rangerred (938) - 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.
Marheb (2137) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
La fois où je m’attends à absolument rien et que je tombe là-dessus!? Une base caramélisée qui se retrouve encercler d’un café moka bien torréfié pour tromper les sucres, du chocolat et de la profondeur des malts. Scié en deux.
Darkmagus82 (1731) - - SEP 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-14-13-
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.
OsuStu (57) - - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Closed for Business. Pours a dark red brown with a tan head. Heavy malt aromas, raisins and dark bread. Sweet and just a bit roasty. Raisins and black tea.
HourGlass13 (76) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. It has a small tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, some dark fruit coming through. It does have a slight alcohol smell and taste. You can definitely tell the alcohol is present but it is not overpowering. Flavor is very rich, thick and malt forward, on the sweeter side. The darkest richest dopplebock I have ever had. That is not a bad thing. This is simply a great beer!
snoworsummer (2203) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours hazy reddish brown with a fizzy bubbly beige head. Tastes like roasted malt, roasted coffee, sweet molasses, earthy, light booze and light ash. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted nuts, sweet malty booze, toast.
sonnycheeba (3607) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown with ruby highlights and creamy beige head. Aroma is cookie and caramel malts, fig, dates, faint plums, faint spice, and some boozy notes. Flavor is malt forward, some sweetness, dark fruit esters, and light bitterness; dry finish with a touch of woodiness. Medium body and carbonation.
artmcd8 (1660) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour. Tan head. Definitely darker than most dopplebocks I have had. Most roasty and dark fruit than usual as well. Definitely a good beer though.
Beerman6686 (4427) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of toasted malt, smoke, chocolate and some dark fruits. Flavor was mainly prunes and smoke, some chocolate too. Tasty, but a little off style.
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great for style, with nice coffee and roast. Pours murky dark brown with food head and lacing. Nice German malt finish. Good package. Bottle from grape and gourmet.
rbrazell (1692) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from CBX. Mahogany pour with a bubbly tan head. toasted bready malt aroma, caramel, toffee, brown sugar with notes of plum a raisins. Flavor is similar with big notes of chocolate, lingering notes of chocolate covered raisins. Clean and refreshing. This is solid.