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

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

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4
pDev:
16%
 
 
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a point glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep murky brown color with a one finger tan head. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of sweet caramel and some smells of dark fruits of fig and cherry. The aroma also has a decent toasted malt aroma as well as some notes of chocolate mixed within. Rounding out these smells are some notes of a grassy hop, complimenting the others nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet roasted malt flavor. The sweetness is of a caramel nature upfront with it transitioning to a more brown sugar and molasses sweetness more toward the end. The roasted malt flavor upfront is a mix of brown bread and some toasted malt tastes. Some lighter coffee flavors hit the tongue as well as a rather nice hit of dark fruit flavors more toward the middle of the taste. With a little bit of a herbal taste as well as some alcohol greeting the tongue at the end, taste an overall sweet, roasty, and warming taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather midrange. The thick body is very nice for the big sweet and roasty flavors enhancing the warming nature of the brew.

Overall –This one has nice and big sweet flavors with lots of malt. A rather tasty doppelbock that is well worth a try.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears a dark shade of mahogany with a half inch of foamy beige head. The aroma offers dark malts, brown sugar, bread, alcohol, ripe plums, raisins. Sweet brown bread, cookies, alcohol, yeast. Definitely true to style. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid beer.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear but almost opaque brownish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small thick patches with a large patch of thin film surrounding it (covering about 75% of the surface of the beer) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and dark fruit (figs, plums, and raisins) along with light hints of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some caramel and dark fruit (raisin, fig, and plum) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy hops and nuttiness from the malts. Very light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I think this is a really nice example of the style that is quite enjoyable. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is easy to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with one-finger offwhite head that died a slow death with no lace. A thick, rich aroma, mostly bready and roasted malts along with some dark chocolate sweetness. Taste and mouthfeel is more of the same as the beer is thick, fuller-bodied, not sticky nor watery but a nice thick smoothness, mixed roasted and breadlike malts for dryness with dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel for sweetness. Not typical of other DBs I've had in terms of the dryness and the finish, which is less sweet more dry, and not much in terms of any fruit flavors at all (can't say I really got a hold of any dark fruits or minor citric hops) but still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of mntlover
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with amber highlights when held to the light. Head is small darker tan color that leaves some spotty lace behind.

Aroma is loads of malty goodness, earthy peat, figs, chocolate notes earthy hops. A big chewy smelling brew.

Taste is just like the nose big chewy malts good earthy notes peat, nuts, chocolate notes with figs. Nice meaty brew one of the better American attempts of this style I am enjoying this one. Finish is lingering smokey earthy malts with some earthy herbal like hops almost like a weak cigar flavor.

Mouthfeel is big medium with fairly mellow carbonation light pep here and there.

Overall have to agree Duck Rabbit is the dark beer specialist, they sure got this one right. Glad I was finally able to get some of this one just never seemed to be in NC when it was released.

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Photo of mscudder
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a globe.

A - Deep ruby hue here with a nice light-bronze head. Fair retention with good lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted coffee. Nice balance on the nose!

T - Starts with sweet caramel and heavy roast. Progresses into a dry fruity melody, closing with a strange sharp-chocolate sweetness, accompanied by black pepper.

M - Medium+ body with moderate carbonation.

O - This is a really odd doppelbock. Not a huge fan of the style, although this is better than most I have encountered. Lots going on here... I can see where the hype comes from, just not for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body, housing a little hint dirtied garnet at the edge against the list. Smallish, light beige head that settles fairly quickly. No appreciable lacing or retention.

Smell: Sweet-scented, alcoholic, with a fruitiness of figs and grape-flavored candy (like Nerds or such), a step ahead of the dark-colored syrup, Tootsie roll, and molasses.

Taste: Molasses, caramel atop toast, and a noted roastiness. Dark syrup sweetness upfront. Rather bright fruitiness, fig and grape, followed by slight, herbal hops and a persistent pinch of alcohol (a bit fusel). Snippet of licorice. Slight nuttiness, with a touch of Tootsie Roll. Drying, rather warming, fruity finish. A little coffee pops into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Potent in many of its aspect, it's not the best doppelbock to be had, though, I'm sure you could do worse.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Fairly dark brown. When held to the light appears medium dark orange. slight tan head.
smell: sweet, and malty. A bit of chocolate. Nice, fairly simple.
taste: Much like the nose but with more happening. Dark fruits, drier than expected. Full and rich.
overall: Nice Dopple. Not a standout imo, but decent enough brew.

