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

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Reviews: 499
Hads: 827
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 190
Gots: 83 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005

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!
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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 scottyg354
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black with a Tan head that last fairly long with some good lacing.

S: Dark Chocolate, Maple and Hops. Really a very good smelling beer.

T:Malty and Chocolatey, Toast with some notes of dried fruits. Slight hoppiness, but not to overpowering.

M: Smooth and velvety.

O: Probably one of the best RIS's I've had in a while, comparable to some of the top ones.

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Photo of edmedina
4.95/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick black, no head really to show for this pour. Aroma is more of a coffee almost a chocolate or molasses smell there. Surprisingly the taste isn't at all over powering. You don't really get anything at first but then malt sneaks up on you to let you know they are around. Taste is really a malty coffee taste. It is mild though unlike most Imperial Russian Stouts this one is rather tame. I get very little after taste with this beer. It definitely ranks up there as one my favorites

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle best by 7/09 notched on the side of the label. Got this on a send from Kwakwhore a while back decided to try it on my Birthday according to the BA time. Served this in a large Delirium snifter poured an opaque very deep brown almost solid black with a very rich creamy mocha head about an 1" tall that slowy decended to a thick creamy everlasting coating leaving some small curtians of lace behind.

A very nice strong pleasing malt aroma very roasty/chocolaty with deep dark fruit and an inticing sweetness and a touch of molassess. Not an overpowering aroma,yet very inviting no real boozy aroma for 10%.My mouth is watering for a taste.

Wow! is this beer light and creamy with a plush/velvety feel. A clean fresh dark fruitiness at first taste with sweet maltiness and molasses with a hint of soy sauce,but not offensive at all,strong roasty notes with bakers chocolate followed by strong black coffee with burnt notes throughout. Rounds out nicely with a clean crisp sharp woody/earthy hop bite leaving tounge swelling pleasure with a pleasing dry chocolate fade, leaving a slick oily coating with a slight touch of pine. Enjoyable is the word here with amazing drinkability for the style. Does this beer have alcohol in it? I can feel it,but i can't taste it! A must try RIS one of the best, no doubt most drinkable.

The last of all the Duck Rabbit beer styles i've tried. I love this brewery. As the label states the "dark beer specialists" a title earned. Wish these beers were avalible in my area is my only complaint with this brewery.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz poured into a chalice. Markings on the bottle read 3/11, which I believe makes this from the 2009 batch.

Been looking forward to getting my hands on this brew, chcfan and hippityhops85 both made this a reality, thanks guys.

L: Pitch black and thick as hell throughout the pour. Head is creamy brown, materializing at the end of the pour and for several seconds after. Beautiful. What is the viscosity on this bad boy?

S: Deep, deep malts, huge fat middle. Just wonderful here, seriously. A deep gnarly, huge brew, but still simple in its execution.

T: Starts mellow and builds into anything but. Huge malts in the middle with a nasty bite on it. Mealy as hell. Subtle, but massive, complex yet simple. Perfectly executed. Finish is a malt-milkshake sweetness.

F: Thick, massively and wondefully mouth-coatingly thick.

D: Beautiful, supremely drinkable with or without the double-digit ABV.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

09 vintage poured into snifter.

Pours jet balck with a tan-brownish head that sitcks around for a little while. Smells of coffee, brown sugar, and dark rasins. Taste is amazing its a full on coffee up front with a brilliant roasted malt aftertaste no sign on the 10%abv what so ever. Mouthfeel and carbonation are right where they belong. IMO this beer is at its prime it is hands down the best non BA russian imperial stout I have ever had to date, I highly sugest you seek this out.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Completely opaque black color with a creamy head the color of brown sugar. Milk chocolate and light roast coffee in the nose. Wonderful taste of chocolate, coffee, and a balancing acidity. This is a great RIS that doesn't leave you feeling dominated. This beer isn't trying to be extreme, but instead aims at a near perfect example of the style.

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Photo of beercar
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best beer I've ever had! I've spent some time searching for the best sweet stout I could find. I was ignoring the Imperials as I was looking for something with the perfect balance of sweet and hops. I never thought to look at Imperials. I've tried others only to be let down. I know this may not be the most traditional Russian Stout, but, to me, it certainly is the most tasty. It smells like caramel and hops. It's pitch black with a quickly dissipating head. It tastes like ripened fruit and chocolate. For 10% ABV, its an awesome session beer. I can't imagine all the money I wasted looking for this beer. It can't be done any better. Kudos Duck Rabbit.

