Ded Moroz Imperial Stout - Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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Ded Moroz Imperial StoutDed Moroz Imperial Stout

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88
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rushing Duck Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: guitarsnbeer on 12-23-2012

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by farrago:
Photo of farrago
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a miniscule dark brown head, just covers the surface and then fizzles out, in turn there’s very little lacing to be had, more like a thin, broad sheet that slides off the glass at a steady pace. The liquid is the obligatory impenetrable black, can’t see any color at all, no orange nor yellow tint, oddly when you tilt the glass you can see a muscular rush of bubbles just below the surface (so, where’s the head). The nose is comprised of thick, dense milk chocolate, café au lait, caramel and toasted coconut, after that in distant second place comes plum to prune and cherry scents, challah bread, flowers and licorice, minimal counterbalancing hops presence. Full-bodied and leaden, not much carbonation, maybe enough to convince it to move a couple inches left on the couch. Same simplified array of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee with a slight uptick in general toastiness. You have to swallow real hard to get it moving fast enough to go down the chute. Some orange zest mixed into the muted flowers, more like uncooked dough here than bread per se. Hey, the flavors hit the sweet spot for this type of beer but it needs a kick in the ass, to show some life. Otherwise it gets tiring to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY. I'm not sure of the exact vintage of this, but I think it's about 2 years old.

Pours a very dark black, with not much head or lacing.

Smells like vanilla, dark fruits, a bit of chocolate, with some slight leafy hops.

At about 2-ish years old, this seems to have lost any sens of roastiness, replaced by almost vinous wine flavor, lots of dark fruits, chocolate, etc. There is no alcohol presence whatsoever, which is nice.

This is fairly light bodied for the ABV, which might have to do with the age. It has a creamy and slightly oily mouthfeel, along with a very low level of carbonation.

This is pretty good, but it seems like it shouldn't be aged all that long.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just poured this into a stein about a week or two back. Btl itself was 1 or 2 years old.

Dense black with some mocha head to look at. Seems thin, but has some viscosity to it. Hops have really mellowed if any were there along with roasted coffee, toasted coco, caramelized sugar. Very mellow vinous quality on nose and on palate. Dried cherries, figs, raisins, lots of plum; mocha latte. There's is some brightness to it somewhat reminiscent of orange marmalade--it has some spice to it. Initial light and cream laden feel thickens and becomes sticky.

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Opaque, slight tan film killed by ABV, viscous. 4
N: Tar, fig, wood - fruit more than roast 4
T: Raisinettes, cocoa nibs, port-like wood, and black cherries. Sweetens as it warms.
Dark caramel finish and soy linger. 4
F: Full, smooth, round, little burn. 4

Sat a year (winter 2013-14 label) so that helps.
Goes for vinous fruit over coffee and big roast.
I'd believe if you said 8.5% instead of 11.2
Impressively umami; a fireside sipper and a good intro to this brewery. 4

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours ink black with absolutely no trace of a head or any lacing what-so-ever. Really nice oily legs drip all along the glass after each sip. It sits completely still in the glass. No carbonation at all.
Vanilla extract, deep dark chocolate, hints of coffee, dried fruit, alcohol and beach ball plastic? Even as it warms up, it doesn't get any more complex. I'm a little dissapointed to be honest.
Lots of beach ball plastic, dried fruit, vanilla and bits of really dark cocoa and bitter coffee. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. No depth, and nothing very interesting at all going on here. That phenolic plastic that is in the nose and the taste is really ruining what coould be a decent beer. It reminds me of an old Bakelite pickguard in the nose. That may not make alot of sense to anyone that hasn't held an old guitar pick or pickguard, but that's what I'm picking up along with the vanilla and chocolate. Weird...
Absolutely no carbonation! On the verge of medium thick, but just a touch thinner. Something that sits this still is usually decently oily, but not this one. Wow... dissapointed again.
I so badly wanted to love this brew just for the NY pride. It's a shame. I kinda understand where they were going with this, but they just missed the mark badly.

Photo of Kendo
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body appears relatively thick and black, though with some mahogany hues on the pour. In the glass it's black with an oddly-thin-bubbled film of a head on top. First thought was, "maybe I should've poured this more aggressively."

S: Malt, molasses and dark fruits. Hint of dark chocolate. Decent Imperial/Double Stout nose.

T: First impression: now I know why there was no head - because there is basically no carbonation whatsoever, so nothing to rise up and create such a head. . . .

Anyway, as for flavors: sweet stuff is there - modest chocolate malt, molasses and a generic fruitiness. Finishes with a modest tannic bitterness and a dark chocolate-type bitterness. Heat from the 11.2% ABV is noted, though mainly as lingering heat in the aftertaste and warmth in the belly rather than as a "hot" sensation during the sip.

M: Heavy in heft, slick in feel due to a complete lack of carbonation.

O: OK, so I've reviewed over 1100 beers - full reviews - here on BA, and in my 8 years of reviews, I don't think I've ever reviewed a beer that was so bereft of carbonation. It's unfortunate, because I think this beer has potential with the flavor profile; some active carbonation would wake up the palate and improve the experience.

Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the imperial stout from Chester NY's new brewery Rushing Duck. It is drinking fantastic right now and is quite impressive.

Pours from growler into my glass a pitch black hue underneath a pleasant tan head, with a sense of authority.

Smell and taste is inviting with notes of coffee , chocolate, oatmeal and a good range of other aromas that please the senses. Warming alcohol, this is great to sip on during a cold night. Hids the almost 12% abv. very well, and ties the beer together.

Mouthfeel is great, thick and lucious. The beer leaves a good lingering flavor between the hops and malts, and the low carbonation lets those flavors shine.

Overall I think this is their best beer out yet, with War Elephant DIPA close behind. Wouldn't mind having this year round for sure (and war elephant!!). For those lucky enough to try some you know what I'm talkin about. Keep up the great work Rushing Duck - I salute you.

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Ded Moroz Imperial Stout from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
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