-aid nose rests bushels of deep malt. Pleasant dark fruits of plum and raisin skin emerge along side the caramel sweetness and overall dense bready aroma. This contains enough hoppiness, though, to be more akin to an American-style barleywine with it's hefty bitterness and citrus characteristics. Fusel alcohol definitely asserts itself into the aroma as well.

I wouldn't go as far as to say the aroma is ruined, but it's certainly well on it's way.

T - Hearty malts continue on in flavor, but this beer is overly ruined by it's infection. Sour bacteria and phenolic plastic invade it's every pore, sucking the life from the beer. I don't really want to go on at this point.

M - Full-bodied and chewy, there's quite a bit of sweetness, well-balanced by some bold lingering bitterness, but the problem lies in the strong tart, sourness. Oddly enough, even with my love of sour power, I can't dig it. Alcohol continues to be present, warming up the throat as it goes down.

O - Underneath the unfortunate infection problem, this barleywine shows real promise. Deep malts and hops seem to balance well. I look forward to trying this one when it's back on track; I bet it's pretty incredible.

I'll be honest though, I don't find this beer utterly undrinkable. After the initial shock, one could muscle through it if one was so inclined to look for it's alcohol effect. But sadly, I'll be drain-pouring this bottle in search of something else.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:59:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

03-03-2013 03:13:21 | More by tobelerone
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is dark watery brownw with a two finger light tan head that fades way to fast.

The aroma is strong and super flavorful. Sweet malts of wonderful caramel, dark fruits and a hint of hops and alcohol on the finish.

The taste is pretty good, starts off sweet caramel but then you are hit with tons of alcohol, not masked very well. Nice hoppy finish.

The feel is kinda light, not totally drinkable with the alcohol.

Overall, this is the best smelling bw I've had. If they could lose the alcohol in the taste that would be a top 100.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 02:32:28 | More by jrallen34
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity! I believe this bottle is from Feb 2009
Pours a dark brown with a great looking garnet hue when held to light, tightly bubbled off white head peaks out but retreats under the bed with the cats. Smells mostly of sweet dark fruit with a touch of alcohol. Cherries prunes and a bit of brown sugar in there. Taste follows the smell. Alcohol soaked cherries rolled in brown sugar and lightly caramelized sums it up pretty well. Finish is rather dry with a lingering almost sweet and sour fruit. Thick body, light carbonation, sweet sticky mouthfeel. I really liked this one. Its a nice take on an English style barleywine, I wish I could get my hands on some more to lay down...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 05:45:47 | More by johnnnniee
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Tayner. Thanks Dana!

This pours a clear deep amber red with close to a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is plumb full of caramel malty goodness with a light hoppiness in the background.

The taste starts off with that caramel malty sweetness that exemplifies the style and it's quickly followed by some light notes of hop bitterness bringing very good balance and some notes of chocolate and some fruit...cherries. Nice. Easy drinking as well as there's hardly a sign of this one being 11%abv. Just some welcome warming after the swallow. Not overly complex, in my book, just tasty and very smooth drinking. I like.

The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick and goes well with the light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good for a brew of this strength and the very good lacing after each sip encourages me to keep on trucking.

Bottom line: I think this is a great representation of the English Barleywine Style Ale where Malt is King and the hops are only used to balance things out. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 23:48:11 | More by Bitterbill
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, cream, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. Nicely well balanced flavor going on in this one that you never would get tired of. Also has an excellent aroma going on to match it. A definite must try!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 11:39:40 | More by thagr81us
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottleshare thanks to Alex.

A - Nice looking, deep red-mahogany colored beer with a slight bit of off-white head. Faded to a partial ringt with no real stick left on the sides of the glass.

S - Smell is actually pretty nice. Some good caramel, little earth, crystalized malts, and a little bit of nuttyness. Slight bit of alcohol heat.

