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

On tap at the Belgian Cafe

A: Deep dark brown with some amber hues. Short but dense, creamy heady and good lacing.

S: Dark roasted matls and nuts. Slight whiffs of chocolate and dark fruit.

T: Dark roasted malts. dark roasted nuts, slight dark chocolate and dried dark fruit notes (fig, plum)

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth drinking

D: Fantastic... maybe a little extra roasted malt flavor than your typical authentic doppelbock, but whose complaining? The ABVS are higher, but hidden.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is dark mahogany with a nice tan head and some good retention. The nose is dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, nuts, chocolate. Really nice and presents an elegant complexity. The taste is the same and some brown sugar mixes well with the fruits and chocolate. Fairly thick body with good carbonation. Drinks quite well overall and is very nice.

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

Close to three fingers of dark tan head, a lot of larger bubbles interspersed throughout, pops and sizzles down to the surface at a steady gait, the lacing slides down the glass side in solid sheets. Very dark brown in color with a mild orange tint, no murkiness at all, just darkness, a pleasing package visually. There's enough roast to the nose to evoke coffee, dark baker's chocolate and a pinch of chicory, softened by butterscotch, rum raisin and date to fig fruit notes, very light banana too, the hops more like straw or hay than anything fresh and green, muscular tenacity in your nostrils. Full-bodied, dry and crisp mouth entry, the carbonation well-defined and brisk. Sip by sip you get more chocolate, butterscotch, nougat, molasses and coffee hard candy. The raisin, fig, date, maraschino cherry flavors not overly sweet and strongest past the mid-palate. More of foresty, mossy sort of herbaceousness here, wetter and livelier. Minimal citrus or spice, sticks to the core message. Richness without heaviness.

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

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass; best by May 2011. Cheers to atsprings for the trade!

At one point when I lived in Raleigh, I had reviewed every beer that Duck Rabbit produced. Not so much nowadays, but it's always a treat to revisit an old friend/brewery. Rabbitor pours beautifully, with a rosy-amber body that supports several sluggish streams of carbonation rising up to supply a sticky head of tight, custard-colored foam. The aroma highlights what Duck Rabbit does best: MALT. After all, they are the "Dark Beer Specialists". Big, decadent notes of chocolate and mildly charred coffee, plus toffee and tobacco. A flash of sherry and herbal hops linger in the background.

The flavor is subtly aggressive, coating the palate with dark fruit notes of raisin and fig. Powdered chocolate and toasted amber malts follow suit with a larger-than-expected burst of resinous hops. Sticky, chewy body, but the mouthfeel never becomes a chore as the carbonation level is spot-on. All in all, a well-crafted doppelbock from the geniuses that dwell in Farmville, NC. A must-try for fans of the style.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 10/12/09.

A - Hazy medium brown/caramel-colored body with one-finger creamy beige head that transformed into a patchy veil and deposited some spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Caramel and toffee sweetness abounds with a hint of alcohol and a tinge of dark fruit reminiscent of raisins. Some slight lactic, milky notes also emerge, as well as a prevalent chocolate character. The alcohol presence became more apparent as the liquid warmed up, but it never became obtrusive.

T - Dark fruit notes mingle with hints of chocolate in the initial flavor. However, the dominant force here is sweet caramel, toffee and sugar candy sweetness. While there is a faint earthy, leafy hop presence, it remains quite subtle throughout, taking a backseat to the sweet flavors. A big swell of chocolate emerges in the backend and persists through to the finish. Alcohol remains well-hidden for the duration.

M - Medium-bordering-full-bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and pretty modest carbonation overall. Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel overall with a slight alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Duck-Rabbitor drinks like a champ for an 8.5% Dopplebock. I really enjoyed this one, perhaps enough to crown it as my favorite Duck-Rabbit release thus far. This one definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with an light tan head. Not a huge amount of lacing
Initial explosion of dark fruit on the nose, which subsides to a whiff of malty goodness.
Flavor is the best part of this beer. Dark chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, some espresso notes(I just got back from Italy so I guess that coffee is on my mind a bit). The flavors persist for a long time on the tongue.
For such a strong beer this is perilously easy to drink.
This beer is very much in the vein of the traditional German dopplebocks and is so rich that I would not have been surprised if it were an eisbock. This might well become my favorite Duck Rabbit beer.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a clear rich burgundy color with some great tan colored head that sticks to the glass very well.
S: Sweet breadlike aroma with hints of chocolate. The beer has a nice tinge of dark fruit that really helps balance the aroma.
T: The beer has a nice malty bread flavor that turns into a good bitter dark chocolate. Very good notes of cherries and some hints of oak/roasted nuts.
M/O: Very crisp and drinkable beer. Very balanced flavors and not too overwhelming with the alcohol. The beer presents well and also really has some nice complexity.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a mahogany color and a modest head that fades to a ringlet

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit and hints of chocolate

Taste: Fig, date and caramel up front with a Mexican chocolate element arriving by mid-palate; after ther swallow, a hint of lager twang joins the other flavors; the finish is bold and sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine stab at the style; a bit pepperier than the Germans make it but that is actually a nice touch

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Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger beige head.
S: Smells sweet, like caramel.
T: Big and malty, with a nice, somewhat surprising chocolate and toffee finish.
M: Medium bodied with carbonation slightly on the higher side (which I prefer for the style over no carbonation at all).
D: Wow, this was great, I'll be going back for a six pack of this!

