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

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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 48
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009)
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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 pzrhsau
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a clear rich burgundy color with some great tan colored head that sticks to the glass very well.
S: Sweet breadlike aroma with hints of chocolate. The beer has a nice tinge of dark fruit that really helps balance the aroma.
T: The beer has a nice malty bread flavor that turns into a good bitter dark chocolate. Very good notes of cherries and some hints of oak/roasted nuts.
M/O: Very crisp and drinkable beer. Very balanced flavors and not too overwhelming with the alcohol. The beer presents well and also really has some nice complexity.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A: Dark brown with hints of red at the edges. Finger's width of tan head quickly subsides to a thin layer and leaves a small amount of lacing. Slightly darker than I was expecting, but looks good.

S: Big hit of malts. Roasty, with heavy notes of chocolate, molasses and caramel. Finish is also a slight hint of alcohol. Big nose on this one, smells deeply delicious.

T: Intense, sweet flavor from the malts. Taste profile is similar to the nose, with chocolate, caramel and molasses. My first thought was too sweet, but the sweetness actually fades into a nice malty bitterness. Hides the 8.5% really well on the flavor, but creates a pleasant warming sensation.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky, low on the carbonation. Goes down smooth and coats the throat with malty sweetness.

O: A malt-bomb. Big roasted flavors, lots of sweetness and a bit of balancing bitterness makes for a dangerously drinkable beer. I have yet to meet the dopplebock that I didn't like, and this is no exception. Worth checking out, especially if you like heavily malted beers.

Photo of corby112
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with a thin layer of head that quickly settles to a thin ring around the drink.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt, caramel, hints of chocolate, brown sugar and molasses with raisin and fig notes.

Taste: Roasted malt (not as sweet as the nose), bitter chocolate, caramel, biscuit, brown sugar. Good but not as good as the nose would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and very chewy.

Overall: A very enjoyable doppelbock that I'd score higher if the taste was as good as the nose. I like what Duck Rabbit is doing and this is no exception.

Photo of wfpalm
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.

Photo of axeman9182
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
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.

Photo of KajII
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.

Photo of Beertracker
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!

Photo of CrellMoset
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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of ChadQuest
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.

Photo of MasterSki
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of bonkers
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.

Photo of crossovert
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of dirtylou
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

Photo of oregonskibum
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.

Photo of kbutler1
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.

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of kiddynamite920
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.

Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.