Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleDuck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale
604 Ratings
Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleDuck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale

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

Style: English 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.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 12-12-2006

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Photo of goatgoat
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks UGADawgGuy for the opportunity.

Pours a thick hazy dark coppery amber. Less than a finger's worth of tan head falls quickly into a thin ring. No lace.

Aroma is heavy fruity malts. Caramel, sticky dark sugar, perfume, flowers. Some earthy hops and a heavy handed alcohol.

Flavor is thick, sweet, flowery. Perfume. Even a bit of roasted hidden in there. A light bitterness late in the sip. A heavy alcoholic heat and astringency.

Thick and smooth with a nice low carbonation.

A good barleywine, but on my rare forays into barleywine country, I'd pick up something else.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this brew in a trade with GODofALL.

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

A - clear, nice reddish amber color with a tight tan head that left some small bits of lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma, some alcohol is detected as well.

T - sweet, sweet tasting brew. as the brew warms the alcohol is much more noticable.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation feel.

D - a little too sweet for me, one and done.

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Photo of diehl07
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of domtronzero
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber color with a tiny, short lived whitish head. Very little lacing.

S - Sweet bready caramel malts. Tons of hot boozy alcohol. Lite earthy hops emerge from behind the booze as it warms.

F/M - Tons of sweet caramelly bready malts. Again, an overpowering hot solventy booze flavor is quite dominant. Medium earthy and spicy hop flavors with a moderately high bitterness. Medium-full bodied with moderately low carbonation. Lingering boozy flavors mixed with caramel malt sweetness.

D - OK, but this beer is obviously a little hot right now. I'm not sure how old (or young) this bottle is, but it could probably benefit from a few more months in the cellar, if not a year.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – Served a deep copper color with a one finger cream colored head. The head has a good level of retension slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweeter aromas. The main is that of a caramel and butterscotch nature, but it also has lots of fruity aromas of cherry and raisin. Along with these smells is a moderately strong boozy smell of rum and a bit of a herbal hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and moderately sweet flavor of caramel and darker fruits upfront. A bit of booziness is present from the start with it growing stronger and more rum like in flavor as the flavor advances. Some wood and herbal flavors begin developing more toward the middle to the taste, with them remaining rather light to the end. Some roasted flavors come to the tongue more at the end and when combined with the herbal and a bitter citrus, one is left with a hot bitter-sweet boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. Both are appropriate for creating a more chewy and thick beer which in concert with its strength and boozy nature make for a slow sipper.

Overall – Not too bad, but a little messy at the end of the taste as the bitter and sweet sorta collide with the booziness leaving a slightly off flavor in the mouth. Not one I would necessarily frequent.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This barley win pours out as a murky looking brown color, the head is an off white color and leaves a pretty good lacing also. The smell of the beer has a good hoppiness to it, there are some boozey aromas coming off of it also. The taste of this has a good malt base with some pine nots in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good here, it's got a nice thickness about it. Overall it's not a bad barley wine at all. Found it to be pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2006 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a small, creamy-looking, beige head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling caramel syrup aroma laced with fruit and citrus and booze.

Taste: Sweet, sweet caramel maltiness with some squashed apricots tossed in. Splash of sweet southern iced tea. A pinch of cotton candy. The mildly bitter remains of some citrusy hops. Vague hint of wood. Warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: In all honesty, I've had better and worse bottles of Duck-Rabbit Barleywine. This one was pretty decent. Overall, I've found the majority of them to be kicked up with sweetness and just a bit thin (for me) in the body department.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottleshare thanks to Alex.

A - Nice looking, deep red-mahogany colored beer with a slight bit of off-white head. Faded to a partial ringt with no real stick left on the sides of the glass.

S - Smell is actually pretty nice. Some good caramel, little earth, crystalized malts, and a little bit of nuttyness. Slight bit of alcohol heat.

T - Taste is a little thin, not as sweet as the smell would indicate. Slightly watered down, kind of a boozy finish that thins it out even more. Caramel not nearly as pronouncd as you would like.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation, hot on the thin finish.

O - It's not horrible beer, but the taste is a letdown from what is a pretty good smelling beer. The heat isn't helping, but this isn't horrible.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick light tan head dissipating in 2-3 minutes, light lacing. Body is a translucent, clear burnt sienna that turns almost ruby red (think cranberry juice) when held up to the light. Smells like some type of overly ripe fruit, sweet tobacco with molasses and flowery (lilac?) notes. A slight alcoholic tinge present.

