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

BA SCORE
85
very good
598 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
Ratings:
598
Reviews:
357
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
114
Gots:
58
For Trade:
1
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Photo of WorldWideStout
2.16/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a few ounces of this on tap around a month ago, but only remember that I found it to be too hoppy for an English-style barleywine. We shall see what the bottled version brings to the table.

A: Slightly redder than amber body that's fairly transparent. White head doesn't get much past one finger before receding with minimal lacing.

S: There's a sweetness right at the start, but it gives way to tropical, hoppy notes soon after. Odd for an english style. Alcohol phenols are also present.

T: Starts off alright, again with the sweetness, but things take a turn for the worse after this. Towards the middle some of that tropical hops flavor comes in, as well as hops bitterness, far too much of it for an english-style barleywine. Alcohol comes in at the middle as well, and dominates through the end, accompanied by a tingling, burning sensation in my mouth that I am not at all fond of. Aftertaste is alcohol and bitterness.

M: It could be worse I guess. I'd say that thicker would be better, but not with these flavors. Those burning pricks at the end of each sip don't help anything either.

D: I would have been more than happy to stop after a couple of sips.

Blech. I don't really understand why this isn't classified as an American-style barleywine - the hops are much more dominant than the malts. Regardless of which category it belongs in, this is a poor beer. I have a few more of these which I will age, but I'm not expecting great things. A very disappointing beer from a brewery I usually enjoy.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber in color with a one finger off white head. pretty decent amount of retention with a slight amount of legs

S: Smells of big fruity hops. Lots of Orange in there. a little alcohol presence in there too

T: A lot of alcohol up front. Just a slight amount of the raisin background and the hops arent quite as fruity as the smell. Besides the alcohol hotness the beer is pretty balanced

M: a nice amount of carbonation which is always good.

D: I'm going to have to put some age on these beers. Hopefully that will mellow that alcohol out. if it works i think this will be a pretty good beer but at the moment its a little to strong

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Photo of trbergman
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pours a rich, translucent auburn with one finger of dense, cafe au lait foam.

S - Strong caramel aroma with some dried apricot, fig, tobacco, and light, floral notes of honey. Also has a whiff of alcohol, unsurprisingly.

T - Starts off big and sweet with caramel and dried fruits. I was a bit unsettled, as I usually don't care for sweeter barleywines, but then some pleasant hop bitterness asserted itself. While this does actually have quite a bit of bitterness, it's very well balanced with a huge malt body, resulting in a mellower taste than, for example Bigfoot. As it warms, more fruit flavor emerges, including a touch of juicy pineapple. Hop flavor adds to the fruity/floral profile, as well as contributing some pineyness. Finish is long and balanced.

M - Rich, full body, with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flabby.

D - Delicious, slow sipping beer. A little too heavy-handed with the alcohol, but otherwise very nice.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Grant.

Pours a very hazy carmel color into tulip with fine carbonation and slight head which coats with an oily sheen. Smells sweet and fruity with malt and alcohol. Tastes of carmel, malt, resiny sweetness, figs and raisins. A bit boozy. Nice grain and citrus notes also. Slightly spicy with a hoppy bitterness in finish and a lingering dryness. Mouthfeel is rich and full. First Barleywine review for me and was well pleased overall. A strong ale and one is plenty. Thanks Grant.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to ale glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium hazy, dark caramel coloring with a nice copper coloring.

Smell: Somewhat sweet smelling with a aronma of syrupie and fruity almost like apples.

Taste: Orange and apple like hops and dark flavoring of malts of caramel and a haze of strong to sweet molassas.

Mouthfeel: Surprised to see medium body but does leave a nice feeling in the chestical area. First barleywine turned out to be a nice one

Drinkability: Very decent for my first barleywine and does go down well almost reminded me of a stout. Load of sweetness and i didn't mind it too much. Cheers!

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Unibroue Trois Pistoles chalice. Pours a hazy amber at first, filling the glass slighly more on the brown side, although theres a reddish tinge throughout. Very nice looking frothy off-white head with decent retention, and remaining as a creamy froth patched around the surface. Very nice frothy lacing.

Aroma is hops and malts, fruits...apples and raisins, and more hops!

