Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with ruby highlights and a rocky head that leaves a few strands
Smell: Roasted coffee aroma with hints of ash, licorice and chocolate
Taste: Starts out with a black bread flavor that is quickly joined by chocolate and citrusy fruit; by mid-palate the roasty coffee elements appear, only to build, after the swallow to a big, complex finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation
Drinkability: Quite possibly the best schwarzbier I have ever tasted, this beer packs a lot of flavor
10-09-2009 02:51:48 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev +8%
sn't it funny the ones you just never get around to trying? This was another one that seemed to have alluded me this past year, and much thanks to Roborb for trading me a sixer as I had literally been dying to try it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I was thrilled to be able to enjoy this one on 02/07/2010.
The pour was dark, rich looking dark brown with a small one inch head of off white that capped the top of the glass very, very nicely before it settled down leaving with it some nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass that seemed to really thicken up and push through as the time went on. Aroma is smoked malts right off the top. Dark, evil, with hints of campfire, peat, dark roasted chocolate and a good bit of almost a licorice touch to it. As I take the first sip a rich and creamy feel overloads the senses. Wonderful and rich, dark and foreboding, it seems that it is just meant to be evil and dark. Loads of roasted and smoked malts just rolling across the tongue. Lightly dry finish leaves just enough room for a small amount of smoky flavor to pop its head in and really give it a nice show. Solid, rich, and dark, exactly what it should be.
Overall I was very impressed here. As always, they really seem to have their act together over at Duck Rabbit. Solid ale and a nice warmer on a cold night.
02-09-2010 01:17:15 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev -0.2%
16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Roswell, Georgia.
Appearance: Dispensed a dark brown, near black body beneath a scant layering of foam the color of sandstone (according to TheLibrarianGirl).
Smell: Smells of brewed and subsequently chilled coffee with a notable roastiness to it and tag along notes of smoked licorice rope, unsweetened chocolate, and fruits of the dark variety.
Taste: DRS has a start of sweet roastiness akin to sugar-sweetened coffee dosed with a small lump of baker's chocolate and trailed by a hint of smoky burnt grains and a very, very light touch of dark caramel. Some time and warmth bring about a small amount of roasted grain astringency. Slight dark fruitiness of prunes. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Continued roastiness and some mild, lingering bitterness on the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Has a nice smoothness to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A quality Schwarzbier with its light lager qualities but still plenty of roasty, malty goodness.
08-21-2010 14:26:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
4.16/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
10-21-2013 01:37:15 | More by emerge077
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
3.4/5 rDev -15.2%
Thanks to BucketBoy for this extra. Served in a flute.
A - Popping the cap reveals a slight gusher. Pours with three fingers of light mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves a few stray spots of lace. Body is typical schwarzbier - looks black in the shade, but is a transparent chocolate brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Lots of bubbles in this one.
S - Thankfully this doesn't smell infected. Guessing the gushing was due to something else. Heavily roasted malts, a hint of smoke, baker's chocolate, some fruitiness, and a metallic twang.
T - Taste is more bready, with light cocoa, floral hop notes, and some nuttiness. Tastes a bit better than it smells, as it doesn't have that metallic note.
M - It's overcarbonated for sure, with some zest and harsh lip-burning going on. Body is medium, with a sticky, chewy finish.
D - It's a fairly solid American take on the Schwarzbier. The carbonation issue knocks it down a bit, but otherwise it's a reasonably enjoyable brew.
11-11-2010 19:21:33 | More by MasterSki
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-18-2009 22:09:27 | More by Kegatron
4.13/5 rDev +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.
08-26-2009 04:34:51 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-19-2010 00:42:35 | More by jlindros
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
4.13/5 rDev +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.
10-21-2011 02:27:19 | More by oline73
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-28-2012 17:17:07 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
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).
11-07-2009 21:39:17 | More by yourefragile
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
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
Yet another bottle from Deuane and his bucket of bad luck. I have no idea how old this one is...
A - Pours very dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S - Smells of lots of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and the faintest hint of citric hops. I am pretty sure that if this was a bit fresher I would have liked this one even more.
T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted malt slowly giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and the faintest of hints of hop bitterness. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, toasty, feel with plenty of it sticking around through the finish. A bit stale and one dimensional. It could have used a bit of that hop bitterness I detected in the nose.
O - Not too bad. I enjoyed it for what it was I just think it was a bit too old. I may have to seek out a fresher bottle of this one in the future.
08-10-2011 19:56:42 | More by orangesol
4.13/5 rDev +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.
11-14-2009 22:11:15 | More by Georgiabeer
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to gford217 for this 12 oz bottle.
A: The lagerbier is as dark as a stout, pitch black although not nearly as viscous. It's head is off-white, just barely, came close to half a finger on pour with no lacing.
S: THe nose is roasted, emphasizing coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Lots of toasted flavors lingering around.
T: The roasted aroma continues into the taste, a full dark burnt flavor that is more grainy than not. That graininess is stronger than any chocolate and coffee flavors and builds to a climax before suddenly falling off. The flavor doesn't disappear, it just settles down quickly. The result is a toasted bread, almost burnt, with has a peppery sharpness.
M: The mouthfeel is burnt without the intense fruitiness of an imperial stout. The result is a much smoother beer that allows the darker malts to show off.
D: Another nice dark beer from Duck Rabbit. The alcohol never gets in the way of the over-roasted malts.
05-09-2010 23:37:22 | More by akorsak
Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.