rangerred (841) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into a snifter. Not sure of the age on this but I know it has been in my fridge for a year or so.
Pours a clear dark brown with a slight reddish tint. A very small light brown head is quick to fade leaving a thin ring around the top of the beer.
Aroma is full of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. There is a slight metallic note which seems a little off to me. There are also some faint grassy aromas. Overall it is pretty weak.
This weakness carries over into the taste which is really quite underwhelming. Plenty of caramel and brown sugar but there is a strong vegetal character which becomes a little off-puting after awhile. It is very DMS like and I almost wonder if this is an unintended flaw. It isn’t bad for awhile but it does start to limit drinkability. Alcohol is well-hidden but the mouthfeel is on the watery side.
Overall, I am very unimpressed with this offering from Duck Rabbit. There is just an overall lack of everything from the aroma to the flavor to the mouthfeel. Way too much DMS and a lack of much malt or hops. Maybe this has improved since the batch I got but I really can’t recommend.
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick dark brown. Notes of maple syrup sweetness and caramel malts. Big bodied.
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[4640-20120809] 355mL bottle. Light petrol and cooking oil malt aroma has a bit of roastiness. Murky, dark chocolate brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy burnt toast crumbs flavour has a long burnt toast aftertaste. Medium-full body. Quite overpoweringly roasted but thankfully not also overly boozy. (7/3-/7-/3/13) 3.3
PhillyCraft (2763) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old Review, bottle, pours amber brown with a small off white head and lacing. Lots of carbonation. Aromas and taste were caramel malt, toffee, hops, raisin, fig, and cherry juice. Mouthfeel was medium and kind of sticky. Not my style but i enjoyed this one from Duck Rabbit.
Gachupines (786) - USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malt with a mild touch of fruitiness. Flavor is sweet with a strong dark fruit presence. Some raisin notes present. Finishes a little sticky sweet but not unpleasantly. Very solid beer.
Cybercat (2913) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
finn1918 (189) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber/brown with a 1-finger tan head. Aroma is caramel and sweet roasted malts. Taste is sweet caramel at first with pronounced hop bitterness by the end. Very well balanced overall. Finish is a bit thick and sticks with you for a bit after you finish. Excellent dopplebock.
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head leaving spotty lacing spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt, toast and raisin. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet roast and chocolate with caramel. Alcohol well hidden, a very impressive doppelbock from Duck-Rabbit.
rollinsr (332) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - OCT 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark hazy brown with some rich tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts along with dark fruits. Flavor is very sweet with some smokiness. More of the smoky and nutty-sweet flavors come out as this beer warms up. Duck-Rabbit has quickly become one of my go-to breweries for their consistently remarkable brews.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 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 3.5: Aroma 6, Appearance 4, Taste 7, Palate 3, Overall 15
Original Review: Score 1.6: Aroma 2, Appearance 2, Taste 4, Palate 2, Overall 6
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...