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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

255 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 46
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Canada_Dan, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ygtbsm94, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

bacher468, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

pintofparadise, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Fettpopps, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Jason1337, Apr 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

OKCNittany, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

TonyTalon, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

McUbermensch, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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 smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey.

A dark red brown body with no head given barely, but a very large soapy bubbled collar of tan. Love this body color.

Nose is a little boozy of alcohol and small toffee, with mild licorice. Licorice notes come forward more often after time.

Taste and body is a little thin. Light bodied and a bit wet missing stickiness. Licorice taste comes out a bit which is interesting to say the least.

Overall, aside from unexpected licorice this is kind of disappointing. Too watery for my tastes.

smakawhat, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark chocolate brown, with an odd magenta hue with light behind it. Light tan head, about one finger, fades pretty fast. A little lacing.

Smell is heavy dark fruits, nutty chocolate, with a hint of smoke. Ripe plums, some brown sugar, and a light red-grape background. More roasty than a typical doppelbock. Nicely rounded. Deep, though I would like a little more complexity.

Taste is a little funny. It brings those same fruits and nuts and chocolate that are in the smell, but it has a strange lightness drifting around the mouth, with a hint of bitter alcohol pinch on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style - it's chewy enough, but I wish the carbonation were lower. I want to feel the weight, and the bubbles lift it up off my tongue when I want that sweet goodness to sit there. I do get a bit of alcohol burn.

Good, but definitely not your typical doppelbock. Malts are the centerpiece, but they're quite roasty and slightly smoky. Smell is the highlight. I think the best qualities of the taste are pulled down by that odd alcohol bite. And the mouthfeel is just too bubbly.

zeledonia, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a really deep brown color with a thin fizzy light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a light peppery note to me followed up by some big malt aromas. The taste of the beer was pretty good, I feel that I've had better tasting Doppelbocks before. This one just didn't seem like it was all there. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and leaves a caramely sweet feeling in the mouth. Overall it's a good brew to try but I don't think I'll buy it again.

Knapp85, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of starrdogg
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Michael for the gift of Duck Rabbit for my 30th birthday. The week of birthday beers continues.

A: Pours a dark, hazy reddish brown with a bit of a white head and almost no lacing.

S: Smells of coffee and dark fruits and a good amount of dark malt. Smell is somewhat subtle.

T: First impression is that this is a lot roastier than I expected it to be, and the roast/coffee is definitely the predominant flavor, though it doesn't come in until the end. Up front it's got a sweet caramel malt, but the flavors don't seem to complement each other as well as I'd like. It's almost like drinking two different beers as the roast comes out of nowhere to overwhelm your palate halfway through.

M: Mouthfeel is the most disappointing thing about this beer. I think if it was a little more robust, it would work really well with this beer, but instead it's rather thin with medium carbonation. The thinness of it makes this an odd drinking experience.

O: I was really looking forward to this one, but it fell a bit short of expectations. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but it's a bit pricey and I'm not sure I'll be seeking it out again. I think a change in the body of this beer would do wonders for it.

starrdogg, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark amber/chestnut brown color that is very cloudy and completely opaque with only slight ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light. Half finger light beige head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Sweet malt aroma that is slightly spicy with hints of zesty pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar and dark fruit. Hints of fig, plum and raisin. As it warms, the malt notes become more prominent with lots of caramel, toffee, chocolate and hazelnut.

Medium bodied with a nice combination of sweet malt, roast, dark fruit, zesty spice, chocolate and sweet alcohol. Soft carbonation up front which is complimented by the peppery spice notes. Zesty with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar that are nicely complimented by the dark fruit notes. Pretty sweet with hints of raisin, date, fig, grape and plum balanced by a slightly roasted malt character that gives of notes of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and chocolate. The high ABV is decently masked with little to no heat but there is some boozy sweetness toward the end of the palate.

