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Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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134 Reviews
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Reviews: 134
Hads: 300
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 50
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009

The Duck-Rabbator Dopplebock is a powerfully malty German-style lager. The malty / grainy flavors so dominate this beer, it's like a whole loaf of bread in every glass! Is it a beverage or is it a meal? It's both.
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Photo of thebeers
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut brown with a ruby tinge. Less than a finger of tan-tinted head. Fruity malt aroma with a definite flat-cherry-cola thing going on. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet up front, with more cherry and just a little chocolate, and a slight lingering hop bitterness for balance in the aftertaste. It's fine, but doesn't compare to the classics.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours light brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, sweet cherries, caramel and hint of coffee. Body is full, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of caramel malt, herbal hops, cherries and peppery alcohol. Finish is long, sweet first then becomes dry and peppery. Rich, tasty excellent brew.

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Photo of Jadorko
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a very normal, run of the mill light dark beer. Bit of a dark amber brown. Has a solid smell, sweet smell maybe the slightest hint of caramel apple in there. Tast was a little plain although not unenjoyable. Dark sweet almost sticky notes of some kind of syrup that I cant quite place. Finish very smooth with flavor spread throughout. Overall not a bad beer but my first try of this kind so maybe its just not my favorite style. Would try again though.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice head that doesn't dissipate for a long while. The head is a small bubble foamy kind of head. The beer itself is a clear brown color, which is pretty nice looking.

The beer smell is nice and malty with various kinds of malt notes. The smell has both a caramel kind of malt note and bready note as well. The beer also has a nice floral and grassy hop note to it as well.

The beer taste is also pretty good if not for a tiny aftertaste issue. Overall, the taste i just as sweet and bready as the smell, if not more sweeter. The beer also has a slight hop bite to keep it from being too sweet. However, the beer also seems to have a weird alcohol or grass taste towards the end, which detracts from the overall beer. Other than that, the taste is fine.

The mouthfeel is very heavy (Doppelbock, duh!) and a bit thick. The beer has some carbonation but it is very little and not very noticeable. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall, an almost very good beer and worth picking up to try.

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Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep clear brown with a dark red tint, it has a big dark tan head that burns off quickly, leaving just a smidge around the outside of the glass and a smear across the middle. The aroma is big and boozy, bready malt sweetness. The taste is much the same, with just enough of an earthy hops to balance out all the malt. The body has a nice thicker feel to it, smooth throughout with just a little alcohol tingle on the finish.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong aroma has notes of caramel and brown sugar, a fair alcohol tang. Pours a dark, somewhat hazy chestnut with a thick and fairly persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty, woody flavor has subtle caramel and cloves notes, alcohol bite seems a bit strong. Texture has decent body and sharp fizz, leaving a woody hop finish. Not D-R’s best, but give it a try.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jared for sharing

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a thin head that fades to leave a light wisps 4

S - Aromas of loads of chocolate, caramel, sweet malts, light roast. Aromatic. 4.25

T - Taste is nice chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, light grain, light biscuit, pretty tasty albeit thin. 4

M - Mouthfeel is thin, watery, rather let down. 3

O - Overall this was tasty and aromatic. Still, tasty for the style. 3.75

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerness for this one, shared with rudzud and threelions.

Small fizzy head fades almost instantly, dark murky molasses brown color. 4

Nose burnt molasses, caramel, dark toasted wheat, faint soy notes, dark fig and raisin, little biscuity toffee, little choc and cocoa notes. 4.25

Taste sweet syrupy candy, lots of toffee and butterscotch, biscuit, candy brittle. Then touches of raisin and fig, candied, some cocoa and a luscious creamy choc, nice rich candy. Faint booze, little syrupy, candied wheat and biscuit. Finish is drier, little booze warmth, mild bitterness, more choc and biscuit lingering, touch dark dried fruits. 4

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, light carb, light feeling. 3.5

Overall decent. 4

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was an off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of malt, chocolate, and fruit.

T: Tasted of a lot of malt, a nice amount of chocolate, and dark fruit (raisins, etc.). An incredibly balanced and flavorful beer. The addition of chocolate helps immeasurably. A good flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Quite a solid beer. Not classically like a dopplebock, but that's not a bad thing. Drinkable.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into a Rastel tulip glass. No date on the bottle, but I'm guessing it's from this year.

Appearance: Very dark brown - mahogany - not a lot of color coming through, but a bit of a deep amber / ruby red when held up to the light. Cappuccino tan foam ring at the edge, barest skin across the top. Some islands of lacing.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma, maybe, just maybe, a hint of something fruity. I'm actually going to say it smells a bit like fresh prunes. This goes away after awhile and gets replaced with some roasted malts and a hint of toffee - the fruit is gone. Still faint though even after warming up.

Taste: Restrained and refined is how I would describe the flavor of this doppelbock. Lots of malt, with some grapes, raisins, roasted malt, toasted malt, hints of bittersweet chocolate, sweet breads (like a danish), and molasses. Some bitter and earthy hops at the finish. Somewhat like noble hops, but different when combined with the bitterness from the roasted malts. At no point with all these flavors does it smack you on the head with it - you get a little taste of everything.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth, lightly carbonated. A bit sticky on the teeth. Not as thick as I was expecting a doppelbock to be.

