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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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88
very good

800 Ratings
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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 183
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005

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Ratings: 800 | Reviews: 496
Photo of ThaneMcC
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, motor oil black with nice brown 2finger head with persistent lacing. Smells of leather, roasted malts, espresso, unsweetened chocolate. Tastes very roasted malt forward, cocoa, hint of chocolate, smoke, peat, fig, coffee notes, nice hoppy floral/pine mid note providing a nice balance to the malt sweetness and nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, minimal carbonation – akin to 2% milk. ABV well disguised by complexity of flavors and texture. Great balance, not syrupy.
Overall, this is a solid RIS. Great price point for a great beer. I will definitely pick this up again, delicious!

Photo of Oldmankeebler
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tend to love dark beers. In particular the porters and stout and this is an excellent stout. Full body with a lot of flavor. Malty taste with a slight bitter in the finish.

Photo of JaZe3oNe
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very strong beer with a smooth feel and a strong smell. It has a nice bourbon taste with a candy like front taste and bitter back end. I give it high ratings overall! !

Photo of JDW4195
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Good beer, very strong. Little bitter on back end.

Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

Aged 1+ years. A solid imperial stout. Warming, boozy, hot chocolate. A fine, fine beer worth drinking many of (over time in small amounts). Tastes as though it were BA, was it?

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin mocha head. The head dies off pretty quickly but a small portion hangs on leaves some small lacing. The aroma has some big alcohol esters with hints of dark roasted malt. The taste takes it up, with some nice roasted malt, a hint of licorice, a little vanilla and oak. The body is just right, not too slick, not to thin, but not chewy, either. A great, full-flavor Russian Imperial stout.

Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into my trusty stemless tulip glass.
A: It poured black and viscous with a tan head, which dissipated quickly but with tremendous residual lacing.
S: Coffee, bitter chocolate, nut, boozy
T: Soy, herbal, coffee- initially served too cold. When it warmed up, cocoa and nutty flavors came through.
M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel with decent carbonation
Overall, this was a really solid beer. Would I have it again? Yep.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black color with good looking viscosity. Creamy tan head forms quickly and rises up to about 2 fingers. Light lacing after each sip.

S: Deep and earthy smell. Lots of roasted malt, charred wood, wet earth, dark chocolate and just a touch of dark fruit. Definitely liking the way this smells.

T: Just a ton of roasted malt goodness in here. There are hints of dark coffee and tobacco and maybe just a trace of toffee, but this is mostly just heavily roasted malt. As it warms, the backend starts to feel a touch watery and I get a day old coffee flavor. A pretty tasty beer overall though.

Photo of CassinoNorth
1.44/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got this in an extra as a trade.

First sniff, uh oh. Sourness.

First sip, yep infected. Total sourness, incredibly bitter. Like sour milk. Took one more sip and down the drain it went. Was pretty excited to try a fairly high rated RIS but this was one of 3 beers I've had to dump.

Photo of Immortale25
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. There's a row of numbers but no notches.

A- Pours an impenetrably black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Complex aroma of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, a bit of char and caramel. There's also a booze fume that brings a slightly solvent twist to everything.

T- Heavy roast sets in but it doesn't follow through all the way. There's a strange watery flavor that mutes out the chocolate and char notes which would otherwise be enjoyable. Instead, it's like I'm drinking an imperial porter with a higher than usual roastiness. This is reflected in the mouthfeel. I will say the alcohol is hidden quite well, I just don't really like the flavors that accompany it. As the beer warms, the char intensifies as does this off-putting flavor that's tough to identify. It also becomes more boozy as it warms.

M- Thin and slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a body that surprisingly leans toward the lighter side.

O- Wow, big split on this one as I like the aroma a lot but the weak mouthfeel and strange flavor make me not want to ever revisit it. Maybe if I had it on draft? Had high hopes for this one but it was a letdown.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a nonic pint, the beer is jet black, with mahogany highlights, and a halo of white head. Nose of bourbon, molasses, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and old-world fruit highlights of plum and date. Flavors of roast and bittersweet chocolate forward, with rich molasses and fig in the backbone, hints of smoke highlights, and a bittersweet coffee and chocolate linger. Smooth, robust, but still crisp and dry in the finish, with a roasted, rich, and bitter aftertaste, and a fruit and chocolate linger. Fantastic!

