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

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009)
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Reviews by NCBeernut:
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better doppelbocks made on this side of the pond.

Dark. The light reveals mahogany to garnet hues. Topped by a modest khaki foam - about 1 finger at first, then sticks around as a thin sudsy sheet. Molassas, dark fruits and some complex chocolate malt aromas. Nutty with a touch of chocolate malt roastiness that adds a little to the bitterness and also contributes some cocoa powder flavor. A hint of plum tries to dig through the roast, finding it's way through from time to time, more-so in the aroma. A tad minerally, but just barely, adding some sharpness. Kind of reminds me of a strong brown ale. There is an overall complexity to it that is hard for me to describe. Alcohol is detectable, but fairly well hidden until it smacks you upside the head. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth except for the sharpness. Assertive and solid. Improves as it warms; the roastiness starts to give a little way to the dark fruits and hints of cherry. A tad roasty to be truly traditional, but still a nice beer from the dark beer specialists. If this wasn't labeled a doppelbock, I would probably give it a bump for taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 02:39:17 | More by NCBeernut
More User Reviews:
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 22:37:53 | More by damndirtyape
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-04-2014 16:42:19 | More by BierBliss
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FranklinPaine

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-04-2014 03:53:34 | More by FranklinPaine
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oneguynamedjosh

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-01-2014 03:21:54 | More by oneguynamedjosh
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erialbill

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-30-2014 15:16:12 | More by erialbill
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Tuggy

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-29-2014 02:36:40 | More by Tuggy
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Spaten454

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

06-14-2014 16:45:19 | More by Spaten454
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doctorjack

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.4%

06-12-2014 23:32:27 | More by doctorjack
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The_Craft_Deviant_Rob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

06-08-2014 21:21:56 | More by The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-05-2014 21:16:46 | More by berkshire413
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-02-2014 14:43:12 | More by mklisz
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-28-2014 01:38:58 | More by AngusOg
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.4%

05-26-2014 02:55:50 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-24-2014 01:07:27 | More by Latarnik
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

05-22-2014 04:12:41 | More by Durandal_777
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.86/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 22:42:42 | More by GarthDanielson
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-09-2014 03:44:02 | More by XmnwildX12
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RaulMondesi

California

3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

Peace!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 02:35:03 | More by RaulMondesi
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curasowa

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 21:00:18 | More by curasowa
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:20:22 | More by Hopswagger
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:35:33 | More by chinchill
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-28-2014 20:10:26 | More by buckyp
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:32:37 | More by falloutsnow
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-31-2014 04:36:13 | More by ShepardCommander
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Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.