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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

542 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 111
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

josephwa, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

pcsnyder, May 12, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slcbrewer for this one.

Poured into a chalice a deep dark clean/clear reddish color, nice carbonation, huge creamy tannish head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of malts, cherries, a tangyness, some caramel. The taste is sweet, slightly tangy, a good dose of cherries, some caramel. The finish is slightly dry. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, very different from an american barleywine, there's a nice sweetness to it, dark fruits, very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, May 27, 2007
Photo of overtsilence
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

overtsilence, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

musicman7070, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

lupercmda, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

scott2269, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

jlenik, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Knoximoose, Feb 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

alwaysintense, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

LouDogg114, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

maketheheartglad, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

afsdan, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Localdrinklax, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to mntlover for sending this fine bottle. Served into a goblet, it exhibits a radiant copper garnet body topped by a large beige head. Retention is excellent and attractive island chain lace adorns the glass.

Aroma is very pungent. Citrusy orange and tangerine notes suggestive of marmelade mingle with hoppy grapefruit and pine sap. Sturdy malt presence boasts caramel, toffee, and toasted brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation and is somewhat slick.

Taste is awash in fruity complexity, with melon and apple joining the citrus noted in the aroma. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar show up again and lend a sturdy sweet malt base. Hints of dark fruits like raisins are in the background. Finishes with a pleasant sweetness suggestive of orange marmelade.

Difficult to classify as American or English, but a prime example why Duck-Rabbit has emerged as one of the premier craft breweries in the Southern United States. Very well done!

merlin48, Jan 11, 2007
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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.

beavers, Apr 15, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out sort of a bronze red color, maybe the slightest bit lighter. The liquid has excellent clarity. There's an orange to off-white colored head that absolutely erupts from an aggressive pour. Really nice lacing from the top of the glass to the liquid at the bottom.

Smell is very nice; it actually smells very sweet. Huge, generous amounts of barley and hops. Pretty well blended between the two of them as well. Sort of a natural sugar aroma as well. For 11% there's not overwhelming alcohol aromas either, but it does slightly warm the nose.

Taste is equally as good as the smell. In addition it sort of piggy-backs it. Barley backbone is big again producing hints of ripe, fruity flavors. Also some large portions of earthy hops. Again with the slight warmth of alcohol, but not much of a flavor, again very sweet too.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are really good. Well balanced and well blended. Full bodied with a good carbonation level. Slight warmth from the alcohol, almost a burn to the point where it's slightly hotter than you want it to be, but makes it a nice sipper. All in all a nice barleywine, very tasty!

AndyAvalanche, Feb 02, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great brew from limesmut in a nice trade.

Easy with the pour on this one, or it will shoot forth with a massive tan foam bomb – sticky Brussels lace ALL the way down. Beautiful amber oak brew.

Sweet ass caramel malty barley wine brew. Even a pop of RIS dark fruit in the background. Sticky in the throat, must be 1/8 inch thick malt paint in there. Of course, NO hint of a wallop packing 11%. Drinks Way to easy, a hammer wolf in session lambs clothes.

Vancer, Nov 07, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to sackerz9 for this bottle also, what a great trader

A - this barleywine pours a dark amber red, atop sits a thin tan head with surprising retention held aloft by moderate carbonation

S - big grapefruit aroma up front, a nice hoppy-piney aroma, some orange citrus is also there, strong enough to discern it fromt he grapefruit, and underneath it all lies a mellow dark brown sugary sweetness

T - wow, wicked sweet, without being sickly sweet, grapefruit and piney aromas translate well to the taste and battle the deep tofee/brown sugary sweetness, and call me crazy but i also detect a syrupy pineapple flavor

