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

Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleDuck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

510 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 510
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%


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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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Huge thanks to Alewatcher for throwing this one in as one of MANY extras! 12oz brown pop top with cool DR label; this is my first go at this brewery. Best by 2-2011, but considering the style, I'm not too nervous.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange amber brew, with a nice dark ivory/light beige cap with nice retention.

Smell: Definitely more in the English tradition, with dark boozy caramel and a bit of dark fruit. Sweet, boozy, and pleasant, but not a lot of depth.

Taste: Perhaps the fruitiest barleywine I've had to date. Boozy medium fruits and...well, more booze. Not really 'hot', but damn close. Not getting any of the big, sticky caramel notes I expected from the aromas. Decent bitter kick on the finish, with a hint of toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Overall: Really glad to have finally gotten to try something from this brewery; thanks Alewatcher! I must say, however, that this is a bit disappointing. All booze, no real depth of flavor, etc. I know this is out of date, but this really should be ok. Probably not one I'd go back to again.

C = Doesn't particularly offend, but nothing here to make me revisit this, when there's so many better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 05:13:46 | More by BedetheVenerable
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bs870621345

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy amber color with minimal head, but leaves bits of lacing down the glass.

Smells like alcohol, raisins, caramel, toffee, and some citrus in there.

Taste opens with an apple and raisin flavor moving into a caramel and toffee sweetness. Bitterness sweeps in and washes the sweetness away into a short lived alcohol aftertaste. For a Barleywine, it is pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is full and nice carbonation.

Overall, its really good. I like my Barleywines malty and this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:05:42 | More by bs870621345
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- Really attractive beer, nice 1 ½ finger foamy off white head that dissipates slowly, really nice lacing the coats the side of the glass. Attractive burnt orange/red color.
S- Big bready/nutty malt aroma, dark fruits, plums, raisins, cherries, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol is present.
T- Big malt presence, bready malts dark fruits, really similar to the aroma, the alcohol is a little more hidden in the taste than the aroma, plums, raisins, cherries, caramel, toffee, brown sugar.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, smooth drinking, thick, a little heat on the finish, crisp finish.
O- This is a solid beer, nothing more nothing less, I enjoyed it, above average beer but not mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 22:49:56 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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ChadQuest

Illinois

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

Had this bottle for a bit now, it's at least one year old but i dont know more then that.
Color is a slightly hazy woody looking, about the color of a light maple syrup. some lacing and a thin collar.
Aroma is spiced earthy sweetness. There is a Nutmeg like spice mixed in a caramel and molasses base.
Flavors are rounded toffee and burnt caramel, brown sugar, and a mixture of noble hops and nutmeg bringing in some earthyness to combat the sweetness.
mouthfeel is coating and sticky, low-med carbonation.

A solid English barleywine that i feel is a bit above average.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 05:23:01 | More by ChadQuest
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Arbitrator

California

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of Neffbeer. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark, but clear, maroon body capped with an inch of beige foam. It leaves lacing in its wake, and it maintains a broken swath of bubbles on top of the beer after all is said and done.

S: On the sweeter side: caramel, toffee. It has an herbal earthiness to it as well.

T: The flavor starts off sweet, with a blend of caramel and toffee flavors up front. They segue into herbs and earth in the mid-taste, rounding out with a drying (not dry) finish of earthy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Not particularly complex or special, but if you enjoy barleywines you'll probably get a kick out of this.

M: Sweet up front with a bitter finish. Not a particularly complex flavor, but the flavor that is there is delivered on a medium-full body with low carbonation.

O: This is decent. Nothing to write home about. I found it all right.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 06:45:02 | More by Arbitrator
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusty snifter. Best by 1/12.

A: Pours a beautiful caramel rust colored beer with a minimal light tan/khaki head that recedes rapidly. Murky viscous looking beer that leaves a bit of lacing. Really pretty Barleywine...almost ideal.

S: Confectionary sweetness with a ton of dark caramel malts. A bit of the dark fruit thing going on, but not as much as some other Barleywines. This is more molasses and brown sugar...lots and lots of sweetness in the aroma.

T: Raisins. Caramelized brown sugar. Molasses. Caramel. Toffee. Just various layers of sweetness. A touch of roast and coffee...just a touch. Some underlying fig and plum, but again not prominent.

M: This is a big, chewy, juicy beer. Full bodied. Thick...coats the mouth and lets the layers slide off the palate unveiling different stages of flavor. Just enough carbonation to keep everything moving.