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a borderline pitch black color. The head is two fingers high and tan in shade. Retention is good, but not amazing. Huge amounts of lacing are left on the glass - this is an aesthetically pleasing beer.

S: Very roasty. What surprises me is the less-than-insignificant presence of lactose: I have to say, it really adds to this beer. It's also very coffee-esque, as well, with just the faintest hints of dark fruits. Maybe even something suggesting tobacco, also? The complexity on the aroma is very nice in general.

T: At first, the roast is carried onto the palate strongly, building more coffee and cream flavors near the midtaste. The finish is very leathery, with a subtle tartness betraying good attenuation (read: it's not sugary sweet). More and more dark fruits gradually build up on the flavor profile, subsuming the leathery/boozy notes with more and more tartness. At first, I didn't think this was really complex, but it's developing additional notes of chocolate, tobacco, and even mint. All told, this one is really damn good.

M: Here's where I'm let down: this is rather thin on the palate, and lacking in creaminess. Carbonation is on the low side, expected from the style. However, it's very dry - and considering how well integrated the alcohol is into every facet of the flavor and feel, one could easily be fooled into thinking this is around 7%. It's not as rich as I want a RIS to be, but it's damn drinkable.

O: Quite impressive, mouthfeel aside. If this had the body of, say, Stone IRS, this could have been a bona-fide giant killer. As it stands right now, this is a really solid local gem, one that's well worth sampling.

Photo of Zraly
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Deep black with a tan head that has hints of red. Nice roasty aroma. Underlying note of burnt sugar in the nose as well.

Semi-viscous pour. Roasted malts and rich chocolate notes dominate. Burnt caramel and burnt caramel mingle with the heaviness of the roasted malts. Not too sweet, which is a trait I like in a heavy stout. Body is medium-full. A bit of chew and cream in the mouthfeel; very pleasant on the palate. Sticky and rich. A hint of dried blueberries leads up to the finish. Finishes with a heavy dark chocolate note that dries down nicely. Carbonation is appropriate.

Duck Rabbit: the dark beer specialist -- of course I am buying their RIS. A very solid and enjoyable imperial stout with a decadent mouthfeel. This would "tear up from tha flo' up" a homemade french vanilla ice cream. Or great on its own for a beer dessert.

After having the opportunity to sample several Duck Rabbit selections, I've decided I need to make a trip to Farmville, NC. I live in Southeast Virginia, so it is going to happen. I think they have positioned themselves as a good brewery and might be flying under the radar to some extent.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this immediately after a black tuesday, so my review may be skewed negatively in the shadow of one of the best stouts ever made, but this one didnt really do much for me. it has a couple years on it i think, and may not have aged as gracefully as originally anticipated. the pour is very dark, but oddly thin, not a lot of body on it by the way it looks. the nose and taste are both a little oxidized. we all agree that we smell and taste green olives, its briny and strange. there is a nice bitter roasty malt to this, and a warming alcohol strength, but the flavors in the middle are either aged away or not very dynamic. it drinks really heave for having a body on the lighter side, and the booze comes out a lot when its at room temperature. i will have to get a fresh bottle and revisit this another time, and it had a lot of variables working against it this time around. still, unimpressed by my first duck rabbit experience.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small goblet, color is black, solid, head is tan, very thick, almost 2 inches, nice lacing and presentation.

Smell is a little boozy upfront, then some good roast, light chocolate, hints of fruit and maybe some bourbon like flavor, light earth hop presence.

Taste more malt upfront than the aroma, blend of roast, chocolate, hints of fruit, raisin, plum, alcohol is noted in the taste on the backend; lingering flavors are roast, fruit and booze. There is some chalkiness or added quality that is hard to pin point.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, for a beer this strength, nice full flavor and presence, feels full on the tongue, nice lingering presence.

