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

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BA SCORE
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263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 48
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one hefty doppelbock here,poured a deep dark amber-brown with a thinner off white head atop.Big caramel and dark fruit in the nose with a tad bit of sweet dough,flavors have a big sweet dough base mixed with alcohol dipped dark fruit,the big malt tones are the main component of the beer,its bigger than most I have had of the style.It has big flavor and complexity but its rich and a a bit heavy even for the style.

oberon, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Spaten454
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of codysjb
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

codysjb, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is chocolate, toffee, a hint of smoke and some nuts.

The flavor is chocolate, toffee, hazelnuts and alcohol. I also get a little dark fruit.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This is a very nice doppelbock. It doesn't taste like a traditional German doppelbock, but it is a very interesting take on the style.

Mora2000, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Dudeletter
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a recent trip to Asheville, NC (Beer-halla) I walked into one of the best beer stores in the country, the Thirsty Monk. If you know me, I am the hyperboleistic sort. Everything is like the best ever. However, this is an exception. By this point in my life, I have tried around a thousand beers (about 500 of which reside in my bottle collection and 150 on my Taco Mac Brewniversity. In that laundry list, I have my loves; St. Bernardus Prior 8 and Abt. 12, Brooklyn Black Ops, Left Hand Milk Stout, Great Lakes Christmas, Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy, among many, but this beer has been special.

As a brewery, Duck Rabbit is impressive. While none of their beers, until now have been my favorite of a style, many have been quite close. Their recipes are classic, but crisp and refreshing. Their styles are within their comfort zone, but push the envelope. Their Doppelbock, however, is perfect.

I know what you are thinking, only Hoffmann could have a style I have not heard of as a favorite beer. First of all, listen, while this beer is in my current top five, there is no favorite to a beer lover, it is what feels right at that moment. Second, anyone would like a doppelbock if they had a good one. A doppelbock will look like a dark brown ale, brown porter, or light colored stout. It is smooth and malty; perhaps even creamy. While having subtle roast qualities, it is sweet and light. If you drink this and you had no other beer experience other than a Bud or Pabst, you may think it was a girl beer or soda, but they are so much more.

Duck Rabbit Doppelbock is not much to look at. The logo is cool, but the color is a deep brown and the head was a wispy white, that is where the standard aspects end. The body was rich, but not heavy; highly drinkable. The smell and flavor were malty chocolate, with subtle roasting. They are cleanly fermented, but complex. The scent is amazing and the flavors are rich. If you have never tried such a beer, please go and try it; you will never be the same.

http://www.dudeletter.com/?p=1303

Dudeletter, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

chinchill, Mar 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of CoalPorter
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - 2 fingers sticky tan/brown head rises tightly and leaves nice lacing, Color is a deep chestnut brown, almost black, with a reddish tinge

S - Brown bread and molasses, gingerbread notes, and a lightly vegetal quality underneath

T - Malt-o-riffic, Rum, raisin, and sweet toffee, with the alcohol sneaking in at the end with a little heat. The hops also show up just in the bitter finish, but this is a malt dominator.

M - very smooth and pleasant, not too sticky, broken up nicely by the level of carbonation

O - great glass for a nightcap, nice example of the style. Just one per evening I think.

CoalPorter, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour from the tap at Fat Heads

A - short light tan head which quickly retreated to a thin floating island and ring around the glass. the beer is a very dark brown with some copper notes when held up to the light.

S - sweet caramel and dark fruits, some bitter hips, raosted malt, tobacco, bitter chocolate, alcohol...

T - sweet up front, mostly caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate. develops into a very strong dark fruit before a massive tobacco finish. tobacco lingers for awhile.

M - medium bodied but heavy in the mouth, quite chewy especially in the aftertaste. very slight alcohol burn when warmed.

D - good and quite unique, but the tobacco just a bit overwhelming for me as it pretty much takes over the entire second half of the drink.

Stigs, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Judging by the horn placement on the duck-rabbit Duck-Rabbator (yeah, "rabbat" on the label), I'm gonna say "duck" this time.

The pour produces a toasted, creamy tan head, sitting on top of a coppery brown liquid sporting various highlights that look like dark red wine.

Aroma favors an old, musty, vinous sweetness, along with generous but not overbearing alcohol, along with some raisin, fig and plum. About as interesting a doppelbock smell as I've smelled. Not a totally traditional one, but not a mockery either.

