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Review by orbitalr0x on 08/29/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 7 15 4 7 2009
Deep murky reddish brown pour into the glass with a quarter inch of khaki bubbles on top of the brew, can't see through this one at all! Aromas are big on fruit upfront with a rich caramel candy undertone. Toffee and maybe even some bubblegum. Super malty with some brown sugar and still some lingering hops as well.

First sip brings a plethora of deep, sweet malts upfront drenched in fruit flavors. Caramel, brown sugar and toffee again make themselves known. Citrus notes along with a slight bitter hop kick...however the sweet malts still win out as it flows down. Touch of spice and warming alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich with chewy malt throughout. Definitely a warming sipper of a barleywine that leaves a bit of a heat trail as it goes down. Glad to have tried it...would be great on a cold night maybe even with a nice cigar.

Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 06/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle I picked up in a six pack from Tower Beverage in Atlanta. Served up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some nice red highlights in there. Held to the light a little more red comes through but still holds up as a pretty dark brown in the body. A pretty vigorous pour got a little bit of cream colored head, but it slowy disperses the a pretty thin ring around the glass. Lace is pretty stick but spotty.

S: Smell is pretty nice. There is first of all a heavy malt presence. That malt is nice and somewhat like a maple syrup smell. There is also a nice butterscotch smell coming out as well. Then comes the hops in some really nice grapefruit presence. The grapefruit is nice and tart. Really nice balance of malt and hops.

T: Taste is pretty darned good as well. Malt is once again on display with a ton of sweet goodness. Maple syrup, butterscotch, brown sugar, toffee, and a touch of chocolate all come out in this flavor. Then comes the bitter slight tart flavor from the hops. Citrus goodness which is mostly some nice grapefruit that is pretty close to the perfect blend. There is a slight touch of pine resin in here as well. Very interesting flavors.

M: This feels to be medium in body but on the heavy side which is damned near to full bodied. Carbonation is a bit on the in between side and I don't know if it needs more or less, but it feels pretty decent. ABV feels light considering it sits at 11%, feels maybe half that. Just the slight amount of heat on the throat, but otherwise pretty well controlled. The beer is a bit oily and sticky on the palate allowing the hops flavors to be enjoyed.

D: This is a pretty damned nice beer. This beer is good or better in all categories. The smell and taste are all solid, and this beer truly shines in the feel department. For a barleywine, this is pretty drinkable for the style. I have noticed that this one went down much easier and quicker than previous barleywines I have had. DUCK RABBIT RULES!!!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-19-2009 04:06:03

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 2010
12oz Bottle
Courtesy of Mikesgroove

Duck Rabbit's Barleywine poured a beautiful clear mahogany into the snifter. A 1+ finger creamy off white head formed that slowly faded down to a solid cap. As the head faded it let sheet lacing down the glass. A very few carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Left lacing after each sip. Very good looking beer.

The smell is a mix of dark fruity sugary malts and a mix of hop fruitiness. Right off the bat I pick up brown sugar. Underneath the brown sugar is a plate of fruit including figs, plum, and grapes. The brown sugar goes nicely with the fruit. There's a very mild sweetened grapefruit and orange rind character from the hops. Unique mixture. Very sweet smelling.

Flavor is all the same as the aroma. Figs and plums with a solid dose of brown sugar. This brown sugar is similiar to Lagunita's Brown Sugga. Finishes with a mild bitterness and lingering citrus from the sweetened grapefruit and orange rind. Hardly any alcohol noticeable, something you can't say about many 11% beers.

Body is thick and viscous. Minimal carbonation fits this beverage nicely. The mouthfeel seems to be a little too sticky at times.

This is a tasty beverage but drinking more than one bottle would certainly be overdoing it. The sweetness and viscosity would be too much if you got into the second bottle, of course with the high ABV you might not notice as much.

This is definately an enjoyable barleywine. Not all malt like a lot of English Barleywines but the dark fruits and maltiness do dominate. Nice mild hop finish. Quality brew from Duck-Rabbit. This is my first bottle from them and I'm looking forward to trying some others.

Reviewed: 3/11/07

Served In: Snifter

Review by Oxymoron on 12/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 7 15 4 7 0
Kind of funny two animals, duck rabbit, and two drinks, barley (beer) wine. Note this beer has been aged for one year. Pours a darker amber to brown color with some reddish hues throughout. A good pour but left a very limited head. A few swirls helps a bit but limited. So goes per the lace.

