Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1537) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2016
A 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 and impressive.

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.

RATING: 8/10