Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 18
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

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Ratings: 458 | Reviews: 117
Reviews by tewaris:
Photo of tewaris
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chris!

Pours quite dark with a good head, good retention and good lacing. Aroma is green with hops at first but roast and chocolate follow soon after. Chocolaty, herbal and bitter with a very bitter but pleasant finish. Not sure what separates it from a hoppy porter but it drinks well and that's the bottomline. There is a certain note that doesn't sit right with me but whatever. Medium feel, medium-high carbonation. Not bad.

4, 3.5, 3, 4, 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to see a new DR offering.Poured jet black with a thick creamy beige head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Sharp piney,earthy hops mixed with bitter chocolate and roast in the nose.Light smoke,earth, and roast at the onset with lightly sweet chocolate melding into a rush of prickly,piney hops that linger nicely.A damn fine ABA easily one of the better ones I have had,well done Duck Rabbit.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "enjoy by date" notched onto the side of the label.

Pours darkest of browns, dark tan head, tiny bubble and with a quality look to it. Leaves fine webs, sheets and spots of lacing on the glass.

Muddled nose with dark grains and dark coffee picked up.

Full bodied and full of dark flavors. Dark grains, dark chocolate, dark coffee. Also notes of smoke, tar and burnt malts. Richly flavor full and quite dry and hoppy in the finish.

A lot going on here, dark and sludgy beer lovers go get some of this. For me its likely gonna be one and done

Photo of codysjb
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Bottle to a pint glass.
A: pours a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Very black in color.
S: malt, English toffee and some grassy notes
T: burnt toffee and caramel blends into carbonation and minor grassy notes.
M: all malt and lots of carbonation.
O: not very hoppy and over carbonated.

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The outlier rules are annoying.

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served by a brewery rep. at the 2012 NC Brewers Fest.

A: pours near black with a lasting brown head. The head is creamy and coats the glass on the way down.

S: Hops plus dark malt. Some spice and pine.

T: An excellent and flavorful mix of hops and dark malt -- a generous and well-proportioned mix of both.

M: Creamy smooth' full body is more substantial than might be expected. Semi-dry finish.

O: excellent and highly drinkable.

Photo of Brenden
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A black ale it is, though some light barely sneaks through at the edges. It shows the body it ought to have; not heavy and viscous like a stout, but sturdy. The tan head that grows reaches close to a finger and a half and is rich and heavy-looking, dense and creamy. Retention is good, but most impressive is how incredibly sticky the lacing is, dropping in a thick sheet and, when left sitting, leaving a heavy ring where the head has spent any time still.
The aroma has all the elements I would hope for, but it seems a little more strength would do to pull it all out. They're more fully developed and realized in the flavor, though. It doesn't go in-your-face crazy with overly harsh bitterness or roast, but each element coincides nicely and complements. The gentle pine and mildly resinous and floral bitterness melds with the roast that in some of this style can go too far or go tangy or acrid. This avoids those flaws and instead is simply a nice, flavorful, balanced, and fairly deep version of the style. The roast is all there without any hard char, just a light bite of it that isn't too hard. It really does marry malts and hops, roast and leaf, very well.
The crispness I'd hope for is in this medium-bodied ale, but it's also got a very nice smoothness. A bit of an almost English-style tea-like quality leads into a drier finish that lingers softly.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a giant, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - floral, roasty, earthy

T - floral, citrusy, roasty, chocolate, coffee, big bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent black IPA. I think there could be a more refined balance between the rich, chocolate, roasty malt character and the citrusy hop character. It does have good drinkability and good flavor. Ultimately, it's another solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, served in a duck rabbit glass. I still think its a rabbit.

appearance: very dark, ebony body, big creamy mocha head with some nice retention

smell: dank green hops, bakers chocolate, a whiff of coffee

taste: Tasty stuff - moderate bitterness from the smoky roast, green leafy hops, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder

mouthfeel: creamy and rich, nice bitterness

overall: dug this

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Chip's in OBX. It poured like a porter a near-black bodyand tan head. The citrus hops are well-balanced against the cocoa-tinged roasted barley. This is a smooth, medium bodied beer that could pass as an American stout or porter. It's plenty hoppy, but there isn't a clean upfront blast of hop oils to separate this beer from the other dark ales.

Photo of Mavajo
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pitch black body with a big billowy brown head that hangs around forever and plasters the glass with sticky brown lacing. Fantastic looking beer. How anyone could give it anything other than a 5 for Appearance is beyond me.

Aroma is pleasant. Hoppy, fresh cut grass, rich chocolatey malts. Palate has the bitter hops with a pine/grass taste, and soft chocolate notes and a mild roastiness. It's not bad. I'm not a big fan of the whole hoppy dark beer thing, but this isn't too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with nice carbonation.