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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 Birdiebeagle
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a good hazy amber with a small tan head. The head last fairly well for being thin. Lacing is good. Aroma is honey and a big presence of alcohol. Almost has a whiskey like aroma. Has a light carbonation. A good mouthfeel. The flavor is well blended and the alcohol aroma doen't hold up the alcohol is well hidden. Has a full body. A real good finish and a good aftertaste. This is a good beer, a touch strong but a good beer.

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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 Beejay
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AgeOfQuarrell for this gem.

A: Dark black, with a nice bit of brown head from a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Dark Chocolate, Wood notes, perhaps a bit of rum in there as well, something else in there... sweet.

T: Oh that is nice.. Starts sweet with a little bit of alcohol. finished like with a roasted taste and bits of coffee, but sweet all the way through. This is delicious.

M: Thick, but not too thick, creamy with decent carbonation. Yum.

D: This is great.. it hides the alcohol pretty well, and isn't quite the punch in the face that other RIS's can be. Fairly well balanced, and delicious. BRING THIS TO OHIO!! This beer is dangerous. I am sure I am spiking the average here. but damn this is a nice beer, well crafted and tasty as hell.

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Photo of happygnome
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours an oily looking black color withabout an eigth inch of tannish/chocolaty coloered head that quickly receeds to a thin layer of lace that covers that beer and slowly dwindles to a thick, sticky ring around the outside of the glass and a spot of lacing towards the middle of the beer. When heald up to the light, no lightcan be seen through this
s: roasted, sweet cocao malts, hints of booze slight earthy hop bitterness towards the finish, only strong enough to give this a very balanced nose
t: roasted chocolate malts that are initially very sweet but later turns into a mellow warmth from the alcohol
m: deffinatly a full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, wow this is a very good brew i wish i could get it around here

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This comes out of the tap a rich, opaque sable with a dark tan head. Aroma is strong, like smoky or roast coffee with a hint of sweet chocolate. The rich, smoky, coffee-ish flavor has an undertone of chocolate and a whisper of sweetness. This delightfully smooth stout fairly dances on the tongue and is a joy to drink.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty damn good Russian Imperial Stout. One of the best I've had in a while. Many thanks to Crosling for providing it as part of a trade.

The beer pours to a very dark brown color, appearing to be an opaque black in the glass. Has a huge mocha colored head with surprisingly good retention. Falls down in a great dimple patter. Lacing could be much better, but at 10% I didn't even expect much in terms of head to begin with.

The smell is of roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee, but over it all lies a strong whiff of brewers licorice and anise, providing a pretty sharp spiciness. Accentuates the alcohol very well. Smells pretty sweet, overall.

The taste is great. Not nearly as sweet as I would have thought, but it's actually quite dry. Doesn't taste like they used any funky adjuncts, like brown sugar, honey, or molasses, just a shit-ton of barley. The intense roastiness shows up on the swallow. Doesn't have as much of an anise flavor, but still a bit of the black licorice in the aftertaste, along with a splendid coffee roast flavor. Plenty of hops also lend an ashy bitterness and a light herbal flavor. This is a very dry, vinous, and rich Russian Imperial Stout, exactly as it should be. If you have this beer side by side with an American Double Stout, it may offer a little clarity on the often blurred line between the two styles. Very well done.

The body is fairly large with a fairly dry and roasty feel. The carbonation is a bit crisper than I would care for in this style, but it does seem to make the flavors a little more sharp. A sipper for sure, but I don't think I would object to drink more than one of these in a night if given the option. Reminds me a lot of my first attempt at a homebrew Imperial Stout if I would have been patient enough to let more of the sweetness ferment out, and perhaps added a little licorice and anise to the mix.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chuck for this bottle. Totally black with a deep, dark tan head. Crude oil is paler than this.

Aroma is strong, a complex mix of vine fruits, hops, molasses which forms an accurate introduction to the flavour. Very rich, 'christmas pudding in a glass' with lots of chewiness; slick on the palate with a pleasant vinous mouthfeel. A little more bitterness comes out at the end.

World class.

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Photo of Jredner
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is intense. Very concentrated dark roasted chocolate, molasses and cocoa. Pours deep black from the 12 oz bottle and settle down to a thumb thick dark brown head that is mostly creamy with a few dispersed bubbles. Dark burnt chocolate in the fore. Quite rich and thick like dark chocolate brownies. Hints of quality espresso and a flavor that approaches marzipan..that isn’t quite the flavor, but it something almond/nutty and sweet. It’s flipping delicious whatever it is. Also get some fig/date notes and a strong coffee/esspresso finish. Damn nice brew. So glad NC popped the cap if this is the beer they are going to put out

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Photo of Strix
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black as night with decent head.

