Barleywine Ale
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #174
Ranked #20,193
3.82 | pDev: 13.35%
Apr 23, 2022
Dec 12, 2006
Very Good
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Notes: The Duck-Rabbit Barleywine is the hoppiest of all the Duck-Rabbit brews. This is a Farmville-style Barleywine, crafted the way brewers in Farmville have always done. Loads of Amarillo hops give a piney citrusy bitterness that's supported beautifully by a toffee malt backbone.
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Rated: 3.91 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Clear mahogany appearance with a small tan head and scant lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel and ripe fruit. Sweet malts pervade the flavor as earthy, floral hops add a bit of balance. Some dark fruit in the aftertaste. Dry, but not bitter. Like how it settles on the back of the palate. Alcohol is not too intrusive (as long as you're not driving. Decently carbonated, full bodied mouthfeel with a lingering finish.
Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 3.41 by Danzifer from Ohio

Mar 05, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by travelguy from Ohio

May 26, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

May 24, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Best by February 2021. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light copper with nice clarity and transparency; creamy light khaki head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. Looks great. The aromas have citrus and caramel. Hops are there. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More citrus, especially orange. More sticky caramel. Hints of dark fruit. Some cherries in the mix. This one has a decent bitterness to it along with a subtle sweetness. Bittersweet. Malts do their thing. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy, smooth and ultimately dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid barleywine. It basically has everything that you'd look for in an American version of the style. It's enjoyable stuff. I like it.
May 05, 2020
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This brewer rarely disappoints, and this one certainly does not...

Great looking brew right out of the bottle - light copperish color with haze, thin foam, no lacing. The smell revealed nothing about the 11% ABV, it was hidden quite well. Mouthfeel for that matter was carbonated but full-bodied and even slightly creamy. The taste was more bitter than I prefer but still a good blend with the booze, which were again, not face-forward. Overall, another good offering from a brewer I am always on the lookout.
Apr 27, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Apr 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent little brew pours a
beautiful copper tinged amber with a very nice head of off white
foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin swirling layer, and sports
some very nice lacing. Nose of pine heavy hops with grapefruit
zest and rich caramel notes. Flavors follow the nose with a
solid caramel malt backbone and heavy citrus of grapefruit
and light pineapple notes with a resinous pine hop and
light herbal notes. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth,
light carbonation that is lightly prickly, and a bitter hop
and moderate sweet semi dry finish.

Overall, a decent brew but could use some tweaking with
richer malt notes and some raisin elements. That said this
has been one I have wanted to try for quite awhile, and while
it is solid it is barely within the profile one would expect for
a barleywine.

Feb 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Foggy burnt amber to brown with a persistent, creamy khaki blanket leaving wobbly round lacing on the glass.

Woody pumpernickel and spice cake mix in with some dark fruits via a softly carbonated medium body that finishes cardboard dry. A little pine sap and resinous dankness develop over time, accompanied by a touch of stickiness.
Jan 21, 2020
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Reviewed by muchos from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
L. Pretty much brown, translucent, khaki head.
S. Caramel, citrus, bready, some bitterness, not too much boozy-ness.
T. Caramel, bready, grassy bitterness, some citrus, finishes with brown sugar and citrus zest.
F. Leaning towards a full body, no boozy warming, hoppy resinous feel in the end.
O. One of the better barleywines I've had, fo sho. Just great. Cheers!
Oct 08, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Jul 03, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Lucular from Maryland

Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by Higdon from Maryland

Dec 08, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL. Served in medium plain snifter.

Orange-ish amber hues with a creamy off-white head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of caramel and fig, slight sticky dates, and slight hop spoilage, then finally more hot caramel.

Flavor is somewhere between a stale hop caramel sundae and licking a steel tank. It's kinda harsh, pretty hoppy, not exactly what I was expecting. Slightly vegetal.

Feel is hot and slick, with a moderate to heavy carbonation.

Overall a bit disappointing but if you like hoppy barleywines give this one a shot.
Dec 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(12 oz bottle, purchased cold; enjoy by Feb 2019... poured into a snifter)

L: mostly-clear, deep orange-amber hued liquid, slight chill/hop haze (which clears a little); bubbly pad of khaki-colored foam builds, then settles into thin, messy cap and collar... no sediment, little lacing

S: crown uncapped, aromas jet forth... rather hoppy (but in decay), mashed and bruised fleshy citrus rind, dried-out caramel chunks... underlying almost whiskey-like booze slowly creeps up from the back... lemon and grapefruit thick in the mix; most dominant scents are its perfumy/solventy hop-phenol blend, leathery mid-dark malts and resins lurking below

T: grapefruity hop resins galore, attenuated sheet of delicately-toasty pale and caramel malts, odd fusel swell in the finish (dying off by second sip), lightly-spicy softly-pungent marriage of ethanol and hop bitterness in the aftertaste... its lovely tannic bitterness begins to set up shop after the second sip; spice note inches up along the way, light golden raisin note takes hold by very end...

F: mildly malt-nectar-y, fleecy resinous texture... its finish leaves a red-warm glow; delicately oily, rather dry sensation

O: West Coast style all the way, though I was expecting a much richer malt foundation, or at least its flavor tipped in that direction - I suppose the high charge of hops (bitterness) could be throwing off its perception... still pretty decent, could see having again
Oct 01, 2018
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The rich brownish ruby colored beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/4” tan head that a circle and some legs of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a thin ring around the glass and a small thin irregular cover of foam on the liquid. Sipping creates lots of scattered small patches of lacing, some of which merge and some of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas are rich with caramel or toffee, along with some resin and a bit of citrus. There’s also some dark fruit and a nice rich malt character here. The fruits include some plums, raisins, and possibly a bit of green apple.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some sweet caramel, some resin and a bit of citrus, but with the bitterness being more pronounced and forward than expected. There are also are some dark fruits and a just a bit of nutty character. These flavors are all intertwingled into a fairly complex profile that is challenging to untangle but always has that bitterness component. The alcohol is well concealed and only noticeable as the warmth begins to spread.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the finely bubbled, gentle carbonation. The finish begins as the malt and it’s sweetness give way to the resinous bitterness that fades more slowly and persists to the almost spicy and dry ending that follows the disappearance of the caramel and the fruits.

