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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 325 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VAcrossr
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mncoinman
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madbrewer9
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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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 Ozzylizard
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
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

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of bwbetts
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.04/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of twage04
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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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