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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

257 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009)
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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Approx 9 mo's old, so maybe too old for proper review (is that possible for this style?)

Pours very nicely, with about 1F of tan/brown head over a very dark, almost opaque amber body. Great lacing.

Aromas are timid. Wet cardboard up front, then molasses in the back with pencil lead. Touch of faint English hops, if I pull really hard.

Flavors and mouthfeel are dull / muted / dirty. Lots of mineral water, with molasses, cherry, oak, and earthy herbal quality giving the flavor. Somewhat disappointing (given the hype), but not necessarily "bad".

Mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style. Dull, tangy, and leaves a film on the tongue (not unusual for the style). Could've used more body.

I really should've reviewed some of the earlier Doppelbocks I had from this mixed case, as maybe I've left it in the cellar too long, given the discrepancy between my experience and the overall BA community.

BeerImmediately, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of ZirconTweezer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

ZirconTweezer, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of bespin15
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bespin15, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of rjvanston
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

rjvanston, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of ecmoon3
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ecmoon3, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

AndyAvalanche, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of orsulacp
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap expecting an awesome doppelbock, but got something else. It looked good, nice deep amber color, good off white head. The smell was ok, malty, a little whiff of pepper. The taste was off, it was way too sweet, and not malty sweet, it was cherry sweet, no bitterness. I took a drink of water to make sure it wasn't something else, nope same thing. It was thick and chewy, low carbonation. I am bummed by this, I love a good doppelbock.

orsulacp, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

rbrefbeerman, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Dave_Treat, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BigTrubble, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of JWU
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- a murky brown with ruby highlights. A finger of dark khaki head, which dissipates fairly quickly, a little lacing down the glass.

S- Dark fruit, molasses, and hint of butterscotch and vanilla.

T- The dark fruits (dark cherries, plums) and molasses dominate, a little booze is present as well, and some hints of vanilla/butterscotch/oak are on the backend as well.

M- Prickly medium carbonation, dry on the finish, and perhaps a bit too much for a doppel.

O- Top tier doppelbock. Not in Ayinger Celebrator's league, but not far from it.

JWU, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of boonejag75
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

boonejag75, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Brick Store Pub September 11, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Deep brown body, light brown mocha cream head. Good retention. Nice appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Heavy aromas of butterscotch caramel malt and vanilla. Potency is high. Nice. 4

(Taste) Vanilla, toffee, Dark fruits, oaken caramel malts. Mild roasted finish; slightly dry. 4

(Mouthfeel) Slight prickly carbonation, mild thickness. Body is medium/heavy, alcohol presence is mild. Nice balance, could be a bit smoother.3

(Overall) Quite enjoyable. Although a bit heavy on the caramel and vanilla, I found the flavors to be enjoyable. I would recommend a thicker body and a lower carbonation or creamier texture. Still a nice beer from Duck Rabbit. 4

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery's
Duck-Rabbitor Doppelbock
3.93/5.00

Jadjunk, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of SGDJosh
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

SGDJosh, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of outdoor7or24
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at 5 points in Athens, GA.
A: dark amber cherry maple brown, light brown head that slowly fades

S: dark fruits, plum, raisin, cherry, maple syrup,

M: creamy, medium body, carbonation

T: dark fruits, slight hoppiness, toffee, dark roast malt, coffee like bitterness

O: great selection, must try

outdoor7or24, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-review of 2012 batch. First bottle was an infected mess. 2nd bottle is definitely better. Score will be an average of the two as I'm sure there are other infected bottles floating around out there, and infections have become so common for these guys that one pretty much has to expect it going in to any of their beers.

Similar color/clarity, but the head retains much better and leaves more lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, hints of dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, molasses, grains, bread, a touch smoky. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is dark malts, somewhat roasted, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, some astringent malt bitterness, moderate sweetness for the style, grains, some herbal hops, bit of alcohol, tinge funky.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Much better this time around. Hopefully the infection is isolated, but I'd definitely recommend drinking these now in case it starts getting worse...

Score 3.43: Appearance 4.0, Smell 3.0, Taste 3.5, Feel 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Original review: Score 1.9: Appearance 2.0, Smell 1.5, Taste 2.0, Feel 2.0, Overall 2.0.

12oz bottle, best by May 2013. Served at around 55F.

Pours clear brown with red highlights and a one finger brown head that leaves no lacing and recedes to a just a small ring and eventually nothing at all.

Aroma is sour fruit, sweaty gym socks, funky, cardboard, infected mess. Goddammit Duck-Rabbit.

Flavor is sweet dark malts, dark fruit, sour notes. Not as funky as the aroma, but the signs of infection are here. This is only gonna get worse with time. Definitely got that Duck-Rabbit "wang" goin’ on.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, sticky, very little carbonation.

Maybe I just got a bad bottle, as the reviews are generally positive for this one, but it’s got all the Infected Duck-Rabbit characteristics going on aside from the gigantic head...in fact this one is nearly flat after the initial pour. Aroma in particular reminds me a lot of their 2012 Barleywine disaster. Never had a sour or funky Doppelbock before, so I’ve got to assume this is not what the brewer was shooting for. In an effort to be fair, I will try one more bottle just in case this one was an anomaly and will adjust my review accordingly if needed. As it stands right now, this is a terrible Doppelbock. Fought through half the glass, but the rest is going down the drain...

elgiacomo, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Guybrush
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Guybrush, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

brutalist, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Wallst
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Wallst, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of BillyTWilliams
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BillyTWilliams, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
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
Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Ohiovania, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of let8it8grow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

let8it8grow, Sep 01, 2012
Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.