Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
duckrabbitbrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Georgiabeer on 06-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
325
Reviews:
146
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
29
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0
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Ratings: 325 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of ShepardCommander
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of BradShook
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured down the side of a pint glass, I got 4" of foam and an inch of liquid. After a lot of fizzing and about 30 seconds it was 3" of liquid brown love, all chestnut in color, topped with over an inch of root beer-looking foam the color of the fluff on that aforementioned root beer. Eventually, it settled to a 1/2" layer. A good amount of light penetration through the hazy brown.
Smell is richly malty with with notes of earth and whiskey, raisins and apples, caramel and smoke. Really great complexity and balance.
Taste is amazing. Rich, smoky roasted malt, caramel, whiskey, dark fruits and a nice mellow alcohol presence. Again, complexity and balance are phenomenal.
Rich, full-bodied, light effervescence. Slightly ashy note in the aftertaste. This is a really fine bottle of brew. Now if they would only distribute in Florida.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that retains reasonably well. The aroma has a big molasses and caramel sweetness upfront, along with some licorice, honey wheat bread, cherries, plum, date and a little cognac. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a broad sweetness initially (notes of caramel, toffee and molasses), along with some dark fruits (fig, date plum, cherry), toasted wheat bread, licorice, anise, cognac, and some flinty hops. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is excellent. An exceptional dopplebock from DR, it's complex and delicious...easily the best American iteration. Highly recommended

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Photo of Durge
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark mahogany colored brew with a decent tan colored foam on top with nice lacing. The aroma brings big peanut butter malt with a hint of ham and muted licorice cotton candy. Quite nice. The flavor favors licorice malt by far and it’s delicious with banana bread sweetness and a little charcoal and lemony grass hop. A really good doppelbock. It has a resinous feel, silky smooth in a medium-heavy bodied brew with tiny bubbles that keep it a touch lively. Quite a brew. Enjoy.

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Photo of Nctide
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a few recent disappointments from this brewery I was reluctant to pick this up but am glad I did.

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Photo of kels
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Celebrator Doppelbock glass. Seemed appropriate.

Really lovely beer. Pours a rich brown with ruby highlights shining in the clarity. The great toffee-colored thick head fades from an initial 2 fingers to a well-retained skim, leaving behind tremendous sheets of thick, sticky lace along the sides of the glass.

Great hearty graininess in the aroma. It is simultaneously toasty and sweet.

This is a delicious doppelbock. It really has all the flavor one would look for. The malts are very rich and roasty, and there's just the nicest touch of caramel sweetness. It isn't anything outrageous - it's just solid, balanced and tasty. The feel is well-carbonated, and while sticky on the lips, it's more dry overall.

Drinkability is high because it's tasty, balanced and refreshing in body while being rich and filling. The alcohol isn't detectable in the taste, but it is in the feel.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of molasses, caramel, toffee, cocoa and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of molasses, toffee, caramel and light cocoa with a crisp lingering toffee finish.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The chestnut colored body clear, and the beige head was fed by gentle carbonation. The smell was ripe with figs, dates, cherries, and dark raisins. The taste was not as sweet as I had anticipated. The malts appeared to be well roasted, giving a bitter coffee effect at first sip. This was followed by a fruity tartness, semi-sweet powdered cocoa, and a woody, dry finish. This was a surprisingly complex juxtaposition of flavors for the style. The body was not as silky smooth as the best examples of the style. Quite a different experience from others of this style.

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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at the ACBF this year but was too buzzed to rate it. Then a few months later I picked up a bottle in VA, and here I am opening it during a week 11 NFL game.

It pours dark and opaque with the thinnest of heads. Near perfect smell, dark fruit and yeastie bread, providing proof that Duck Rabbit knows dark beer styles very well. Sweet malts throughout, toffee and bread dough, awesome aromas.

It tastes intially sweet with blasts of malty goodness. Finishes with long yeastie fruity notes, not bitter at all. The alcohol seems more noticeable in taste than in smell. Medium-plus bodied, very full and creamy mouthfeel. Another winner from a great brewery.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at The Foodery, even though Duck-Rabbit is carried in Charlottesville. I couldn't resist a doppelbock and wasn't sure if this was available at home yet.

A: Pours quite dark... almost a chestnut brown, with only the light giving way to some of the red hues within. The head formed a modest finger tall, and a pretty light brown... almost like a very light brown sugar.

S: A big nose of malts! Toffee, biscuit, even a bit of a sweetbread scent. Some dark fruit notes round it out very nicely along with some hints of molasses and a touch of chocolate. Pretty nice

T + M: The flavour follows the aroma pretty closely... dark breads, with a robust fruity sweetness and caramel. Some dark chocolate bitterness comes through as it goes down in addition to a touch of alcohol which makes for a wonderfully warming finish. Rich in body, which goes with the flavour profile very nicely.

D: I was kinda shocked at how easily I polished off this beer considering the alcohol content. It drinks very smooth and I will be eagerly seeking it out again. Excellent.

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Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown/copper with a light tan head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Rich, sweet caramel with a touch of roast and hint of prune. Alcohol heat became noticable upon warming.

T-Sweet caramel, chocolate and dark fruit initially with the smooth caramel being most apparent. Lighter notes of drying tobacco and oak come through upon warming. Semi-dry finish.

M-Medium heavy and very smooth. Becomes a bit sticky but never looses it's rich, smooth character. Alcohol heat adds to the complexity as it warms.

D-So smooth and rich it is almost sinful! An excellant creation by Paul and the DR crew! Hopefully this one isn't a one off!

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours auburn with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Brown sugar & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, caramel, leafy hops & dryness up front. Slight boozeyness as this warms, more brown sugar, woody dryness that kind of detracts from an otherwise great take on the style. Finishes dry & bready & spicy

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, warming & dry

Pretty drinkable, not world-class, but pretty decent. However, at $14 a sixer, I would probably pass on this one again in bottled form. This one did grow on me as it warmed...

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Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Saucer Charlotte.
Nice deep amber/orange appearance. Some cream colored bubbles that lace fairly nicely.
Aroma is toasted malt, toffee, caramel covered apples light oak.
Taste is a great balance of the caramel apple, yellow raisin and smokey oak, tobacco. Just hints of cocoa powder. The smokiness made this different than the norm for me, but works very nice.
Smooth nearly creamy mouthfeel. Solid medium body and drinkable has heck. Some things about this reminded me of a Founders Backwoods.
Maybe not quite up to the German versions, but still very tasty and another very good one from Duck Rabbit. They should think about bottling this at some point.

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Photo of Daktah
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy dark brown. Light tan head with decent lacing. Smell is dark fruit, caramel, malt, and a good amount of smooth chocolate. Taste is more of the same, with additional malt sweetness. The sweetness isn't cloying though and the finish is clean, leaving you ready for another sip. Smooth and creamy without being heavy.

Another great Duck-Rabbit beer, and a solid doppelbock that I'm happy to have made in NC. Really need to make that trip to Farmville!

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Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 325 ratings.
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