T - Taste is a little thin, not as sweet as the smell would indicate. Slightly watered down, kind of a boozy finish that thins it out even more. Caramel not nearly as pronouncd as you would like.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation, hot on the thin finish.

O - It's not horrible beer, but the taste is a letdown from what is a pretty good smelling beer. The heat isn't helping, but this isn't horrible.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 03:37:01 | More by AgentZero
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pours a murky brown with red hues. Even though the ABV is high I got a half inch of head with nice sticky lacing.

S - It smells like a very sweet barleywine. Lots of caramel and toffee like malts with little alcohol on the nose. I didn't get much hops but they were there.

T - Wow this beer is tasty. Starts off moderately sweet and candy like with a bit of caramel sweetness, almost brown sugar like but not cloying. Alcohol is there but very balance. Even during this review I am half the glass deep. Surprised to find a bitter hoppy finish even though its english. Yum.

M - Medium to heavy for sure because of the ABV. I am a powerhouse so I could easily enjoy a couple spread throughout a sitting.

Overall due to case laws I have not found a place that has Duck Rabbit six packs. Singles run between 3-4 dollars so I could easily throw 10-12 dollars on a four pack. Definitely a fine barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 23:29:03 | More by DrDemento456
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Comes out of the tap an opaque light reddish chocolate-brown with a fine-bubbled, pale yellowish tan head. Strong, malty, fruity-sweet aroma is rather inviting. Flavor is strongly fruity and, like a proper barleywine, has a fierce alcohol bite. Texture is lively, edgy and tingly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 01:28:45 | More by Cyberkedi
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

07-18-2013 22:19:17 | More by WOLFGANG
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this many moons ago from SaintNathaniel. Best by December 2008, so this is over 2 years old at this point.

Mildly hazy deep ruby red with a dense, beige head that falls off to a wispy disk rather quickly. Lacing is minimal.

The nose has a big sweetness with a blend of caramel, vanilla, toffee and butterscotch. Moderately fruity with dates and raisins, this is enjoyable. Oxidation is minimal, this is just mostly a complex, sweet smelling beer.

The palate, unfortunately, doesn't live up to the nose. A grainy astringency is very strong, husky and palate-wrecking. It even covers up the sweetness to a good extent. Once my palate has had a chance to get used to it, I notice a blend of fruit - dates, raisins and a little stone fruit (peach? apricot?) coupled with a solid sweetness with flavors of caramel, honey and some toffee. Sweet and astringent on the finish, there's lingering flavors of honey and some astringency. Full in body with moderate carbonation, this is decent on the palate. A bit of a sipper, not necessarily something I'd go out to seek.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 03:51:11 | More by DefenCorps
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-01-2013 19:43:57 | More by chippo33
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gford217

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber with a small dense head that shows good retention and a little bit of lacing

S: Huge sweet malt smell with caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar, and toffee. Some dark fruits, including raisins, along with a healthy alcohol burn in the nose.

T: Taste actually has a quick hoppy, leafy kick up front which quickly gives way to the sweet malts , molasses and caramel. The finish is actually a bit dry and crisp which I wasn't expecting.

M: Mouthfeel is medium body with strong carbonation and a big sticky sweetness that dominates everything else.

D: This is a decent English Barleywine, though I would definitely term it a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 03:21:22 | More by gford217
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illidurit

California

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of wagenvolks. Poured into a snifter. Russet brown hue that turns brilliant blood orange red when held to light. About a half inch of tan head that recedes a bit quickly.

Aroma is extremely pungent and fruity. Brimming with prune and lush sweet orangey citrus. Malt supports the aroma with toffee notes.

Flavor is sweet up front with candied orange/marmalade. Midpalate is tart and malty, and the finish is roasty with a mild bitterness.

Thick chewy body with light carbonation. A little sticky but the finish is coaxing from the roasted bitter tinge. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

Nice beer, not really necessarily spot on for the style, but interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 07:52:02 | More by illidurit
Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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