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

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88
very good

766 Ratings
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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 185
Gots: 71 | 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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MichPaul

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-15-2014 04:37:43 | More by MichPaul
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brocktune

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

05-12-2014 02:25:10 | More by brocktune
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CassinoNorth

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 02:58:53 | More by CassinoNorth
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jhlosito75

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-04-2014 20:34:13 | More by jhlosito75
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-02-2014 03:13:44 | More by Walkerjgt
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cdoan4

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

04-30-2014 14:59:36 | More by cdoan4
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-29-2014 20:44:21 | More by atrocity
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. There's a row of numbers but no notches.

A- Pours an impenetrably black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Complex aroma of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, a bit of char and caramel. There's also a booze fume that brings a slightly solvent twist to everything.

T- Heavy roast sets in but it doesn't follow through all the way. There's a strange watery flavor that mutes out the chocolate and char notes which would otherwise be enjoyable. Instead, it's like I'm drinking an imperial porter with a higher than usual roastiness. This is reflected in the mouthfeel. I will say the alcohol is hidden quite well, I just don't really like the flavors that accompany it. As the beer warms, the char intensifies as does this off-putting flavor that's tough to identify. It also becomes more boozy as it warms.

M- Thin and slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a body that surprisingly leans toward the lighter side.

O- Wow, big split on this one as I like the aroma a lot but the weak mouthfeel and strange flavor make me not want to ever revisit it. Maybe if I had it on draft? Had high hopes for this one but it was a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 03:41:22 | More by Immortale25
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

04-27-2014 03:06:16 | More by AngusOg
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D-18V

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-24-2014 14:48:04 | More by D-18V
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-20-2014 16:30:59 | More by markgugs
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Jaycase

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

04-20-2014 02:31:49 | More by Jaycase
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dcs1548

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-20-2014 02:30:08 | More by dcs1548
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ToadiesForCody

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%

04-17-2014 13:08:35 | More by ToadiesForCody
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1424IpA

California

3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-15-2014 01:28:30 | More by 1424IpA
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ScubaSteve00

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-14-2014 14:11:24 | More by ScubaSteve00
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a nonic pint, the beer is jet black, with mahogany highlights, and a halo of white head. Nose of bourbon, molasses, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and old-world fruit highlights of plum and date. Flavors of roast and bittersweet chocolate forward, with rich molasses and fig in the backbone, hints of smoke highlights, and a bittersweet coffee and chocolate linger. Smooth, robust, but still crisp and dry in the finish, with a roasted, rich, and bitter aftertaste, and a fruit and chocolate linger. Fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 01:04:09 | More by GarthDanielson
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

04-11-2014 04:06:55 | More by kvgomps
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

04-11-2014 02:50:20 | More by JeffTheJuice
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-11-2014 00:18:07 | More by spoonhawk
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Mikexw

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-08-2014 19:31:13 | More by Mikexw
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a borderline pitch black color. The head is two fingers high and tan in shade. Retention is good, but not amazing. Huge amounts of lacing are left on the glass - this is an aesthetically pleasing beer.

S: Very roasty. What surprises me is the less-than-insignificant presence of lactose: I have to say, it really adds to this beer. It's also very coffee-esque, as well, with just the faintest hints of dark fruits. Maybe even something suggesting tobacco, also? The complexity on the aroma is very nice in general.

T: At first, the roast is carried onto the palate strongly, building more coffee and cream flavors near the midtaste. The finish is very leathery, with a subtle tartness betraying good attenuation (read: it's not sugary sweet). More and more dark fruits gradually build up on the flavor profile, subsuming the leathery/boozy notes with more and more tartness. At first, I didn't think this was really complex, but it's developing additional notes of chocolate, tobacco, and even mint. All told, this one is really damn good.

M: Here's where I'm let down: this is rather thin on the palate, and lacking in creaminess. Carbonation is on the low side, expected from the style. However, it's very dry - and considering how well integrated the alcohol is into every facet of the flavor and feel, one could easily be fooled into thinking this is around 7%. It's not as rich as I want a RIS to be, but it's damn drinkable.

O: Quite impressive, mouthfeel aside. If this had the body of, say, Stone IRS, this could have been a bona-fide giant killer. As it stands right now, this is a really solid local gem, one that's well worth sampling.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 22:33:40 | More by ThisWangsChung
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FilumDee

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-04-2014 04:26:07 | More by FilumDee
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aleckpa

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

04-03-2014 00:06:36 | More by aleckpa
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Zraly

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Deep black with a tan head that has hints of red. Nice roasty aroma. Underlying note of burnt sugar in the nose as well.

Semi-viscous pour. Roasted malts and rich chocolate notes dominate. Burnt caramel and burnt caramel mingle with the heaviness of the roasted malts. Not too sweet, which is a trait I like in a heavy stout. Body is medium-full. A bit of chew and cream in the mouthfeel; very pleasant on the palate. Sticky and rich. A hint of dried blueberries leads up to the finish. Finishes with a heavy dark chocolate note that dries down nicely. Carbonation is appropriate.

Duck Rabbit: the dark beer specialist -- of course I am buying their RIS. A very solid and enjoyable imperial stout with a decadent mouthfeel. This would "tear up from tha flo' up" a homemade french vanilla ice cream. Or great on its own for a beer dessert.

After having the opportunity to sample several Duck Rabbit selections, I've decided I need to make a trip to Farmville, NC. I live in Southeast Virginia, so it is going to happen. I think they have positioned themselves as a good brewery and might be flying under the radar to some extent.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:00:40 | More by Zraly
Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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