The nose has a good malty backing with some minor hops notes. The malt has some minor complexity but would have expected more. Some caramel note but mostly a sweet grainy malt aroma. Some alcohol notes but pretty clean yeast wise. Not much hops in the nose either.

The taste has more of that complexity that I look for in the malt. The caramel flavors come out more with some depth. IMO, I would have liked more depth but a good start. The hops also come out nicely with some light earthy and hints of citrus notes. Some esters as well, cherry, apples and pears. Some minor fusels, which is not ok, but some minor alcohol as well. Really a nice rounded out flavor.

The body is moderate to big. So sure this is a year old, but it actually is pretty tasty. I would have liked a bit more complexity in the malt but overall good.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Surly Duff on 12/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
30 2 5 3 3 2 2008
Bottled 12-2008 so this brew is a year old now.

Pours a clear deep copper with a finger or so of off-white foam atop. The foam settles pretty quickly and leaves a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. A small layer of foam remains coating the top of the brew and around the edges of the glass.

Smells of warm malt with a touch of berry and hint of dried fruit. Raisin and date are the most prominent here. Slight sourness from an off aroma.

Sour and nasty. Overly sweet with plenty of wet cardboard and sour fruit. Bleh. Drain pour. This one sure didn't age well at all.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 0
Thanks go to my favorite foul-mouthed southern Brotha' for this one... Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you - cvstrickland.

Out of the bottle and into the glass. A slow seductive pour shows this one to be of a burnt burgundy color - perfectly clear, with soft carbonation on the rise, the bubbles slowly make their way ever upwards from the bottom. Thin almond colored head takes place, and slips away quickly. I just love the immediate lacing a good Barleywine leaves on the glass - and this one has it.

The nose is fantastic! Maybe it's just me and my overwhelming love/fascination with English Barleywines... but this is a dandy. First: Malt. Sweet inviting MALT. Hints of tobacco and licorice... stronger notes of vanilla, brown sugar and toffee. Perhaps some dark dried fruits as well - figs and raisins. Towards the tail end, there is a nice balancing citrus bitterness to this - orange zest and grapefruit pith - just for balance mind you. Despite this aspect, this is still very English oriented. I could nose fuck this all night....

Taste is somewhat of a let-down following the nose. Very grassy... almost hay like. Still, not bad... I just had hopes of something astronomical after nose quaffing this for ten minutes. There is a solid hop bite to this, more than the nose lets on... but I am diggin' it. Not as sweet as the aroma led me to believe, but there is some spicey sweetness to it - very mellow like, but that caramel spine IS there... but overwhelmed by the bitterness/grassy taste. The tobacco aspect remains very true to the nose, which is very important, IMO, when sippin' an EBW. Very nice. I really wish I could pull more vanilla/anise/toffee/caramel/brown sugar from this... but I can't.

Listing towards full in body... smooth, sticky yet very dry and abrasive mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. The mouthfeel showcases the ABV of this creature... very evident here, nice and warming - Perfect.

I had such high hopes upon the pour and sniff test... then the taste let me down drastically, and the mouthfeel was off somewhat.
HOWEVER, I did thoroughly enjoy this, and would again. This "EBW" was right on target 'till the taste... which somewhat reminded me of a 6 month Bigfoot - not a bad thing what-so-ever, but just not conducive of one calling this an English Barleywine.... but enough nit-picking.
A good sipper, tasty and fit the bill for what I was wanting. Again, Duck-Rabbit does NOT let me down.
Chuck, keep sending 'em... you know I love 'em.

Served In: Bottle

Review by bakes on 04/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
11% ABV, for the record. Pours an old-penny copper with a head that lsts briefly before settling down to a lace. Vast, vast deep maltiness in the nose - toffee, alcohol/sherry, faint graham cracker toastiness, an aroma a malt maven could happily drown in...

if he didn't drink it all first. Starts with an immensely round (it literally feels that way) malt hit, just full of dark fruit, hints of tropical fruit, and toffee right off the rip. There's abitterness here, to be sure, balancing a bit before the alcohol kicks in. The alcohol grows more pronounced as it warms, as expected, but underneath it all is that juicy, chewy maltiness. Finishes clean, slightly sweet but not quite cloying, a lingering alcoholic alefruit on the tongue. The alcohol is somewhat pronounced, slightly knocking the otherwise chewy mouthfeel.

A very nice job on a very big beer.

Served In: Tulip

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