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

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BA SCORE
90
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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 126
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

imperialking, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

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 dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

dbrauneis, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev +4%

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub during their 12th anniversary celebration. 10 oz poured into a Duck-Rabbit branded snifter. Very nice beer and a great first attempt at a lager by this brewery. Pours a dark brown with a bit of transluscence and a relatively thin, swirly head. Smells malty, but a bit thin. Slightly sweet in the nose with some raisins and molasses, but not at all syrup like, a good deal dryer than that. The taste is very nice. Rich and very, very smooth with restrained sweetness but a firm maltiness. Some notes of chocolate, molasses, lots of caramel, some raisins and plums, and maybe even a tad of coffee bitterness. A touch of lager yeast tang throughout, but this is very subtle. Silky, not sticky in the mouth. I love how smooth and wonderful this is in the mouth. Silken and so nice. Slightly sweet, but there is a bit of burnt caramel and a tiny core of bitterness that helps balance everything. A lovely beer, and I'm glad I got to try some.

Georgiabeer, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

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
Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -3%

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.

superspak, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%

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
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

tdm168, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Kelp, May 04, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

chinchill, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 28, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed vase, the beer is a auburn-highlighted brown coloring with a thin, sparse, cream colored surface coating of head. Aromas of rich toffee and caramel forward, with date, raisin, and cherry sweet and rich highlights. Roasted highlights keep the sweet reigned in, making this a very balanced nose. Flavors are roasted heavily on the forward tongue, with rich toffee, chocolate, and caramel notes. The old-world fruit characteristics are present in highlight form, and there are some earthy notes, as well. This is a tasty malt-bomb! Smooth and robust in mouth, with a slight effervesced edge to keep the drinkability up. The aftertaste is surprisingly crisp, keeping all the sweet characteristics from becoming overpowering. Smooth, slick finish with only a minimally sweet linger thanks to the carbonation. Solid brew!

GarthDanielson, May 20, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Received in trade from VncentLIFE, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep dark brown color with a decent tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of dark dried fruit, caramel, and burnt sugar with a hint of ash mixed in there as well. Taste is dark malty with a hint of mineral and ash. All the usual suspects are here, caramel, dark sugar, prunes, plums, raisins. Light roasted grains are a bit out of place. Little to no hop presence, but there really shouldn't be. Medium to thick body light level of carbonation with a caramel thick mouthfeel. There are better examples of the style, but this is one damn fine brew. I quite enjoyed this one, roasted grains and all.

johnnnniee, Oct 20, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

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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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

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

dirtylou, Nov 08, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

-- I'd cellared this one for almost a year --

A: It literally looks like molasses. Rich, syrupy brown. A standard pour yields a 1.25 finger bubbly head and unspectacular lacing.

S: Sweet caramel. If blinded, I'd think it was an English Barleywine. It's quite heavy and cloying in the nostrils.

T: Not as sweet as I expected, as there's more of a charry dark bread crust here. The alcohol is detectable yet balanced. Extremely rich, hints of milk chocolate, dark brown sugar and warmed molasses play against the brew's earthy spine. The depth of flavor here is astounding.

M: The mouthfeel in no way compliments the wonderful flavor nuances of the beer. It's slightly thin and it lacks the cream punch needed to seal the deal. Instead, the under-carbed nature of the beer makes this one a bit harder to drink.

O: Duck-Rabbit's Duck-Rabbator Doppeldock is a pretty impressive offering. It's one of the more flavorful Doppelbocks I've had, and certainly did well with a year in the ol' cellar. The mouthfeel could use some touching up, but otherwise this one gets a hearty reco' from me.

Rhettroactive, Aug 20, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was an off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of malt, chocolate, and fruit.

T: Tasted of a lot of malt, a nice amount of chocolate, and dark fruit (raisins, etc.). An incredibly balanced and flavorful beer. The addition of chocolate helps immeasurably. A good flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Quite a solid beer. Not classically like a dopplebock, but that's not a bad thing. Drinkable.

avalon07, Jul 13, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -9.7%

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
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

A - A deep hazy brown not as clear as other reps of the style but I love the head since it's slightly tan and very creamy.

S - Wow that's good like rum soaked raisin bread! Other notes of tartness or alcohol is over exaggerated.

T - The flavors of dark fruits, bready malts, high ABV (most I ever seen for the style) and creamy finish are all very balanced.

M - Not something I would have more than one a sitting it was medium to heavy bodied.

Overall this beer company impresses me every time with beers and to make a dopplebock almost 9% this smooth and creamy is exceptional. I would buy it more often if I could find it in more places.

DrDemento456, Jan 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

WOLFGANG, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

Re-review

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.

Axnjxn, Jul 29, 2012
Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.