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 ewright
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A vigorous pour only nets a scant layer of foam with scattered large bubbles. Retention and lacing are both low, with the foam dissipating within 60 seconds. The beer itself is a nice dark mahogany color with hints of ruby.

S: Musty, earthy notes of leather and mild tobacco are readily apparent. Faint notes of dark fruit (raisins, prunes) lurk in the depths.

T: Flavors of burnt sugar and maple syrup are obvious up front. The fruityness is reminiscent of a reduction of dark fruit ... somewhat raisiny, but far more intense. The burnt sugar notes give a faint impression of smoke. Practically no bitterness is present, but there is a touch of alcohol burn.

M: Medium body with low carbonation levels. A slight mouth-puckering quality in the aftertaste.

D: Not the greatest wee heavy out there, but a darn fine NC brew that I'm proud to drink every year.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a decent tan head - very inviting. Aroma is strong and smoky with hints of caramel and coffee, much like a stout or porter. Rich malty flavor has firm nutty and smoky tones, as well as hints of caramel and hop bitterness. Texture is smooth but edgy, and finish has a hoppy undertone and a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of gford217
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown with hints of red when held up to the light. The head is small and recedes to almost nothing pretty quickly leaving no lacing.

The aroma is very fragrant with a huge dominant malt sweetness that has some caramelized sugar and dark fruits. Great smelling beer.

The taste is a slightly toned down version of the nose with the caramel malts and sugar still dominating. There is toffee, figs, and the slightest bit of bitterness to balance the blasts of sweetness. There is a boozy element that shows up throughout the aroma and taste.

The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied and chewy with a little bit of carbonation.

This is a great scotch ale and right up there with the Baltic Porter on my short list of Duck Rabbit brews. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur! Thanks, Dan!

A: Deep red with a puffy little head of cream. Only about a finger tall, but retention is pretty good.

S: Breadiness, ripe fruit basket, along with a spruce note and toasted malts. Smells great

T: Quite tasty, too! Again, a medley of fruits, toasted malt flavours, with some touches of toffee and a little tad of hoppy bitterness.

M + D: Very little carbonation, medium-heavy body, and fairly smooth. Not a whole lot going on in terms of body, but it's pretty suitable for the flavour profile. I'd be a little more likely to do more of these if the ABV were a little lower, perhaps, but it's definitely a solid offering.

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

Best By Date of 06/08; Sampled October 2008
A slightly vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly amber-tinged, tan colored head that is fairly large bubbled, but still manages to last a bit longer than I would expect. The beer is murky, dark, amber tinged, brown color that shows a somewhat hazy, light cranberry-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quite sweet and malty with expressive caramelized malt sugar aromatics, sweet toffee, brown sugar glazed whole grain bread, well toasted grain and a dusty grain character. This has a touch of fruitiness to it that provides a very soft berry like note to the nose. If you like caramel and toffee, then this aroma is for you; very malt focused.

While a bit sweet, it is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggested; instead it has a rich, chewy, caramelized maltiness to it that is exactly what I was hoping for. This has a very thick, rich, body to it that really sticks to the palate; it is almost a bit too thick and rich for a Wee-Heavy. Lots of toffee flavors that have been mixed with the crust of a chewy, well browned, almost burnt, whole-grain bread crust. A touch of alcohol heat enters in at the finish at times, though it is never overwhelming. As the beer warms it gets less sweet, and chewier, with even more palate-coating malt character to it as well as more of a murky-malt character.

The aroma is spot on for the style, though the aroma is perhaps a touch too thick and toffee / caramel focused, even for a Wee-Heavy. Somehow the flavor comes off as being a touch to muddled, perhaps even murky, though I definitely appreciate that it is not overly sweet for such a thick beer. This must have a pretty standard best by date, as this will easily be good for another couple years.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sam's Quik Shop, Durham, NC. Poured into a Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dirty copper color with a foamy, bubbly one-finger tan head that fades relatively quickly. Fast, big-bubbled carbonation is visible if you hold it up to the light, but the color in conjunction with the haze renders this beer relatively opaque. Lacing is runny, glittery, but not well-formed.

Aroma: Mostly light fruity esters and pine hoppiness, and missing a lot of the complex fruityness and maltiness of the taste.

