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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.

Added by silver0rlead on 05-15-2006

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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 286
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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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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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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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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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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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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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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