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

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476 Ratings
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 tavernjef
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice deep dark mahogany fog with a smaller frothy capping of medium yellowed foam that manufactures a decnt skim wants it fades. A few small patches of lacing stick across the glass.

Aroma is a nice malt laden soup of dark fruits, semi tangy with fig and raisin with a twist of orange, rum, and molasses. No eveident smokeyness or peat seems to make an appearance to add a bit more authentic Wee Heavy scent.

Taste is more of the same, big on semi tangy and chewy malts, fig, raisin, and some duller orange twang it up with a bit of cherry hinted rummy warmth and a sticky molasses finish pulling a bit at the cheeks.

Feel is a bold creamy tang of chewy malt, fairly beefy yet tamed down enough in a rounded off medium body bringing in just a nudge of warmth and sticky girth for a full on Wee Heavy experience.

A very solid Scotch ale and quite drinkable. Thanks Faro for the lot of Duck-Rabbit brews!

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Photo of spointon
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with the ever-outstanding BA everetends (thanks Gilly!). I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear red/amber color with a loose 1/2" head that quickly disappeared. Only minor spotty lacing on the glass.

S= Lots of sweet and caramelly malts up front blended well with more subdued notes of dark ripe fruits, raisins, and the faintest hint of peat. Some phenolics and a fair amount of alcohol in there too.

T= Like the nose, the malt flavors were rich and sweet and full of caramel/toffee goodness. The esters gave a solid fruitiness to the middle alongside that kiss of peat smoke. Some bubblegum danced around the edge of things. Alcohol made a big appearance as it dried out and lightened the finish considerably.

MF= Full side of medium bodied with a moderate carbonation feel that was dead-on for the style.

D= I realy liked this beer a lot and feel it is a great example of how good and rich the flavor can be in a Wee Heavy. I could drink a few in a night for sure. The ABV is sneaky though so watch out!

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Photo of thryn
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium russet brown into a red wine glass. A bit cloudy. No head. Cream-colored lace.

Caramel in the nose, a bit of smoke, some fruity, raisiny notes and ... MINT? I can't figure that out at all. It smells great, but that is a really weird thing I'm picking up.

It's somewhat boozy, malty, smoky. The weird mint thing I smelled isn't there on the palate. A lot of caramel. Raisin. Bubble gum ... maybe that's why I was thinking mint? I like this beer, but it's weird and needs a bit more cohesion.

Mouthfeel's great ... medium body, mild carbonation.

It's a little out of whack to me to get a terribly high drinkability score. I mean, it's interesting and it's yummy, but the flavors are kind of all over the place.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a brownish color with ruby hues and minimal head. Moderate lacing. Smell is very sweet and slightly alcoholic. Tastes like sorghum, brown sugar, malt and alcohol. Finishes slightly bready. Overall, a good beer. Might be a little sweet to have more than one.

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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 drgonzo3705
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice ruby brownish color witha small off white head the recedes to the edges of the glass.

S: Smells of a peaty malt with some dark fruits, raisins perhaps?

T: Nice sweet maltiness with the dark fruits and raisins coming through, a bit boozy.

M: Creamy and medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

D: Not the best for drinkability but still a tasty beverage. I would be interested to see how some age treated this brew.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this in my Birthday Beer Club box! Bottle says enjoy by March 07.

Pours a clear garnet red with a whisp of off-white head that leaves a trace of a ring that clings to the glass when tipped. Smell is very strong which is mostly malt with some dark fruits, rum and whiskey. The alcohol is slightly present. The taste is an explosion of flavor. There is a sweet malt with aforementioned dark fruits and liquor flavors. The alcohol seems to be higher than it really is in this. This may or may not be a bad thing. The mouthfeel is slick and creamy and this is easy drinking given the high alcohol content and presence. I'm not usually a fan of this style but I would say this one is a little more than a wee heavy so I like it.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish copper color with a quickly receding off white head. Smells malty, with tons of plums and noticeable alcohol presence in the nose. First sip is bittersweet with toffee and dark fruits leading the charge. The ABV is not well hidden, rather it is in your face, tasting closer to 10% than the label proclaimed 8%. The malt backbone is strong and most welcomed. Slightly under carbonated for my taste but not really a flaw.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany in color with a thin brown head. Head has decent retention and lacing.

S - Big malty nose with some hints of dark fruits and alot of booze. More rum than the peaty whiskey aroma that you see in a lot of Wee Heavies.

T - Very sweet malts up front with a noticeable booziness. The alochol carries throughout and is a touch more present than in most Wee Heavies I have tried. Also some notes of dark fruits, primarily raisins.

