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

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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleDuck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale

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530 Ratings

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 107
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of cpetrone84


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-slightly hazy dark golden orange in color with an off white head that has a good bit of bubbles on top but looks creamy and relatively tight. The retention is very good, it lingers for quite some time and leaves a very nice coating on the glass.

S-the nose is actually quite hoppy especially for an english barleywine. It is more along the lines of a bigfoot, which I like but is a little off for the style. Grapefruit and apricot come at you right up front and really is the centerpiece of the aroma. A lightly toasted bready malt comes in towards the back with some pale malts lying underneath.

T-the taste is a little all over the place. Grapefruit and apricot are strong up front. Tons of burnt brown sugar and caramel malts set up in the middle. The bready malts seem to hide in the back with a strong bitterness taking hold at the finish. Notes of alcohol seem to kick in towards the middle and really have a warming effect towards the back.

M-this is medium bodied and syrupy. It is pretty smooth and seems to have some carbonation issues in the back, rough on the back of the throat. It is pretty wet throughout.

D-this is a little bit of a mess, its kind of all over there in the taste and really hoppy for an english barleywine. The booze is quite strong throughout and not something I would want to drink frequently.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:50:11 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Crosling


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firey orange color. Big head. The nose doesn’t offer anything of distinction...just a very light smell. Flavor brings some super sweet malt and some unusual fruit flavors. Some nice elements in the flavor, such as the caramel-like finish, but for the most part this is weird and below average.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 13:15:29 | More by Crosling
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Didn't have much head, even with an aggressive pour, but GODDAMN if this isn't the finest body I've seen on a beer. Brilliant scarlet red. I love me a redhead.

S: A good bit of hop in the aroma. More than I'd expect in an English Barleywine but still welcomed. Not a ton of malt coming though for me.

T: Very rich flavored. It starts off with pretty strong bitterness and the malt only really comes through at the very end. I'd like it to be a bit maltier. It's a bit muddled.

M: Medium bodied but not smooth at all. The bitterness roughs it up.

D: Not bad. It seems more like an American Barleywine but even for that style it's average at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 03:03:40 | More by drseamus
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one down from Capone's.Poured into a snifter. Pours a ruby color with a thick off white heading.Does create lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is heavily malted,A little sour but mostly of plum and raisin.

Taste right off the bat is apple a bit odd but yes a little bit sour.Followed by a heavy boozy warmness taste that drops to the the gut and keeps it nice and warm. As for the rest of the taste just seems a bit too much not enough balance to this.

Mouth is full bodied good carbonation and shit this even warms the tongue as I let it sit and wonder around.

Drink is not to hot. A bit too much warmness and not enough balance to make this sessionable.But then again what barleywine really is sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 22:36:01 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of womencantsail


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is dark amber color, leaning towards the red side of things. The head is minimal and off-white in color.

S: Sweet oranges and brown sugar are present on the nose as are some light caramel and toffee notes. There's a fair amount of alcohol present as well.

T: Quite sweet and sugary with lots of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee on the front end. The sweet oranges are there again, too, and so is the rather noticeable alcohol (unfortunately).

M: The body is medium, not quite as thick and full as I would expect for such a high gravity beer.

D: I purposely let this beer age a little bit before drinking it because of hearing about the alcohol strength. Even with several months on it, I still find the beer to be on the harsh side.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 22:38:28 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BlindPig


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Thick tan head on a crystal clear amber body. Great head retention.
S- Toffee, mix of fruits going all across the board, light citrus hops, and caramel.
T- Citrus orange hops blended with toffee malts and some other fruits. Almost a weird blend of flavors in this. Some breads come through also. Almost like some apple juice in there.
M- Medium body with medium/high carbonation.
D- Its just not my kind of flavors. Really strange blend of flavors. Looks good though!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 05:13:07 | More by BlindPig
Photo of dirtylou