Overall, I like this brew, pretty good taste and presence, nice booziness, there is a lingering taste that I can't pin point that seems to take away slightly.

Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle: This one poured a dark, opaque brown color. Somewhat "inky". There was a small dark tan head and no lacing. Definitely some alcohol to the nose. Lots of other aroma: chocolate, roastiness, dark fruits, yet a bit subdued. Nothing really jumping to the forefront. The taste is good and a bit interesting. A lot of flavors coming together, but nothing really asserting itself. Faint dark fruits, chocolate, a hint of roastiness. No real sweetness to it. Interesting.

Photo of Rish907
1.66/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So I opened a bottle with 2011 labeled, and let it warm for a while.. then proceeded to sip.. the first touch on my tongue was extreme bitterness. After another small light sip, I realized this was definitely infected.. probably the sourest nasty thing I have ever tried. Too bad, cause I hoped for a better stout like the other reviewers. It was an extra, so maybe figures it was infected.. too bad they couldn't bottle condition. Not much more to say.. again, this was a 2011 labeled bottle.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Enjoy by year not marked on the label.

A barley wine in stout clothing. This beer has a complex aroma with a bit too much whiskey for me.

A – Reddish black opaque, slightly viscous with a one-finger brown rocky head. A good lasting head.

S – Creamy, dark fruit, sweetness in the form of dark chocolate, slight alcohol, roasted malt, hint of spice.

T – Some whiskey, slight sweetness, roasted malts, moderate bitterness.

MF – Medium-heavy body, some creaminess, minor slickness.

Photo of wordemupg
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 4/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A pours dark out of the bottle and looks black in the glass with a deep cola edge, large mocha foam settles to an uneven thumbs width leaving a thick collar followed by some random patches

s coffee and bakers chocolate with some licorice and cola, quite fruity with some plum and cherries with a hint of char

T the fruits a little sour in the mouth and a step back from the nose, the dark roasted noted take a back seat

M leaning towards full, creams up and flattens out, has a strange tangy thing going on, quite sticky on the lips and slick in the mouth, the char comes back after the fact

O fruity for a big stout and no booze anywhere counts for something, not overly complex but a decent RIS

Nothing great but nothing to be ashamed of either, not exactly what I look for in a big stout, has a strange sour tang but I don't pick up on and infection or anything like that, just a little odd

Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in a Stone IRS Snifter, poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Pours pitch black with minimal khaki colored head.

Smell is typical of a RIS, roasted malts, bakers chocolate , a hint of coffee and alcohol.

Taste Is much of the same, but what really stood out was the creamy taste, it is quite a treat! There is little to no alcohol bite making this an extremely easy drinker.
As it warmed, coffee flavor emerged as a more dominant flavor...love it!

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Roasted coffee flavor lingers.

Overall , it is not as complex as many other of the style, but a solid brew and super easy to drink for 10% abv. I will definitely revisit Rabid Duck in the future.

Photo of jeff1973
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a twist-top 64oz Alpine growler into Schlafly tulip. Fresh from the Piggly Wiggly growler station in Myrtle Beach SC. Gotta love (some) SC beer laws and scratch your head at California's. Thanks beerbyrd!

A - Jet black with a slight ruby red on the edges. Mocha head leaves decent lacing.

S - Roast, dried cherries, prunes, a little licorice. A faint baker's chocolate.

T - Roast primarily, then the dried cherries and prunes. Licorice is prominent on the back of the tongue, also a very faint cocoa. Finishes dry with a little acidic note.

M - The light side of a heavy mouthfeel, although finishes a bit watery (go figure). Low carbonation.

O - This beer is a little strange for me. I really don't like the flavor combos here. I'm not a big roast guy and the licorice definitely doesn't go with the roast. I have had this in bottles and felt the same way. This was sent on a whim. Next time, I will ask him what he is sending but he ships;-)

Photo of socon67
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black pour of a thick beer. Thin head of foam a the top with small rings of lacing.

