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

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88
very good

761 Ratings
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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 186
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005)
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Jredner

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 15:46:50 | More by Jredner
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bowersdm

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 03:15:21 | More by bowersdm
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mentor

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 15:44:45 | More by mentor
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 23:54:49 | More by TastyTaste
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 15:16:17 | More by jaxon53
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MammothBrew

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to BulbMan! This one took me by surprise.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours and dark chocolate, almost black color with dark purple tints. Almost no head to speak of.

S: Definitely chocolate, dark fruits like raisins and prunes, mild smokey scent, with random notes of light booze but it's not consistent.

T: Smokey chocolate goodness! Not getting the boozy taste like I do with some other Imperial stouts.

M: Medium body with minimal carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Slight chocolate aftertaste that isn't too sweet or overpowering.

O: If this was available here, I would buy this numerous times. Really tasty and sweet but not sugar bomb sweet. Overall, a really good beer and I can't believe it's a 10% ABV. Nice job Duck-Rabbit!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 16:43:49 | More by MammothBrew
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Rabid Duck pours a deep black color with a one and a half finger dark, tan head. The head eventually settles to a mere covering on the beer and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of roasted malts and chocolate. There is a bit of alcohol sharpness combined with a hint of darker fruits. At 10% ABV, a bit of alcohol is to be expected, and it is masked pretty well.

The taste starts off pretty sweet with the sweet malts and some darker fruits (plum, raisin, prune) coming through but then the roasted flavors with hints of coffee and chocolate start to come out. The alcohol again comes into play, a bit more than in the nose. The end is slightly bitter and lingers for a bit with the coffee persisting to the end.

The Rabid Duck is a solid example of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:37:49 | More by seanwhite
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dawgontap

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 16:12:28 | More by dawgontap
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Vancer

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Edit on 3/21/08 by an brew sent via trade with brent56 - STILL a top notch brew, dam, TRY ONE!

n easy pour, but what a massive foamy head on top of this near black brew. Sheets of lace slide down the ol'Corsendonk tulip.

Very strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a dark fruit basket. Yep, sweet notes of the previous, raisons and dark fruits are making themselves present in this great brews. Smooth as can be, it's hard not to keep reaching for a sip every moment or two. No shit, this is a top of the line RIS!

Thick and rich, no trace of the 10% alcohol. A nice brew sampled with some Southwest black bean chicken soup -perfect with the Sunday football.

Thanks for the brew, received courtesy of the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 19:43:07 | More by Vancer
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numenor1

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cap nod to PTC on the box, quite nice.

Been looking forward to this one for a while now. Pours thick black with amocha colored head that quickly drops to a collar. Smells of molasses, maraschino cherry, with nice stab of deep roast. Tastes very nice. Flavors are very well melded. Starts off sweet with sweetened roast and molasses, moves into dark fruits, raisiny, cherry, then it immediately gets roastier and earthier, and a bit spicy as its dries. Lots of roast through the finish, with some definite grain bitterness as well as hops, yet still completely smooth. Mouthfeel is oily, chewy, moderate to low carbonation, viscous, but not overly so. I like it. Alcohol is present in some very pleasant alcohol spiciness but nowhere else. This is very drinkable, and one of my favorite imperials thus far as it fits a lot of the characteristics i enjoy in a RIS, particularly the drying finish. This also happens to flesh out wonderfully as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 01:28:56 | More by numenor1
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a big yummy looking milky cocoa brown head. The beer is thick and black and the lace doesn't hesitate to stick. Aroma is a pleasure to sniff and nicely complex. Big dark chocolate, roasty with some undetermined meaty spices, and sweet dark purpley fruits. Taste matches the nose well and doesn't hold back. There's a large elongated bitterness that mixes with the alcohol smoothly. Good velvety creamy texture floats in your mouth excited lightly by soft but tingly carbonation. A nice coating is left behind as a yummy reminder for you to go in for the next sip. Body is nice and full but has a light soft chocolately-like feel. Very drinkable large abv or not.

Definitely something to look forward to.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 03:30:25 | More by tastybeer
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cbwufpack

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-08-2012 00:52:03 | More by cbwufpack
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Bigben0328

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-21-2013 01:41:53 | More by Bigben0328
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jhawkjedi

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-30-2012 13:21:36 | More by jhawkjedi
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-30-2012 19:45:41 | More by CBlack85
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

10-03-2012 01:29:02 | More by Donsmitty
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-28-2013 14:14:52 | More by mendvicdog
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-06-2013 01:02:18 | More by pathman
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zappuh

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-29-2012 23:02:23 | More by zappuh
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-18-2011 19:10:27 | More by brandoman63
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-06-2012 01:50:20 | More by Falcone
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-09-2012 17:16:35 | More by kjkinsey
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Rabid duck pours out the standard dark color with a deep black color with a active rising tan head that got up to 2 inches. This creamy looking foam receded after a few leaving a skim on the surface. Some thin lines of lace on the glass.

S- A heaping of roasted malt is on the surface which also gives way to a chocolate scent. Creamy milk chocolate with a backdrop of cherries hidden away. Some alcohol as well. Getting just an underlay of hops from the fresh batch. All in all pretty sweet.

T- First sips, I got a nice roastiness from the malts along with a semi charcoal taste. A bit of heat as well. After some more this faded though and this duck turned very sweet. A bunch of chocolate and a milky cream essence. Some cherry flavor interwoven. Some grains mixed in there as well and just a touch of alcohol.

M- This one is on the slick and smooth side and is somewhere above medium bodied. thick enough for an RIS IMO. Otherwise this starts off roasty and becomes sweet after time. The alcohol does not intrude and for 10% I am impressed.

D- This stuff is good and damn drinkable for 10%. it's pretty much perfect and I could of drank more. I may need to find some on my next time down.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:52:55 | More by BARFLYB
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JamesS

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great deep black color with slight garnet tinges, and has wonderful head and some nice lacing. Excellent deep scent, a great chocolate undertone, but with a hint of alcohol, too. Great deep taste, nice roasted grains with a great chocolate flavor and a warming alcohol taste at the end. Wonderfully smooth, althoug I'd have been a little happier with less of the alcohol flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 12:18:56 | More by JamesS
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domtronzero

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a fantastic stout!

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Clear, with a lingering tannigh frothy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - Chocolate. A little bit of coffee, and a little bit of toffee. Perfumy alcohol.

F/M - Rich, dark bitter chocolate with a touch of caramel sweetness and a pleasantly firm bitterness. Alcohol is smooth and warming in the belly; very enjoyable. Rich and full bodied, the way an Imperial Stout should be. Dry finishing, clean and not heavy on the aftertaste.

D - Exceptional for a big ass stout like this. Although it could be a tad less warming, as the alcohol is really the only thing interfering with the rest of the beer, but just barely. It is a fine line between pleasant and over the top.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 04:11:21 | More by domtronzero
Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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