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

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 299
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 299
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle dating is not notched. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with nice retention that reduces to a thin cap that sticks around. Small bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, chocolate, molasses, toasted malts, dark fruits, and spicy hops. Very nice aromas here with good balance. Taste of big caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, biscuit, dark fruit, spiciness, and a bit of booze. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toasted malt, biscuit, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol has a decent presence with a decent warming on the finish. Overall a very nice and impressive doppelbock. The alcohol presence is a bit much, but overall still very enjoyable.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark chocolate brown, with an odd magenta hue with light behind it. Light tan head, about one finger, fades pretty fast. A little lacing.

Smell is heavy dark fruits, nutty chocolate, with a hint of smoke. Ripe plums, some brown sugar, and a light red-grape background. More roasty than a typical doppelbock. Nicely rounded. Deep, though I would like a little more complexity.

Taste is a little funny. It brings those same fruits and nuts and chocolate that are in the smell, but it has a strange lightness drifting around the mouth, with a hint of bitter alcohol pinch on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style - it's chewy enough, but I wish the carbonation were lower. I want to feel the weight, and the bubbles lift it up off my tongue when I want that sweet goodness to sit there. I do get a bit of alcohol burn.

Good, but definitely not your typical doppelbock. Malts are the centerpiece, but they're quite roasty and slightly smoky. Smell is the highlight. I think the best qualities of the taste are pulled down by that odd alcohol bite. And the mouthfeel is just too bubbly.

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Photo of bertram
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours quite dark - essentially opaque - with a bit of viscosity to it, with an acceptable amount of head followed by some lacing, but not a lot.

smell is roasty and malty with a hint of chocolate and fruit.

taste is really nice - again, plenty of roast and malt here, with some tones of nuts, chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of fruit. unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a bit lacking due to low carbonation.

Overall a really solid dark beer that I enjoyed greatly, and hope to enjoy again!

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Photo of harrymel
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: unk

A: Dark brown with only a thick ring of toasted cream foam and spotty lace. Opaque.
S: cocoa, caramel, cola and crystalized sugar make up the nose on this one. It's nice.
T: Theres a certain grass character along with some more sweet malts and a toasted cola flavor. Interesting.
M: Medium bodied with light carb for the style. Long slick finish.
O: unusual doppelbock, and nicely refined. A deviation from what I usually anticipate to be too sweet and overly esterized, this one is nice.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the 6 pack shop.

Appearance. Some bubbles, syrup style. Rich.

Smells like a dark Belgium. Very heavy. Fig/Raisins....

Tastes sweet. Definite chocolate, molasses, brown sugar. Nice flavor. Impressed.

Mouthfeel...definitely not the best part of this beer. Not much body at all. Maybe a little too much carbonation. Give this beer a nice body and they may be onto something special.

Overall. This is a onsie-twosie. Not something I would drink more than 2 of in a night. Maybe a desert beer. Give it some body, lose a little alcohol, and it could be Duck Rabbits money maker.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of molasses, caramel, toffee, cocoa and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of molasses, toffee, caramel and light cocoa with a crisp lingering toffee finish.

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

Received in trade from VncentLIFE, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep dark brown color with a decent tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of dark dried fruit, caramel, and burnt sugar with a hint of ash mixed in there as well. Taste is dark malty with a hint of mineral and ash. All the usual suspects are here, caramel, dark sugar, prunes, plums, raisins. Light roasted grains are a bit out of place. Little to no hop presence, but there really shouldn't be. Medium to thick body light level of carbonation with a caramel thick mouthfeel. There are better examples of the style, but this is one damn fine brew. I quite enjoyed this one, roasted grains and all.

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Photo of birchstick
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a chocolaty brown color with a 1/4 finger head that retains well

S - smell is copious amounts of chocolate with some dark fruits mixed in. The two really blend together nicely.

T - starts off with sweet, sugary malts and candied fruits. as it moves down the palate, chocolate malts make an appearance. As this hits the back, I get a lot of sugary fruits again (plums, raisins) and a bit of toasted malt. Ends with chocolate tones. Really solid taste profile.

M - full and creamy - goes down smoothly

D - this is a really solid doppelbock from Duck-Rabbit. It has a really nice balance of chocolates and dark fruits. I feel most doppelbocks are one dimensional on the malts, but this has a really nice interplay in and out of a variety of flavors. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it!

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Photo of n2185
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of sweet, creamy chocolate aromas with some hints of coffee. There are also some sweet, nutty aromas as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts with sweet, creamy chocolate flavors up front. Nutty flavors follow with a very lightly bitter and smoky finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp and clean for having a lot of roasted malt characters.

O: An atypical doppelbock that seems to border more on a porter than a doppelbock. Still, it is quite tasty with a nice combination of sweet chocolate and nutty flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearaence – For awhile, I wondered, “Why do they call themselves Duck-Rabbit when there’s just a picture of a rabbit on the bottle?” And THEN I saw the duck. Anyways. This beer pours a deep ghastly brown with a hint of mahogany to it. A few fingers of head disappear very quickly. The film that’s left on top of the beer is actually putting on some kind of show as it pops around like twinkling stars.

Smell – Definitely smells like a doppelbock. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good one so I am excited. Deep, dark fruits and malt. A bit of a plum/cocoa mix to it as well. Very light chocolate.

Taste – A surprisingly different doppelbock. A very light and tart cranberry note grabs my attention first. Then, we get more of the darker fruits such as plum and dark cherry. The beer itself remains lightly tart throughout. Very faint hints of caramel and cocoa.

