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

very good
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 bs870621345
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy amber color with minimal head, but leaves bits of lacing down the glass.

Smells like alcohol, raisins, caramel, toffee, and some citrus in there.

Taste opens with an apple and raisin flavor moving into a caramel and toffee sweetness. Bitterness sweeps in and washes the sweetness away into a short lived alcohol aftertaste. For a Barleywine, it is pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is full and nice carbonation.

Overall, its really good. I like my Barleywines malty and this is a good one.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- Really attractive beer, nice 1 ½ finger foamy off white head that dissipates slowly, really nice lacing the coats the side of the glass. Attractive burnt orange/red color.
S- Big bready/nutty malt aroma, dark fruits, plums, raisins, cherries, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol is present.
T- Big malt presence, bready malts dark fruits, really similar to the aroma, the alcohol is a little more hidden in the taste than the aroma, plums, raisins, cherries, caramel, toffee, brown sugar.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, smooth drinking, thick, a little heat on the finish, crisp finish.
O- This is a solid beer, nothing more nothing less, I enjoyed it, above average beer but not mind blowing.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this bottle for a bit now, it's at least one year old but i dont know more then that.
Color is a slightly hazy woody looking, about the color of a light maple syrup. some lacing and a thin collar.
Aroma is spiced earthy sweetness. There is a Nutmeg like spice mixed in a caramel and molasses base.
Flavors are rounded toffee and burnt caramel, brown sugar, and a mixture of noble hops and nutmeg bringing in some earthyness to combat the sweetness.
mouthfeel is coating and sticky, low-med carbonation.

A solid English barleywine that i feel is a bit above average.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of Neffbeer. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark, but clear, maroon body capped with an inch of beige foam. It leaves lacing in its wake, and it maintains a broken swath of bubbles on top of the beer after all is said and done.

S: On the sweeter side: caramel, toffee. It has an herbal earthiness to it as well.

T: The flavor starts off sweet, with a blend of caramel and toffee flavors up front. They segue into herbs and earth in the mid-taste, rounding out with a drying (not dry) finish of earthy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Not particularly complex or special, but if you enjoy barleywines you'll probably get a kick out of this.

M: Sweet up front with a bitter finish. Not a particularly complex flavor, but the flavor that is there is delivered on a medium-full body with low carbonation.

O: This is decent. Nothing to write home about. I found it all right.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusty snifter. Best by 1/12.

A: Pours a beautiful caramel rust colored beer with a minimal light tan/khaki head that recedes rapidly. Murky viscous looking beer that leaves a bit of lacing. Really pretty Barleywine...almost ideal.

S: Confectionary sweetness with a ton of dark caramel malts. A bit of the dark fruit thing going on, but not as much as some other Barleywines. This is more molasses and brown sugar...lots and lots of sweetness in the aroma.

T: Raisins. Caramelized brown sugar. Molasses. Caramel. Toffee. Just various layers of sweetness. A touch of roast and coffee...just a touch. Some underlying fig and plum, but again not prominent.

M: This is a big, chewy, juicy beer. Full bodied. Thick...coats the mouth and lets the layers slide off the palate unveiling different stages of flavor. Just enough carbonation to keep everything moving.

O: I'm pretty amazed, actually. I wish I knew when this was brewed rather than when it's "best by"...cause I'd say this sucker is perfectly aged. Not that Duck Rabbit makes bad (or even average)beers, but this was surprisingly good. Might have to go drink the other one I bought right after this one. Thick, sweet, but not overly so...complex, challenging and oh so tasty. One of Duck Rabbit's best regulars.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of harrymel
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: Dec, ????

A: dark caramel ale with a finger of whipped toasted cream foam. This sticks around for quite some time before barely retreating to a quilt of the same. Sheet lace. excellent clarity.
S: Toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, hints of oatmeal and maple. Nice.
T: Sweet malts, subtle cotton candy tone. Some nice maple syrup notes and a bit of raisin. Maybe a little bit of metal.
M: Medium on heavy for the style. Lower, appropriate carb. Semi dry finish.
O: Nice beer. Flavor a little off. would like a little thinner in the body.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of nhindian
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange mixed with crimson and amber. It glows softly when held to light, but otherwise it looks pretty dark. About a finger's worth of tan head lies on top with good retention.

S - Overall the nose is fairly sweet with some sticky caramel, toffee, and sweet chocolate malts. It has a bit of spice to it as well in that earthy, gritty sort of way, and it has something like a fruity side to it. All malt, with a kick of alcohol at the end.

T - The nose translate faithfully into the taste, with two exceptions. For starters, the fruit comes across stronger here, with a noticeable tangerine and fig flavor. Secondly, the alcohol is turned up a notch. It's a bit hotter here, and while it doesn't make it undrinkable, it does detract a little from the overall experience and balance. Otherwise, it is still pretty sweet with lots of caramel and toffee with a peppery spice to it. The chocolate is more subdued as well, but stretches out over the entire duration of the sip.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Like Rabid Duck, I feel it's a bit thin and light for the style, and especially so for the sweet taste. I guess it's a better compromise than having it be syrupy, though.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. This is definitely on the sweeter side of the barleywine spectrum, but the taste does counteract this a bit with the hops. The biggest grievance I have against this beer is the somewhat hot alcohol burn in the flavor. While bold, the rest of the flavors have a tough time compensating for this.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter: Deep russet that doesn't have highlights so much as glows a warm ruby-orange. Finger of sticky head that drops to a thick covering with large, tapioca bubbles.

Heady caramel & toffee in the nose, with a kind of rum-like cane sugar & dark fruit skin character. Raisins - or more accurately, raisin bread - & a slightly prickly alcohol power.

Taste is yow! Some hearty booze with a bit of fusel sting wraps around the dark sugar flavor. Some dryness from booze, plus a tannic quality, but this is far from a dry beer with all the sugars going on. There's a kind of burnt astringency in there, a little husky but not terribly prominent. Not loving 100% of everything here, but some real complexity.

Medium-full-bodied, plenty of sticky sugars, like I said, a little tannic, but also yields pretty easily, not super-thick. A more robust body wouldn't be a bad thing.

Some flaws, but overall this is a worthwhile barleywine. Would love to try it on draft.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, far from clear, almost no head to it, looked rather rudimentary in a homebrew kinda way. Lacked much in the aroma, a little fusel, tad of nutty smell.

Taste, toffee, barely hopped, low carbonation. Very smooth, not overly sweet, hides the alcohol extremely well. Just is kinda plain tasting, not appreciably sweet nor bitter nor hoppy. Its easy enough to drink, even velvety at times. Takes the toffee and nuts and smooves them out into something that is relatively easy going given its abv.

If you like barleywines, check it out, otherwise, its probably a 50/50 chance you dig it or don't.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours reddish brown with a thin off white to tan head, no more than a pinky's width. Head does leave a haze layer.
S: very sweet malty aroma, has hints of caramel, basically not hop aroma besides a very slight pine.
T: very sweet barley flavor, with lightly burnt caramel, an OK alcohol burn on the back end for 11% . No hop profile, I know for a fact its over a year old, anything else I'm not sure about. Also a long slightly leathery after taste.
M: yes, it is thick, but its barleywine, I somewhat expect it to be, low carbonation as well.
O: it is a good one to sip over a long period of time. But it is just warming enough to not be an everyday barleywine if there is such a thing.

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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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