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

Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleDuck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale
BA SCORE
67.6%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 602 ratings
Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleDuck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,445
Reviews:
360
Ratings:
602
Liked:
407
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
13.35%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
59
Trade:
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Ratings: 602 |  Reviews: 360
Photo of Dubber55
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Caramel/amber pour with 1 finger of carbonation

Smells like pine, citrus, and alcohol. Lots of piney hops in the aroma.

Taste follows the smell. Loads of piney hops, some orange rind, and booze. Lots of pine resin as well. Pretty sticky. It also seems to be really bready. Must be from the toasted malts. I am tasting a little brown sugar/caramel, but the hops are really overpowering.

Solidy medium carbonation. This is definitely a hefty beer. Pretty chewy and sticky. A little too much carbonation

Overall this beer does not remind me of an English Barleywine. There are way too many hops and no sweetness. Seems to be unbalanced

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Photo of ewright
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a snifter, there is little head. The beer is a slightly murky dark brown.

S: A bit of fig, some sharp alcohol on the nose. I get a little caramel buried in there as well. EDIT (4/9/08): A bit more complexity is showing. I get notes of other dark fruits to go with the fig ... raisin or plum. +.5

T: Good hop bite to balance the large amounts of malt. Finish is a cross between a cloying stickiness on the middle of the tongue and a dry burn on the back. The alcohol is WAY too prominent though.

M: It burns a bit. The alcohol is not nearly as subtle as with other barleywines or RIS.

D: I'll be sipping this one slowly for a couple of hours. Hopefully I'll warm up to it, since I have 5 more to go. EDIT (4/9/08): Not as harsh as I first rated it, but I still think a few more months will do nothing but help this beer. +.5

Overall, not one of my favorite barleywines when young. I think I'll lay down a couple and see how they taste in 6-12 months. There seems to be good potential for aging in this beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pomegranate-orange with a frothy, orange creamsicle colored crown that is currently filling the top half of the snifter. The head is now wonderfully melty and is leaving feathery rings of sea foam-like residue on the sides of the glass. Who says that 11.0% is a lace killer?

On a positive note, no alcohol is appreciated in the nose. Unfortunately, the beer smells too much like sour fruit. Sweet would be good, hoppy would be even better, but tart ain't gonna get it done in a barleywine. For what it's worth, I'm almost certain that this bottle is from the original batch (December '06).

Not that it was a difficult call given the nose, but Barleywine Ale is much too sour fruity for its own good. I have no earthly idea why that should be. Go ask a brewer. My hope is that if D-R brews another batch (assuming they haven't already), they rethink things from top to bottom.

Flavors include unripe apricots, oranges, peaches, and maybe even plums, swimming in sugar syrup and caramel. If you like sweet-and-sour barleywines, then Duck-Rabbit has the beer for you. Drinkable? Sure. Enjoyable? Not really. A few months more than one year in the bottle shouldn't have done it that much harm.

Sipping is the only way to go, mostly because of the teeth-rotting sugary sweetness. The mouthfeel doesn't stand in the way of faster drinking since it's thinly syrupy, if that isn't oxymoronic. Little carbonation contributes to a serious shortage of mouth excitement.

Duck-Rabbit deserves some slack since most of their lineup is solid, if unspectacular. Porter and Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale are the best so far, with only Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout to go. I wish the brewers much better luck with the second batch of Barleywine Ale.

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Photo of psiweaver
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an oakquinox tasting glass. Shared by Robert from the original bottling of this beer.

A: pours a hazey brown with a soft little light brown head that quickly dissipates.

S: has a nice smell with lots of sweetness. not a ton to the nose.

T: very very sweet flavor with the alcohol nicely integrated. Not really my thing though as the sweetness was cloying and almost overwhelming.

M: very smooth with the proper amount of carbonation but just too much sweetness that was cloying.

overall just too sweet and that overwhelmed everything else.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour, little to nothing in terms of head formation. Aroma of alcohol and mild roasting notes of malt and nuts.

Taste, toffee, underhopped despite their claim. Low carbonation, a little bitter and boozy, enjoyable roast and dark malt presence though. Maybe a little more caramel instead of so much toffee would help this out a little. Thankfully no off flavors. Needs some sweetness or hoppiness to round this one out.

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Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-slightly hazy dark golden orange in color with an off white head that has a good bit of bubbles on top but looks creamy and relatively tight. The retention is very good, it lingers for quite some time and leaves a very nice coating on the glass.

S-the nose is actually quite hoppy especially for an english barleywine. It is more along the lines of a bigfoot, which I like but is a little off for the style. Grapefruit and apricot come at you right up front and really is the centerpiece of the aroma. A lightly toasted bready malt comes in towards the back with some pale malts lying underneath.

T-the taste is a little all over the place. Grapefruit and apricot are strong up front. Tons of burnt brown sugar and caramel malts set up in the middle. The bready malts seem to hide in the back with a strong bitterness taking hold at the finish. Notes of alcohol seem to kick in towards the middle and really have a warming effect towards the back.

M-this is medium bodied and syrupy. It is pretty smooth and seems to have some carbonation issues in the back, rough on the back of the throat. It is pretty wet throughout.

D-this is a little bit of a mess, its kind of all over there in the taste and really hoppy for an english barleywine. The booze is quite strong throughout and not something I would want to drink frequently.

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Photo of drseamus
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Didn't have much head, even with an aggressive pour, but GODDAMN if this isn't the finest body I've seen on a beer. Brilliant scarlet red. I love me a redhead.