Mouthfeel and Overall – The tartness and oddity of the weight can get to you a bit, but it’s pretty solid other than that. You can definitely feel the alcohol burn during breaks. Overall, a pleasantly tart doppelbock without the heavy malt.

EDIT: Wow. So that alcoholic tartness definitely gets to you further down in the beer. I had to lower my score a bit.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured down the side of a pint glass, I got 4" of foam and an inch of liquid. After a lot of fizzing and about 30 seconds it was 3" of liquid brown love, all chestnut in color, topped with over an inch of root beer-looking foam the color of the fluff on that aforementioned root beer. Eventually, it settled to a 1/2" layer. A good amount of light penetration through the hazy brown.
Smell is richly malty with with notes of earth and whiskey, raisins and apples, caramel and smoke. Really great complexity and balance.
Taste is amazing. Rich, smoky roasted malt, caramel, whiskey, dark fruits and a nice mellow alcohol presence. Again, complexity and balance are phenomenal.
Rich, full-bodied, light effervescence. Slightly ashy note in the aftertaste. This is a really fine bottle of brew. Now if they would only distribute in Florida.

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

A dark mahogany colored brew with a decent tan colored foam on top with nice lacing. The aroma brings big peanut butter malt with a hint of ham and muted licorice cotton candy. Quite nice. The flavor favors licorice malt by far and it’s delicious with banana bread sweetness and a little charcoal and lemony grass hop. A really good doppelbock. It has a resinous feel, silky smooth in a medium-heavy bodied brew with tiny bubbles that keep it a touch lively. Quite a brew. Enjoy.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a really deep brown color with a thin fizzy light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a light peppery note to me followed up by some big malt aromas. The taste of the beer was pretty good, I feel that I've had better tasting Doppelbocks before. This one just didn't seem like it was all there. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and leaves a caramely sweet feeling in the mouth. Overall it's a good brew to try but I don't think I'll buy it again.

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Photo of CoalPorter
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - 2 fingers sticky tan/brown head rises tightly and leaves nice lacing, Color is a deep chestnut brown, almost black, with a reddish tinge

S - Brown bread and molasses, gingerbread notes, and a lightly vegetal quality underneath

T - Malt-o-riffic, Rum, raisin, and sweet toffee, with the alcohol sneaking in at the end with a little heat. The hops also show up just in the bitter finish, but this is a malt dominator.

M - very smooth and pleasant, not too sticky, broken up nicely by the level of carbonation

O - great glass for a nightcap, nice example of the style. Just one per evening I think.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey.

A dark red brown body with no head given barely, but a very large soapy bubbled collar of tan. Love this body color.

Nose is a little boozy of alcohol and small toffee, with mild licorice. Licorice notes come forward more often after time.

Taste and body is a little thin. Light bodied and a bit wet missing stickiness. Licorice taste comes out a bit which is interesting to say the least.

Overall, aside from unexpected licorice this is kind of disappointing. Too watery for my tastes.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little out of season, but I'm always up for new Duck-Rabbit, and I just can't imagine that, at 8.5%, that this suffered on the shelf. Pours a reddish tinged medium brown with almost no head or lace, but that is more or less to be expected for the style. The nose is rich and thick, with plenty of caramel and sweet coffee notes. The whole melange turns to dark fruit as it warms, figs or plums or something.

The dryness surprises me at first, but eventually grows on me. The coffee and caramel are there, but are mostly backloaded into the aftertaste. The body is simple, no frills sweet malt. The key here is balance as bitterness frames the whole situation. I could use a little more stiffness in the texture but I do realize, that after all, this is a lager.

It is a measure of the high regard that I hold this brewery in that this beer ranks as a slight disappointment.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Michael for the gift of Duck Rabbit for my 30th birthday. The week of birthday beers continues.

A: Pours a dark, hazy reddish brown with a bit of a white head and almost no lacing.

S: Smells of coffee and dark fruits and a good amount of dark malt. Smell is somewhat subtle.

T: First impression is that this is a lot roastier than I expected it to be, and the roast/coffee is definitely the predominant flavor, though it doesn't come in until the end. Up front it's got a sweet caramel malt, but the flavors don't seem to complement each other as well as I'd like. It's almost like drinking two different beers as the roast comes out of nowhere to overwhelm your palate halfway through.

M: Mouthfeel is the most disappointing thing about this beer. I think if it was a little more robust, it would work really well with this beer, but instead it's rather thin with medium carbonation. The thinness of it makes this an odd drinking experience.

O: I was really looking forward to this one, but it fell a bit short of expectations. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but it's a bit pricey and I'm not sure I'll be seeking it out again. I think a change in the body of this beer would do wonders for it.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

-- I'd cellared this one for almost a year --

A: It literally looks like molasses. Rich, syrupy brown. A standard pour yields a 1.25 finger bubbly head and unspectacular lacing.

S: Sweet caramel. If blinded, I'd think it was an English Barleywine. It's quite heavy and cloying in the nostrils.

T: Not as sweet as I expected, as there's more of a charry dark bread crust here. The alcohol is detectable yet balanced. Extremely rich, hints of milk chocolate, dark brown sugar and warmed molasses play against the brew's earthy spine. The depth of flavor here is astounding.

M: The mouthfeel in no way compliments the wonderful flavor nuances of the beer. It's slightly thin and it lacks the cream punch needed to seal the deal. Instead, the under-carbed nature of the beer makes this one a bit harder to drink.

O: Duck-Rabbit's Duck-Rabbator Doppeldock is a pretty impressive offering. It's one of the more flavorful Doppelbocks I've had, and certainly did well with a year in the ol' cellar. The mouthfeel could use some touching up, but otherwise this one gets a hearty reco' from me.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Axic10
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of wfpalm
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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