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

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3.82/5
Very Good
606 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:
#13,477
Reviews:
361
Ratings:
606
pDev:
13.35%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Gots:
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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.

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

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

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

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

Overall
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

Photo of Radome
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.

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

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-stout/porter glass.

A: An almost orange-ish-red coloring has a scant dark khaki head that was bubbly, thin and quick to lapse. Against lighting a nice burgundy color in the vessel, with a good rate of clarity. Light and lazy rise of effervesce, spacious.

S: Boozy sweet caramel, licorice and raisins on opening aroma. Some chocolate, short duration.

T: Flavor was boozy caramel and raisiny dark crystal malts. Spicy toast, dark sweet fruit of plum, chocolate and apple peel that leaves with a spicy bite of alcohol and wet pine hops.

M: Body is oily, a bit syrupy, medium in density and softly carbonated. Warming alcohol feel, was expecting a bit more body.

O: Overall spicy warming raisiny crystal malt is the grain base here with a definite refined english style balance that is not heavy on the bluntness, but rather filled with soft complexities. Smooth and well refined, a bit lighter in body the most, alcohol plays a warming and nice role at 11% while the drinkability is quite well. very good overall from me.

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

Photo of Shade1951
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is NICE! It looks kind of like sherry, has a fragrance like that of sherry, and the taste also has some sherry in it. A dry sherry, though there is a small hint of sweetness. The alcohol presence is known in your head fairly quickly, but not so much in the taste and mouthfeel. The hoppiness is just about right - not overwhelming as in a couple other Barleywines I've tried.

It's pretty smooth going down - thus, it wouldn't be too hard to drink a couple of these in one session. But you won't be much good for anything after that if you do.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is jammed pack with sweet malts, toffee, and a good dose of hops. The nose is fantastic, very aromatic. The taste starts out with malty sweetness that lingers well into the finish. To help balance out the sweetness, a generous amount of hops create a really nice bitterness in the finish. This is a fantastic beer that I'm looking for in a barleywine. Tons of malts and hops and perfectly balanced between the two. At 11%, this is also a beer that seems like it will age nicely.

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Photo of GStone899
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is rich mahogany. The taste is honey, toffee and dark fruit. You definitely get the alcohol taste but it's not bad for 11% alcohol. Smell is great. I love barleywine and this one is solid.

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Photo of hozersr
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacobprice
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 606 ratings
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