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

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113 Reviews
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Reviews: 113
Hads: 500
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 23.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 113 | Hads: 500
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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!


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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 damndirtyape
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of jsausley
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 benloho
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of xkansasx
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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 BWED
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 mvanaskie13
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a new belgium chalice, color is black, solid, head is tan, thick, presented 1+ inch thick, dissipates to lace and 1/8 inch thickness.

Smell is coffee, roasted malt, light toffee, hints of chocolate, pretty clean and not overly sweet; hops are present, lightly strong bitter notes, grass and pine.

Taste is bitter, roasted malts, coffee, hints of toffee and chocolate (dark); hops are not too fruity, mostly grass and piney notes. THere is a lingering sweetness, not caramel but

Mouthfeel is spot on for black ipa, bitter, strong flavors on tongue.

Overall, a very good take on this style, a little sweet or a touch too much roasted malt maybe, but good mouthfeel.

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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

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Photo of codysjb
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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 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 GRPunk
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another one from eli323232

Bottle with a best by of 9-13 into a nonic pint.

A- A normal pour creates a 1-1/2 finger, dense brown head. The bod is near black with signs of moderate carbonation. Awesome rings and head retention, I'm a sucker for both. It's a beautiful beer.

S- Initial earthy hoppiness at the crack of the cap. After the pour, it gets much maltier with powdered chocolate. Some brown sugar and lighter coffee notes. Hints of grapefruit.

T- Quite balanced. Chocolate and slightly grainy malts. Hops are leafy at first, a little citrus-like. It gets a little malty through the middle before the hops create a clean finish with a little herbal kick.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Light hop bite and a dry finish.

O- I was actually a little apprehensive with this beer. The ABA style can be all over the board, ranging from hop bombs to near stouts in my experience. I was very happy with this presentation and its nice balance.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a light brown head.

S: Big coffee and roast! Freshly brewed coffee. Stale bread. At the end big bold citrus and a cascade of floral hops.

T: Roast, coffee, chocolate and freshly bloomed flowers. Lots of earthy hops come in with a rockin bitter finish.

M: Very light actually.

O: This was delicious. wonderful chocolate and coffee with a bitter earthy hop. Nothing over powering, dare i say even sessionable. /88

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Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.