O: I'm pretty amazed, actually. I wish I knew when this was brewed rather than when it's "best by"...cause I'd say this sucker is perfectly aged. Not that Duck Rabbit makes bad (or even average)beers, but this was surprisingly good. Might have to go drink the other one I bought right after this one. Thick, sweet, but not overly so...complex, challenging and oh so tasty. One of Duck Rabbit's best regulars.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:37:38 | More by kbuzz
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harrymel

Washington

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

Best by: Dec, ????

A: dark caramel ale with a finger of whipped toasted cream foam. This sticks around for quite some time before barely retreating to a quilt of the same. Sheet lace. excellent clarity.
S: Toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, hints of oatmeal and maple. Nice.
T: Sweet malts, subtle cotton candy tone. Some nice maple syrup notes and a bit of raisin. Maybe a little bit of metal.
M: Medium on heavy for the style. Lower, appropriate carb. Semi dry finish.
O: Nice beer. Flavor a little off. would like a little thinner in the body.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 05:26:46 | More by harrymel
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter: Deep russet that doesn't have highlights so much as glows a warm ruby-orange. Finger of sticky head that drops to a thick covering with large, tapioca bubbles.

Heady caramel & toffee in the nose, with a kind of rum-like cane sugar & dark fruit skin character. Raisins - or more accurately, raisin bread - & a slightly prickly alcohol power.

Taste is yow! Some hearty booze with a bit of fusel sting wraps around the dark sugar flavor. Some dryness from booze, plus a tannic quality, but this is far from a dry beer with all the sugars going on. There's a kind of burnt astringency in there, a little husky but not terribly prominent. Not loving 100% of everything here, but some real complexity.

Medium-full-bodied, plenty of sticky sugars, like I said, a little tannic, but also yields pretty easily, not super-thick. A more robust body wouldn't be a bad thing.

Some flaws, but overall this is a worthwhile barleywine. Would love to try it on draft.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:11:31 | More by OneDropSoup
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

Dark brown pour, far from clear, almost no head to it, looked rather rudimentary in a homebrew kinda way. Lacked much in the aroma, a little fusel, tad of nutty smell.

Taste, toffee, barely hopped, low carbonation. Very smooth, not overly sweet, hides the alcohol extremely well. Just is kinda plain tasting, not appreciably sweet nor bitter nor hoppy. Its easy enough to drink, even velvety at times. Takes the toffee and nuts and smooves them out into something that is relatively easy going given its abv.

If you like barleywines, check it out, otherwise, its probably a 50/50 chance you dig it or don't.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 22:44:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours reddish brown with a thin off white to tan head, no more than a pinky's width. Head does leave a haze layer.
S: very sweet malty aroma, has hints of caramel, basically not hop aroma besides a very slight pine.
T: very sweet barley flavor, with lightly burnt caramel, an OK alcohol burn on the back end for 11% . No hop profile, I know for a fact its over a year old, anything else I'm not sure about. Also a long slightly leathery after taste.
M: yes, it is thick, but its barleywine, I somewhat expect it to be, low carbonation as well.
O: it is a good one to sip over a long period of time. But it is just warming enough to not be an everyday barleywine if there is such a thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 08:06:45 | More by rootbeerman
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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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zeledonia

Minnesota

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

Thanks to n2185 for the sweet extra. Enjoy by date isn't readable. But who cares, it's a barleywine!

Color is enigmatic. In some lights it's red, in others light brown, and in others a deep yellowish amber. Intriguing. Clear, though the color makes it hard to see that. One finger of yellowish head, relaxes slowly, leaving lacing that look like a crown, with little regular peaks ringing the glass.

Smell is deep, sweet, and fruity. Figs and plums come to mind. A bit of brown sugar. You get the idea. Good depth.

Taste is similar, though the sweetness is balanced by an alcohol bite that comes on mid-way through. Still sugary (molasses) and fruity. That alcohol isn't dominating, and it's fairly well hidden given the ABV. Though as it warms up, it does take on a brandy-like boozy character.

Mouthfeel is fairly sticky, lighter than I would expect for such a big beer. Doesn't feel thick or heavy; a little syrupy, but not too much. Low carbonation, but what's present comes on as a bunch of little bubbles right when I need it.

