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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 298
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 65
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: on 07-30-2009

The Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier is a refreshing summer lager (sometimes referred to as a "black pils"). In true Duck-Rabbit fashion, we've made ours extra schwarzy! It's very dark and quite roasty. Lots of Hallertau hops give this brew an authentic German character.
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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (529 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (428 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,396 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (858 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
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. (708 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yet opaque very dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some ruby red + cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring of larger bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with light to moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee and some light hints of chocolate + anise.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with some moderate flavors of roasted coffee. There are moderate flavor of bittersweet chocolate and just a light hint of anise/licorice. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: This is a really nice schwarzbier - well brewed and to style. Lots of complexity and roastiness to the flavors/smell of this beer. Definitely worth grabbing again. (1,059 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.46/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into duck rabbit snifter

Pours 1 finger of tan head. Good head retention with some lacing. Color is black.

Aroma: Very roasted and malty. It has some dark dried fruits showing. A bit of chocolate. Has a bit of cream to it. Not to much here.

Taste: More roasted with a coffee bitterness to it. It tastes metallic (thanks kbutler1). Fairly malty. Sour dried fruits.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy and roasted with a bunch of carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, I just wasn't digging this one and I normally like the style. Way to fizzy for me and has an overdose of roasted malts. Not very drinkable for me. (631 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (511 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is dark brown, with a decent head and fair lacing. The aroma brings lager scents, malt, roast, chocolates, and toffee. The taste is really enjoyable, with a prominent chocolate malt presence. This beer doesn't really proclaim schwarzbier to me, or truly embody the style, but is tasty nonetheless. The body is a bit thin, with a light coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable and enjoyable brew. (432 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -0.5%

My recent forays to NorVA and WASDC have enabled me to stop in at Total Wine & More stores in those areas, which is where this beer came from.

From the bottle: “Made in Farmville, North Carolina”; “Proudly hand made in small batches”; “The Dark Beer Specialist”.

Once more, I heard a hissing when Pop!ping the cap, so either it had a snake in there or it was heavily carbonated. As I began even the gentlest of pours, it quickly became obvious that the latter was the case. The four-plus (!) fingers of light-tan head were dense and long-lasting, adding to my frustration. It just sat there like a dollop of coffee ice cream, refusing to fall and evidencing great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM =44) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Nose had a rich coffee-like bitterness along with a dark chocolatiness. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, despite all of its carbonation. The taste was very evocative of a dark chocolate candy bar! Dark chocolate, coffee-like bitterness and even a charcoal smokiness made up the taste in this one. Finish was dry, bitter, kind of like powdered cocoa. (1,124 characters)

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

Single bottle poured into a Lancaster Brewing glass.

A- This has a dark porter like look with a deep black shade. The head rose up two inches or so with a dark tan look, semi thick. When i came back it was mearly a cap which left minimal but noticable lacing.

S- The smell is weird considering this is a black lager. While awaiting mostly grain and the like, this one had some chocolate with some sweet malt, just a hint of cream. I do get some grain from this though.

T- This is a great beer, kind of a very light stout with small chocolate and minimal cocco. Some roast comes from the malt, a small and ample amount. Just a touch of bitterness from the hops, almost none existant.

M&D- The feel on this was smooth as hell, almost like a milk stout. the body was light and the carb was on point. no rough spots, very creamy. The lightness makes this a real winner and a huge drinker, will get more for the upcoming cold months. (932 characters)

Photo of billab914
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. (714 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the botle into a nonic pint glass.

A two finger toffee brown and sticky character looking head is made, sitting on a real nice dark ruby red body. Head falls normally. Great looking body color.

Ripped husky grains, and light malts, mixed with a very light balance of milk chocolate and coffee. Real nice, impressive.

Taste is, lager like and almost crisp, mostly with a burnt grain sense. Sharp bitter and almost hoppy, with a little coffee. Texture is a little too gaseous, but still pleasurable. A little sour also on the fnish.

Overall though, the great nose does not bring the wonderful taste expected, but it is still another enjoyable beer from the Duck. (676 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
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). (614 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (407 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (489 characters)

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