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

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Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style AleDuck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

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

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.

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Photo of memory
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears dark copper color, not too much on the reddish side.
Smells of fresh sweet toffee caramel malt. Beautiful.
Tastes full mouthfeel, very balanced between alcohol, malt and hops. Just very satisfying to drink on a cold day or night. I like wee heavy to have some heat, while this one doesn't go quite far enough for me it's still really nice.
Drinkability is pretty good. I get some thick film sense in the back of the mouth/throat on the second one but so far still enjoyable and I would recommend this to Wee Heavy drinkers.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a rich auburn red head that holds together nicely. One can smell the Scottish peatness in the flavor mixing with other earthy and somewhat flowery overtones. The beer tastes well without the overwhelming smokiness one expects from the peat. The taste does not linger in the mouth as long as one would like, but overall a good introduction for those unfamiliar with this style of beer.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.64/5  rDev +19%
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 undeadozzy
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick caramel darkness with a heavy cream colored head that gave way to lots of lacing. Beautiful color, serving it in a snifter definitely enhanced its already beautiful appearance.

S - Beautiful aroma on the nose. Instantly smell brown sugar, some dark dried fruit like figs and prunes, molasses, and a huge over powering malt smell that's nearly irresistible.

T - Hits hard with all the things I smelled AND MORE! Definitely picking up on an almost bran/pumpernickel mixed with a kinda malted milk ball sweetness, and some bite from the ABV, but nothing too much. A delicious elixir.

M - Smooth and creamy, almost sticky. Very heavy beer, but I wouldn't expect anything less from this style.

O - Never had a Wee Heavy before, but I think this was a good one to start with. Definitely very interested in the style now and want to try more!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my pint glass a dark amber with some ruby highlights. 1/2" head gives way to a lacey crown. Sparse lace on the sides.
This wee-heavy is a delight to the olefactory sense. Smoked chocolate covered cherries aroma. My taste buds are begging, but my nose doesn't want to let go. Alas, it's time to move on. Huge malty sweetness. Dark fruits. Mostly cherry. Mixed with some smoke flavor and a hint of chocolate. Chocolate is not as strong in the taste as it is in the aroma. Dry finish with the perfect amount of alcohol. Enough to warm your insides and give the beer some bite, but not so much that it turns you off. Feels chewy in the mouth, which I think a wee heavy should be. Anything that taste this good is very drinkable. That said this is a sipping beer.
Paul should be proud of this beer, and I'm proud something this good is brewed in NC. When everyone else is releasing Hefe's and Pilsners this time of year, Pauls comes out with an excellent wee-heavy...Cheers to Paul and Duck-Rabbit!!!

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Photo of IceTrey9785
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Didn't get too much of this at the store, grabbed the last six-pack on the shelf. Very excited about this beer, and decided to serve it just under 62 degrees.

A: Really rich, ruby, amber color. Nice tan head that quickly fades leaving a wonderful lacing that shows off the lees...

S: I poured this into a nice tulip glass, and immediately the smell gives off strong aromas of caramelized malt, toffee, and brown sugar. Perhaps some nice persimmons caramelized in a brown butter sauce? Toasted wheat bread, and fig round out the lively smell. Very appetizing and much more complex than many wee heavies...don't really notice the alcohol either. Seems to be a well-rounded, well executed brew...

T&M: Wow -- a bit creamy on the mouthfeel, with a super long finish. I'm still tasting the caramelized fig, brown bread ice cream, and subtle hint of allspice for a few minutes after taking a sip. This is an extraordinary beer that is soft, sweet, and spicy, but full of malt flavor, dried fruit, and the ever present saltiness of cured meat. I'm left with a cocoa covered dried prune, served on a nice Irish rasher...definitely can't say no to this one.

By far, this is my favorite wee heavy. I like Dirty Bastard and Skullsplitter, but I think this has the best balance of all three. There is sweet, savory, salty, and fruity aromas that the other two lack on some degree. Might have to do some bartering, but anything to get another six-pack or two is definitely fair game at this point.

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Photo of Transatlantic
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter

A - Pours a clear dark copper color. Head is just off-white, doesn't stick around too long but leaves a beautiful lacing.

S - Doesn't take much to smell everything this beer has to offer! Straight up is the sweet smell of caramel, the smokiness, and a big punch of dark fruit, mainly a raison and prune sort of smell.

T - Just as the smell, you pick up on just about everything in the taste. The sweet caramel strikes the taste buds first, followed by the powerful raison and prune taste. The smoky flavor of the roasted malts then finishes off as the beers goes down: this is where you get the only bitterness in the beer.

M - Medium to full bodied and very oil like (as others have described). The beer's appearance would have you assume it to be slick.

D - Oh my, what a dangerous beer. If you're not careful, you'll have the six pack all drank up without realizing it, then you'll be making a fool of yourself. There isn't the slightest hint of alcohol and after the first taste, you won't want to stop drinking it.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a reddish caramel brown with a really nice caramel colored head, decent retention, steady carbonation. Nice lacing

S - Smells of caramel, molasses, figs, toffee and bready malts. Pretty sweet (after tasting it im now picking up on the fruity from pear I'm thinking)

T - Great! fruity pear sweetness up front, alocohol comes in and intense and sweet malts come in at the back. this is amazing

M - Kind of light bodied, as expected based on the constant carbonation and lacing sliding down the glass. Very drinkable, especially for the taste/abv.

