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

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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 47
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:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009)
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brutalist, Sep 11, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Durge, Sep 25, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

PorterLambic, Oct 11, 2011
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4.43/5  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.

Ratman197, Nov 04, 2011
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4.43/5  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.

rajendra82, Sep 08, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Deuane, Oct 15, 2009
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4.4/5  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.

TurdFurgison, Nov 23, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
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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4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Bung, Jan 07, 2010
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4.38/5  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.

Proteus93, Aug 14, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

bhalter8, Jun 22, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

msubulldog25, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of DIM
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

DIM, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Daktah
4.36/5  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!

Daktah, Jun 11, 2013
Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.