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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 295
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 65
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 173 | Hads: 295
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 Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of the more elusive bottled D-R offerings for me, so when I saw a case at City Bev last week, I happily grabbed a sixer. Best by November, 2010 notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark ruby-tinted chocolate brown. There isn't a bit of light creeping through at all. Great thick look. A large tan head grows on top. Retains fair enough. Leaves some light sticky lace behind. Scents of chocolate powder, fresh dark breads, ground coffee, and a husky dryness on the finish.

The mouth is the weakest part of this beer. It's a little too thin for my liking; could stand a bit more depth in this dept. All is forgotten when I taste this though! Wow! Great chocolate-y flavors, with some light bitterness. Warm bready flavors as well. Slightly roasted as well. Excellent finish. This is one of the best of the style I've ever had. Great representation. Get some if you have the chance. (930 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one shade above black and pours with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich mocha aroma is quite appetizing and demands a taste. Smoky flavor has tones of quality roast coffee and sweet chocolate, rather like a good stout. Texture is tingly, lively and fizzy. Finish is chocolaty and slightly sweet. Recommended. (322 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aggressively poured from the bottle nearly pitch black with a hint of head lasting maybe 5 seconds.

aroma of a dark smoky espresso roast.

very nice smooth coffee up front with toasted caramel and dark chocolate following up. maybe a little thin, but still quite good.

smooth, silky, heavier carbonation than expected, no bitterness whatsoever detected.

very drinkable. (372 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 akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (946 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a SA perfect pint glass

A - pours with a finger of loose but bubbly tan colored foam. the beer is just about black with some dark ruby hues around the edges in front of light.

S - very Porter-like with ample chocolate, coffee (nice fresh dark roast), and roasted nuts and grains. very warm and inviting.

T - nice and roasty with some great compliments of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, and nuts. finishes with some earthy hops and a sweet caramel kick. when warmed a nice smoked chipotle spiciness opens up.

M - light bodied with a solid amount of carbonation. Creamy and comforting.

D - why havent i had this before? awesome representation of a cool style...will make a great winter beer, loaded with flavor yet light and easy to drink. DR impressed again. (789 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours pitch black (expected from a black lager) with a coco head. Cool
S - Roasty malts and slight coffee with a bit of grass.
T - Slight roasty flavor with a touch of of licorice and a bit of hop bite. Pretty solid for the style
M - Light and thin yet I have no idea what the ABV is. Really wish they put it on the label.
D - Well I didn't love it or hate it but I don't think I will ever pick it up again. Still very interesting beer but wasn't as bad as expect. Meh. (473 characters)

Photo of coachdonovan
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Ithaca Beer Company pint glass. Freshness date on the label says Best By 11/09. That's my fault - this one got lost among my cellareds and I forgot I had it.

Pours black with a 3/4 inch head that settles after about two minutes. Lots of bubbles along the line between beer and head. When held to the light a little brown/red comes through on the edges, but otherwise it's pretty black.

Aroma is roasted malt but without any smoke. It's got a nice bitterness to it but not from hops, just from the roastiness. Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation is fairly high. Certainly the drinkability doesn't suffer from the (presumably) low ABV, but I got a little tired of this one. If you're looking for a good Schwarzbier, this one delivers the goods; it's just not my thing to have more than one or two of them. (815 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle. I don't remember who gave me this but I really enjoyed it!

A- Pours a near black color. Light red hues when held to the light on the sides of the glass. One finger light tan head stays for a short bit before becoming just film on the top of the beer. Some light streaking lacing that slides down the glass.

S- Some roasted and light smoked malts upfront. Very clean smelling by far. Some light chocolate notes bring in a bittersweet aroma to the beer. Some very light whiffs of coffee every now and then.

