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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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90
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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 61
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: on 07-30-2009)
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Photo of bum732
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

S: Light roastiness, coffee mostly

L: Black, huge light tan head, good retention and great lacing.

T: Coffee roasty malt with a malty depth. An almost vanilla undertone. Medium-low bitterness leads to some more roastiness in a clean finish.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied.

Great flavors for this style, but way overcarbonated. This is a huge problem as a lot of subtle flavors are lost due to the overcarbonation.

Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pest for this extra!

A: pours black as night, reminiscent of a stout but without the heavy consistency. Active body produces plenty of brown head that sticks around and soils my glass with lace.

S: roasty malts, smoked malts, lager yeast. The expected schwarzbier aromas are here, and the addition of smokey malts is a nice touch.

T: the roasted malt addition makes this brew much more interesting than most schwarzbiers. Shows hints of stout-y roasted malts, but its regression back to a standard lager malty backbone towards the end retains its appeal to the "I hate dark beer!" crowd.

M: thin and active. Needs more body, though I'm not sure this is possible within the context of the style (or with lagers in general).

D/O: pretty good drinkability, though I personally wouldn't down more than one of these in a sitting. Great example of a craft brewery's take on the schwarzbier style.

Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a fluffy tan head. Soft notes of smoke and roasted malt.

Nice chocolate and roasted malt notes predominate. Coffee bean note works in well. There is also a very soft, subdued creamy note lingering toward the finish, which is really interesting for style (but totally works). Carbonation is a bit on the happy side, but for style, it works out. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Nice head retention. I could drink more than one of these and would be very happy doing so.

Smooth and crisp, slightly bitter but pleasantly so. A very good American-made example of the style. Ham and aged gouda would be heavenly paired with this.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huuuge head on this beer. Dark beer settling at the bottom with brown head. Smells malty. Hints of some smokiness. Not sure what else is going on. A bit weird. Tastes stouty roasted and smoky. Solid mouthfeel and fairly drinkable but overall not that great

Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid two fingers of dark brown foam, somewhat delicate as it dissolves down swiftly to a full layer across the surface, not much lacing left behind. Very, very dark brown but not quite black colored liquid, turns to a zinc orange around the rims where it displays much clarity. The nose comes across as much roasty/toasty than smoky, freshly ground dark roast coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, crème brülée, chicory, all accompanied by red grape, plum, cherry fruit scents and then a brush of oats and whole grain bread, suggestion of orange peel, however, remains firmly malty. Medium-bodied, same general impression in the mouth of more basic roast than smoke, the chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel flavors dry and about 2/3 bitter, 1/3 sweet. Given the dry mouth feel, the plum, cherry, blackberry fruit flavors have less of an impact here. The carbonation is moderately high and stirs things up consistently. More sweet grains than dough or bread, staves off some bitterness. Not a lot of refreshing lift but keeps plowing straight ahead, no questioning the length of the finish. Wish it had more of a smoky edge, however, it is absolutely a pleasurable beer to quaff with very good drinkability for the type.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade. Poured into a my tulip.

A – Pours a deep brown color think along the lines of Coke. Small tan head.

S – Mocha, vanilla, nutmeg. Sweet smell. Coffee. Very nice.

T - Has a very nice toasted malt flavor. Caramel sweetness. Coffee and vanilla taste just like the smell. Has a faint bitterness to close. Smoky as well.

M – Thin mouthfeel. Highly carbonated.

D – Very drinkable. Solid schwarzbier.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black brew with light tan head than falls slowly to thin layer. Some lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, licorice, Dark chocolate a hint of coffee. Seems more like a stout than any schwartzbier that I've ever had.

Quite tasty. Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice. Again more like a light stout than a schwartzbier but I'll take it - it's delicious.

Medium body. Wonderful carbonation, smooth with fine bubbles.

Excellent beer though not to style it is something that I would drink if available to me.

Photo of dciBA
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerness for this bonus duck rabbit brew.

Pours an attractive black color, crimson around the edges. Tons of puffy tan head. Not sure if there's an over carbonation issue with these or maybe just this one bottle. Tons of thick lacing as it goes down.

Dry cocoa, roasted malt and lager yeast in the nose. Smell is pretty strong and one of the best smelling lagers i've had. Taste is similar. Plenty of chocolate with nice roasted undertones. Not much else going on. The flavor is simple, but nice and full. Fairly bitter with no real hop flavor.

Finishes fairly dry with flavor lingering on your palate nicely. Although there was tons of foamy head initially, carbonation ends up being perfect. Very smooth, drinkable beer. Perfect lager for wintertime.

Photo of mattsdenney
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Duck Rabbit finally available in Nashville. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass.

Pours nice and thick, dark, oily. A nice thick medium brown head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and toasted bread. Some hops in there as well. The upfront taste is a relatively strong hop bitterness, this quickly turns to sweet, smoky coffee and chocolate. Slightly smoky, excellent flavor. Consistency is perfect, medium bodied and very drinkable; low carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. I haven't had many of this style but I can't imagine there are many that are better than this one.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 pwoods
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 philbe311
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of active very active fluffy batter-like tan head that recedes chunk by chunk and shows some modest retention at one finger before further fading to leave a full creamy lace... A couple of very tiny slow paced carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass... Text book opaque black in color...

S - Displays a big assertive and appealing aroma... Strong coffee... Roasted malts... Dark bread and crust... A slight syrupy sweetness... Rich cream... A touch of smokiness...

