Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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3.96/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-14-2014 23:05:23 | More by damndirtyape
3.75/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-03-2014 23:40:14 | More by jsausley
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
06-30-2014 22:24:35 | More by delta490
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-17-2014 04:07:44 | More by patre_tim
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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