A drinkable beer made for sipping. This is definitely a temperature sensitive beer that should not be consumed at a very low temperature. With this ABV it is a one a night beer but something I could return to again sometime. That all said, if I never find it again it won’t upset me. There are plenty of other Barleywines as good or better that I could be drinking and this one doesn’t really stand out from the pack of locally brewed ones except for a bit more resinous, slightly citric bitterness that not many have.
Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 3.11 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Aug 13, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

May 23, 2018
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Rated by bubseymour from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Aspirin bitter. American Barleywine and not English.
May 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Marraybay from District of Columbia

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: amber in color: little to no head; a tad cloudy

Smell: Pleasant / familiar barleywine scent; fruit-citrus.

Taste: Flavor is on-point upfront, but requires more citrus-bite at the close.
Alcohol is buried well within the mix and is not really a prevalent note.

Feel: Under carbonated...really the thing that's dragging it down for me; Think
more carb would also help the close on taste as well.

Overall: A serviceable BW, particularly given the fact that I can't find any others
at this moment to drink! Would not however, purchase if my goto beers--(Sierra Nevada's Big Foot,
DuClaw's Devil's Milk, or Anniversary Ale from Unita)--were present.
Apr 11, 2018
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Reviewed by NotSaussure from Maryland

1.47/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
L: Dark, dark brown.

S: This smelled awful -- like if you left laundry in the washer and then realized it about a week later after your wet clothing had blossomed mold. It was that kind of gross dampness. Also a hint of completely raw hops.

T: This just tasted straight up terrible. It tasted, surprisingly, worse than it smelled. Honestly, it kind of tasted how nail polish remover smells. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but this is one of the worst beers I've ever had. After three sips, this went down the drain.

F: A bit thin for such a high ABV beer, but nothing offensive.

O: Stay far, far away from this abysmal beer.
Mar 28, 2018
Rated: 3.43 by SLewis from North Carolina

Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 3.72 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 08, 2017
Rated: 3.95 by Hop_God from California

Nov 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at WOB in Pensacola. Strong, hoppy, boozy, malty. A proper ABW but I've been drinking way too long to really appreciate this tonight. I trust that it's serious stuff.
Oct 01, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by robebo44 from Virginia

Sep 30, 2017
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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Fountain Porter in Philadelphia. This feels and tastes like an old school barleywine, half way between American and English with additional hops thrown in. Caramel, dessert, the usual suspects and a tad of cinnamon. Dry finish. Average but enjoyable, and damn drinkable for an eleven percenter
Sep 15, 2017
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Rated by jaimeee from Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Unexpectedly hoppy for barley wine but still with very subtle bitterness.
Sep 04, 2017
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/23 inch head. Smell is of brown sugar, toffee, raisins. Taste is caramel malts, sweet, alcohol, raisins, cherries, light hops, a bit more alcohol as it warms. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.
Jun 23, 2017
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very good Barleywine from Duck-Rabbit. Pours a clear orange amber color with a small light tan/antique white head. Head retention is less than average, due to the 11% abv, but there are several thin bands of lacing on the glass. Big beer...big aroma and flavor. Aroma includes floral and piney hops, a well as caramel and toffee-like malt. More like an American Barleywine for the hoppiness, but the toffee aroma and flavor and the overall mildness and smoothness of the hops keep it in the English Barleywine ranks. Flavor is similar to the aroma. The malty presence wins out over hoppiness. The strong toffee flavor is reminiscent of Wee Heavys as well as Barleywines. There is some malty sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is rich, slightly sweet but with some bitterness and warming alcohol presence. Overall a very tasty slow sipper.
Jun 12, 2017
Rated: 4.68 by Zaktcc from Maryland

May 01, 2017
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Ruby red. Crystal Clear. Light carbonation. Hardly an head.

Caramel, toffee, cherry, grape, candy sugar, tobacco, grapefruit, and pine.

Caramel, toffee, tobacco, and candy sugars. Overripe grapefruit and pine. Hints of black cherry and concord grape.

Full bodied, silky, smooth, and sticky with a medium-light bitterness.

This is an outstanding example of an American style Barleywine. Go get some!
Apr 14, 2017
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Reviewed by PorterLambic from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cloudy medium brown with a small, short-lived light tan head.
Smell is boozy, malty, woody. Well balanced.
Taste is similar: malt, slightly green wood, booze, earth and light hops.
Warming, relatively smooth but with a cleansing aspect to it. I like it.
Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Nov 11, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Marklaker from Florida

Nov 11, 2016
Rated: 4 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Oct 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle bought in Durham, NC.

L - Copper in color, hazy when cold but clears as it warms. Head is weak and quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

S - Aromas of bready malt, gingerbread, plums, sherry. Low spicy hops in the background.

T - Strong graham cracker and gingerbread flavors lead off, with brown sugar, plums, and sherry following. Hops are present as an herbal/spicy note.

F - THick body with low, almost non-existent carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol presence. Slightly cloying finish.

O - This beer has many of the good characteristics of an English Barleywine. Even though this is a style I enjoy, I find this one to be a bit overly sweet and cloying.
Sep 14, 2016
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Sep 11, 2016
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