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

Duck-Rabbit Rabid DuckDuck-Rabbit Rabid Duck

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very good

732 Ratings
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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005)
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Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a pitch black with a solid 2 finger head that hangs around longer than the in-laws on holidays. Neat coloration for the head. It's a chocolate colored head but it's kind of like it has some red or ruby mixed in.
Smells like a strong coffee and rich dark chocolate.
Nice strong roasted backbone supports some fruitiness and dark chocolate. Strong black coffee flavors with a nice combination of bittering and alcohol finish. Nice strong lasting aftertaste. This beer packs a huge George Forman like punch but still maintains it's balance.
Mouthfeel is that of used motor oil. Not that I've ever had used motor oil in my mouth, but this is what I imagine it would feel like.
This is a one bottle night capper beer.
Great offering from Duck-Rabbit which is becoming NC's best brewery with some awsome seasonals and a nice base of regular offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 03:23:11 | More by wcudwight
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a very dark black with a half inch thick cocoa colored head, that remained for several minutes before turning into a layer of foam on top of the beer. It is a very impressive looking beer.

Aromas of sweet malts, dark chocolate, fruit and some alcohol. It reminds me a lot of the D-R Baltic Porter.

Taste is quite large. Definite alchohol burn,especially as this warms. Hoppy bitterness and roasted malts. Pretty good overall.

Mouthfeel is definite RIS, although not quite as thick as Stone RIS or Bells Expedition, it ranks up there with them in "motoroilyness".

This is a good beer, but I couldn't drink more than one at a time. As it warms, the alcohol burning really comes through, so I'd suggest drinking this one rather quickly, at a cool temperature that hasn't warmed to room temp yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 00:02:23 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of hunteraw


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one my way...

Appearance: Pours opaque and jet black, with an enormous tan-colored head with good retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma that's detectable as soon as the beer hits the bottom of the glass. Chocolate, roast, and a slight hint of... anise? Some coffee and alcohol.

Taste: Strongly bitter and roasty. Everything else takes a back seat: dark fruit, coffee and chocolate. Hop character is grassy, and shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, carbonation good for the style.

Drinkability: Not my favorite RIS, but solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 05:18:08 | More by hunteraw
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been searching for this one for a while to complete my Duck Rabbit collection but was afraid it was a one off last year after they made the Baltic Porter so I was quite pleased to find it at the Whole Foods on Wade Ave (man, those guys have everything if you time it right, although a tad expensive). This DR pours the expected jet black but the head doesn't reign long, retreating to a brown cap after a few minutes. Lacing is oddly nil. The nose doesn't disappoint, with multiple layers of chocolate and coffee you can smell a few feet away. Alcohol is unbelieveablly silent for the time being. Me likey.

The taste is a different story, with heavy alcohol draping itself all over the sip and aftertaste. Nice chocolate and espresso flavors and resonant hopping keeps your eyes wide open in spite of yourself. High bitterness battles deep malt throghout the aftertaste. This is manageable thanks to a thick, syrupy mouthfeel that coats and soothes. It's as good as I was expecting but a little intensely alcoholic and flavorful for multiples. Wow. Looking forward to their next concoction here in NC.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 04:50:58 | More by daliandragon
Photo of dgfair

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Jet black with a huge frothy head that dissipates very quickly to a thin layer with a little bit of lacing on the glass. Dark in color but the body looks a little thin for an imperial stout.

S - Smells like a sweet, sugary coffee drink. A little bit of cocoa character comes through as well. A little bit of a sweet marzipan smell comes through as well. A very nice roasty scent as well...overall very complex for an impy stout.

T - Strong dark roasted coffee with a touch of chocolate sweetness, and a little bit of powdery cocoa. Alcohol comes through on the swallow and sticks around in the aftertaste. I'll attribute this to the young age of this stout, as it would probably mellow significantly after a tour of duty in the cellar. In fact, the taste is a little disjointed and I think would blend nicely with some age.

