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

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 295
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 51
Gots: 22 | 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 msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, emptied unceremoniously into the nearest pint glass. 'Fresh beer' label notches at both '5' and '11' (out of 14!), some strange Southern variance from the typical Gregorian calendar?!?!?

Another Tarheel Treat, sent by Dixie's Finest, Metalmonk. With its ducky-bunny noggin now bedecked with coiling ram's horns, I'm reminded of the legendary cross-breed, The Jack-alope.

A: Mahogany tinged with ruby: what looks look a dull sienna at the 'wrong' angle is ablaze with cherry-redness at the 'right' one. Ample carbonation in rapidly-rising rivulets. Head is decent, starting at maybe a 1/2-finger of ivory cream that breaks into a half-moon crescent within a couple minutes. Spots and dots of lace, but nothing sticks.

S: A musty, husky malt scent, full of dry cocoa powder, dark crust and plenty of sweetness. Ripe dark berries and a twinge of alcohol sting (I know, that's not an 'aroma'...but it does warm the nose with a miscalculated whiff).

T: Caramel and cocoa galore! A molten milk chocolate truffle, then carobs or raisins - take your pick. A bit of sweet raspberry then a firm, earthy blackberry (chambord?) - all still covered in that sinfully delicious cocoa. Just enough bitterness for balance, a grainy paradise.

M: Warming and über-smooth. Just as creamy as can be, with a wispy coating feel and less alcohol feel than the nose-singeing led on. Medium feel, hedging toward more.

D: 'Duck-Rabbitor', huh? A stretch...names and odd label imagery aside, a freakin' stellar beer! The maltmasters at D-R dun dun it agin'; a gorgeous, highly flavorful wonder that I'm lovin' every bit as much as its Germanic brethren. (1,648 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with lots of reddish tints. Nice cap of brown head. Very little retention. Insignificant lacing. Nice color.

Classic bock nose. Lots of bread and fruit. Figs and dried cherries. Raisins and yeast. Caramel malt underlies all of that.

Lots of caramel in the hit and even more in the finish. Mild fruit, raisins primarily. Not much in the way of bitters.

Surprisingly light bodied. Slight fizzy, slightly syurpy, with just a touch of cream from all that malt.

Goes down pretty easy for 8.5%. (509 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark, chestnut brown with ruby edges. It was served to me with a thick white cap.

s: Clean overall, almost no heat wafting off of this. Roasty, nutty malts with suggestions of chocolate and dark fruits.

t: Rich maltiness with flavors of nutty chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel. Crisp, kind of dry finish with practically no heat.

m: Somewhat chewy up front with big, gently foamy carbonation.

d: Really nice take on the style, great beer overall. (467 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle of this one at RFD in Washington, DC. Its' initial pour emits a razor-thin head crowning a body of dark brown. There is no lacing. The nose detects a faint hint of raisin tinted with molasses. The palate gets hit with an obvious blanket of cocoa powder. It does not overwhelm and finishes quickly with a well balanced mouthfeel - nice mix of hop and malt, with the malt having the smoother edge. The body is somewhat heavy, albeit one with intense carbonation and the obvious alcohol content that is common with the style. Certainly not the best of the style - and not the best from this fine brewer. Still, not a bad one. (637 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a SA pint glass.

A: A very nice, deep mahigany brown color with a two-finger head of tan foam which held nicely and left a bit of weby lace. Muddled clarity and low carbonation noted.

S: Loads of fruity esters, plum, raisin and sweet malts picked up in the nose. A little herbal hop resin, but not much.

T: Super rich, fruity malt palate with some sticky sweet roasted caramel and raisin malt flavors. It's sorta crazy sticky sweet, but lush and enjoyable. Candied plum, raisin, berry and cocoa go into the malt blend. An earthy, subtle and herbal hop resins break through the palate, but the finish is very full bodied, sweet and a little boozy.

M: Full bodied, sticky sweet and a some alcohol burn translates into the texture.

D: A deep, enjoyable after-dinner brew or one for the cooler days of fall approaching. The 8.5% ABV is not really present in the flavor, but a bit in the feel. It also packs a boozy punch and has that effect on the imbiber. Beware the drinkable Rabbitor! (1,023 characters)

Photo of kels
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Celebrator Doppelbock glass. Seemed appropriate.

Really lovely beer. Pours a rich brown with ruby highlights shining in the clarity. The great toffee-colored thick head fades from an initial 2 fingers to a well-retained skim, leaving behind tremendous sheets of thick, sticky lace along the sides of the glass.

Great hearty graininess in the aroma. It is simultaneously toasty and sweet.

