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 JDV
2.16/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle courtesy of DrBayern.
Pours a lovely thickish burgandy color with a nice beige head.
Smell is candy sweet, peaty, earthy malt, and alcohol.
Taste is quite sweet, tart, light alcohol flavors show, smoky, and a bit cough syrupy. Unfortunately, this is just a style I'm not crazy about, I'm realizing. I just am not too fond of the peaty flavors, so take this into account when reading this.

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Photo of engagechad
2.26/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer, Westpark - Glen Allen, VA - poured into tulip - drink by 10-2011

Poured a funky yellowy, muddy amber, with not much head. No lacing to speak of.
Smells like a can of old pale extract, really. Pungent and dank almost like old wet grain.
Taste follows, it's dank and pungent with a strange acidity.
I honestly had a hard time finishing this beer and that rarely happens to me.

Overall this is a bad scotch ale in my opinion. Get a Dirty bastard or an Old Chub.

*this is a shame for me because I adore the DR milk stout and the DR amber, and the baltic porter.. oh well . can't win em all!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle (best by 10/11 date) into snifter glass. Pours a dark, reddish brown with a short, bubbly tan head and nice lacing. Aroma picks up dried fruit notes of apricot, pear, prune, and apple skins with touches of caramel, brandy, and sourdough malts. Flavor is silky, slightly sweet notes of toffee and smoked malts coming through in front of fruity notes of apple, raisin, and fig with a dry, slightly warming brandy essence on the swallow. Palate is medium bodied with solid carbonation and a lingering, bittersweet, fruity finish. This is too fruity and syrupy for my tastes especially for a Wee Heavy Scotch ale...

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Photo of bboven
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark auburn color with no head or lacing.

The aroma is all malt, very raisiny, but it has a lot of alcohol in the nose.

Starts out pretty well with good malt and roasty flavor, but ends up tasting like weak cherry cough syrup.

Good carbonation, but really sticky in the end. Too much so.

Definitely other Scotch Ales I would drink instead.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with reddish hues and a light beige head.

Smell: Odd, bewildering aroma of peanut brittle, smoked meats, and spiced oatmeal cookies which I will remember every single moment until the end of my days.

Taste: Butter toffee sweetness attached to sharp notes of wood, cinnamon, peanuts, sherry, and marzipan. Its the beer equivalent of Frankenstein's Monster. This has been my experience through three different bottles now. There will be no fourth attempt with this Duck-Rabbit brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: I don't know if my friends have been noticed I seem a bit down this last week, but its due to this beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 3/16/09. Bottle thanks to JCB. Pours a dirty brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of butterscotch and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt with a sharp alcoholic finish. Much too sweet for my tastes, this is just not my thing.
6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

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Photo of nhindian
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a wide flute.

My first Wee Heavy / Scotch Ale and first brew by the Duck-Rabbit! Kind of flying blind with this one and have no idea what to expect.

A - Pours a dark amber, with nice light brown highlights around the edges. Builds about a 2-fingered, eggshell head that stays intact surprisingly long. Some specks of sediment, but overall pretty clean, yet cloudy. Leaves some impressive lacing.

S - Smell is strong caramel and breadiness with a real earthy feeling from the malts. Smells a bit of spice, but overall very sweet as well. Quite robust and thick.

T - The taste of this is almost overwhelmingly sweet. Malt-bomb up front and then alcohol kick at the end. Throughout you get a caramel, thick, bread taste. Underneath some darker fruits, plums and cherries especially.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated moderately. Alcohol really warms the mouth, but really suffers from a thick feeling in the mouth in the aftertaste.

D - Drinkability is low. Just almost overbearingly sweet and earthy. Doesn't hide the alcohol very well. I'll continue to explore the style and this brewery, but I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of Likeburning
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville North Carolina this beer poured a dark cloudy reddish brown. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty. The taste is what I would think that a light barleywine would be like if such a thing existed. a little more robust than expected.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber with the just the slightest amount of visible carbonation. The head is pretty thin - light tan about a quarter of a finger tall - and dissipates almost immediately leaving just the slightest hints of bubbles around the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, and toffee. Some presence of alcohol, just burns the nose a touch.

T: Sweet malts with hints of candy sugar and honey. Almost cloyingly sweet. Hints of caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar. The alcohol is present but not overpowering.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderates amounts of carbonation. Kind of creamy.

O: Good representation of the style but it is not one of my favorite styles. Sweet and boozy so not a real easy drinker.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duck-Rabbit- Wee Heavy

Thanks to Lackenhauser for this 1.

A- Deep ruby red with a modest creamy head. Mild lacing with a solid carbonation.
S- Very sweet caramel malt with strong dried fruits, raisin and cherry come to mind.
T- Sweet cherries, raisins, and figs hit you up front followed by a tangy grape and molasses body. Earthy/ mossy finish.
M- Very sweet very fruity.

Overall- Just too tangy for me. Totally drinkable but 1 is enough.

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Photo of srrn
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love this brewery and this is a good beer, however it's just too sweet, as sweet as any beer I've ever had. This is as sweet as some barleywines and is not as comforting as other Scotch/Wee heavys. Lots of carmel and butter in the nose and taste but lacking any earthiness or bite to offset the cloying qualities.
Edit: after reading some other reviews I agree, what this beer needs is more peat in the taste.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep auburn with a thin tan head that disappears immediately.

S - Caramel, figs, touch of alcohol and a bit of butterscotch.

T - I get sour cherries with caramel and brown sugar. Not exactly what I was expecting.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Slightly syrupy and sticky.