Taste: An initial burst of sweetness almost knocks you on your butt. Tons of lightly roasted caramel-like sugars, some chocolate, and a whole array of fruits. I've noticed that all DR brews tend to have really great fruit overtones, so I guess they're all from the yeast type used. This one's no exception - cherries, bananas, perhaps some kiwi, even, on the lighter side of things, and golden raisins typify the darker fructose notes. A mild- to medium-level of hop bitterness is present throughout, and the hops lend a juniper berry-like note about mid-sip. There's a light spicy warming alcohol in the finish as well, though it's not distracting.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, but what is there is very prickly and up front. The sweetness leaves a slight coating on the tongue and teeth, but not as bad as it probably should be, given the level of sweetness. Body itself is thick, though not too full. Bubbles are big, as well, though largely even.

Drinkability: A very interesting Wee Heavy, with tons of interesting fruit overtones, though that seems to be more a characteristic (as I mentioned) of Duck Rabbit's beers as a whole. I tried their barleywine last week, for instance, and it was loaded to the brim with light fruity esters and tons of darker overtones. I suppose it could also be a quality control issue, but I'm gonna give 'em the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, this one's a good one - despite the spicy alcohol notes and intense sweetness - and give it a try if you can find it. If you laid it down for 12 months or so, it might be pretty damn impressive.

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Photo of Strix
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish-copper with a decent head.

Smell is predominately malty, a twinge of alcohol in there too.

Very malty and sweet, caramel and brown sugar flavors. Big alcohol finish, but it sort of compliments things here.

Mouthfeel smooth and crisp.

Drinkable and interesting.

I am a big fan of Duck Rabbit. Everything I've had ranges from solid to excellent.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted from the 12oz bottle in a 22oz bottle.

This beer pours a deep amber-brown with a creamy tan head that dissipates down to a ring and wisps of foam, leaving little lace. The aroma smells like very sweet caramel. The flavor is more sweet caramel along with warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky. Overall, a very enjoyable scotch ale. Not sure if this is 100% true to style but I love the caramel sweetness and the warming alcohol effect.

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Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass. There's some lacing but it disappears quickly.

Smells good. Lots of sweet malt and earthy aromas up front, and as it warms there's a slight tinge of chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very sweet up front, followed by a smoky/earthy flavor. I can't detect the chocolate that I smelled earlier. There's a mild roasted malt flavor that I pick up every now and then. There's a very mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's not quite as thick as I would expect, and the carbonation is a bit on the heavy side. It still goes down pretty easily.

Drinkability is alright. It's a bit too sweet, I prefer more of a smoky/roasted flavor here. That being said, I had no problem finishing the beer.

Overall this is on the bottom half of Duck Rabbit's beers in my humble opinion, but it's still a solid offering. Worth a shot if you're into the style.

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Photo of Deus1138
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm on a quest to find more Scotch Ale's. Last week, I couldn't find any anywhere in Atlanta. This week, I stumbled across the Duck Rabbit at Total Wine and More in Kennesaw.

Pours a dark ruby red with a small amount of head that dissolved quickly. Small, light carbonation.

Nose is of sweet caramel malts.

Taste is big. Lots of sweet malts, caramel - brown sugar, dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is full. It's a heavy drink. Smooth and creamy too.

Drinkability is good. This is my second Scotch Ale and I'm really liking the style. This is a nice, full bodied, smooth and creamy, sweet malty delight.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle pours a clear, rich reddish copper with a thin beige head that vanishes in a flash and leaves short-lived, wispy lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is darkly fruity with sweet malt syrup and a raw alcohol note. I'd almost swear I get a whiff of smoke, that, in reality, I know cannot actually exist in this beer. According to the brewer, no smoked malts at all were used in Duck Rabbit's Wee Heavy, but I nonetheless get the impression that something's burning somewhere. At any rate, let's call the aroma extra-toasty, with heavily-caramelized sugary malts predominating.

The taste is sweet and pale-malty with overcooked caramel, a peppery sting of alcohol and a bit of earthy hops that dry the finish and add a touch of spicy bitterness. The drink, though "only" packing an ABV of 8%, is a touch hot with plenty drinker-warming alcohol. Sweeter and a touch fruity with plums, tannic red apple peel, and a persistently earthy, woody character as the drink warms.

On the full side of medium-bodied, slick carbonation and sticky. Sipper.

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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 rajendra82
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The latest seasonal offering from this uncapped brewery (thanks Pop the Cap) is a Scotch Ale, which I picked up at Bullock's in Marietta. The beer didn't look like much, as the body was reddish brown, and the head was small, and a little fizzy. The smell was nice and malty,evoking raisins, toffee, and dates. The taste was quite sweet, as is the norm for the style, with the sugary and chewy body reminding me of cake. The dense beer caressed and coddled my tongue and throat, as it went down. The finish was oddly dry and had a earthy feel to it. This was another good seasonal from the Tar Heel State.

