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:
#12,429
Reviews:
360
Ratings:
602
Liked:
407
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
13.35%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
59
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 602 |  Reviews: 360
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

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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grackos
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of AlaskaAg
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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 IckyT2012
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 billbeers
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msscott1973
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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