D - Tough to finish. Not what I was expectingfrom a wee heavy.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
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...

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Photo of Yesac
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- orange/copper color. A small defined off-white head.

S - Sweet candy, some yeast and a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet syrup, dark fruits and a alcohol burn at the end. To sweet and syrupy for me though.

M - Medium bodied, very light carbonation, sticky

D - Easy to drink, but just not the best.

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Photo of samie85
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; consumed 7/28/10.

A-Pours a very clear, dark reddish amber with a tan two finger head.

S-Dark fruits, biscuity malt, and some vanilla notes.

T-Follows the nose with dry, biscuity malt, and dark fruits with some slightly hot alcohol notes on the finish.

M-It's on the heavy side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Pretty dry for a scotch and the hot alcohol notes don't help the drinkability on this one at all.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark, slightly hopped scotch ale...poured a dark amber, leaving hardly a head...a sweet nose, light mouthfeel. Smooth and tasty, and just enough hop intensity to make this scotch ale flavourful, and not overbearing. Quite enjoyable and room for a couple more.

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Photo of illidurit
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear chestnut color with no foam whatsoever

S - sweet malt, caramel, slight boozy aroma

T - sweet malt mostly with hints of some dark fruit

M/D - medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, just a bit of boozy flavor to be very enjoyable and not over the top.

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Photo of dgallina
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle notched with best-before August 2009.

Pours clear red mahogany with little head or lace. The aroma is very fruity; bitter-sweet black cherries and pine thistle with nose-tickling hot alcohol. The same essential elements come through in the flavor. Cherries are dominant, with dry and woody alcohol plus faint pine notes in the finish. The body is on the slick and syrupy side; lifeless and lacking in carbonation.

Worth trying, but over-sweet for my taste.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a - deep reddish/brown color, hazy, smallish off-white head with no retention or lacing

s - sweet toffee and caramel aroma with wisps of alcohol

t - huge amount of sweetness, lots of caramel and toffee, little bit of smoke and alcohol on the finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, very dry finish, nice warming effect

d - way to sweet for me, to drink more than one

Not a bad beer to sip on a cold night. A bit too sweet for me overall. I'm glad I tried this brew, but it's probably the least impressive Duck Rabbit offering I've had yet. Then again, Wee Heavys just aren't my favorite style to begin with.

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Photo of EPseja
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature, but allowed to warm over the duration of the review.

Look: Deep, burnt copper with blood-red highlights. Cocoa colored, one-finger head with average retention. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell: Slightly metallic crystal maltiness. Some dark caramel notes along with alcohol soaked fruit (black cherries?? plums?) and an odd, perhaps out-of-place tartness.

Taste: Viciously malty with heaping amounts of sugarplum sweetness that completely dominates the taste. On the back of the tongue can be found some interesting tart notes that might be found in a Flemish Ale. Hops are barely noticeable in the finish, and help keep the throat dry. Slightly cloying.

Feel: Very nicely filling on the way in, puffing up immedately upon hitting the tongue. Washes around the mouth like tingly laundry suds, and coats every nook in the throat on the way down. Nicely satisfying.

Drink: The main thing about this Scotch Ale that catches me off guard is that odd tartness. It almost lends a quality of Belgian funkiness, but not in a positive way for the style. Overall however, this is a good cold-evening beer with big body and bold flavor - especially if you're into the sweetness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Turdfurgeson: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with an average size head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by the intense sweet malt with no notes of peat malt or toffee that I usually like in the style. This beer resemble more a barleywine then a scotch ale and was definitely too sweet for the style.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to NCSUdo for the sample

Pours a two finger head with decent retention. Nice brown/red color.

Smell is of raisin and caramel malts with some chocolate malts in the backround. Can not pick up very much hop presence on the nose.

Taste is a little astringent from alcohol, there is a raisiny and grape undertone behind a caramel maltiness. Chocolate malts are not very apparent and act more as an undertone. However, this beer is very cohesive, it just has a little too much astringency and a little bit of a cloying sweetness. Too much sugar added?

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, it is slightly creamy, but slightly astringent. The astringency from the alcohol ruins the mouthfeel. This beer is boozy. I think candy sugar was added and it ruined the beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown with golden ruby edges when held to a light source and a 2.5 finger frothy off-white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic lacing.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee, hazelnut, dark fruit and a surprising amount of hops for the style. Slightly roasty with some subtle cocoa.

Sweet caramel malt flavor with hints of toffee, hazelnut, sweet dark fruit notes, brown sugar, cocoa and a pleasant bitter dry hop finish. Medium bodied but slightly watered down with some slight alcohol astringency even though the ABV is decently masked. There's also an odd spiciness that I can't quite recognize that gives it a funky aftertaste. Not the best representation of the style.

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Photo of devilishprune
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Duck Rabbit Wee Heavy 12/11/10

A. Pours a rusty brown color, with a low head retention leaving a thin layer of bubbles along the circumference of the glass.

S. Smells boozy and I detect some dark fruit characteristics. Also, picking up some toffee and caramel notes.

T. Tastes a bit like sour bread, but in a good way? Very sweet, almost cloying finish. Boozy at the end. Aftertaste is lingering and a little unpleasant. When warmed up, a lot of good raisiny/pruney flavors come out.

M. Rather highly carbonated and a medium low mouthfeel.

D. Due to the sweetness, I wouldn't want too many of these.

Overall: I probably wouldn't buy this again, not because it's bad, but it just doesn't stand out.

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