Overall / Drinkability: What a very interesting beer. i wish I had a bigger glass of it to work out all the flavors. Very drinkable - this went down quickly and then that higher ABV let me know it was there. I could easily see myself getting a 6 pack of this next time I can do so. It reminds me a bit of Ayinger Celebrator, but not as deep in flavor. The mouthfeel was a tad disappointing for this style, but otherwise a very good beer.

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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed vase, the beer is a auburn-highlighted brown coloring with a thin, sparse, cream colored surface coating of head. Aromas of rich toffee and caramel forward, with date, raisin, and cherry sweet and rich highlights. Roasted highlights keep the sweet reigned in, making this a very balanced nose. Flavors are roasted heavily on the forward tongue, with rich toffee, chocolate, and caramel notes. The old-world fruit characteristics are present in highlight form, and there are some earthy notes, as well. This is a tasty malt-bomb! Smooth and robust in mouth, with a slight effervesced edge to keep the drinkability up. The aftertaste is surprisingly crisp, keeping all the sweet characteristics from becoming overpowering. Smooth, slick finish with only a minimally sweet linger thanks to the carbonation. Solid brew!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 04-2014 - so it's not exactly the freshest. Ok, let's go.

Looks nice. Dark, slim and slender in my Weihenstephan glass - so far so good.

Aroma is nice and well. Rich caramel and dark chocolates that make Raul think bad things (in a good way).

Taste is where things are a bit of a letdown. (Again, age is a factor). Not immature like Hannah Montana, and not completely cooked like Kim Novak - somewhere in the middle. Taste compares to the aroma, but it's a bit flat with a Laura Flynnboyle-like mouthfeel.

General consensus is that it's aite and that Raul would like to try it fresh.


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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky brown color with one finger of tan head that fades fairly quickly to a ring.

Aroma: Sweet malt, roasted notes, some cocoa and a little candy syrup sweetness.

Taste: Strong roasted flavors up front, with some earthy bitterness mixing in, creamy on the tongue but quick to thin out. Lots of chocolate on the back end, with a little chalkiness, slightly lingering but ends up being pretty clean.

The Rest: Really, really good. This is a top-notch Dopple. Great balance, great flavor - I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Pours a cloudy dark burnt amber body with cappuccino froth that layers the top.

S: Lots of banana and clove, dark figs, sugary pound cake, maple syrup, rich caramel malt, molasses and booze.

T/M: Rich dark fruits, caramel malts, burnt molasses, bitter bananas, spiced rum soaked plums, melted dark chocolate, earthy hops by the hand full and apple peels. Thick syrupy body up front then thins out and melts in your mouth. Finishes semi dry and lingers cinnamon apple peels.

O: The mouthfeel on this is weird as it starts out syrupy an thick then kinda thins out. The aroma is fantastic and the taste delivers nicely as well. Rich roasty meal in a glass.

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, BB date notched a April 2014, served in a Belgian snifter. Some sediment left in the bottom of the bottle even after a 'complete' pour.

A: body is dark reddish-brown with a decent tan head. Spotty lacing.

Very fruity aroma and taste, especially the latter which is also rich for style. Baked dates and some chocolate in the nose. Dried plums, dates and raisins on the tongue.

O: an exceptional dopplebock worth seeking out.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From: Trade with jshusc, much thanks
Date: Best by 2014-05 on label
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Duck-Rabbit's doppelbock is a long-desired beer for me, and I'm grateful to jshusc for sending it my way in a recent trade. The beer is an overall better-than-average version of the style, but just by a bit. The display, aromatics, and feel of the beer are a bit off, but the taste is quite good, on par with many of the dark malt-forward German versions of the style (somewhat similar to the Miltenberger doppelbock I recently tried). Very dark and sweet caramel with a variety of other flavors mixed in, which is very satisfying. If this were locally available, I'd pick it up when available. As it's something I'd (currently) have to trade for to obtain, I'll probably just stick to locally available versions of the style.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of light tan-colored bubbles, small in size, yielding a frothy mass of foam atop the body of the beer that is short-lived, lasting less than a minute in decline to a thin ring around the body of the beer. Lacing is nonexistent. Body is a very dark amber color, with light bringing out orange-red-brown hues around the periphery of the beer. Carbonation not visible through the transparent (though dark, about 50% opaque) body.

Aroma is fairly mild, with hints of toasted bread crust, cocoa, dried dates, and a bit of diacetyl that does not detract from the beer. Overall, a bit disappointing, I was hoping for a more deep, exuberant set of scents.

