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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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90
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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 60
Gots: 9 | 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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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 17:17:07 | More by mdfb79
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argock

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:02:57 | More by argock
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 21:10:06 | More by THECPJ
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 18:46:11 | More by jrallen34
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billab914

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 23:09:02 | More by billab914
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:20:01 | More by tdm168
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 23:29:42 | More by mikey711
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oline73

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:27:19 | More by oline73
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Kromes

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2012 22:01:50 | More by Kromes
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2009 15:52:52 | More by Stinkypuss
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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 23:05:56 | More by righthereisay
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 22:11:15 | More by Georgiabeer
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 04:34:51 | More by drabmuh
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 21:23:45 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:54:51 | More by bucklemyshoe
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served into a Lager glass.Enjoyed on abr´11.
Pours black & opaque.Small bubbles create a beige, close & dense foam with a good retention.Toasted grain aroma.Dry nuts & toasted malt at first zip.Coffee flavor palate.Sweet coffee notes on the aftertaste.Very good drinkability.Correct carbonation & gentle bitterness.ABV is well hidden in a very well balanced flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 03:04:04 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another from the interesting Duck Rabbit lineup thanks to Solomon420. I'm liking them more and more.

A: A nice dark fizzy and frothy 1 finger head rises and fades semi quickly. The beer is very dark, essentially black, with hints of light permeating in the corners giving it a very dark cola brown color.

N: Surprising amount of roasted malt. Dark roasted barley, dark malts, some coffee, a little smoke, a little creamy chocolate, and some toasted malts. That covers up pretty much all the lager aromas.

T: Starts again closer to a porter than anything. Lots of roasted malts, creamy chocolate, a little smoke, chewy malts, some caramel with that, a little burnt malt earthy bitterness and spiciness, and a creamy center. The only real lager like taste I get from it is the crisp lager feel to it.

M: Semi light body for the flavors, most likely due to the lagering, and the carbonation foams up well as I swirl it, but with all the rich dark malts it hides the carbonation in mid mouth.

F: A little more roasty earthy bitterness coming on the front end of the finish. Some lingering roasted malts, more chocolate than before comes out on teh finish, a little dark fruit as well. Dries off a bit and finishes pretty clean, most likely thanks to the lagering. A touch of residual sugar. The smoke also seems to stick to the mouth and leave it's memory.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:42:35 | More by jlindros
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My fiancee said this "tastes like iced coffee without milk." It is quite roasty...totally black and opaque. Little carbonation, head dissipates quickly, no lacing remains.

A nice mix of roast, malt, moderate bitterness. Thin; low carbonation and booze make for a very drinkable beer.

The roasty deliciousness of this beer is outstanding, I really enjoyed it. Like a thin, light stout. I am definitely a fan of this style in general.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 17:58:51 | More by tobelerone
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garcia2a

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok its been awhile and the reviews have piled up, so I am starting with what I am drinking now.

A nice deep ruby-cola color, light carbonation with a nice lacy head.

The nose has nice chocolate and carmel tones, with a very pleasing earthy roasted grains characteristic. The nose ends with a roasted nutty aire. This translated really nice to the taste as I really am getting nice grain and chocolate on the taste buds with a very pleasing roasted spoce aftertase.

The mouthfeel is very nice with littlr to no cloying. The gravity feels like its about where it should be for the style, making this a very drinkable tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 04:51:55 | More by garcia2a
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown - dark but not quite opaque enough to fail to be transparent - such that it does that thing that when you hold it up to the light, you can only see that dull, reddish light, glowing in the center of the beer. The cocoa-colored head fades relatively quickly - just, fizzzz, fades into nothingness - but does leave a persistent sheen of lace throughout, the perpetuity of which is likely helped by what I perceive to be a fair amount of crisp, fast carbonation as evidenced by the continuous little explosions of bubbles in to the dusting. Lacing is an afterthought.

Aroma: An incredibly authentically earthy smell. Very strong toast up front, not burnt but heavily toasted. And whatever's toasted was originally very wholesome, earthy, almost oaty, but way lighter than that. Faint chocolate emerges upon agitation, and the earthiness + toast is reminiscent of a fairly full city coffee, probably an asian blend (Sumatra?).

