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

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 490
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 21
Gots: 59 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

The Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale is both intensely hoppy and intensely black! Eight separate hop additions offer delicious bitterness and beguiling hop aroma/flavor. Heavily represented among these hops are Chinook, which provides deep pine and sticky citrus components, and a New Zealand hop called Motueka, from which we get bright fruit and spearmint notes.
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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.64/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is pitch black with no light showing through. Topped with a massive, rocky, foamy, dark tan head. This one looks like a stout through and through.

Aroma was a bit off. Duck Rabbit is kind of known for a slightly sour beer with large alkaline notes. This one has a slightly sour aroma with some piney hop aromas. Nice dose of roastiness with a slight hint of coffee.

I wasnt a fan of the flavor on this one. It was really quite sour and mouth puckering. I had a hard time tasting anything past the sourness. I did note some coffee with little hop flavor. The sourness soured me.

I didnt think this was a very good effort. Perhaps something went slightly wrong in the ferment, or maybe this was supposed to be tangy; either way, not a fan.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.71/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. best before 9/12.

A: very much opaque. i would call this black seeing as i cannot see any lighter hues around the edges. plumes of dark-white foam sit on top with great retention.

S: my initial impression is a battle of chocolate and american hop citrus. earthy and herbal. bitter burnt grain. a little autolysed? something sort of soy-like.

T: similar to the nose, chocolately and bitter. the body turns sour from the middle into the finish. a soy-sauce like lingering. my suspicion of autolysed yeast on the nose has been firmly confirmed. not sure how long ago this was bottled, regardless, still has a couple of months according to the label.

M: finer carb on a medium, pushing on full body.

D: i would imagine a fresher example would be much more tasty, especially considering the promising start on the nose. please pass on any bottles you may see still out there and wait for another batch!

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Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of chico1983
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its a mouth full. At times the taste can be overwhelming but once it wears off you keep wanting to go back for some more. The beer is best ones it start to warm up. The taste won't be as bad. Its A little bit thick at the beginning but not quite a Guinness

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Photo of tewaris
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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

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Photo of busterwhite
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a rocky 2 finger head. Decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells of fresh pine and a little citrus upfront followed by a bit of coffee and dark chocolate.

I was excited to taste this after the wonderful aroma, but the huge pine bitterness upfront never really gave way to the roasted malts in the flavor. It was a bitter 1 note performance. The bitterness did ease as the beer warmed but the malts never really showed up and the fact that there was a lack of complexity from the hops dragged the taste down.

The carbonation was good but the mouthfeel was pretty thin.

A little less pine and a little more complexity from the hops would make this a winner. The malts are in the aroma but just can't fight through the huge pine bitterness.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/26/12

Enjoy by 9 '12

A) Dark, inky brown. It is nearly black in the glass. Pours a massive head - three fingers of sandy brown, uneven, wavy foam. Said foam dissipates slowly leaving thick, raised strands of lace.

S) Heavily roasted aroma - lots of dark chocolate. The roast is countered by a healthy dose of green pine and zesty citric hints. Chocolate smooths as it warms.

T) Piney, resinous hops kick off first with a dry, zesty bite. Though just as roasty as the aroma, chocolate isn't nearly as prominent. Instead, there is an overall tangy roast cutting across the hops. Long-lingering roast and bitterness.

M) Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation to carry the beer along. There is a mildly coating build up over time.

D) Hoppy Bunny is pretty decent overall. I could go for less of the tangy roast and more of the chocolate. It's rough around the edges and doesn't fully gel. Hoppy Hare would be a more appropriate name.

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Photo of NCBeernut
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark and opaque with a creamy-looking dark khaki two-finger head. A little lacing, pretty solid head retention - there is at least a full layer covering up the blackness beneath it the entire time.

S: Fresh resiny hops! Hard to describe...like floral with a little fruitiness and herbal undertones...resinous is the best word I have. These are more dominant in the nose, but a little chocolate roastiness actually combines with them pretty well to produce a lightly roasted coffee-like aroma.

T/M: Less harmony here. It is quite bitter, but the maltiness smoothes it out a bit. The hops are still resinous and floral, but they combine clash a bit with the light roastiness to produce a slight perceived astringency in a metallic kind of way. I think for going this heavy on hop flavor, you would need a bigger malt presence to work in a roasty beer like this. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin. If it was an IPA it would be spectacular, but as a black ale, it comes a little short of perfect harmony in a beer.

