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

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BA SCORE
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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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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wfpalm

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (5/11 expiration date) into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Tan head with a hint of red laced in.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, tart fruits.

T - Much the same as the nose. The beer has a very nice bitterness to it, which is reminiscent of a good dark chocolate. Pretty sweet, overall though.

D- Feels somewhat heavy in the mouth. Alcohol bite definitely hits in the back of the mouth.

O- Pretty good overall. The bite of alcohol can be a bit off-putting, but it works very well with the dark chocolate taste in the back of the mouth. Will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:52:18 | More by wfpalm
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Duck Rabbator pours a *very* dark brown, it's almost stout-like in appearance. A three and a half finger caramel head pops up and fades fast and clean at first. At about a finger and a half though things slow down and some serious head retention kicks in. There's a solid amount of lacing left clinging to the side of the glass as well. The nose is a bit unexciting, it's very heavy on biscuity malts, with just a hint of plums showing up as well. With my expectations somewhat tapered, the first few sips then were a revelation. Duck Rabbator is a seamless blend of just about everything one could want from a malt heavy beer. Biscuit, caramel, toasted nuts, cocoa and dark sweet fruits all have a turn shining through. The body is spot on, lush and full. The carbonation though is a bit lackluster. Don't get me wrong, in a beer like this I'm looking for the carbonation to be a bit on the low side, but it's almost nonexistent here and the beer is bordering a bit on being syrupy. In some ways Duck Rabbator is a world class Doppelbock, but it's also a somewhat uneven brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 04:05:17 | More by axeman9182
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass

A - brown body with small light tan head

S - Caramel, sugar, sweet malts, some toasty notes

T - more caramel and toasty malts. Definitely a sweet beer. Some roasty bitter notes as well.

M - medium to heavy, pretty sticky

D - The booze is hidden well for the style. Pretty sweet beer but not out of line with the style. A nice beer and a solid doppelbock but not the best around.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:11:09 | More by jpmclaug
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KajII

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

Poured a dark brown with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of roasted dark bread malts, a sweet leathery yeast with hints of coffee, chocolate, toffee, raisons and a mild alcohol scent. It tasted lightly sweet with a mild coffee overtone at first and ended with a chocolate-coffee flavor with notes of raisons and had a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium in body and kind of watery in texture and had a flat carbonation.Overall a tasty brew but not too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 17:37:38 | More by KajII
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duck-Rabbit's Duck-Rabbator (Doppelbock) pours up gently with a silky carbonation that creates a layered, but frothy mocha colored head that sustains itself over the deep russet (reddish brown) colored body. Absolutely marvelous appearance! The decadently rich, lightly roasted maltiness exhibits a plethora of dark fruit (e.g. burnt raisins, Deglet Noor dates, Black Mission figs, etc...) & nutty/spicy (e.g. cinnamon, honey almond, pistachio, etc...) complexity with just a hint of alcoholic warmth. Exceptional! The flavor is dominated by the rich melanoidin maltiness with some spicy, Noble hop bitterness & nuttiness coming through the deceptive warming finish. The creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel has a chewy quality that makes a bit of a meal of itself. This select seasonal offering from Duck-Rabbit puts some of the German offerings to shame. This is simply a malt lover's paradise in a glass! Suggested food pairings include hearty game such as black peppered venison, honey brazed wild boar ribs or cherry-glazed duckling. Here's to the great horned Duck-Rabbator!

PROSIT! Beertracker

Trader's Note: Many thanx to cdflem for a 6'er of this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 06:10:28 | More by Beertracker
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle picked up somewhere in North Carolina, if I recall, though I can't quite remember where now. Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a deep, woody cocoa, garnet-hued around the edges, slightly hazed, though borderline dark enough such that that distinction may be meaningless. The head - initially about a finger tall, moderately tanned, spongy and bubbly, the result of a robust, vigorous pour - fades quickly, though at about the rate one would expect for an 8.5% abv doppelbock, initially leaving a thin collar and a few dollops of lacing, though ultimately even those fade away.

