Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #78
Ranked #13,541
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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blinker97 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Nov 26, 2012
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a translucent ruby brown color with a billowy light tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and film with thick webs of lacing. Mild, yet pleasant aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, figs, and bready malts. Flavor is dominated by the ripe, sweet fruits with a weaker than hoped for malt presence. There are also notes of caramel, coffee, and smoke in the body. Thick bodied with fine carbonation and a pleasant lingering sweetness in the finish; the mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. Though my score might not reflect it, this is one of my favorite Duck Rabbit beers and a very enjoyable and easy drinking wee heavy even if its not true to style.

Jun 10, 2010
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runlikeakenyan from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Mar 02, 2014
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: burgundy liquid....tan head, somewhat creamy with an open structure, not much retention, decent lacing

S: dark, rich caramel....potent fruity esters woven in...bit of a toasty note, alcohol in the background ...really bright and inviting, overall

T: the requisite flavors seem to be all there...darker caramel malt, residual in the aftertaste....perhaps a little more alcohol-forward and malt depth/richness weak than it should be (if that makes sense) - there's a little something in there that gives it a true, characteristic Scotch ale flavor - and I hate to say it could be a "smoky" nuance - could be a yeast or special, adjunct malt character...there's some bubblegum, which should be there, and it's at a nice, mild ratio here

M: a little thinner than the aroma suggests... probably dead on with your average (within a small range) true Scotch ale.... has a sort of light velvety/satiny viscosity - not chewy.... quite dry otherwise, wine-like alcohol and spice feel

O: shit!... along with Bear Republic's Heritage Ale, one of the best, most textbook (not quite the word I was looking for, but close) Scotch ales from an American brewery. Very well done!

Feb 23, 2013
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Rand_ale_Thor from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Aug 22, 2013
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Dec 18, 2013
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kjmass from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

Nov 10, 2014
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a decent tan head - very inviting. Aroma is strong and smoky with hints of caramel and coffee, much like a stout or porter. Rich malty flavor has firm nutty and smoky tones, as well as hints of caramel and hop bitterness. Texture is smooth but edgy, and finish has a hoppy undertone and a touch of sweetness.

Oct 22, 2008
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SoberPhobic from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Feb 08, 2013
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argock from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Drink by date notched on side of front label (08/2010). Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.35.

A: Auburn with 1-finger, root beer float-like french vanilla head with good retention and only spare spots of lace.

S: Malty with the lightest hint of peat. Herbal, earthy hops accent in a sneaky effective way to really spice up this brew's aroma. Alcohol is not detectable.

T: A superb malty brew with caramel, dark and toasted malt combine seamlessly with peaty, non-smoky flavor. Alcohol is an integral part of the sweetness. Herbal, earthy hops round out the flavors and complement the malts exceptionally.

M: Carbonation is even and adds a little action to an otherwise subdued feel. The body is medium-full with peaty, complex malt aftertaste.

D: One of my favorite Duck-Rabbit offerings. They do these dark, malty beers very well, and this one matches up to the best in their line-up.

Dec 20, 2009
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t0rin0 from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 19, 2012
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JohnTurano from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 20, 2016
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hurleymanvw from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. We can now get DR in ATL. :) Pours a reddish chocolate brown with a nice one finger head. Very strong and complex aroma of rum, chocolate, and brown sugar. Strong caramel flavor at the end with a tart finish. Nice texture. Not my fav but a good beer.

Apr 16, 2008
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KevinGordon from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Oct 26, 2013
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Buebie from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Big thanks to gford217 for this one.

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. A semi soft pour, should have poured it harder because I only get about half inch of tan head. Receding to leave a thick collar of bubbles.
Color is a golden red, bordering brown almost. Its dark and murky, I'm unable to see through it. Excellent appearance and good color.

Aroma is like a beer desert, sweet with candy like aroma, some mild cotton candy, caramel, plenty of malt kick, a touch of fermented dark cherries and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is ultra sweet up front an little bit too sweet actually, but masking the flavors of alchol. More cherries and a bit of tart rasberry flavors. Tart bitters through the middle with huge amounts of malt. Bitering hops at the swallow finishing tart and bitter with lingering fruit flavors.
Some mild mint crispness too with a herbal tea flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick and thick, carbonation is moderate but the weight on this is huge and dense.

Drinkability is low and seems overly sweet, but following the style well in that respect. Although its a good beer I dont think I could have more then one.

Thanks again Grant!

Mar 28, 2010
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StevenMilligan from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 03, 2015
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ncvbc from North Carolina

3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I must say that this one didn't live up to my usual expectations of Duck-Rabbit beers.

It poured a brownish color and had ruby highlights . Decent cabonation and a thin, fizzy head.

Smell was pretty good. It was like figs or grapes. A little oatmeal raisin and brown cinnamon sugar. Only problem was that it was slightly masked by alcohol.

Taste was even more masked by alcohol and took away from what could have been a brew with some serious depth. A little toffee and I swear I picked up some apple in there. Weird.

Mouthfeel was kind of sticky, seemed more thin when colder and improved when warming.

Drinkability isn't so great to me. Not reaching the potential that it probably has and not too impressing for me.

To be quite honest, I think the regular beers from DR are more consistent than the seasonals. I love the Baltic Porter but the others don't stand out to me. The Porter, Milk Stout, and other regulars are true to the style and have character. This is all just my opinion...

Aug 30, 2007
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roywilliams from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.2%

Oct 10, 2013
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illidurit from California

3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of wagenvolks. Poured into a snifter. Dark brown but not opaque. Reddish highlights with light. Modest tan head with little retention or lacing.

Aromas of toffee/molasses, peat, and overripe dark fruits. Some perfumey alcohol as well.

Sweet flavor profile, with molasses and caramel dominating the front of the palate. This quickly washes into a medicinal finish that's equal parts licorice, peat, and cough syrup.

This beer is surprisingly thin on the palate. Not really enough richness to hold up the flavors. Carbonation is rather high, finish is evaporatively short with an astringent quality. There's a pleasant warming sensation in the chest as well.

Aug 20, 2008
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anjah from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Feb 03, 2013
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 02, 2015
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JasonTaverner from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Nov 21, 2013
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k4df4l from Pennsylvania

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

A/A: Lovely ruby-chestnut body with a big cascading head that quickly collapsed into a nice skim of bubbles blanketing the surface. Smoky, woody aroma with sweet malt in the background.

F/P: Intensely caramel sweet up-font with candied cherries & sherry, faint oak and toffee. Touch of alcohol in a strong chewy finish. Moderately heavy plate.
Note: Flavor and aroma varied considerably between two bottles sampled. This reflects the better of the two bottles.

Nov 18, 2008
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Rn2Ln3Tn4 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Feb 20, 2013
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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
Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 505 ratings