10th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Anarchy
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Strong Ale - American
4.08 | pDev: 19.12%
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
10th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Anarchy10th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Anarchy
Notes: To commemorate 10 years as The Dark Beer Specialist, Duck-Rabbit’s brewers hand-selected the very best of the barrel aged seasonal brews they had been hoarding in the Duck-Rabbit cellar. These included 37 bourbon barrels (and one red wine barrel) in which Duck-Rabbit had aged Dopplebock, Baltic Porter, Wee Heavy Scotch Ale and Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout. The oldest of these beers went into barrels in 2008, and the youngest had touched wood for just over 7 months. The brewers painstakingly blended these beers to produce a one-of-a-kind unrepeatable masterpiece. Rich with dark malt flavors infused with oak, coconut, vanilla and leather, this is a beer for the serious enthusiast. It’s only available in North Carolina and it will never come around again. The 10 year anniversary only happens once. Try some before it’s gone!
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Appalachian Vintner.
Looks promising with a nearly opaque dark red-brown body. Excellent, enticing, nutty aroma. The flavor does not match the aroma. It's very strong, less nutty, more fruity, has more whisky, and the alcohol is more obvious. A little rough but so complex and interestingly it must get a high rating. Prunes, wood, whiskey and dates are among the dominant flavors. Mildly bitter aftertaste is a weak spot.

Full bodied with proper carbonation.

May 21, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.

A: Black pour with a small dark brown head. Soda-like head fizzes out very quickly, leaving some sparse lacing.

S: Strong bourbon aroma with heavy oak and caramel. Chocolate and dark fruits abound. Very sweet.

T: Huh. Bourbon and...red wine up front? Lots of raisins and heavy breadiness mixing with the caramel from the bourbon. Leathery in the finish with some bittersweet cocoa. Lingering dark fruits in the aftertaste (very red wine-esque sometimes).

M: Heavy, thick and sweet.

O: Seems I may have gotten lucky. No signs of infection or sourness at all. Big malty barrel-aged blend - exactly what I was hoping for. Drinks like a red wine and bourbon barreled barleywine for the most part.

Apr 11, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, looks to be about a year old by now

A- pours a deep black color with a small foamy khaki colored head that disappears quickly, leaving just a ring around the edge of the glass

S- the aroma is unique and all over the place. Up front I'm picking up notes of leather, tobacco, dark cherry & apple skin. The barrel treatment gives aromas of oaky vanilla, port wine, smoked meat, bourbon & char. Underlying sweet malty notes give aromas of caramel/toffee & chocolate.

T- Unexpectedly sour as it hits the palate, not sure if this is infected or if that was the intention. Beyond the sour notes, lots of caramel malt flavors provide a sweet base, before opening up to notes of green apple, dark cherry & raisin. Barrel flavors of bourbon, along with some port and even brandy notes. As it closes out, more caramel sweetness kicks in with a tart finish

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a warming finish

O- quite a unique beer that seems to produce an abundance of flavors as you go along drinking it. Definitely worth a try

Nov 23, 2015
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Ohiovania from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Was told that the kegs were not infected. Still tasted a little off too me. Other wise the beer that was underneath would have been amazing.

Jun 08, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very strong boozy, malty, molasses aroma. Huge light brown head quickly settled, no lace, and opaque black brown color. At first flavor was like nose but then it turned sour and I couldn't finish it.

Apr 01, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Go figure I like DR's craft and I liked this mash up of some of their greatest hits. Roasted nuts, caramel malts, slight campfire smoke, and oak aromas. Taste is very different, but equally as satisfying: caramel, chocolate, various malts and booze, huge wood, vanilla, earthy and has HUGE dark fruit, especially raisin. Feel is a malty, warm big beer that puts hair on the chest.
Note: I see some noting their pour was infected, no signs here!