What can I say. A very nice barleywine - sweet, fruity, and potent, with nice dimension of flavor. Nothing mindblowing, but I'm okay with that. I don't find it boozy at all; in fact, if I hadn't looked at the label first, I'd be quite surprised it's as strong as it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:14:59 | More by zeledonia
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birchstick

Colorado

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

A - pours a rustic copper with an insignificant head that retains well

S - smells of raisins and plums (sugary, dark fruits) with hints of bitter pine

T - Typical of the barleywine style, this starts off with sticky caramel malts and toffee, which hang on through the middle of the palate. The malt base gives way to some bitter, piney hops. This one finishes boozy, with sticky malts and hop resin lingering. This was VERY boozy, however that should have been anticipated given the 11% abv on the label. This really warmed me up as it went down, almost how a bourbon on the rocks does. This would make an excellent candidate for a cold winter night companion.

M - medium to thin body with nice, soft carbonation

D - This is a pretty good barleywine. However, I think this was still pretty dang hot and boozy. I could see this really coming into its own in a couple of years. Recommended now, and I am sure 10 years from now.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 15:21:34 | More by birchstick
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep murky reddish brown pour into the glass with a quarter inch of khaki bubbles on top of the brew, can't see through this one at all! Aromas are big on fruit upfront with a rich caramel candy undertone. Toffee and maybe even some bubblegum. Super malty with some brown sugar and still some lingering hops as well.

First sip brings a plethora of deep, sweet malts upfront drenched in fruit flavors. Caramel, brown sugar and toffee again make themselves known. Citrus notes along with a slight bitter hop kick...however the sweet malts still win out as it flows down. Touch of spice and warming alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich with chewy malt throughout. Definitely a warming sipper of a barleywine that leaves a bit of a heat trail as it goes down. Glad to have tried it...would be great on a cold night maybe even with a nice cigar.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:55:25 | More by orbitalr0x
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cetherid

Indiana

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

poured into a tulip

A.

Beer is a dark maroon color with about a fingers worth of frothy off-white head that lingers for a few minutes. Decent lacing around the glass.

S.

Nose of sweet and toasted malts...caramel and some toffee. A slight dark fruit presence is noticeable as well as faded hops and some subtle notes of alcohol.

T.

Similar to nose. Sweet malts (caramel and toffee) but a nice balance of hops to it. More hops that I had gathered from the aroma. No flavors really dominant but as said previously, I enjoy the balance of bitterness to sweetness. Booze isn't all that detectable in the taste. I would prefer a little more fruitiness to the taste as it is more like a hoppy old ale.

M.

medium bodied with slight carbonation. Slightly sticky up front but also slightly dry as well in the finish.

O.

A decent showing. Definitely be better to have on a cold night instead of this relatively warm one. I like my barleywines with a little more "fruit" presence but this is still enjoyable. A nice extra, but wouldn't trade for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:23:03 | More by cetherid
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haazer

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Slightly more than one finger head forms, off-white/light brown in color. The brew is a cloudy unfiltered(plus in my book) apricot and tea color. Hints of orange and brown throughout the brew.

S- Hard rock candy and caramel first come to mind with the smell. A small hint of cranberry covered and dripping in caramel and molasses comes to the fore. Wheat and caramel malt run an underlying presence.

T- A suprising blend of floral hops and bready malt mash together. Candy sugar. Very heavy grain and wheat flavor in this barleywine. A bit of sour pear pulp as well. Interesting enough to keep me sipping.

M- Medium bodied brew, with a lager-like feel to it for me if that makes sense. Not much felt in carbonation.

O- Pretty decent in a barleywine. I really like the unfiltered look. The flavors were strong, but not standout. Great to be introduced to barleywines with this.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:50:44 | More by haazer
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale is not great. Oxidised and bitter.

A: Brown red colour and a 5 mm head that fades to sparse lacing. 4

S: Malty with some oxidised earthiness as well as some darker, roasty aromas 4.

T: Sweet and malty with an immediate hit of caramelisation. The aftertaste is not great: oxidised and bitter. 3

M: Thick with low carbonation... a barleywine. 4

O: The flavour has an unpleasant kick in the tail. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 03:43:19 | More by vandemonian
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CharlieMurphy

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin, golden brown, translucent color. Off white head with fresh squeezed milk foam that sits and stays.

S: Rich, creamy, stereotypically BW in rising sweetness that crackles through at the end with some spicy nuttiness.

