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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Reviews: 283 | Ratings: 469
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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 metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -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 oline73
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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 nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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 oberon
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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 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 NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel-orange infused with maraschino cherry. Backlighting results in a tequila sunrise effect that is gorgeous. The light brown sugar colored lid could be thicker and creamier, but it looks good enough. Spatters of thin lace melt away before the first sip.

The nose is brown malty, medium-dark fruity and just a little boozy. That last one is fine in a wee heavy, as long as it's well-incorporated and is more dark rum-like or whisky-like than ethanol-like. A lack of peat and no smoke keep the big scores from being considered.

Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale is a good version from a craft brewery that produces nothing but good beer. It's big enough in terms of flavor, body and ABV to be a wee heavy rather than a Scottish ale, but it could stand to be bigger yet. Maybe warming will help (it does).

Flavors include English butter toffee, caramel apples, figs, dark brown sugar and even a shaving of bittersweet chocolate. There's still no smoke-peat. I'm especially enjoying the interplay between sweet, tangy and bitter, since they take turns taking the reins at different points within each mouthful.

As is often the case, the mouthfeel is more enjoyable during the final few ounces than during the first few. It's at least medium for the style and is appropriately bubbled.

For a while there, I wondered whether I was ever destined to drink Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale. I traded for it twice and failed to find it in the box either time. Thank you to brentk56 for the bottle. It was definitely worth the wait.

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bBD apr 07

Pours ruby red with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Good head retention some lacing

S: Rich malt & slight alcohol nose up front. Choclate scents & biscuitty notes (with cinamon) come through as it warms

T: Malt, brown sugar, maple syrup & alcohol up front. Choclate & fruittyness follows. Finishes warm, fruitty & slighlty boozey

MF: Actually a little thin for the style with good carbonation

Drinks okay for the ABV, this will certainally go down easier in January than July. Love this style & this is a good'un!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazel brown with a nice 1 inch head that slowly faded lacing up the sides. Much visible carbonation and a noticeable hissing sound. Smell was very nutty, and I mean that literally. Smell was of nuts and caramel with a hint of hops and just a touch of alcohol, smells like its gonna warm you up. The taste was very very sweet, syrupy and lots of dark fruit flavors. Very sugary sweet, no real taste of alcohol, which at 8%abv is a nice touch. This is another fine brew from Duck Rabbit, very full of flavor and body, glad I have stocked up! These guys just cannot go wrong!

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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 TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Somehow that tam works on that creature... This stuff pours a clear sunset garnet-amber topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, lightly toasted toffee, light Belgian candi sugar, and an underlying suggestion of dark, earthy, spinach-y greens. The taste follows suit, though now everything comes off a touch sweeter, save the greens, which now come off fruiter, figgier. Some mild maple syrup seems to bubble up in some spots in the back. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth, generally creamy feel. Overall, a pretty nice wee heavy, though one that just pleasantly satisfies: it doesn't really impress. I'd take another, but not excitedly.

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

Pours a deep murky mahogany brown hue with a light beige thicket of foamy head. Aroma has deep fruit notes, includig raisin, brown sugar, and other malt driven tones going on. Flavor has apple cider tartness with deep raisin notes and alcohol influenced tones, what a complex Scottish wee heavy. Again sweet dry tartness is reminiscient of dry apple cider big malty layers leave a layer of dirty dryness like apple skins compared to other flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied dry astringent layers of complexity, drinkability for me provides a deafening layer of wow and yes I can deal with this. Drinkability is incredible definitely glad this beer is complex enough in detail and reputation to gain some appreciation in the Beeradvocate realm.

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

Received in trade from limesmut and mikesgroove, thanks for the opportunity guys. Pours a slightly hazy deep garnet with an off white head that disappears quickly. Smells of toffee, some peat and a bit of higher alcohol. Taste is sweet! Well it should be for the style. Mix in some fusel, a bit of peat, maybe a faint touch of hops and you've got a beer. The taste ends with an almost lactic twang in the background. Its not real pronounced, but its there. This bottle has been aged a bit so there's no telling when it got there. Thick sweet mouthfeel, medium to heavy body. Not a bad brew, I wish I could have tried it fresh though.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House.

Pours a dark amber with a thin lacing of soft, white head. The nose has note of caramel and baked apples. The flavor opens with caramel and baked apples, quickly follows with some intense toasted malt, and then finishes smooth with a little more caramel. There is just a faint alcohol note in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, warm, creamy, and has little carbonation.

This is a solid, flavorful, drinkable beer. It's not extremely complex, but it is to style. In my opinion it's worth checking out.

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