Really a pretty good beer. It's just a weird niche though. If I want hops, I'd rather have an IPA/DIPA/APA/whatever. If I want chocolate, I'll go with a stout or a porter.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into a pint glass.

Pours black, with some ruby coming out along the bottom, topped with a couple fingers of rich mocha head. This retains with a smooth finger, which drenches the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells flowery and herbal and even a touch spicy, with notes of chocolate and smoky roast rising up from underneath. Fresh citrus really leaves a nice impression here.

The taste is citric bitterness that spreads out into a grassy and herbal feel across the back of the palate, while cocoa sweetness comes in off the edges and this works its way into a deep roasted backend that really hangs some burnt character in the finish. That chocolate sweetness gets really smooth as this warms and helps keep this accessible. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasantly smooth creaminess to it in the mouth that prickles the tongue with crispness just a bit. There is maybe a touch of warmth from that 7% ABV but its overall very nicely hid here.

I didn’t know what to make of this at first, with the uniqueness of I believe Summit hops and a very brunt finish keeping me out of this but then as things started to warm and balance and more of that chocolate flavor started to emerge, this ended up evening out very nicely. This was solid and I’d definitely try it again.

Photo of jsausley
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Red Oak gilded pint glass.

A: Dark, ominous. Thick head, at least 1.5 inches. This beer absorbs light. It's incredibly thick and has a rich black color. It looks like black coffee. Even the head is colored - a nice, brown thickness. Extremely resilient frothing rings, like a stout.

S: Rich aromas emanate from this one. Apart from a heavy alcohol aroma from it's fairly high ABV, this beer smells of roasted malt, juniper, mint and coffee. It's lovely smell that's almost as good as it tastes.

T: Rich flavors of roasted malt and a lot of hops. Some heavy coffee notes on the aftertaste. A bit of citrus bite to it at first that quickly dissipates into an earthy fullness. A pleasant aftertaste that is not too bitter, but hoppy. The aftertaste is almost identical to a black coffee, with added alcohol. Exhale after a sip and it's coffee coffee coffee!

M: Thick, rich and smooth. Very little carbonation. Lots of bite on the palate after swallowing. No one can claim this is a boring beer. Every aspect of it is loaded and powerful.

O: Very yummy, though not completely my style of beer. Lots of flavors and an absolutely wonderful aroma (I think I'd rather smell it than drink it). The coffee flavor is welcome but a little overpowering. Wish it had more sweetness to it to fight the hops. Still, at least it's got character.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Extreamely dark brown pour, thin layer of cream colored head. Small amount of lacing.

Aroma, piney with a roasted note. Very light coffee.

Taste, much more roast, dark chocolate here. The hop notes are much more herbal than piney and balance well. Slight bitter coffee finish.

To the left of mid bodied, carbonation is just right to keep it drinking very well. Nice balanced black ipa. Would guess this is even better on draft. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some roasted malts. Taste is like the hops and roasted malts going toe to toe throwing haymakers, with the malts finally winning in the end. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, despite the somewhat high abv, this beer is extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Asheville trip. In a tumbler.

A: The black ale is black, dark as a stout. The head, a darker reddish hue, looks spot on as a stout's head too.

S: Burnt aromas, deark bread and char, waft out of the glass, a vigorous aroma that dispatches with all hints of hop. Instead, the nose is roasted and full, the black half of the equation.

T: This is were things get derailed. The stout body is formidable, deep and roasted with plenty of boozy heat. As the stout ebbs, a metallic flavor emerges where the hops should be. A disappointment because Duck Rabbit nails the dark ales. Here, though, the flavor falls apart - too old or just plain infected. Either way, I didn't stick around to find out.

M: A drain-pour - my first from DR. It's not enough to dissuade me from the beers though, I'll pick up another Hoppy Bunny next time I see one.

Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of late to develop light brown colored, lush, creamy, dense whipped frothy goodness with a bit of a rocky top... Stellar retention... The color is an opaque slightly dull black... Appears still from a distance, but there is a good bit of spry rapid paced micro sized carbonation seen towards the top of the glass under closer examination... Rock star appearance for the style... Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - A nice mix of hops... Some floral and some piney... A very nice complimentary roasted malt character... Hints of milk chocolate and lightly roasted coffee... Molasses... Nice balance and depth... All the scents work well together and nothing hogs the spotlight...