Flavor is decent, not the best barleywine, and not the best Duck Rabbit beer. Sharp, creamy, mild quick fruit notes...leading way to malts and hops which last the majority of the flavor. Slightly dry on the back side. Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carbonation. The booze definitely has quite a bite in this one. A very good barleywine, but again, not the best.

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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 johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity! I believe this bottle is from Feb 2009
Pours a dark brown with a great looking garnet hue when held to light, tightly bubbled off white head peaks out but retreats under the bed with the cats. Smells mostly of sweet dark fruit with a touch of alcohol. Cherries prunes and a bit of brown sugar in there. Taste follows the smell. Alcohol soaked cherries rolled in brown sugar and lightly caramelized sums it up pretty well. Finish is rather dry with a lingering almost sweet and sour fruit. Thick body, light carbonation, sweet sticky mouthfeel. I really liked this one. Its a nice take on an English style barleywine, I wish I could get my hands on some more to lay down...

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this as an extra in a recent trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks again Lee!

Appearance: A fine, tan crown sits atop a cloudy, rust-colored body. Very low visibility, even when held directly to light. Body appears thick and oily, and each swirl coats the glass walls in a thin resin (also excites the head). Head drags sticky lacing all the way down.

Smell: Candied red apples, red currants, tallow, and lemony esters. Caramel/molases notes become stronger as the beer warms, and I even get a little black pepper. Wish this was a bit more potent, but I enjoy the overall aroma.

Taste: Caramel, leather, and earth are the most notable flavors I get. Those, and alcohol - yep, lots of alcohol. If I don't take a sufficient break between sips, I have trouble tasting anything (because of the alcoholic dominance). Before I finish: I also get a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Pretty hot and dry, even for a barleywine. On that note, I'm actually enjoying the sting right now. Full and oily without much carbonation. Lots of mouth-numbing and belly-warming with this one.

Drinkability: "Can't stand the heat? Get yourself from out the kitchen." That's how I'm feelin right now. Alcohol dominates and steals all my candy. Bummer. I finished this beer without a problem, but it was only enjoyable because of the buzz it produced.

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Photo of semibaked
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a very cloudy dark brown with about a half an inch of orange/brown head. Tons of great lacing appears throughout drinking.

S - Sweet malts, raisins, toast, and a touch of orange.

T - Kind of an Orange Peel bitterness dominates plus hop bitterness, orange, raisins, and malts.

M - Oily and slick, some resin too.

D - This is a let down, it smelled good but the taste is just too bitter for me. I wish more of the other flavors could come through, but it isn't terrible either. Worth a try.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra sent from cdflem. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a see-through dark red, almost the color of raspberry iced tea. Off-white head is a nice creamy pillow of goodness after an aggressive pour. Stays as a cap till the last few sips where a thick ring rests. Leaves some lacing.

Smell is lots of bready malt, some hops and booze, smell overall is pretty faint.

Quite hoppy for an English Barleywine. Malts still have the upper hand though, balance is nicely done. Caramel malt, earthy/resin hops, biscuit, slight red grape. Quite a bit of sweetness. Booze is quite present and goes down unpleasantly at times, like cough syrup. I still enjoy the taste enough to give it a 4, both the malts and hops are pretty extreme, but the balance was good, which is key.

Mouthfeel is very oily, reminds me of a Dogfish Head beer. Very low on carbonation, a bit more of that and a bit less of booze kick would've helped. Feels a bit thin.

For a 11% barleywine this is actually quite drinkable. I'm not sure I'd want more than one, but I had no problem taking this down.

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Photo of kels
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick, even muddy. It is a ruddy, red clay brown with absolutely no visibility throughout. The initial 1 finger bubbly white head fades to nothingness immediately and leaves behind loads of bubbly, sticky lace.

Not a whole lot of aroma coming off this beer. The distinct alcohol presence is noted, along with a light dark chewy fruit.

Taste presents a wider array of the expected elements of a barleywine than the nose. There's a honey-like sweetness to the deeply caramelized malts that pairs well with a dry, crisply bitter citrusy hop. Deep, chewy fruity flavors, like prunes or dates, give a foundation to flavors. Of course the alcohol plays a feature role in the overall taste. It is warming and drying, even a little cloying, and the vapors hang around on the palate quite some time after the drink. Feel is slick yet carbonated, with a mouthfilling presence.

