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

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 47
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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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:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009)
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Photo of Darkmagus82


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Served on tap in a point glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep murky brown color with a one finger tan head. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of sweet caramel and some smells of dark fruits of fig and cherry. The aroma also has a decent toasted malt aroma as well as some notes of chocolate mixed within. Rounding out these smells are some notes of a grassy hop, complimenting the others nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet roasted malt flavor. The sweetness is of a caramel nature upfront with it transitioning to a more brown sugar and molasses sweetness more toward the end. The roasted malt flavor upfront is a mix of brown bread and some toasted malt tastes. Some lighter coffee flavors hit the tongue as well as a rather nice hit of dark fruit flavors more toward the middle of the taste. With a little bit of a herbal taste as well as some alcohol greeting the tongue at the end, taste an overall sweet, roasty, and warming taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather midrange. The thick body is very nice for the big sweet and roasty flavors enhancing the warming nature of the brew.

Overall –This one has nice and big sweet flavors with lots of malt. A rather tasty doppelbock that is well worth a try.

09-14-2013 00:36:32 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%

The beer appears a dark shade of mahogany with a half inch of foamy beige head. The aroma offers dark malts, brown sugar, bread, alcohol, ripe plums, raisins. Sweet brown bread, cookies, alcohol, yeast. Definitely true to style. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer.

09-13-2013 01:54:41 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Pookie


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

09-07-2013 20:58:26 | More by Pookie
Photo of BradShook

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-21-2013 17:44:49 | More by BradShook
Photo of cackalacky

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-21-2013 01:21:42 | More by cackalacky
Photo of Integritous


3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

08-15-2013 01:31:49 | More by Integritous
Photo of mychalg9


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-14-2013 00:07:00 | More by mychalg9
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%

A: Pours a crystal clear but almost opaque brownish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small thick patches with a large patch of thin film surrounding it (covering about 75% of the surface of the beer) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and dark fruit (figs, plums, and raisins) along with light hints of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some caramel and dark fruit (raisin, fig, and plum) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy hops and nuttiness from the malts. Very light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I think this is a really nice example of the style that is quite enjoyable. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is easy to drink.

08-11-2013 00:39:14 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of dweeuu


4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-08-2013 02:24:49 | More by dweeuu
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a brownish body with one-finger offwhite head that died a slow death with no lace. A thick, rich aroma, mostly bready and roasted malts along with some dark chocolate sweetness. Taste and mouthfeel is more of the same as the beer is thick, fuller-bodied, not sticky nor watery but a nice thick smoothness, mixed roasted and breadlike malts for dryness with dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel for sweetness. Not typical of other DBs I've had in terms of the dryness and the finish, which is less sweet more dry, and not much in terms of any fruit flavors at all (can't say I really got a hold of any dark fruits or minor citric hops) but still a pretty good beer.

07-30-2013 16:27:53 | More by clayrock81
Photo of mntlover


4.21/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a murky brown with amber highlights when held to the light. Head is small darker tan color that leaves some spotty lace behind.

Aroma is loads of malty goodness, earthy peat, figs, chocolate notes earthy hops. A big chewy smelling brew.

Taste is just like the nose big chewy malts good earthy notes peat, nuts, chocolate notes with figs. Nice meaty brew one of the better American attempts of this style I am enjoying this one. Finish is lingering smokey earthy malts with some earthy herbal like hops almost like a weak cigar flavor.

Mouthfeel is big medium with fairly mellow carbonation light pep here and there.

Overall have to agree Duck Rabbit is the dark beer specialist, they sure got this one right. Glad I was finally able to get some of this one just never seemed to be in NC when it was released.

07-26-2013 02:07:56 | More by mntlover
Photo of TonyTalon


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-24-2013 01:41:51 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of mscudder


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Served in a globe.

A - Deep ruby hue here with a nice light-bronze head. Fair retention with good lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted coffee. Nice balance on the nose!

T - Starts with sweet caramel and heavy roast. Progresses into a dry fruity melody, closing with a strange sharp-chocolate sweetness, accompanied by black pepper.

M - Medium+ body with moderate carbonation.

O - This is a really odd doppelbock. Not a huge fan of the style, although this is better than most I have encountered. Lots going on here... I can see where the hype comes from, just not for me.

