The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #34
Ranked #11,299
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
Oct 28, 2021
Jun 22, 2009
Very Good
Notes: The Duck-Rabbator Dopplebock is a powerfully malty German-style lager. The malty / grainy flavors so dominate this beer, it's like a whole loaf of bread in every glass! Is it a beverage or is it a meal? It's both.
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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

12 oz bottle, poured into a teku at ~40 degrees F, and allowed to warm during consumption.

L: Pours a deep opaque hickory nut brown, and forms a finger and a half of tan head with okay retention.

S: Cocoa-dusted cherries, with dark bread and raisins. As it warms, a medicinal note suffuses the cherry.

T: Opens as a mouthful of dark bread slathered in a cherry-fig jam, Behind that, notes of tobacco leaf, cocoa, and chestnut waft along. As it warms, the cherry takes on a more medicinal tone, and the tobacco and cocoa become more prominent.

F: Medium to full bodied, and somewhat sticky.

O: Definitely not a Celebrator or Korbinian, but not a terrible take on a doppelbock.

Oct 28, 2021
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Oct 18, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This mighty brew pours a rich
dark brown with a nice head of khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, thin
clumping layer, and displays some faint lacing. Nose of dark breaded malts,
raisin, dark brown sugar, and a touch of molasses. Flavors expand on the nose
with dark bread, dark brown sugars, raisin, dates, subtle black strap molasses
notes, and faint herbal hops. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth, faintly
creamy, light soft carbonation, and a subtly dry and balanced finish.

Overall, a solid little brew from a great little brewery


Jun 26, 2021
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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Not my favorite example of this style.
Something is off.
Flavours of dried fruit, figs, dates, pumpernickel and toffee.
It is missing the German smoothness that a great Dbock should have.
It is not horrible, but there are far better domestic options available.
Too much of something in there.

Jan 09, 2021
Photo of DanO1066
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DanO1066 from Maryland

I've had a couple of draught 8oz snifters here at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore over the last few weeks. This seems to be a case "of the whole being greater than the sum (average?) of the parts". NOT my favorite example of the style, but an interesting take nonetheless.

Nov 09, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours dark brown with reddish highlights. It has a brown head with low head retention.

Smell: It has deep malty rich aromas with an equal amount of dark fruits. There are toffee and licorice aromas with plums and raisins. There are hints of chocolate in the background.

Taste: The flavors are malty rich with toffee and notes with a bit of licorice. There are also flavors of plums and raisins. There is a very low level of spice.

Feel: It is full bodied and smooth.

Overall, a great combination of complex flavors in this beer.

Oct 03, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by jdstehly from Kazakhstan

I have had a lot of German dopplebock since this beer and so many of them have been just disappointing. This beer has a real hearty overall presentation. As a strong beer and so filling it's great weakness is that it is a one beer night.

May 03, 2020
4.05 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Jan 06, 2020
Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle

ours a very dark brown, can't see through the glass, with ruby highlights. Tan head that fades fairly soon. Rich malty sweet aroma - toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar. Taste is similar, moderately sweet, not cloying. Medium bodied, sticky feel. Overall very nice.

Nov 28, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(12 oz bottle; 35/8 B1 0733; purchased single off shelf... poured into chunky-fat tulip)

L: crystal-clear, deep ruby red liquid; tight, tan head formed on poured, and quietly disappeared; thin collar remains, but not one lick of lace

S: old velvet upholstery; desiccated leathery caramel, its concentration rich and intense... vibrancy seems lost, malt layered but old/oxidized

T: not nearly as sluggish sweet as anticipated - dry, dark doughy, bread-crusty malt slunk to the bottom, with a hard-cut dry, vaguely coffee-like, toasty, slightly evergreen-woody top end to the sip... second sip brings more dark caramel and perhaps a subtle prune note leaping forward; the aftertaste still that leathery bread crust, and maybe a vague embery note at the back... magnificent malt richness, perhaps slightly bloated, perhaps slightly snuffing out the edge to its rigid bitter/boozy blast

F: delicately bouncy, jelly roll to its body up front, but bounces on its way out quick, with a restrained but sturdy booze thinning out the back end while emanating comforting warmth in reverse to the back of the teeth... a little off-balance as far as its flow, but ultimately rather clean, swift, and strident

O: a quintessentially DR version of a doppelbock, for sure... a bottle of this with a lil age on it may arguably benefit the contents... I would most certainly get this again, but won't necessarily go out of my way for it, but it's almost worth crossing state lines twice again to try another bottle (1549)

Oct 08, 2019
4.09 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Oct 04, 2019
4.12 by hyuga from North Carolina on Jun 04, 2019
3.61 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on May 11, 2019
3.75 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Oct 22, 2018
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Oct 08, 2018
Photo of Buck89
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Buck89 from Tennessee

On tap into a snifter. Deep brown color with a modest off white head. Malty aroma with hints of raisin and caramel. The taste followed closely. Rich bready malt with some spiciness and caramel notes. Clean and dry on the finish. Medium bodied and easy to sip.