Mar 17, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown with ruby highlights; the modest head fades away quickly but leaves a few strands lingering

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, red wine grapes and vinegar (uh oh)

Taste: The tip of the tongue picks up the sweeter elements, with chocolate and caramel followed by dark fruit tones; once the liquid spreads over the rest of the tongue, however, the damage of the infection becomes clear as the vinegary aspect takes over and destroys the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a puckery quality

Overall: I bought a six pack when this first came out and promptly traded three of them away; I was planning on cellaring the rest as I had heard reports that it was very boozy and discombobulated and then the infection thread started in the South-Atlantic forum; for a beer that is clearly infected I am surprised at the more recent ratings - lots of BAs are ranting about the infection yet very few have logged in either a rating or a tick; having championed this brewery in its very early days I have since had one too many bottles of infected beer from them

Mar 17, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours jet black and thick, like motor oil, with a halo of off-white head. Aromas of heavy vanilla, dry red wine, bourbon rich and warmth, baker's chocolate, bitter and roasted coffee, molasses, tobacco, and some earthy and woody highlights. This is a rich smelling beast. Flavors are very dynamic on the forward tongue, with a definitive bolt of red wine that is tart and dry, blending with bitter roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, booze notes, earthy characteristics, subtle char, and molasses. Very deep and rich. The body is robust and smooth, but somewhat lighter than I was expecting after the pour. The aftertaste bleeds most of the red wine notes off to leave a rich and layered sweetness lingering, especially the chocolate and tangy vanilla notes. There is a building warmth, as well. Smooth, slick, coating finish. Very tasty beer!

Mar 05, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark cola brown in color (approaching but not quite jet black) with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of red wine barrels, bourbon barrels, charred oak, and vanilla. There are lighter aromas of chocolate and caramel + toffee malts with just a hint of toasted nuts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted, toasted, and charred malts with a light to moderate flavor of chocolate, caramel, and toffee sweetness. Light hints of toasted nuts with moderate to strong flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and red wine/vinous + tannins in the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness, no hop flavors are perceptible.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming towards the finish.

O: Maybe I'm just lucky but no hints of infection here- this is a really nice example of a well blended barrel-aged anniversary beer. Wonderful aromas and flavors from the red wine and bourbon. Glad I grabbed this one (and it was a hit with the entire family that took little tastes of my bottle) and would be glad to try it again.

Feb 27, 2015
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drewone from California

2.52/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Something is wrong with this beer - my first duck rabbit too. One member of our tasting group warned us that this was not that good, and than after tasting it said this was worse than what he had previously had - bad bottle?

Feb 09, 2015
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. No date other than the 2014 logo. Thanks to my friend Jim @ Grapes&Grains in Clemmons, NC for sending this to me.

Appearance: Black with no light coming through. Thin persistent tan head with some islands and strands of lacing that would slowly slide back down the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, hint of char/smoke and maybe leather/tobacco. Rich and inviting. There was a hint of rye whiskey as well when I first poured, but it appears to be gone as the beer warmed up. Some smokiness comes out as the beer warms up.

Taste: Definite strong whiskey flavors, but not overpowering. Bourbon and some rye. Nice malty middle with chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The finish is slightly sour, with more whiskey, some bittering hops, a bit of alcohol bite, and a definite spicy finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, but with good carbonation that scrubs part of the tongue clean.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice blend of beers. So many great flavors and aromas in this one and not muddled together. A potent slow sipping of a beer that grew on me the more I drank. Congrats on 10 years Duck-Rabbit, and you certainly celebrated those 10 years with a very good ale. I can't wait to see what you do at 15 or 20. As for drinkability, this one is dangerous with such a strong alcohol and a desire to get you to come back for more. I wish I had another bottle of this, but I'd probably be tempted to crack it open right after I empty this glass in which case I'll be in my own form of anarchy for the evening. Great beer!

Feb 07, 2015
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Tuckieman from North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours nearly pitch black--no light penetrating--with a substantial espresso crema colored head about a full finger that holds on well, but no evidence of lacing when the head subsides. Nose gives strong hints of the bourbon barrel aging of oak and of course bourdon with nuances of coffee and butterscotch. Complex flavors, not reminiscent of any of the specific elements of this brewer's blend which is the strength of this beer. Starts with coffee and quickly transitions to the sweetness of bourbon and roasted malts. Finish is very, very smooth and definitely that of a high quality bourbon. Mouth is that of a porter--not heavy but full, with only light carbonation. Completely masked the 10% content with smoothness and flavor. Drinks so smoothly that one is not enough! Amazing beer, and the best I have had for...as long as I can remember.

