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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

BEER STATS
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142
Ratings:
314
Avg:
4
pDev:
16%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
27
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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 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 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 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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Photo of corby112
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark amber/chestnut brown color that is very cloudy and completely opaque with only slight ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light. Half finger light beige head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Sweet malt aroma that is slightly spicy with hints of zesty pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar and dark fruit. Hints of fig, plum and raisin. As it warms, the malt notes become more prominent with lots of caramel, toffee, chocolate and hazelnut.

Medium bodied with a nice combination of sweet malt, roast, dark fruit, zesty spice, chocolate and sweet alcohol. Soft carbonation up front which is complimented by the peppery spice notes. Zesty with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar that are nicely complimented by the dark fruit notes. Pretty sweet with hints of raisin, date, fig, grape and plum balanced by a slightly roasted malt character that gives of notes of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and chocolate. The high ABV is decently masked with little to no heat but there is some boozy sweetness toward the end of the palate.

Overall, this beer is flavorful and easy to drink but it's a bit too one dimensional and sweet for my liking. Another solid offering from Duck Rabbit but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jared for sharing

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a thin head that fades to leave a light wisps 4

S - Aromas of loads of chocolate, caramel, sweet malts, light roast. Aromatic. 4.25

T - Taste is nice chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, light grain, light biscuit, pretty tasty albeit thin. 4

M - Mouthfeel is thin, watery, rather let down. 3

O - Overall this was tasty and aromatic. Still, tasty for the style. 3.75

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

-- I'd cellared this one for almost a year --

A: It literally looks like molasses. Rich, syrupy brown. A standard pour yields a 1.25 finger bubbly head and unspectacular lacing.

S: Sweet caramel. If blinded, I'd think it was an English Barleywine. It's quite heavy and cloying in the nostrils.

T: Not as sweet as I expected, as there's more of a charry dark bread crust here. The alcohol is detectable yet balanced. Extremely rich, hints of milk chocolate, dark brown sugar and warmed molasses play against the brew's earthy spine. The depth of flavor here is astounding.

M: The mouthfeel in no way compliments the wonderful flavor nuances of the beer. It's slightly thin and it lacks the cream punch needed to seal the deal. Instead, the under-carbed nature of the beer makes this one a bit harder to drink.

O: Duck-Rabbit's Duck-Rabbator Doppeldock is a pretty impressive offering. It's one of the more flavorful Doppelbocks I've had, and certainly did well with a year in the ol' cellar. The mouthfeel could use some touching up, but otherwise this one gets a hearty reco' from me.

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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 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 Axnjxn
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-review

12oz bottle best by 4/2014. Consumed on 8/10/13. Into a shaker

Pours a dark reddish/brown with just under an inch thick off white head. The smell is malty, bready, caramely and a tad sweet. Very solid scent. The taste remains true to form, big malt backbone followed by a wave of caramel sweetness and it finishes off with a good bit of alcohol bitterness too. Very nice. 8.5% ABV is apparent, as this one has a bit of a kick to it. It works well here though. Heavier side of medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall a very solid offering from Duck Rabbit. This was the first real beer I loved from them and the 2013 batch is no different. For some reason these are only going for $7.49/6 pack right now and at that price I'm going to be picking up a case.

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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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep hazy brown not as clear as other reps of the style but I love the head since it's slightly tan and very creamy.

S - Wow that's good like rum soaked raisin bread! Other notes of tartness or alcohol is over exaggerated.

T - The flavors of dark fruits, bready malts, high ABV (most I ever seen for the style) and creamy finish are all very balanced.

M - Not something I would have more than one a sitting it was medium to heavy bodied.

Overall this beer company impresses me every time with beers and to make a dopplebock almost 9% this smooth and creamy is exceptional. I would buy it more often if I could find it in more places.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a brown color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was an off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of malt, chocolate, and fruit.

T: Tasted of a lot of malt, a nice amount of chocolate, and dark fruit (raisins, etc.). An incredibly balanced and flavorful beer. The addition of chocolate helps immeasurably. A good flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Quite a solid beer. Not classically like a dopplebock, but that's not a bad thing. Drinkable.

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

On tap at the Belgian Cafe

A: Deep dark brown with some amber hues. Short but dense, creamy heady and good lacing.

S: Dark roasted matls and nuts. Slight whiffs of chocolate and dark fruit.

T: Dark roasted malts. dark roasted nuts, slight dark chocolate and dried dark fruit notes (fig, plum)

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth drinking

D: Fantastic... maybe a little extra roasted malt flavor than your typical authentic doppelbock, but whose complaining? The ABVS are higher, but hidden.

