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 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 rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev 0%

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 boonejag75
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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 Guybrush
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Wallst
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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 Ohiovania
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of let8it8grow
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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 zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of kizyle
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Gehrig13
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Amis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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