Aroma: Absolutely phenomenal. I let this one warm for about 15 minutes after removing it from the 42 degree fridge, and that really does seem to be the sweet spot. And how sweet it is - huge waves of sweet toasted malts are crested with enormous dried fruits. Tons of sweet, sugary, fudgy cocoa, toast, dark toffee, and brown sugar - not acrid or astringent, but gentle, smooth, and sweet - kissed by dark fruits, cherries and raisins dominant among them. Just a really robust and potent aroma, decadent, opulent.

Taste: All of the above, mixed with some tart fruity overtones and a few spicy, phenolic yeast notes. That is, this one's characterized by tons of dark, toasty notes, relatively well attenuated but still with plenty of residual sweetness. Toast, burned toffee, and a kiss of smoke mix with molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and an even more slight kiss of honey mingle with a slew of fruits ranging from the aforementioned cherry to raisin, though the taste adds a kiss of tart prune and fig. No hint of alcohol at all, and all spiciness is contributed by a hearty amount of yeast activity, shining through because of the crispness and cleanliness of the other notes. Pretty solid, though not as decadent and pure as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Silky and relatively even, though with enough lift such that - with slight agitation - it becomes a little eruptive. As the carbonation dies down, it becomes a little smoother, more oily, though it would be nice if the carbonation were toned down just half a step earlier in the sipping experience.

Drinkability: An excellent doppelbock, and I'm upset I hadn't had a chance to try this one sooner. At 8.5%, it's dangerous, though not stylistically, and that 8.5% is nowhere to be found. This one's a definite winner - probably the best Duck Rabbit brew I've had (I think I'd put it a step above any of their seasonals, with the possible exception of the Baltic Porter), and a real flavorful bomb. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 02:10:17 | More by CrellMoset
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 00:06:41 | More by Sammy
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep dark amber that light onyl passes through when its held up to one. Aroma has a maple syrup and mollasses sweetness to it.
The roasted malt is the first thing you notice, but there's lots going on all over the place. I noticed some chocolate and some faint dark fruits that complemented the general roastiness well. Also some alcohol presence, but it's well melded into the overall flavor profile.
Slightly viscous for the style with a low carbination level. Not best enjoyed quickly, this one is better slow and with a good read.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:23:19 | More by ChadQuest
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 03:13:15 | More by MasterSki
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:17:15 | More by TurdFurgison
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:58:36 | More by Mora2000
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is deep black with amber highlights, about a 1 inch head, light lacing. The beer has a ton of dark, sweet fruit on the nose. The beer taste like it smells, dates, plums, and a bit of warming alcohol. It has a lingering sweet finish. A full bodied, well carbonated brew. A very good doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:51:41 | More by bonkers
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crossovert

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 02:31:46 | More by crossovert
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:36:30 | More by Thorpe429
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dirtylou

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:27:32 | More by dirtylou
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oregonskibum

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dark, almost dull brown with some red tints. Pours will a fizzy, 3/4 light tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Sweet, slightly roasted caramel malts with some dark fruits (prune, raisin). Molassis, brown sugar, with a little spice.

T: Deeply roasted or dark malts, sweet caramel. Some faint dark fruit flavors, but overall a little less complex than anticipated from the smell. Has a slightly bitter finish, although not from hops.

M: Medium body, although it definitely coats the tongue. Carbonization seems lively up front, but it drops to medium-low after the beer has sat out for a bit.

D: About average. It was interesting, not un-pleasant, but not necessarily something I would hunt out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:04:14 | More by oregonskibum
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into the duck rabbit snifter, score! Pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue. Slight tan head that collars around the glass. The aroma is a sweet malty caramel with some slight vanilla. Wow, this has an almost butterscotch flavor with a bit of carmelization and roast. Some dark fruits as well. Medium mouthfeel. The ending is slightly bitter that lingers on for a while. No lace at all. Overall, not bad but not outstanding either.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:23:25 | More by kbutler1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:22:34 | More by mothman
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out pretty fizzy, but not yellow and thin so we're good. Dark brown with some reddish highlights. Head is tan and sizzled down pretty quick into some large and small bubble clusters.

S: Oh, so malty. This is what a doppelbock should smell like. Dark cherries, plums and raisins. Some sweet figs and a bit of spice.

T: Taste is of some very dark malts, almost bitter in a way. Dark chocolate with some sour cherries. A bit of alcohol. The bitter chocolate is pretty strong with the cherry flavor backing it up. A little off in my opinion.