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
Photo of mtnbikerpa


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber, brown in color with only abundant head. This beer has a strong hop taste up front, lots of malts along with candied fruits, dried plums, grapes. An overly sweet, juicey citrus bite from the hops. Very strong boozey smell, not very well hidden at all. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, this one is a sipper with limited drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 22:03:15 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of ChadQuest


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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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-17-2013 05:15:55 | More by dailyminefield
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-04-2012 12:44:44 | More by kell50
Photo of iatethecloudsfor


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-28-2013 02:02:28 | More by iatethecloudsfor
Photo of claytong


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

02-13-2013 03:30:49 | More by claytong
Photo of dfhhead25


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-27-2014 20:00:49 | More by dfhhead25
Photo of ArrogantB


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle received in a trade with leftmindedrighty. The pour was red-brown with a very nice sized white head. The smell was dark fruits and alcohol. The taste was the same with an added medicinal quality as well as cherry cough syrup. I was really let down by this as I have loved DR's porter and baltic. Oh well, it was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 16:02:43 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this as an extra in a recent trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks again Lee!

Appearance: A fine, tan crown sits atop a cloudy, rust-colored body. Very low visibility, even when held directly to light. Body appears thick and oily, and each swirl coats the glass walls in a thin resin (also excites the head). Head drags sticky lacing all the way down.

Smell: Candied red apples, red currants, tallow, and lemony esters. Caramel/molases notes become stronger as the beer warms, and I even get a little black pepper. Wish this was a bit more potent, but I enjoy the overall aroma.

Taste: Caramel, leather, and earth are the most notable flavors I get. Those, and alcohol - yep, lots of alcohol. If I don't take a sufficient break between sips, I have trouble tasting anything (because of the alcoholic dominance). Before I finish: I also get a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Pretty hot and dry, even for a barleywine. On that note, I'm actually enjoying the sting right now. Full and oily without much carbonation. Lots of mouth-numbing and belly-warming with this one.

Drinkability: "Can't stand the heat? Get yourself from out the kitchen." That's how I'm feelin right now. Alcohol dominates and steals all my candy. Bummer. I finished this beer without a problem, but it was only enjoyable because of the buzz it produced.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 01:49:14 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of MastaShonuf


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-31-2013 06:57:37 | More by MastaShonuf
Photo of kylehay2004


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head as expected on a hazy to cloudy copper with golden hues body.

S: sour cherry, almost sour beer like, sugar and candied fruits.

T: not your typical barleywine. subtle smokiness. this one is very sour beer like with the malts taking a back seat to the sweetness. metallic after taste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. thin compared to many other barely wines.

Overall: very drinkable for the style and hides the alcohol well but this one is strange and may be infected especially considering the recent reviews describing this though I suspected it before reading those reviews.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 04:03:56 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of TonyTalon


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-27-2012 12:52:28 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of roundthewaygirls


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip glass

A: poured half a finger of off-white creamy head. beautiful auburn, burnt orange color. translucent, a little light gets through. a few bubbles.

S: bready malts. caramel. ethanol. a hint of dark fruit, fig or apricot.

T: surprisingly fruity. slightly sour. deep, smoky malts. hops are only noticeable in the dry finish. booze is well concealed.

M: fine carbonation. medium body. sour going down and sticky on the lips.

O: pretty decent. liked the fruity character. i love the body of most barleywines, but this one was a little thin for me. there's a lot of confused malty character that has potential. could be developed with aging?

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:46:44 | More by roundthewaygirls
Photo of DefenCorps


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
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


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
Photo of beermanbrian


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
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep ruby red with a small head that faded to a long lasting lace down the glass. Smells very sweet, with a hint of citrus. The taste is very rich, this seems odd, but almost tastes like a toffee or candy flavors. Very intresting flavor, I have never tasted this in a beer before. Very nice feel going down, not too thick and just the right carbonation. This is an odd one. I can't really describe the taste, but I cannot put it down either. Gonna have to come back to this, but overall this was definatly good.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 03:28:42 | More by mikesgroove
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