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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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Photo of AltBock
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with the usual Duck Rabbit symbol on the front. There are two things separating this label with their other labels. This one has a gold background and the Duck Rabbit has gray ram horns coming out of its head. Off to the sides is the Government warning, brewery's address, and a notched best before date.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this southern Doppelbock was a semi hazy dark mahogany brown with a burgundy center. It was a rather interesting color. The red center was a nice touch to this beer. On top of this brew was a nice little head of foam. The initial head of foam was between 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in height and light tan in color. It had great retention that left behind a small tan film and a ton of tan sticky streaks of lace around the glass. The film on top of the beer lasted until the last drop of beer was gone.

This Doppelbock was more sweet than roasted. The first aroma that I picked up was the sweet lightly roasted malts. After the malts had their fun in the sun, in comes a pinch of caramel, a touch of milk chocolate, and a subtle whiff of black cherry. The aroma as a whole was a little too faint for my liking. If they would have pumped up the aroma just a little more, this would have been a great aroma.

While the aroma was sweet, the taste was more dry and roasted. The first taste that I found was of course the dry roasted malt. Waiting behind the malt was a pinch of milk chocolate, a drop of molasses, a dab of caramel, and a sprinkle of roasted coffee beans. After all that, this beer then finishes up with a gentle touch of roasted hops. The hops were more roasted than bitter. A little more sweetness wouldn't have hurt this beer at all.

This was a straight up medium bodied dry roasted Doppelbock. As for the aftertaste, that was filled with dry roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, a pinch of caramel, a drop of molasses, and a big bite of alcohol. At least the alcohol wasn't overpowered. Even though I could taste the alcohol, I couldn't feel it.

Not a bad Doppelbock! It had an interesting color, a sweet aroma, a dry roasted taste, and an alcoholic mouthfeel. I think this NC brewery did a good job. The aroma could have been better, but everything else was good. Would I drink another one? Yeah, I wouldn't mind another single.

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Photo of rangerred
3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. Not sure of the age on this but I know it has been in my fridge for a year or so.

Pours a clear dark brown with a slight reddish tint. A very small light brown head is quick to fade leaving a thin ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma is full of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. There is a slight metallic note which seems a little off to me. There are also some faint grassy aromas. Overall it is pretty weak.

This weakness carries over into the taste which is really quite underwhelming. Plenty of caramel and brown sugar but there is a strong vegetal character which becomes a little off-puting after awhile. It is very DMS like and I almost wonder if this is an unintended flaw. It isn't bad for awhile but it does start to limit drinkability. Alcohol is well-hidden but the mouthfeel is on the watery side.

Overall, I am very unimpressed with this offering from Duck Rabbit. There is just an overall lack of everything from the aroma to the flavor to the mouthfeel. Way too much DMS and a lack of much malt or hops. Maybe this has improved since the batch I got but I really can't recommend.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. smell is of malts, alcohol, caramel, some dark fruits. Taste is a bit boozy. Some dark fruit and malts, alcohol is prevelent. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark brown with a half finger tan head. The head fades quickly and isn't very dense, but it's solid all the way across the glass. Very dark for a dopplebock.

S- very metallic aroma. Common among many of the Duck Rabbit beers I've had. Light bit of sweetness. Not pleasant at all

T- sweet tasting. Very malty. Maybe a little bit of honey coming through. Candi sugar also there. No heat at all

M- body is reasonably thick, but isn't syrupy. As I just said, no heat. Definitely a sipper

O- not much of a dopplebock guy, but this isn't bad. A little too malty and sweet for my tastes, but definitely enjoyable over the course of time

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Approx 9 mo's old, so maybe too old for proper review (is that possible for this style?)

Pours very nicely, with about 1F of tan/brown head over a very dark, almost opaque amber body. Great lacing.