M&D - slick mouthcoat that soothes and warms on the way down, a highly dichotomous beer, warming/soothing, bitter/sweet, its wonderfully balanced and blended, a great barleywine, a nice way to start enjoying a breweries beers, the high ABV darws the drinkability down a bit, but thats it

sinstaineddemon, Feb 02, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duck-Rabbit's barleywine pours a clear, ruby-accented dark chestnut body beneath a short head of creamy tan foam. The rich aroma rises up at you: malty, fruity, hoppy - it's English in nature, but with more fruitiness than you'd normally expect. The head drops steadily to an average collar, but walls of spotty lace are left behind - it's kind of nice... almost like polka dots. The flavor bears out what the nose suggests, and it's malty with a healthy cereal characteristic and lots of sweetish caramelized sugar. There's a touch of toffee and nuttiness to it as well; and the yeast has left a small puddle of reddish fruit juice and lots of dark-skinned fruit as its calling card. The alcohol is kept in check, but it helps to dry things along with a very moderate astringency and solid bitterness. It finishes dry and a bit spicy and earthy or mineralish with a combination of lingering hops (leafy, grassy, floral) and dark skinned fruit. It's well-balanced, well rounded, and well polished, yet all of its components remain able to shine on their own. Very nicely done!!! Certainly worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Jun 29, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We had a rare beer night and we all brought some stuff over I'll be reviewing on memory for this one as we had alot of smaples that night. Nearly 10 I beleive.

More of American bareywime because it was really hoppy. Nice caramel sweeness but not overpwering at all. Loads of citrus from the hops and beer smelled similar to what is tastes like. Body was light for a BW and I really liked this beer and was extremely impressed. Nice job! D-R

CampusCrew, Apr 06, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another generous extra from Paul, a fellow BA.

Hazy amber with a golden hue along the edges, and a white, fizzy membrane for a head, which fades almost immediately. A patchy network and a bubbly ring around the perimeter remains, however.
Smell is exceptionally floral and fruity. Strong hops and assertive malts, with sugary fruits which includes apricot, pineapple, banana, green apple, and blue grapes. The malts get a bit bready towards the finish, and some brown sugar comes in as well.
Taste is slightly burnt, bready malts and grassy hops. A bitter waves comes in from the hops, carrying some pineappple, banana, and peach. As with the smell, the malts carry to the finish, becoming more bready. A hint of cinnamon and caramel comes in with the malts at the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice bite from the hops. A little bit sticky, with a medium body.
Good drinkability, with the alcohol being well-concealed in the smell and taste. Delicious smelling and tasting beer!

Parrotbeak, Apr 07, 2010
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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!

ruckzuck, Feb 13, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice Barleywine, done in true Duck Rabbit fashion. Deep mohogany color with brilliant clarity. Off white head persists for the duration while leaving ample lacing and legging behind. A classic look. Strong barley flavors take over from there with a sukist grain taste and aroma that completely dominates the beer. Molassas, maple syrup, sorgum, nuttiness and plump grain flavors combine with plumbs, raisons, grapes, dates, figs, and nuts for a rich and complexly flavored ale. Hop flavor gives an herbal, grassy note without interferring with the barley taste. No phenolics or unnecessary alcohols to detract. Very nice malt texture sets the stage for the mouthfeel while a light syrup feel reminds us of a beer that isn't quite dry. Sweet without cloying, rich without sticky, and full without thickening, the beer has a bold but delicate texture. Perhaps the hop rates here are a bit high compared to J.W. Lees or Tom Hardy's but the toasted barley gives a bit more complexity than lighter Barleywines. Another world class beer by Duck Rabbit.

BEERchitect, Jul 12, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kwakwhore for this. Poured into a wine glass, yielding a nice two finger head on the pour that stuck around for a minute or two, then vanished. Color is a dark mahogony--one of the darker barleywines I've experienced--and the nose provides an intoxicating caramel malt blast that says "drink me NOW". I obeyed.

Flavor is sweet malt up front, with a bitter follow that brings to mind cherries and dark chocolate. Then Mr. Alcohol introduces himself with an authoritative but not overbearing presence. Warmly welcoming. This stuff is perfect for a winter nightcap, but by no means out of place on a warm fall evening.

Rzzzzz, Oct 18, 2008
Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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