Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my oversized HF wine glass. Freshness date of August, 2012 notched on the side of the label (numbers 1-15 printed on the side underneath “Fresh Beer. For best flavor, please refrigerate and enjoy by date indicated,” with notches on 8 and 12).
Appearance (4.5): Now, that is a good-looking beer. Body is an opaque, near-black, extraordinarily dark brown, and a head of 3.5 fingers of very, very fine bubbles the color of coffee ice cream rises quickly but fades slowly to a 1” thick cookie sitting on top of the body, leaving a decent amount of lace on the way down.
Smell (3.5): Anise, fresh-brewed coffee, and some very, very dark chocolate predominate here. Some grassy, somewhat bitter hops are present, but it doesn’t stand out particularly much.
Taste (4.0): Holy hell, there’s a lot of coffee happening here, mixed with some anise and licorice and very, very bitter chocolate—like totally unsweetened chocolate. Hops are in there somewhere, but they’re a bit difficult to pick out of the bitterness of the malts, to be honest. Some citrus pith and pine sap (on the astringent side) are definitely in there, with an herbal component underneath. Things mellow and clarify a bit as it warms, letting the hops shine a bit more. The finish is long, herbal, and roasty.
Mouthfeel (4.0): Subdued carbonation, creamy body on the heavy side of medium, dry finish with that drying hop character. Not bad, no question there.
Overall (4.0): I’d like the different pieces of this beer to be a little more well-defined and less shout-y, but there’s no question that this is a solid brew. It borders on astringent at times, but it definitely benefits from warming up a bit. Not the kind of beer you’d hand to a first-timer ☺
06-03-2012 20:06:53 | More by fmccormi
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-28-2012 23:01:47 | More by wedge
5/5 rDev +29.5%
A: Pours black with minimal head
S: Roasted chocolate dominates, but there are some earthy undertones present
T: This is where Hoppy Bunny lives up to its name. It is exactly what I expected out of a company known for making dark beer.
M: Great mix of carbonation in this brew.
O: Very distinct combination of flavors that make for an enjoyable brew, especially for this style. DRH might not get the hype of other breweries in the area, but they have really carved out a niche for themselves in the dark beer market.
Recommend Hoppy Bunny for anyone wanting to venture into Black IPAs.
05-27-2012 05:54:43 | More by KippAdams
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
The beer pours a dark black with no head. The smell is a roasted marsmallow and the taste follows with a lot more bitterness and roastiness. Very tasty BIPA with a lot more roast than expected. The bitter aftertaste lingers and is slightly drying. This beer is definitely worth trying and will cover your hop fix & your roasty dark ale fix as well.
05-27-2012 00:36:15 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
05-25-2012 00:03:08 | More by NCBeernut
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
05-24-2012 21:28:59 | More by oberon
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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