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

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Wee Heavy Scotch Style AleWee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

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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 Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cherry-mahogoney colour with a whispish crowning head. Scotch barley toasty aroma. Medium plus mouthfeel, significant but not distracting carbonation. Sourish finish that worked good post spicey tasty pizza. Very drinkable and fresh, thanks to Drunkmonk. I am not a huge fan of this style, but it was good. A new state.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Wee Heavy pours out as a deep amber color with a yellowish white head. The lacing isn't too bad all together. The smell of the beer is earthy and sweet. The malts give off an earthy and caramel like aroma which I found to be very nice. The taste of the beer is sweet and dry with some light herbal notes. The mouthfeel I founf to be pretty smooth with just enough carbonation to give the brew a little bite. Overall I founf this to be an above average Scottish Ale. I would drink it again.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy brownish copper in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
S: The smell is slightly sweet and has notes of caramel and toffee aromas.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of caramel flavors with hints of toffee and butter. There isn’t too much sweetness and this is also balanced off by some hints of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink for the style because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. Nonetheless, it’s a good beer to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, day 13 of the 2017 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. Now this seems like a proper seasonal offering.

This beer pours a clear, bright orange-brick brown colour, with three hearty fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of low-lying, streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, some muddled dark stone fruitiness, faint ashy notes, and some very tame earthy, musty, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, toffee squares, wet raisins, brown sugar syrup, some still hard to pin down black fruit, ethereal damp smoke, and more understated earthy, weedy, and musky floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee (sorry) airy creaminess seeping in as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the complex malt pretty much still steering the ship with style and aplomb.

Overall - yay! This turns out to be exactly what it's supposed to be, a nice, malty and boozy (though you wouldn't know it from the flavour alone) Scottish-oriented tipple. It warms the cockles of my heart, and in more than one way - totally worth checking out.

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark reddish amber with a finger of tan head that fades to a thin layer.

Smell: Sweet and malty. Strong caramel and dark fruit notes. Just a hint of roast and chocolate.

Taste: Just like the smell, this one is quite sweet. Very malty, with more of a dark fruit like characteristic. Brown sugar and some caramel. Just a hint of chocolate with a sweet finish. Not finding much alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Body is just on the thick side of medium. Mild carbonation with a slick finish.

Overall: A good beer. The sweetness was a bit much as I got into it, but enjoyable overall.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown color with a two finger head that leaves a lot of splashy lace behind

Smell: Treacle on the nose, with undertones of bread pudding, golden raisins, vanilla and minty hops

Taste: Caramel flavors dominate the front end, but by mid-palate, a surprisingly leafy hop aspect juts in along with an unusually herbacious medicinal flavor; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors slowly rebuild but the medicinal taste lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I have had this beer many times previously and have not noticed the medicinal quality; I'll have to come back to it again as I found this on the shelves well after the release date (but drank it months before the best by date) so it may have been mis-handled

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
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 dbrauneis
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duck Rabbit's Wee Heavy wasn't exactly what I was expecting as it's got some non-style quirks to it, but like all of their other beers it satisfiescompletely in its own right.

It pours a very dark chestnut/mahogany body with ruby highlights beneath a short but creamy head of dark tan than holds throughout the first half of the glass and leaves some thin lace behind.

The nose is malty with notes of brown sugar and a suggestion of roastiness. Dark fruitiness winds it's way through with notes of raisins, plum/prune, and dark berries. Some hoppiness appears as well, giving it an added side that's interesting.

In the mouth it's full bodied and creamy and oily smooth with a restrained carbonation.

The flavor is very much as the nose indicates. Sweetish, as expected. The caramelish, slightly cocoaish or nutty maltiness gives it girth, while bright fruitiness lends it life. Somewhere in there, a cusp of deep, almost burnt roastiness resides. It's less restrained than your typical Scottish wee heavy with more fruitiness, but it's more lively character makes up for that... it is its own beast! A solid bitterness supports it, and it finishes dry and lingering with notes of caramel, dull chocolate, and dark fruit.

Another winner from Duck Rabbit!!! Now if I could only get my hands on it more regularly!

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed the Duck Rabbit offerings I have had for the most part and this was no exception,poured a deep clear amber with a thin wispy head that was gone very fast leaving nothing behind,nice complexity in the nose,brown sugar,roasted nuts,and a nice leafy hop presence wich may not be true to style but is nice nonetheless.Very rich tasting brew but not overly sweet full bodied and somewhat of a sipper,deep brown sugar and caramel notes up front with underlying baking chocolate with lighter raisin notes finishing with a touch of earth.This a nice beer full of rich flavor and pretty bold,thanks to hoppedup for this solid brew.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of off-white head on a clear, caramel-brown body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves respectable lace.

S - A nice aroma of rich, buttery caramel with some toffee and brown sugar. Some spicy notes of pepper from the alcohol combines with the malt to give a hint whiskey character.

T - Warm toffee and carmel malts up front, followed by some buttery notes and toasted bread in the middle. Finishes with some burnt caramel character as well as spicy alcohol and moderate hop bitterness. Lingering flavors of caramel, cherries, smoke, and light pipe tobacco coat the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a rich and complex beer. The aroma doesn't pop out immediately, but it comes to life as the beer warms. The flavor is rich and intense with a great malt character. There is a large variety of cooked sugar characteristics that create warmth and complexity. The warming alcohol that lasts through the finish isn't necessarily a problem for this style, though it eventually becomes a bit to spicy and hurts the pleasant smoothness that the beer otherwise exhibits. Overall this is a very nice beer that helps the brewery live up to its claim of being "The Dark Beer Specialists".

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from unclejedi, courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color with an extremely thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bourbon, caramel, brown sugar and alcohol with a little bit of vanilla & hops. Honestly, it smells a lot like a barley wine.

T: The taste has lot to it. There are flavors of brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. There’s a mild alcohol sting as it goes down. If the label didn’t read “Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale”, I would have thought this was an American Barley Wine. The after-taste is slightly sweet and smoky.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: I’m not sure how much its barley-wine-like qualities contribute to the scores that this beer has received thus far, but I’m evaluating it as I perceive it. Tasty, goes down easily, not as filling as most in the style, good representation of style, it’s a good beer to drink a few of, but I don’t think it’s one where I could great deal of for two reasons: it’s on the heavy side (even within the style) and it’s kick seems pretty significant (despite being listed at 8.00%). However, overall, it’s still a very good beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Pours a brown, almost ruby color when held up to light. There was a thin head when first poured that retreated to the sides of the glass shortly.

Aroma has some sweet caramel and toffee with a little alcohol spiciness to it as well. Taste is malty and slightly sweet with toffee and caramel, it has some slight fruit characteristics as well. It has a moderate bitter finish to it that helps balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's good tasting and relatively balanced for the malt presence in it. A very good Scotch ale, that I would buy again if I drank Scotch ales that often.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a very dark mahogany with a tan head. Nose brings some dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, and some slight roast. The taste is dark fruits and booze-soaked cherries along with a bit of roast and chocolate. Good, heavy feel with a good booze presence. Nice when fresh and I laid a few down, hoping that these is going to be quite nice in a year or two.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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