Schwarzbier
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Style:
German Schwarzbier
Ranked #8
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,327
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 10.95%
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
346
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
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89
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Notes: The Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier is a refreshing summer lager (sometimes referred to as a "black pils"). In true Duck-Rabbit fashion, we've made ours extra schwarzy! It's very dark and quite roasty. Lots of Hallertau hops give this brew an authentic German character.
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Reviews by dprophet:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dprophet from North Carolina, Jan 22, 2012
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4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ultra dark, with minimal (but rich) head and no visible carbonation. The smell is deeply satisfying mix of roasty and toasty. The taste is much the same, with deeply toasted malt notes, and just enough of a bitter hop kiss on the back end to balance everything out. The mouthfeel is full and substantial. I like this beer a lot, within and outside the style.

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MichaelProcton from North Carolina, Aug 17, 2015
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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade. Poured into a my tulip.

A – Pours a deep brown color think along the lines of Coke. Small tan head.

S – Mocha, vanilla, nutmeg. Sweet smell. Coffee. Very nice.

T - Has a very nice toasted malt flavor. Caramel sweetness. Coffee and vanilla taste just like the smell. Has a faint bitterness to close. Smoky as well.

M – Thin mouthfeel. Highly carbonated.

D – Very drinkable. Solid schwarzbier.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for leaving this in my fridge.

A - pitch black with a huge, dense, brown head with great retention

S - roasted malt, faint chocolate, faint lager yeast, a hint of coffee

T - roasted malt, bitter, faint chocolate, lager yeast

M - crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a solid schwarzbier though it's a bit bitter and a little bitey. The chocolate and roasted malts give it a great flavor. It's highly drinkable and very enjoyable. I'll definitely have this again.

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tdm168 from Pennsylvania, Jul 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ajdemma from New York, Oct 18, 2015
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

mjaggers from Virginia, Nov 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

cwguy5 from North Carolina, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis from New Jersey, Nov 28, 2012
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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a three finger head that sticks around for awhile.

Has a malty aroma with a hint of licorice and coffee

Taste of roasted malts with small amount of coffee and hops make their way through.

Mouthfeel definitely has some bite but it is suprisingly light considering how heavy it looks.

Overall a pretty solid and complex beer. I will definitely be buying this beer in the future.

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Wolfpack2005 from North Carolina, Oct 31, 2010
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2.51/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as an "extra" from JCB!

12oz bottle, notched "10," poured into a 14oz tulip

Pours nearly opaque, just a small amount of light penetrates the edges. A vigorous pour yields about a finger of head that quickly dissipates to a small ring around the perimeter of the glass. A gentile swirly leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.

The nose is very much smokey and peaty. The roasted malts ought weigh anything else here.

Smokey, earthy and watery. Not much doing here. No malty-ness to the smoke. Very reminiscent of the smell of a fire-pit they morning after a long rain.

Thin, nearly watery, visually there appears to be a lot of carbonation, on the tongue there is little to nothing.

I'm hoping this was a bad bottle. There is nothing here besides burnt earth.

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dc55110 from Minnesota, Sep 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Brewsed from North Carolina, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

bubseymour from Maryland, Sep 01, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2010! At least I think so - it's notched into the side of the label. Seems pretty damn old - I bought this just last week from a webshop. Oh well, here's hoping it tastes OK. I'm liking the labelling, although I reckon the duck is more of an albatross.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Yeast sediment indicates conditioning with live yeast. Pitch black in colour - a deep brown when held to the light. Yields a massive head of creamy light brown foam with excellent retention; this lasts for ages before subsiding to a thick surface layer. Incredibly rich aroma of roasted malt with strong notes of coffee and hints of cocoa/chocolate, burnt grain and yeast.

Tastes of intense roasted malt with a bitter finish. Notes of coffee, burnt grain, cocoa, stewed hops and subtle earthy yeast. Has a dry, spicy quality. A powerful bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a spicy astrinency. Dries the palate. An aggressive aftertaste of roasted malt and bitter coffee.

Wow - fantastic! Not sure it quite matches the traditional style, but an excellent beer nonetheless. Roasted malt and coffee notes take your tastebuds hostage. A top notch brew - don't hesitate if you have the chance to try it.

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jazzyjeff13 from United Kingdom (England), Mar 20, 2012
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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring, with ruby highlights, and a thin, off-white halo of head. Nose of subtle smoke and char, richly sweet nut and earthy tones in the backbone. Flavors are an earthy and smoky blast forward, with bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate in the backbone. Smoke and peat permeate every sip, on a slick, light body. The aftertaste is very bittersweet, with a solid, subtle, smoked linger. Slick, solid, lingering finish. Very well crafted, balanced brew.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, fluffy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Chocolate, toasted malt and herbal hops are nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Delicious brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Jul 17, 2015
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

MattXT from Virginia, Aug 02, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My fiancee said this "tastes like iced coffee without milk." It is quite roasty...totally black and opaque. Little carbonation, head dissipates quickly, no lacing remains.

A nice mix of roast, malt, moderate bitterness. Thin; low carbonation and booze make for a very drinkable beer.

The roasty deliciousness of this beer is outstanding, I really enjoyed it. Like a thin, light stout. I am definitely a fan of this style in general.

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tobelerone from New York, Sep 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 10/2011
A: black and opaque with a finger of dirty brown foam and cobweb lace. Looks nice. (4)
S: Nuts, coffee, hollow co2 chill. Leaves in the fall, a bit muddy. (4)
T: Hints of unsweetened cocoa, coffee grounds, metal and the slightest hazelnut give this an interesting and pleasant flavor. Never thought I’d say this, but this beer might benefit from the smallest addition of smoke malt. (4)
M: Nice and smooth with a light body and dry finish. (4)
O: Good beer. Could drink this on a cool summer night in volume. (4)

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harrymel from Washington, Nov 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

DiscOn from Ohio, Dec 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

zappuh from North Carolina, Jan 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

brotherloco from California, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black colour with a very mouth-watering and lovely brown head. Some good lacing too.

Smells dark and malty.

Tastes thick yet slightly watery. Fairly dark and burnt malts present too.

Overall a decent beer. Couldn't drink it in large quantiities though.

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CwrwAmByth from United Kingdom (England), Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

TheBishopco from Tennessee, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jspriest from Pennsylvania, Nov 14, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive heard that awful I word thrown around about this one.

Pour is pitch black with a huge thick frothy light toffee-colored head.

I get alot of smooth coffee and chocolate on the nose, with a hint of light cherry that reminds me of the bottle of their Rabbid Duck I had.

The roasted malt comes out straight away, and I like that. Loads of powdered black chocolate and a bit of toasted coffee. But it competes with sour cherry from what I think is that awful "I" word. I like the base Schwarzbier. Its very toasted and roasted malt, and with no real body.

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VncentLIFE from North Carolina, Aug 17, 2012
Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 346 ratings