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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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89
very good

274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 61
Gots: 13 | 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 joe1510
4.2/5  rDev +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!

joe1510, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

TheBishopco, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of xseanprimex
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

xseanprimex, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Drknight, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

SFNC, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of codysjb
3/5  rDev -25%

codysjb, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

HRamz3, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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.

emerge077, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev 0%

Falcone, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of pisano
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

pisano, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yet opaque very dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some ruby red + cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring of larger bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with light to moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee and some light hints of chocolate + anise.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with some moderate flavors of roasted coffee. There are moderate flavor of bittersweet chocolate and just a light hint of anise/licorice. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: This is a really nice schwarzbier - well brewed and to style. Lots of complexity and roastiness to the flavors/smell of this beer. Definitely worth grabbing again.

dbrauneis, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with noticeable brown hues along the edges…head is a light mocha, but very thin and dissipates even after a good swirl…dark and dense though…(3.25/5)

Smell: Tons of dark malts, I’m getting dry chocolate, oatmeal and roasted malt – an RIS/porter feel right off the bat…a little smoky…full, deep aroma…mildly astringent when I stick my nose deep in there…this really is a good smelling ale, but not overly diverse…dark malts are abundant and abound…it’s nice…(3.5/5)

Taste: Hmm…my initial feel is that its tastes like a non-hoppy black IPA…I’m getting tons of roasted malts (and maybe some barley), light oatmeal, light chocolate – then it sorta stops and where I’d expect a bitter, hoppy bite, there’s a soft, grassy/wheaty-ness that doesn’t attack my taste buds…oatmeal flavor stands out…very nice…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…carbonation is also light, but enough to bring a nice roasted malt/light oatmeal flavor to the palate…this thing is hitting the back of my tongue with awesome flavor, but brings little in the bitterness (sides of tongue) category…wet, smooth and crisp…after taste fades leaving me wanting more…an easy, malty sipper for sure…(3.5/5)

Overall: I’m very surprised by what I got from a “black lager”…I typically don’t choose lagers when selecting beers at the store, but with this being a Duck-Rabbit production, I took a chance…unfortunately, I only got one because this thing drinks very easy and packs tons of dark, malty flavor…this is a great brew for hanging with friends around a fire or watching some football in a recliner…yum! certainly a seasonal that is fading out, if you see this hanging around your beer store, grab one and enjoy! (3.5/5)

SerialHiker, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Dcunicelli, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Evoforen, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of mattsdenney
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Duck Rabbit finally available in Nashville. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass.

Pours nice and thick, dark, oily. A nice thick medium brown head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and toasted bread. Some hops in there as well. The upfront taste is a relatively strong hop bitterness, this quickly turns to sweet, smoky coffee and chocolate. Slightly smoky, excellent flavor. Consistency is perfect, medium bodied and very drinkable; low carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. I haven't had many of this style but I can't imagine there are many that are better than this one.

mattsdenney, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a fluffy tan head. Soft notes of smoke and roasted malt.

Nice chocolate and roasted malt notes predominate. Coffee bean note works in well. There is also a very soft, subdued creamy note lingering toward the finish, which is really interesting for style (but totally works). Carbonation is a bit on the happy side, but for style, it works out. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Nice head retention. I could drink more than one of these and would be very happy doing so.

Smooth and crisp, slightly bitter but pleasantly so. A very good American-made example of the style. Ham and aged gouda would be heavenly paired with this.

Zraly, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

brotherloco, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

zekeman17, Aug 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Lob, Aug 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

M1A2, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

pathman, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

OldhouseRecs, Jul 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

scott2269, Jul 15, 2013
Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.