The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #17
Ranked #6,735
4.02 | pDev: 10.45%
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
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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hman43 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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jdstehly from Kazakhstan

4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(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
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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mncoinman from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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MMOSNN from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
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madbrewer9 from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

$ 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
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown color with mahogany hues when held up to the light. The aroma features sweet bready malts and dark fruits. The taste is dark, rich, and deliciously malty. Overall, a solid doppelbock that I enjoyed.

Jul 06, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage.

Aroma is fairly sweet, with toasted malt dominance and toffee notes. There's a hint of specialty malt fruitiness, adding with a metallic note.

Flavor reveals tart cherry undertones, which usher in slightly sweet caramel malt, finishing deeply toasted and a touch harsh. Not the deepest malt character, but fairly drinkable, though the dark fruit is slightly offputting.

Feb 03, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark mahogany color with a 3/4" cremay tan head that slowly but visibly recedes to a thin layer with a thicker ring around the sides of the glass. Sipping creates sheets of foam that become small leggy patches of lacing. Eventually there is a thick ring of foam with only a very thin small patch on the surface.

The aromas include dark caramel, dark fruits and a touch of chocolate.

Some of the flavors follow from the nose and include dark caramel, dark fruits and some chocolate. There also seems to be a bit of brown sugar here.

The mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins as the sweetness starts to fade and some dark roast malt and black pepper like bitterness emerge to take over center stage. Everything slowly fades out leaving the bitterness to eventually become dry.

I'm enjoying this beer and certainly would be willing to drink another. That said, I have a bit of a bias towards the Troegenator which I revisited last night to prepare for having this beer. The bitterness there is less spicy and seems to me to fit with the style just a bit better.

Jan 26, 2016
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a two finger red-brown tinted head. Opaque.

Smell- Creamy bready/chocolate malt aroma. Dark fruit/sugary

Taste- A sweet malt up front, bready with bits of roasted grains. Notes of chocolate. The dark fruit from the smell also comes through in the taste with notes of plum and cherry. A light grassy flavor ends with a dry, lightly roasted finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body, syrupy, mid level carbonation.

Overall- A full flavor, full body doppelbock. Well done with the malt profile. Could be a bit less sweet, but the smoothness really comes through with this beer.

Jan 07, 2016
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasty beer! While it's no celebrator which I'm assuming is the inspiration given the name, it is a flavorful big beer. Lots of dark fruit like you'd expect in a dopplebock or barley wine. Sip on this one and let it warm up! Little carbonation, and pours a thick murky brown delicious brown. A little sweet but overall very drinkable and enjoyable.

Dec 20, 2015
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut brown with a ruby tinge. Less than a finger of tan-tinted head. Fruity malt aroma with a definite flat-cherry-cola thing going on. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet up front, with more cherry and just a little chocolate, and a slight lingering hop bitterness for balance in the aftertaste. It's fine, but doesn't compare to the classics.

Jul 31, 2015
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours light brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, sweet cherries, caramel and hint of coffee. Body is full, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of caramel malt, herbal hops, cherries and peppery alcohol. Finish is long, sweet first then becomes dry and peppery. Rich, tasty excellent brew.

Jul 22, 2015
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Jadorko from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a very normal, run of the mill light dark beer. Bit of a dark amber brown. Has a solid smell, sweet smell maybe the slightest hint of caramel apple in there. Tast was a little plain although not unenjoyable. Dark sweet almost sticky notes of some kind of syrup that I cant quite place. Finish very smooth with flavor spread throughout. Overall not a bad beer but my first try of this kind so maybe its just not my favorite style. Would try again though.

Jul 12, 2015
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice head that doesn't dissipate for a long while. The head is a small bubble foamy kind of head. The beer itself is a clear brown color, which is pretty nice looking.

The beer smell is nice and malty with various kinds of malt notes. The smell has both a caramel kind of malt note and bready note as well. The beer also has a nice floral and grassy hop note to it as well.

The beer taste is also pretty good if not for a tiny aftertaste issue. Overall, the taste i just as sweet and bready as the smell, if not more sweeter. The beer also has a slight hop bite to keep it from being too sweet. However, the beer also seems to have a weird alcohol or grass taste towards the end, which detracts from the overall beer. Other than that, the taste is fine.

The mouthfeel is very heavy (Doppelbock, duh!) and a bit thick. The beer has some carbonation but it is very little and not very noticeable. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall, an almost very good beer and worth picking up to try.

May 21, 2015
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