Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Rich, deep brown/black with nice 2 finger tan head. Minimal lacing, spotty at best. Smell is of rich malts, some notes of cocoa and brown sugar, a hint of coffee. Not a strong aroma. Taste is sweet and a bit on the chocolate end of the spectrum. A little hint of coffee, similar to the nose. A little hop ending to even out the sweet beginning. A good balance of carbonation to wake up the tongue. Creamy and silky to round it out. Overall- A very good schwarzbier that is complex and smooth. Roasted malts and sweet chocolate with coffee blend with a decent amount of carbonation. A solid brew I will seek out again- Tasty
11-12-2011 01:16:55 | More by TheDinger
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Best by: 10/2011
A: black and opaque with a finger of dirty brown foam and cobweb lace. Looks nice. (4)
S: Nuts, coffee, hollow co2 chill. Leaves in the fall, a bit muddy. (4)
T: Hints of unsweetened cocoa, coffee grounds, metal and the slightest hazelnut give this an interesting and pleasant flavor. Never thought I’d say this, but this beer might benefit from the smallest addition of smoke malt. (4)
M: Nice and smooth with a light body and dry finish. (4)
O: Good beer. Could drink this on a cool summer night in volume. (4)
11-11-2011 17:07:46 | More by harrymel
4.05/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to pest for this extra!
A: pours black as night, reminiscent of a stout but without the heavy consistency. Active body produces plenty of brown head that sticks around and soils my glass with lace.
S: roasty malts, smoked malts, lager yeast. The expected schwarzbier aromas are here, and the addition of smokey malts is a nice touch.
T: the roasted malt addition makes this brew much more interesting than most schwarzbiers. Shows hints of stout-y roasted malts, but its regression back to a standard lager malty backbone towards the end retains its appeal to the "I hate dark beer!" crowd.
M: thin and active. Needs more body, though I'm not sure this is possible within the context of the style (or with lagers in general).
D/O: pretty good drinkability, though I personally wouldn't down more than one of these in a sitting. Great example of a craft brewery's take on the schwarzbier style.
10-24-2011 03:37:10 | More by brystmar
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
I got this from Brent. Thanks boss! Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with about a finger of creamy tan head.
Dry cocoa powder in the aroma with a nice roast character towards the middle. It finishes with a little bit of a fruity aroma. The pallet is a lot like what the aroma would indicate. Cocoa with a bit of char and a touch of dark fruit in the finish.
The body is medium with lively carbonation. Overall a solid offering here. Reeal enjoyable on a nice Autumn afternoon.
10-22-2011 17:24:03 | More by Bendurgin
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
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured into a pint glass. Black color, I guess that is why it is called a "Schwarzbier." Two fingers of dirty to tan head.
Smells like toasted barley and a little bit burnt, but in a good way. Really pleasing.
Burnt bread, a hearty malt side that ends with a little bitter bite at the end.
Medium bodied, little carbonation, fairly crisp.
Really impressed with this one. I think the "true" style is a little lighter bodied with a touch less malt, but this is delicious.
10-13-2011 16:31:53 | More by Fatehunter
2.45/5 rDev -38.9%
Received as an "extra" from JCB!
12oz bottle, notched "10," poured into a 14oz tulip
Pours nearly opaque, just a small amount of light penetrates the edges. A vigorous pour yields about a finger of head that quickly dissipates to a small ring around the perimeter of the glass. A gentile swirly leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.
The nose is very much smokey and peaty. The roasted malts ought weigh anything else here.
Smokey, earthy and watery. Not much doing here. No malty-ness to the smoke. Very reminiscent of the smell of a fire-pit they morning after a long rain.
Thin, nearly watery, visually there appears to be a lot of carbonation, on the tongue there is little to nothing.
I'm hoping this was a bad bottle. There is nothing here besides burnt earth.
09-24-2011 03:50:37 | More by dc55110
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
09-20-2011 03:04:04 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
09-14-2011 14:44:28 | More by n2185
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
09-07-2011 01:31:38 | More by orbitalr0x
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
09-06-2011 17:58:51 | More by tobelerone
3.73/5 rDev -7%
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.
09-01-2011 22:38:37 | More by smakawhat
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a little darker than cola color.... .5 in tan head develops and goes away pretty quickly. Lacing it pretty strong and carbonation is pretty evident and on par for the style. A good looking beer.
Smell is a bit roasty/smokey with hints of dark chocolate. Not an overpowering smell, but for a lager style it is pretty strong.
Taste is much like the smell, though with the dark malts becoming more obvious. Finishes a little smokey and even slighty bitter, even though the hops are very muted in the beer. A pleasant though not overpowering taste profile.
Mouthfeel is relatively smooth. The finish is a little harsher than I would like in a lager, but still not abrasive. Not creamy like a porter or stout despite having a lot of the same taste notes... but then again its not supposed to be is it.
Overall this is another fine beer from duck rabbit, who, for my money, is the most consistant brewer in the state of NC. I wish they would brew this one year round, as I enjoy it ever so slightly more than their milk stout or porter (and certainly more than the brown or amber ale).
08-30-2011 19:41:09 | More by mechamifune
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
4/5 rDev -0.2%
12 oz. bottle.
Pours a dark brown almost black color with a medium beige head.
The aroma has a nice roasted malt base, coffee, dark chocolate and an interesting smoky component.
The flavor is much of the same: roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate with a mild smokiness. Medium plus bodied.
This is another all around solid beer from The Duck Rabbit.
07-20-2011 14:30:24 | More by ajsdad06
3.53/5 rDev -12%
A - Dark bee, almost black, that's a little transparent when held up to the light. Small bit of off-white head that didn't leave anything on the sides.
S - Roasted malts, coffee, little bit of chocolate, some yeast, mild hop aroma.
T - Chocolate with some roasted malt, coffee, little bit of hops, hints of licorice, some yeast. It's pretty solid.
M - Smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
O - Not a bad beer, particularly for a style that often ends up boring. Would drink this again.
07-18-2011 04:36:13 | More by AgentZero
Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.