Aromas are timid. Wet cardboard up front, then molasses in the back with pencil lead. Touch of faint English hops, if I pull really hard.

Flavors and mouthfeel are dull / muted / dirty. Lots of mineral water, with molasses, cherry, oak, and earthy herbal quality giving the flavor. Somewhat disappointing (given the hype), but not necessarily "bad".

Mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style. Dull, tangy, and leaves a film on the tongue (not unusual for the style). Could've used more body.

I really should've reviewed some of the earlier Doppelbocks I had from this mixed case, as maybe I've left it in the cellar too long, given the discrepancy between my experience and the overall BA community.

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Photo of ZirconTweezer
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Deep, murky brown with copper coloring when held up to light. 1.5 finger tan head that dissipates to a thin cap pretty fast but leaves some lacing.

S: Molasses and dark fruit, very inviting.

T: Thick and bready malt bomb with some dark fruit and slight booziness; the taste wants to stay around, and that's a good thing. Taste was very much to style, I'd say.

M: Smooth and silky, goes down oh so easily.

O: As stated, I feel this brew is very true to the traditional doppelbock style. I have a soft spot for a killer doppelbock and this baby delivers the goods. I searched for this brew for over two years and it was definitely worth the wait. I can heartily recommend searching it out.

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Photo of orsulacp
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap expecting an awesome doppelbock, but got something else. It looked good, nice deep amber color, good off white head. The smell was ok, malty, a little whiff of pepper. The taste was off, it was way too sweet, and not malty sweet, it was cherry sweet, no bitterness. I took a drink of water to make sure it wasn't something else, nope same thing. It was thick and chewy, low carbonation. I am bummed by this, I love a good doppelbock.

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Photo of JWU
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- a murky brown with ruby highlights. A finger of dark khaki head, which dissipates fairly quickly, a little lacing down the glass.

S- Dark fruit, molasses, and hint of butterscotch and vanilla.

T- The dark fruits (dark cherries, plums) and molasses dominate, a little booze is present as well, and some hints of vanilla/butterscotch/oak are on the backend as well.

M- Prickly medium carbonation, dry on the finish, and perhaps a bit too much for a doppel.

O- Top tier doppelbock. Not in Ayinger Celebrator's league, but not far from it.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Brick Store Pub September 11, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Deep brown body, light brown mocha cream head. Good retention. Nice appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Heavy aromas of butterscotch caramel malt and vanilla. Potency is high. Nice. 4

(Taste) Vanilla, toffee, Dark fruits, oaken caramel malts. Mild roasted finish; slightly dry. 4

(Mouthfeel) Slight prickly carbonation, mild thickness. Body is medium/heavy, alcohol presence is mild. Nice balance, could be a bit smoother.3

(Overall) Quite enjoyable. Although a bit heavy on the caramel and vanilla, I found the flavors to be enjoyable. I would recommend a thicker body and a lower carbonation or creamier texture. Still a nice beer from Duck Rabbit. 4

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery's
Duck-Rabbitor Doppelbock
3.93/5.00

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Photo of SGDJosh
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Duck Rabbit Duck-Rabbator Doppelbock

Poured from growler on 9/17 with the Thomasville Beer Club.

Deep Brown in appearance, barely translucent. Looks like burnt caramel. Frothy 2 finger head dissipates to lace on top.

Molasses hits the nose with a slight breadiness on the finish.

Wow, nice toffee flavor that carries over with a molasses note. Plums, raisins, cherries... There's some maple notes, finishes strong. No booze present.

Mouthfeel is chewy with a medium/full body. Clings on the palate for dear life!

Overall it's pretty awesome! I didn't check the ABV until after I tasted it and I'm pretty shocked. This beer masks its alcohol very well with its full body.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at 5 points in Athens, GA.
A: dark amber cherry maple brown, light brown head that slowly fades

S: dark fruits, plum, raisin, cherry, maple syrup,

M: creamy, medium body, carbonation

T: dark fruits, slight hoppiness, toffee, dark roast malt, coffee like bitterness

O: great selection, must try

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-review of 2012 batch. First bottle was an infected mess. 2nd bottle is definitely better. Score will be an average of the two as I'm sure there are other infected bottles floating around out there, and infections have become so common for these guys that one pretty much has to expect it going in to any of their beers.