The aroma is spectacular. I just think it needs a little more heaviness on the malt for how much bitterness and floral hop flavor hits your tongue. I just think for a roasty beer to have this much in-your-face hop presence, you need to go higher gravity with it, and this is coming from somebody who differs greatly from the bigger-the-better BA mentality.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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Photo of TheRaven
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

I might've entered my rating a little early, as this drink got better over time. Right out of the fridge, the flavors seemed timid and not all that complex. As the beer warmed up, the foretaste seemed more and more "stouty" while the aftertaste developed a hoppier tone. Nice roasted malts up front. Smooth on the tongue. And very pleasant hops in the gullet. Don't confuse this with an Imperial Black but do give it a try... just let it sit a while before you make up your mind.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Black with thick tan head that lasts awhile, good looking brew. Roasty aroma. Burnt caramel and chocolate roastiness, woodsy hops. The flavor lingers. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall an average black IPA.

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown/black with a caramel-colored creamy head which disperses to a thin film of foam with nice lacing.

Aroma is mostly roasted malts and slight hop notes. Mouthfeel is solid and fits the appearance. Good carbonation.

Taste is roasted malts with a little smoke, some hop bite and a lingering sour finish. Having tried a few "black ale" beers, I think it's tough to make one that separates itself from a hoppy porter. Seems to me this falls in the latter category.

I'd definitely order it on tap but not buy it again in a bottle. If I want a porter, I'll just buy a solid porter, maybe even Duck Rabbit's Porter. Nothing special or profound here.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & eatery in Linglestown, enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is black and has an opaque appearance with 2 1/2 fingers of medium beige cream with fine bead and lace pattern looks like camouflage on the glass. The smell is very roasted with an almost cocoa-like aroma with a faintly floral hop ester and light malty sweet nose. The feel is more roasted than hoppy with some bitterness in the mid palate not sure if it is dark grain or hops, but it is very dry and moderately high carbontion with mild alcohol in the feel.

The taste seems like bittersweet cocoa with a nice caramel malt sweetness in the forefront and bitter dark grain flavors mid taste with slight herbal hoppiness near the end with more floral hop flavor rounding off the dark chocolate malt aspect. The overall enjoyment of this is good, but I am not exactly pleased with the hop level. I think for this brewery the focus is expected to be on dark malt however for this style and with a name like 'hoppy bunny' I expect more hop flavor and aroma, I would probably pass unless I was in the mood for a robust porter.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by Feb 2015 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of pine
Head enormous (> 8cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slooowly diminishing to broken frothy layer and large clots of foam on sides of glass
Lacing – none beyond initial contraction of head
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – some toasted malt, a hint of licorice, light hop bitterness and weak citrus taste; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I do not know why it is called an American Black Ale. It really should be called a Black I.P.A. or maybe even just a hoppy Stout. But that's just semantics, I guess.

A: Dark and rich in color with a dark, thick brown lace that stays put for awhile
S: Roasted nuts, coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, but overall note that strong smelling
T: Same as the smell, with distinct nutty characteristics in the aftertaste. Only fairly hoppy. It is a solid beer, but for similar beer I prefer Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA.
M: Pretty standard. It's supposed to be an ale so it is not that thick or heavy
Overall: Solid beer that I would go back to, but not eagerly

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Photo of Morey
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black in color with one finger of light brown foam. When you hold it to the light, there's a little light penetrating around the edges of the glass revealing some brownish hues. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Big roasted character, coffee, coco nibs, a hint of cola, and dark fruits.

Taste: Hops and roasted flavor combine for a good dose of bitterness up front. There's a nice char (almost smoky) flavor that follows. Just a hint of dark chocolate towards the back end, but then the bitterness comes back for more and lingering long after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with the carbonation coming in on the low side.

Morey's Bottom Line: Hops aren't really citrus or pine forward in this beer....just plain bitter. Couple that with the huge roasted flavors, and you have a bold & bitter brew. Luckily, I don't mind bitter, so this one is doable for me. Not the best example of a Black IPA, but not bad by any stretch.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a deep brown/black in color, 2 inches of tan head leaving behind a ridiculous amount of lacing. smells mostly of chocolate and roasted grains, along with a subtle grassy hop note. the taste is, once again great. these guys know dark beers, that's for sure. a wonderfully balanced subtle smoky, chocolatey, toasted black ale. barely any sign of hops at this point (best before 11/12 stamped on the bottle.. guess i was sold an old bottle, oh well) but that's more than ok since it's a wonderful malt profile.
the mouthfeel is odd.. highly carbonated yet a thick medium body beer. creamy on the lips/palate.

a great dark bitter ale. i'd love to try it fresh and see what the hop profile is like, but by no means can complain about it with a bit of age on it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.59 at Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a tall, medium tan-hued head. Agreeable lace deposits on the drop.