Oct 06, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz bottle poured into Thulsa Doom.

The deep toffee-caramel color on this is just amazing. It reminds me of caramel apples. Strikes of light coming through the sides, with a 1/2 finger of head resting stable at a fingernail.

Lots of gorgeous aromas here. Caramel-glazed fig, toffee-covered raisins, slight red grape/merlot, apples, hot caramel topping, light tobacco, light chocolate.

Flavor is spiced, hot, and fruity. Not nearly as good as the nose though. It comes rushing with alcohol burn, then some carbonated water, red grape, banana bread/dark rye bread, spices, lite caramel, light brown sugar, ending with some heavy vegetal off-flavors.

Feel is thick and chewy, with a good burn and a nice thick starch on the finishing palate.

Overall, really great up until the flavor where it falls a bit flat for me. Definitely worth checking out though, I can be picky sometimes.

Sep 27, 2018
4.17 by mjw2808 from Maryland on Jun 17, 2018
Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Today was one of those days that are simply unquantifiable. Yesterday, I left my worksite utterly enervated as the result of the start of DST, came home & promptly crashed out. Today, I found myself energized upon my return home & decided to indulge in some beer. Some heavy-duty beer. C'est la guerre!

From the bottle: "Made in Farmville, North Carolina"; "Proudly hand made in small batches"; "The Dark Beer Specialist".

I Pop!ped the cap on this bad boy & knowing that it had some age on it (Best before 05/17), I poured slowly & gently, leaving a good bit still in the bottle. Once I was satisfied that it was properly & sufficiently decanted, I went with a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with modest retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose smelled of leather, dark chocolate, treacle, anise, earthy malts & burnt caramel. I was reminded of an aged English Barleywine! Mouthfeel was big & full, like a dollop ladled onto my tongue. The bottle's label may have indicated that I over-aged it, but I don't think so. The taste was not at all sweet, which I would bet was not the case when fresh. Instead, it had a very leathery, treacle, earthy malt-forward quality, underlain by dark chocolate & burnt caramel. OMFG, but this was eminently drinkable at this point! It had almost NO residual sweetness & was as good as an English Barleywine that I had tried. I am happy to try a fresh bottle for comparison, but I have a feeling that this was more to my liking. Finish was dry with a lingering burnt caramel flavor, accompanied by the earthiness of the malts. I could totally see this as a loaf of baked bread.

Mar 13, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a deep murky brown color with an off-white colored head.

Smell - The nose was radiating with dark sweet bread notes.

Taste - At the front, Brown sugar came through with and almost soy- sauce like impression. Then came the dark ready malts. This is a beer that eats like a meal. The chewiness continued into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Rich, malty, and almost chewy, per the style.

Overall - Though not necessarily an elite version of the style, this is pretty solid and perhaps even high end.

Feb 27, 2018
4.38 by DanielMB from South Carolina on Jan 19, 2018
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery "Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle with the label notched "...enjoy by... 4 18" and sampled in 12 of 17
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured for me a clear but very dark brown-black. I'd guess it to be about 31 SRM. It's short head of tan has already dropped, leaving just stops of lacing behind. The aroma is quite richly malty with notes of caramel, grain, and a light bit of dark-skinned fruitiness. Ahhh, the flavor backs that up but it's not as rich as I'd have thought it would be, nor is it as sweet, and there's an added note of black tea that's interesting. Also, the fruitiness that I found in the nose to be a bit like raisin is not as intense as I'd suspected, and there are some other fruits like apple and orange in play as well. And finally, there's a light bit of smokiness in the finish, and I hate to say it, but a touch of soy sauce as well. This is a unique bird, err, duck-rabbit to be sure. It still follows all of the rules of the style though, and it's almost compellingly drinkable. How strong is it? 8.5%, OK, that's workable - I just didn't want to find out I was chugging away at a 10 percent-er, that could be dangerous! So what did I miss? Body: medium-full. Carbonation: moderate with very fine bubbles. I think it could use a touch more gas but it's OK as it is given the style, it makes it all that much smoother. Overall it's very nice. It's not as rich as some of the best known examples, but it's satisfying, and it's got some unique characteristics to it that give it charm. I'd certainly call it "worth trying" and suggest it for malt heads and those who love dark beers.