Yummy roasted malt in the smell, along with dark fruit, chocolate and coffee.

This is delicious. Roasted malt, coffee, raisin, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and even some dark berry in there somewhere. Hops present in good balance, but not overbearing. Warming alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel smooth and silky, coats the mouth nicely.

This is what I like in an RIS. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Second tasting notes: Conducted 3/5/08:

pretty much the same as below with the same grape koolaid thing going on, but a little less. has lost some of it's nose. I'd probably rate this a tad lower than my original rating, probably giving taste a 4.5 , everything else, I'd say held up

BBD of 02 10 08??

Poured black as night with 3+ fingers of mocha/tan colored head. Great lacing with rings of stick residue with above average head retention

S: Rich chocolate, oak, vanilla & bourbon notes, plus a little booze

T: A a hint of grape koolaid (weird), chocolate, oakyness, & vanilla notes up front. Licorice, roasted malt, & raisins surface as this warms. Finishes dry with bourbon notes, charred grain notes & a little booze burn

MF: Rich, chewy & oily with minimal carbonation

Drinks easy for the ABV, a lovely IMP stout & a positive result of the cap popping in NC! Highly recommended

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Photo of jaxon53
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer from brouche, in the No B.S. BIF Ultra (thank you). Served at cellar temperature in a snifter, from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Three full fingers of thick, tight, bubbly coffee brown head formed, and stuck around almost all the way through. Generous amounts of lace clung to the sides of the glass. Awesome nose on this brew. Thick chocolate aromas dominated, some roasty/toasty notes, and just a hint of freshly brewed coffee. So far so good. Taste was on point as well. Very bitter up front with some thick coffee flavors, tons of semi-sweet chocolate, some nice roasted malt flavors, and a little bit of hops and smoke in the background. Finishes a little boozy but is pretty smooth. Has a thick, full bodied, almost chewey mouthfeel. Drinkability is great despite the high ABV.

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Photo of atsprings
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a dark opaque beer with a thick light brown head that resembles cappuccino. The aroma is similar to many other Imp. Stouts with chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt characteristics. The taste is a wonderful blend of all of those flavors. Dark chocolate lingers on the tongue even after the beer has been swallowed. This beer contains a wonderful bitterness that hides the alcohol very well, great bitter chocolate dominates the mouthfeel. The Duck-Rabbit seasonals so far have never failed to impress. This has quickly become one of my favorite Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first from the much-lauded Duck-Rabbit brewery. Received from Blackie as part of NO BSBIF

Appearance: As pitch black as you would expect from a rabies infested duck-rabbit hybrid. Head materializes then fades fast, leaving a thin tan film.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate in the nose. Alcohol present, not overwhelming, dark roasted coffee.

Taste: Flavors work well together, not a hop monster by any means, but they are there and close out from the front end of this big beer nicely, providing a fruity end to the sharpness of the coffee-alcohol flavor. Top-notch.

Drinkability: An extremely enjoyable stout, a great sipper, smooth, rich, strong, and balanced.

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Photo of bowersdm
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this in a trade with ROBORB. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A - black with a creamed coffee colored 1cm head that slowly dissipated into a 0.25cm head.

S - dark, bitter chocolate, roasted barley, charred barley, molasses, alcohol.

T - dark bitter chocolate, roasted barley and a slightly charred barley flavor start out the taste. the finish is of more of the same accompanied by a slightly hopped (very slightly hopped) taste with some molasses. alcohol is slightly noticeable when the beer warms. the taste is overall very dry and reminds me off Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout.

M - nice and thick, the way I like my imperial stouts.

D - definitely one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. I'm glad I got a second bottle in that trade. As stated above, if you enjoy Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout, then this a beer for you.

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Photo of mentor
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells roasty sour, chocolate espresso, potent hops, and blackstrap molasses.

Tastes rich herbal hop on dark grains and decent hop bitter. OMG, yum. Nice intensity and balanced roast, black patent sour, ashy dry, and hoppy dry. Nice supprot malt sweet. Grassy blackberry hop flavor (Northern Brewer?). Clean alcohol has a gentle hand. Carbonation contributes with its own sting. Esters are mild, and the little I get could actually be from hop flavor. Thick body with fine carbonation poking through the dextrinous mouthfeel. Acid in my belly rises as heartburn...aicd from dark grains or maybe infected?

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Photo of dawgontap
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Jet Black

S-More bitter chocolate than I remember in the past.

T-Chocolate come to the forefront but bitter streak at the end. Also very long lasting.

M-Creamy....a little different than most RIS

O-Excellent with more head and body than I remember in the past brews.

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