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

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 184
Gots: 74 | 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

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of dark brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Lots of dark, sugary character with notes of molasses, dark cherries, chocolate, and a hint of rum.

T - Dark chocolate and a hint of espresso up front. Fruity notes of sour cherry and plum come out in the middle. Things finish up with molasses, chocolate covered cherries, and smoky coffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Interesting, this is a dark and complex beer, but it has a fruity acidity that really brightens things up and gives it a drinkability that few beer of this style ever manage.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from WeisGuy, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that faded slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with creamy chocolate and dark roasted malts along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is starts with a strong bitter-sweet bite of dark chocolate and some dark fruit in the background. The malt character is just as hearty as any RIS out there and the hops presence is exactly as mild as you would expect to fit in with the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer, but there are other big stouts that I would choose first.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears pitch black with absolutely no light shining through the body, pours with a short lived thick tan mocha head. It forms even fine lacing with each sip down my chalice.

Aroma has big luscious dark black patent malt roasted qualities of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Another aspect is big fruity black cherry tartness with juicy over ripened plums soaked in alcohol. Robust complex characteristics that entice the senses and get you ready to sip on this Southern RIS.

Flavors blend nicely on the palate sweet dark chocolate and coffee finish of course, but that fruit comes out nicely to play like chocolate covered cherries chased with some nice booze. Herbal hops peek through here among the roasted malt with a touch of caramel sweetness in there as well. This RIS really has a lot of sweetness a nice change of pace from the hop heavy versions that have been popularized in the last 5 years.

Mouthfeel is full bodied slightly chewy in the body with a soothing alcohol burn in the finish. Nothing sits cloying on my palate a welcomed experience that I will seek again.

Drinkability is solid all around excellent version of the style. A perfect portion size, I'm okay with an occasional visit to 12 ounces of this brew, it's nice not having to commit to a bomber of some of the bigger beer styles.

Photo of Kegatron
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a finger or so of burnt looking tan head that posesses some reddish highlights as well. Retains around the edges and flares up nicely when swirled, leaving behind spotty lacing and oily brown residues. The aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, licorice, a waft of heat, and some fairly prominent notes of tart smelling dark fruits.

The taste is packed with rick chocolate notes that are balanced out by a huge dark fruit tartness of cherries, plums, and figs. It seems that a bit of anise and coffee are intermingled in there as well, as is a nice underlying layer of roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick and viscous feel at times (especially as it warms). There is also a nice degree of heat in the body that drenches the palette with a warm and sticky feel.

Interesting take on a RIS by Duck Rabbit, going very heavy with the dark fruit character. It works well though, bouncing off the thick sweetness that is also heavily featured. A sipper for sure but a steady one at that, have one now and save the rest for winter.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Meguiar for this surprise gift! Super cool, yo! I talked to the Big Brewer upstairs. We've arranged for some more beer karma to come your way. Be expecting some divine miracle over the next week or so. I tried to push for a lottery win.

Pours thick and black with a dark tan head. Nose is thick in malts with a big of chocolate and tar in there. Thick and robust. Flavor brings some serious robust qualities to it as well. But there is an odd almost citric edge to things here that makes me go hmmm. Besides that I get that blue cheese funk that so many of these robust stouts and old ales can give. I love blue cheese so that is a plus in my book. That odd citrus thing seems to fade away after a few sips. There is a nice consistent level of deep and robust character here. Feel is about standard I would say, possibly leaning towards thin.

P.S. Love the graphic on the label. That's a keeper.

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever since I had Duck Rabbit at ACBF last year I've been loving it. I got a bunch in various trades, but haven't dipped into them too much yet. Got some of these thanks to kwakwhore and portia99.

A: Very little carbonation as it forms just a head covering of dark rich foam on a very aggressive pour. It is a super pitch black color with legs that would make Cheryl Tiegs blush.

N: I could def smell it on the pour from a couple feet away. A dark luscious super thick viscous like stout. Lots of dark chocolate malt, perhaps black patent malt, lots of roast, tons of sweetness and loaded with malts. A touch of dark fruit, fruit so dark it no longer exists since it couldn't create antimatter that could oppose it. A touch of booze to go with the dark molasses and caramelized brown sugar and malt aroma. And even a touch of fresh cracked crystal malt aroma.

T: Oh boy, can't wait, here goes... pretty sweet but not too much. Very much tons and tons of loaded malts. A roast flavor, but not as much as I thought. A chocolate flavor, with bakers choc, a slight creamy chocolate milk, and bittersweet chocolate, then juicy fruit flavors, and some bitter earthy charred roasted scorched malt flavors. Some coffee and touch of vanilla. I would think of it as thick and syrupy, but it's not so much, more thick less syrupy. WIth all that comes a slight boozy taste that doesn't hit as hard as it should for 10%, but with how rich and thick it is you can tell it was up there in OG. A touch of some licorice and minerality come after some of the flavors build up on the tongue.

M: Thick, pretty viscous and luscious, almost no carbonation though.

F: Long lingering bitterness from all the roasted charred earthy malts and perhaps a touch of hops. Still somewhat sweet but not too much on the finish. A nice roasted flavor comes out a little more at first on the finish, but fades and comes up with some nice rich chocolate flavors. I get a lot of baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, the creamy center chocolate, luscious chocolate... OK I guess I made that last one up, but you get the idea.

Despite that the bottle tells me no refill (sad face) and drink by 04/2009, this is delicious now. I really think this is an aging style beer, and I have no idea how Duck Rabbit can think otherwise. It's still even a little heavy and could use more time to settle a bit. At 10% and probably an OG of like 1.120, and despite not really having a boozy taste, it is really heavy and a little hot. I will try to save my others and really enjoy them in a few years' time.

