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 ppoitras
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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 -0.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.9%
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 -12%
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 +2.3%
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 +4.9%
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 -44.8%
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 -6.6%
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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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice reddish, amber color with a nice off white head which disappated quickly. The aroma was of caramel and grain. The taste was malty with strong taste of alcohol present. Also hint of hops. The alcohol added nice spiciness to the beer. The mouthfeel was heavy with mild carbonation. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Given as an extra from ahatcher78, thanks for the generous addition to the package, Sexual Chocolate was great by the way

12 ounce bottle poured into my 11th Anniversary Ballast Point glass, splitting with my roommate as I am writing this

A-Deep brown with a dark red tint, 1/2 inch tan head that stuck around for a minute or so, some retention, not much lacing

S-Sweet malt, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, faint floral hops, brown sugar, sweet vanilla, and black cherries

T-Started off with the dark fruits in the aroma, prunes, raisins, and dark cherries, plums and sugar dominated the flavor, cannot taste much hoppiness, abundance of booze in the aftertaste, not balanced and too sweet most of the time, syrupy and warming, definitely a sipper

M-Sweet and boozy mouthfeel, leaves a spicy tingle on the back of the tongue, too much carbonation, medium body

D-Could not drink a full bottle of this and that is probably it, high alcohol percentage at eight, heavy on the stomach, not very smooth

First beer from this brewery, also have their barleywine and baltic porter in my cellar, not a bad wee heavy, not very experienced with this beer style to begin with, recommended if you are fan of scotch ales

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

On tap at BSP

A - dark red with hints of brown, off-white head

S - some sweet maltiness, fruit really dominates, a bit of hops

T - very sweet and fruity, the malt is definitely there

M - medium-full bodied, some carbonation

D - this is really quite strong and quite fruity; very enjoyable, but I don't know that I could have more than 1 in a sitting

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Photo of EPseja
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature, but allowed to warm over the duration of the review.

Look: Deep, burnt copper with blood-red highlights. Cocoa colored, one-finger head with average retention. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell: Slightly metallic crystal maltiness. Some dark caramel notes along with alcohol soaked fruit (black cherries?? plums?) and an odd, perhaps out-of-place tartness.

Taste: Viciously malty with heaping amounts of sugarplum sweetness that completely dominates the taste. On the back of the tongue can be found some interesting tart notes that might be found in a Flemish Ale. Hops are barely noticeable in the finish, and help keep the throat dry. Slightly cloying.

Feel: Very nicely filling on the way in, puffing up immedately upon hitting the tongue. Washes around the mouth like tingly laundry suds, and coats every nook in the throat on the way down. Nicely satisfying.

Drink: The main thing about this Scotch Ale that catches me off guard is that odd tartness. It almost lends a quality of Belgian funkiness, but not in a positive way for the style. Overall however, this is a good cold-evening beer with big body and bold flavor - especially if you're into the sweetness.

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Photo of DavidEddie
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of drunkmonk. Thanks Joel!
Best before 6-08 notched out on the label.

Appearance - Dark reddish brown. Off white head with no lacing.

Smell - Dark cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, and malt. Also has an oaky bourbon aroma.

Taste - As it smells. Has a rich sweetness to it with a nice boozy warm finish.

Mouth feel - Full bodied. Slightly syrupy. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability - I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting. Definitely more of a sipper, but solid never the less. I appreciate the opportunity.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a semi-clear, deep cherry under about a half fingers worth of off white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Smells of sweet candied dark fruit, cherry and plum dominate. A very nice and inviting aroma.

T: Again, sweet dark fruit, some sourness in between, hints of toasted malt, chocolate and bitterness in the finish with a big alcohol and some nice warmth. A good taste, but slightly off-putting with just the intensities of sweetness up front and alcohol in the back.

M/D: Full bodied, slightly prickly on the tongue. Drinkability on this one is affected big time by the alcohol presence, it is a sipper for sure. A big beer that I think could have been made slightly smaller.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with leftmindedrighty. Thanks Aaron!

This one pours from 12oz bottle a clear deep amber/brown with about a 1" layer of foam after a careful pour. There's some nice lacing and the foam is receding ever so slowly.

The smell is not shy at all. Lots of caramel malt along with some dark fruit and notes of whiskey.

The taste on first sip and the malt and dark fruit is there in abundance but whoah, so is the alcohol. Lots of warming during and after the swallow. Smaller sips are in order here. ;^)

Further sips in and the whiskey smell I noted is in the taste as well and it's pretty darned nice. I don't believe I've had an example of the style quite like this. Oh, and in the background and somewhat subdued is some chocolate goodness.
It has a thick body and it finishes with some hoppy zest that somewhat balances the sweetness from the malt. Interesting brew but I *know* I couldn't drink more than 1 at a sitting.