M: Good crisp lager mouthfeel, but this is not what I look for in a doppelbock. Was looking for a syrupy malt bomb. It has the malt bomb but not the heavy body.

D: Not sure what style to compare this to on a drinkability level. Almost drinks like a lighter scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 23:32:31 | More by kiddynamite920
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bucketboy for the generous extra. Served in my DFH Goblet. Pours the color of cola with a thin head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles, forming a thin band around the perimeter of the bowl. Nose reveals cocoa and dark fruit - very similar to a Baltic Porter in character, with a slightly acidic quality in the mix. Taste follows nose with a slightly earthy quality, some licorice and a sour mash character that reveals itself as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation that is slightly higher than optimal. This is a delicious and drinkable brew; perhaps not quite style consistent and closer to a Baltic Porter than a Doppelbock, but incredibly tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 22:45:30 | More by Jwale73
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farrago

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close to three fingers of dark tan head, a lot of larger bubbles interspersed throughout, pops and sizzles down to the surface at a steady gait, the lacing slides down the glass side in solid sheets. Very dark brown in color with a mild orange tint, no murkiness at all, just darkness, a pleasing package visually. There's enough roast to the nose to evoke coffee, dark baker's chocolate and a pinch of chicory, softened by butterscotch, rum raisin and date to fig fruit notes, very light banana too, the hops more like straw or hay than anything fresh and green, muscular tenacity in your nostrils. Full-bodied, dry and crisp mouth entry, the carbonation well-defined and brisk. Sip by sip you get more chocolate, butterscotch, nougat, molasses and coffee hard candy. The raisin, fig, date, maraschino cherry flavors not overly sweet and strongest past the mid-palate. More of foresty, mossy sort of herbaceousness here, wetter and livelier. Minimal citrus or spice, sticks to the core message. Richness without heaviness.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 22:21:27 | More by farrago
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for allowing me the opportunity to have the non-local brew.

The odd animal mixture pours a very deep mahogany which can only be seen in true form when penetrated by a very close source of light. Atop is a nice tan head that is quick to relinquish its grip on the surface of the beer. The smells bring many thoughts to mind most of them tasty. The main aromas are a molasses and booze, but there is also a nice paring of pineapple and caramel as well to make it very interesting. The taste is clearly of the sweet molasses, but that's not all. There are hints lemon zest, plum and smoked malts with a prominent spiced rum kicker in the back. The mouthfeel is rather decent while the beer is perfect in its consistency and carbonation the booze content is a bit on the acidic side to where it attacks the sides of the tongue. This is definitely a pleasant beer to drink and a pretty good doppelbock, one I would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 06:23:12 | More by Vdubb86
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stimulus

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger beige head.
S: Smells sweet, like caramel.
T: Big and malty, with a nice, somewhat surprising chocolate and toffee finish.
M: Medium bodied with carbonation slightly on the higher side (which I prefer for the style over no carbonation at all).
D: Wow, this was great, I'll be going back for a six pack of this!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 05:21:08 | More by stimulus
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass; best by May 2011. Cheers to atsprings for the trade!

At one point when I lived in Raleigh, I had reviewed every beer that Duck Rabbit produced. Not so much nowadays, but it's always a treat to revisit an old friend/brewery. Rabbitor pours beautifully, with a rosy-amber body that supports several sluggish streams of carbonation rising up to supply a sticky head of tight, custard-colored foam. The aroma highlights what Duck Rabbit does best: MALT. After all, they are the "Dark Beer Specialists". Big, decadent notes of chocolate and mildly charred coffee, plus toffee and tobacco. A flash of sherry and herbal hops linger in the background.

The flavor is subtly aggressive, coating the palate with dark fruit notes of raisin and fig. Powdered chocolate and toasted amber malts follow suit with a larger-than-expected burst of resinous hops. Sticky, chewy body, but the mouthfeel never becomes a chore as the carbonation level is spot-on. All in all, a well-crafted doppelbock from the geniuses that dwell in Farmville, NC. A must-try for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:10:43 | More by wagenvolks
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 01:10:53 | More by meatyard
Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.