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

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very good
475 Ratings
Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style AleDuck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
duckrabbitbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
475
Reviews:
285
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
25
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 475 |  Reviews: 285
Photo of Floydster
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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 +2.6%
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 -15.4%
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 +2.3%
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 -2.8%
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%
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 -6.4%
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 -1.3%
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 -18.5%
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 +3.6%
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 +7.2%
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 -9.7%
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 -17.9%
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 +11.5%
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 -14.9%
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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Photo of tempest
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There's certainly on lack of flavor here. And while there's plenty of tasty aspects to it, balance undercuts the beer's experience with a too sweet yet too dry feeling. The flavor is similar to rich old ale with cherry, raisin, green apple, light biscuit and mellow caramel. The aftertaste, unfortunately, brings in a dry, sharp edge so that instead of finishing off with a nice reminder of the pleasant flavors this beer holds, it swept away with an acidic tang.

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

Pours a dark, thick caramel with a 1/2 finger tan head that mostly dies.

Smells quite sweet - caramel (lots of), dried figs, roasted malts, and the like.

Taste is definitely sweet. Loads of caramel with dates, caramelized sugar, touch of molasses, toffee and a bit of alcohol. Hoppiness is back there a bit as well. However, this is one beer that does not straddle the line between sweet and hoppy - this is firmly planted on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is rich and syrupy - I'd say a touch too syrupy. This lends a stronger than 8% mouthfeel. Drinkability, as such, suffers.

Overall, I enjoy this beer, but find it flawed. While it has some tasty characteristics, it also lacks the balance necessary to make it world class.

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

A: The pour reveals a burgundy-tinged hue that lets some light in, topped by a one-finger head that stays around briefly, but dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S: Malty aroma is large with the smell of toasted malt, toffee, figs, and sharp/sweet alcohol. The bouquet is fairly formidable, with all of these scents coming together nicely, reminiscent of an Old Ale in smell.

T: Surprisingly, the malt flavor plays second-fiddle to the sweetness of this beer. While the introduction gives off a decent maltiness, the assault comes in the middle with a sweet, mildly hopped bitter and alcohol taste that pushes toward the finish. Aftertaste is of the initial malt and the sugar-like sweetness.

M: Light-bodied and carbonated adequately for the style they're attempting. Slightly syrupy, as in almost like the cloying sweetness of cough syrup.

D: Wee Heavys are tricky beasts, and this one is no different. Honestly, I wasn't overly impressed with this one, but still thought it was a valiant effort. The drinkability is not as high with the attack of sweet flavor and the aftertaste it leaves.

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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 MuddyFeet
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Far superior on-tap but the bottle holds up quite well too.

Pours a rich amber color with a white head. The head while not dense is resilient. Nose is rich with malts and candies. Something else that I am not sure is heat from the alcohol or hops.

Flavor is solid malts. Heavy load of peat with some caramael and butterscotch candies coming through in the malts. Hops are more present in the aftertaste (particularly when I burp). Alcohol has a nice burn much like a Scotch atually. medium to nearly light mouthfeel (the bottled version is lighter than the tap version offerings). Nice fall/winter beer and will definitely have to store a six-pack or two for later this year.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep auburn with a thin tan head that disappears immediately.

S - Caramel, figs, touch of alcohol and a bit of butterscotch.

T - I get sour cherries with caramel and brown sugar. Not exactly what I was expecting.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Slightly syrupy and sticky.

D - Tough to finish. Not what I was expectingfrom a wee heavy.

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Photo of bboven
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark auburn color with no head or lacing.

The aroma is all malt, very raisiny, but it has a lot of alcohol in the nose.

Starts out pretty well with good malt and roasty flavor, but ends up tasting like weak cherry cough syrup.

Good carbonation, but really sticky in the end. Too much so.

Definitely other Scotch Ales I would drink instead.

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Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Jacksonville. It's a deep dark red/brown color, like rainforest wood. Lots of bubbles, and orange tints. Decent thick tan head. Nose is sweet fruitcake and sugary syrup, with alcohol. Taste is intense sweet malts, with a big alcohol kick. Some sour fruit comes through. Mouthfeel is great, very full and thick. Drinkability could be rough, the alcohol taste is a bit too warming.

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

Thanks to unclejedi for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice mahongay color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, nice thick sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hint of alcohol, cherries, figs, prunes, raisins, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, the the tangyness of the dark fruits kick in, you also get a nice warming up from the alcohol. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from DR. After having this brew, I will have had them all. I can recommend all the brew's, most were very very tasty.

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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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Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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