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

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Wee Heavy Scotch Style AleWee 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.

Added by silver0rlead on 05-15-2006

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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 292
Photo of roywilliams
5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Sable
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!

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Photo of memory
4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
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 +25.8%
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 +22.8%
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 MAB
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of SeymourDunn
4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of A_W_Russell_3
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!

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
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 jjamadorphd
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...

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
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 +17.4%
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 Zaktcc
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
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 +16.9%
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 +16.4%
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 StormAles
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cindirene
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
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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4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 485 ratings