Smell: Floral, vibrant citrusy hops, plenty resinous (with some light pine, too), overtaking the chocolaty, gently roasty, lightly toasty malts.

Taste: Lightly tar-hinted roast opens with fire-burnt bread crusts, then, a bit of chocolate, though little imparted sweetness. It's citrusy, resiny, lightly piney, also a bit grassy once the hops kick in. Dry, resiny, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's bold without being disparagingly intense. A solid ABA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours ebony with a sliver of tan head. Pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Roasty & a little dark fruit

T: Roasty, slight carob notes, dryness, woody hops & pineyness up front. Carob & roastyness as this warms, woody & herbal hops. Finishes roasty, with a little carob & woody & piney hops

MF: Medium body. moderate carbonation, nice balance

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle given to me by one of my good beer customers who got it in NC while in that area. Thanks, Steve. Poured into a pint glass.

AP: Almost straight black in colour, but I discern some really dark brown and chocolate tones, too. Looks very close to being a Porter or Stout. Not much of head on this. Only a 1/4" tan head that fizzles out to just a dusting on the surface with minimal lacing when the glass is tilted.
AR: The aroma is surprisingly very chocolately. I wasn't expecting this. And it's not a cocoa or baking chocolate smell, either, but sweet milk chocolate. Interesting. Also roasted malts/grains and toffee as well. Not really getting any hop aromas as the chocolate is dominating any other aromas. It smells like it should taste good, however, this being labeled a hoppy Ale I was expecting some hops in the nose. Hope they are there in the taste.
T: It doesn't quite taste like the smell. The sweet chocolate aroma is not there in the taste. The main flavour is roasted malt/grains. The chocolate takes on more of a cocoa or baking chocolate taste. The hops are discerned on the finish with a brush of Earthy bitterness with a hint of pine. I also get a bit of cola and nutty notes towards the finish on the second sip.
M: Fairly crisp and carbonated and dry for the most part. Body is on the lighter side.
OV: An interesting brew and I'm glad I got to try this one. Can't recall having something similar to this before. Some nice flavours in this beer, though I'd have liked the hops to have been more assertive as I think that would have really balanced this nicely. It's decent and worth trying.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 08/12 notched on the side. Pours a deep black with an inch-thick mocha head. Nose is sharp with pine needles, mild citrus, and a semi-sweet roasted char. Smooth hefty body. Creamy finish. The hops in this one add a pleasant bitterness, but they fall a bit short on the flavor. They taste muted and lacking in juicy freshness. The roasted aspect comes forward more, adding a warming coffee-like finish. This is a good beer, but not my favorite of the style for sure.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured friom 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Best by Sept 2013, so no worries on freshness.

Looked excellent when poured. dense black body, even when held up to the light. About a inch of thick coffee caramel coverd head.

Smell....well....not too much. a faint whiff of hops, and a roasted malt edge.

Taste was all roasted malt, no hop detection at all. Not unpleasant, just expecting a bit more balance.

Mouth was medium. Roasted malt stayed around on the mouth for quite some time.

Overall, this is a reasonably drinkable beer. However, I must confess to being irritated by two things. One, the lack of hops in a beer called "hoppy" Bunny (I guess "Malty" Bunny wouldn't sell as well) Also, and this isn't just Duck Rabbit, I'm beginning to wonder if Black IPA's are worthwhile. There are certainly tons of better IPA's out there, and tons of better Porters/Stouts. If you want to combine the two, both elements need to come through. This just doesn't cut it. It's more of a porter/stout. Not unpleasant, just not as advertised.

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Photo of rangerred
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a humongous three finger dark brown head. Really amazing head retention and lacing.

Wonderful aroma of cocoa mixed with citrus hops. Some nice coffee notes in there as well. This really has a good nose on it.

The flavor has a tartness that starts right at the beginning and lingers throughout. Lots of roasted malt and a little bit of burn coffee. Some cocoa too. Citrus hop flavor is present along with a fairly high level of bitterness. My one complaint would be the carbonation is a little high which seems to thin out the mouthfeel.

Overall, a really solid ABA and one I would gladly pick up again. Duck Rabbit really makes some good beers.

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Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a very dark brown almost black. Two fingers of healthy medium tan head is produced with great retention and mucho lacing. Awesome looking brew.

S- milk chocolate and malted milk balls at first with a leafy spicy hop note. Mild roast character with more chocolate!

T- light roast flavors with a mocha character. Cream and sugar French press coffee in the middle with a subtle hop note. Spicy woody hop flavor with a great bitterness on the back end. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

MF- smooth creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- Great drinkability.

Not a beer to knock your socks off but beautifully crafted and rather tasty.

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