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 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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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 tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous dark amber/burnished gold color with a reddish tint. Semi-opaque but clear and not cloudy. Tan fluffy head that falls slowly, leaving a thin band and slippery lace.

Sweet, malty, lightly boozy aroma continues to the flavor; profoundly big, toasty maltiness, slight boozy finish, fruity and sweet without any bitterness. Slowly receding sweet aftertaste. Medium full body, good carbonation, maybe a touch prickly for my taste but just by a smidge.

Another real winner by Duck Rabbit, a terribly underrated brewery in my book.

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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 azdback
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Port pint glass. Light golden brown color. Very few large carbonation bubbles lead to a small off white colored head that is a small one finger in size. Lace is minimal initially and doesn't improve with consumption.

Smell is of very sweet malts. Caramel and toffee come to mind. Toasted sourdough bread topped with honey or corn syrup. Just a bit of alcohol too.

Taste is like the smell, sweet malts. Sweet hard candies, honey, some darker burnt sugars of toffee or molasses. Just a hint of alcohol. Very well masked for 8.0%.

Mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is light. Body is balances to heavy and the finish is long and wet.

Overall this is a great representation of the style. I haven't had a beer of this style that I didn't like but this one represents well. Super sweet and a bit boozy, how can't you like this. Thanks to McNuts for this extra.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a toffee colored brown body with a light tan head that quickly dissolves leaving almost no lacing behind.

The aroma consists of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit such as raisins or cherries, and hints of spice.

The flavor is similarly sweet with caramel malt and a more subdued version of the dark fruit and also features hints of spice, bordering on woody. As it warms, bread notes appear as well.

Medium to fuller in body with a syrup like finish and medium to low carbonation.

A very nice example of the style with plenty of traditional character to offer the senses.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish copper color with a off-white head and great lacing.

S - Malts, sweetness and spices. A little bready.

T - Nice malty taste, a little bit of sweetness mixed with spices. A nice bready/biscuity taste as well.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation, really smooth and drinkable.

O - Duck Rabbit has made a really good Wee Heavy here...highly recommended!

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear dark copper. Thin, whispy, white head.

S: Malty-balls/Whoppers. Raisney. Alcoholy. Apricot brandy.

T: Bread and malts. Pretty alcoholy. Peach brandy. Raisens. Dried apricots. Blonde brownie/blondie.

M: Super thick. Chewy and syrupy. Very thick. Borderline foamy.

O: Delicious. A definite sipper.

Thanks Redliner8!!

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Photo of vandemonian
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale is a pretty standard and nice wee heavy. It's nice, but not especially interesting.

A: Brown colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4

S: Malty and sweet with something else there too. A sweet biscuit aroma. 4

T: Malty with the slightest hint of yeast autolysis. The finish is like a vegemite sandwich, bread and umami. It's pretty dry. 4

M: Liquid with fine foamy bubbles. 4

O: 3.5

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber color with one-finger, tan, foamy head that lasted a minute. Some lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits. Almost smells like a Belgian ale. Very sweet.

T: High sweetness and light bitterness. Kind of spicy. Lots of fruit and caramel malt flavor that lingers for a bit. I taste the alcohol a bit.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry.

O: This is a pretty good beer for the cold winter months. Very sweet and slightly warm.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a reddish caramel brown with a really nice caramel colored head, decent retention, steady carbonation. Nice lacing

S - Smells of caramel, molasses, figs, toffee and bready malts. Pretty sweet (after tasting it im now picking up on the fruity from pear I'm thinking)

T - Great! fruity pear sweetness up front, alocohol comes in and intense and sweet malts come in at the back. this is amazing

M - Kind of light bodied, as expected based on the constant carbonation and lacing sliding down the glass. Very drinkable, especially for the taste/abv.

O - 8%, super drinkable and tastes amazing. I dont know what else to say

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich, reddish-brown color. Transparent, with many bubbles which cling to the edges of the glass. The head is small, but stays around as it's fed by the bubbles from below.

S: Big malty character, some alcohol and something that smells slightly metallic. Sweet and decent, though the metal smell is a bit off putting.

T: As expected, lots of toasty malts up front, with a hefty hit of toffee and a lot of sweetness. There's a bit of a chocolate flavor as well. Lots of malt flavors which bring a relatively large variety to the beer. The hops at the end balance the sweetness somewhat, though it is still rather overpowering.

