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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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89
very good

271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 60
Gots: 12 | 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 dciBA
4.08/5  rDev +2%

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.

dciBA, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of mattsdenney
4.08/5  rDev +2%

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.

mattsdenney, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

glid02, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

pwoods, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Kegatron, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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...

philbe311, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

n2185, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

BeerSox, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of CBlack85
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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"...

CBlack85, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

zoso1967, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

mdfb79, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

argock, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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

THECPJ, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

jrallen34, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

billab914, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of tdm168
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

tdm168, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

mikey711, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

oline73, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Kromes
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a clear black with brown/red edges and a finger's width tan colored head that leaves rings of lace on the glass. Sweet roasted honey malt and chocolate aroma. Initial flavor is roasted malt with dark chocolate and a bit of sweet grain. Finishes sweet with a big roasted malt flavor and a touch of floral hop. Feel is light with good carbonation. A bit bitter from the roast, but mostly sweet. One of the best Schwarzbiers out there. This is a full flavored black lager.

Kromes, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Duckrabbit Schwarzbier pours a dark brownish black color. A small khaki colored head arises and falls like the tide.

Aroma is light of peat, roasted malts and burned toast.

Flavor is of roasted coffee beans. A real dark coffee presence is found throughout the beer. Dark malts hint at chocolate. Ghost like hop provides some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and delectibly creamy.

Very solid offering here from Duck-Rabbit, a brewery semi-new to this area that fails to disappoint.

Stinkypuss, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of righthereisay
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Had this on draft. Almost looked like a Guinness draft, but maybe the lacing was a little darker.

The smell was nice, some vanilla, cocoa....maybe licorice.

Taste was the same. The only issue I had was that there was too much carbonation. Maybe add a fresher taste with less carbonation and they have a winner.

That's all. I could drink them all night. But I could drink a lot of beers all night.

righthereisay, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours inky black with a very silky head and superb lacing. Smells deeply robust with loads of bitter chocolate and some creaminess. The taste is similar, but with a fair dose of ash which is a little distracting. Bitter and rich and just a tad lighter than I would like.

Georgiabeer, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Ah, a Schwarzbier. Served on draught at a local beer bar in the D.C. area. Dark, like black, in the pint glass. Thin brown head, the first smell I got Bock, the second I got porter. I could smell the malt, the alcohol (even though its low) and the smoke. Strong roasted malt character, I like this beer. Darks aren't my forte, but this was quite good. Smoke appears in the aftertaste, schwarzbiers are the porters of the lager world. Drink and enjoy, cheers.

drabmuh, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

RomaniIteDomum, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature into a pilsner glass @ Rooster's Beak.

A: This pours pitch black with a half-finger of creamy head.

S: It has notes of chocolate, lactose, coffee, and dark fruits.

T: It is eerily similar to both the milk stout and the porter: coffee, chocolate, light cream, and a bit of roastiness.

M: It is light-bodied and easy drinking.

D: This is a very tasty beer without the heaviness. I love Duck-Rabbit beers but the ones I've had pretty much taste the same.

bucklemyshoe, Nov 04, 2010
Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.