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

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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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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 357
Photo of illidurit
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of wagenvolks. Poured into a snifter. Russet brown hue that turns brilliant blood orange red when held to light. About a half inch of tan head that recedes a bit quickly.

Aroma is extremely pungent and fruity. Brimming with prune and lush sweet orangey citrus. Malt supports the aroma with toffee notes.

Flavor is sweet up front with candied orange/marmalade. Midpalate is tart and malty, and the finish is roasty with a mild bitterness.

Thick chewy body with light carbonation. A little sticky but the finish is coaxing from the roasted bitter tinge. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

Nice beer, not really necessarily spot on for the style, but interesting.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber glass shows good clarity and has a sticky white foam cap that laces my glass like a pro.

Smell: Rich rum raisin, deep sweet malt, and a whiff of leafy hop to keep it all in check.

Taste: There's a slight off note, but it's quickly drowned in sweet grainy malt and slightly earthy hops. The off note is a bit solvent, maybe a fusel alcohol of some sort. It's mildly distracting, but there is a lot of goodness around it so it's easy to forgive.

Mouthfeel: Very still, little gritty carbonation seems a bit flat, even for style.

Overall: A tasty tasty beer. A heavy hitter with a soft glove.

Big thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of beerforbears
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this beer when I tasted it at the ACBF. Lighter carbonation, complex but not overwhelming taste. It was pleasant to sip on while the flavors sorted themselves out. All in all, an interesting beer, one of my fonder memories from that (somewhat blurry) night.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me a handful of Duck-Rabbit beers.

The beer pours a dark red color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of piney hops in it, as well as some heavy caramel and brown sugar notes. There is also some alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is similar. There are some pine and orange notes in the flavor which go well with the heavy caramel malt backbone. There is also some brown sugar-like sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rtratzlaff
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter this beer is a hazy dark amber body with a thin white ring of lace.
Aromas are slightly boozy and sweet with some herbal hop character.
The flavor is sweet alcohol upfront followed by a huge amount of hop flavor that sticks to the tongue. Fruit esters show up as sweet citrus fruits along with caramel sweetness.
The mouthfeel is not full but light due to the high abv.
I think one bottle is enough for a nice sipper on a cool NC night.

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

Erikeifert, this was the suprise of the litter, thanks for sending this puppy.

Pours a beautiful burnt orange copper with a big foamy head that leaves heavy lacing down the pint glass. Looking at this beer as it were a giant Giants foam number one hand.

Smells fantastical. Caramel, alcohol, carmalized malts. As good as the gilroy garlic fries.

Tastes be-u-ta-full. Chewy, scotchy, caramel. hint of alcohol, bitter hops. Just fantastic. Freaky, like Tim Lincecum's delivery.

Leaves a burning alcohol residue down your throat. Cant' say enough about this beer even if it was on performance enhancing drugs.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of the always generous 'tends. 12 oz. with a BBD of 12/2009. I think this little treasure deserves a place in the Portsmouth snifter.

I am digging the buttery...almost very light maple-colored head that is about a full finger. Head comes and goes pretty quickly but leaves some decent lacing here. Color is that of a natural caramel apple - very solid with some velvety bourbon tones. Mildly translucent...almost opaque...but I can't see the carbonation that will turn out to be pretty solid.

There's a toasty bourbon booze to this that is very warming - some oaky vanilla tones as well, and a little bit of apple butter but by no means enough to consider it a flaw. Lots and lots of toasty caramel malt makes this quite inviting. A little bit of a pine hop bite - maybe even a tinge of citrus - to cut the heft enough.

A bit of charred oak greets the palate at the top of the order. Roasted caramel malts with a fair shake of pine comes around, and then it's a little stewy baked apples. Slight vanilla texture and a powerful yet warming bourbon booziness linger on the finish. It is an exceptionally cold and crappy day in the 617 - the windows are open in the house and it's downright COLD in here...but this deal is keeping me pretty damn warm at the moment. In addition to a mild bourbon astringency there's actually a nice carbonation bite that cuts the weight nicely. With more warmth the traditional dark fruits emerge - dates and the usual suspects.

One word that would be expected...warming. That fresh stewy feel coupled with a decent bit of booze keeps this from being cold on the palate. Finish has a little bit of dates on it after it warms - don't feel a whole lot of prunes or anything - maybe even a baked pear and the associated mild tannins/pectin. I am remiss in one respect - this beer deserves a solid stogie with it.

Very very good offering. It's one to relax and think about. Again, a stogie would play famously here. Something that would go nice with a bourbon in the sidecar. Nicely done.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

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

This beer pours a medium bodied dirty, cloudy copper with a one finger soapy off white head. The nose is surprisingly oaky and dry. The matinees is sweet with sme cherry and toffee. The flavors too are pretty woody, especially for a beer that isn't advertised to be barrel aged otherwise it follows the nose with candied sugar and cherry. It drinks between light and medium in body and isn't overly sticky. It finishes dry fr the style if anything. This is an interesting barley wine. Its worth a try and is a nice change of pace for the style.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Reddish brown pour into a snifter. Huge head which took up nearly half the glass and lasted a long time. Spicy sweet malt accents the smell, a lot like a Belgian quad. Flavors are similar. Malt predominates, sweet fruit flavors and just a tiny hint of hops. Seven months of cellaring have seriously improved this beer. Alcohol is concealed pretty well, so this is quite drinkable for an 11% beer. Another excellent seasonal from Duck Rabbit.

2008 Vintage.
Dark copper pour with a cream colored head which lasts for quite a while and leaves lacing down the glass. Some spice in the aroma with a bit of malt and a little bit hop presence.
The big difference in this year's version is the prominence of the hops, especially in the flavor, which provides a really nice balance to what would otherwise be an overly malt accented beer. Grapefruit-like bitterness mixes with extremely sweet maltiness to create a much more American version of a barleywine. At the release party we were told that this year's version had 20% more hops than last year's and I believe it.
Mouthfeel is suitably thick and caresses the tongue with silkiness.
This is a great beer right now, unlike last year's beer which needed six months or so to mature. It comes very close to being an American barleywine instead of an English one.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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