Dec 15, 2017
3.75 by wjbent from Florida on Sep 25, 2017
3.81 by Casey_L from Texas on Jun 15, 2017
4 by Zach136 from Georgia on Apr 21, 2017
Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothmanscott from Georgia

Pours a murky brown producing less than a finger of light tan, finely bubbled, rapidly diminishing head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is dark bread, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, some vanilla, milk chocolate & cream, faint banana. Taste is sweet, dark bread, milk chocolate & toffee, dark fruits especially raisins & figs with some hop character & a peppery spiciness in the fruity, toffee & lightly boozy finish. Sweet start, slightly dry finish. Fruit & candy mix with some hop bitterness that is accentuated by the alcohol bitterness, spice & warmth to make up the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light-medium carbonation, smooth & creamy but with a fine spice in the latter half of the sip.

Mar 31, 2017
3.12 by MisledTitan from England on Mar 05, 2017
3.83 by VAcrossr from Virginia on Feb 05, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mncoinman from Florida

Mild aroma, Pours an opaque dark brown. Decent head dissipates quickly. Chocolate overtones with a mild bite. This is an easy drinking doppelbock that is a good representative of the style. Well done.

Jan 25, 2017
4 by 2GOOFY from California on Dec 22, 2016
3.97 by SFNC from North Carolina on Dec 20, 2016
4.04 by boogerisu from Iowa on Dec 04, 2016
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours clear, mahogany in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is caramel, dark bread, and some dark fruit. Medium-heavy bodied and sweet. Nice American dopplebock..I prefer German versions of the style, but this is well worth a shot.

Oct 02, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by MMOSNN from North Carolina

Look - a deep mahogany with a small khaki head and no retention or lacing.
Smell - malty sweetness in the form of caramel, dark fruits, and sweet bread, some booze, and some subtle hints of chocolate malts.
Taste - follows the nose with caramel, dark fruits, and sweet bread standing out most.
Feel - surprisingly thin, a little slick, low carbonation.
Overall, the dark fruit notes make this especially enjoyable (bordering on a barleywine or old ale), but the mouthfeel is very disappointing. This beer could be top-tier if it was chewy and more effervescent.

Sep 24, 2016
4 by ckollias from Maryland on Sep 02, 2016
Photo of madbrewer9
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by madbrewer9 from Florida

Small head,off white tight bubbles.
Dark Ruby/brown color.
Aroma definitely warm alcohol with dark fruit in background. Also some caramel malt.
Taste similar to aroma. Also good malt sweetness and complexity. Slight hop bitterness and roast in finish.
Good solid example of a dopplebock!

Aug 27, 2016
Photo of jjamadorphd
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jjamadorphd from Florida

Another offering from Duck Rabbit I have partaken and another good one at that...

Pours a very dark brown liquid from the bottle with yellow highlights, practically no head to speak of and definitely no lacing. The odor was truly special, a good mixture of honey, hops, and some caramel notes. It really was what made this brew particular distinctive. The feel was a tad more carbonated for my taste, but the creamy and smooth texture more than made me forget about it or rather just ignore the fact. Overall, I was truly surprised, this is a very distinctive beer, not quite like anything I have ever had to date. This brewery has certainly been full of surprises - and good ones at that.

Aug 12, 2016
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2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 2.86 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.239/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Undated bottle (They didn’t bother to tick the dates on the edge of the label) at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – malt, weakens but lasts
Head small (Maximum 1.4 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, gone in 60 seconds leaving neither ring nor layer
Lacing – none.
Body – dark reddish-brown, opaque
Flavor – slightly sweet, slightly caramel malty; no hop or malt bitterness noted but an odd organic chemical is perceived. No hops flavor or aroma. No diacetyl.
Palate full, oily, soft carbonation

An oddly flavored doppelbock – I have to keep drinking it to try to identify the organic oddness. Are there any chemical plants near Farmville? Definitely a one and done but not quite a drain pour. If I could only identify that flavor…

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 2.75

Jul 25, 2016
3.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jul 23, 2016
4.08 by rarigney from Washington on Jul 21, 2016
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