M/D - Full bodied with a nice creaminess. Well carbonated as well. The booze brings it down on the drinkability scale a notch.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from oconman, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, amber color with a little bit of a beige head that completely vanished in a few minutes.

S - sweet malt and alcohol, barleywine-like aroma.

T - caramel malt sweetness is hit with alcohol taste before finishing sticky sweet.

F - medium/full bodied with a warm, mild feel.

D - a sipper, for sure.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The crystal clear, dark, ruby-red ale pours into a tulip glass, producing no head to speak of, yet leaves subtle lace on the glass.

A pungent, fresh, Russian rye is punctuated by molasses and bittersweet chocolate, while significant alcoholic fumes bring out raisin, plum and a touch of bourbon.

Far more balanced than one would guess from the note, yet the flavors do follow the aroma all the way through a quick finish.

A medium body, slightly syrupy with light carbonation, yet seems to be cleansing.
Make this one a sipper and enjoy.

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Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to mikesgroove!

Pours a hazy dark orange/light brown, quite murky in the light, an off white head forms, quickly drops to a very thin ring around the glass, no real lacing but solid retention. Smell is nice, very malty and heavy, toffee, apples, brown sugar, very sweet, light fruits, strawberries, biscuits, molasses, raisins, creme brulee, rich and malty. Taste is similar, very malty, toasty, lots of toffee and biscuits, raisins, lightly fruity, vanilla, brown sugar, oaky, pretty nice, not as rich as the aroma, but still pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, a bit of alcohol warmth going down, but still well hidden. Not great and slightly one dimensional but a pretty solid wee heavy, thanks Mike!

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Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 6/09.

pours hazy brown with a small ring of dense light brown head. the ring seems to linger for a long time and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. caramel and toffee. dark fruit. alcohol. dark chocolate. bit of nutty character. touch of vanilla. multi-grain bread and biscuit.

taste is nice. light alcohol. sweet caramel and toffee. bit of dark fruit. cocoa. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced and tasty. seems like with a little time in the cellar it'd really come together and be even better. going to keep my eye out for another of these.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kwakwhore for this delectable treat.

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Very little head that quickly develops into a simple ring of small bubbles around the edge of the glass. Extremely clear reddish brown with an almost purple tinge.

S = Loads of sweetness come in waves of maple syrup but with some tartness, too, very light smoky notes in the background. This reminds me more of a sweet English barleywine than a wee heavy, almost like a JW Lees Harvest ale but not quite as complex as that. Very interesting.

T = This is just a brilliant beer. As with the smell, I am not positive it completely works as a wee heavy scotch ale. However, it certainly has many of the right characteristics, its just that I also get a strong sense of English barleywine that shows through. There are strong flavors of maple syrup, mixed with lighter flavors of walnuts. There is also a definite presence of balancing hops with light floral notes and a noticeable impact of bitterness but the overall effect is of a thick, heavy sweet drink. The alcohol is perhaps a little too noticeable, but I think that is a sign of freshness, I'd be willing to bet this one really shines with a year or two of cellar age (best by date on it was August of 2009).

M = Medium heavy to heavy body, slightly more sting from the carbonation than I expected from the appearance and definitely more than I wanted, but still not completely unpleasant, very good mouthcoating.

D = A great beer. I really like this one, but I think it is mostly a dessert beer and at the age I am drinking it it is still a little too wild for that. I imagine it improves, but it's probably the biggest (and only real) problem with this beer as it is right now, and it is still very drinkable.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Are we really calling this a Wee Heavy? Ok, pours a mostly clear coppery amber color. A fizzy white head that quickly hide to the side the glass but eventually died out altogether. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is light overall. Some sweet caramel notes with a more brown sugar aroma than malt. Some hints of smoke and chocolate but very light. Noticeable DMS issue, mostly a butterscotch aroma. Sure a light is ok but this seems very present. Clean yeast notes and not much alcohol notes.

The taste is a bit more on par. The malt is still a bit light with more of a candy caramel flavor. Would have liked more of the melanodian/kettle caramel flavor. But some hints of astringency (slightly) on the back end that helps with the malty feel. The yeast comes out more though then the nose. Some esters, figs and a cherry aroma. My wife got a hint of sourness but not me. The DMS is there but lighter. Some alcohol comes out but not over the top.

The body is moderate at best. Like the flavor would have liked to see more of a malt presence on this one. Carbonation is light as well but ok. Overall some good notes but I think the nose might have influenced me a bit much.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in December '08, so not sure how fresh this is. Pours a dark burnt rust color with very little head. No lacing at all either. I've definitely seen better. Smells of banana's, caramel, plums, and malt.