This is a delicious doppelbock. It really has all the flavor one would look for. The malts are very rich and roasty, and there's just the nicest touch of caramel sweetness. It isn't anything outrageous - it's just solid, balanced and tasty. The feel is well-carbonated, and while sticky on the lips, it's more dry overall.

Drinkability is high because it's tasty, balanced and refreshing in body while being rich and filling. The alcohol isn't detectable in the taste, but it is in the feel. (918 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Peace Street Market. Bottle says best by May 2011.

A - A deep, dark brown with a reddish tinge, some light coming through and a good clarity.

S - Sweet malts with notes of molasses, brown sugar and roasted marshmallows.

T - Sweet, dark malts with a hint of sweetness but leaning more toward dry and crisp. A nice hoppy bitterness accompanies the malt flavors.

M - A moderate consistency with a little silk. A low to moderate carbonation.

D - Interesting and easy to drink. (517 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at The Foodery, even though Duck-Rabbit is carried in Charlottesville. I couldn't resist a doppelbock and wasn't sure if this was available at home yet.

A: Pours quite dark... almost a chestnut brown, with only the light giving way to some of the red hues within. The head formed a modest finger tall, and a pretty light brown... almost like a very light brown sugar.

S: A big nose of malts! Toffee, biscuit, even a bit of a sweetbread scent. Some dark fruit notes round it out very nicely along with some hints of molasses and a touch of chocolate. Pretty nice

T + M: The flavour follows the aroma pretty closely... dark breads, with a robust fruity sweetness and caramel. Some dark chocolate bitterness comes through as it goes down in addition to a touch of alcohol which makes for a wonderfully warming finish. Rich in body, which goes with the flavour profile very nicely.

D: I was kinda shocked at how easily I polished off this beer considering the alcohol content. It drinks very smooth and I will be eagerly seeking it out again. Excellent. (1,071 characters)

Photo of NCBeernut
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better doppelbocks made on this side of the pond.

Dark. The light reveals mahogany to garnet hues. Topped by a modest khaki foam - about 1 finger at first, then sticks around as a thin sudsy sheet. Molassas, dark fruits and some complex chocolate malt aromas. Nutty with a touch of chocolate malt roastiness that adds a little to the bitterness and also contributes some cocoa powder flavor. A hint of plum tries to dig through the roast, finding it's way through from time to time, more-so in the aroma. A tad minerally, but just barely, adding some sharpness. Kind of reminds me of a strong brown ale. There is an overall complexity to it that is hard for me to describe. Alcohol is detectable, but fairly well hidden until it smacks you upside the head. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth except for the sharpness. Assertive and solid. Improves as it warms; the roastiness starts to give a little way to the dark fruits and hints of cherry. A tad roasty to be truly traditional, but still a nice beer from the dark beer specialists. If this wasn't labeled a doppelbock, I would probably give it a bump for taste. (1,127 characters)

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! (745 characters)

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. (1,418 characters)

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

Grabbed up a few of these at the ever-stalwart Bruisin' Ales in Asheville. Can't recall if I've had this before... maybe not! Bottle has a drink by date of 5/11. By the way, Duck-Rabbator is one of the best names of all time. Just saying.

A. As others have noted, looks like a lighter Coca-Cola with red highlights. A dark russet head crackles and fades quickly. Pretty, more retention would be nice but isn't a must. Eventually all bubbles die. There is no lace.

S. Very rich Melanoidin flavor and thick, crusty malt here. Dark and sweet, singed, heavy-handed sweetness tempered by alcohol tang and what I assume is still hop bitters. Some dark coffee in here too and it's all pretty hefty and American. Less malt aroma complexity than some of the best Doppelbocks I've smelled; this is still no slouch.

T. Mm, not bad... not bad at all... letting this warm to 50f + is recommended, it really opens up and all kinds of nice flavors fly loose. Big dark and rich malt is the order of the day here, bringing to mind pumpernickel bread, dark toast, dates, burnt marshmallow and maybe candied pecan. A fine bitter prune-coffee (it sounds gross, but isn't) flavor lingers long and there is just a slight hint of alcohol to round it off... the bitterness is higher than I'd like for a Doppelbock, but it does help the drinkability here.

M / D. A bit on the thin side, the coffee like finish helps keep this from becoming too much, and I could actually have another I suspect... rare for the style. Carbonation is a-okay and pleasing.

