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:
#12,406
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 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

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

Photo of MacMalt
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -12.3%
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 -2.9%
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 13tido
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 watermelon
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.5%
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 ZEB89
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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