Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #75
Ranked #10,553
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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Photo of Nass
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

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Photo of Sable
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!

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Photo of twage04
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.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
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.

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Photo of MAB
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of A_W_Russell_3
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!

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
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."

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Photo of jjamadorphd
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...

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Photo of sjdevel
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.

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Photo of WindUpBird
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.

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Photo of bmeehan
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.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
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

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of Girouxsalem
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.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I am working to reduce the deuced backlog of bottles that has built up here at Chez Woody and which cries out to me on a daily basis.

From the bottle: Made in Farmville, North Carolina"; "Proudly hand made in small batches".

I was inspitred to break out a goblet the other day, as opposed to my usual shaker pint. The greater surface area means that the head does not rise as high, but I still got a finger of dense, light-tan head for my efforts. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = > 22, < 27), allowing for little light penetration. Nose had a toffee-like candy sweetness underlain with alcohol heat. Ah, an 8%er to begin the day ... Mouthfeel was thick and full and I felt like I had placed a dollop of cream on my tongue. The taste was quite sweet, very much like toffee, but with dried dark fruits, also, plus the heat was not lost on me. Phew! This is no playing around. As I watched the lacing begin to form a ring around the inside of the goblet, I was given pause to consider the prevalence of AIPAs and my propensity for drinking them. I really enjoy their bitter, citrusy flavors, but it is also nice to partake of a malt-driven beer on occasion. The finish was malty-sweet, certainly, but the fusel alcoholic heat on the extreme finish gave it a breathtaking dryness. My my my.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle sent to me from a non BA-member in trade. Sampled on February 10, 2014.

It pours a handsome looking deep amber tone with a quick lasting off-white head. Mild carbonation.

That aroma is so Scottish! The sweet malts really kick in on the nose along with a feint dark fruit character. It does make me wish to drink the beer.

The body is medium to full but generally rather smooth.

The taste is sweet and malty like the most traditional of Scottish Wee Heavy brews. Kind of on the mellow side considering the 8% ABV. And that higher ABV is well masked.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous cognac brown coloring with the lightest of fluffy, bright white heads.

The aromas were sweet barley grain with tinges of chocolate and caramel but underneath it all I smelled peas....earthy, vegetative green peas, yuck.

The flavor is Barley! Smooth, sweet barley with a pronounced grain and some wine like qualities.

The feel is firm, with a nice thickness and what appears to be a low carbonation. I did detect a slight bite at the end of the swallow which could have been the 8 pct ABV or just a bit of carbonation.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brownish body with good head and lace retention. The nose is sturdy and strong, with a good amount of both sweetness and breadiness and there is a little bit of booze in the aroma. Beer isn't exactly chewey but it is a filling body, goes down smooth, slightly creamy, and there is good balance between what appears to be sweet malts like caramel and toffee and dark fruits and some heavier, roasted malts. Minor hoppiness on end adds a little sharpness to finish.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip. best before 10/13.

A: slightly opaque. dark brown body with some light brown edges. head is slightly brown in a sea of a white foam. tightly bubbled. decent retention, minor spots of lacing.

S: dark fruits and toffee twang. perhaps a little bit of oak in there. minor heat as well. the dark fruit, plum and fig mostly, remind me more of a Belgian dubbel or even a quad than a scotch.

T: a lot of caramel and toffee. a little bit of coffee. a cola like sweetness right in the middle of the sip. heat gives a little zip to this brew. plum lingers long into the finish. hops on the backseat this is going in the right direction.

M: moderate amount of carb on a full body. works well.

D: not a bad scotch here. really similar to a Belgian ale to me. if there was a little bit of peat in here it would set it apart and really set it off, imo.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper with a finger of beige head that enjoyed some retention around the very edges of the glass. The nose includes caramel, nuts, bread and an odd note that was hard to place. This offering has a malty sweetness to it that gives way to a chewy bitterness that includes a trace of alcohol.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at O'reilly's tap room and Kitchen in Harrisburg, served in a snifter.

The color is deep copper with some bronze highlights and small thin head of beige which becomes a ring of beads yet revives with a swirl. There are legs on the glass as it is swirled. The smell is very nice with some light malt toasted odors and slightly sweet nuttty almost almond-like scents with a moderately alcohol influenced aroma. The feel is good with slight sweet entry and mild bitterness with not quite cloying feel and moderately high carbonation and semi boozy finish.

This is a pretty decent Scotch ale, a bit of roast and light bready toasted malt with mildly sweet almost caramel and nutty with a gentle bitterness to balance things out but the alcohol comes forward slightly in the flavor as it warms, not bad which might be expected of a beer 8% or higher, I like the dry finish. Overall a pretty good ale, not one I would want more than 1 snifter of however.

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Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 491 ratings