Jan 19, 2015
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a blend of several different barrel-aged beers, including a Doppelbock, a Scotch Ale, a Baltic Porter, and a Russian Imperial Stout, all of which each of which spent anywhere from 7 months to 6 years in the wood. I picked it up on a recent trip to NC, which apparently is the only state where it was distributed. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. It is very dark (like a stout), and not quite opaque. It sports about a finger of light brown head that quickly dies down to a thin lace. Dark fruit and bourbon are the first things I smell. A little more digging produces toasted oak, vanilla, cherries, ash, and fudge brownies.

Full body with a smooth, oily feel and a sweet, unusual flavor. It looks like a stout, but tastes like an English Barleywine that was aged in bourbon barrels on some kind of dark fruit (cherries?). Perhaps the fruit is the result of the red wine barrel used in the production. It starts out with strong bready, biscuity notes. Almost immediately, a wave of bourbon, toasted oak, and vanilla sweep in. These gradually succumb to a fruity, grapey, winey flavor that becomes intensely port-like on the finish. Apart from the alcohol notes that come with the bourbon and port wine characters, I don't get a ton of boozy heat here. It vaguely reminds me of two other beers I've had: Darkest Hour (from Anchorage) and Even Less Jesus (an Evil Twin / Stillwater collaboration). However, the flavor of this one seems much more intense and the port wine character is much more assertive.

This is one interesting beer with a LOT of different flavors. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I had the palate for it. Ordinarily I would welcome all of the aforementioned flavors, but I don't think they work well together (at least for my palate). The strong port notes in particular do not seem to go well with the bourbon character at all. I wish I had enjoyed this more because I do believe it is a very good beer, but I did not enjoy it and struggled to finish the bottle. Nevertheless, the experience alone was worth the price of admission. I give Duck-Rabbit credit for putting this one together. With this much flavor, there have got to be several BAs out there who thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel left out and rather wish I was one of them.

Jan 12, 2015
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aleckpa from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. Pitch black with basically no head. Sweet, cherry, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon is what you smell and taste. Definitely some tartness in the back of the mouth. This is the best beer they have produced to date. Thick beer that coats the mouth. Certainly their best beer to date in my opinion. I am sure it will age nicely.

Jan 01, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Rich chocolate and caramel aromas come forth along with some oaky vanilla notes. Moderate booziness.

T- Cherrywood flavor first and foremost with a bit of char and chocolaty sweetness. The sweetness stays constant throughout the drink and there's even an amount of tartness to it that I'm not sure was intentional. Either way, quite tasty and complex. I just hope this isn't the first sign of infection as this is pretty delicious as is.

M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- The sweet, almost tart quality this beer has really makes me wonder what's happening inside those bottles as they age...but this one's just lovely so I'll take it for what it is.

Dec 30, 2014
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: tons of barrel aromas here--bourbon, oak, and red wine foremost. Toffee, burnt sugar, caramel, and vanilla are strong as well.

T: there is a lot going on here. Bourbon, toffee, oak, and caramel dominate ate most, but there are also flavors of red wine, char, vanilla, and tart cherries come to mind before a lightly boozy finish.

M: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky and a bit watery.

O: a very unique and interesting beer. It does not quite come altogether flawlessly, but it is still enjoyable.

Dec 26, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one dark-ass American Strong Ale,pours into a snifter a deep dark chocolate brown with a lacey deep beige colored head atop.Roasted nuts and chocolate stand out most in the nose,again not American Strong Ale-like.Thick and chewy wich is almost spot on for this beer,chocolate and dark fruit flavors with a bit of nut and earth in there as well,the alcohol gets bigger as I drink more.This is a stout and a big stout at that,this needs to be changed.

Dec 24, 2014
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Nctide from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from Bestway. Almost no head to speak of. Even though this is a blend of several styles, the nose is typical of bourbon barrel aged stout or porter. Dark fruit and bourbon are the main notes. The taste isn't overly complex. It is fairly sweet with bourbon and some faint black licorice and a slightly bitter finish. You can taste every bit of the 10% abv. This is an enjoyable beer that's well worth a try and is a good value at only $5 a bottle.

Happy 10th anniversary to duck rabbit. You were one of the first to bring excellent local beers to nc.

Dec 19, 2014
10th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Anarchy from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 101 ratings