M: Moderately heavy body with a moderate amount of small-bubble carbonation. It's sticky in the back of the throat, but relatively slick in the mouth.

O: The alcohol is nice, the malts complex. Some aspects of the beer leave a little to be desires, and the sweetness isn't kept in check well enough fr my taste. A decent stab at the style, but could use some tuning.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a two finger creamy white head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is rich, caramel, toffee, over ripe pears, and other fruity notes. Nice does of grassy and herbal hops to balance.j

Flavor follows with super rich and sweet toffee, caramel, and honey notes. Malty but a good dose of herbal hops balances the heaviess out. A bit boozy with a few medicinal notes. Not quite balanced out.

Creamy, middle of the road on body. Nice.

The overall is I've had better Wee Heavys and I've had much better Duck Rabbit beers. Medicinal notes and booziness out of balance and throws things off from the style. Interesting and noteworthy, but not my favorite wee heavy. I've got five left though.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep red. Wisp of off white head.
Smell: hint of molasses and figs. Quite pleasant though very subdued.
Taste: better than the nose. Mellow at the start with a nice rich finish.
Overall: very nice concoction. Would love to dig into an amped up barrel aged version.

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Photo of harrymel
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 08/2011

A: pours a nice brown with caramel hues and a finger of tan foam which falls to a sheet of the same. Spot lace. Excellent clarity. (4)
S: Smells like toast, toffee and caramel with the slightest touch of milk chocolate and malted milk. A nice pekoe tone as well. (4)
T: Yum! Sweet and herbal. I like how the malts are well balanced in conjunction with the water and mild yeast profiles. I can taste a bit of dried cherry in this as well. (4)
M: Medium on heavy body with a little hi carb for the style. Nice slick finish. (3.5)
O: Yet another score from a great brewery. (4)

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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 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 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 Durge
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy yellow-ish brown color with a nice fluffy off-white head and similarly healthy lacing. The aroma brings tart rhubarb, red wine and near chocolaty-peat malt. Nice. The flavor says bright, tart lemon rhubarb with a juniper malt that rolls over the tongue with a medium body and slightly viscous feel. The tart dominates but mellows nicely offering more of the peaty malt as it warms. It’s got medium drinkability, medium body, and plenty of tingly carbonation. There’s an unusual clove overtone that makes this pretty unique, not up to my expectations for the style but a likeable option none the less.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is toffee, dark fruit and alcohol. Somewhat surprisingly, I don't get any peat malt or smoked notes in the aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get a ton of malt - both toffee and caramel. I also get some alcohol, dark fruit and a little bit of peat malt and smoke. The beer is fairly boozy and as the beer warms it gets a little medicinal.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of ewright!!). Pours a cloudy copper color with thin off-white head. Aroma has loads of dried pit fruit (apricot, date and fig) along with caramel, bread and alcohol. Taste is sweet malt with more of the breadiness coming through initially followed by the fruit. Full bodied with a slick texture. Finish is quite smooth with a bit of warming alcohol.

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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 portia99
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks Jason! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a thick and somewhat muddy amber tinted brown color. A quickly dissipating half finger of khacki foam makes a brief appearance and leaves behind only a small collar and no lacing on the glass.

S - Very sweet aroma - caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maltose. I'm searching for hops without any real success. This is a malt bomb all the way as is quite fitting of the style. Some toasty and bready malt.

T - Not as sweet as the aroma might indicate, but still quite sugary overall. Molasses, sugar, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol. A touch astringent and grainy. A bit boozy as well.

M - Thick, full bodied and bordering on syrupy. Very sweet overall. Malt is front and center and in the starring role. Carbonation is smooth and creamy and on the low side of intensity. A fruity, estery yeasty flavor is left behind into the aftertaste as well as some alcohol flavors.

O - A good example of style...malty, smooth, sweet, estery fermentation...complex and veyr good. A bit of a slow drinker, somewhat of a dessert beer for me. Can't drink a lot of these in a session, but one at a time is an enjoyable experience.

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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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I got this one from bulbman in a trade, can't remember. Anyway, the first thing that struck me about this beer was that it was lighter in color than most wee heavy beers I have had. This was not brown but more of a light amber color. Smells very malty and then the taste backs it up, malty and good. The alcohol was very well concealed so I had no trouble polishing this one off in a short amount of time.

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