Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #75
Ranked #13,091
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Wee Heavy Scotch Style AleWee Heavy Scotch Style Ale
Notes: 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.
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Rschis16 from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with amber highlights topped by a 1 finger parchment colored head that disappates down to a thin patchy layer. Malty and bready aroma with a little bit of booze and a touch of smoke. The flavor is very malt forward, balanced by a lightly peppered hoppiness in the middle of the palate and a touch of roasty malts. The malt bill is brown bread and sweet, but fortunately that touch of roast balances out the overall experience. The smokiness expected in a wee heavy is found in the back, almost in the aftertaste but it does add to the overall balance. The body is surprisingly light and adds to an already interesting beer's character. Malty but balanced, maybe not the "scotchiest" of all scotch ales, but still a really really nice sipper

Jan 25, 2021
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught 8oz snifter at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Someone else suggested that this seemed more like a barley-wine, and they maybe on to something.

Oct 20, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce bottle pored into a Tulip.

A solid and enjoyable Wee Heavy.
It pours a murky medium brown but glows ruby when back-lit and has a steady column of rising bubbles. The khaki head starts at one half inch but recedes to a persistent ring. My first couple of whiffs had a dairy-like quality, after that, caramel, toffee, fig and a sticky-sweet bread aroma that was akin to raisin bread. The flavor is similar, malty and sweet but the tangy dark fruit is more prominent, particularly raisin and dried sour cherry. It dries but remains tangy through the drawn out finish. The medium frothy body is slightly warming and has lowish carbonation.

Jun 11, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours deep copper with reddish hues. There is an off white head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has strong malt with caramel elements. There are moderate cherry notes with a low scotch element. There are very low herbal elements.

Taste: It is rather sweet although not veering one the cloying side. There are caramel and scotch flavors with cherry. There are very low herbal elements

Feel: It has a medium full body with very smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, rich malty flavors with cherry esters and touch a touch of hops.

Apr 07, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date stamp. You can see on the label where the stamp is supposed to be, but nothing is marked. Served in a Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale thistle glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color. Thin off white head that died back. No lacing.

Smell: Fruity, caramel, yeasty.

Taste: Toffee, cherries, and some bitterness and very mild sourness as well. Very odd for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, nicely thick, smooth, sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: Certainly looks the part, but doesn't taste or smell like a wee heavy. If you had handed me a glass of this and not told me what it was, I would have guessed it was some sort of ale brewed with cherries, maybe even a Belgian ale. It does not quite hit that malty sweetness of this style. It's unique, tastes okay, but I would not really call it a Wee Heavy.

Apr 05, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours copper with light ruby red hues; light khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and okay lacing. Great color. The aromas have kind of have a "funk" vibe going on. Hints of vinegar. Some caramel and cherries. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More caramel and cherries leading the way. Hints of toffee and raisins. Some wood and oak notes. More interesting vinegar and funk notes. It's on the sweeter side, but nothing too crazy or over the top. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a decent brew. It definitely starts off rough around the edges, but everything ultimately comes together. It's still kind of odd for the style though, in my opinion.

Jan 19, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine little scotch ale
pours a nicely clear deep red tinged mahogany with a modest
head of white foam that dissipates to a thin ring. Nose of
caramel, subtle booze, dark fruit notes of black and raspberry,
and dark brown sugars. Flavors follow the nose with a dark
bread note dusted with brown sugars and topped with
blackberry and lightly assertive booze. Nice mouth feel;
medium body, medium light carbonation that gives nice lift,
and a nicely toasted moderately sweet and warming finish.

Overall, a solid little brew.


Dec 13, 2019
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Nass from Florida

2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I love the simplicity, the use of color, & the logo on Duck Rabbit beers. This is a decent tasting wee heavy beer but there is some slight sour prune note on the backend that I am not favorable of. Well at least they put best by month on the label. Cheers! C

Oct 09, 2018
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Sable from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.2%
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!

