Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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89
very good

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 63
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: on 07-30-2009

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Ratings: 285 | Reviews: 170
Reviews by Franziskaner:
Photo of Franziskaner
4/5  rDev 0%

The beer is black in color and just barely allows light to penetrate it. A fingernail thin khaki colored head rests on top. Aroma of dark malt,chocolate,and a bit of black licorice. The taste is of chocolate and dark wheat with an edge of bitterness in the front of the palate. The fade is sweet dark malt. The mouth is slightly sticky from the malt.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best schwarzbier I have had.Poured a oil slick black,I mean no ruby tint here at all,a 1/2 finger off white head atop.Aromas of deep roast and molasses with just a hint of citric hop.Deep dark roasted notes on the palate mixed with black licorice and molasses,just a hint leafy hop in the finish.Wow this a great black lager,full on roast with just enough sweetness,but light enough to have a few.Hell yeah.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark to black with just the slightest hint of translucence. Modest tan head of perhaps a fingers width at best that quickly dissipates to a heavy ring. Light lacing.

Very modest aroma of malt, but they smell like medium roasted coffee. Pleasant and very inviting.

Tastes are broad of malt with and amazing smoothness and rather heavy mouthfeel. Plenty of sweetness but very well matched with coffee and chocolate bitterness. A rather light carbonation allows for an overall creaminess that seems common to the Duck Rabbit line of brews. Goes down smooth and easy.

Nice brew! Another fine brew from Duck Rabbit.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the glass a deep dark black with a small bubbly light tan head on top. Aromas of wonderful roasted malts mingling with chocolate, molasses, caramel and a bit of peppery spiciness as well. Touch of burnt coffee in there as well. Really love the depth here, draws you in!

First sip brings big dark roasted malts upfront with some char, chocolate, burnt coffee and caramel. Real great depth of flavor in here and a bounty of roasty goodness. Flows down with a touch of peppery spice and lingering roasted grain on the finish. Damn fine brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. A really solid brew as the weather turns a bit cooler outside. I wish I could get this locally as I would love to drink this more often! Thanks much to smokeypeat for sending this my way.

Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a freshness date but no abv. Appearance: The body has a very dark reddish brown color which appears almost black in the glass. The head on top is tan in color, thick and long lasting. The glass is left with thick lacing. Smell: It has a very roasted and malty aroma. Dark bready and sweet notes jump right out of the glass. Taste / Palate: It starts with sweet dark bready maltiness and then it adds mild coffee and molasses notes. The finish brings some earthy hops flavor and mild bitterness.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for sending this bottle my way. Always happy to try a new beer from Duck-Rabbit.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights and a huge tan head. The aroma is heavy on the dry cocoa and the roasted malt. A very nice smelling black lager.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with some light coffee tones also in there. Very easy to drink.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and a carbonation level that is a little higher than normal for the style.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2010! At least I think so - it's notched into the side of the label. Seems pretty damn old - I bought this just last week from a webshop. Oh well, here's hoping it tastes OK. I'm liking the labelling, although I reckon the duck is more of an albatross.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Yeast sediment indicates conditioning with live yeast. Pitch black in colour - a deep brown when held to the light. Yields a massive head of creamy light brown foam with excellent retention; this lasts for ages before subsiding to a thick surface layer. Incredibly rich aroma of roasted malt with strong notes of coffee and hints of cocoa/chocolate, burnt grain and yeast.

Tastes of intense roasted malt with a bitter finish. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, cocoa, stewed hops and subtle earthy yeast. Has a dry, spicy quality. A powerful bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a spicy astrinency. Dries the palate. An aggressive aftertaste of roasted malt and bitter coffee.

Wow - fantastic! Not sure it quite matches the traditional style, but an excellent beer nonetheless. Roasted malt and coffee notes take your tastebuds hostage. A top notch brew - don't hesitate if you have the chance to try it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with this pitch black beer whilst drinking in Pittsburgh a week ago. Piper's Pub was pouring some fine wares the night of our visit but between heavy hitters from Victory, Terrapin, Duck Rabbit, Sierra Nevada, etc the Duck Rabbit Scwarzbier was the best of show. Appears pitch black body with a cocoa tan head forming thick. Minimal lacing forms with each sip. Aromatics bring to mind cocoa, coffee, creamy toffee and caramel notes. Flavor sblend everything including a hell of a roasted malt flavor, malted milk ball chocolate tones, this is an excellent representation of the style herbal hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied never cloying I again fell in love with the silky smooth finish. Drinkability solid from every perspective I could have and should have drank this all night long great beer I'm glad I found a taste of it.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted malt with hints of ash and unsweetened cocoa. As it warms leafy hop aromas manage to sneak out.

Tastes good. Black malt flavors up front with good amounts of roastedness and hints of unsweetened chocolate. As with the smell leafy hop flavors are apparent once the beer warms. Ending is mildly bitter and holds a hint of ash.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall I have to admit schwarzbiers still are far from my favorite style but it's apparent that this is a good one. Well worth a shot, even more so if you're into the style.

Photo of dc55110
2.51/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as an "extra" from JCB!