Drinkability is moderate at best, but overall it is pretty balanced and smooth for the style.

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Photo of TK5150
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a fairly dark amber with a bug-bubbled beige head. The large bubbles remain on top of the beer after the head fades away. Nice legs as I swirl.

S- As soon as I popped the bottle I got a huge waft of estery fruitiness. As I smell the beer, that is the most dominating smell, but I also get quite a bit of molasses which is pleasantly surprising. Some general yeast aromas and malt round out the nose.

T- Fruity/spicy esters are the big player here as well. No molasses present in the taste which is a little disappointing. A hint of earthy hops, as well as a little tartness (like a tart apple). Malty sweetness is there in the mouth, but the finish is dry in the back of the throat.

M- Bordering on full-bodied, this feels smooth in the mouth.

D- This is decently tasty beer, but I probably wouldn't drink more than one.

Overall, an ok beer which I would not mind having again sometime. Smell and appearance are by far the highlights.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to romanW70 for sharing this one
2008 vintage
Appears reddish orange in color with a small tan head with a nice ring. Smells of caramel, rich malt, fruit, bready. The taste is big caramel, deep fruit, butter, nutty. The body is medium and the carbonation is smooth! A very tasty BW.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'08 vintage courtesy of RomanW70. Poured a deep caramel/toffee color with a thin slick of foam and a semi-hazy clarity. Some spots of lacing exposed during the tasting, but no adhesion. Nose reveals toffee, raisins, figs, candy and alcohol. Taste is buttery and sugary with dark fruits making up the backbone (figs and raisins). Mouthfeel was medium-light (lighter than anticipated) with an mild carbonation. An easy drinking, well-balanced barleywine. I've yet to be disappointed by this brewer.

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

Acquired from svosie so a big THANK YOU goes out to her!

A: This beer pours a hazy caramel color with about a 1/4 inch of tan head that recedes quickly. Spots of lacing are left behind on the glass.

S: Nose is of toffee and caramel malts, a fruitiness - apple and maybe a touch of pear, and then in the back end some spicy hop notes.

T: Taste starts very sweet - extremely light toffee and caramel with some acidic quality to the beer. The hops really come in to play at the forefront. Some fruity notes of apple and pear come in around the middle. The finish is of bitter grapefruit but at the same time a toffee sweetness. Just a very interesting back and forth with hops and malts in this brew.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat oily but dries out in the back of your throat.

D: Pretty tasty, not overly sweet, nice balance, goes down far too easily for an 11%. Barleywines aren't my favorite style, but I could see myself having another one of these.

D:

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Vigorous pour led to a nice pillowy, frothy head on top of this deep mahogany colored barleywine. Head is retaining well. Just sticking to the edge of the glass lightly.

S: Big malty aroma, not too sweet for an English Barleywine. Has a pretty good bitter hop aroma as well. Sweetness comes through as honey and a butterscotch like smell. Small heat coming from the alcohol, but the alcohol doesn't play a very large role in the aroma. Good bitterness from the hops here, some grassy and citrus notes towards the end.

T: Not like any English BW I've ever had, so certainly not traditional to the style. Taste is very bitter and almost has the taste of orange peel and pith. Citrus is strong as well, some grapefruit. Not a huge maltbomb for sure. Has more of an American BW type of flavor. Hops are definitely upfront still, glad I picked up two more to put away for a bit.

M: Again, has more of an American BW feel, was looking for a smoother drinking beer with a caramel and vanilla impression on the palate.

D: Fairly easy drinker, alcohol burn is very minimal for such a high abv. Think this one may need a bit of time to mellow out the hoppiness.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a thick and frothy tan head. The aroma is a little hoppier than you would expect from an English BW, with big floral and citrusy notes, along with some caramel, toffee, molasses and some dark fruit. The flavor has some fig and plum notes initially, along with caramel and toffee, floral hops, green apple, rum raisins, and a little sourness. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is pretty good for the style. A really solid english barleywine, much better than Brooklyn's Monster Ale...fairly idiosyncratic as it's hoppier than you would expect and has a little sourness to it that adds complexity.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received via trade- thanks Sebletitje! It says enjoy by 12/09, so I imagine this has had a moment to mellow out

A: pours a dark murky orange with some tan colored head, heavy lacing, definitely gives the appearance of a big beer

