Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier | 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: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by on 07-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
328
Reviews:
178
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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68
Gots:
28
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0
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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jshusc
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BurritoGoblin92
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fearthebeerd
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of saison90
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ChuckAmok
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Psberrier
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ariceclemson
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -0.2%

My recent forays to NorVA and WASDC have enabled me to stop in at Total Wine & More stores in those areas, which is where this beer came from.

From the bottle: “Made in Farmville, North Carolina”; “Proudly hand made in small batches”; “The Dark Beer Specialist”.

Once more, I heard a hissing when Pop!ping the cap, so either it had a snake in there or it was heavily carbonated. As I began even the gentlest of pours, it quickly became obvious that the latter was the case. The four-plus (!) fingers of light-tan head were dense and long-lasting, adding to my frustration. It just sat there like a dollop of coffee ice cream, refusing to fall and evidencing great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM =44) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights. Nose had a rich coffee-like bitterness along with a dark chocolatiness. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, despite all of its carbonation. The taste was very evocative of a dark chocolate candy bar! Dark chocolate, coffee-like bitterness and even a charcoal smokiness made up the taste in this one. Finish was dry, bitter, kind of like powdered cocoa.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dsshuck
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of TheWillMitch
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Franziskaner
4/5  rDev -0.2%

The beer is black in color and just barely allows light to penetrate it. A fingernail thin khaki colored head rests on top. Aroma of dark malt,chocolate,and a bit of black licorice. The taste is of chocolate and dark wheat with an edge of bitterness in the front of the palate. The fade is sweet dark malt. The mouth is slightly sticky from the malt.

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Photo of Shawn_Money
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of tylergoov
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of slym
1.38/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I think I got a bad bottle. It didn't taste "skunky" so much as it tasted like coffee made with seawater. It looks nice, but there was something off about it and I knew it as soon as I opened it.

I will have to try this again later, but for now, with nothing to compare it to, this review stands.

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Photo of delta490
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, almost black, brown. A thick creamy tan head caps it and holds on, leaving great lacing throughout the beer. The aroma is delicious in and of itself with a huge roasted malt aroma, deep and rich. The taste is equally malt-forward with just a subtle hint of earthy hops to balance against the malt assault. It has a nice mouthfeel, not too heavy or light. This is a great example of schwarzbier.

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Photo of JohnnyK
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by 10/2014, served in a Rastel pokal glass.

Appearance: Black with some clear cola brown at the edges. Plenty of persistent strands and islands of lacing. Light tan persistent head as well the whole way down the glass.

Smell: Hints of coffee, chocolate, smokiness, and herbal leafiness that reminds me a tad of smoked tobacco.

Taste: Roasted malts with a hint of mocha. A smoky bitterness is mixed in along with a noble hop finish. Earthy with a hint of counterbalanced sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Spicy on the tongue - well carbonated but not fizzy. Nice thickness and not sticky on the teeth.

Overall /Drinkability: Nicely bitter but in a very refreshing way. Overall I found the beer actually quite nice - it paired well with food (sloppy joes) and I think I could sip and savor one as well. Interestingly, despite how much I enjoyed it, I only want one right now. 12oz seems to be a perfect serving for one evening. So in that regard, it is overall very satisfying to the point I don't want another one. Or at least another one this evening. I might have to get a six pack and try it over a few nights and see my enjoyment carries past one evening.

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Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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