T - Roasted malt... Burnt grains... Espresso... Very faint hints of dark chocolate... A vague nuttiness... A very strong bitterness lingers as part of the aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Ever so slightly on the thin side... Smooth and consistent... Fills mouth fully and evenly... A constant burnt chalky texture...

D - An excellent Schwarzbier... Nothing less should be expected from the self proclaimed "dark beer specialist..." Stands along with Rabid Duck as Duck Rabbit's best offerings... I wish I had me some more...

Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown with some faint mahogany hues and two fingers of tan head that recedes into a tan cap with a little lacing

S: Roasted malts up front with lots of sweet, creamy chocolate aromas and with some creamy coffee notes as well. Simple, but nice.

T: Again, roasted malts dominate with some semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and char flavors. The finish is very clean with just a touch of bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is creamy but with a clean, light finish.

O: A good schwarzbier, though a bit on the heavy side for the style and more like a stout. Still, it's quite tasty.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap into pint glass @ Birreria Paradiso - Georgetown

Pitch black one finger light brown head, which settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing. The aroma is loaded with roasted malts, but not much else. I had trouble picking up on anything else. The flavor contains burnt malts, coffee, and a little bit of dark fruit. Slightly dry. A little bit of hops comes in toward the end in the background. Full bodied, and very smooth.

Definitely a Shwarzbier worth having. Recommended.

Photo of CBlack85
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass.

Beer pours nearly black with brownish/ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is a small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves some light lacing behind.

The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee. There are also hints of dark semi sweet chocolate, and dark fruits.

The taste is big on the roasted malts with hints of smokiness. The coffee that was so prominant in the nose, is much more subdued in the taste. Very smooth and creamy, which gives a nice contrast to the roasted malts and coffee flavors. Verging on sweet but not quite getting there, this beer has a nice balance of flavors not exhausting your palate on any one of them. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated with an almost silky feeling on the tongue. Easy to drink.

Very impressive offering from "the dark beer specialists"...

Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is served up inky black just like the name would suggest. It appears to be opaque, but that might just be the result of the large .5 liter mug it is served in. On closer inspection I find that light can penetrate this beer, which has a nice ruby/brown hue to it. It has a nice light tan head that fades all too quickly, and does not leave much lace at all.

The aroma is quite nice with a very fruity character to it. I would say the main aroma profile is chocolaty, but it is a very fruity and fragrant cocoa character. It also has some clean malty notes and some roastyness as well

Flavor is very nice with plenty of the fruity chocolate characteristics that were also in the nose. There is also a decent amount of coffee, but nowhere near what you would find in a stout. It has a bit of earthy character to it that could be from either some light hopping or perhaps the roasted malt. Either way this beer has a wonderful flavor profile that is a good marriage of dark malts and clean lager yeast.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and it has just the right amount of carbonation. The finish is slightly tacky with a hint of astringent dryness, but it does not take away from the dark chocolate and ashy notes that linger after swallowing.

This beer goes down very easily and is a wonderfully sessionable beer. I had tried and enjoyed many Duck-Rabbit beers at fests before, and I am glad I finally got around to reviewing one.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/27/12 notes. Got a bottle of this at Bier Baron in DC. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, nuts, light chocolate, and light coffee. Very nice.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, light coffee, and nuts. Little mroe chocolate than the nose and some nice cream/vanilla; a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great schwarzbier. Lots of roasted and caramel notes to it, and creamy and easy to drink. Would certainly have it again.

Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear tulip glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Black with no transparency and 2-finger off-white, beige head with good retention and spotty lace.

S: Roasty dark malt nose with soft floral and herbal hops

T: Tastes like a less dry porter or a softer stout with a solid dark malt, roasted flavor with minimal acridity but with herbal, floral hops. A big dose of chocolate comes through the middle and adds both bitterness and sweetness.

M: Lighter than a porter and a stout with a good body and more carbonation. Aftertaste is more in line with a dry stout.

D: A very good brew that really raises the bar for this style done in the US. It's still very easy to drink and a great beer for dark malt lovers. This may well be Duck-Rabbit's best beer.

Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with 2 finger off white head

Smell: toasted or roasted malts

Taste: caramel, toffee,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, clean, crisp

Drinkability: highly drinkable. these guys know how to brew some dark beers. I guess the label is correct dark beer specialists.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for a nice D-R, 12oz bottle into a Bells tulip...Pours a dark brown, looks a little watery though, a small off white head, not much retention or lacing...Aroma is nice smoke right off the bat, hints of peat, coffee, and chocolate...The taste is really roasty, coffee, smoke comes through. Not overly complex but good, add some more depth and this would be great.

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a tan head that reduced to a thin layer covering the beer. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma has moderate amounts of chocolate and roasted grains with some sweetness and a little smoke coming through. Smells a lot like a good stout only less powerful.

Taste shares a lot of the aroma qualities with a moderate bitter chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Slight smokiness is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, this has a lot of the flavors that are in a good stout except it is lighter and a lot more drinkable. Another excellent dark beer by Duck Rabbit in my opinion.

Photo of tdm168
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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 mikey711
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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 oline73
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours black with some reddish brown at the edges. There is a finger of light tan head with decent retention.

Smell: Roasty but in a smooth way. Notes of chocolate and sweet malt as well.

Taste: Just like the smell, roasty but very smooth. Dark chocolate notes with a mild sweetness. Good amount of sweetness to counter the malt. The finish is a bit bitter. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Very good. Roasty but super easy to drink because it's so smooth. Would definitely have another.

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.