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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 61
Gots: 14 | 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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(Beer added by: on 07-30-2009)
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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

Photo of PatrickJR
4.55/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of hippityhops85
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny crude oil black, minimal khaki colored head, little to no retention and lacing. Scent is of dark roasted malts, esspresso beans, chocolate, slightly burnt. Taste follows scent with a dark roasted, sometimes burnt blend of malts, esspresso beans, cocoa powder. Definite hop presence noted as it warms and a lager like twang on the back end. Body is lighter side of medium, enough to hold the dark malt charachter. Very nice Schwarz... a style more Stout/Porter and Imperial Stout heads should give a shot.

Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark and black in color except when held to light you can get a lighter brown towards the bottom of the glass...an off white head formed and fell as quickly into a wispy cap and a ring...some lacing

S - Holy roasted malts! The roastiness takes full control of the aroma...malts, espresso beans, and cocoa beans have all been roasted...a hint of caramel sweetness and some vanilla

T - The roasted characteristic stands out in the flavor but it comes to the point where it starts tasting a little burnt...they might not be burnt but there's a lot of roastiness going on...all the flavors from the nose are present...you get a hint of caramel followed by vanilla in the middle...hints of lactose are present in the middle...the beer ends with a bitterness from the cocoa and espresso beans

M - Medium bodied...smooth, slick, and creamy

D - This was my first Schwarzbier and I did a side-by-side with the one from Sam Adams...this was a nice beer but it reminded me more of a milk stout/regular stout...I'm looking forward to try Duck Rabbit's other dark beers

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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).

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cvstrickland. Thanks Chuck!

Brown rich creamy head, black with cherry mahogany highlights.

Malt up front, lager smells which was suprising, but not, because its a lager.

Pretty perfect, chocolate, coffee, Julie Newmar purrfect.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted malt with hints of ash and unsweetened cocoa. As it warms leafy hop aromas manage to sneak out.

Tastes good. Black malt flavors up front with good amounts of roastedness and hints of unsweetened chocolate. As with the smell leafy hop flavors are apparent once the beer warms. Ending is mildly bitter and holds a hint of ash.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall I have to admit schwarzbiers still are far from my favorite style but it's apparent that this is a good one. Well worth a shot, even more so if you're into the style.

Photo of Genghis22
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 11/09

A - Pours completely black, with a nice thin mocha color head. No light penetration at all.

S - Smokey, woody, nutty goodness. All malts in the nose. Great aromas from the roasting process.

T - Big roasty malts are at the front of this beer, both in the nose and the mouth, but the hops really come through. The malt hits you first, but the hops come in and balance the flavor out very quickly. The aftertaste is more of the smokey, nutty roasted malt taste.

M - Light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean, leaves the mouth a bit dry.

D - Very tasty beer. Almost like a diet porter. Good nutty smokey flavors from the roasted malt, but enough hops to give it some character. The body is not very thick, making this an easy drinker.

Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black brew with light tan head than falls slowly to thin layer. Some lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, licorice, Dark chocolate a hint of coffee. Seems more like a stout than any schwartzbier that I've ever had.

Quite tasty. Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice. Again more like a light stout than a schwartzbier but I'll take it - it's delicious.

Medium body. Wonderful carbonation, smooth with fine bubbles.

Excellent beer though not to style it is something that I would drink if available to me.

Photo of Risser09
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - BB Nov. 2009

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with an aggressive head that builds quickly. A 2", light tan head shows great retention. Some spotty lace streaks down the glass.

Smell: Very well roasted malt smells like burnt toast and heavy espresso. Dark chocolate mixes with lager yeast aromas. Not much sugar.

Taste: A semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor mixes with burnt toast and an oatmeal/milk stout creamy feel. Lager yeast and some small alcohol finishes the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Burnt, toasted mouthfeels are full of tannin-like bitterness. Smoke and a touch of sweetness are finished by some alcohol.

Drinkability: This black lager has lots of dark, burnt flavors that could become cloying after a few beers. For that reason, it isn't so much of a session beer. Good for the cold fall and winter nights.

Photo of wchesak
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - black except for slight brown towards the bottom, half fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly leaving a rim, hardly any lacing

S - roasted coffee very prominent, hop notes are very subtle

T - roasted chocolate malt, toffee at front then leads to some caramel before the bitter hops kick in at the end, bittery/dry aftertaste that lingers

M - medium bodied, good carbonation brings flavors out

D - not a style I go after often, but had this beer in my beer of the month selection, enjoyed it much more than expected, great for the fall, and enough complexity for an after dinner drink

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Enjoy by date is 11/09.

A deep brown with a touch of light coming through and a small tan head that dissipates quickly. A strong smell of coffee dominates the aroma. In fact, it hits you before you even raise the glass. The coffee taste is milder than the smell but it's pretty prominent. Other flavors include cocoa, fruit and floral hop flavor. The consistency is moderate and the carbonation isn't high but the bubbles make a noticeable impact.

A little strong in coffee flavor for me (though I see no references on the bottle or online to any actual coffee used in the beer) but this is a good beer.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is deep brown almost black body. The head is a creamy tan head, 3 fingers tall, great retention, beautiful lacing and small bubbled.
Smell: The aromas are very roasty, chocholate and breast yeast.
Taste: The flavors are again roasty, sweet and some coffee notes.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit thin.
Drinkability: This beer is great.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Bitzy
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a friend from PA, Since I can't get Duck Rabbit in NYC

Appearance: Opaque black, moderate carbonation, light brown head (great retention).

Aroma: Dry cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, some nuttiness, hints of coffee, roasted malts, and that metallic lager taste.

Taste: Very impressive! A nice bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, some sweet coffee in the aftertaste, and some of that metallic lager taste (blended in well)

Mouthfeel: While cold ie out of the fridge, the mouthfeel was sorta light, but once it warmed up to about 48-52F a nice creaminess replaced the former sensation and made the beer quite enjoyable.

Overall: My new favorite Schwarzbier!!!

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.