Same with the flavor. If you're wanting a traditional doppelbock, look elsewhere. The Duck-Rabbator is a surly, burly thing, dark fruits exploding everywhere with a nice kick in the ass from the alcohol (again, never out of whack, just very present). "Cherry chocolate cake" is the prevailing impression here. "Black Forest Cake" too. Yeah, it's dessert-y. The bready elements of the real German d'bocks are buried here, this is just more candy-like, sweeter, and juicier.

Speaking of juicy, the mouthfeel is a slick, juicy, slippery delight, going down ridiculously smoothly for a beer this malty and this alcoholic. I love it.

Had to take it slow, as this drinks so easily. Definitely a huge flavor, not much subtlety here, and I imagine age could change the shape of this beer in various interesting ways...but I don't think the remaining bottles are gonna make it for very long around here.

Metalmonk, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of twowheelssoar
5/5  rDev +24.7%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well overcarbonated, this dark concoction (with little head) attacked my palate and did not go. Heavy, a rich chocolate, pepper, tabbacco. I was OK with it, but got more than my fill of beer today from it. For this style, turn it down, less is more, and closer to the target.

Sammy, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.

A - dark caramel-purple with a big brown head that has great retention

S - caramel, sugar

T - caramel, sugar, dark fruit, figs, raisins, faint bitterness, a bit buttery

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a very nicely flavored doppelbock. It's complex and very drinkable with a well hidden ABV. This is another solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

tdm168, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks bert for your gracious shipments

poured with a cider-brined chop and some krispy kale

appearance: served in a great lakes chalice - very dark body, light tan head with no retention. Ram horns on the label make this a 3.5 max. Go pack.

smell: caramelized sugars, raisins, dates, bourbon and vanilla

taste: deviant from the style, but really nice - hits of bourbon, smoke, vanilla, caramelized sugars, dark fruits, brown sugar, spice, molasses, dark cherry

mouthfeel: rich and heavy, boozy

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Nov 08, 2010
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Damian74Shensky, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

let8it8grow, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

blknikon, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of nickd717
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at City Beverage in Winston-Salem.

A - Cloudy dark brown with a medium off-white head that lasts.

S - Sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, and alcohol.

T - Flavor is very sweet and malty with caramel, raisin, chocolate, and brown sugar. Good, but becomes a little intense before too long.

M - Palate fairly full and syrupy.

D - Average for the style. Not incredibly drinkable.

nickd717, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of silver0rlead
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that retains reasonably well. The aroma has a big molasses and caramel sweetness upfront, along with some licorice, honey wheat bread, cherries, plum, date and a little cognac. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a broad sweetness initially (notes of caramel, toffee and molasses), along with some dark fruits (fig, date plum, cherry), toasted wheat bread, licorice, anise, cognac, and some flinty hops. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is excellent. An exceptional dopplebock from DR, it's complex and delicious...easily the best American iteration. Highly recommended

silver0rlead, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours auburn with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Brown sugar & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, caramel, leafy hops & dryness up front. Slight boozeyness as this warms, more brown sugar, woody dryness that kind of detracts from an otherwise great take on the style. Finishes dry & bready & spicy

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, warming & dry

Pretty drinkable, not world-class, but pretty decent. However, at $14 a sixer, I would probably pass on this one again in bottled form. This one did grow on me as it warmed...

russpowell, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Kegatron, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Beertracker
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duck-Rabbit's Duck-Rabbator (Doppelbock) pours up gently with a silky carbonation that creates a layered, but frothy mocha colored head that sustains itself over the deep russet (reddish brown) colored body. Absolutely marvelous appearance! The decadently rich, lightly roasted maltiness exhibits a plethora of dark fruit (e.g. burnt raisins, Deglet Noor dates, Black Mission figs, etc...) & nutty/spicy (e.g. cinnamon, honey almond, pistachio, etc...) complexity with just a hint of alcoholic warmth. Exceptional! The flavor is dominated by the rich melanoidin maltiness with some spicy, Noble hop bitterness & nuttiness coming through the deceptive warming finish. The creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel has a chewy quality that makes a bit of a meal of itself. This select seasonal offering from Duck-Rabbit puts some of the German offerings to shame. This is simply a malt lover's paradise in a glass! Suggested food pairings include hearty game such as black peppered venison, honey brazed wild boar ribs or cherry-glazed duckling. Here's to the great horned Duck-Rabbator!

PROSIT! Beertracker

Trader's Note: Many thanx to cdflem for a 6'er of this one!

Beertracker, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of jtb0608
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

jtb0608, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

mscudder, Jul 23, 2013
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Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.