Overall, this beer is flavorful and easy to drink but it's a bit too one dimensional and sweet for my liking. Another solid offering from Duck Rabbit but nothing extraordinary.

corby112, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. smell is of malts, alcohol, caramel, some dark fruits. Taste is a bit boozy. Some dark fruit and malts, alcohol is prevelent. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

tone77, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into duck rabbit snifter

Pours a light layer of khaki head. Color is a copper brown with a ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Smell is of cereal grain, toasted malts, caramel, and some dark fruits. Has some cherry and licorice with a bit of heat showing.

Taste: More cereal grains, cherries, and licorice. Has an odd fruit flavor in here, maybe plums. Very malty with roasted malts and caramel with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with some roastedness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry.

Overall, a decent dopplebock. Some heavy flavors here. Somewhat drinkable. I dig it.

mothman, Oct 29, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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 RaulMondesi
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!

RaulMondesi, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of meatyard
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a Celebrator glass.

Pours a pretty, clear, dark, ruby/mahogany with a 2-finger, light tan, head. Retention is decent and there is no lacing though there are many, lively carbonation streams.

The smell is sweet & roasted malt, some fruit (figs mostly) and a touch of alcohol rising out.

The taste is sweet & fruity with a touch of tobacco on the tongue that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium leaning towards thick and the early carbonation has vanished.

Drinkability: It would be better if the sweetness was toned down some but I still enjoyed it. Even though it doesn't approach a couple of German doppelbocks like Celebrator, it's a nice beer and competes at the top with American doppelbocks.

meatyard, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of AltBock
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with the usual Duck Rabbit symbol on the front. There are two things separating this label with their other labels. This one has a gold background and the Duck Rabbit has gray ram horns coming out of its head. Off to the sides is the Government warning, brewery's address, and a notched best before date.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this southern Doppelbock was a semi hazy dark mahogany brown with a burgundy center. It was a rather interesting color. The red center was a nice touch to this beer. On top of this brew was a nice little head of foam. The initial head of foam was between 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in height and light tan in color. It had great retention that left behind a small tan film and a ton of tan sticky streaks of lace around the glass. The film on top of the beer lasted until the last drop of beer was gone.

This Doppelbock was more sweet than roasted. The first aroma that I picked up was the sweet lightly roasted malts. After the malts had their fun in the sun, in comes a pinch of caramel, a touch of milk chocolate, and a subtle whiff of black cherry. The aroma as a whole was a little too faint for my liking. If they would have pumped up the aroma just a little more, this would have been a great aroma.

While the aroma was sweet, the taste was more dry and roasted. The first taste that I found was of course the dry roasted malt. Waiting behind the malt was a pinch of milk chocolate, a drop of molasses, a dab of caramel, and a sprinkle of roasted coffee beans. After all that, this beer then finishes up with a gentle touch of roasted hops. The hops were more roasted than bitter. A little more sweetness wouldn't have hurt this beer at all.

This was a straight up medium bodied dry roasted Doppelbock. As for the aftertaste, that was filled with dry roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, a pinch of caramel, a drop of molasses, and a big bite of alcohol. At least the alcohol wasn't overpowered. Even though I could taste the alcohol, I couldn't feel it.

Not a bad Doppelbock! It had an interesting color, a sweet aroma, a dry roasted taste, and an alcoholic mouthfeel. I think this NC brewery did a good job. The aroma could have been better, but everything else was good. Would I drink another one? Yeah, I wouldn't mind another single.

AltBock, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a dark brownish read with a tan/offi-white head.

The smell is very perfumey, with a lot of alcohol, caramel, and dark fruit on the nose.

The flavor continues with the caramel. This is the most caramally flavored doppelbock I have had. Carmel covered fruits is the main flavor. It is a bit richer and sweeter than the average doppelbock.

Overall it is pretty good.

crossovert, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of falloutsnow
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.

falloutsnow, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

let8it8grow, Sep 01, 2012
Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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