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

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600 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 haazer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Gehrig13
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of movingtrain
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +5.3%

Photo of diehl07
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ivegotmule
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of stimulus
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +17.1%
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 GStone899
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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 HawkIPA
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rodrot
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -7.9%

Photo of Pookie
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Hophead101
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 mwckiltedsavage
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of classixIII
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy brown with a slow to form head that got to about a 1/4" then dissipated.
Great fruity malty aroma not overpowering.
Smooth feel, got the fruit and spices, a wee bit bitter and astringent.
Wouldn't be a regular drinker for me but i'l have it again.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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 TheSupremeAJ
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drperm
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
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 DaveONan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kagent777
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle traded from Sonofalime, thanks man! Poured into my CCB snifter after a little while outside of the fridge. I have had the bottle since November of 2011, but I am not sure how much older it is beyond that.

Appearance: A nice burnt orange to ruby with a slight haze. White finger wide head settles to foam cap in the middle of the glass and leaves a little lacing as I go. Smell legs appear after a drink.

Smell: Rich dark smells. Dried fruit, caramel, a touch of vanilla and some citrus.

Taste: Nice dark spiciness that I do not recall having tasted in a BW before. Hints of tobacco and rich leather go along with the deep fruit and caramel. Alcohol is present but well hidden for 11 ABV. The beer is bitter, but not to the extent of, say, fresh Bigfoot. It is needed to balance the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A velvety solid drink but not over thick on the body. The flavors are so dense and coat the mouth for an extended time. The carbonation is smooth and present but subtle.

Overall: I very solid English Barleywine. I do wish this one was available here in Utah.

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Photo of kbeals
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was sent to me recently by mjmadden in a BIF. Looking forward to this one...

A- Pours a very dark copper color with a finger of off white head. Head sticks around rather nicely and leaves good lacing behind. Amount of retention and lacing was surprising given the ABV.

S- Tons of caramel and toffee malts. A bit of vanilla and some whiffs of booze. Pretty much what I'd expect for the style.

T- A ton of malts hits up front followed with an almost citrusy taste. Very interesting. Booziness does make itself apparent.

M- A bit thinner that expected with little carbonation.

D- The booziness gets to me after a while. This is still a good beer though.

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Photo of JebediahScooter
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of gameface23
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of speter
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep amber with a minimal head, but reasonable lacing nonetheless.

S: Rich malt with an amazing amount of citrusy hops and some booze. A touch of brown sugar as well.

T: Very nice, indeed. As you would expect from a barleywine, the front is dominated by the malt, which in this case is a toasty biscuit malt. The finish is remarkably hoppy (almost IPA-like), which lends a very nice overall balance to the beer.

M: Rich and creamy with a full body, but not. Too chewy. The warmth is there, but it's remarkably well-integrated.

D: OK, at 11%, this isn't one I'm going to have too many of, even more so as it was a single of a beer not distributed in my state, but I certainly wouldn't mind having another.

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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 600 ratings.
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