T: Very balanced and subdued for a barleywine. One of the smoothest I've ever tried. Unfortunately, it's very one dimensional and lacks the same depth the smell had.

M: Smooth and forgiving. Virtually no booze. Light carbonation.

O: Super light feeling. Drinkability is insane.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 05:31:16 | More by CharlieMurphy
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finger11

Virginia

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

12oz. bottle poured into a Delerium snifter.

A: Poured a dark bown, almost purplish color that featured a nice thin head. Lovely lacing on the glass as well

S: Smells of caramel, toffee, sour cherries

T: Follows along well with the smell. Suprised to see it's an English style, because it doesn't quite taste like it, but still very enjoyable

M: Low to medium carbonation that fits the style well, isn't very heavy, but there is a small alcoholic burn to it

O: pretty good barleywine. I wouldn't search it out again, but have wanted to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 18:23:38 | More by finger11
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jsanford

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duck-Rabbit Snifter. Date notching is unclear, but this is at least a year old, probably 2.

A - Pours a rusty orange-brown with a thin off-white head that fades to a slight ring and haze.
S - Very sweet aromas of caramel, toffee, candied orange peel, dark dried fruits, and a bit of alcohol.
T - Sweet caramel, dried fruit, and toffee flavors carry over from the nose, as well as a good amount of chocolate and brown sugar. Finish is surprisingly bitter and hoppy for the age, lots of citrus in there still. Really nice, I expected this to be cloyingly sweet, not as finely balanced as it is! The 11% ABV is very well hidden, only the slightest warming in the chest is noticed.
M - Smooth and slightly sticky, with a medium-full mouth-feel and lowish carbonation.
O - I'm surprised by how much I liked this beer, it's held up surprisingly well for its age. I'm kinda wishing I bought more to see what further aging could do!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:51:17 | More by jsanford
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky light brown with some red hues to it when held to the light. Half finger off white head shows light retention. Some light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass when I drink this one down.

S- Caramel and toffee malts dominate the front of the nose. Hints of sugared figs and plums as well linger into the ending with a light piney hop aroma. Alcohol is very apparent but it goes along with the aroma itself.

T- Caramel and toffee malts come out strong in the front with hints of piney hop that brings it down a notch. Sugared darker fruits in the middle make up most of the flavor there. Ending shows more of a caramel malt base with hints of brown sugar and molasses. Alcohol comes through pretty strong in the ending bringing out a medicinal taste.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sweet malts, darker fruit, hint of piney hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly medicinal alcohol, light brown sugar/molasses, and darker fruits. Flavors were balanced very well for the most part. No off flavors were present while drinking. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was a nice drinking barleywine. Nothing over the top but a nice sipping beer on long winter nights. The ABV is a little on the high side and it shows up a lot but adds a light secondary flavor. Overall would love to get my hands on some more of these bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 01:16:47 | More by alleykatking
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of barleywines are either super hoppy or super sweet. This did a good job balancing. Its a muddy brown color with a tan head that fades fast and leaves ok lacing.

The smell is caramel, toffee, chocolate, and spicy pine.

The taste is of rich caramel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar and good doses of pine, floral, and some citrus. Slight booze bite that doesn't linger.

Thick, syrupy, and smooth. Nicely balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 14:59:02 | More by JayS2629
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This barley win pours out as a murky looking brown color, the head is an off white color and leaves a pretty good lacing also. The smell of the beer has a good hoppiness to it, there are some boozey aromas coming off of it also. The taste of this has a good malt base with some pine nots in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good here, it's got a nice thickness about it. Overall it's not a bad barley wine at all. Found it to be pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 20:12:13 | More by Knapp85
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dgugliuzza

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bell's tulip

Pours a deep orange with a thin film of tan head. Seems well carbonated as many bubbles line the rim of the glass. Some small strips of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts and molasses followed by pungent floral and piney hops. Leaves rich and sticky aromas in the nose. Smells very fresh for a barleywine.

Tastes of bitter and floral hops followed by toasted malts and sticky molasses. This is certainly hop forward and would greatly benefit with some age.

Has a medium bodied mouthfeel that smacks with carbonation. The alcohol is not well hid as it burns going down. It's best to chip away at sip by sip.

Overall this stays true to an English Barleywine. Strong and hoppy with the malt character taking a backseat. It's robust and flavorful, but ultimately unrefined. I would love to get my hands on a few more bottles to stick in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:25:51 | More by dgugliuzza
Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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