Barleywine Ale | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Higdon
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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

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Photo of drtth
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.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
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.

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Photo of Marraybay
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.

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Photo of NotSaussure
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.

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Photo of SLewis
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hop_God
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gatch
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.

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Photo of robebo44
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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

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Photo of jaimeee
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.

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of JayQue
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.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of justintcoons
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!

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Photo of PorterLambic
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.

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Photo of Corburk
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ummswimmin
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marklaker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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