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

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 479
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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 mikeg67
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, fluffy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, oranges, dark fruit, coffee and chocolate malt. Body is full, creamy and tangy. Herbal hops dominate the palate, while toasted, chocolate malt, dark fruit, brown sugar provide support. Finish is long and very bitter. Good brew, although I’m not a fan of the style. (384 characters)

Photo of Tfs_ratesmatter
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blind tasted this beer and enjoyed the bitterness an noticed a little chocolate on the nose that it brought, which was unexpected. Lace lingers but wasn't to thick, would've like to see more. Overall my impression was a nice black ale that showed up on the pallet with a hoppy but not over the top finish. (305 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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 (500 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: jetk with a finger of tan head, a film of which lingered.

Aroma: For something called "hoppy" the nose is very malty with notes of chocolate and vanilla. THough some say the hop character is citrus, it strikes me as spicey and peppery.

Flavor: like the nose up front, roasted malt kind of like a porter, dry hop finish.

Mouth feel: smooth, full bodied, not overly carbonated.

The nose is my favorite aspect of this ale and I rated it accordingly. If have this again for sure. (493 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. 7.3% abv

Appearance- Deep black with a massive tan colored head.

Smell- Citric notes of grapefruit and orange. Vanilla and cocoa hints as well.

Taste- Smoky flavors surround the toasted caramel malt. Cocoa slowly picks up as well in the flavor profile until leading up to a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick and heavy in body. The carbonation is quite lively.

Overall- Interesting, as the cocoa flavor adds complexity for such a hoppy beer. IPA meets porter. A good sipping beer. (520 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown color, deep red around the edge of the glass. Creamy brown head 2-3 fingers. Good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hops upfront. Roasted malts come through as well. Some cocoa. Very hoppy dark beer

T - Picking up everything I got in the smell, Definitely like a black ipa. Very piney and bitter citrus flavors. Roasted malts are coming through as it warms up, but still a very strong hop presence. Slightly metallic bitterness on the back end, seems stringer when cold and fades as the beer warms. Best after being out of the fridge for 20 minutes or so.

F - Strong carbonation that works very well here, giving it a mouth feel like an ipa.

Another very good beer from duck rabbit. I wish this one was more common, hard to find outside of bottle shops, even in NC. Would like to see this one on draft a little more often, Ive had it at festivals and would order this beer regularly. Great hop lovers beer from the dark beer specialist. (984 characters)

Photo of TheRaven
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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. (480 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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. (196 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Poured a black body (close enough to black) with minimal head and lace patches.
Aroma is more roasted malts with some caramel and chocolate than hops but both malts and hops are noticeable in aroma.
Malts are in full force as I get a bready, slightly chewy beer with some caramel and chocolate sweetness with a little bit of hoppy dryness that leads to a dry, crisp, slightly bitter finish.
Not a bad beer but one that favors the malts more than the hops. (455 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

I was recently on a vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there was a Wegman's located close to the hotel we were staying at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that is not letting in any light. Has a creamy, frothy looking tan head that is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a good solid 1/3 of an inch thick with nice lacing. Good retention here. Aromas of roasted malts and hints of chocolate and citrus hops. Flavors of roasted caramel malt sweetness mixed with chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness that nicely gives way to some piney and citrusy hop bitterness. Very nice flavor profile here indeed! Has a slightly crisp and prickly, mainly smooth and creamy/frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Excellent drinkability here! Worth a try for sure!

Eric (1,141 characters)

Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
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 (664 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best before 09/2014) served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Quite black. Cola to ruby red at the edges. Cappuccino brown tan persistent head with lots of persistent strands and islands of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts, hint of citrus and burnt sugar.