T - Roasted malts... Espresso... Milk chocolate... All this is balanced nicely by a blanket of piney hops... The hops then fade a bit and are replaced by more malty goodness... More roasted malts and a hint of smoke... The hops reemerge on the finish and continue to intensify... Very nice...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly dry... Spry carbonation... Even and consistent... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - An outstanding American Black Ale... It should also be noted that this one scores nicely in terms of the value proposition... There's a lot of very good things going on here for a rather economical price... Possibly my favorite Duck Rabbit offering... Just because they are the "dark beer specialists," doesn't mean they don't know what to do with some hops... Kudos...

Photo of Dodo2step
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask for this brew!

A- motor oil black that is opaque. Half finger head that is tan in color. Splotchy lacing on the pint.

S- fresh pine needles and roasted malt with hints of pumpernickel bread

F- Dark roasted chocolate malts with the pumpernickel bread flavor as well.

M- heavy and creamy stout-like. The malts saturate the tongue and mouth.

O- I havent had too many black ales but this is the best i have had. Flavorful and not to hard to put back.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Based on this beer's name, I was expecting, well, something a bit more hoppy. That's OK though. This beer was still nice to drink. It reminded me more of a brown ale with some nice nutty notes.

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great three finger deep mocha chocolate rich head, some big swiss cheese pock marking, but mostly fairly evening and lots of staying power. Truly a black brew, a very dark and blackened body appearance can't see through this at all, and truly looks black as night.

Nice simple toasty malts, and mellow chocolate and chewy grain. Not much of a noticeable hop angle, hints at more porter richness, maybe a slight pepper spice angle coming. Either way it's very pleasant. Small sweetness.

Palate hits with a subdued sense. THere isn't much flavor on first sip, and noticeable wet character sort of makes itself noticeable. However, the finish is where all the action seems to come in. Lingering dry roasted malts, and a breath of fresh dry hopping action.

Overall not bad, enjoyable brew, sort of what I expect from Duck Rabbit, nothing mind bending or exceptional but I could have another easily.

Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a line of chestnut highlights at the bottom of the glass and a hefty, persistent tan head of foam. Fresh hoppy aromas over a nice roasty base of dark malt. Lime, grass, pine, chocolate, and coffee along with a slight buttery note that actually somehow seems to tie the malts and hops together. While I would say the aroma is ever-so-slightly hop-forward, the flavor is certainly more aggressive with the roasted malts. That's not to say the hops aren't there - they are - but in a more leafy/earthy/oily sort of way, leaving a trail of bitterness behind. The roast and bitter qualities make for a pretty astringent beer. Chocolate, light smoke, pine resin, fruit. I wish the malty flavors cut through the brashness a little more, but maybe it will all smooth out with future batches. Hoppier as it warms. Medium bodied and actually quite smooth and almost chewy before assaulting the palate. I'll be getting this again.

Photo of wcudwight
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color with a mocha colored head. The head fades pretty fast. Nice aroma that mixes between hoppy and smokey. The flavor is where this beer shines as it's delicious. Wonderful balance between smokey, coffee, and hoppy flavors. With none really dominate just a perfect balance that makes a delicioius beer. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Thick without being too thick. Easy to drink. This beer is delicious and I highly recommend it. Another fine beer from the dark beer specialist.

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in an Oskar Blues pint glass. Notches on label indicate best if enjoyed by April '14. Just barely made it.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Roasty sweetness with notes of brown sugar and caramel. Faint piney hops trailing behind.

T- The hop bitterness is still there but mainly in the aftertaste. Now the main player is the roasty sweetness which is actually very nice. Smooth but flavorful with notes of chocolate and coffee. Faint vanilla aftertaste. Alcohol is very well masked.

M- Not as viscous as it looks, also dry. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- if this is this good as it's nearing its shelf life, it must be awesome when it's fresh.

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep brown in color, rich mocha head with good retention, nose of rich chocolate roasts with coffee undertones, dark caramel and bittersweet chocolate, earth, heady hops blend pine and citrus rind, heavily aromatic and sporting a great hop/roast meeting

mouthfeel smooth, medium carbonation with a silky effect, medium-full body

body big on the roasted malts provide flavors of cocoa and coffee, some caramel sweetness with a dark chocolate coating, thick flavors of pine tea hops, well bittered with lingering chocolate and bitter cocoa powder, rich and complex

a winner of an aba in my book, great focus on deep, dark roasted flavors with a pungent, dark hop side

Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The smokiness of it really stands out. It's bold and tart. There's a chocolate taste underneath. It's very carbonated and there's a thick grassy taste there as well. It's medium bodied. Nice and flavorful.

True to its name, it's black with a small tan head that leaves only a bit of lace. It has a beautiful, smokey scent. Really nice and balanced.

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Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.