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 q33jeff
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
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 +18.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +9.5%
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 -2.1%
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 +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 Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
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 -8.2%
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 +2.3%
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 +8.2%
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%
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 +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 KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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%
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 -3.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -7.2%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer was served as a golden amber color with a one finger off white head. The head faded relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is big and sweet with a strong aroma of brown sugar and some lighter notes of toffee. With these sugary smells is a good presence of a dark fruit and a heavy malt nature with lighter hints of roast mixed within. Rounding all the aromas out is a light boozy smell which overall produces a sweet and comforting smell.

Taste – The taste follows the nose very swell. A big malty and sweet flavor of a lightly roasted malt and bready nature mixed with big flavors of brown sugar meet the tongue. Some flavors of toffee and a light amount of a dark fruit then hit the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. As the taste advances to the end, a very light alcohol flavor meets the tongue leaving an almost lightly liquored hard candy taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is creamier and smooth with a carbonation level that was on the lower side. This feel was quite nice for creating a slower drinker with it accentuating nicely all the sweet and malty flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather enjoyable drink I must say. A bit on the candy sweeter side even for a wee heavy, but very enjoyable and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks a while back to kwakwhore and Solomon420 for bottles of this, which I know is a couple years old by now. Enjoy by 08/09, so quite old actually... but hopefully being an 8% abv wee heavy, it held up.

Surprisingly still carbonation, a nice ppsssttt as I crack the top, and a decent fizzy head rises up to almost 1/2 finger before quickly fading back like the style would expect, faint lacing, over a very sediment filled as expected for a 4 year old beer, coppery caramel colored beer.

Nose is pretty nice, surprisingly a bit of booze cuts in through it, with plenty of malts, sweet candy malts, caramel, little nutty, molasses and candy, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, etc. Then fruits, a bit of dark fruits a little fig paste and nutty raisins.

Taste starts with more malts, plenty of sweet brown malts, and the sweetness really held up, and brings a little booze with it, booze taste and warmth, perfect for the cold night tonight. Fruits in there again, figs and little candied raisin flavor. Sweetness comes also with the toffee, little molasses, caramel, and candy syrup flavors, and just a bit of an aged malt character with slight toasty bready taste. There is a faint hint of fusel like alcohol, which is surprising to last after this much time. A faint hint of an earthy hop in there with touch of bitterness. Finish is sticky and sweet, syrupy, more nutty sweet malts, fig and candied raisins, and toffee syrup flavors lingering, with a bit of booze as well.

Mouth is fuller bodied but not thick, syrupy with decent carb esp for the style and age, and plenty of warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall surprised how well this held up. Quite a nice beer with great dark malts, sweet flavors, fruits, etc. It has quite a bit of a Belgian Strong aged beer at this point with the flavor profile it brings, which is quite nice.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Nice gold to deep amber in color. Glows golden when held up to the light with excellent clarity. A thick orange creamsicle colored head with various bubble sizes and good lacing.

Smell is very good and consistent in representing the style, total malt bomb. Probably closer to the darker colored malts being used here. There's also plenty of dark fruit notes, not too boozy which sometimes this style can be. Slightly sweet, but overall well balanced in the smell.

Taste is very good, and 100% on par with the smell. Flavor is really good. I have to describe it as having a candied caramel apple, but it's not the classic granny smith, more of a slightly more than ripe Red Delicious or other non sour red apple, the good taste without the mess. In addition to that there's sweet toffee and hints of coco powder and maybe some slight earthy spice, nutmeg maybe. Super good.

Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied with a good carbonation level. Rich, buttery and only a slight bite to it. Well balanced for the style. Super drinkable, you could easily drink this faster than intended, but it's a nice sipper too. Another solid example of what Duck Rabbit is doing and doing right.

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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 JWU
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, poured into a curved porter glass.

A- A dark amber, with ruby highlights, almost clear, with chill haze present. a nice dense light tan head sits on top. Very nice lacing.

S- Typical scotch ale aromas, dark sugar, toasted bread, this one has a candybar sweetness to it though which differentiates it.

T- Candybar sweetness (nougat) carries through to the flavor. Almost a sweeter Old Chub, but without the faint smokiness. Also has a dark fruit note that is very nice. Very subdued hops on the end lend a balancing bitterness that is pretty much beaten back by the malt.

M- Creamy slick, with a nice light carbonation.

O- A nice take on the style that doesn't follow the crowd. Duck Rabbit rarely disappoints.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a small creamy looking head. It is a crimson brown color. It has some clarity with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Crazy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, molasses, fruity notes, dark fruits, and a bit of tea.

Taste: All of the above with some booze and lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy silky smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, a nice sipper on a cold winter night, and easy to enjoy.

Overall: A nice SA/WH that I scored over Thanksgiving. Happily to have finally enjoyed some beers from this NC brewery.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sampling of Duck-Rabbit,muled back for self from the Philly area. The wife and I split a 12 oz bottle.

Pours amber-orange, good 1/2 inch head which quickly dissipates. Leaves a lot of nice, sticky lacing.

Aromatically, very bready, sweetening coming in at the end. Leaves kind of a caramel roll smell. Nice, maybe not what I was expecting.

Shitload of malt shows up in taste, as do caramel, and a vague tea-like flavor. Sweet over bitter, but not cloying.

Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

I liked this beer. Didn't knock my socks off, but a pretty good rendition of the style.

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