big sweet beer can be a nice treat sometimes and The Duck-Rabbit Wee
Heavy Scotch Style Ale is a good example of that. Big and sweet are the
dominate adjectives, though it’s also nuanced and very drinkability for
such a hefty brew.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 9/2016 and cost $2.49 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Seemingly magenta, but actually caramel brown/dark copper.
Body is crystal clear, though carbonation is visible. Pours to a fairly
large, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Strong aroma of sweet malt and dark fruit. Alcohol is present as well.
Taste: There’s a lot of sweetness in this beer, but there’s also a
significant amount of smoke or astringency as well. Though no smoked
and/or peat malt is used in the brew (as far as I can tell), there seems
to be some present. Of course that might also be the raw alcohol, which
contributes a fair amount towards the palette. Sweet toffee flavor on
the finish along with a dark fruit taste of maraschino cherry or
raspberry puree. Not much in the way of hops, though I would not
consider this beer to be imbalanced per se. All in all, it’s delectable
Drinkability: The first few sips of The Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch
Style Ale seemed strong and sticky, but it quickly seemed to be much
lighter as I continued. In fact, the mouthfeel seemed to be actually
quite thin. The 8% ABV certainly comes through in both the taste and as a
warming sensation. This is satisfying and drinkable for sure.