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

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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 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.


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Photo of Deus1138
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to the Brick Store for snagging this limited release!

Poured into a special Duck Rabbit snifter. The bartender said, "If you pour it right, it looks like a breast with a nipple." Indeed. The glass was very cool. Since they only had one keg of this sruff, I told them there was no reason for me to return the glass. They made me give it back. :-(

Color is a deep brown. Very nice, fine, thin lacing around the glass.

Smell is dark malty sweetness.

Taste is exceptional. I have found my new favorite Doppelbock. Very flavorful dark malts, mild sweetness. Chocolaty! And a hint of coffee. They call themselves "the dark beer specialists." Agreed. This, their first lager, definitely has characteristics of their dark ales. It's like they "Frankensteined" the best parts of a Doppelbock and the dark ales they make into this amazing brew. The finish is nice, lingering caramel.

Mouth feel is SMOOTH, creamy.

Drinkability is excellent. You really can't have just one.

I understand why breweries have one time, or rotating releases. But when you do something like this, you really need to consider adding this to your full time line up.

Duck Rabbit, you have out done yourselves with this one!

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Photo of johannasclimacus
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the strongest, but also best, of the few dopplebocks that I've tried.

A: Dark, roasted brown. Small layer of head in the snifter with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, a little alcohol mixed with fruit.

T: The roasted malt is most prevalent, but there's lots going on in the taste profile. I picked up some chocolate and some faint fruits that complemented the general roastiness well. Also some alcohol presence, but it's well incorporated into the beer.

M: Smooth, medium-full.

D: Pretty good for the style. Alcohol taste doesn't hold you back, but I've never felt like dopplebocks are the kind of beer for sessioning anyways.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another day up in Asheville, and it was HOT! The only thing to keep you cool was several trips around
to the local watering holes. Consumed on tap on 07/06/2010.

Longtime coming on this one. I had waited and waited to see this one on tap for what seemed like an
eternity. Served cold I just had to wait and let it warm before diving in. Thick, dark, black as night
as it comes to the table has me second guessing the idea of a dark starter to the afternoon. I took
the first whiff though and it was over. Deep chocolate just rushes across the nose. Huge roasted
malts, enormous hints of smoke and tobacco, a rush of earthy hops. Amazing collaboration of flavors
here has me seriously scratching my head in amazement.

Thick as a milkshake then light as a feather, this is an amazing creation, smoky, roasted, rich,
drinkable. I could have this all day. As it reaches up near room temperature I finally get the full
experience and it just overwhelms the senses. A semi dry and sweet finish seals the deal.

Overall one of the best things I have had in a long time. I would love to have this on every day.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased Peabody's Beer & Wine, in Boone, NC.

A - In the sun light a deep reddish brown with good carbonation and a thin consistent tan foam. Indoor light the beer is a deep brown with reddish hints.

S - Malts, Raisin, Dates, hints of alcohol. The aroma is very inviting that you want to taste the beer.

T - Malts, sweetness of dark fruits, some bitterness of hops, a good sting of alcohol with a good aftertaste of all the ingredients.

M - A good full feel in each taste no matter the sip or full taste. The flavor is really good and makes you want more.

O - I really enjoy this beer. I have had this last beer of a 6 pack since August '11 so it has aged about 6 months on top of the brewing/aging timeline. I look forward to getting to NC so I can get somemore.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured down the side of a pint glass, I got 4" of foam and an inch of liquid. After a lot of fizzing and about 30 seconds it was 3" of liquid brown love, all chestnut in color, topped with over an inch of root beer-looking foam the color of the fluff on that aforementioned root beer. Eventually, it settled to a 1/2" layer. A good amount of light penetration through the hazy brown.
Smell is richly malty with with notes of earth and whiskey, raisins and apples, caramel and smoke. Really great complexity and balance.
Taste is amazing. Rich, smoky roasted malt, caramel, whiskey, dark fruits and a nice mellow alcohol presence. Again, complexity and balance are phenomenal.
Rich, full-bodied, light effervescence. Slightly ashy note in the aftertaste. This is a really fine bottle of brew. Now if they would only distribute in Florida.

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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

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Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark mahogany colored brew with a decent tan colored foam on top with nice lacing. The aroma brings big peanut butter malt with a hint of ham and muted licorice cotton candy. Quite nice. The flavor favors licorice malt by far and it’s delicious with banana bread sweetness and a little charcoal and lemony grass hop. A really good doppelbock. It has a resinous feel, silky smooth in a medium-heavy bodied brew with tiny bubbles that keep it a touch lively. Quite a brew. Enjoy.

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Photo of kels
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Celebrator Doppelbock glass. Seemed appropriate.