Flavor is of intense toasted bread crusts, cocoa, dried black figs, prunes, and somewhat concealed ethanol. Front of palate tastes heavy, dark caramel-like sweetness, prunes and dried black figs, and a touch of slight raspberry and cocoa. Mid-palate experiences intense dark caramel-like sweetness, toasted bread crusts, a touch of cocoa, and strong prune, dried date and black fig esters, mild ethanol. Back of palate detects very dark caramel-like sweetness, toasted and slightly burnt bread crusts, ethanol, prune and dried black fig esters. Aftertaste of very dark caramel-like sweetness, heavily toasted bread, prunes, dried black figs, and light cocoa.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth (9/10) mouthfeel with just a touch of foaminess (1/10) that results in very slow sips of a lingering nature. Some more carbonation could be present and the beer would benefit in both aromatics and drinkability. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate, just right for the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy and very dark reddish brown in color with a light amount of carbonation visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raisins are present in the nose along with notes of caramel and hints of brown sugar.
T: For the most part, the taste follows the smell but has somewhat more pronounced flavors with additional hints of prunes and toffee. The faintest bits of alcohol are perceptible towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very good drinkability for the style—it isn't bogged down with malty flavors or much in the way of alcohol.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a point glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep murky brown color with a one finger tan head. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of sweet caramel and some smells of dark fruits of fig and cherry. The aroma also has a decent toasted malt aroma as well as some notes of chocolate mixed within. Rounding out these smells are some notes of a grassy hop, complimenting the others nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet roasted malt flavor. The sweetness is of a caramel nature upfront with it transitioning to a more brown sugar and molasses sweetness more toward the end. The roasted malt flavor upfront is a mix of brown bread and some toasted malt tastes. Some lighter coffee flavors hit the tongue as well as a rather nice hit of dark fruit flavors more toward the middle of the taste. With a little bit of a herbal taste as well as some alcohol greeting the tongue at the end, taste an overall sweet, roasty, and warming taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather midrange. The thick body is very nice for the big sweet and roasty flavors enhancing the warming nature of the brew.

Overall –This one has nice and big sweet flavors with lots of malt. A rather tasty doppelbock that is well worth a try.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears a dark shade of mahogany with a half inch of foamy beige head. The aroma offers dark malts, brown sugar, bread, alcohol, ripe plums, raisins. Sweet brown bread, cookies, alcohol, yeast. Definitely true to style. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer.

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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear but almost opaque brownish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small thick patches with a large patch of thin film surrounding it (covering about 75% of the surface of the beer) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and dark fruit (figs, plums, and raisins) along with light hints of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some caramel and dark fruit (raisin, fig, and plum) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy hops and nuttiness from the malts. Very light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I think this is a really nice example of the style that is quite enjoyable. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is easy to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with one-finger offwhite head that died a slow death with no lace. A thick, rich aroma, mostly bready and roasted malts along with some dark chocolate sweetness. Taste and mouthfeel is more of the same as the beer is thick, fuller-bodied, not sticky nor watery but a nice thick smoothness, mixed roasted and breadlike malts for dryness with dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel for sweetness. Not typical of other DBs I've had in terms of the dryness and the finish, which is less sweet more dry, and not much in terms of any fruit flavors at all (can't say I really got a hold of any dark fruits or minor citric hops) but still a pretty good beer.

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4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with amber highlights when held to the light. Head is small darker tan color that leaves some spotty lace behind.

Aroma is loads of malty goodness, earthy peat, figs, chocolate notes earthy hops. A big chewy smelling brew.

Taste is just like the nose big chewy malts good earthy notes peat, nuts, chocolate notes with figs. Nice meaty brew one of the better American attempts of this style I am enjoying this one. Finish is lingering smokey earthy malts with some earthy herbal like hops almost like a weak cigar flavor.

Mouthfeel is big medium with fairly mellow carbonation light pep here and there.

Overall have to agree Duck Rabbit is the dark beer specialist, they sure got this one right. Glad I was finally able to get some of this one just never seemed to be in NC when it was released.

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3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a globe.

A - Deep ruby hue here with a nice light-bronze head. Fair retention with good lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted coffee. Nice balance on the nose!

T - Starts with sweet caramel and heavy roast. Progresses into a dry fruity melody, closing with a strange sharp-chocolate sweetness, accompanied by black pepper.

M - Medium+ body with moderate carbonation.

O - This is a really odd doppelbock. Not a huge fan of the style, although this is better than most I have encountered. Lots going on here... I can see where the hype comes from, just not for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body, housing a little hint dirtied garnet at the edge against the list. Smallish, light beige head that settles fairly quickly. No appreciable lacing or retention.

Smell: Sweet-scented, alcoholic, with a fruitiness of figs and grape-flavored candy (like Nerds or such), a step ahead of the dark-colored syrup, Tootsie roll, and molasses.

Taste: Molasses, caramel atop toast, and a noted roastiness. Dark syrup sweetness upfront. Rather bright fruitiness, fig and grape, followed by slight, herbal hops and a persistent pinch of alcohol (a bit fusel). Snippet of licorice. Slight nuttiness, with a touch of Tootsie Roll. Drying, rather warming, fruity finish. A little coffee pops into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Potent in many of its aspect, it's not the best doppelbock to be had, though, I'm sure you could do worse.

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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Fairly dark brown. When held to the light appears medium dark orange. slight tan head.
smell: sweet, and malty. A bit of chocolate. Nice, fairly simple.
taste: Much like the nose but with more happening. Dark fruits, drier than expected. Full and rich.
overall: Nice Dopple. Not a standout imo, but decent enough brew.

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Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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