S - Smoky malt smell and some chocolate up front. Some more subtle scents of caramel and coffee as the beer warmed.

T - This is a rich stout that has all the flavors you would want; cocoa powder, dark malts, roasted coffee, and a finish of tobacco.

M - Thick feel and a heavy bodied beer. No carbonation of note. Has an oily slick feel on the tongue.

O - Solid imp stout, though not overwhelming. I'd be happy having this as an option locally.

Photo of SerialHiker
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black with dark brown around the edges…dark and dense…head is very minimal, to a disappointing level…I swirl it around and only a thin layer of mocha head forms and than disappears…would definitely like to see a bit more…(2.5/5)

Smell: Tons of roasted malts, roasted coffee bitterness, oatmeal and mild dry chocolate aroma bursts out of the glass…very much an imperial stout in smell…a mild dark fruit (raisin/fig) sweetness also apparent, but this is a roasted flavorfest for sure…as it warms, I do pick up a bit more of the citrus/earthy/piney hops…deep, dark and mouthwatering…(4/5)

Taste: Tons of roasted malts and oatmeal dryness right off the bat…this thing smacks you in the face with flavor…roasted coffee bitterness is very strong in the middle phase…earthy/light citrus hops bitterness also comes through, tingling the outsides of my tongue…robust and flavorful, this brew tingles the senses…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very nice for the style…carbonation is medium to high, bringing tons of roasted malt and oatmeal to the palate…it’s like a blanket of flavor laying atop my tongue, and I like it…rich, robust, smooth and silky…finishes much lighter than it begins, though there is tons of malt and bitterness to tide me over ‘til the next sip…(4/5)

Overall: Another success from one of my favorite breweries! Rich, creamy and flavorful, this Imperial Stout comes with all the hallmarks of the category with a superb drinkability that makes it a standout...the biggest flaw is the lack of head, but the flavor does more than enough to make up for it...I'm a little surprise to find that it's being brewed in the summer, hopefully it'll come back around in a few months when i'll need a little warming...well worth the $12.99/six price tag, if you are hanging in the N.C. area and see this one on the shelf, scoop it up...you'll thank me later...(4/5)

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a almost blackish with one finger brown head that slowly dies and leaves some lace on top of a mostly roasted, coffee like aroma, although there's some bread, toffee, dark chocolate as well but not much in terms of dark fruits. Taste and mouthfeel offer more on the aroma as the beer is smooth, medium bodied, but at times sticky like there's molasses in there (tastewise as well), and mostly this is like drinking a tamed stout as there is some heaviness and dryness thanks to roasted and coffee malts but it comes across more like java or coffee with a dash of chocolate (which sounds odd, I know). I did appreciate this beer for the light price and it works as a dessert sipper but not your textbook RIS (I will say I had no idea it was 10% either b/c it didn't come across as boozy).

Photo of farrago
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice full, two finger plus head of dark brown color, uneven surface but not really dimpled, good retention and never quite evaporates down to the surface, the lacing initially forms broad sheets but only average stick. The liquid is a standard black or just maybe the darkest brown imaginable, close to impossible to gauge the carbonation level visually. The nose is overloaded by toasted dark chocolate and mocha powder, supported by licorice, vanilla bean, café au lait and challah bread notes, good amount of mixed apricot, cherry, plum fruit, ends via a suggestion of leafy sous bois and earthiness. Full-bodied yet creamy enough that the weight melts off quickly. The carbonation is appropriate for a beer of its size and it doesn’t feel heavy. The chocolate once more dominates the rest. However, the almonds, coffee, vanilla, mint and cola bean ain’t shabby. No alcoholic burn and the roast and toast isn’t as potent as in the nose. Possesses good flow and the finish is tactfully succinct, which may not be desired by all. Here the plum, cherry, blackberry fruit tends to hang off to the side, not overly sweet. High level of drinkability, not going for the jugular in the “wow” department.

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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.