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

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Duck-Rabbit's Imperial Stout is extremely big and robust. This special beer is thick, jet black and oily in texture. Complex flavors of roast malts dominate: bitter chocolate and espresso coffee especially. There is also a very big hop presence both for bittering and for aroma. At 10% alcohol by volume, this brew is made to be sipped and savored!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice oily black with a brownish head with just a little bit of lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of the coffee, chocolate, burnt malts. Not as smooth as a milk stout but damn good. This is more of a sipping brew.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick, black and impervious to light. A voluminous dark tan head, nearly two inches, forms and leaves copious amounts of lacing.
Smell is coffee and heavily toasted malts, ashy.
Taste is more balanced with notes of toasted malt, coffee, whiskey (in the back nose especially), peat, some pineyness and the faintest whiff of fruit.
Medium-full body, light effervescence. Slightly drying finish. Could use more body, it is a RIS after all, but otherwise an extremely good beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries, piney hops and molasses. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and dry. It was great to drink it after snow shoveling.

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Photo of stevoj
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thick and viscous black/ruby stout. Small creamy silk beige head, lacing coats the glass. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, burnt toast, wet wood. Taste is smooth with a kick of roast grain bitterness on the finish. Velvety mouth feel and lingering finish. A sipper, and a keeper.

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Photo of VT9091
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I loaded-up on this last Winter/early Spring dropping all other beers even the Milk Stout. Boozier, heavier, thicker than the M.S. More burnt. Not sweet. For when one will do ya on that cold night.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had from bottle malt chocolate not a lot else pours black with dark head drinks OK but one ans done worth a try if you like malty stouts gets a little bit better as it warms

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 03/2016. Served in a snifter glass. Review #700! A stout for a hot summer day!?!?

Appearance: Pitch black, no light coming through at all. Thin tan head with persistent sheets and fine strands of lacing.

Smell: Dark bread, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of alcohol and a hint of raisin, but with a hint of metal/copper on the nose as well.

Taste: At first sip, I'm thinking a stout aged in wood barrels, but then the taste opens up a bit and I get all that roasted malt bitterness, plus some sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of coffee and fruit to the point I feel I can sum up the flavor as dark chocolate covered peaberry coffee bean or dark chocolate covered bitter cherry or cranberry. The fruit flavor is a tart one - not sweet, but there is some sweetness under all of this, but it's balanced vs. the bitter flavors that start at the beginning of the sip and last all the way to the finish. But at no point does the bitterness get overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, very light carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth, but not overly so. Given the tastes and light carbonation, I'm beginning to wonder if this is aged in barrels prior to bottling. There is nothing on the website to suggest this, so I'll just assume this is what the brewers wanted. It's not as thick and creamy as other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had though.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a sipping beer, and this would be good with dessert as well as a range of grilled meats. I think this would be particularly good with a steak. Not a massive malt bomb of a RIS, but not excessively bitter either - really well balanced. Everything about this beer is good - not great, not amazing, but solidly good to style and balanced. The alcohol is well hidden as well to the point that I could have another one right now, but I know I would regret it later. A good beer for my 700th review - interesting, full flavored, and well worth reviewing. Now for the next 700.

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Photo of Prince_Casual
1.9/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected: looked fine, smelled great, but nasty metal+sour milk taste that got worse as it warmed up.

I have never taken pleasure dumping a beer down the drain but this one had to go. Disappointing that when I googled this beer, reports of bad bottles go back years. Felt obligated to report on here that this is still occurring.

Label indicated BB 03/16.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of Oldmankeebler
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

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Photo of JaZe3oNe
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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! !

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Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

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?

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of CassinoNorth
1.44/5  rDev -63.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Zraly
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Rish907
1.66/5  rDev -57.9%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.