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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

782 Ratings
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 184
Gots: 73 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005)
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1/5  rDev -74.5%

RayUF07, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of CassinoNorth
1.4/5  rDev -64.3%
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.

CassinoNorth, May 05, 2014
Photo of RyanGoodman
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

RyanGoodman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Rish907
1.55/5  rDev -60.5%
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.

Rish907, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of largadeer
1.6/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pitch black with a thick mousse-like brown head. Excellent head retention, an all-around decent looking beer.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit, fennel and some acrid burnt malt.

Taste/mouthfeel: Sweet and slightly creamy upfront. Flavors of black cherry and molasses follow but are soon overtaken by a sharp acrid bitterness. The body is slightly thin for the style though carbonation is spot-on. A dry finish pronounces the burnt flavors even more - this is a harsh brew with an acidic kick.

largadeer, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.73/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A loud hiss at the first crack of the bottle is disheartening, as good 'ol Onenote alerted me to possible infection issues with these. Foaming at the mouth! A moderate pour almost over-fills the snifter with dense, creamy cocoa head. Great retention though! Black in color. It looks the part!

S - Sour bacteria aroma emerges immediately, signaling some infection problems. With the roasted chocolatey malt it almost reminds me of peanut butter. Or is that just infected Short's PB&J coming back to mind? Alcohol finish.

T - Sadly, this beer tastes like steamed veggies dipped in awful burnt, bitter, and sour chocolate. Infection has fully taken hold. Undrinkable flavor. On the plus side, Beerwolf shared one recently and it was really good, so I look forward to revisiting this beer.

M - Full-bodied and thick with a potent sour finish that'll make one wince pretty hard.

O - Hmm. Infected Rabid Duck? That's got a ring to it... Seriously though, I remember this beer being great at a tasting; I look forward to amending this review with a full-on, BeerFM style review. Good luck on scrubbing out the issue guys!

BeerFMAndy, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
1.9/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. freshest before 2/2013.

A: very very dark brown body. distinctively brown bubbly head. retention isnt great. nor the lacing. stouty, but not RIS stouty.

S: a slight soy aroma. a deep dark chocolate works its way in there as well. definitely something rich and roasty. the chocolate is strong as well.

T: fuck, is this one also autolysed!?!? a lingering salty/soy flavor. reminds me a little of edamame. the rest of the body consists of rich soy flavors and dries quickly. there are some RIS flavors that try to make there presence known, but this is pretty bad.

M: moderate fizz on an unfortunate body. trying to look past that i would call this average.

D: forgive my french, but this is the second bottle in a row ive had from duck rabbit that tasted soy-like, the last being their black IPA both purchased from the same store (wegmans in downingtown, pa). i believe autolysed yeast is the culprit and im a little disappointed in duck rabbit not recalling these bottles if they could have. otherwise most things i have had from them are really solid. would love to try beer sans the chinese dumpster flavor.

Jimmys, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of frankthetank86
2/5  rDev -49%

frankthetank86, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Dat
2/5  rDev -49%

Dat, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
2.17/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from ericwo. Thanks, Eric!

A: Pours a nearly pitch black with reddish-maroon translucence at the very edges. The head... well, there is none. It's not a flat beer; there was a hiss as I uncapped it, and the vigorous pour produced some very slow-rising effervescence on the top of the brew as dark mocha bubbles came out of solution, but they were scattered at best. Not exactly a cap. Still, the beer had nice legs upon swirling.

S: Tart dark fruit -- plums, raisins -- couple with molasses and brown sugar. Coffee. A little booze.

T: Tart dark fruit, for sure. These guys really like that, don't they? Their Baltic Porter couldn't pull it off, but here the flavors meld better into the molasses and brown sugar body of the beer. Coffee provides some lingering contrast near the finish, along with ash. Unfortunately, that's about all there is to the taste; it's not particularly complex. Plus, as it warms, it gets more muddled and soon only ashy dark fruit is left. Weird.

M: I have to give big props to the mouthfeel. Yeah, it's not an accomplishment making a "flat" beer, but it's a heavy one, and the bubbles -- while trace -- are subdued enough to let the beer's flavors do the talking. I like it.

D: largadeer told me this is the worst imperial stout he's ever tasted. Personally, I don't see it; it's below average, but nothing outrageous. I wouldn't have it again.

Arbitrator, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of hardy008
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark black with an almost one finger mocha head, which quickly fades to a thin disc of foam. The aroma has dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and tart dark fruit.

The taste is much like the aroma with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, tart dark fruit, licorice, and molasses. Many of these flavors don't work too well together, and leave a charred malt and tart dark fruit aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied with below average carbonation. This isn't a total failure, but having tart dark fruit in this beer is a mistake. I will give them credit for hiding the 10.00 % abv well.

hardy008, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of JohnQVegas
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, with a thank you to Ian (SincereNC) for the bottle - this one has lingered on my want list a long, long time. Good to finally get to try it!

Pours pitch black with zero signs of carbonation, other than an ultra-fine ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No head formation, no lacing, no retention - nada.

Nose is is interesting; chocolate abounds, as does blackstrap molasses and boatloads of rich toffee. Burnt sugar is key, though roastiness is largely missing from the equation - no coffee, no roasted malt. Still, an enticing aroma.

