The Duck-Rabbit Marzen

Tonight’s beer is one that I had in October, but never got the chance to post. I’ve had a few outstanding beers from the brewery, so I was curious how this seasonal would be. It looks like on the website that this beer won silver at GABF in 2014. It’s also available on draft and in bottles. Since they don’t distribute to New Jersey, I had to get this beer in Maryland.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Duck-Rabbit Märzen is the lightest of our German-style lagers. This is a beer designed for outdoor autumn festivals! Soft malt flavors take center stage here. This one is subtle and beguiling.”

Random: I’ve still not made my way down to North Carolina to visit breweries.

The beer poured with a half a finger of head that dissipated almost instantly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was clear and a dark brown color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of sweet malts. I specifically picked up caramel and toffee along with some notes of Fall leaves. The taste started with some brown bread and caramel and toffee malts. It had a slight roastiness to it with hazelnuts. The body was overly light to me, bordering on watery. It had moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with caramel malt. A bottle of this was $1.61, which came to $.13 per ounce. This beer was alright, but not one I feel the need to revisit.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

The Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale

So, the other half asked me if I decided to post everything tonight, what would I possibly do tomorrow? I have one answer, and that is to get a haircut. My hair is ridiculously long and it is beyond the point of being annoying. I’ve said for at least three weeks that I’m going to get my hair cut and haven’t managed to, so I’m really hoping that I managed to fit it in tomorrow. Anyways, let’s see how another beer I can’t get in Jersey is.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale is an American brown ale brewed with loads of hops from start to finish (it’s hoppy and beautifully bitter). Amarillo hops in the boil provide a spicy citrusy bitterness. Saaz dry hops in the fermentor provide a refined flowery aroma. These hops are supported by a grain bill of seven varieties of malt. Oh yeah!”

Random: The brewery website for this one is really dated. I wish they would update their website.

This beer poured with a two finger, off white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with high carbonation visible throughout. The nose was quite nutty with some hop presence as well. After a few sips, there was a significant presence of hazelnuts as well. The taste was pretty good and rather nutty with caramel malt and toffee. It had a thick body with very high carbonation. The finish was very long and nutty. This was a solid beer, but nothing mind-blowing. It’s still worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck

I pulled out yet another beer from the Virginia stash for my review. I’m starting to get to the end of my stash, which is a bit on the sad side. I love going to different places and bringing back beer that I can’t get here. Jersey is nice though, because we do get so many different beers and it feels like more and more come into the state every week. Anyways, onto the brew…

ABV: 10%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Now that higher alcohol beers are legal in NC, we have started a program of limited release seasonal specialties. The first one, Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout, was released at the end of December 05. Next will be Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, with an anticipated release of early April 06.”

Random: Can ducks be rabid? Wouldn’t that be a funny thing to see? A duck foaming at the mouth…

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head into my Cigar City snifter. It left some lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no carbonation visible through the inky body. The nose was mainly espresso with a touch of black licorice. The taste was lighter than expected. I got lots of espresso, baker’s chocolate and licorice. Despite the nice flavor profile, it was light for the style. There was also not a booze presence to this brew. Some bitterness came through at the end of the sip with roasted malts as well. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a long espresso finish with a hint of booze warming at the end. Although I usually like this style more in the colder months, this one really hit the spot. It had a great flavor profile and the body was light enough to work on a hot day. I would definitely have this one again. If you see it, pick one up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale

I’m not a Yankees fan by any means. In fact, if I had to pick an American League team, it would most definitely be Boston…probably because of my Irish roots. But, I felt really badly for Jeter after reading the most recent ESPN headlines. Apparently he was pulled earlier than normally in his first game back due to tightness in his quad. His first game back after missing 91 games and now he’s getting another MRI? That’s just rough…anyways, beer time.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to, “Hoppy Bunny is apparently the brewery’s hoppiest offering to date. Unconfirmed details: Hoppy will replace Porter for at least part of the year. Running April to September.”

Random: I really hope the Phils win tonight. They tend to be a decent second half team and they have a crapload of ground to make up.

This brew poured with a two finger tan head that left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation through the dark body. The nose was a lot of campfire smoke with roasted malts and not much else. The taste started with roasted malts and then went into some hoppiness right after with notes of cocoa and pine resin. So far, so good. There was also milk chocolate present as well. Despite the fact that it was more towards the dark side of black IPA, I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. All of the flavors paired really well with each other. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation present. The finish was long and roasty. I would definitely have this brew again, very well done.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout

For some reason, I’m tired after a day of not doing much. Well, that’s not true. I shopped with my sister and walked around Princeton. I also stopped in a beer store in Princeton and picked up a few beers (I was actually good and only walked out with three bombers). I got Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, Firestone Walker Double Jack and Firestone Walker 14. We also stopped at House of Cupcakes, which won Cupcake Wars on the Food Network and walked out with a dozen assorted cupcakes. I tried the Red Velvet cupcake and it was pretty good. So, to wind down the night, I’m going to crack open another brew I picked up in Pennsylvania.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Paul Philippon is the founder of The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery. Years ago, before he became a professional brewer, he made his living teaching university philosophy. A version of the duck-rabbit diagram, which looks like a duck or a rabbit, depending on the viewer’s perspective, appeared in a philosophy book Paul admires (Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein). He liked the idea of using a logo with ties to his former life.”

Random: This brewery also calls themselves the “dark beer specialists.”

I tend not really enjoy milk stouts for some reason. I much prefer Russian imperial stouts. I think that I’m just not a big fan of the sweetness that the lactose imparts. Hopefully, I enjoy this brew. The brew poured with a one finger off white head on a black body with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose of the beer has lots of happy stout-y smells. I got a bit of coffee and some sweet cream. On the first sip, I got a lot of roasted malts with a bit of coffee, albeit less than was apparent in the nose. The lactose on this took a back seat to the roasted malts and only became apparent on the finish. this could explain why I’m digging this beer. The body itself was pretty light and dare I say it, crisp for a stout. The medium carbonation really helped impart this. Although I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again, I’m not sure that this would be the best example of a milk stout. The sweetness that I’m used to in a milk stout just wasn’t there. With that being said, I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0