Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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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.
11-23-2010 03:17:15 | More by TurdFurgison
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-19-2010 02:58:36 | More by Mora2000
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-13-2010 23:51:41 | More by bonkers
3.73/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-11-2010 02:31:46 | More by crossovert
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
11-10-2010 01:36:30 | More by Thorpe429
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
11-08-2010 02:27:32 | More by dirtylou
3.28/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
11-05-2010 02:04:14 | More by oregonskibum
3.45/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
10-29-2010 23:23:25 | More by kbutler1
United Kingdom (Wales)
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.
10-29-2010 23:22:34 | More by mothman
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
10-23-2010 23:32:31 | More by kiddynamite920
4.3/5 rDev +7%
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.
10-17-2010 22:45:30 | More by Jwale73
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
10-17-2010 22:21:27 | More by farrago
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-14-2010 06:23:12 | More by Vdubb86
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
10-01-2010 05:21:08 | More by stimulus
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
09-17-2010 03:10:43 | More by wagenvolks
3.7/5 rDev -8%
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.
09-08-2010 01:10:53 | More by meatyard
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
Fresh bottle, August 2010.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Trois Pistoles chalice. Pours a brownish caramel color out of the bottle, with barely any head rising at first. Fills the glass a deep brown, but this time, by the end of the pour...a great looking two finger frothy deep tan head. Leaves light, yet sticky laces of cream around the glass.
Aroma is light...but nice. Small notes of chocolate, tobacco, caramel, malts, and yeasts.
Flavor is good. Not the best dopplebock out, but VERY solid. Loads of dark toasted notes, more tobacco, chocolate/caramel sweetness. Medium body, medium carbonation, and medium booze warmth. A little hoppy for a DB...then again...it's super fresh and that may fade. Would be interested to see how this one ages. Tasty beer...like most Duck Rabbit beers!
09-03-2010 01:46:52 | More by ShadesOfGray
4.38/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-02-2010 01:54:20 | More by msubulldog25
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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%.
08-30-2010 00:36:46 | More by beer2day
4.38/5 rDev +9%
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.
08-25-2010 10:42:56 | More by DIM
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
08-22-2010 23:10:34 | More by jjboesen
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
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!
08-22-2010 19:51:27 | More by Gambrinus1184
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
08-18-2010 23:12:31 | More by kels
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-14-2010 21:26:41 | More by GJ40
4.38/5 rDev +9%
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.
08-14-2010 19:06:30 | More by Proteus93
Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.