Taste: Soft and sweet dextrins compliment the dry, roasty, earthiness well, resulting in a fairly synergistic and dynamic flavor profile characterized by earth, faint cocoa, coffee overtones, toast, dark toffee, a bit of caramel, light fruity esters, and a nice amount of hop bitterness in the fade, giving this one a very traditionally German underpinning but also a sly American send off in the finish. Classic Duck Rabbit.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and and creamy, but lightly creamy. The carbonation is incredibly well done for a beer of this thinness - that is, relatively thin.

Drinkability: Good to know that Duck Rabbit is branching out. I missed their doppelbock when it was around ("around" being a relative term, as Duck Rabbit kegs only occasionally make it up here to Virginia and less frequently to Charlottesville, but I imagine the doppelbock was not one of the few we got/get), but I hear that - in addition to this Scwarzbier - they'll be bottling their doppelbock next year as well as adding a Marzen to their lineup in the next few months. A trio of difficult-to-properly-pull-off styles from the "dark beer experts" (a tagline I still dislike, as I think it smacks of beer stereotyping, but I digress) has me looking forward to the next entry. Kudos, Duck Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 03:48:51 | More by CrellMoset
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emerge077

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wil for another NC gem!
Label notched "enjoy by 10 13".

Pour is dark brown and transparent, plenty of tan foam billows up and laces very nicely on the glass. Frothy around the edges, a patchy skim floats in the center. Mellow but roasty aroma, clean and dry. Crisp body, deep roast malt taste, light lingering bitterness. Well rounded, very roasty and smooth. Earthy chicory, roasty coffee flavors. Easy drinking for sure. A classic example of a Schwarz.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:37:15 | More by emerge077
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Can't recall who I acquired this one from ...
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours black in color, minor mahogany hues around the bottom edges when held to the light. A two finger of foamy, creamy tan head. Head has ridiculously nice retention and leaves ringlets of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is deep roasted malts, light chocolate notes, roasted grain, and a hint of hops.

T: Taste starts with a bit of roasted grain before being taken over by prominent chocolate notes. Chocolate notes hang out while taking on a hoppy, grassy flavoring. Charred malts and minor hints of coffee come in during the finish along with some dry cocoa nib flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, very prickly on the tongue, with a touch oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I highly enjoyed this beer - it's one that I would revisit often. The only down side for me was that the carbonation was a touch too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:10:18 | More by Jayli
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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

12 oz bottle

Pours a slick black with mocha highlights and a quickly fading tan head that recedes to a thick ring with little lacing. Roasted, smokey malt aroma, with coffee and chocolate notes, very rich and full. Creamy, medium-full body with soft carbonation and a fairly dry, smooth finish. Flavor is roasted and burnt barley and malt, with mild coffee and chocolate notes providing a little balancing sweetness. Also some light fruitiness near the finish that is unexpected but pleasant. I like black lagers and this is one of my favorite beers from Duck Rabbit (I've been hit or miss with them in the past).

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 21:39:17 | More by yourefragile
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

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

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, picked up in Asheville. One of my favorite styles, so very eager to try.

Pours deep ruby brown, verging on black depending on how it's viewed. Massive light brown head is very fluffy, rocky, looks very much like the head on a root beer float. Three to four fingers at first, then it actually grows a bit, before finally settling down enough to let me finish the pour a couple of minutes later. I'm thinking some carbonation issues may be present, eh? Still, retention is very good - takes forever and a day for the head to die down enough to really start drinking, and 20 minutes on top of that before it fell to a thin but solid light brown cap. And when it did finally die, there were sheets of lacing all down the sides of the glass.

Nose is rich with baking cocoa, preceded by just a bit of acidic roasted malt bite up front. Dry, powdery even. Lightly sweet, with just a hint of espresso.

Taste is smooth initially; nice fruitiness is surprising, adds a bit of brightness to the subtle dark cocoa and lightly acrid black malt notes that follow and come to dominate. Moderate amount of caramel sweetness in there as well. Just a bit of woodiness on the finish, with more lingering caramel sweetness, and a light, dry hop bitterness lingering the longest. A bit sweet for the style, yet still quite balanced. I found it quite enjoyable.

Should be noted, I also detected the light metallic taste noted by others on the first few sips, but that quickly faded as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel is light, with a lightish carbonation that has a nice, soft fluffiness to it - guess the massive head did away with the carbonation issues I previously feared. Finish is nice and dry by the end.

Light in body, very flavorful, very well balanced, crisp - very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 21:52:33 | More by JohnQVegas
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:31:38 | More by orbitalr0x
Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.