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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

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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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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:11:07 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 00:25:49 | More by Wasatch
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A hearty carmel cream colored head nearly reaches two fingers than starts to crackle away. Body is a robust mahogany in color. Nose is nicely sweet with some vanilla oak and dark fruit sweetness. Includes a sappy hop character as well. Enters the mouth with an initially creamy smoothness, yeasty sweet caramelized malt, tangy dark fruit and burnt graham cracker. Hop profile adds perfect balance and a bit of sappy, piney, marmalade notes. Warms the belly ice but otherwise well hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is very pleasant and resin like sweet. A super drinkable barleywine. This is a solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 22:59:49 | More by SPLITGRIN
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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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

kkipple hooked me up with this one as a bonus in a recent trade. thanks dan!

pours deep red-brown with a small medium density dark yellow head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. lots of deep caramel. bread and biscuit malt. alcohol. earthy. slightly woody, with a bit of vanilla.

taste is great. big rich caramel. light sweetness. big biscuit and bready malt. medium bitterness level. light alcohol. earthy hops. a bit woody. i just love the layers of caramel and malt in this.

mouthfeel is great. medium very fine carbonation. medium-large body. smooth.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. nice depth. i can't get enough of the malt in this one. this is a beer that i could get into trouble with - great balance hiding the alcohol well, and so good you just want to pour another as soon as the bottle is done. thanks again dan!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 15:10:36 | More by grub
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Lum who sent me this beer, who got it in a trade with cvstrickland!! Thanks you two! :-)

Appearance: Poured with a large smooth and creamy off white head, that dissipated slowly leaving some nice lacing on the top of my glass. The beer is clear with a pretty dark brownish orange color.

Smell: Sweet caramel and brown sugar, roasted nuts like pecans and walnuts, a grass or hay smell, and some sappy pine.

Taste: Sweet roasted pecans, nutty caramel, sweet pine, calms down to a toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, medium-thick body, pretty syrupy, nice and dry, then leaves mouth with a slightly dry slightly sticky clean feel.

Overall: GREAT drinkability, especially considering it is 11% ABV. The taste/moutfeel afterwards really leaves you wanting more. None of the flavors are overpowering. Nice sweet barleywine but also has a great hop character!! I really love this beer!!

Overall:

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 04:30:25 | More by natasharai
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ImusBeer

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ordered this at my Mall of GA favorite

I fugues it would come in a small glass but no. Very dark amber in color, you can just see light through it. Almost NO head.

As it approachs your lips the smell of sweet malt assalts your nose.

The first sip shows you a thick malty taste with a serious alcohol bite. Some molassas in there as well. The mouthfeel is heavy and malty almost warm like a Guiness.

Drinkability is great I like it but only one a night!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 02:12:58 | More by ImusBeer
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hitokiri

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is only my second barleywine, but it is also an English style, which I think I like a lot more than the American version.

A- Not very much head, about half an inch. The head sticks around for a while then tappers to a thin ring. Dark ruby red color, almost can't see through it.

S- One of the best, if not the best smelling beers I have tried. Dark malt, carmel, honey, and a lot of dark sweet fruit like raisins, plums, etc...

T- Very balanced taste which I think suited my tastes for a barleywine better. Rich malts, raisins, brown sugar, it might sound weird but also a taste somewhat like very dark (bitter)chocolate. I found a rather large fruit character to this one. Also, just the right amount of hops to give it some bitterness, and and add a bit of floral character and after taste.

M- Very smooth, light carbonation, not very thin, slick, or thick.

D- I found this dangerously drinkable, I had to slow myself down.