Similar color/clarity, but the head retains much better and leaves more lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, hints of dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, molasses, grains, bread, a touch smoky. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is dark malts, somewhat roasted, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, some astringent malt bitterness, moderate sweetness for the style, grains, some herbal hops, bit of alcohol, tinge funky.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Much better this time around. Hopefully the infection is isolated, but I'd definitely recommend drinking these now in case it starts getting worse...

Score 3.43: Appearance 4.0, Smell 3.0, Taste 3.5, Feel 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Original review: Score 1.9: Appearance 2.0, Smell 1.5, Taste 2.0, Feel 2.0, Overall 2.0.

12oz bottle, best by May 2013. Served at around 55F.

Pours clear brown with red highlights and a one finger brown head that leaves no lacing and recedes to a just a small ring and eventually nothing at all.

Aroma is sour fruit, sweaty gym socks, funky, cardboard, infected mess. Goddammit Duck-Rabbit.

Flavor is sweet dark malts, dark fruit, sour notes. Not as funky as the aroma, but the signs of infection are here. This is only gonna get worse with time. Definitely got that Duck-Rabbit "wang" goin’ on.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, sticky, very little carbonation.

Maybe I just got a bad bottle, as the reviews are generally positive for this one, but it’s got all the Infected Duck-Rabbit characteristics going on aside from the gigantic head...in fact this one is nearly flat after the initial pour. Aroma in particular reminds me a lot of their 2012 Barleywine disaster. Never had a sour or funky Doppelbock before, so I’ve got to assume this is not what the brewer was shooting for. In an effort to be fair, I will try one more bottle just in case this one was an anomaly and will adjust my review accordingly if needed. As it stands right now, this is a terrible Doppelbock. Fought through half the glass, but the rest is going down the drain...

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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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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost opaque body with a two-finger head that last about a minute, leaving nice lacing when it subsides.

S: Dark, ripe fruits, then taffy, and then a tinge of smokiness at the end.

T: Starts off with plums and prunes. In the middle, toffee and taffy come into play with some notes of espresso and roast as well. The dark fruits make a slight resurgence towards the end. Just as in the nose, there is a hint of smoke at the end as an aftertaste, though it doesn't linger long. I'd give the taste a higher score than the nose for added complexity, but none of the flavors are bold, and the taste is especially muted towards the end of each sip.

M: There is a slight tingling from the bubbles throughout almost the entire sip. The body itself is perhaps slightly thinner than usual, but had a nice creamy feel to it, not unlike Duck Rabbit's milk stout.

O: Definitely a good beer. At this point in my taste buds' career, I want flavors that are a bit stronger, but I appreciate the high drinkability for a fairly alcoholic beer, and the many subtle flavors. Even if I did appreciate the balance more, however, I feel that a doppelbock should ram you with its two horns (I'm so clever) a bit more roughly. If the malty, toffee flavor could be a bit more rich, and then you could discern the others flavored I mentioned, just a little more faintly, I think this beer would be outstanding.

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Photo of Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a thick head that dies down to a soapy film of bubbles. A strong caramel aroma with some peat and a touch of cherry. Very clean aroma. A bit of toasted malt flavor at first that blends with a bit of cherry and a nice butterscotch flavor. A medium feel with a nice smooth body and a bit of syrup. Coats the tongue with a sweet finish. On par with Optimator and Salvator. Another dangerous session beer....great flavor and you can't detect any alcohol.

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Photo of pvo
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was curious about this one, so I picked up a bottle earlier today. Glad I tried it, but I don't think this merits a 6-pack as Duck Rabbit's Schwarzbier or Hoppy Bunny do.

It's a bit too sweet- the sweetness overpowers the delicate flavors that I would otherwise expect in a lager. I feel like I'm missing something, but I'm not getting that much out of this. Sad, because I have liked many of their other offerings, and want to keep supporting someone focused on dark beers. I guess I'll be doing it with their other beers.

Mainly, considering the $14/6-pack it costs, I'd prefer to buy a fair amount of other things for $10. So I'm glad I tried it, but also glad I got a single bottle for $3.

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Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.
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