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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 60
Gots: 10 | 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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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2010! At least I think so - it's notched into the side of the label. Seems pretty damn old - I bought this just last week from a webshop. Oh well, here's hoping it tastes OK. I'm liking the labelling, although I reckon the duck is more of an albatross.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Yeast sediment indicates conditioning with live yeast. Pitch black in colour - a deep brown when held to the light. Yields a massive head of creamy light brown foam with excellent retention; this lasts for ages before subsiding to a thick surface layer. Incredibly rich aroma of roasted malt with strong notes of coffee and hints of cocoa/chocolate, burnt grain and yeast.

Tastes of intense roasted malt with a bitter finish. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, cocoa, stewed hops and subtle earthy yeast. Has a dry, spicy quality. A powerful bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a spicy astrinency. Dries the palate. An aggressive aftertaste of roasted malt and bitter coffee.

Wow - fantastic! Not sure it quite matches the traditional style, but an excellent beer nonetheless. Roasted malt and coffee notes take your tastebuds hostage. A top notch brew - don't hesitate if you have the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 23:48:58 | More by jazzyjeff13
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DaveStroud


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-01-2012 18:48:53 | More by DaveStroud
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 00:16:19 | More by hippityhops85
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-27-2013 04:03:31 | More by TheBishopco
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pisano

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-18-2013 23:44:26 | More by pisano
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dcbdc1

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-03-2012 11:29:33 | More by dcbdc1
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:36:28 | More by mvanaskie13
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-08-2012 20:40:28 | More by TEAMHOLT
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-10-2013 13:17:33 | More by RedneckBeerz
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-10-2013 21:29:48 | More by zekeman17
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mcaulifww

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-20-2012 16:01:06 | More by mcaulifww
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-29-2013 15:05:57 | More by OldhouseRecs
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Gehrig13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-16-2012 02:21:00 | More by Gehrig13
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 18:44:14 | More by Axnjxn
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-14-2013 11:58:04 | More by xseanprimex
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M1A2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-04-2013 21:31:20 | More by M1A2
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rjvanston

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-19-2012 17:38:38 | More by rjvanston
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-29-2012 09:31:47 | More by carrollmel7
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-09-2012 03:08:22 | More by brutalist
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-01-2011 05:37:08 | More by rab53
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Duvel

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-09-2013 16:37:12 | More by Duvel
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Genghis22

California

4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:14:46 | More by Genghis22
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +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!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 03:27:59 | More by indiapaleale
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:31:38 | More by orbitalr0x
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:53:44 | More by Stigs
Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.