Bottom line, this is a very solid US Doppelbock that is easy to put back. Highly recommended if you like the style, this is better than most. I will certainly buy it again. All hail the Duck-Rabbator! (1,733 characters)

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. (637 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that retains reasonably well. The aroma has a big molasses and caramel sweetness upfront, along with some licorice, honey wheat bread, cherries, plum, date and a little cognac. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a broad sweetness initially (notes of caramel, toffee and molasses), along with some dark fruits (fig, date plum, cherry), toasted wheat bread, licorice, anise, cognac, and some flinty hops. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is excellent. An exceptional dopplebock from DR, it's complex and delicious...easily the best American iteration. Highly recommended (635 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep not-quite opaque brown with a decent light tan head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is toasted dark malts and burnt caramel. The taste is a very enjoyable amount of toasted malts with mild accents of dried fruits and molasses, the taste blows the aroma out of the water! The beer is medium bodied but it is quite smooth and easy drinking. I enjoyed this one on-tap last Summer, and I'm glad it's getting a yearly release now! (491 characters)

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

Had the privilege of having this on tap during dinner at the Arlington's Lost Dog Cafe.

Poured a clear tea colored brown with a small head that quickly disappeared. Aromas were very sweet and molasses-like. Very flavorful, with strong toffee and brown sugar elements initially dominating before a nice roastiness emergees to balance them out. It was sweet and phenolic enough to be dessert. (391 characters)

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

12oz pour from the tap at Fat Heads

A - short light tan head which quickly retreated to a thin floating island and ring around the glass. the beer is a very dark brown with some copper notes when held up to the light.

S - sweet caramel and dark fruits, some bitter hips, raosted malt, tobacco, bitter chocolate, alcohol...

T - sweet up front, mostly caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate. develops into a very strong dark fruit before a massive tobacco finish. tobacco lingers for awhile.

M - medium bodied but heavy in the mouth, quite chewy especially in the aftertaste. very slight alcohol burn when warmed.

D - good and quite unique, but the tobacco just a bit overwhelming for me as it pretty much takes over the entire second half of the drink. (753 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Saucer Charlotte.
Nice deep amber/orange appearance. Some cream colored bubbles that lace fairly nicely.
Aroma is toasted malt, toffee, caramel covered apples light oak.
Taste is a great balance of the caramel apple, yellow raisin and smokey oak, tobacco. Just hints of cocoa powder. The smokiness made this different than the norm for me, but works very nice.
Smooth nearly creamy mouthfeel. Solid medium body and drinkable has heck. Some things about this reminded me of a Founders Backwoods.
Maybe not quite up to the German versions, but still very tasty and another very good one from Duck Rabbit. They should think about bottling this at some point. (662 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown/copper with a light tan head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Rich, sweet caramel with a touch of roast and hint of prune. Alcohol heat became noticable upon warming.

T-Sweet caramel, chocolate and dark fruit initially with the smooth caramel being most apparent. Lighter notes of drying tobacco and oak come through upon warming. Semi-dry finish.

M-Medium heavy and very smooth. Becomes a bit sticky but never looses it's rich, smooth character. Alcohol heat adds to the complexity as it warms.

D-So smooth and rich it is almost sinful! An excellant creation by Paul and the DR crew! Hopefully this one isn't a one off! (659 characters)

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. (1,316 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.67/5  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. (396 characters)

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

a: duck-rabbitor is dark and nutty in color, almost leaning towards garnet red in the dim lights of this basement bar, but mostly a deep pecan shell brown, little head to speak of

s: huge dark toffee body with nuts and dusty cocoa, deeply caramelized malts lend a sweetness heavily accented by a range of roast in true duck-rabbit fashion, cherries rolled in cocoa, complex and unique - smells great

m: light carbonation, just a bit prickly, with a smooth medium-full body

t: absolutely delicious, rich toffee and deeply toasted malts at the start, semisweet and bitter chocolates, a full and sugary barley flavor wanes as things become more and more roasty towards the finish, ends with lingering nutshell, dry cocoa, and an earthy hop bitterness, oh - and just an ever so slight nuance of soured grain

d: the alcohol isn't a detractor at all, but I'm perfectly content to savor this one

~10 oz. pour at Foundation, Raleigh, NC (933 characters)

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the strongest, but also best, of the few dopplebocks that I've tried.

A: Dark, roasted brown. Small layer of head in the snifter with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, a little alcohol mixed with fruit.

T: The roasted malt is most prevalent, but there's lots going on in the taste profile. I picked up some chocolate and some faint fruits that complemented the general roastiness well. Also some alcohol presence, but it's well incorporated into the beer.

M: Smooth, medium-full.

D: Pretty good for the style. Alcohol taste doesn't hold you back, but I've never felt like dopplebocks are the kind of beer for sessioning anyways. (661 characters)

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