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:
326
Reviews:
146
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 146
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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another day up in Asheville, and it was HOT! The only thing to keep you cool was several trips around
to the local watering holes. Consumed on tap on 07/06/2010.

Longtime coming on this one. I had waited and waited to see this one on tap for what seemed like an
eternity. Served cold I just had to wait and let it warm before diving in. Thick, dark, black as night
as it comes to the table has me second guessing the idea of a dark starter to the afternoon. I took
the first whiff though and it was over. Deep chocolate just rushes across the nose. Huge roasted
malts, enormous hints of smoke and tobacco, a rush of earthy hops. Amazing collaboration of flavors
here has me seriously scratching my head in amazement.

Thick as a milkshake then light as a feather, this is an amazing creation, smoky, roasted, rich,
drinkable. I could have this all day. As it reaches up near room temperature I finally get the full
experience and it just overwhelms the senses. A semi dry and sweet finish seals the deal.

Overall one of the best things I have had in a long time. I would love to have this on every day.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/03/11 notes. Had on tap at Rustico in Ballston, VA. Served into a chalice type glass.

a - Pours a dark murky brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention and very light spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, raisins, figs, dark fruits, bready malts, and roasted notes. Pretty nice; malty and fruity.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, dark fruits, raisins especiialy, bready malts. More roasted notes than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth.

o - Overall a very good doppelbock. Lots of fruit and malts and a great nose; would like to have it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

I agree with my predecessor: rabbit. It pours a translucent dark ruby-brown topped by nearly a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises biscuits, caramel, toffee, light roasted malts, brown sugar, and a pinch o' nutmeg. The taste shows us that those biscuits were left in the oven a tad too long, blackening their bottoms. The caramel is similarly burnt. Everything else is normal, but muted somewhat in the face of the charcoal-laden bits. That may sound entirely negative, but it really isn't...just different and kinda unexpected. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a different doppel than I'm used to, but tasty nonetheless. Get some!

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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 johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from VncentLIFE, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep dark brown color with a decent tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of dark dried fruit, caramel, and burnt sugar with a hint of ash mixed in there as well. Taste is dark malty with a hint of mineral and ash. All the usual suspects are here, caramel, dark sugar, prunes, plums, raisins. Light roasted grains are a bit out of place. Little to no hop presence, but there really shouldn't be. Medium to thick body light level of carbonation with a caramel thick mouthfeel. There are better examples of the style, but this is one damn fine brew. I quite enjoyed this one, roasted grains and all.

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.

A - dark caramel-purple with a big brown head that has great retention

S - caramel, sugar

T - caramel, sugar, dark fruit, figs, raisins, faint bitterness, a bit buttery

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a very nicely flavored doppelbock. It's complex and very drinkable with a well hidden ABV. This is another solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey.

A dark red brown body with no head given barely, but a very large soapy bubbled collar of tan. Love this body color.

Nose is a little boozy of alcohol and small toffee, with mild licorice. Licorice notes come forward more often after time.

Taste and body is a little thin. Light bodied and a bit wet missing stickiness. Licorice taste comes out a bit which is interesting to say the least.

Overall, aside from unexpected licorice this is kind of disappointing. Too watery for my tastes.

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Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev 0%

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

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed vase, the beer is a auburn-highlighted brown coloring with a thin, sparse, cream colored surface coating of head. Aromas of rich toffee and caramel forward, with date, raisin, and cherry sweet and rich highlights. Roasted highlights keep the sweet reigned in, making this a very balanced nose. Flavors are roasted heavily on the forward tongue, with rich toffee, chocolate, and caramel notes. The old-world fruit characteristics are present in highlight form, and there are some earthy notes, as well. This is a tasty malt-bomb! Smooth and robust in mouth, with a slight effervesced edge to keep the drinkability up. The aftertaste is surprisingly crisp, keeping all the sweet characteristics from becoming overpowering. Smooth, slick finish with only a minimally sweet linger thanks to the carbonation. Solid brew!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bucketboy for this extra. Served in a pilsner glass. Best before May, 2011.

A - Pours with a finger of quick-dissolving light mocha foam that leaves behind no lace and a thin ring. Body is a faintly transparent mahogany brown.

S - Lots of chocolate malt, molasses, nuts and berries, dark fruits, bread, and faint alcohol.

T - Taste is heavy on baker's chocolate mid-palate, but ends with some yeast and light roast bitterness in the aftertaste. There's also some light floral hop character mixed in that I found surprising, but pleasant. Maybe the faintest hint of booze as it warms up.

M - Body is medium, with low carbonation, and might be a bit watery. Finishes chewy, with some solid residual stickiness. Some light warmth at the back of the throat.

D - This was surprisingly good, and is probably the best thing I've had from Duck Rabbit. I'd definitely include this in a doppelbock showdown. Went through my 12oz shockingly fast.

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

At the time of this review, this is the #12 top doppelbock on beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Beer served in a snifter.

Beer is dark but ruby at the corners and clear with a thin off white head of small bubbles, low carbonation, low lacing, low retention, looks fine.

The aroma is interesting, pretty malty but weaker than expected, also more roast than I expected, almost smells like a porter.

Beer is medium in body and sweet up front and surprisingly dry at the end of the beer. It is sort of bitter with a coffee like roast on the end. It was nice but not the best doppelbock I've ever had. Interesting with the roast character though.

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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 Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep dark brown in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down to some spotty surface foam relatively quickly.

Smell: loads of malt and caramel sweetness along with some softer alcohol tones.

Taste: big thick malty profile with some dark ripe fruit sweetness, nice bitterness, and some warming alcohol presence. Flavors become more intense as it warms.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth with some light prickliness to start. Afteraste is super long as the flavors seem to glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipping beer that will last a while. Can't see having more than two pints in a session but this will last you a while.

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Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is chocolate, toffee, a hint of smoke and some nuts.

The flavor is chocolate, toffee, hazelnuts and alcohol. I also get a little dark fruit.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This is a very nice doppelbock. It doesn't taste like a traditional German doppelbock, but it is a very interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub during their 12th anniversary celebration. 10 oz poured into a Duck-Rabbit branded snifter. Very nice beer and a great first attempt at a lager by this brewery. Pours a dark brown with a bit of transluscence and a relatively thin, swirly head. Smells malty, but a bit thin. Slightly sweet in the nose with some raisins and molasses, but not at all syrup like, a good deal dryer than that. The taste is very nice. Rich and very, very smooth with restrained sweetness but a firm maltiness. Some notes of chocolate, molasses, lots of caramel, some raisins and plums, and maybe even a tad of coffee bitterness. A touch of lager yeast tang throughout, but this is very subtle. Silky, not sticky in the mouth. I love how smooth and wonderful this is in the mouth. Silken and so nice. Slightly sweet, but there is a bit of burnt caramel and a tiny core of bitterness that helps balance everything. A lovely beer, and I'm glad I got to try some.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev 0%

Duck-Rabbit Duck-Rabbator from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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