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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 48
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009)
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, BB date notched a April 2014, served in a Belgian snifter. Some sediment left in the bottom of the bottle even after a 'complete' pour.

A: body is dark reddish-brown with a decent tan head. Spotty lacing.

Very fruity aroma and taste, especially the latter which is also rich for style. Baked dates and some chocolate in the nose. Dried plums, dates and raisins on the tongue.

O: an exceptional dopplebock worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:35:33 | More by chinchill
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-28-2014 20:10:26 | More by buckyp
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From: Trade with jshusc, much thanks
Date: Best by 2014-05 on label
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Duck-Rabbit's doppelbock is a long-desired beer for me, and I'm grateful to jshusc for sending it my way in a recent trade. The beer is an overall better-than-average version of the style, but just by a bit. The display, aromatics, and feel of the beer are a bit off, but the taste is quite good, on par with many of the dark malt-forward German versions of the style (somewhat similar to the Miltenberger doppelbock I recently tried). Very dark and sweet caramel with a variety of other flavors mixed in, which is very satisfying. If this were locally available, I'd pick it up when available. As it's something I'd (currently) have to trade for to obtain, I'll probably just stick to locally available versions of the style.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of light tan-colored bubbles, small in size, yielding a frothy mass of foam atop the body of the beer that is short-lived, lasting less than a minute in decline to a thin ring around the body of the beer. Lacing is nonexistent. Body is a very dark amber color, with light bringing out orange-red-brown hues around the periphery of the beer. Carbonation not visible through the transparent (though dark, about 50% opaque) body.

Aroma is fairly mild, with hints of toasted bread crust, cocoa, dried dates, and a bit of diacetyl that does not detract from the beer. Overall, a bit disappointing, I was hoping for a more deep, exuberant set of scents.

Flavor is of intense toasted bread crusts, cocoa, dried black figs, prunes, and somewhat concealed ethanol. Front of palate tastes heavy, dark caramel-like sweetness, prunes and dried black figs, and a touch of slight raspberry and cocoa. Mid-palate experiences intense dark caramel-like sweetness, toasted bread crusts, a touch of cocoa, and strong prune, dried date and black fig esters, mild ethanol. Back of palate detects very dark caramel-like sweetness, toasted and slightly burnt bread crusts, ethanol, prune and dried black fig esters. Aftertaste of very dark caramel-like sweetness, heavily toasted bread, prunes, dried black figs, and light cocoa.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth (9/10) mouthfeel with just a touch of foaminess (1/10) that results in very slow sips of a lingering nature. Some more carbonation could be present and the beer would benefit in both aromatics and drinkability. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness lingering on the palate, just right for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:32:37 | More by falloutsnow
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-31-2014 04:36:13 | More by ShepardCommander
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McUbermensch

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-01-2014 02:20:18 | More by McUbermensch
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-16-2013 02:40:16 | More by BillRoth
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-15-2013 20:33:07 | More by DrunkinYogi
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bf7

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-15-2013 16:20:31 | More by bf7
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metter98

New York

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy and very dark reddish brown in color with a light amount of carbonation visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raisins are present in the nose along with notes of caramel and hints of brown sugar.
T: For the most part, the taste follows the smell but has somewhat more pronounced flavors with additional hints of prunes and toffee. The faintest bits of alcohol are perceptible towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very good drinkability for the style—it isn't bogged down with malty flavors or much in the way of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:59:33 | More by metter98
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-23-2013 22:40:20 | More by HopsHopenstein
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codysjb

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

10-23-2013 23:35:43 | More by codysjb
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ajdemma

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-19-2013 18:17:37 | More by ajdemma
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

10-14-2013 15:26:59 | More by wisrarebeer
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-14-2013 23:52:44 | More by outoffocus
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:07:56 | More by mntlover
Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.