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

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87
very good

438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

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Photo of Jimmys
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
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!

Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass and boy it looks perfect.

Pouring Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale into the glass, the liquid resembles a bigger porter with a black appearance with a lighter shade towards the edges. A nice beige/tan inch or more of foamy bubbles up top looking milkshake like, thick, with nice stick.

The smell is much on the hoppy side, i'll just say very hoppy with some pine and scent of grapefruit, Get to it quick though as the malt takes forth bringing on the roasty appeal, with small chocolate, coffee grind. Get your nose in there and smell some dark fruit that pokes out too,

This is a beer here, it's big, it's bold, it delivers on the hoppy black ale angle which I still quite don't understand, and it's only 2 beans a bottle, super plus. I get some grapefruit, papaya, underneath a big malty base. Brownies. I just don't quite know what to make of it, but I like it. Freshness is key here. A small hit of alcohol towards the end with a roasted finish and some bitterness.

Feel is a nice build, medium with a nice bitterness and smooth ride down the gauntlet. A not terribly high alcohol content, this one is good for relaxing with for an hour or so, or you could guzzle it, whatever works.

Paul, you did not make it up to Philly Beer Week this year. It's all good, keep sending your beer up, it will make up for it.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.6/5  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.

Photo of jtb0608
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of welldigger888
4.9/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into pint, opaque inky black goodness with a thick creamy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing down glass. Awesome!!!

Well balanced for style roasty toasty goodness and hoptacular aromas seem to blend into a perfection of brewing art.

Not unlike an irish dry stout on steroids with a hop monster doing the pushing. Creamy roasty coffee toasted goodness that leads into one helluva smooth hop storm of earthy spicy citrus wonderlust. WOW, leave it to the dark beer specialist to do up one hell of a CDA!!!

I find this wonderful brew to deliver not unlike a 4% dry irish stout, yet the hop flavor is VERY much american hops. Not exactly west coast style but WAY american hopped.

The dark beer folk at duck rabbit have hit another one WAY OUT THE PARK!!! Bravo Paul and everyone at the brewery. Please make more and send 1 state south to the super cool cats at greens piney grove rd. FANTASTIC BREW!!!

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of douglasgoodman
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours virtually black with a nice mocha colored head, retention and lacing both very good.

S - Plentiful roasty malts and resinous earthy hops

T - Roasty/slightly sweet chocolate, roasty coffee like bitter malts and piney earthy hops hold their own with a more robust malt profile

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation, mouth feel is where it should be

O - A very solid prototypical black IPA, nothing super special about this one but it does what it does as well as any black IPA that I have had the pleasure of indulging in

Photo of leschkie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of snatch210
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of magine
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a near black with a light tan head. Awesome lace and great dense head retention remains. Great looks.

Brew smells of cocoa, hops, barley. Good nose.

Brew is creamy from the thick head initially, spiced hops in the middle along with barley malts and cocoa as well. Finishes slightly dry and has good bitter cocoa and hops. Very good flavors and feel. Warming qualities from the abv. Great brew.

Really lovin' the black ales, this is a great one. Great sessionable case worthy brew here with a nice ABV.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Chip's in OBX. It poured like a porter a near-black bodyand tan head. The citrus hops are well-balanced against the cocoa-tinged roasted barley. This is a smooth, medium bodied beer that could pass as an American stout or porter. It's plenty hoppy, but there isn't a clean upfront blast of hop oils to separate this beer from the other dark ales.

Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of farrago
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily over two fingers of dark brown foam, good mixture of bubble sizes which causes some dimpling, takes some time sizzling down to the surface, solid ring of lacing around most of the glass, tenacious grip. The liquid is black and opaque but not quite so dense that you can’t see the tiny bubbles rise, thin ring of orange at the glass bottom. Real roasty, toasty nose of cocoa powder, ground coffee, vanilla bean, oats and unprocessed grains, the interplay between malts and the hoppier pine, white citrus notes quite pleasing, really stiffens in your nostrils without seeming heavy, very longlasting. Medium-bodied plus, carbonation at first gives it a fluffy mouth feel, however, overall dryness wins out. Licorice, more of that mocha to cocoa powder and roasted coffee, nutty at turns. The orange to grapefruit citrus has a harder time finding its voice here. More floral than grassy, hops add more texture than flavor. Minor notes of peach, cherry, black grape fruit. Smoky like a wood grill. There’s a lot of energy here which may now and then mask some of its complexity. Real intense, need a glass of water to rinse the flavors out.

Photo of bentonquest
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GehenHerzog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of alk3kenny
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark color black in the low light at taco mac woodstock creamy dark tan head that has been holding for awhile now. Smell is dark roast chocolate n hops ok lets dive in. The dark roast burnt flavors on the nose really shine through here. Creamy mouthfeel with hop bitterness left on the tongue. Hops arent as much in the taste as on the tongue. Overall a very nice black pale ale.

Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Extreamely dark brown pour, thin layer of cream colored head. Small amount of lacing.

Aroma, piney with a roasted note. Very light coffee.

Taste, much more roast, dark chocolate here. The hop notes are much more herbal than piney and balance well. Slight bitter coffee finish.

To the left of mid bodied, carbonation is just right to keep it drinking very well. Nice balanced black ipa. Would guess this is even better on draft. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

Photo of reagbr8
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a giant, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - floral, roasty, earthy

T - floral, citrusy, roasty, chocolate, coffee, big bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent black IPA. I think there could be a more refined balance between the rich, chocolate, roasty malt character and the citrusy hop character. It does have good drinkability and good flavor. Ultimately, it's another solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.