Really lovely beer. Pours a rich brown with ruby highlights shining in the clarity. The great toffee-colored thick head fades from an initial 2 fingers to a well-retained skim, leaving behind tremendous sheets of thick, sticky lace along the sides of the glass.

Great hearty graininess in the aroma. It is simultaneously toasty and sweet.

This is a delicious doppelbock. It really has all the flavor one would look for. The malts are very rich and roasty, and there's just the nicest touch of caramel sweetness. It isn't anything outrageous - it's just solid, balanced and tasty. The feel is well-carbonated, and while sticky on the lips, it's more dry overall.

Drinkability is high because it's tasty, balanced and refreshing in body while being rich and filling. The alcohol isn't detectable in the taste, but it is in the feel.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of molasses, caramel, toffee, cocoa and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of molasses, toffee, caramel and light cocoa with a crisp lingering toffee finish.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The chestnut colored body clear, and the beige head was fed by gentle carbonation. The smell was ripe with figs, dates, cherries, and dark raisins. The taste was not as sweet as I had anticipated. The malts appeared to be well roasted, giving a bitter coffee effect at first sip. This was followed by a fruity tartness, semi-sweet powdered cocoa, and a woody, dry finish. This was a surprisingly complex juxtaposition of flavors for the style. The body was not as silky smooth as the best examples of the style. Quite a different experience from others of this style.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at the ACBF this year but was too buzzed to rate it. Then a few months later I picked up a bottle in VA, and here I am opening it during a week 11 NFL game.

It pours dark and opaque with the thinnest of heads. Near perfect smell, dark fruit and yeastie bread, providing proof that Duck Rabbit knows dark beer styles very well. Sweet malts throughout, toffee and bread dough, awesome aromas.

It tastes intially sweet with blasts of malty goodness. Finishes with long yeastie fruity notes, not bitter at all. The alcohol seems more noticeable in taste than in smell. Medium-plus bodied, very full and creamy mouthfeel. Another winner from a great brewery.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at The Foodery, even though Duck-Rabbit is carried in Charlottesville. I couldn't resist a doppelbock and wasn't sure if this was available at home yet.

A: Pours quite dark... almost a chestnut brown, with only the light giving way to some of the red hues within. The head formed a modest finger tall, and a pretty light brown... almost like a very light brown sugar.

S: A big nose of malts! Toffee, biscuit, even a bit of a sweetbread scent. Some dark fruit notes round it out very nicely along with some hints of molasses and a touch of chocolate. Pretty nice

T + M: The flavour follows the aroma pretty closely... dark breads, with a robust fruity sweetness and caramel. Some dark chocolate bitterness comes through as it goes down in addition to a touch of alcohol which makes for a wonderfully warming finish. Rich in body, which goes with the flavour profile very nicely.

D: I was kinda shocked at how easily I polished off this beer considering the alcohol content. It drinks very smooth and I will be eagerly seeking it out again. Excellent.

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Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown/copper with a light tan head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Rich, sweet caramel with a touch of roast and hint of prune. Alcohol heat became noticable upon warming.

T-Sweet caramel, chocolate and dark fruit initially with the smooth caramel being most apparent. Lighter notes of drying tobacco and oak come through upon warming. Semi-dry finish.

M-Medium heavy and very smooth. Becomes a bit sticky but never looses it's rich, smooth character. Alcohol heat adds to the complexity as it warms.

D-So smooth and rich it is almost sinful! An excellant creation by Paul and the DR crew! Hopefully this one isn't a one off!

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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...

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Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Saucer Charlotte.
Nice deep amber/orange appearance. Some cream colored bubbles that lace fairly nicely.
Aroma is toasted malt, toffee, caramel covered apples light oak.
Taste is a great balance of the caramel apple, yellow raisin and smokey oak, tobacco. Just hints of cocoa powder. The smokiness made this different than the norm for me, but works very nice.
Smooth nearly creamy mouthfeel. Solid medium body and drinkable has heck. Some things about this reminded me of a Founders Backwoods.
Maybe not quite up to the German versions, but still very tasty and another very good one from Duck Rabbit. They should think about bottling this at some point.

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Photo of Daktah
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy dark brown. Light tan head with decent lacing. Smell is dark fruit, caramel, malt, and a good amount of smooth chocolate. Taste is more of the same, with additional malt sweetness. The sweetness isn't cloying though and the finish is clean, leaving you ready for another sip. Smooth and creamy without being heavy.

Another great Duck-Rabbit beer, and a solid doppelbock that I'm happy to have made in NC. Really need to make that trip to Farmville!

