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

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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 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 BigMcLargeHuge
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a stunning clear deep copper with 3 inch fluffy tan head. It has a sweet aroma of candied cherries, plums and dates that have been beaten with a mallet and allowed to soak in alcohol. I also get a note of sweet caramel. The first impression of the flavor is that it tastes like an English style barleywine. There's a medley of fruit such as dark dark cherries, sweet black grape juice, dates, raisins and cranberries. I also get a cherry cough drop quality.

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Photo of haazer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Slightly more than one finger head forms, off-white/light brown in color. The brew is a cloudy unfiltered(plus in my book) apricot and tea color. Hints of orange and brown throughout the brew.

S- Hard rock candy and caramel first come to mind with the smell. A small hint of cranberry covered and dripping in caramel and molasses comes to the fore. Wheat and caramel malt run an underlying presence.

T- A suprising blend of floral hops and bready malt mash together. Candy sugar. Very heavy grain and wheat flavor in this barleywine. A bit of sour pear pulp as well. Interesting enough to keep me sipping.

M- Medium bodied brew, with a lager-like feel to it for me if that makes sense. Not much felt in carbonation.

O- Pretty decent in a barleywine. I really like the unfiltered look. The flavors were strong, but not standout. Great to be introduced to barleywines with this.

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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 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 adrian21
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 darklordlager
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Interesting beer. As others have noted, it does have an interesting "sour citrus" note to it. It may be infected. A bit odd really. Lime, kiwi, tropical fruits--very unlike any barleywine I've ever had. Finishes with a sour/bitter note as if you had just eaten a kiwi coated in lime juice (sounds weird, but it is actually kind of pleasant/enjoyable). Lightly vegetal, but not offensively so. Perhaps a light, oxidized "sherry" note, but it is hard to tell with all that lime/citrus upfront.

Odd. Interesting. Enjoyable to a point (about halfway through and it becomes too much).
I am intrigued, yet put off after the first 1/2. It becomes astringently sour--must be some sort of infection, unless they add an odd fruit they do not disclose.

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Photo of Gehrig13
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of movingtrain
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked this up at Brawley's in North Carolina.

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a copper-brown color with very little head floating on top.

Smells of grapes, melon, apple, caramel, cinnamon, and citrus. Smells very sweet and some alcohol in the nose.

Flavor is very sweet up front...with a bitter finish. There is a huge grape profile here...bittersweet, and slightly dry and chalky. The alcohol is present in this one, but nothing that makes this undrinkable.

Overall, a fine example of the style, and a very delicious beer.

This is a damn good beer...incredibly drinkable. It has a great body, it's fruity, with hints of bitter hops. The finish is dry, which opens the beer up and gives

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Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 Ivegotmule
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Poured from a 12 oz (from a 6 pack) into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber/brown with a one finger tan head that sticks around for a bit.
S: Caramel, toffee, and citrusy hops.
T: A blast of hop bitterness is followed by the subtly sweetness characteristic of a barleywine (the caramel and toffee).
M: Great carbonation, full bodied, and just a little bit sticky on the palate.
D: Not easy to put down by any means for the style. However, this brew is flavorful enough and lacks any taste of alcohol to add to its drinkability considering its style.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm forced to review this after having poured a glass with a flat head—I think I got unlucky and got one that had just lost some of its carbonation or something. That said, it still pours a deep reddish brown and tastes wonderful. It's kind of nutty and simultaneously smooth and robust. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of HawkIPA
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 Auslander
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pookie
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Photo of Hophead101
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank on 12.9.10 as part of Blind Beer BIF #3 from hayesez.

poured the 12 oz bottle into a snifter type glass. Pours a beautiful copper brown color with a well paired tan head to go with it. The glass hold beautiful lacing to add to the appearance.

The smell was a bit boozy (ok, a lot boozy), molasses, brown sugar.

Tasted very nice, follows the nose, some oak in there as well. A bit hot in alcohol, but I am very much enjoying this beer. Medium body, slight funk in the aftertaste, but you get used to it pretty quick. Nice beer.

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

First, this bottle is dated to be best by December '07, so be aware that I'm reviewing a bottle nearly a year after its "best by" date!

Dark copper color with a very thick eggshell-white head. That head really sticks around; it stayed foamy during the entire drinking experience. There's no mistaking the aroma as that of an intense barleywine: it's full of sweet molasses and honey, with a toasty grain overtone and plenty of alcohol. The flavor sure is sweet, with a mild bitterness at the finish and a deep, syrupy effect throughout. Very strong flavor and a big, warming alcohol presence.

I've had this brew before while within its "best by" range, and I can honestly profess that there isn't much difference. It's good either way!

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Photo of drperm
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a real treat. The Duck-Rabbit folks consistently brew top-of-the-line products. I can only surmise that living and working in Farmville, NC inspires the brewers to spend long, long hours at their work indoors (where it is presumably air conditioned and has more interesting landscapes..).

Appearance: Russet-copper color. Mahogany, really. And as one would expect, no appreciable head to speak of.

Aroma: A real treasure-trove here: leather, tobacco, hops, cloves, allspice, and even a hint of oregano.

Taste: Banana, clove, caramel, allspice, grapes, brown sugar, and hops. Oy vey pass me another snifter!

Palate: A dry and warming finish.

Overall: Well-rounded for sure. This is one to cellar in bulk! Drinking this makes me long for winter -- seated in front of a roaring fire with my D-R Barleywine in one hand and a nice cavendish pipe in the other. Wearing a wool waistcoat, to be sure.

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Photo of gameface23
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first foray into English style barleywines...

Appearance: This thing is beautiful in a glass. A copper/amber color. Clean looking. Not much of a head.

Smell: Pretty damn boozy, but complex. I detected a lot of malts aroma: English toffee/caramel and some roast/tobacco nuances.

Taste: Hop bitterness and a sort of honey sweetness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good.

Drinkability: It's 11%.

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