12oz bottle, notched "10," poured into a 14oz tulip

Pours nearly opaque, just a small amount of light penetrates the edges. A vigorous pour yields about a finger of head that quickly dissipates to a small ring around the perimeter of the glass. A gentile swirly leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.

The nose is very much smokey and peaty. The roasted malts ought weigh anything else here.

Smokey, earthy and watery. Not much doing here. No malty-ness to the smoke. Very reminiscent of the smell of a fire-pit they morning after a long rain.

Thin, nearly watery, visually there appears to be a lot of carbonation, on the tongue there is little to nothing.

I'm hoping this was a bad bottle. There is nothing here besides burnt earth.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a pokal) enjoy before 11/09
A- This beer pours a black dense body with a thin sudsy head of tan that last as a film for the full beer. There are a few bubbles stuck to the glass but otherwise it is a bit to dense to see any carbonation.
S- This flinty aroma is followed by a smooth roasted black malt note with a light char hint at the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth black roasted malt flavor with no bitterness and a nice cream flavor to follow. As the beer warms there is a note of black licorice that supports the black malt flavor.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted.
D- The full rich but lagered flavor has some nice roasted character but still smooth and very drinkable.

Photo of pwoods
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kels for the bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Nearly pitch black with some brown edges in the light. About a fingers worth of dark khaki head forms but only holds for a minute or so. Some lacing.

S: Great malty, roasty presence. Loads of spent coffee grounds. Dryness in the back.

T/M: Big coffee and bitter grounds. More of the malty and roastiness. A bit of char or ash. Dryness kicks in almost immediately and lasts through the very dry and somewhat bitterness finish... a touch too much, I think. Body is medium or so and creamy.

D: I'd definitely buy this if it were available in my area.

Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a SA perfect pint glass

A - pours with a finger of loose but bubbly tan colored foam. the beer is just about black with some dark ruby hues around the edges in front of light.

S - very Porter-like with ample chocolate, coffee (nice fresh dark roast), and roasted nuts and grains. very warm and inviting.

T - nice and roasty with some great compliments of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, and nuts. finishes with some earthy hops and a sweet caramel kick. when warmed a nice smoked chipotle spiciness opens up.

M - light bodied with a solid amount of carbonation. Creamy and comforting.

D - why havent i had this before? awesome representation of a cool style...will make a great winter beer, loaded with flavor yet light and easy to drink. DR impressed again.

Photo of aval89
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to wedge421 for this brew.

A: poured a nice dark dark brown almost black color with at least a 3 finger worth of head (off white almost tan).. Very creamy head with tight small bubbles.. Head sticks around for quite some time.. As it settles it becomes more frothy..

S: roasty & sweet upfront.. Cocoa & toffee for sure with hints of milk chocolate... Lightly roasted coffee beans are also in there..

T: taste almost follows the smell.. Has a quick roasty coffee note upfront with cocoa quickly overpowering it.. Then a very noticeable milk chocolate flavor comes in with a nice toffee/caramel underlying flavor... Finish is dark chocolate with roasty coffee bean bitterness but is very clean for what it is..

MF: a little more carbonated than I'd like.. Heavy medium mouthfeel.. Still nice though..

D: nice drinkable brew.. It actually blew me away a little.. Wish I had another..

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for leaving this in my fridge.

A - pitch black with a huge, dense, brown head with great retention

S - roasted malt, faint chocolate, faint lager yeast, a hint of coffee

T - roasted malt, bitter, faint chocolate, lager yeast

M - crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a solid schwarzbier though it's a bit bitter and a little bitey. The chocolate and roasted malts give it a great flavor. It's highly drinkable and very enjoyable. I'll definitely have this again.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, kindly gifted by blackie

enjoyed during bears-steelers.

if you self-proclaim yourself "the dark beer specialists" then your schwarz had better be good.

appearance: nice pour into a great dane imperial pint glass, extremely dark body, inky black, creamy chocolate cap and nice lace

smell: smokey, sugared dates and raisin, peat, toffee, roasted barley

taste: nice bold flavor - big roasted malts, dry chocolate, smokey and earthy, dried dark fruit...big on roast and big on smoke, this one is clearly in the same vein as the other duck rabbit darks

mouhfeel: creamy, moderate roast-bitterness, full body

drinkability: good

Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks brent K for this fantastic brew.

pours out straight black with nice 2 finger cola colored head, smells of light chocolate and roasted malts, little hop spicyness in the back, not much tho.

tastes like a light stout with a tad bit more pronounced hop presence and a less creamy more, lager like body.
roasted chocolate and slight hints of coffee.

great mouthfeel and drinkability.
tasty and full enough for the winter yet light and drinkable for the summer too!

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-cask at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. Appeared pitch black in my pint glass with a short tan head. I'd never had a cask schwarzbier before, but I'd have one again. The roast was heavier than most beers in the style and reminded me of lighter stout, but I'm not complaining. There was a delicious mocha and black barley taste with hints of bitter chocolate and licorice. Give this a try if you can find it.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Black color, I guess that is why it is called a "Schwarzbier." Two fingers of dirty to tan head.
Smells like toasted barley and a little bit burnt, but in a good way. Really pleasing.
Burnt bread, a hearty malt side that ends with a little bitter bite at the end.
Medium bodied, little carbonation, fairly crisp.
Really impressed with this one. I think the "true" style is a little lighter bodied with a touch less malt, but this is delicious.

Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this one from Oldstylecubsfan in a trade.

A: Big milky tannish colored head on top of a dark black beer. Lacing is excellent.

S:Roast and bitter chocolate.

T: Good roasted flavor which some hints of toffee and a bitter chocolate finish.

M: Slightly watery, but it lingers nicely and has a good bold flavor.

D: I assume that this does not have some gigantic ABV but it doesn't lack flavor at all and is very easy to drink.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JCB for sending this one over.

Pours a nice black with a tan head and some nice lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Great malty smell with a little alcohol poking through. I love the grainy, bready, smells. There's a little coffee hanging around in there, too.

The taste is as good as the smell with some extra sweetnedd in the front and bitterness in the finish. On taste alone it would be a great breakfast beer.

In the mouth it is a little average. Nothing wrong with that.

Very drinkable. If only I could find this locally.

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a cola colored head that retains well. The aroma has some chocolate and espresso notes upfront, with some dark fruits and burnt bread, molasses, cola and a hint of smoke. The flavor is similar with dark chocolate and espresso notes initially, along with some burnt bread, molasses, prune, smoke and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is appropriately light, and drinkability is very good. Another quality seasonal from Duck Rabbit, and it's nice to have darker beers available over the summer.

Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to my boy Barscream for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours a deep dark brown (a good bit of ruby shines along the bottom) with a finger of foamy mocha head. Retains with a bit of a wispy look, with a ring of foam around the edges that fires up nicely and throws a fairly robust looking cascade of lacing up. The aroma is just THICK in the nose with coffee, roast, and chocolate. Some light floral and citric hop activity weaves in and out of all of these dark flavors but man, this is just hugely sticky and robust in the nose.

The taste is extremely black and bitter, with roasted malts and coffee being evened by some equally thick chocolate that pulls things back with a big tangy sweetness. Biting spicy bitterness runs through this, adding to the dark feel and contributing to the intensely dry and roasty finish on this that just STICKS in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp prickle to the carbonation, which really brings the hops and roast out. Bit of a chewy feel underneath, gives this some heft and a place for all of that heavier sweetness to sit.

Duck Rabbit knows how to do dark beers and this attempt at one of my favorite dark styles didn't disappoint in the least. Massively roasty yet balanced with a nice sharp crispness to the feel and drinkibility. I wish that I had more than just this one bottle.

Photo of nms1987
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad props to D-R for finally busting this out. I remember that it was supposed to be one of the first beers they did a long time ago.

Looks nice. Looks like a schwarz. BIG creamy, tan head. Dark body. Opaque. Basically black with maybe a little brown/caramel/ruby cola colors at the edges under light.

Smells decent... cream and vanilla on the nose. A definite spicy thing in the nose too but not in a hoppy way and I would be shocked (given the style) if I'm smelling alcohol.

Tastes real good. Smooth and creamy with a coffee/chocolate thing. The faint bitterness at the finish, melded with the natural chocolate notes gives a really fun baker's (unsweetened, bitter) chocolate aftertaste. Fairly crisp and clean finish considering the nice maltiness it has.
Mouthfeel is, again, smooth and creamy.
Drinkability is high. Very enjoyable to sip or gulp. I'd love to have another

Nice beer. Really nice beer.
A-? (the rating so far at this point), I don't know about that. I think some people are getting caught up in the Duck Rabbit hype, the "limited release"-ness and the unusual-ness of Schwarz.
Hell, maybe this is an A-, it is damn good. B+/A-. Really borderline. I really like it but it isn't knocking my socks off. I don't think it is better than the Sam Adams Black Lager (and that was 3-4 bucks cheaper than this before the crappy Sam Adams distrib in the area discontinued it)

Schwarz is just such a nice style. I think if more people got over their OMG A DAAARK BEEER fears this style could be a hit. It is so enjoyable to both the enthusiast and the layman. It is interesting and can be complex enough for the enthusiast but it is just so damn smooth, rich and clean for the layman. Easily approachable. I've had some success recommending Schwarz to folks looking to get into non-Lite beer for those reasons. Rich and tasty yet smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of ewright
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. A finger of creamy beige head forms and recedes to a thin layer. The beer is black like a stout, but very slightly less opaque.

S: Aroma is dominated by the smell of a natural wood smoker mingling with notes of coffee.

T: Coffee and faint caramel notes are overlaid with moderately strong smoke. The smoke is more of a woody smoke than a meaty smoke that I've found in some German rauchbeirs. Hops are just present enough to balance the malt sweetness.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. The creamy body hinted at by the head comes through in the back of the mouth.

D: The smokiness that adds to the taste score slightly decreases the drinkability. By the end of the beer, I've had enough smoke for one night. On the other hand, that makes it a good 6pk purchase as it should last for the better part of a week!

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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.