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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 DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Total darkness...wait, that's taken...
gorgeous roasted tan head. Looks lovely.

Aroma: dry, toast, cocoa powder, refined, restrained, and classy.

Taste is more of the same, it's far from sweet, spare hops, mostly malt, really ...

darker and grittier as it warms. More chocolatey, richer, more complex...bigger, better...dark, deep, and dry...nice stuff. Brilliant, really. I'm liking. Seriously.

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/2/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of tan head and light carb. Looks great.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, cocoa, sticky dark fruits, and roasted malts. Hint of vanilla and very well balanced.

t - Tastes of cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, and a little dark fruit.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink for a 10% ABV RIS.

d - I thought this was a great RIS. I thought it was well balanced and looked, smelled, and finished great. Would love to try again.

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours black with a thin brown head that becomes a swirling patch. Lacing slides down glass without stickage.

The smell is of chocolate. Some dark fruitiness and a whiff of alcohol come through, but rich chocolate dominates.

The taste is of rich chocolate, coffee and fruity alcohol. A hint of licorice comes through as it warms/progresses. Alcohol nearly dominates the finish.

There is a mild astringency and the body is just about full. Solvent alcohol glides over the palate, making this a hot one. Alcohol certainly doesn't hide itself.

A bit too sweet and boozy, but drinkable with slow, slow sipping. Not the most complex or drinkable (even considering the abv level). An aggressive RIS.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to forgetfu for sending me this bottle. Always excited to try new beers from Duck-Rabbit.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and some alcohol notes. This smells exactly like what I want a Russian Imperial Stout to smell like.

The flavor is dominated by chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a lot of cherry notes as well as some other dark fruit. As the beer warms I get some coffee notes and a little bit of light smoke.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.61/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/17/07- Received as a gift from BA Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by notch date on the side of the label (Jan-08). Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

Appearance- Black as night pour with a full one inch foamy and chunky looking chocolate powdered colored head. Lacing is chunky, streaky and clinging.

Smell- Super burnt chocolate malt nose. Coffee grounds are there as well, but the sweet chocolate scent is dominant with a smoky burnt nose as well.

Taste- Starts out very sweet with almost a burnt milk chocolate flavor...then a heavy espresso coffee flavor comes into play. Overall it's extremely dark and deep malt flavor turns smoky and very warming. Good hop bitterness as well in the swallow.

Mouthfeel- A bit more carbonation that I would like. Thick and viscous mouth coating with a lingering hop bite.

Drinkability- Dark smoked beer fans will really enjoy this one. Overall I really liked it, but it was a bit too over the top for me. Had a alcohol bite to it as well, which I failed to mention in the taste category. I imagined a light version of WW Stout when I was drinking this.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some very dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy very dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thick film and a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with just a hint of burnt malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts with moderate notes of dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: This is a very big beer with a bold flavor but one that is very enjoyable - this is a beer that you need to sip slowly. I could not have more than one of these during a session but it is one to definitely try (especially now that Duck-Rabbit has corrected their infection issues). Alcohol is very well hidden in this one.

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger mocha colored head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Splotches of lacing left behind.

Roasted chocolate malt aroma with hits of espreso bean, toffee, oatmeal, toast, hazelnu and booze.

Chewy full body with lots of roasted malt flavor. Plenty of roasted coffee/espresso bean as well as some burnt toast, lactic cream, silky chocolate, oatmeal and licorice. Slightly acrid but also creamy with a well masked ABV, making this pretty quaffable. Bitter dry finish with sligt warmth. I know a lot of people who hate this beer but all of the bottles I've had were very good.

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing these bottles...
Appears a dark black with dark brown edges and a small tan head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, cocoa, ripe fruit, coffee, and toffee.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a definite nuttiness that is almost like a peanut butter blasted chocolate nut cluster with some herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly astringent with a touch of grainy tartness, with plenty of nuts and ripe fruit lingering on until the bitter finish.

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JCB for this extra!!!

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours 1 finger of mocha tan head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves little splattered lace. Color is a deep dark black.

Aroma: Lots or roasted malts. Toasty chocolate and coffee flavors. Some molasses and dark fruits. Nothing over the top in the nose.

Taste: Again, big roasted malt profile. The coffee is a little more pronounced and I enjoy it. Rich and creamy flavors. Big chocolate malt profile. Some bittering hops. I also so get some dark fruits and molasses flavors again.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, bitter, and dry. Full bodied with a higher amount of carbonation for the style. Ends very roasted.

Overall, a decent RIS. I am really glad I finally got to try this one. I think all the DR products are legit and this is no excuse. Very roasted. It could be a little more complex, but still fairly decent. Relatively drinkable as well!

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a two finger tan colored head on top. Great retention, slowly dissolving to a nice layer of foam on top. Lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: Nice roasty aroma with a bit of coffee and some dark chocolate. There is a little bit of dark fruit on the back end.

T: Very nice beer here. Solid roasted flavors - coffee and chocolate, as well as a bit of dark fruit. There is some bittersweet chocolate in the middle with a mild hop presence. The finish is on the sweet side.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth with a slight warming feeling.

O: A solid RIS, a nice sipper over an evening, but still quite drinkable. Despite the warming feeling, the abv is hidden very well.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a good medium brown head that lasts for a while and leaves some pretty decent lacing as well. The smell is winey and with a touch of soy sauce, but there are also rum soaked raisins there. The taste is very nice. More rum, bitter chocolate, a touch of light coffee, and some roasted grain. A little thin on the mouthfeel, and could be creamier, but the lingering bitterness helps give it structure, and the alcohoilis well hidden. Pretty drinkable, but its a big beer and fairly intense.

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