T- Sweet chocolate and light bitter smokey malts upfront. There is more of lager body in the middle with a light hopping in the back end of this beer. The darker color fools you into thinking this is going to be a stout style but it's not. Nice lager with some baby stout like qualities.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light drying in the mouth as I sipped on this. Roasted bittersweet malts left on the palate with some light hopping in the aftertaste. Clean tasting through and through.

D- This was a very good beer for a company whom I've not had much from. I think this is a wonderful style that most people overlook. I would love to get my hands on more of this! (1,229 characters)

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

(Served in a pokal) enjoy before 11/09
A- This beer pours a black dense body with a thin sudsy head of tan that last as a film for the full beer. There are a few bubbles stuck to the glass but otherwise it is a bit to dense to see any carbonation.
S- This flinty aroma is followed by a smooth roasted black malt note with a light char hint at the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth black roasted malt flavor with no bitterness and a nice cream flavor to follow. As the beer warms there is a note of black licorice that supports the black malt flavor.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noted.
D- The full rich but lagered flavor has some nice roasted character but still smooth and very drinkable. (723 characters)

Photo of spartanfan
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque black with a small of white head that quickly dissipates into a ring.

S: Lots of roasted and smokey smells up front with some chocolate and malty sweetness in there as well.

T: The chocolate is more pronounced in the flavor of the beer than the scent. Nice toffy and caramel flavors that are not too sweet at all. There is a deffinate smokey characted that is also not overpowering, but very enjoyable. It offsets the sweetness very well.

M: Moderate level of carbonation, and perhaps the slightest warming sensation.

D: This is a unique beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, and hope to have again, but not one I think I would like all the time. (663 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Mikesgroove for this one.

Duck Rabbit Schwarzbier is a very dark brown that is opaque everywhere except its edges, where a few rats of light pass through to reveal brown and ruby tones. The head is only about a finger thick, but it has a thick, creamy look to it. A few spots of lacing cling to the glass.

As soon as I poor the beer I get a good whiff of a wonderful aroma. Lots of smoke, chocolate, toffee, coffee. Pretty nice.

A ton of sweet chocolate bursts on the scene up front, dominating the flavor. Next comes a good bit of toffee, which is followed by roasted malts and maybe a hint of coffee. The coffee is weak, and it could just be the taste of the roasted malt as it fuses with a little bit of smoke flavor. The finish and aftertaste is where the smoke is strongest; the same goes for the roasted malt. The background has a noticeable yet muted hop flavor that lends a little bit of bitterness and a little bit of citrus flavor to the beer.

The mouthfeel is a little bit creamy, a definitely on the heavy bodied side of the style, which is fine by me.

I was really impressed with this schwarzbier. More so than the few others I've tried from Duck Rabbit. Overall, it isn't the smokiest schwarzbier I've tried, but it is one of the best. (1,271 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 indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - yep, its pretty obvious that this beer pours pretty damn dark. There is a reason the style is simply known as "black beer" in German. Thin white head on top, it looks ominous and foreboding.

Aroma - dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee grounds, charcoal, soy sauce, liquid smoke and finally a bit of burnt sugar.

Taste - light in body for the color, don't let the darkness fool you. This is a very smooth and deceptively light as far as flavor goes as well. Very much a lager brewed with dark malts with not a lot of sweetness and some dryness in the finish, sort of like that last sip of coffee. There is a bit of a hoppy bit in the aftertaste that I didn't pick up on the first couple sips.

Overall - Very roasty, toasty and malty but also very easy drinking. If you're looking for a dark beer other than a porter or stout then check this out sometime. Duck-Rabbit continues to impress.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I wish I could buy a mixed case of all of their beer releases! (1,008 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 1/12/09.

A-Pours an oil slick black with medium brown head into my Perfect Pint glass.

S-Chocolate and roasted malt with an earthiness to it.

T-Sweet chocolate with roasted malt bitter, dryness in the middle and finishes with dry and sweet chocolate. It has that classic Schwarzbier taste profile going on.

M-Velvety and smooth with medium body. Crisp carbonation tingles the tongue.