Taste is definately not my favorite style...caramel and tobacco...hard to put a real finger on. It's complex, but really just mediocre in its flavor. Mouthfeel is light and crisp up front but kind of lacks a strong my mouth warming as I take a gulp? weird. Drinkability is okay, I can drink this for a while, surprisingly. Goes great with meat & cheese.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with greater than a full finger light tan head that has maximum fade resistance. 3-d lacing observed.

The smell has some classic elements. A combination of citrus fruit and sweet malty caramel. This one may be slightly oxidized. You get a Trix cereal fruitiness as it warms up.

The medium bodied, the mouth feel presents a tingly from the visible effervescence.

The flavor is unique. A definite sweetness but, it's a fruity sweetness as opposed to a caramel-like character. The creamy texture of the mouth and this particular flavor don't complement each other that well IMO. I'm not sure what that is but i recognize it from the Arcadia Cereal Killer i had last week.

Drinkability - I experienced an immediate warmth from the 11% ABV, but it wasn't distracting. An interesting combination. I'd like to know more about what's going on. Complex, but not compelling.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky light brown with some red hues to it when held to the light. Half finger off white head shows light retention. Some light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass when I drink this one down.

S- Caramel and toffee malts dominate the front of the nose. Hints of sugared figs and plums as well linger into the ending with a light piney hop aroma. Alcohol is very apparent but it goes along with the aroma itself.

T- Caramel and toffee malts come out strong in the front with hints of piney hop that brings it down a notch. Sugared darker fruits in the middle make up most of the flavor there. Ending shows more of a caramel malt base with hints of brown sugar and molasses. Alcohol comes through pretty strong in the ending bringing out a medicinal taste.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sweet malts, darker fruit, hint of piney hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly medicinal alcohol, light brown sugar/molasses, and darker fruits. Flavors were balanced very well for the most part. No off flavors were present while drinking. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was a nice drinking barleywine. Nothing over the top but a nice sipping beer on long winter nights. The ABV is a little on the high side and it shows up a lot but adds a light secondary flavor. Overall would love to get my hands on some more of these bottles.

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Photo of rodrot
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an attractive orange amber color with a massive head. I didn't expect such a large head for a beer of this strength. Aroma was of leafy hops, citrus fruit and caramelly malts. Taste was malty sweet with notes of toffee, cherry and some winelike notes. The beer became more winey as it warmed. Hops were much more noticeable in the aroma than in the taste as the bitterness was quite low. Mouthfeel was medium and left a syrupy feeling in the back of the throat. Alcohol was well hidden, but this beer could definitely benefit from some time in the cellar as it seemed a little bland to me. This is my first disappointment from Duck Rabbit.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep mahogany with about a half-inch tan head on top. This dissipates to a thin sheet after a few minutes. Some sticky globs of froth cling to the glass edge.

Smells of oak, cashews, metal, bourbon, and earth. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. A great pop from the medium to high amount of carbonation. Flavor profile is like the smell, earthy. It's got a dull bitterness going on. Nothing sharp like high hops would give, but bitter anyways. Alcohol is noted but more subtle than I thought an 11% brew would have. As the beer warms I get a sense of citrus in the finish. Like an orange rind. This is a decent brew. I think this may be my first English BW, but I will explore this genre again.

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Referred to me from a fellow barleywine drinker since its a local brew...Beautiful pour of a dark red-brown...cloudy with a thick dull white head which settles nicely...Smells of caramel, fruits--possible plum--kind of like the dark hard candy my grandma used to give me...

I think this beer has too keen of an alcohol taste...very distinct and strong, which is usually sought after, however doesn't seem to match the overall taste...a little let down...

Was definitely expecting more from this rather local barleywine...overall, i wish the taste matched the pour...

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Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, glowing mahogany with a lush beige head that leaves rings of lace all over the glass. Hefty pungent aroma to this barleywine. Sticky, bright fruits and caramel - citrus and pine. Nicely layered though I feel it could use a malt boost and tone down the sunny fresh fruit. With the first sip, there definitely seems to be a stronger malt profile, but in an instant it vanishes under a sweet, candied fruitiness. Ripe, tart fruit coats the mouth not leaving much room for anything else and putting this barleywine in an unfortunate state of unbalance. Its real tasty in the mouth before swallowing, but a tropical twang throws it off somewhat. Full and creamy mouthfeel. All that alcohol is well hidden, but its one-sidedness lowers its drinkability.