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

A- Thin tan head on a cloudy brown body and when held to light cloudy amber.
S- Sweet cherries mixed with alcohol and a ton of earthy notes. Toffee, sweet caramel, and grass hops all come through too. The alcohol and cherries really make it seem sweet and hot.
T- Sweet cherry and caramel body with some raisins that really help give it a dry flavor and finish. The earthy tones come through nice a big with a light chocolate to it also. Touch of grass hops that leave a tiny bitterness. Most of the aftertaste is made up from the earthy tones and a big aggressive warmth in the throat (which is surprising for only 8%).
M-Medium to full body with low carbonation.
D- It is decent. Kind of a let down since I love this style and usually DR's don't let me down but a bit to sweet and strong on alcohol.

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

Deep caramel/muted chestnut color. Slightly smoked aroma-oakey and vinuous. Big, sweet and malty flavor. Huge caramel tinge to it. There is a definate alcohol presence flavor wise but no "burn" to speak of. Good solid and full body. Definately an enjoyable and drinkable beer. One of the better US versions out there for sure.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duck-Rabbit- Wee Heavy

Thanks to Lackenhauser for this 1.

A- Deep ruby red with a modest creamy head. Mild lacing with a solid carbonation.
S- Very sweet caramel malt with strong dried fruits, raisin and cherry come to mind.
T- Sweet cherries, raisins, and figs hit you up front followed by a tangy grape and molasses body. Earthy/ mossy finish.
M- Very sweet very fruity.

Overall- Just too tangy for me. Totally drinkable but 1 is enough.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours into my glass a deep maroon color with a touch of brown. A fizzy head appears and then disappears as quickly as it came. Bubbles of active carbonation rise up. Aromas begin with deep, rich caramel covered dark fruits and a dense malt. There's a light smoky peat in there as well as some chocolate and a nutty bread quality. Quite a nice nose on this one.

First sip brings a rich somewhat bready caramel laced malt body along with lots of notes of dark fruit and some vinous qualities as well. Flows down with a nice mellow smoky peat flavor that moves into a touch of hop bitterness. The brew finishes with a nutty, malty aftertaste and a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick with good steady carbonation. Goes down easy and still makes its presence felt. Overall, this is a tasty Scotch Style ale and being a style I'm not a huge fan of that's saying a good amount right there. The sweetness could be dialed down a bit though. The last few bigger beers I've tried from Duck Rabbit have impressed me. I'm looking forward to trying more soon! Thanks UncleJedi

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Photo of aforbes10
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Shivtim who left this at my house. not 100% sure that he wanted me to just drink it, but i did, so thanks Paul. Pours chocolate brown with crimson hues. A little yellowish white head. Fruity (raspberries) and heavy malt nose. fragrant alcohol and peat notes. Strong aggressive peaty smoked malt flavor. Raspberries, cherries and alcohol mixed in. Alcohol maybe a touch strong but at the same time its kind of appropriate for the style. Thick and chewy. Overall, its a strong, punchy wee-heavy and quite a fruity one, trending towards a baltic porter. very enjoyable.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very clear brown color with a head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is sweet, smoky and a bit sour. The taste is heavy of malty and quite sweet with a slight hint of sour. The mouthfeel is full and the beer finishes with a warming alcoholic effect. The beer is well balanced and enjoyable, but I’d call this a sipping beer.

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Photo of srrn
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love this brewery and this is a good beer, however it's just too sweet, as sweet as any beer I've ever had. This is as sweet as some barleywines and is not as comforting as other Scotch/Wee heavys. Lots of carmel and butter in the nose and taste but lacking any earthiness or bite to offset the cloying qualities.
Edit: after reading some other reviews I agree, what this beer needs is more peat in the taste.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a pleasant reddish amber, a smooth and restrained head atop, less than a finger in depth and with papery thin sheeted lacing.

Aroma - smoked malts, very whiskey-like. A sweet caramel edge to it.

Taste - sweet, almost a brown-sugar and grain flavor, like liquid Cracker Jack. Smoked whiskey malts do their thing, some alcohol heat and minor balancing hops hit together to balance this out. Tasty from front to back. Finishes toasty and warm.

Mouthfeel - a light drapiness in a highly carbonated feel. Some mouth pricklies on the swallow up top, very warm in the belly down below.

Drinkability - a fine sipper, if I have another one of these in the stash I'll save it for Christmas wrapping time.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to NCSUdo for the sample

Pours a two finger head with decent retention. Nice brown/red color.

Smell is of raisin and caramel malts with some chocolate malts in the backround. Can not pick up very much hop presence on the nose.

Taste is a little astringent from alcohol, there is a raisiny and grape undertone behind a caramel maltiness. Chocolate malts are not very apparent and act more as an undertone. However, this beer is very cohesive, it just has a little too much astringency and a little bit of a cloying sweetness. Too much sugar added?

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, it is slightly creamy, but slightly astringent. The astringency from the alcohol ruins the mouthfeel. This beer is boozy. I think candy sugar was added and it ruined the beer.

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Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 485 ratings