Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Wee Heavy Scotch Style AleWee Heavy Scotch Style Ale
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From:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #84
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,689
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
205
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 19, 2021
Added:
May 15, 2006
Wants:
  78
Gots:
  31
SCORE
88
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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Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jul 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by rangerred from Tennessee

Jun 18, 2021
 
Rated: 2.44 by FBarber from Illinois

May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Feb 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Rschis16 from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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
 
Rated: 4 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by 88caprice from Virginia

Oct 27, 2020
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -2%
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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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -2%
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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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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
 
Rated: 4 by JoeLacy from Ohio

Jan 27, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11%
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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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Cheers
Dec 13, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jul 06, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Little over the top with sweetness and scotch flavoring. Seems artificial.
May 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.81 by Axius-Ray from Florida

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.01 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by MacStinson from Michigan

Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
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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Reviewed by Sable from Pennsylvania

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!
Mar 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Mar 16, 2018
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Reviewed by twage04 from North Carolina

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.
Feb 19, 2018
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Reviewed by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

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.
Jan 20, 2018
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Reviewed by MAB from Canada (AB)

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.
Dec 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.52 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Dec 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.82 by Derek from Canada (BC)

Dec 14, 2017
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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.
Dec 13, 2017
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Reviewed by A_W_Russell_3 from Florida

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!
Dec 02, 2017
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.
May 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania

Apr 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.58 by Zaktcc from Maryland

Apr 26, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

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."
**
Apr 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.34 by Rick778 from California

Mar 31, 2017
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

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...
Mar 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Mar 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

Mar 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Mar 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.34 by DrMullet from Florida

Mar 11, 2017
Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 505 ratings