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Photo of Beertracker
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cindirene's in Ayden:

The draft pint tumbler held before the evening sunshine showcases a dark garnet-tinted body trimmed with amber. The vessel is graced with a thin cap of beige foam, and slumping lacing follows the liquid to the final terminus of the drink, briefly clinging to the sides of the glass but leaving only transparent oily legs on its surface.

The smell is rich and sweetly malty with a note of caramel-covered chocolate and a vague whiff of overripe fruit. A savory note of dark-roast coffee emerges as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is rich and surprisingly chocolatey, with a slick caramel backing and a husky dry note in the finish. Scratchy-dry and cocoa-laden dark chocolate is well-represented; the raisin-and-caramel-infused alcohol is very effectively suppressed, only presenting itself to the drinker in form of a potent belly-warming factor and further manifesting itself in a big shit-eating grin not easily wiped off the face. Wow!

The drink is full-bodied, smooth, syrupy-rich and creamy in feel. Carbonation is mild and the brew silky-sweet and highly sippable. Hella potent to the point I doubt the ABV is 'only' 8.5%, and a damned-excellent first-lager offering from the Dark Beer Specialists in Farmville!

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Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep dark brown in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down to some spotty surface foam relatively quickly.

Smell: loads of malt and caramel sweetness along with some softer alcohol tones.

Taste: big thick malty profile with some dark ripe fruit sweetness, nice bitterness, and some warming alcohol presence. Flavors become more intense as it warms.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth with some light prickliness to start. Afteraste is super long as the flavors seem to glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipping beer that will last a while. Can't see having more than two pints in a session but this will last you a while.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bucketboy for the generous extra. Served in my DFH Goblet. Pours the color of cola with a thin head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles, forming a thin band around the perimeter of the bowl. Nose reveals cocoa and dark fruit - very similar to a Baltic Porter in character, with a slightly acidic quality in the mix. Taste follows nose with a slightly earthy quality, some licorice and a sour mash character that reveals itself as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation that is slightly higher than optimal. This is a delicious and drinkable brew; perhaps not quite style consistent and closer to a Baltic Porter than a Doppelbock, but incredibly tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of SGDJosh
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Duck Rabbit Duck-Rabbator Doppelbock

Poured from growler on 9/17 with the Thomasville Beer Club.

Deep Brown in appearance, barely translucent. Looks like burnt caramel. Frothy 2 finger head dissipates to lace on top.

Molasses hits the nose with a slight breadiness on the finish.

Wow, nice toffee flavor that carries over with a molasses note. Plums, raisins, cherries... There's some maple notes, finishes strong. No booze present.

Mouthfeel is chewy with a medium/full body. Clings on the palate for dear life!

Overall it's pretty awesome! I didn't check the ABV until after I tasted it and I'm pretty shocked. This beer masks its alcohol very well with its full body.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle picked up somewhere in North Carolina, if I recall, though I can't quite remember where now. Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a deep, woody cocoa, garnet-hued around the edges, slightly hazed, though borderline dark enough such that that distinction may be meaningless. The head - initially about a finger tall, moderately tanned, spongy and bubbly, the result of a robust, vigorous pour - fades quickly, though at about the rate one would expect for an 8.5% abv doppelbock, initially leaving a thin collar and a few dollops of lacing, though ultimately even those fade away.

Aroma: Absolutely phenomenal. I let this one warm for about 15 minutes after removing it from the 42 degree fridge, and that really does seem to be the sweet spot. And how sweet it is - huge waves of sweet toasted malts are crested with enormous dried fruits. Tons of sweet, sugary, fudgy cocoa, toast, dark toffee, and brown sugar - not acrid or astringent, but gentle, smooth, and sweet - kissed by dark fruits, cherries and raisins dominant among them. Just a really robust and potent aroma, decadent, opulent.

Taste: All of the above, mixed with some tart fruity overtones and a few spicy, phenolic yeast notes. That is, this one's characterized by tons of dark, toasty notes, relatively well attenuated but still with plenty of residual sweetness. Toast, burned toffee, and a kiss of smoke mix with molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and an even more slight kiss of honey mingle with a slew of fruits ranging from the aforementioned cherry to raisin, though the taste adds a kiss of tart prune and fig. No hint of alcohol at all, and all spiciness is contributed by a hearty amount of yeast activity, shining through because of the crispness and cleanliness of the other notes. Pretty solid, though not as decadent and pure as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Silky and relatively even, though with enough lift such that - with slight agitation - it becomes a little eruptive. As the carbonation dies down, it becomes a little smoother, more oily, though it would be nice if the carbonation were toned down just half a step earlier in the sipping experience.