Taste, though, is lacking. Some soy notes mix in with the earlier noted burnt sugar character. An earthy, herbal, root-like bitterness in there also - anise. Lots of anise, which I'm beginning to think should be entirely banned from all brewing endeavors going forward. Again, lacking any sort of signature roasty quality. The chocolate from the nose is entirely gone also. Completely one dimensional, and they chose a really bad dimension to highlight. Dissappointing; somewhat reminsicent of Bells Batch 9000. Unfortunate.

Mouthfeel is slick, almost entirely uncarbonated. Again, nothing beyond the initial impression, adds little to the beer at all.

Drinkability is also disappointing, as can probably be deduced from the flavor and mouthfeel scores. A decent beer to sit around and sniff endlessly, so long as it comes nowhere near your mouth.

JohnQVegas, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of bundy462
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Darker than cola, very impressive thick brown head with huge retention.

S: Huge malt and dark fruit sweetness with a hint of vanilla and coffee.

T: Very disappointing considering the nose. Very sweet and boozy, to the point that it is very unbalanced. Huge burn malts dominate but there is nothing to counteract.

M: Thick as molasses. Sticky.

O: Poop.

bundy462, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

RobertColianni, May 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best By Date January 2008, Sampled July 2007
Another very well carbonated beer from Duck-Rabbit; this time I was ready for it, but I still ended up with a fat, three-finger thick, creamed-chocolate brown colored head. The beer is a deeply blackened, brownish tinged color. The aroma is actually vinous in some ways; notes of prunes, wood smoke, light notes of espresso, raisins, cherry cough-syrup and once you really dig for it something like a piquant, aged slightly too long, cheddar cheese.

Thickish, though still somewhat light for an Imperial Stout. The first sip brings a finish with a pronounced, sharply herbaceous, phenolic driven, green, yet slightly rancid vegetal character that is somewhat reminiscent of broccoli. This note really seems to linger on in the finish & even mixes in a harsh way with the alcohol; burnt broccoli indeed! Up front the beer has rich flavors of salty malt, layered with chocolate, blackened-lightly acidic coffee, browned-toasted grain. If you never let the beer leave you mouth the harsh finish will not plague the flavor, unfortunately you must eventually swallow or spit the beer out and when you do the broccoli will get you every time.

As the beer warms up, the vegetal character in the finish lets up just a touch, not enough to not be noticeable though. Regardless the beer is still too acridly roasted, with notes of burnt grain-husk bitterness, and a burn malt driven acidity, both of which also come to a head in the finish.

Gueuzedude, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of BarrytheBear
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle arrives in my Grumpy Troll tasting glass for multiple visits via jpmclaug. Thanks for the southern goodies Jason.

Looks pretty stout like. Black body with a speckled tannish brown head.

Sweet malts fill the starring role. Accompaniments included cocoa powder, raisins, prune, and the faintest of coffee. Not as robust as hoped for, though by no means unpleasant.

Remember the old school commercials where the animated raisins would sing little ditties and bounce around as the sun shone brightly upon their talents? Or, am I old balls? Regardless, like an old sow ready the glue factory, this beer may be where those raisins went to die. Really just too sweet as a swarming attitudinal mesh of dark fruits lead the charge. Where's the roast for some balance, or at least to take off the edge? Coffee and powdered milk chocolate take a beating and cannot force their way through the bully bouncers at Ye Old Raisin Cafe.

Mouthfeel is syrupy slick. Some carbonation would have soften the feel.

Overall, I'll be the first to admit my bipolar attitude towards balance in beer. While often overrated, it would be a welcome adjective to attach to this experience.

BarrytheBear, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of MrIncognito
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A - Thick engine oil black body with a 1/4inch tan head. Very nice lacing from having such a small head.

S - Very sweet and syrupy dark malt with ripe plums and a hint of cocoa. Not the coffee smell I'd anticipated.

T&M - The taste was overwhelmingly fruity and sweet. Dark malts and bitter chocolate try to mellow things out but it's just too coyingly sweet for me, and I generally like sweeter beers. Bit of a bitter afteraste that would be nice if my mouth was coated in sweet syrup. Very thick and chewy mouthfeel, which I like.

O - I just couldn't finish this one. I wanted to and I wanted to like it but it was just way to syrupy sweet for me. Almost like cola syrup with some hops and dark fruits. Would not do this again.

MrIncognito, May 31, 2011
Photo of thebigredone
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to tat2hllblly for the extra in a trade.

INFECTED, big time.

With that said, I actually quasi-enjoyed the first half of this beer. Almost tasted like it was supposed to be a sour stout. Dominating tastes of burnt malts followed by a sour kick. But half was all I could take before drain pouring the rest.

thebigredone, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Zaphog, Feb 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

hansenm72, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Billybaroo990
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Billybaroo990, Oct 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

DonFrap, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of bwiechmann
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as a very generous extra from bs870621345 (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle at cellar temp into a snifter.

A- Pours a very deep black with a respectable head for the style. It dissipates quickly, however, and left no lace.

S- Sweet, dark fruits. The lack of coffee and chocolate notes typical of the style was surprising. A load of alcohol covers up most complexities.

T- An atypical imperial stout. Dark fruits head up the charge followed by a punch-in-the-face roasted bitterness. The combo of lactic sweetness and the bitter finish don't mesh well. A lack of complexity is off-putting as well.

M- Good carbonation and substantial body, not bad here.

D- Not great due to the roasted bitterness. I enjoy bitter hop bombs but this bitterness is a different monster.

Overall, I am extremely glad I was able to try this beer but I don't think I would seek it out again.

bwiechmann, Feb 16, 2011
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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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