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

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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine AleDuck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
355
Ratings:
589
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
17.37%
 
 
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111
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Shade1951
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 +12.9%
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 +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 Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale is brewed in the style of an English Barleywine, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a caramel-white head over a hazy burgundy-copper body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Faded soapy hop notes atop a light caramelized malt body with delicate fruit sugars. Potency is mild. 3.25

(Taste) Caramelized malts, lightly toasted grains and fruit sugars, light peppery and faint piney hop finish. Certainly a bit dated at this stage and a bit light on the flavor profile for a barleywine. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately chewy, mildly residual and medium dry. Carbonation is soft with a light frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly grainy and hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) The lingering faded hop character indicates this to be one aggressively-hopped beer when fresh. Unfortunately, this tastes a bit old and much of that character is faded. Duck-Rabbit's beers are seemingly poorly distributed and difficult to locate in the Atlanta area, and the imperial series are even more challenging to locate, largely several months old at best, to several years dated when located. The antiquated dating system on the label is nearly impossible to read, but suggests the beer to be a year to two out. Hopefully, I'll be able to revisit this ale in the future in a fresher batch, but its flavor profile is surprisingly collapsed and shallow for my expectations of the style. I expected barleywines to be a bit more gracefully aged than this. 3.5

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery's
Barleywine Ale
3.43/5.00

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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 MacMalt
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. The color is a golden honey with a frothy, cream-colored head and lacing which did not last very long. The smell is malty with some sweet toffee, tobacco, and slight fruitiness. The initial taste is sweet vanilla, followed by nuts, raisin, plum, molasses, and finishing with a hoppy bitterness. It's also very boozy. While the taste is complex and interesting, the bitterness and booziness is a little harsh. This is definitely a sipper and a good dessert beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
A bit lighter in color and less rich in flavor than average, although there was some sediment left in the bottle. Somewhat spicy. ABV partially hidden.

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Photo of lastmango
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this again after rating 3.38 without a review.
Pours a red cloudy brown with 3 finger tan head, which dissipates to a thin film that remains. Moderate lacing. Nose is a faint cherry wine. Malt forward with alcohol followed by a piney hop tail. As the beer breathes, the bitterness recedes. Heavy but creamy body with light carbonation. Although this is a bit more hoppy than I like I am revising my previous rating. It seems to be growing on me. :)

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Photo of watermelon
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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 JohnnyHopps
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a murky copper color.

Smell - The malts jump out in the aroma, but grass is present.

Taste - Oak and malts make an initial impression. Grass gets stronger toward the back. Vanilla notes lie in the back, melting with the oak. The oak prevails toward the back.

Mouthfeel - This is a little thin for the style. Carbonation is low with a little warmth.

Overall - Far from being bad, this is very drinkable.

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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 cyclonece09
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Pours orange red with a nice fluffy head. Smells of berries, slight grape, and sweet light grain. Tastes of berries, molasses, and slight alcohol. Beer is full bodied good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a beautiful cloudy ruddy-brown with a thin tan head that burns off almost immediately. The aroma is pretty mild, with hints of hops and malt sweetness. The taste is a little more robust, with some nice dark fruit notes. The body has a nice fullness on the palate and a smooth finish.

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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 Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales Teku glass. No notches next to the dates on the label

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan had that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Has a standard red ale aroma with a mildly hoppy tone.

T- This is a barleywine? Basically tastes like a red ale with a bit of a boozy finish. Definitely on the dryer side since there's none of the sweetness I associate with barleywines. Mildly bitter.

M- Soft feels with a bit of a boozy afterbite. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is a good beer but it's not a barleywine. It's a hoppy imperial red ale. If it was labelled as such, I might've scored it higher.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark mahogany color, speckled with orange highlights and half of a finger of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Massive aromas of candied sugar, dried stone fruit such as prunes, apricots, and dates, toffee, as well as bready, toasted malt and some boozy alcohol.