O - 8%, super drinkable and tastes amazing. I dont know what else to say

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Photo of Cindirene
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a teardrop - Rich dark reddish color with a tight bubbly head that dissipated leaving nice lacing - Aroma is immediately malty with smoky caramel backdrop - A little bit chocolatey with some fruit sweetness thrown in - Flavor is carried through from the nose with strong malty taste followed by the slightly smoky caramel, a touch of chocolate, and more dark fruits - Enough hop-balance that the malt doesn't overwhelm - Feels great on the palate and smoother going down - Well worth the wait

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Photo of walleye
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Ross from the other site.. I finally decided to open one of the beers he sent me awhile back. poured a mahogany with a off white head, that left a small amount of lacing. aroma when I popped the cap I got a sweet malt aroma and got the same out of the glass, than along came some brown sugar, caramel, fruity, than some nice wiff of alcohol, as it warmed the alcohol got stronger. flavor dark fruits, plums, caramel, cherries, alcohol, nie dryness to this. a very good beer thanks again Ross

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Photo of AlexJ
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great new product from NC, this pours deep brown with a densely whipped head of mocha colored fluff.

Aroma is massive caramel and smoky chocolate malts, with some dried fruit, toffee, citrus, and floral hop notes.

Flavor is a nice partnership of creamy caramel and charred chocolate malt with a great smoky flair and plenty of fruit. A nicely hopped finish shows hints of green herbals and subtle wildflowers.

Body is big, slick, and creamy. Great, full mouthfeel. Pairs excellently with Shepherds Pie.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown, a big soapy head, and dots of lace emerging as the glass empties.

The aroma is simply awesome. Peat and toffee in abundance, with light smoke, grape must, Ovaltine crystals, baked brown sugar and distinctive nuttiness.

Flavor has that hard-to-define piquant edge typical of the style. A little charcoal, a bit of chocolate, some cola and root beer, lots of toffee/caramel maltiness, mineral for the tastebuds to savor and interpret over and over. I've had three in the past few days and I get something new every time. I do think it's a bit "strong" tasting...not as in ABV, but like everything hasn't had enough time to gel yet. Aging might be key here.

Mouthfeel is slick and buttery, matched by tingly but moderate carbonation.

An interesting, complex offering from this consistently impressive brewery. Will probably be even better with age on it.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 DIM
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear chestnut color. It was served to me with a small, whispy head.

s: Just what I was in the mood for! I found vanilla, suggestion of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and a little smoky peat. There wasn't as much as I expected of the latter, but there was plenty to make up for it.

t: On the sweet side of course, but its kept nicely in check. Vanilla, molasses, raisins, peats, and a little floral bitterness at the end.

m: My only minor complaint is that it could have had a bit more heft. The carbonation was gentle and creamy.

d: Very nice example of a style I don't come across often enough.

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Photo of ejquin
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Cola brown, almost black with off white head.

S: Typical wee heavy of caramel and butter scotch. Slight sweetness and alcohol.

T: Sweet up front fades to butter scotch and brown sugar. Alcohol on finish fades to a long molasses flavor. Really blanced well. The scotch and the alcohol notes peak out just enough so you know they're there, but remain in check.

M: Chewy, heavy and slick. Nice carbonation.

D: The alcohol is definitely there, enough so you know you're drinking a serious beer, but is very well balanced.

Ovr: I haven't had a ton of wee heavies, but this is my favorite. Very good beer that I'd drink again and again. If only I could get more.

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Photo of bamadog
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra in a trade a while ago, can't remember it who sent it to me for the life of me. Review is from notes taken on 9/30/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is really more of a ruby than anything else, and starts with a 1/2 finger light tan head that fades to a thin, uneven, and just incomplete skim; body is fairly dark, but still has decent clarity and shows strong carbonation; a few swaths and spots of lacing and oily residue are left behind.

Smell: Lots of big caramel, burnt and otherwise, and a nice mulchy, grainy scent; a bit of a spicy/tobacco like scent as well as some deep dark fruits; smell is really robust.

Taste: Bar none, one of the best beers I've had in a while -- lots of that big sweet caramel maltiness and a slight burnt barley aspect to it; hints of cocoa powder and even a hint of dark fruity esters; a nice mulchy and cereal graininess and a fair presence of alcohol; really, freaking awesome!

Mouthfeel: Mouth is really good too -- thick and medium-heavy carbonation is soft so the body comes across as thick, sticky and chewy; a thick and sticky coating is also left all over the roof of the mouth; belly is definitely left a little warm from the alcohol.

