Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-29-2009 22:37:34 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-20-2009 00:26:16 | More by SIRIUS2
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
09-07-2011 01:31:38 | More by orbitalr0x
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
02-05-2011 03:13:24 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
08-17-2014 02:54:03 | More by Franziskaner
United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +6%
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.
03-20-2012 23:48:58 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.95/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
12-13-2009 06:56:35 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
11-04-2009 03:23:22 | More by glid02
2.45/5 rDev -38.9%
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.
09-24-2011 03:50:37 | More by dc55110
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
(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.
03-12-2010 19:02:14 | More by rhoadsrage
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
09-03-2009 01:03:54 | More by pwoods
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-09-2010 00:53:44 | More by Stigs
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
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..
12-02-2010 07:40:18 | More by aval89
4.13/5 rDev +3%
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.
07-22-2012 23:20:01 | More by tdm168
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
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
09-20-2009 21:39:01 | More by dirtylou
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
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!
12-29-2009 02:53:22 | More by Ezone024
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-23-2009 16:36:06 | More by tempest
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
10-13-2011 16:31:53 | More by Fatehunter
4.13/5 rDev +3%
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.
09-22-2009 23:29:42 | More by mikey711
Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.