S: A good bit of hop in the aroma. More than I'd expect in an English Barleywine but still welcomed. Not a ton of malt coming though for me.

T: Very rich flavored. It starts off with pretty strong bitterness and the malt only really comes through at the very end. I'd like it to be a bit maltier. It's a bit muddled.

M: Medium bodied but not smooth at all. The bitterness roughs it up.

D: Not bad. It seems more like an American Barleywine but even for that style it's average at best.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one down from Capone's.Poured into a snifter. Pours a ruby color with a thick off white heading.Does create lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is heavily malted,A little sour but mostly of plum and raisin.

Taste right off the bat is apple a bit odd but yes a little bit sour.Followed by a heavy boozy warmness taste that drops to the the gut and keeps it nice and warm. As for the rest of the taste just seems a bit too much not enough balance to this.

Mouth is full bodied good carbonation and shit this even warms the tongue as I let it sit and wonder around.

Drink is not to hot. A bit too much warmness and not enough balance to make this sessionable.But then again what barleywine really is sessionable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is dark amber color, leaning towards the red side of things. The head is minimal and off-white in color.

S: Sweet oranges and brown sugar are present on the nose as are some light caramel and toffee notes. There's a fair amount of alcohol present as well.

T: Quite sweet and sugary with lots of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee on the front end. The sweet oranges are there again, too, and so is the rather noticeable alcohol (unfortunately).

M: The body is medium, not quite as thick and full as I would expect for such a high gravity beer.

D: I purposely let this beer age a little bit before drinking it because of hearing about the alcohol strength. Even with several months on it, I still find the beer to be on the harsh side.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber, brown in color with only abundant head. This beer has a strong hop taste up front, lots of malts along with candied fruits, dried plums, grapes. An overly sweet, juicey citrus bite from the hops. Very strong boozey smell, not very well hidden at all. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, this one is a sipper with limited drinkability.

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Photo of watermelon
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Murky copper body with a very thin off white head.

S: Very malty with some hints of nut

T: Taste really grassy some malt and bitterness

F: Thick and syrupy fairly well carbonated

O: Best by date is 2/15 so this is a bit out of date but a beer with 11 percent ABV should be able to age for a couple of years. Pick this up if you see it but i wouldn't let it age for longer than a year.

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Photo of seeswo
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

January 2009 bottle. Pours a perfect brown that pops red held up in front of a light, with two fingers of tan head. This looks dead on. Smell is sweet and fruity, but not too sweet. A twinge of faded hops. Smells very good. The taste is not as good as the appearance or the nose. A faded hop bitterness starts things out and dries the palette. This gives way to a bit of sweetness that pokes its head out and then falls back away. The taste is all drying dead hops. What a let down. This is one to open after a few more years or fresh, I would guess. In this bottle, the hops suppress the malt flavor almost entirely, but taste dead themselves. Mouthfeel is a bit bigger than medium with that drying in the mouth. Solid carbonation. Overall, this beer is a big letdown. It just doesn't taste very good. Never had an English Barleywine that was bland, dry and with little to no sweetness. Maybe this is just a dead period in the aging.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, delivered by Blackie who always keeps me up to date on my mediocre NC beer drinking (not you highland!!)

appearance: very nice appearance...shiny amber body, very clear, big frothy beige head with great lacing. It's a nice looking barleywine, thats for sure

smell: odd...metallic, plasticy pungent hops, sharp candied aromas...unusual and difficult to describe

taste: This is just a wierd beer. Its not particularly offensive but its not one of the better barleywines i have had. Hop presence is a tad sour, not too bitter, and difficult to place (its citrusy, not particulary piney)...artifical cherry flavoring. I'm at a loss for words

mouthfeel: pretty smooth, sour, lacking bitterness, moderate alcohol feel

drinkability: eh

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Photo of dailyminefield
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of claytong
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this bottle for a bit now, it's at least one year old but i dont know more then that.
Color is a slightly hazy woody looking, about the color of a light maple syrup. some lacing and a thin collar.
Aroma is spiced earthy sweetness. There is a Nutmeg like spice mixed in a caramel and molasses base.
Flavors are rounded toffee and burnt caramel, brown sugar, and a mixture of noble hops and nutmeg bringing in some earthyness to combat the sweetness.
mouthfeel is coating and sticky, low-med carbonation.

A solid English barleywine that i feel is a bit above average.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Thick tan head on a crystal clear amber body. Great head retention.
S- Toffee, mix of fruits going all across the board, light citrus hops, and caramel.
T- Citrus orange hops blended with toffee malts and some other fruits. Almost a weird blend of flavors in this. Some breads come through also. Almost like some apple juice in there.
M- Medium body with medium/high carbonation.
D- Its just not my kind of flavors. Really strange blend of flavors. Looks good though!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head as expected on a hazy to cloudy copper with golden hues body.

S: sour cherry, almost sour beer like, sugar and candied fruits.

T: not your typical barleywine. subtle smokiness. this one is very sour beer like with the malts taking a back seat to the sweetness. metallic after taste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. thin compared to many other barely wines.

Overall: very drinkable for the style and hides the alcohol well but this one is strange and may be infected especially considering the recent reviews describing this though I suspected it before reading those reviews.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

12oz Bottle received in trade with phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, anise, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, molasses/caramel and hops. There is also some vanilla, anise, metallic, and a some dark fruits.

Overall - Bottle says best before 2013, not sure how far out they date their bottles. This one seems like a little past its prime. Some odd metallic/medicinal flavour and a little oxidized. Had higher hopes for this one.

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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 67.6% out of 100 with 602 ratings
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