Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 291
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 64
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 thain709
3.7/5  rDev -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 (1,064 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
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). (614 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +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. (875 characters)

Photo of Genghis22
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of Risser09
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of wchesak
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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 (626 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,396 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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 (529 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of Bitzy
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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!!! (676 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cvstrickland for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee, vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, nice little bitterness, chocolate/toffe, slight vanilla note. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice Schwarzbier, thanks Chuck. (372 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (435 characters)

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

12oz single, kindly gifted by blackie

enjoyed during bears-steelers.

if you self-proclaim yourself "the dark beer specialists" then your schwarz had better be good.

appearance: nice pour into a great dane imperial pint glass, extremely dark body, inky black, creamy chocolate cap and nice lace

smell: smokey, sugared dates and raisin, peat, toffee, roasted barley

taste: nice bold flavor - big roasted malts, dry chocolate, smokey and earthy, dried dark fruit...big on roast and big on smoke, this one is clearly in the same vein as the other duck rabbit darks

mouhfeel: creamy, moderate roast-bitterness, full body

drinkability: good (641 characters)

Photo of gabe23
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a fizzy tan head that fades fast. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Roasted malt with a touch of black coffee and burnt toast. A little hops mixed in as well.

T - Toasted breadiness up front that transitions smoothly into a slight hop bite. The finish has some sweetness balanced with dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Fairly heavy body for the style, though carbonation is high which lightens things up a bit.

D - I'm a fan of dark lagers, and this is a good one. It has the signature Duck Rabbit flavor that I taste in all their beers, which I like, but I'd like prefer them to branch out a bit more. Still it's a nice addition to the lineup from a great NC brewery. (686 characters)

Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear tulip glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Black with no transparency and 2-finger off-white, beige head with good retention and spotty lace.

S: Roasty dark malt nose with soft floral and herbal hops

T: Tastes like a less dry porter or a softer stout with a solid dark malt, roasted flavor with minimal acridity but with herbal, floral hops. A big dose of chocolate comes through the middle and adds both bitterness and sweetness.

M: Lighter than a porter and a stout with a good body and more carbonation. Aftertaste is more in line with a dry stout.

D: A very good brew that really raises the bar for this style done in the US. It's still very easy to drink and a great beer for dark malt lovers. This may well be Duck-Rabbit's best beer. (851 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a shiny silver and black label that has a bright red center. Inside the red center is the world famous Duck Rabbit wearing a baseball cap turned to the side. To the far left is the Government warning and to the right is a notched best before date.

When poured into a Lagunitas pint glass, this Schwarzbier appears to be solid oil black colored beer, but when it's held into the light, it was more of a dark chocolate brown color. On top was a 3/4 of an inch beige colored head of foam. In less than a 1 minute, this head of foam quickly receded into a hand full of beige rings and about 2 spots of lace.

The aroma was about about the roasted scents! It kicked off with a strong whiff of dark roasted malts. After the malts leave, in comes a hint of roasted coffee beans, roasted nuts, bitter dark chocolate, and then it finishes up with a gentle touch of caramel. It needed that caramel to help balance out all the dark roasted aromas.

The taste was a fight between the dark roasted malts and the roasted coffee beans. You actually taste a struggle between those two flavors. There was no clear winner, except for maybe the consumer. After the dust had settled, this dark roasted taste ends with bitter dark chocolate, and roasted nuts. There was no subtle sweetness in the taste to try and balance out all the roasted flavors.

This was a medium bodied beer with more than enough carbonation. Don't think so? Look at it and taste it and you'll see what I mean. This beer had a roasted aftertaste of dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, and a subtle touch of roasted nuts.

The Dark Beer specialist did it again! They made yet another great dark roasted beer. I could see this as a dark roasted session beer. (1,759 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kels for the bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Nearly pitch black with some brown edges in the light. About a fingers worth of dark khaki head forms but only holds for a minute or so. Some lacing.

S: Great malty, roasty presence. Loads of spent coffee grounds. Dryness in the back.

T/M: Big coffee and bitter grounds. More of the malty and roastiness. A bit of char or ash. Dryness kicks in almost immediately and lasts through the very dry and somewhat bitterness finish... a touch too much, I think. Body is medium or so and creamy.

D: I'd definitely buy this if it were available in my area. (635 characters)

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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