This is certainly an interesting and different barleywine. Very potent to say the least, but it needs a lot more malt, which comes as a shock to me seeing as Duck Rabbit usually puts out some supremely malty beers. If they tweak it just a little bit, this has the potential to be fantastic.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 6/18/10

A - brilliant deep amber/maple. Quite clear. Short lived cream colored head reduced to a soapy trail. Light trails of lace. 4.0

S - Lots of sweet caramel, honey, esters, touch of pears and alcohol. Maybe some raisins lost in there too. Honestly, it smells like someone kind of threw this together haphazardly. 3.5

T - Hugely sweet with a tiny hint of green apple. Raisins all around. Hot, alcoholic finish. 3.5

M - Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, but there's a bite to it. Very hot finish. 3.5

D - Decent, not the best but I think I'll give the other bottle a few years and revisit it then. 3.5

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Photo of gdfan47
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a darkish brown with very little white head
S- booze, woah.. alot and hops of course, sugar... and not much else
T- very boozey, a touch of pine, def hops, a touch of malt, sugar
M- thick and syruppy
D- i mean its 11 percent and tastes it, if you are drinking this outside of your house just be carefuil

im not super super into barley wines yet

its good, but this doesnt hide the alcohol very well

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Photo of Buebie
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with a best by date of 2/11

Poured into an oversized snifter. Less then half and inch of off white head is formed, settling to a thick collar and thin film of retention.
It is murky and unfiltered looking, just what the Dr. ordered. A bit of red,s and a little orange when held to light with a mjuddy brown color too. Hard to explain really.

I cant tell if its just me here, or is there somthing wrong with my sniffer, but I swear I smell hints of chocolate. Sweet and fruity, large amounts of malt, caramel and buttery sweetness. Only a faint amount of heat at the nose, its very well covered by other aroma's. A sprig of mint and that about sums it up.

To say its sweet upfront would be an understatement. Loads of malt present with a little bit of burnt caramel, leafy hops, more of that mint and then chocolate grains or somthing chocolaty. Very interesting, enjoyable and great but interesting. The mint seems a bit out of place and I'm guessing its either alcohol or hops. Also odd is the tropical fruity, almost mango like hops, they seem out of place. It is a bit warm through the swallow. The beer seemed to smell a bit better then it tasted, not that I dont like it, but the minty leaf/ alcohol taste is kind of annoying.
Yea, its 11%, I would recommend a couple years on this one.

Mouthfeel is slick with a mild syrup feel and layed back carbonation, but well balanced feel.

Drinkability is a bit cut by the abv. But still this is another fine example of beer from DR. I wish it was available out in the Midwest.
I can see a 5 year old bottle of this being incredible.

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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 Yesac
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Murky ruby red. Small layer of off-white/brown head.

S- Strong alcohol, brown sugar, caramel

T- Way strong alcohol, dark fruits, sweet hops.

M- Dry, wattery. sticky.

D- Bleh. The finish and mouthfeel and strong alcohol make this tough to get through.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new St. Bernardus Goblet, courtesy of Secret Santa Irishsnake.

Quite a bit of carbonation, especially for a barleywine. Slowly dissipated into a thin layer augmented by some groups of foam floating on the top. Deep orange amber color. Pretty looking brew.

Aroma is quite strong, but I can't put my nose on exactly what I am smelling. It is fruity and has some brown sugar, perhaps a yeastiness and candi-sugar smell reminiscent of a Belgian ale? There is another, spicy component that I can't identify. Finally, some piney hops come through

Taste is quite rough. Sweet, malty, some piney hops and some orange and coriander dominate. Taste is similar to the aroma, with some flavors I can't quite pinpoint. It almost has a wee-heavy-like aspect background.

Mouthfeel is a bit cloying, and has a resiny, sticky and drying finish. It doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the beer.

Overall, I'm disappointed in this brew. Compared to some of the classic barleywines, this one seems out of balance and rough. Perhaps some aging will help. I guess I'll find out, as I have 5 other bottles to stash away in the fridge.

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Photo of harrymel
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: Dec, ????

A: dark caramel ale with a finger of whipped toasted cream foam. This sticks around for quite some time before barely retreating to a quilt of the same. Sheet lace. excellent clarity.
S: Toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, hints of oatmeal and maple. Nice.
T: Sweet malts, subtle cotton candy tone. Some nice maple syrup notes and a bit of raisin. Maybe a little bit of metal.
M: Medium on heavy for the style. Lower, appropriate carb. Semi dry finish.
O: Nice beer. Flavor a little off. would like a little thinner in the body.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of mscudder
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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