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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 305
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 65
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of joe1510
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Big thanks goes out to Ryan for sending me a couple of these guys! Duck Rabbit's Schwarz is the darkest of browns bordering on black. Chestnut highlights glow through the body when backlit and good clarity shows. An easy pour yields a dense, whipped cream like beige head that sticks around the entirety.

Hazelnut comes to mind first on the aroma before moderate roast joins the fray. The roast runs from front to back and is joined by anise in the middle before segueing into a light roast coffee. No single aspect overruns the others. The balance is right on with seamless integration.

The flavor runs pretty close to the nose but shows more nuance. The roast again runs front to back and produces a light bitterness. Hazelnut, light cream, soft anise, and light roast coffee all play roles in the flavor profile. With warming dark berries emerge, not much but enough to add even more depth. There's a lot of different flavors but they blend perfectly.

A rather weighty body highlights this brew. Rich, dense, and creamy. The body is smooth and the roast leaves a soft lingering bitterness on the swallow. An incredibly easy beer to put away.

Duck Rabbit's Schwarzbier is one of my favorites. It's a little richer and heavier than some of the best German examples and even shows some porter-esque characteristics. Any time I have a chance to grab this beer in the future I will snatch it up. Thanks again, Ryan!

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Photo of aval89
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to wedge421 for this brew.

A: poured a nice dark dark brown almost black color with at least a 3 finger worth of head (off white almost tan).. Very creamy head with tight small bubbles.. Head sticks around for quite some time.. As it settles it becomes more frothy..

S: roasty & sweet upfront.. Cocoa & toffee for sure with hints of milk chocolate... Lightly roasted coffee beans are also in there..

T: taste almost follows the smell.. Has a quick roasty coffee note upfront with cocoa quickly overpowering it.. Then a very noticeable milk chocolate flavor comes in with a nice toffee/caramel underlying flavor... Finish is dark chocolate with roasty coffee bean bitterness but is very clean for what it is..

MF: a little more carbonated than I'd like.. Heavy medium mouthfeel.. Still nice though..

D: nice drinkable brew.. It actually blew me away a little.. Wish I had another..

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok its been awhile and the reviews have piled up, so I am starting with what I am drinking now.

A nice deep ruby-cola color, light carbonation with a nice lacy head.

The nose has nice chocolate and carmel tones, with a very pleasing earthy roasted grains characteristic. The nose ends with a roasted nutty aire. This translated really nice to the taste as I really am getting nice grain and chocolate on the taste buds with a very pleasing roasted spoce aftertase.

The mouthfeel is very nice with littlr to no cloying. The gravity feels like its about where it should be for the style, making this a very drinkable tasty.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown - dark but not quite opaque enough to fail to be transparent - such that it does that thing that when you hold it up to the light, you can only see that dull, reddish light, glowing in the center of the beer. The cocoa-colored head fades relatively quickly - just, fizzzz, fades into nothingness - but does leave a persistent sheen of lace throughout, the perpetuity of which is likely helped by what I perceive to be a fair amount of crisp, fast carbonation as evidenced by the continuous little explosions of bubbles in to the dusting. Lacing is an afterthought.

Aroma: An incredibly authentically earthy smell. Very strong toast up front, not burnt but heavily toasted. And whatever's toasted was originally very wholesome, earthy, almost oaty, but way lighter than that. Faint chocolate emerges upon agitation, and the earthiness + toast is reminiscent of a fairly full city coffee, probably an asian blend (Sumatra?).

Taste: Soft and sweet dextrins compliment the dry, roasty, earthiness well, resulting in a fairly synergistic and dynamic flavor profile characterized by earth, faint cocoa, coffee overtones, toast, dark toffee, a bit of caramel, light fruity esters, and a nice amount of hop bitterness in the fade, giving this one a very traditionally German underpinning but also a sly American send off in the finish. Classic Duck Rabbit.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and and creamy, but lightly creamy. The carbonation is incredibly well done for a beer of this thinness - that is, relatively thin.

Drinkability: Good to know that Duck Rabbit is branching out. I missed their doppelbock when it was around ("around" being a relative term, as Duck Rabbit kegs only occasionally make it up here to Virginia and less frequently to Charlottesville, but I imagine the doppelbock was not one of the few we got/get), but I hear that - in addition to this Scwarzbier - they'll be bottling their doppelbock next year as well as adding a Marzen to their lineup in the next few months. A trio of difficult-to-properly-pull-off styles from the "dark beer experts" (a tagline I still dislike, as I think it smacks of beer stereotyping, but I digress) has me looking forward to the next entry. Kudos, Duck Rabbit.

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Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature into a pilsner glass @ Rooster's Beak.

A: This pours pitch black with a half-finger of creamy head.

S: It has notes of chocolate, lactose, coffee, and dark fruits.

T: It is eerily similar to both the milk stout and the porter: coffee, chocolate, light cream, and a bit of roastiness.

M: It is light-bodied and easy drinking.

D: This is a very tasty beer without the heaviness. I love Duck-Rabbit beers but the ones I've had pretty much taste the same.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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

Can't recall who I acquired this one from ...
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours black in color, minor mahogany hues around the bottom edges when held to the light. A two finger of foamy, creamy tan head. Head has ridiculously nice retention and leaves ringlets of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is deep roasted malts, light chocolate notes, roasted grain, and a hint of hops.

T: Taste starts with a bit of roasted grain before being taken over by prominent chocolate notes. Chocolate notes hang out while taking on a hoppy, grassy flavoring. Charred malts and minor hints of coffee come in during the finish along with some dry cocoa nib flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium body, high carbonation, very prickly on the tongue, with a touch oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I highly enjoyed this beer - it's one that I would revisit often. The only down side for me was that the carbonation was a touch too much.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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

Had this on draft. Almost looked like a Guinness draft, but maybe the lacing was a little darker.

The smell was nice, some vanilla, cocoa....maybe licorice.

Taste was the same. The only issue I had was that there was too much carbonation. Maybe add a fresher taste with less carbonation and they have a winner.

That's all. I could drink them all night. But I could drink a lot of beers all night.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this one from Oldstylecubsfan in a trade.

A: Big milky tannish colored head on top of a dark black beer. Lacing is excellent.

S:Roast and bitter chocolate.

T: Good roasted flavor which some hints of toffee and a bitter chocolate finish.

M: Slightly watery, but it lingers nicely and has a good bold flavor.

D: I assume that this does not have some gigantic ABV but it doesn't lack flavor at all and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Kromes
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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...

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Photo of n2185
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass.

Beer pours nearly black with brownish/ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is a small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves some light lacing behind.

The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee. There are also hints of dark semi sweet chocolate, and dark fruits.

The taste is big on the roasted malts with hints of smokiness. The coffee that was so prominant in the nose, is much more subdued in the taste. Very smooth and creamy, which gives a nice contrast to the roasted malts and coffee flavors. Verging on sweet but not quite getting there, this beer has a nice balance of flavors not exhausting your palate on any one of them. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated with an almost silky feeling on the tongue. Easy to drink.

Very impressive offering from "the dark beer specialists"...

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Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap into pint glass @ Birreria Paradiso - Georgetown

Pitch black one finger light brown head, which settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing. The aroma is loaded with roasted malts, but not much else. I had trouble picking up on anything else. The flavor contains burnt malts, coffee, and a little bit of dark fruit. Slightly dry. A little bit of hops comes in toward the end in the background. Full bodied, and very smooth.

Definitely a Shwarzbier worth having. Recommended.

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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.