S: wow, I could smell the sweet malts from arm's reach, the nose has huge rich malts with notes of caramel and toast, some earthy hops on the finish, not picking up a lot of alcohol on the nose which is a good sign

T: the taste starts off rich and sweet but does not get close to being overwhelmingly sweet (which is one of the things that turns me off of some barleywines), the finish is earthy and sweet and the abv is very well hidden for 11%

MF: thick body, low carbonation

D: I'm liking this Barleywine a lot more than some others I've tried, it has a nice showcase of sweetness and balance, and the alcohol is well hidden

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Photo of jrallen34
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is dark watery brownw with a two finger light tan head that fades way to fast.

The aroma is strong and super flavorful. Sweet malts of wonderful caramel, dark fruits and a hint of hops and alcohol on the finish.

The taste is pretty good, starts off sweet caramel but then you are hit with tons of alcohol, not masked very well. Nice hoppy finish.

The feel is kinda light, not totally drinkable with the alcohol.

Overall, this is the best smelling bw I've had. If they could lose the alcohol in the taste that would be a top 100.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber, brown in color with only abundant head. This beer has a strong hop taste up front, lots of malts along with candied fruits, dried plums, grapes. An overly sweet, juicey citrus bite from the hops. Very strong boozey smell, not very well hidden at all. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, this one is a sipper with limited drinkability.

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

12 oz. Dark amber pour, a small amount of off white head. Sticks around a while though and sticks to the glass pretty well too.

Aroma has some caramel, toffee and burnt sugars. Some herbal pine as well. Overall this was kind of a mild nose.

Taste also has a fair amount of malt, caramel, carmelized brown sugar. Also a large amount of piney resin, citrus, grapefruit, more than I would like for an ENGLISH barleywine.

Sticky medium body, but the carbonation is not quite creamy and accentuates the bitterness a bit. It is warming, with the alcohol coming through a little bit harsh.

Not their best offering, but still good and fairly refreshing for a barleywine.

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Photo of ottovon
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank to stoutfiend27 for this offering.

A: reddish brown, with an offwhite head.

S: a slightly metallic smell with toffee and some alcohol. burns the nose a bit.

T: caramel, roasted malt, and some alcohol.

M: medium body, with low carbonation. smooth drink.

D: it was a good offering and I could drink more of this.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-slightly hazy dark golden orange in color with an off white head that has a good bit of bubbles on top but looks creamy and relatively tight. The retention is very good, it lingers for quite some time and leaves a very nice coating on the glass.

S-the nose is actually quite hoppy especially for an english barleywine. It is more along the lines of a bigfoot, which I like but is a little off for the style. Grapefruit and apricot come at you right up front and really is the centerpiece of the aroma. A lightly toasted bready malt comes in towards the back with some pale malts lying underneath.

T-the taste is a little all over the place. Grapefruit and apricot are strong up front. Tons of burnt brown sugar and caramel malts set up in the middle. The bready malts seem to hide in the back with a strong bitterness taking hold at the finish. Notes of alcohol seem to kick in towards the middle and really have a warming effect towards the back.

M-this is medium bodied and syrupy. It is pretty smooth and seems to have some carbonation issues in the back, rough on the back of the throat. It is pretty wet throughout.

D-this is a little bit of a mess, its kind of all over there in the taste and really hoppy for an english barleywine. The booze is quite strong throughout and not something I would want to drink frequently.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another generous extra from Paul, a fellow BA.

Hazy amber with a golden hue along the edges, and a white, fizzy membrane for a head, which fades almost immediately. A patchy network and a bubbly ring around the perimeter remains, however.
Smell is exceptionally floral and fruity. Strong hops and assertive malts, with sugary fruits which includes apricot, pineapple, banana, green apple, and blue grapes. The malts get a bit bready towards the finish, and some brown sugar comes in as well.
Taste is slightly burnt, bready malts and grassy hops. A bitter waves comes in from the hops, carrying some pineappple, banana, and peach. As with the smell, the malts carry to the finish, becoming more bready. A hint of cinnamon and caramel comes in with the malts at the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice bite from the hops. A little bit sticky, with a medium body.
Good drinkability, with the alcohol being well-concealed in the smell and taste. Delicious smelling and tasting beer!

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