07-23-2013 02:33:09 | More by mscudder
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.35/5  rDev -16.7%

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body, housing a little hint dirtied garnet at the edge against the list. Smallish, light beige head that settles fairly quickly. No appreciable lacing or retention.

Smell: Sweet-scented, alcoholic, with a fruitiness of figs and grape-flavored candy (like Nerds or such), a step ahead of the dark-colored syrup, Tootsie roll, and molasses.

Taste: Molasses, caramel atop toast, and a noted roastiness. Dark syrup sweetness upfront. Rather bright fruitiness, fig and grape, followed by slight, herbal hops and a persistent pinch of alcohol (a bit fusel). Snippet of licorice. Slight nuttiness, with a touch of Tootsie Roll. Drying, rather warming, fruity finish. A little coffee pops into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Potent in many of its aspect, it's not the best doppelbock to be had, though, I'm sure you could do worse.

07-20-2013 01:52:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.86/5  rDev -4%

appearance: Fairly dark brown. When held to the light appears medium dark orange. slight tan head.
smell: sweet, and malty. A bit of chocolate. Nice, fairly simple.
taste: Much like the nose but with more happening. Dark fruits, drier than expected. Full and rich.
overall: Nice Dopple. Not a standout imo, but decent enough brew.

07-18-2013 23:17:40 | More by cindyjeffsmith

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-18-2013 22:20:16 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of pathman


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-14-2013 18:44:55 | More by pathman
Photo of ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-08-2013 17:36:19 | More by ncstateplaya
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-07-2013 03:03:04 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of kristougher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-30-2013 22:36:56 | More by kristougher
Photo of OKCNittany


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-30-2013 03:38:00 | More by OKCNittany
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-29-2013 01:35:11 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of hellhammermario

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-27-2013 17:57:15 | More by hellhammermario
Photo of Daktah


4.36/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured a hazy dark brown. Light tan head with decent lacing. Smell is dark fruit, caramel, malt, and a good amount of smooth chocolate. Taste is more of the same, with additional malt sweetness. The sweetness isn't cloying though and the finish is clean, leaving you ready for another sip. Smooth and creamy without being heavy.

Another great Duck-Rabbit beer, and a solid doppelbock that I'm happy to have made in NC. Really need to make that trip to Farmville!

06-11-2013 15:02:02 | More by Daktah
Photo of AltBock


3.71/5  rDev -7.7%

12oz bottle with the usual Duck Rabbit symbol on the front. There are two things separating this label with their other labels. This one has a gold background and the Duck Rabbit has gray ram horns coming out of its head. Off to the sides is the Government warning, brewery's address, and a notched best before date.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this southern Doppelbock was a semi hazy dark mahogany brown with a burgundy center. It was a rather interesting color. The red center was a nice touch to this beer. On top of this brew was a nice little head of foam. The initial head of foam was between 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in height and light tan in color. It had great retention that left behind a small tan film and a ton of tan sticky streaks of lace around the glass. The film on top of the beer lasted until the last drop of beer was gone.

This Doppelbock was more sweet than roasted. The first aroma that I picked up was the sweet lightly roasted malts. After the malts had their fun in the sun, in comes a pinch of caramel, a touch of milk chocolate, and a subtle whiff of black cherry. The aroma as a whole was a little too faint for my liking. If they would have pumped up the aroma just a little more, this would have been a great aroma.

While the aroma was sweet, the taste was more dry and roasted. The first taste that I found was of course the dry roasted malt. Waiting behind the malt was a pinch of milk chocolate, a drop of molasses, a dab of caramel, and a sprinkle of roasted coffee beans. After all that, this beer then finishes up with a gentle touch of roasted hops. The hops were more roasted than bitter. A little more sweetness wouldn't have hurt this beer at all.

This was a straight up medium bodied dry roasted Doppelbock. As for the aftertaste, that was filled with dry roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, a pinch of caramel, a drop of molasses, and a big bite of alcohol. At least the alcohol wasn't overpowered. Even though I could taste the alcohol, I couldn't feel it.

Not a bad Doppelbock! It had an interesting color, a sweet aroma, a dry roasted taste, and an alcoholic mouthfeel. I think this NC brewery did a good job. The aroma could have been better, but everything else was good. Would I drink another one? Yeah, I wouldn't mind another single.

06-09-2013 21:04:19 | More by AltBock
Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.