Taste: All sorts of flavor blending into one - roasted malt coffee/chocolate, pine and citrus hops. Lots of bitterness, but there is some malt sweetness as a counter note to the bitterness. A real deepness to the flavors of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick, approaching creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: American Black Ales are all over the place on style, and I've had some very hoppy American stouts cross over into this flavor range that I get with this. In fact, if someone hadn't told me this was an ABA, I would have thought it was a hoppy stout. All that being said, good appearance, flavor and mouthfeel with this beer and I could easily have another one although at that point I could kiss the rest of my evening away for any sort of productivity. Part of me wondered if the hops should have been stronger, and yet if they were too strong I think the two flavors of hops and malts would have been in conflict, so I think this one was just right, even if the two flavors were simple and deep in flavor. Sometimes too much complexity becomes a muddled mess - so the lack of complexity I think makes for a better beer. I'll have to revisit this beer sometime. (1,472 characters)

Photo of jsausley
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,347 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured put nearly pitch-black. Hard to see any light getting through it. Massive foamy tan head forms almost immediately. Almost like a root beer float. Leaves big sticky lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of schwarzbier with just a slight extra hint of pine. The taste is equally similar with a nice earthy quality. There is a decent weight to the body and a nice crisp finish. A nice dark, lightly hopped ale. (409 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown to black with a ruby tinge when held to the light. 2 fingers of chocolate milk foamy head.

S: Citrus, chocolate, coffee, chocolate milk, pine.

T: Cappuccino, chocolate milk, orange, citrus, pine, dark roasted malts, stout like.

M: Medium thick smooth body, medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Duck rabbit does it again! A great brew, smooth and up to par with others in this style. (399 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a half finger of beige head that lingers for a bit and leaves some nice lacing behind. The nose has mild roasted notes. The flavor profile is a bit flat – roasted malts are present, but certainly muted and the hops are barely there at all. The body is also a touch thin for the style.

Update: Tried this a second time in August of 2014 and noticed a discernible difference. Both the nose and flavor profile were bolder than I remembered the first time. The roast definitely outpaces the hops but the blend of the two is quite tasty. An upgraded rating is warranted and was completed by me. (619 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of benloho
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick black. A bit of brown around the edges of the glass. Half finger head that is quickly gone.
S: Roasted malt is strong on the nose. I'm getting a little bit of coffee with some hop bitterness, but mostly a lot of roasted malt sweetness.
T: Big roastiness and almost a spiciness that blends beautifully with the piney hop characteristics. I'm liking the balance here.
MF: Smooth. It didn't drink thick like I thought it would after the pour. Definitely feels lighter than 7.3%.
O: Yet another beer I really enjoy from Duck Rabbit. I was expecting this to be a bit hoppier just because of the name. But I love the balance in this beer and the roastiness I get from it. Perhaps the lesser hops are due to it being at the very end of its suggested lifespan. (771 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of xkansasx
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good as a dark beer. The hoppy goodness is there, but not overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel is consistent with what I expect from a good dark beer. The bitterness is not overpowering, either. It is an interesting flavor closer to a stout than an IPA, but the best of each. (274 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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... (1,509 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Carolina Ale House in Fayetteville, the beer was served in a 22oz mug. The beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy, foamy, light tan head. Nose of coffee and cream, earthy notes, and bitter, dry hops. Flavors are roast forward, with mocha notes throughout, creamy highlights, and a solid, dry, bitter backbone. Easy to drink. Light, smooth, crisp body. The aftertaste is coffee and cream again, with chocolate highlights. Smooth, clean finish. Not overly hopped, but very well balanced and very drinkable. (566 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> Snifter

A - typical obsidian black with one finger tan head, good retention and lacing.

S - very chocolate and coffee oddly enough with a few pine notes as well.

T - sweet and malty perfectly balanced with a roasted nut, chocolate, and dark chocolate finish

M - good and thick with just the right amount of carbonation.

O - more like a porter IMHO, but very nice offering. (399 characters)

Photo of chico1983
3.31/5  rDev -16%
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 (256 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black, but just a bit of deep dark brown shows through around the edges. Dense creamy brown head. Some specks of lacing are left behind.

S- Roast and resin. Bit of cocoa.

T- Roast. Mild sweetness, and some piney hop character involved.

M- A little sticky. Bitter finish.

O- Pretty good. Isn't over the top hoppy like most in this style, which is nice. (396 characters)

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Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.