Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured into a tall pilsner glass, color is dark brown to black with some amber edging; head is tan and dense and frothy, light lacing.
Smell is a wonderful blend of mild toasted malt, roasted malt and chocolatey malts - delicious.
Taste is clean, a little sweeter than most schwarzbiers, maybe closer to a stout but very clean finishing and only a bit of light fruitiness, but no excessive bitterness - smooth. Flavors start out roasty, blend to chocolate and finish a little thin and clean.
Mouthfeel is nearly exceptional, a bit of roasted bitterness, but other than that exceptional clean flavors and lighter lingering sweetness. Carbonation is not excessive, light lingering bitterness
Overall, a great, tasty brew - great roast presence, nice sweet balance and great smooth finish
10-10-2012 23:36:28 | More by mvanaskie13
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a clear black with brown/red edges and a finger's width tan colored head that leaves rings of lace on the glass. Sweet roasted honey malt and chocolate aroma. Initial flavor is roasted malt with dark chocolate and a bit of sweet grain. Finishes sweet with a big roasted malt flavor and a touch of floral hop. Feel is light with good carbonation. A bit bitter from the roast, but mostly sweet. One of the best Schwarzbiers out there. This is a full flavored black lager.
09-02-2012 22:01:50 | More by Kromes
3.58/5 rDev -10.5%
Appearance is dark brown-to-black with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly. Good, hearty roasted malt profile upfront, but this offering thins out at the end. There is also an odd sour taste on the finish that I cannot quite place, but it is less than pleasant.
08-22-2012 22:06:53 | More by 57md
3.68/5 rDev -8%
Ive heard that awful I word thrown around about this one.
Pour is pitch black with a huge thick frothy light toffee-colored head.
I get alot of smooth coffee and chocolate on the nose, with a hint of light cherry that reminds me of the bottle of their Rabbid Duck I had.
The roasted malt comes out straight away, and I like that. Loads of powdered black chocolate and a bit of toasted coffee. But it competes with sour cherry from what I think is that awful "I" word. I like the base Schwarzbier. Its very toasted and roasted malt, and with no real body.
08-17-2012 17:10:23 | More by VncentLIFE
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
I was talking to a fellow shopper in Carrboro Beverage Company about this, which they were offering on tap, and he recommended against it. Luckily, a friend of mind walked in soon afterwards, and we shared their $2 pours of both this and Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum. I'm glad I didn't miss this one.
Many Schwarzbiers, to me, are too thin; the Kostritzer one has always been too carbonated for my taste, and several others- like Uinta's Baba Black Lager- I've tried seem to lack depth. I realize lightness is supposed to be a characteristic of this style, but some seem to go too far in that direction. This one may have the opposite problem for many.
It has the same roast, chocolate flavors one would expect in a mild stout or porter, but has a distinctly lighter finish. It's a nice addition to the belgians/wheats that I've been drinking all summer. I'd seek it out again.
07-30-2012 23:33:26 | More by pvo
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
on tap at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.
pours a pitch black with a good sized head. big cocoa aroma on the nose. taste is quite the same and very impressive for the ABV. Good chocolate notes. very tasty. medium bodied, actually quite light and drinkable.
overall one of the best from duck rabbit.
07-28-2012 18:44:14 | More by Axnjxn
District of Columbia
4.7/5 rDev +17.5%
Pours an extremely dark brown/black with a small off-white head. Smells is a fantastic roasted malt and chocolate, but with a bit of something maybe cola-ish in there as well. It's really quite enticing! Flavor is amazing - to me, this is the best-tasting schwarzbier out there. It's got a very heavy roast going on, but it also manages not to be too bitter and has a great lightness to it that makes it incredibly drinkable. Mouthfeel is also quite fantastic, highly carbonated and light, which is just as it's supposed to be, goes perfectly with the roasty flavor. Overall, this is the best schwarzbier out there and right up there with Moonlight's Death & Taxes as the best dark lager in existence. To me, this is absolutely underrated style that incorporates the lightness/refreshing aspect of a lager with the roastiness of a stout/porter, and this beer does it better than any other.
07-28-2012 02:12:13 | More by starrdogg
3.7/5 rDev -7.5%
I'm always happy to see Duck-Rabbit coming out with new styles, especially since so few breweries are committed to dark beers year-round. The pour is gorgeous--as black as beer can get. The nose and taste aren't quite on par with the best schwarzbiers yet; the Einbecker Schwarzbier is much more robust and malty. Still, it's exciting to see an American brewery giving this style a go. Definitely worth checking out.
07-23-2012 01:14:20 | More by mattpoin
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-22-2012 23:20:01 | More by tdm168
Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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