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Photo of illidurit
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of wagenvolks. Poured into a snifter. Dark brown but not opaque. Reddish highlights with light. Modest tan head with little retention or lacing.

Aromas of toffee/molasses, peat, and overripe dark fruits. Some perfumey alcohol as well.

Sweet flavor profile, with molasses and caramel dominating the front of the palate. This quickly washes into a medicinal finish that's equal parts licorice, peat, and cough syrup.

This beer is surprisingly thin on the palate. Not really enough richness to hold up the flavors. Carbonation is rather high, finish is evaporatively short with an astringent quality. There's a pleasant warming sensation in the chest as well.

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

appearance - Deep brown color with a small tan head.

smell - Malt, toffee, and some faint hops.

taste -Has a real sweet taste, malt takes over on this taste. Dark fruits like cherries here. Has a syrupy taste.

mouthfeel - Medium body, sweet.

drinkability - Pretty strong beer, This beer is sipper, taste real good if you like scotch ales, high ABV, and malt. I was in heaven when i tasted this. Too bad it is all gone now.

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Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn bronze in color. Complex malt nose of caramel, toffee and smoked malts. Hints of oxidation in the nose as well. Tasty flavors of caramel and toffee, brown sugar, gingerbread and baked pastry. Well balanced with good malt extraction. A fine beverage.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with goryshkewych. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly hazy reddish amber brew. Head is quickly down a swirly layer of small bubbles, average lacing. Aroma is slighty leathery maltiness, with peeks of fruit, and an imposing alcohol presence. Flavor is sweet upfront, ample berry fruitiness in the middle, and gets a bit harsh with the booze in the close. Mouthfeel is a bit rocky, and drinkability suffers the same fate. Just doesn't seem to come together here. But the glimpses of good things will have me back again to check on things.

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Photo of hurleymanvw
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. We can now get DR in ATL. :) Pours a reddish chocolate brown with a nice one finger head. Very strong and complex aroma of rum, chocolate, and brown sugar. Strong caramel flavor at the end with a tart finish. Nice texture. Not my fav but a good beer.

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

this beer pours a muddy brown with a tan ring around the edge of my glass. it looks oily & sticky as i swill it around the glass. way different that i expected of a scotch ale. the smell is a bit sour and i detect pitted fruits, butterscotch, candy and maltiness. the alcohol is definately present in both the nose and the taste. the mouthfeel of this beer is full and nicely carbonated. probably the best feature of this delicious beer. overall, this is a good beer, but not one that i could drink on a regular basis. i would love to try it paired with food.

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

Thanks to Jw347 for this great extra also knocking one of my wants
This bottle pored into my pint glass produced a good finer worth of tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a reddish brown body

Aromas of sweet malts dominate this brew, some bread and grains along with a light alcohol whiff

You get the sweet caramel malt taste up front as well but as it warms it balances out with some earthiness bitter .The alcohol heat gives it that wonderful whisky like finish

Medium body as well as smooth due to it complete lack of carbonation on you tongue

Awesome brew from duck rabbit very pleasant to drink, great beer to relax with
And enjoy the afternoon

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Photo of brdc
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle, thanks to goryshkewych.
Poured into a tulip for lack of a thistle, it produces a brown brew with a thin tan head, average lacing, not a lot of retention.
Delicious aroma of caramelized malts, with some dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol.
Medium to full bodied, unfortunately the nice caramel taste is overwhelmed by a strong alcoholic presence, limiting its drinkability and obscuring other tastes present. A disappointment after some great brews from Duck-Rabbit.

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

Pours an amber brown with a thin layer of foam. Some ruby comes through on the edges when held to the light. The nose is of rich, sweet malts, a hint of peat, and some dark fruits. Taste follows suit - a rich, caramel, toffee flavor, with a tiny hint of smoke, and some fruit, all blended together. Alcohol warms a bit, but is otherwise completely hidden. This is a fairly well-done and scarily drinkable scotch ale. It goes down easy, with a smooth mouthfeel. I'd recommend trying this one, as it does not disappoint. There are better ones out there, but this is a solid entry to the field.

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

12 oz bottle. I love the duck-rabbit bottle designs.

My first Scottish Ale/Wee Heavy. Acquired from Pitmonkey.

Pours a deep orange/red, with a light head. Smells earthy, with quite a bit of maltiness. Taste- a whole bunch of toffee caramel malt, somewhat sweet and a bit cloying. Interesting earthy, scotch taste. Buttery. Sweet. Thick. I could taste a bit of alcohol bite. Drinkability is not bad. I don't think I could have too many of these at a time though. Not bad!

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Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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