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

Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black AleDuck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

324 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%


Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012)
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pitch black body with a big billowy brown head that hangs around forever and plasters the glass with sticky brown lacing. Fantastic looking beer. How anyone could give it anything other than a 5 for Appearance is beyond me.

Aroma is pleasant. Hoppy, fresh cut grass, rich chocolatey malts. Palate has the bitter hops with a pine/grass taste, and soft chocolate notes and a mild roastiness. It's not bad. I'm not a big fan of the whole hoppy dark beer thing, but this isn't too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with nice carbonation.

Really a pretty good beer. It's just a weird niche though. If I want hops, I'd rather have an IPA/DIPA/APA/whatever. If I want chocolate, I'll go with a stout or a porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 21:53:45 | More by Mavajo
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by October 2012. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours black with a large three finger foamy light brown head that leaves a nice ring of drippy, sticky lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is interesting, mint, pine, grassy hops, some orange citrus, dark roasted malts, some anise, chocolate and coffee. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is very dark roasted malts, a hint burnt, chocolate, coffee, anise, moving to a blast of piney hops, citrus, some mint, some herbal hops, good bitterness, mild sweetness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, strong carbonation.

Very good Black IPA. After hearing reports that some batches of this were infected, I was a bit leery going in, but thankfully this one is good. Very hoppy, but also extremely roasty. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 03:22:28 | More by elgiacomo
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busterwhite

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a rocky 2 finger head. Decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells of fresh pine and a little citrus upfront followed by a bit of coffee and dark chocolate.

I was excited to taste this after the wonderful aroma, but the huge pine bitterness upfront never really gave way to the roasted malts in the flavor. It was a bitter 1 note performance. The bitterness did ease as the beer warmed but the malts never really showed up and the fact that there was a lack of complexity from the hops dragged the taste down.

The carbonation was good but the mouthfeel was pretty thin.

A little less pine and a little more complexity from the hops would make this a winner. The malts are in the aroma but just can't fight through the huge pine bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 19:59:54 | More by busterwhite
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billab914

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Ithaca glass. Black in color with a dark tan foam filling the top inch of the glass. The head left some very sticky lacing all over the glass as I drank it.

The aroma mixes a juicy, citrusy hoppiness with chocolate, caramel and coffee notes of the roasted malts. The flavors blend relatively well for the style, the hoppiness seems a little juicier and sweeter which compliments the roasted malts pretty well.

The taste is dominated a little more by the bitter, roasted malts. I get a little more coffee and darker chocolate to it throughout. The juicy hoppiness does come out more towards the finish and lingers into the dry, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and a little creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Very nice mouthfeel for the style. Overall, it was a good beer of the style. I thought the aroma brought out a little more hoppiness, where it felt a little overshadowed in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 23:51:26 | More by billab914
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Pencible

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with lots of thick tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of lemon and resinous hops, with some milk chocolate and dry roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like bitter lemon and resin hops, with some cocoa powder and black coffee. It had a dank bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Full body, nearly chewy.
D: This was a very hoppy black IPA. It looked great and had great body. The scent and taste were good but not great. The finish was a bit harsh, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Nice beer but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 19:20:35 | More by Pencible
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

The more I have CDAs/ABAs, the more I'm coming to think that after the few years this relatively new style has been around, brewers are finally beginning to understand how to make it work.

Dark black pour, seemingly opaque in the dim light, topped with a cap of dense tan head; nice retention and lacing. Battle of hops and malts in the aroma, the hops bringing in citrus and pine elements, with a defined dark chocolate roast on the malt side. The roasty malts come out first on the palate for sure, with a dark chocolate taste that is actually quite smooth and sweet; mid-palate bringing in grapefruit zest and orange blossom that mixed quite well with the chocolate malts; lesser notes of coffee and pumpernickel with a hint of indistinct spice. Medium body, and quite enjoyable overall. I'd get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 00:18:56 | More by Rifugium
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Asheville trip. In a tumbler.

A: The black ale is black, dark as a stout. The head, a darker reddish hue, looks spot on as a stout's head too.