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Photo of bhalter8
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another treat from The Brick Store 12th Anniversary. A 10 oz. pour into the very nice Duck Rabbit "multi-head" snifter. Pours a medium to dark brown color with a thin tan head, not too thick, as some light makes its way through. A nice aroma from the dark malt provides a mixture of chocolate and dark fruits. The taste is far stronger in these characteristics, as it a delicious mixture of chocolate, coffee, and raisons. There is a bitter tip to it at the end, maybe a slightly more pronounced hop presence? Not as thick as a lot of Duck Rabbit's offerings, it is much more medium bodied. While thin, there is no overabundance of carbonation, so it is still a smooth sipper. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, further proof of Duck Rabbit's strong presence in the dark beer world.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, emptied unceremoniously into the nearest pint glass. 'Fresh beer' label notches at both '5' and '11' (out of 14!), some strange Southern variance from the typical Gregorian calendar?!?!?

Another Tarheel Treat, sent by Dixie's Finest, Metalmonk. With its ducky-bunny noggin now bedecked with coiling ram's horns, I'm reminded of the legendary cross-breed, The Jack-alope.

A: Mahogany tinged with ruby: what looks look a dull sienna at the 'wrong' angle is ablaze with cherry-redness at the 'right' one. Ample carbonation in rapidly-rising rivulets. Head is decent, starting at maybe a 1/2-finger of ivory cream that breaks into a half-moon crescent within a couple minutes. Spots and dots of lace, but nothing sticks.

S: A musty, husky malt scent, full of dry cocoa powder, dark crust and plenty of sweetness. Ripe dark berries and a twinge of alcohol sting (I know, that's not an 'aroma'...but it does warm the nose with a miscalculated whiff).

T: Caramel and cocoa galore! A molten milk chocolate truffle, then carobs or raisins - take your pick. A bit of sweet raspberry then a firm, earthy blackberry (chambord?) - all still covered in that sinfully delicious cocoa. Just enough bitterness for balance, a grainy paradise.

M: Warming and über-smooth. Just as creamy as can be, with a wispy coating feel and less alcohol feel than the nose-singeing led on. Medium feel, hedging toward more.

D: 'Duck-Rabbitor', huh? A stretch...names and odd label imagery aside, a freakin' stellar beer! The maltmasters at D-R dun dun it agin'; a gorgeous, highly flavorful wonder that I'm lovin' every bit as much as its Germanic brethren.

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Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark, chestnut brown with ruby edges. It was served to me with a thick white cap.

s: Clean overall, almost no heat wafting off of this. Roasty, nutty malts with suggestions of chocolate and dark fruits.

t: Rich maltiness with flavors of nutty chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel. Crisp, kind of dry finish with practically no heat.

m: Somewhat chewy up front with big, gently foamy carbonation.

d: Really nice take on the style, great beer overall.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of birchstick
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a chocolaty brown color with a 1/4 finger head that retains well

S - smell is copious amounts of chocolate with some dark fruits mixed in. The two really blend together nicely.

T - starts off with sweet, sugary malts and candied fruits. as it moves down the palate, chocolate malts make an appearance. As this hits the back, I get a lot of sugary fruits again (plums, raisins) and a bit of toasted malt. Ends with chocolate tones. Really solid taste profile.

M - full and creamy - goes down smoothly

D - this is a really solid doppelbock from Duck-Rabbit. It has a really nice balance of chocolates and dark fruits. I feel most doppelbocks are one dimensional on the malts, but this has a really nice interplay in and out of a variety of flavors. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it!

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: duck-rabbitor is dark and nutty in color, almost leaning towards garnet red in the dim lights of this basement bar, but mostly a deep pecan shell brown, little head to speak of

s: huge dark toffee body with nuts and dusty cocoa, deeply caramelized malts lend a sweetness heavily accented by a range of roast in true duck-rabbit fashion, cherries rolled in cocoa, complex and unique - smells great

m: light carbonation, just a bit prickly, with a smooth medium-full body

t: absolutely delicious, rich toffee and deeply toasted malts at the start, semisweet and bitter chocolates, a full and sugary barley flavor wanes as things become more and more roasty towards the finish, ends with lingering nutshell, dry cocoa, and an earthy hop bitterness, oh - and just an ever so slight nuance of soured grain

d: the alcohol isn't a detractor at all, but I'm perfectly content to savor this one

~10 oz. pour at Foundation, Raleigh, NC

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Photo of Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a thick head that dies down to a soapy film of bubbles. A strong caramel aroma with some peat and a touch of cherry. Very clean aroma. A bit of toasted malt flavor at first that blends with a bit of cherry and a nice butterscotch flavor. A medium feel with a nice smooth body and a bit of syrup. Coats the tongue with a sweet finish. On par with Optimator and Salvator. Another dangerous session beer....great flavor and you can't detect any alcohol.

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Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.