Nice crisp mouthfeel that sits in the mouth well. No burning sensation. Taste is of roasted caramel, licorice, slight nuttiness, all capped off with a touch of metal! I love the offerings from DR, but looking back on my experiences with them, they all seem to have this weird metallic twang to them. Oh well. Easy drinker. Recommend.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to the kind trader who threw this one in as an extra.

Poured into a pint glass, I never know what this style is meant to be poured into. The appearance is a Dark brown cherry red that is incredibly translucent and produces no head.

The smell is of sweet scotch and whiskey. Incredibly dry, with slight caramel note. Very airy with some very dark cherry scents that are matched by a dry red grape scents.

A big WHOA in the mouth. When splashed upon my palate, this beer becomes incredibly deep when you let sit in your mouth for a second or two. Great oak flavors, caramel, salt, smoothly aged scotch, and a dry woody aftertaste. This beer far exceeded my expectations, and I would glad have another if given the chance.

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Photo of everetends
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle I picked up in a sixer from Green's off of Ponce in Atlanta. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a really nice, rusty red/brown color. a vigorous pour barely yielded any head. What head came up was an off white, almost brown, thin strip of head sitting on top. No retention or lacing though. Has a good amount of carbonation activity in there.

S: Smell is mosty some malty, caramel, toffee goodness. There is also a nice boozy presence which appears to be some dark fruits just soaked in alcohol. Slight hops presence.

T: Taste is a lot like the nose. Nice, big sweetness coming out of the malt with a ton of caramel and toffee in there. Then there is actually a really nice hops bitterness in there. Then we get some booze. Lots of boozy fruit: banana, cherries, berries and a touch of apple. Also an almost scotch presence as well. Tasty shit!

M: Damn near full in body, this one feel a bit heavy. Slick feel on the palate that has some stickiness to it. Carbonation helps this one go down pretty easily. ABV is noticable and warming in the tummy, but isn't overpowering or taking anything away from here. Aftertaste is mostly some sweet, sugary, malty goodness.

D: Not a bad brew yet again from the great Duck Rabbit Brewery. This beer is tasty and it intrigues you drink another sip. This is absolute a sipper to be savored and enjoyed. The alcoholic feel really makes you want this on one of those cold, rainy evenings just like this evening. Hands down, DR only makes good brews. Another winner. Yes, I'll have another.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Mostly clear with some haze. Red/brown in color. A finger of off white head hangs around shortly, but falls to nothing. No lacing.

S - Big caramel aroma. Something sour and fruity is there as well, almost vinous. Faint buttery hints.

T - Caramel is at the forefront with a moderate sweetness. Sweetness carries over into fruit flavors reminding me of grape juice, plums, and overripe berries. Slowly the sweetness fades and leads into a mild sourness. Sweet and sour fade gradually into a small, earthy bitterness with a quick smack of alcohol.

M - Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation. Slightly cloying.

D - An interesting take on the style. Good beer, but I'm not entirely sure what I think. Gone are the roasty notes and instead there's a strange fruitiness. A unique beer to say the least.

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

Very dark red with a beige head that leaves bits of lacing. Aromas of caramelized sugar, chocolate, sherry, and maybe a touch of oxidation. Sweet at the beginning, almost a cherry Tootsie Pop flavor with a lingering sweet finish. Some other sweet caramel and toffee flavors also show up in the taste. High carbonation and full body, but it gives the impression of having less body from the carbonation.

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Photo of GJ40
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased from Sam's in Durham, NC.

A - A deep brown color with a ting of red. A small beige head that dissipates quickly.

S - A rich, sweet and syrupy aroma with notes of molasses and coffee.

T - Starts very rich and sweet but turns a bit tart with some cherry flavor. Nicely balanced with no off flavors. The 8% alcohol is well hidden in this fairly complex beer.

M - Thick and chewy with a moderate carbonation.

D - This isn't one of my regular styles but I enjoyed it. I can't say I could drink many of them but I certainly enjoyed the one.

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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 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 k4df4l
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A/A: Lovely ruby-chestnut body with a big cascading head that quickly collapsed into a nice skim of bubbles blanketing the surface. Smoky, woody aroma with sweet malt in the background.

F/P: Intensely caramel sweet up-font with candied cherries & sherry, faint oak and toffee. Touch of alcohol in a strong chewy finish. Moderately heavy plate.
Note: Flavor and aroma varied considerably between two bottles sampled. This reflects the better of the two bottles.

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