Taste: That’s a nice barleywine. Malty up front, followed by lots of toffee, brown sugar, and candied sugar-like sweetness, dried stone fruit such as prunes, apricots, and dates, finished by some slightly bitter, but still well balanced, piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11%, there is a very pleasant alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very nice barleywine. Lots of good, bready, malty flavors melded with lots of toffee, dried stone fruit, candied sugar and nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Very, very tasty!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish brown body with some decent head and lace retention. Aroma is a little boozy but nothing bad and there is both some dark fruit and sweet malts coming through. Beer is medium bodied, smoth, not only a touch of dark fruits (I'm thinking figs) there is a caramel and toffee, even almost candi sugar sweetness, that pokes through at times. The alcohol holds things in balance from being too sweet and there is a good malt base that keeps it held together. An interesting and enjoyable barleywine.

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Photo of kevanb
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.

The beer pours a dark caramel color, hues of deep amber, brown and slight orange, extremely opaque and thick. A taught, firm khaki head appears, rising about a finger high, moderate retention and a fair amount of sticky lace is left behind. The aroma is bitter, earthy hops, crisp and a bit of spice, burnt brown sugar, caramel and rich, sugary dark grains. It unfortunately lacks any fruit presence and reads as just bitter and earthy. The flavors are powerfully bitter, no balance or complexity, just waves of earthy hops, hop spice and astringent alcohol. Light brown sugar, caramel and rich grain are present, like in the nose, but they are dominated by the bitterness, nothing sweet really shines. The body is rich, a little over carbonated for my tastes, crisp, although fairly thick and coating. The finish is a bit dry and crass, could be creamier and softer for sure.

Verdict: An unfortunate disaster. Overly simple, but not refined in any way, too bitter, too astringent and just unpleasant. Perhaps the high levels of carbonation are a sign of slight infection? I can't quite say, the flavors don't appear to be "off" other than they just aren't that good.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with a soapy head that leaves plenty of lace. Aroma of booze soaked fruit and rich malts. In the taste, caramel, toffee, nuts, raw chocolate and citrus. Full bodied, very flavorful beer. Overall this was a good barleywine, big fruit and sugar, little hint of alcohol. I'd love to age a bottle of this.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy chestnut color. The off-white shaded head is quite small - not even a finger high - and doesn't even retain itself well. It leaves a bit more lacing than I expected, though.

S: There seem to be a goodly amount of toasted malt notes, giving it a lush breadyness to it. Plenty of dark fruits lurk behind the malty goodness, and even a wisp of dark chocolate comes through occasionally. There are some tart and boozy touches. Some nice subtleties here - it isn't just malts and a bit of fruit.

T: It starts with plenty of toasted malts. Dark fruit flavors enter the picture after the midtaste, with some alcohol appearing on the finish. Touches of leather, chocolate, and cherries also come through. The boozy nature isn't just generic fusel nastiness, but it's also well nuanced, well integrated, mellow, fruity, and a bit tart - just like it should be in a barleywine. Complexity isn't forceful, rather it's subtle and challenging yet rewarding all at the same time.

M: The body is full, but perhaps not quite as creamy as I'd enjoy. It's quite well attenuated, giving it low finishing sweetness (for the style), but a noticeable booze presence and a tart bite. An 11% barleywine devoid of a significant hop presence shouldn't be this drinkable. And yet this is.

O: Where did this come from? All I know about Duck-Rabbit is that they only brew dark beers - and that they struggle with infection problems. This, thankfully, isn't infected, just damn tasty. One of the better non-barreled barleywines I've had in a while.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a semi transparent dark red with a thick foamy white hed.

The smell is cherry and other dark fruits.

The taste is dark fruit, with a little bitterness and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very tasty and reasonably priced barleywine. If you like barleywines with a dark fruit flavour I'd recommend this.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This poured a decent sized head that reduced to a thin layer with nice lacing on the glass. It is a dark copper color with slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, boozy, malty, caramel, dried citrus, raisins, and bready.

Taste: Same as above with a bit of chocolate, bitterness, nutty, and roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low carbonation, medium bodied, lingering bitterness, and a little chewy. The alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very interesting barleywine. So many characteristics and still a tasty beer.

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