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

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88
very good

787 Ratings
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 184
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Strix
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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

Photo of jaxon53
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of atsprings
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
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.

Photo of bowersdm
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of mentor
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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?

Photo of dawgontap
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of seanwhite
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.

Photo of MammothBrew
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Photo of Vancer
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

Photo of tastybeer
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.

Photo of cbwufpack
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Bigben0328
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jhawkjedi
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of CBlack85
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Donsmitty
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of zappuh
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Falcone
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of domtronzero
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.

Photo of numenor1
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.