S: Burnt aromas, deark bread and char, waft out of the glass, a vigorous aroma that dispatches with all hints of hop. Instead, the nose is roasted and full, the black half of the equation.

T: This is were things get derailed. The stout body is formidable, deep and roasted with plenty of boozy heat. As the stout ebbs, a metallic flavor emerges where the hops should be. A disappointment because Duck Rabbit nails the dark ales. Here, though, the flavor falls apart - too old or just plain infected. Either way, I didn't stick around to find out.

M: A drain-pour - my first from DR. It's not enough to dissuade me from the beers though, I'll pick up another Hoppy Bunny next time I see one.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 19:00:34 | More by akorsak
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.59 at Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a tall, medium tan-hued head. Agreeable lace deposits on the drop.

Smell: Floral, vibrant citrusy hops, plenty resinous (with some light pine, too), overtaking the chocolaty, gently roasty, lightly toasty malts.

Taste: Lightly tar-hinted roast opens with fire-burnt bread crusts, then, a bit of chocolate, though little imparted sweetness. It's citrusy, resiny, lightly piney, also a bit grassy once the hops kick in. Dry, resiny, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's bold without being disparagingly intense. A solid ABA.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:15:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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planetscott

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is how this new style should be. Dark and toasty, but not too roasty or ashy. Nice blend of hops that refresh and not sting. A bigger beer that is is not noticeably big. A very drinkable American Black Ale.

Very enjoyable and I am glad someone finally did this right. Too many of the other examples of this style are too roasty, too hoppy, and too big to be truly drinkable.

This should be a benchmark for this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 13:33:31 | More by planetscott
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:09:20 | More by Jimmys
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 03:07:20 | More by BARFLYB
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 18:19:08 | More by SaCkErZ9
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
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!!!

Serving type: growler

06-24-2012 02:44:02 | More by welldigger888
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 03:01:43 | More by MacQ32
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 02:22:22 | More by magine
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 23:31:26 | More by tempest
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farrago

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:50:32 | More by farrago
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 18:30:59 | More by alk3kenny
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Bung

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 03:09:04 | More by Bung
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 14:08:49 | More by tdm168
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great three finger deep mocha chocolate rich head, some big swiss cheese pock marking, but mostly fairly evening and lots of staying power. Truly a black brew, a very dark and blackened body appearance can't see through this at all, and truly looks black as night.

Nice simple toasty malts, and mellow chocolate and chewy grain. Not much of a noticeable hop angle, hints at more porter richness, maybe a slight pepper spice angle coming. Either way it's very pleasant. Small sweetness.

Palate hits with a subdued sense. THere isn't much flavor on first sip, and noticeable wet character sort of makes itself noticeable. However, the finish is where all the action seems to come in. Lingering dry roasted malts, and a breath of fresh dry hopping action.

Overall not bad, enjoyable brew, sort of what I expect from Duck Rabbit, nothing mind bending or exceptional but I could have another easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 00:21:43 | More by smakawhat
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lays out a huge tan head that sits atop the black liquid; beautiful retention and copious amounts of lace

Smell: While there is plenty of chocolate roast in the aroma, make no mistake that this has a boatload of hops, as well; delivers a citrusy profile along with resinous undertones

Taste: The malts jut out first, with roasty unsweetened chocolate and black bread but by mid-palate, the grapefruit and pith take over; there is a hint of coffee in the finish, but it is almost overwhelmed by the bitter hoppy flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I expected to like this beer and I do; I think it has a lot going for it; I might tinker with the hop profile a bit to make it a bit more West Coast in style but it is darn close as it is

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 23:21:18 | More by brentk56
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 08/12 notched on the side. Pours a deep black with an inch-thick mocha head. Nose is sharp with pine needles, mild citrus, and a semi-sweet roasted char. Smooth hefty body. Creamy finish. The hops in this one add a pleasant bitterness, but they fall a bit short on the flavor. They taste muted and lacking in juicy freshness. The roasted aspect comes forward more, adding a warming coffee-like finish. This is a good beer, but not my favorite of the style for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 18:23:12 | More by Onenote81
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fmccormi

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ☺

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 20:06:53 | More by fmccormi
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wedge

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 23:01:47 | More by wedge
Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.