Drinkability: An excellent doppelbock, and I'm upset I hadn't had a chance to try this one sooner. At 8.5%, it's dangerous, though not stylistically, and that 8.5% is nowhere to be found. This one's a definite winner - probably the best Duck Rabbit brew I've had (I think I'd put it a step above any of their seasonals, with the possible exception of the Baltic Porter), and a real flavorful bomb. Very nice.

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Photo of ZirconTweezer
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Deep, murky brown with copper coloring when held up to light. 1.5 finger tan head that dissipates to a thin cap pretty fast but leaves some lacing.

S: Molasses and dark fruit, very inviting.

T: Thick and bready malt bomb with some dark fruit and slight booziness; the taste wants to stay around, and that's a good thing. Taste was very much to style, I'd say.

M: Smooth and silky, goes down oh so easily.

O: As stated, I feel this brew is very true to the traditional doppelbock style. I have a soft spot for a killer doppelbock and this baby delivers the goods. I searched for this brew for over two years and it was definitely worth the wait. I can heartily recommend searching it out.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


12oz bottle best by 4/2014. Consumed on 8/10/13. Into a shaker

Pours a dark reddish/brown with just under an inch thick off white head. The smell is malty, bready, caramely and a tad sweet. Very solid scent. The taste remains true to form, big malt backbone followed by a wave of caramel sweetness and it finishes off with a good bit of alcohol bitterness too. Very nice. 8.5% ABV is apparent, as this one has a bit of a kick to it. It works well here though. Heavier side of medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall a very solid offering from Duck Rabbit. This was the first real beer I loved from them and the 2013 batch is no different. For some reason these are only going for $7.49/6 pack right now and at that price I'm going to be picking up a case.

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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 Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at City Bev here in town. They had the last limited release, Paul's Day Off, so I was pumped to see this one on tap now.

Came out a deep chocolate brown with ruby edges. A nice 2-finger tan head rests comfortably on top. Smells of fresh-baked breads, chocolate, molasses, and toasted sugar. Very nice smell.

The mouth was a little disappointing. Fairly wet and slick. Expected a bit more carbonation on the tongue, but it was not there. Pretty weak and thin. Flavor was of big chocolate, and pumpernickel bread. Huge mealy taste. Very heavy and fulfilling beer here. Finishes slightly bittersweet, like coffee. Hints of minerals in there as well, which in my experience is a common thread for all DR beers. This is really good. I wish they would bottle this.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bucketboy for this extra. Served in a pilsner glass. Best before May, 2011.

A - Pours with a finger of quick-dissolving light mocha foam that leaves behind no lace and a thin ring. Body is a faintly transparent mahogany brown.

S - Lots of chocolate malt, molasses, nuts and berries, dark fruits, bread, and faint alcohol.

T - Taste is heavy on baker's chocolate mid-palate, but ends with some yeast and light roast bitterness in the aftertaste. There's also some light floral hop character mixed in that I found surprising, but pleasant. Maybe the faintest hint of booze as it warms up.

M - Body is medium, with low carbonation, and might be a bit watery. Finishes chewy, with some solid residual stickiness. Some light warmth at the back of the throat.

D - This was surprisingly good, and is probably the best thing I've had from Duck Rabbit. I'd definitely include this in a doppelbock showdown. Went through my 12oz shockingly fast.

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Photo of mntlover
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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Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Duck Rabbator pours a *very* dark brown, it's almost stout-like in appearance. A three and a half finger caramel head pops up and fades fast and clean at first. At about a finger and a half though things slow down and some serious head retention kicks in. There's a solid amount of lacing left clinging to the side of the glass as well. The nose is a bit unexciting, it's very heavy on biscuity malts, with just a hint of plums showing up as well. With my expectations somewhat tapered, the first few sips then were a revelation. Duck Rabbator is a seamless blend of just about everything one could want from a malt heavy beer. Biscuit, caramel, toasted nuts, cocoa and dark sweet fruits all have a turn shining through. The body is spot on, lush and full. The carbonation though is a bit lackluster. Don't get me wrong, in a beer like this I'm looking for the carbonation to be a bit on the low side, but it's almost nonexistent here and the beer is bordering a bit on being syrupy. In some ways Duck Rabbator is a world class Doppelbock, but it's also a somewhat uneven brew.

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Photo of wfpalm
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (5/11 expiration date) into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Tan head with a hint of red laced in.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, tart fruits.

T - Much the same as the nose. The beer has a very nice bitterness to it, which is reminiscent of a good dark chocolate. Pretty sweet, overall though.

D- Feels somewhat heavy in the mouth. Alcohol bite definitely hits in the back of the mouth.

O- Pretty good overall. The bite of alcohol can be a bit off-putting, but it works very well with the dark chocolate taste in the back of the mouth. Will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of bertram
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours quite dark - essentially opaque - with a bit of viscosity to it, with an acceptable amount of head followed by some lacing, but not a lot.

smell is roasty and malty with a hint of chocolate and fruit.

taste is really nice - again, plenty of roast and malt here, with some tones of nuts, chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of fruit. unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a bit lacking due to low carbonation.

Overall a really solid dark beer that I enjoyed greatly, and hope to enjoy again!

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