Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
duckrabbitbrewery.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Duck-Rabbit’s Scotch Ale is a full-bodied, deep copper-colored treasure. Bold and malty, this beer’s sweetness comes from a massive quantity of grain complemented by some serious kettle carmelization. The flavor is rounded out by a warming alcohol sensation.

Added by silver0rlead on 05-15-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,230
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
485
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 292
Photo of Sable
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love the Duck Rabbit ...

Their Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale is a delight. Dark brown, but clean, smells of a rich, dark caramel, which comes clearly through in the taste, which has a lot of strong roasted malt flavor, with a bit of dark fruit behind it to balance the heaviness. The mouthfeel was sturdy, but stopped short of being creamy. A gift to the tongue!

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Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twage04
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby, light brown color with medium/low carbonation. Aroma is dark fruit, malt, candy and taste is the same. A little oxidized but not too aged. Not super sweet either, overall a balanced easy drinking strong ale.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – almost no head on a clear, very deep amber body.

Aroma – very sweet caramel malts, honey, brandy, pluots and raisins

Taste – sweet, fruity, caramel, bready malts, fades to light brandy and honey

Mouthfeel – just dang wonderful. Not too overbearing.

Overall – glad my Tavour order came with two bottles. Going to sit on the second for a year or two.

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Photo of MAB
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Day 13 of the Advent Calendar. Definitely not an unlucky day.

Top marks and kudos. This is the very definition of a Wee Scottish Heavy, in my books.
I don't think that it could be done better.

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Photo of StormAles
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, day 13 of the 2017 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. Now this seems like a proper seasonal offering.

This beer pours a clear, bright orange-brick brown colour, with three hearty fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of low-lying, streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, some muddled dark stone fruitiness, faint ashy notes, and some very tame earthy, musty, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, toffee squares, wet raisins, brown sugar syrup, some still hard to pin down black fruit, ethereal damp smoke, and more understated earthy, weedy, and musky floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee (sorry) airy creaminess seeping in as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the complex malt pretty much still steering the ship with style and aplomb.

Overall - yay! This turns out to be exactly what it's supposed to be, a nice, malty and boozy (though you wouldn't know it from the flavour alone) Scottish-oriented tipple. It warms the cockles of my heart, and in more than one way - totally worth checking out.

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Photo of A_W_Russell_3
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quite simply, Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale is heavenly. Grabbed a sixy last year, fabulous! Just picked up the 2017 batch -- Better than last year. Yum. Grab some before it's gone!

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Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts, dark fruits. Taste is bready malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

**
01/03/16
Bottle to glass. Aroma is brandy, wine, wood, barley, broth, bergamot. Look is clear mahogany reddish brown. No head. Taste is yeast, brandy, bergamot. Feel is Somewhat flat. Interesting flavors again for Duck Rabbit, but not a home run."
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Photo of Rick778
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Weird looking brew but one hell of a beer...

Let me just start off by saying that I am a fan of DR, though they may not be my favorite brewer, I have enjoyed the few offerings I have had over the last few years. So when I picked this up I figured it would be at the very least solid. Well, the moment I poured it out, found it had no head, no lacing, and to top it off it had this weird orange-colored tinge to it, I was immediately feeling this was not going to end well. Then I took a sniff, then I took a sip, and it was then I realized I was clutching something incredibly special.

The scent was this unexpected blend of caramel and booze that was sweet to the nose, the mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, with just enough carbonation to let you know it was there. Then there was the taste - as heavenly as it gets for me, divine in both flavor, complexity, and just overall kick-ass. Though the look of the beer was a huge let down, the rest of the experience left me wishing I had another 5 or 11 of these on hand. I will definitely be on the look out for this wee-scotch ale...

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Photo of Curt3
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBuckley73
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMullet
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sjdevel
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Pours a deep copper / brown color. Only a 1-2 finger head from the 12 oz. bottle. Head receded very quickly, but I was left with a very small foam ring and a few patches of lace. Underwhelmed with the level of carbonation.

SMELL: Some malty notes and some yeast. Smells more like a German beer like a Marzen / Festbier.

TASTE: A bit of a bite at first - some hop bitterness. There is a nice blast of malt and sweetness directly after the bite. Still tastes like a German beer to me (Festbier, Oktoberfest, or almost a Doppelbock). Very caramelly and rich though. Dries out towards the end. Nice bready notes towards the end as well.

FEEL: Medium bodied but on the fuller side. Rich and oily. Expected a bit fuller though.

OVERALL: Great flavor. Rich and malty. Would buy again for sure. It just didn't strike me as much as a Scottish ale as it did a German one. But very good.

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Photo of madelf66
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jason_nwx
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WindUpBird
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty!
Looks like a classic Irish red in color, minimal head
Smells of toffee and stone fruit and booze
Tastes multi-layered with stone fruit and raisin, brown sugar and brandy
Mouthfeel is warming and lightly effervescent (which was a surprise)
Bought six from Tavour; hope I can find more somewhere.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 485 ratings