Drinkability: I could definitely sip on this beer all night long, but it would really have to be sipped as the alcohol would certainly catch up and it's definitely a weighty beer; great flavors and scents though - one of my new favorite representations of the style, and I will be seeking this out anytime I'm in Duck-Rabbit territory.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice attempt at the Scotch Ale. I would know, because it's my fav style, so I consider myself well versed in this area. Anyways, enough of the self gratification. I was pleasantly surprised with DR's Scotch Ale. It had a very nice body to it, something of a rich dark amber, with a solid tan head. The smell changed quickly as it warmed up. Kind of started with a fruity/banana smell with strong malty undertones, but then the fruit subsided and the malt smashed it's way onto the scene. Along with the malt, there was a semi-strong scent of alcohol. The taste was similar, but nothing was too much stronger than the other. It was very well balanced, thus giving it a simple, yet complex taste. This is one of those thick beers that coats everything when you drink it. I like my Scotch Ales that way, so this one runs in my Top 5 very easily.

***Big Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this badboy! You really know some good local brews!****

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This comes out a very dark, golden brown with light ruby overtones. About one-fingers worth of creamy tan foam forms the head. This quickly dissipates to a light swirl, in the middle of the surface area and a tight little ring around the edges. Lacing is in strands and somewhat slick.

Huge, butterey biscuits covered in caramel treacle comes to mind. A beautifully rich maltiness dominates the nose. Hints of molasses and over-ripe dark fruits. Light hints of peat. A very tiny spiciness.
This smells delicious. It's one of those beers that I'm afraid to actually taste, for fear of it not living up to its nose.

Huge maltiness still dominates, which is no surprise. The peat is much more prominent in the taste then the smell. Very woody tasting with a nice hint of smokiness. Light caramel and molasses and raisins are bobbing their way through the massive dark fruit notes.
This is a very tasty brew, indeed.

The body is to the lower end of medium...almost thin. This is a disappointment to me. It's really about the only part of this beer that I don't think is great. Medium carbonatiomn level, which is full of teeney, tiny bubbles that are great, in this style.

Scotch Ales are traditionally sippers, in general, and this is no exception. It is certainly tasty and goes down smooth but you wouldn't really want more than a couple per session. It's quite warming and filling, which is excellent.

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bBD apr 07

Pours ruby red with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Good head retention some lacing

S: Rich malt & slight alcohol nose up front. Choclate scents & biscuitty notes (with cinamon) come through as it warms

T: Malt, brown sugar, maple syrup & alcohol up front. Choclate & fruittyness follows. Finishes warm, fruitty & slighlty boozey

MF: Actually a little thin for the style with good carbonation

Drinks okay for the ABV, this will certainally go down easier in January than July. Love this style & this is a good'un!

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Photo of wedge
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pure crimson with a short creamy-smooth head that ends up sitting on the surface in gloppy beige patches. Fine lace drapes the edges. Deep toffee malt nose - sweet, mapley, toasty, and nutty, finishing with some woody alcohol. The flavor is huge...a big malty punch along with a dark fruity quality that adds a bunch of complexity. Rich caramel, toffee, and maple, light smoke, plums and other purple fruits, and oak. Tasty stuff. The alcohol is warming but not intrusive. Medium-full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This was the (hopefully annual) Spring seasonal from this brewery, but I found some last week and its still quite good. Rich, malty, and exceptionally complex. A very nice strong Scotch ale from NC's dark beer specialist.

Good until 3/07 - get some if you can find it and hoard as you please.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fast and hard, a long day of work deserves a long beer. Sent by the good and honest bucketboy, I sniff with great interest.

Caramel and smoke, one might go so far as to say peat and earth come out, and with a taste I say "hello Special B!" it taste like fricken' raisins my man. Delightful, smokey raisiny toffee goodness.

No lacing on this, no head even. The thin white fizz disappears like soda in july. Very good beer, very enjoyable.

Duck-Rabbit - You are in the winner circle.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm boy, now this is what Popping the Cap is all about. Now that NC brewers can make and distribute plus 6% beers here, it's about time someone took advantage of it (sorry Cottonwood Frostbite, this one is incredible). Just a great Wee Heavy, very dark and thick, would make for a nice final beer of the evening. Great mouthfeel and relatively easy to drink for the style. Hope to see this one everywhere.

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Photo of Enola
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Duck-Rabbit brewery has hit the jackpot with this beer!

I poured this beer into my Chimay glass. There is little head from a soft pour. The color is a deep mahogony color. The smell is sweet. There is a good amount of maltiness here as well. The taste is malty and there is an aftertaste that lingers for a good while. The mouthfeel is smooth, You can certainly tell it is higher in abv but it is not overpowering. This beer is well balanced. I may return for another sixer of this after finding out just what a gem it is. Probably DR's best beer to date.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a pleasant reddish amber, a smooth and restrained head atop, less than a finger in depth and with papery thin sheeted lacing.

Aroma - smoked malts, very whiskey-like. A sweet caramel edge to it.

Taste - sweet, almost a brown-sugar and grain flavor, like liquid Cracker Jack. Smoked whiskey malts do their thing, some alcohol heat and minor balancing hops hit together to balance this out. Tasty from front to back. Finishes toasty and warm.

Mouthfeel - a light drapiness in a highly carbonated feel. Some mouth pricklies on the swallow up top, very warm in the belly down below.

Drinkability - a fine sipper, if I have another one of these in the stash I'll save it for Christmas wrapping time.

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