I loved this beer from when I first smelled it. I had another barley wine that was of the American variety, but it had way too much hops for me, and I didn't like the way the flavors went together. This was way better, and I thought it was more balanced. I wish I knew how old exactly this beer is, it only has 12/08 notched on the bottle. It is supposed to be released in winter time, so this beer might be a bit different from when it is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 12:59:58 | More by hitokiri
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goethean

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A gift from BA acme, served at room temperature in a completely inappropriate weizen glass

Wow, this stuff is great! Copper. Strong aroma and flavor of dark caramel and dark English toffee, with some mellow medium dark fruit, balanced by a pretty stiff herbal hops bitterness. Really kind of shockingly drinkable for a big barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 23:39:31 | More by goethean
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slowbie

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice reddish brown color with great clarity and ruby highlights flashing in the light. A one finger light tan head forms on top with good retention.

Good barleywine aromas of raisins and plumbs. Not much alcohol in the nose. Very citrusy hops are mildly evident.

Taste is oh so wonderful. Plumbs and raisins fade to orange-citrus hops. The hoppy flavors in this one are just fantastic. Many barleywines (including the one I just brewed) have what I perceive as a harsh astringency from the hops, but this is more of a bitter citrus that works so much better with the malt flavors.

Mouth-coating amounts of body and good carbonation to accentuate but not distract from the flavors that are going on.

As good as this is now, I could see some age doing wonders for this beer. I might just have to convince the wife we need a whole six pack in addition to the two singles I bought.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:33:04 | More by slowbie
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younger35

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to track down this brew for quite some time but somehow it's always alluded me. Luckily gibby is a generous guy and hooked my ass up! Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Green Bay vs. Minnesota Monday Night Football game.

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark ruby red with a nice sized half finger dirty white head. Not much of a cap remains but a fairly decent collar leaves very very little lacing.
Smell- Has a very maltiness smoothness with hints of candy and hops. The caramel is fairly prevalent as are kisses of toffee and red licorice. A gentle toast underneath that brings out subtle whiffs of cocoa and Tootsie Rolls. Some light citrus tones and a touch of orange peel and lilac.
Taste- Starts a lot like the nose but the chocolate is quite a bit more prevalent. Caramelized sugars and brandy soaked cherries right from the get go before some cotton candy and red licorice step in. The chocolate is more toward the middle and lingers well into the finish. The beer is lightly sweet at first but finishes with a subtle hoppiness bitterness. Some grapefruit and crab apple also creep in toward the finish amongst the chocolate and cocoa. The alcohol is covered extremely well.
Mouthfeel- Big and rich and creamy with a light bit of carbonation that really adds to the creamy perception.
Drinkability- Definitely one of the better Barleywines I've ever tasted. Its super smooth and easy drinking and amazing that it's 11% because its hidden very well. It's got that nice balance between sweet/bitter-malty/hoppy. It's the beer I was expecting without any disappointment. Great beer, thanks Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 22:00:48 | More by younger35
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by January 2012

A: nice copper color, clear, poured with beautiful, rocky, off-white head that kept all the way to thin veil
S: deep, sweeter malt, some burnt malt noticeable, medium nose, port-like
T: deep, rich roasted malt with well-balanced hop finish, full,
M: very full mouthfeel, very, very, drinkable, incredible rich and moreish

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:51:35 | More by wisrarebeer
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drperm

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a real treat. The Duck-Rabbit folks consistently brew top-of-the-line products. I can only surmise that living and working in Farmville, NC inspires the brewers to spend long, long hours at their work indoors (where it is presumably air conditioned and has more interesting landscapes..).

Appearance: Russet-copper color. Mahogany, really. And as one would expect, no appreciable head to speak of.

Aroma: A real treasure-trove here: leather, tobacco, hops, cloves, allspice, and even a hint of oregano.

Taste: Banana, clove, caramel, allspice, grapes, brown sugar, and hops. Oy vey pass me another snifter!

Palate: A dry and warming finish.

Overall: Well-rounded for sure. This is one to cellar in bulk! Drinking this makes me long for winter -- seated in front of a roaring fire with my D-R Barleywine in one hand and a nice cavendish pipe in the other. Wearing a wool waistcoat, to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 13:43:38 | More by drperm
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