finn1918 (238) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
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 (15661) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
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 (820) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - OCT 17, 2012
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 (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
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. bubbleflubber (2241) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2012
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
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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...
Brewgrass 2012 - pours black cherry into the glass with a wispy head. The nose is of sours, silage, spent grains and yeasty esters. The mouth is an interesting combination of both sours and sweet malty caramel. Barnyard accents dominate the pull. A nice round mouthfeel piques the palate. Very nice Duck-Rabbit offering here, full and complex, active and quaffable. Prost!
scooter520 (187) - - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Appearance: murky chestnut brownish red with tan head. Aroma: caramel, molasses, prunes, maybe touch of banana? Taste: same as aroma with a slightly drying bitter finish. Mouthfeel: medium thick creamy with medium carbonation. Overall: this is a very good doppelbock that fits the style and I like that dry bitter finish that's a little different.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rajendra82 (1105) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2012
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. AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Thick and full-bodied. There is a multitude of flavors in this beer. These include milk chocolate, caramel, cherries, roasted nuts, and a hint of vanilla. Panzuriel (2389) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Duck-Rabbator pours a medium red brown hazy liquid with a nice head of beige small bubbles. Nose is sweet dark cocoa and just a hint of hops. Body is smooth and lightly carbonated. Flavor is nice dark chocolate bitters that warm mid taste and fade into excellent dark chocolate on finish. awesome beer. jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on August 21st, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a dark maroon with red hint opaque with light white head - really very pretty.
Aroma: Nice aroma of bready malt with caramel and some hint of fruit.
Taste: Similar to aroma, malty, bready, faint caramel, faint fruit.
Palate:Amazingly light but not in a bad way, light aftertaste, covers alcohol well.
Summary: My third rating from Duck Rabbit, what can i say - I want more. Really impressed with the appearance and palate, and the aroma/taste aren’t bad either. Good stuff.