Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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Reviews by thecheapies:
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Bottle notched with an enjoy-by date of 02/2013. Snifter glass.
Pours jet black. Emptying the bottle forcefully into an upright glass yielded over an inch of light mocha head. Foam still sits on the beer, blanketing the surface. Nice look.
Dark-roast coffee and bitter chocolate aromas preside over some bock-like fruit notes. Maybe berry skins. Hints of raisin and toffee cream together in the nose and try to stand up to a bullying black malty roast character. Slight vapor of cinnamon is noted late. As are a handful of hops.
Tastes big and black and bold. Ultra-roasty and yet fruity at the same time. Flavors of coffee and licorice combat against tart berry and prune. Has that almost-lactic tang element. Cocoa is there, too, but not a feature flavor. The alcohol is merely whispering, and at 10%, no less; a very even strength that is revealing as a belly warmth, not a bite in the mouth or throat. Somewhat woody. And, then there's that slight tartness, like unripe blackberries or fermented soy, that I can't quite put my finger on...
A hair over medium in the body, which is thinner than I was expecting, but the carbonation and booze levels are in check. In check, as in, right where they need to be.
I finally caved and decided to read past reviews, and it has me wondering if I'm reviewing a partially-infected bottle. It's definitely still good, but I'm not sure this kind of flavor profile is what the brewer had intended. To be continued...
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2013 20:49:48 | More by thecheapies
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
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!
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2014 01:04:09 | More by GarthDanielson
3.74/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 22:33:40 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.23/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2014 23:00:40 | More by Zraly
Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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