Mar 20, 2018
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Feb 19, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Jan 20, 2018
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MAB from Canada (AB)

4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Dec 15, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Dec 13, 2017
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A_W_Russell_3 from Florida

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Dec 02, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

May 30, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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."

Apr 01, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
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...

Mar 27, 2017
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sjdevel from Utah

4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Mar 11, 2017
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WindUpBird from California

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Feb 26, 2017
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is nice, but it looks and smells more tantalizing than it tastes or sits in your mouth. It's got an interesting finish, one that sours, in a sense, but it's good. It's funky.

Feb 16, 2017
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Just-the-sip from California

4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer! Ordered 2 from Tavour but regret not buying more when I had the chance.

L- Irish red with a finger tip of head. Looked great for a Scotch Ale.

S- Very bread smelling from what I remember. Drank this a week ago so memory is a little fuzzy. Also had a bit of Scotch hint to it too.

T-Wow. Was this smoooooth. Like silky smooth. Couldn't taste the alcohol at all. Hidden super well. Could've just drank it all night honestly. Goes down fast.

F- Silk. Pure silk on the pallet and full feeling to me. Loved swishing it in the mouth a bit before swallowing. Very bready too.

O- Solid Scotch Ale. I'd buy more in a heart beat when I find it again. Duck-Rabbit is now on my radar.

Feb 05, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Duck-Rabbit's Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale is brewed in the style of a Scotch Ale, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy creamy head of a caramel-tinged cream color over a deep copper brown body with substantial haziness and no visible carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Biscuit and bread malts with soft caramelized sweetness, some delicate graininess in the malt profile, soft fruit sugars. Potency is moderate. 3.25

(Taste) Up front, a good bit of bread malts with caramelized sweetness, subtly syrupy and moderately sweet, giving way to delicately toasted grains and a softly roasted finish. Some mild alcohol character here and there. Better constructed than the aroma suggests, although the flavor profile is fairly shallow and dry, the graininess takes a bit too much residence here. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slightly slick, softly syrupy, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even grainy and earthy bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Another challenging bottle to figure out the date on (antiquated date notching system), and considering Duck-Rabbit's difficulty finding presence in the Atlanta Markets, it's difficult to place exactly the age of this beer. It's a decent Scotch Ale and drinkable enough, not quite as "Wee Heavy" in the malt flavor profile as I'd have hoped, missing many of the marks that create a lot of richness in this beer style's flavor. A creeping graininess is a bit more emboldened than I'd have expected, perhaps indicative of the beer's age. Hopefully in the near future I can try these beers in their prime and get a fair impression of their quality- in the meantime, buyer beware and check those dates! 3.5

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery's
Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

Feb 17, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: clear, dark reddish brown body with a weak head that leaves negligible lacing.

S: dark fruits, herbs (oddly), heated brown sugar and light alcohol.

Flavor: As expected, lots of toffee and medium malts but it also resembles a barleywine or quad more than a typical version of the style. Disappointing up front, this finishes strong.

M: light-moderate amount of carbonation; full body.

Feb 16, 2016
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Girouxsalem from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Seriously, this is a great beer for the beer-drinker. Though similar to a Doppelbock, it's got a great, sweet barely flavor with enough malt, and goes down super smooth. for me, it was a great first impression from Duck Rabbit.

Jan 29, 2016
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FatBoyGotSwagger from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A Pours a dark red body with a beige head that fades to a rim of foam rather quickly.

S Slightly bready and lightly fruity, the baked bread aroma increases as it becomes warmer.

T A rush of malty goodness that washes away to a very light ripe fruit which fades cleanly and heavenly. The richness of the malt profile is undeniable; it has a generous amount of malt sweetness and the perfect amount of hops to balance the whole act.

M Very pleasant, creamy and smooth with the slightest bite of hops imaginable.

O A well-crafted and perfectly balanced malt forward ale. Duck Rabbit knows how to knock these styles out of the park.

Dec 21, 2014
Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 502 ratings