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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 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 Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bucketboy for the generous extra. Served in my DFH Goblet. Pours the color of cola with a thin head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles, forming a thin band around the perimeter of the bowl. Nose reveals cocoa and dark fruit - very similar to a Baltic Porter in character, with a slightly acidic quality in the mix. Taste follows nose with a slightly earthy quality, some licorice and a sour mash character that reveals itself as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation that is slightly higher than optimal. This is a delicious and drinkable brew; perhaps not quite style consistent and closer to a Baltic Porter than a Doppelbock, but incredibly tasty nonetheless.

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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 dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks bert for your gracious shipments

poured with a cider-brined chop and some krispy kale

appearance: served in a great lakes chalice - very dark body, light tan head with no retention. Ram horns on the label make this a 3.5 max. Go pack.

smell: caramelized sugars, raisins, dates, bourbon and vanilla

taste: deviant from the style, but really nice - hits of bourbon, smoke, vanilla, caramelized sugars, dark fruits, brown sugar, spice, molasses, dark cherry

mouthfeel: rich and heavy, boozy

drinkability: good

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong aroma has notes of caramel and brown sugar, a fair alcohol tang. Pours a dark, somewhat hazy chestnut with a thick and fairly persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty, woody flavor has subtle caramel and cloves notes, alcohol bite seems a bit strong. Texture has decent body and sharp fizz, leaving a woody hop finish. Not D-R’s best, but give it a try.

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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 birchstick
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a chocolaty brown color with a 1/4 finger head that retains well

S - smell is copious amounts of chocolate with some dark fruits mixed in. The two really blend together nicely.

T - starts off with sweet, sugary malts and candied fruits. as it moves down the palate, chocolate malts make an appearance. As this hits the back, I get a lot of sugary fruits again (plums, raisins) and a bit of toasted malt. Ends with chocolate tones. Really solid taste profile.

M - full and creamy - goes down smoothly

D - this is a really solid doppelbock from Duck-Rabbit. It has a really nice balance of chocolates and dark fruits. I feel most doppelbocks are one dimensional on the malts, but this has a really nice interplay in and out of a variety of flavors. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it!

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Photo of n2185
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of sweet, creamy chocolate aromas with some hints of coffee. There are also some sweet, nutty aromas as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts with sweet, creamy chocolate flavors up front. Nutty flavors follow with a very lightly bitter and smoky finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp and clean for having a lot of roasted malt characters.

O: An atypical doppelbock that seems to border more on a porter than a doppelbock. Still, it is quite tasty with a nice combination of sweet chocolate and nutty flavors and aromas.

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

a: duck-rabbitor is dark and nutty in color, almost leaning towards garnet red in the dim lights of this basement bar, but mostly a deep pecan shell brown, little head to speak of

s: huge dark toffee body with nuts and dusty cocoa, deeply caramelized malts lend a sweetness heavily accented by a range of roast in true duck-rabbit fashion, cherries rolled in cocoa, complex and unique - smells great

m: light carbonation, just a bit prickly, with a smooth medium-full body

t: absolutely delicious, rich toffee and deeply toasted malts at the start, semisweet and bitter chocolates, a full and sugary barley flavor wanes as things become more and more roasty towards the finish, ends with lingering nutshell, dry cocoa, and an earthy hop bitterness, oh - and just an ever so slight nuance of soured grain

d: the alcohol isn't a detractor at all, but I'm perfectly content to savor this one

~10 oz. pour at Foundation, Raleigh, NC

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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 10/12/09.

A - Hazy medium brown/caramel-colored body with one-finger creamy beige head that transformed into a patchy veil and deposited some spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Caramel and toffee sweetness abounds with a hint of alcohol and a tinge of dark fruit reminiscent of raisins. Some slight lactic, milky notes also emerge, as well as a prevalent chocolate character. The alcohol presence became more apparent as the liquid warmed up, but it never became obtrusive.

T - Dark fruit notes mingle with hints of chocolate in the initial flavor. However, the dominant force here is sweet caramel, toffee and sugar candy sweetness. While there is a faint earthy, leafy hop presence, it remains quite subtle throughout, taking a backseat to the sweet flavors. A big swell of chocolate emerges in the backend and persists through to the finish. Alcohol remains well-hidden for the duration.

M - Medium-bordering-full-bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and pretty modest carbonation overall. Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel overall with a slight alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Duck-Rabbitor drinks like a champ for an 8.5% Dopplebock. I really enjoyed this one, perhaps enough to crown it as my favorite Duck-Rabbit release thus far. This one definitely exceeded my expectations.

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