D-Very easy drinking. I wish I had regular access to this one. (492 characters)

Photo of madbrewer9
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black color, almost opaque.
Nice dense dark tan head.
Aroma-dark malt, slightly sweet with some chocolate and coffee notes.
All flavor components come together well. Nice malt roastiness,a tad of sweet malt with some bitter chocolate and noble hop flavor in background.
Nice drinking beer. Very good representation of style. (335 characters)

Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks brent K for this fantastic brew.

pours out straight black with nice 2 finger cola colored head, smells of light chocolate and roasted malts, little hop spicyness in the back, not much tho.

tastes like a light stout with a tad bit more pronounced hop presence and a less creamy more, lager like body.
roasted chocolate and slight hints of coffee.

great mouthfeel and drinkability.
tasty and full enough for the winter yet light and drinkable for the summer too! (470 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jay for this want
Bottle poured into a dimple mug produced a finger worth of tan head that faded to lace. The brew was a black larger so guess the color... yup you are right.

Big aroma of roasted malts and a light smokiness hits you, as you sit by the glass. The flavor is roast forward as well (coffee and bitter chocolate), but the feel of the beer comes into play as you drink it. This is nice and light in your mouth, so you know it's a lager. This one has a sweet finish in the flavor. It is a pleasure to drink. This is my first Schwarzbier and I know it won't be my last (588 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 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 gford217
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours very dark, almost completely black in the glass, but not quite. There's a thick one-inch tan head that recedes slowly and leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

The aroma is fantastic, dominated by some heavily toasted malts bread. There's also plenty of coffee, heavily roasted coffee, and a faint chocolate sweetness in the background, though the massive toasted character is dominant.

The taste is slightly sweeter than the aroma and really tastes almost like a mocha with an extra shot of espresso. There's some coffee bitterness but with a toasted malt backbone and hints of chocolate and even some earthy hops in the finish.

For a schwarzbier, the body is full with decent carbonation and a very dry roasted finish.

This is one of the best schwarzbiers I've ever had. It's full bodied with tons of complexity and a great mouthfeel. Towards the top of the Duck Rabbit list for me. (928 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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... (1,028 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Initially, this stuff looks black as night but upon closer inspection it's a very dark, opaque brown with just a smidge of light on the edges. Small tan-ish gray head rises about half an inch, though a patchy cap remains for a few minutes.

S - Wow, big on the roasty aromas, like a subdued stout. Moderate copper aroma ultimately becomes the focus rounded out with bits of coffee, near-burnt bread, and hints of smoke and dark chocolate. Roasted to be sure, but more subtle and complex rather than the coffee and/or caramel-esque overtones residing in stouts.

T - I don't know that I've ever thought too hard about schwarzbiers, but this is definitely the best one I've had. Very much in line with the nose. Semi-sweet burnt grain flavors hit immediately with a gradual drying effect throughout. The metallic taste peeks in and out of corners, but never makes itself nearly as prominent as it did in the nose. Roasty flavors continue mid to late palate with bitter, mild coffee edging in until the finish. Dusty, tannic notes come on full force in the finish, though the aftertaste is somewhat clean considering the big flavors with small, burnt coffee notes lingering.

M - Very smooth with a great moderate carbonation. It seems a bit thin at times, though this is probably what helps me deal with the burnt tastes much more easily than I can when it comes to stouts.

D - The bitterness in the aftertaste interferes slightly with the overall drinkability, but overall this stuff goes down quick. Definitely something I could have at least two of. (1,607 characters)

Photo of hippityhops85
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer blew my mind. I had never had a Schwarzbier before this one. The color of the beer made me thing "oh here comes another heavy weight" while the viscosity should have tipped me off otherwise. The taste of this beer really reminds me of good coffee and smoldering embers. The beer is black, and i mean BLACK. It's really nice looking in a glass mug. Really happy with the results and I am on the hunt for more Schwarzbiers! (431 characters)

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.