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

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 51
Gots: 21 | 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:
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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy and very dark reddish brown in color with a light amount of carbonation visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raisins are present in the nose along with notes of caramel and hints of brown sugar.
T: For the most part, the taste follows the smell but has somewhat more pronounced flavors with additional hints of prunes and toffee. The faintest bits of alcohol are perceptible towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very good drinkability for the style—it isn't bogged down with malty flavors or much in the way of alcohol.

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.

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

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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.

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one hefty doppelbock here,poured a deep dark amber-brown with a thinner off white head atop.Big caramel and dark fruit in the nose with a tad bit of sweet dough,flavors have a big sweet dough base mixed with alcohol dipped dark fruit,the big malt tones are the main component of the beer,its bigger than most I have had of the style.It has big flavor and complexity but its rich and a a bit heavy even for the style.

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a two-finger tan head of fluffy, white foam. It left patchy traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of malt, caramel and boozy sweet notes.

T - It tasted very sweet and malty. There were strong caramel and toffee flavors with a very mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a touch of alcohol heat.

D - This is a very good dopplebock. Duck-Rabbit scores again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body, housing a little hint dirtied garnet at the edge against the list. Smallish, light beige head that settles fairly quickly. No appreciable lacing or retention.

Smell: Sweet-scented, alcoholic, with a fruitiness of figs and grape-flavored candy (like Nerds or such), a step ahead of the dark-colored syrup, Tootsie roll, and molasses.

Taste: Molasses, caramel atop toast, and a noted roastiness. Dark syrup sweetness upfront. Rather bright fruitiness, fig and grape, followed by slight, herbal hops and a persistent pinch of alcohol (a bit fusel). Snippet of licorice. Slight nuttiness, with a touch of Tootsie Roll. Drying, rather warming, fruity finish. A little coffee pops into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Potent in many of its aspect, it's not the best doppelbock to be had, though, I'm sure you could do worse.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

I agree with my predecessor: rabbit. It pours a translucent dark ruby-brown topped by nearly a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises biscuits, caramel, toffee, light roasted malts, brown sugar, and a pinch o' nutmeg. The taste shows us that those biscuits were left in the oven a tad too long, blackening their bottoms. The caramel is similarly burnt. Everything else is normal, but muted somewhat in the face of the charcoal-laden bits. That may sound entirely negative, but it really isn't...just different and kinda unexpected. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a different doppel than I'm used to, but tasty nonetheless. Get some!

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish mahogany color with a finger of fluffy off white head that sticks around pretty well but doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell: Lots of grain and sweetness along with some caramel and raisins. This smells like a malt bomb.

Taste: Like the smell, the flavor is quite sweet from the grains. Full of caramel and dark fruits with some warming alcohol and a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish. Just a bit chalky.

Overall: This beer was just what I wanted tonight. Full of malt goodness. It would be extremely good if it were a bit smoother, but I really enjoyed it.

Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerness for this one, shared with rudzud and threelions.

Small fizzy head fades almost instantly, dark murky molasses brown color. 4

Nose burnt molasses, caramel, dark toasted wheat, faint soy notes, dark fig and raisin, little biscuity toffee, little choc and cocoa notes. 4.25

Taste sweet syrupy candy, lots of toffee and butterscotch, biscuit, candy brittle. Then touches of raisin and fig, candied, some cocoa and a luscious creamy choc, nice rich candy. Faint booze, little syrupy, candied wheat and biscuit. Finish is drier, little booze warmth, mild bitterness, more choc and biscuit lingering, touch dark dried fruits. 4

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, light carb, light feeling. 3.5

Overall decent. 4

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...

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.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/03/11 notes. Had on tap at Rustico in Ballston, VA. Served into a chalice type glass.

a - Pours a dark murky brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention and very light spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, raisins, figs, dark fruits, bready malts, and roasted notes. Pretty nice; malty and fruity.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, dark fruits, raisins especiialy, bready malts. More roasted notes than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth.

o - Overall a very good doppelbock. Lots of fruit and malts and a great nose; would like to have it again.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #12 top doppelbock on beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is dark but ruby at the corners and clear with a thin off white head of small bubbles, low carbonation, low lacing, low retention, looks fine.

The aroma is interesting, pretty malty but weaker than expected, also more roast than I expected, almost smells like a porter.

Beer is medium in body and sweet up front and surprisingly dry at the end of the beer. It is sort of bitter with a coffee like roast on the end. It was nice but not the best doppelbock I've ever had. Interesting with the roast character though.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle dating is not notched. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with nice retention that reduces to a thin cap that sticks around. Small bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, chocolate, molasses, toasted malts, dark fruits, and spicy hops. Very nice aromas here with good balance. Taste of big caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, biscuit, dark fruit, spiciness, and a bit of booze. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toasted malt, biscuit, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol has a decent presence with a decent warming on the finish. Overall a very nice and impressive doppelbock. The alcohol presence is a bit much, but overall still very enjoyable.

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear but almost opaque brownish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small thick patches with a large patch of thin film surrounding it (covering about 75% of the surface of the beer) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and dark fruit (figs, plums, and raisins) along with light hints of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some caramel and dark fruit (raisin, fig, and plum) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy hops and nuttiness from the malts. Very light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I think this is a really nice example of the style that is quite enjoyable. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is easy to drink.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is chocolate, toffee, a hint of smoke and some nuts.

The flavor is chocolate, toffee, hazelnuts and alcohol. I also get a little dark fruit.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This is a very nice doppelbock. It doesn't taste like a traditional German doppelbock, but it is a very interesting take on the style.

Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears a dark shade of mahogany with a half inch of foamy beige head. The aroma offers dark malts, brown sugar, bread, alcohol, ripe plums, raisins. Sweet brown bread, cookies, alcohol, yeast. Definitely true to style. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer.

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.

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.