M - Pretty heavily carbonated and a little thin. I would like it to be a little creamier and thick for the style, but it's not bad and does add to drinkability.

D - Very drinkable for a big stout. The alcohol presence never overwhelms and the body lends to easy drinking. I enjoy drinking it and can't wait to open one in about 6 months to see where it's going.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 02:25:44 | More by dgfair
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown black with light tan head that quickly diminishes. Some lacing on the glass. Smell could be stronger but pleasant burnt malts and espresso. Taste is exceptional, espresso with its associated bitterness and oil feel. Little going on in the way of chocolate. Nice long finish with some bitter hops and a bit more chocolate coming through as the beer warms. Duck-Rabbits really dark beers are highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 21:30:58 | More by srrn
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on some of this stuff after missing out last year due to availability problems. A reliable source told me DR has stepped up production of it's limited release beers. The beer poured totally black with a nice 1 inch tan head. Aroma was quite roasty and coffeeish, very espresso-like with some bitter hops mixed in. Taste was excellent. Lots of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark rum and burnt flavors along with a bitter hoppy finish. Warming alcohol was there, but it didn't detract from the drinkability at all. Mouthfeel was thick and rich, the way an Imperial Stout is supposed to be. Excellent offering from the "dark beer specialists".

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 14:26:33 | More by rodrot
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to mikes groove for this via trade!

A - pitch black, small steady tan head. Looks like motor oil on the way into the glass!
S - Rich sweetness, bitter chocolate, roasted grains and a touch of molasses.
T - Sweeter than the aroma indicates. Wallows around the glass quite nicely with the bitter chocolate, roasted grains flavors and a piney hop taste. Intriguing at each sip!
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated. Stiff, not cloying.
D - Yes sir, may I have another?

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 20:10:24 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one hell of a stout. Very rich dark-coffee roasts in the smell and taste. Creamy texture leads to a thick appearance with good retention and a smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol comes through in the taste a bit, but is well hidden considering the percentage. A pleasant burn on the way down and a nice over-all warming complexity. A perfect, day-ending treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 03:22:23 | More by Neehan
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 02:16:51 | More by atsprings
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impervious pitch black color with a tight, creamy cocoa head - large at first but falling to a soft, whispy cap. Smells deeply malty, rich and fruity. Like chocolate cake topped with berries and molasses, black coffee on the side. Bold, dark flavors of roasted bitter chocolate and espresso carefully balanced with dark fruits. Some alcohol emerges as it warms, but it blends so well with the flavors, it's hardly noticeable except for a slight warmth in the throat. Smooth mouthfeel is a little less than full bodied and appropriately bitter.

Damn good. Nice to have such a great local Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 04:10:49 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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
Photo of kmpitz2


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. This brew pours a siniser deep deep brown color, only signifying that it is not black through a weak crimson highlite at the bottom of the glass. A half finger of dark tan head falls to a very spotty coat over top. Only a few stray bubbles are seen streaming upwards through the liquid. This is a good looking beer. The aroma is intense. I get huge notes of blackstrap molasses, with a touch of soy sauce, backed by a solid foundation of dark chocolate and a touch or roast. This one is still a little cold, so I will see what it does as it warms up. After letting it sit for a while, the chocolate notes sweeten up and come through a lot stronger, displacing the molasses as top dog. The first sip brings a big strong chocolate covered espresso bean combination of chocolate and coffee. The hop is a bit piney, but blends really well with deep roast and chocolate sweetness to really nail the coffee flavor in there. A touch of soy hits right after swallowing the beer, but then things move to a very smooth chocolate after taste, with a slight bitterness clinging on. This is really tasty beer. Mouthfeel on this one is where things are a little interesting. it is well to the thick end of moderate, but with a touch of slickness and a light to moderate carbonation that really makes this one feel a lot less robust than I feel it needs to be. I want this beer to be chewy. That said, I don't think it detracts from the overall experience more than a little. There is no clue in the aroma or flavor that this is a monsterous 10%, leaving it very clean and easy drinking. This one is just full of aroma and flavor. I think the flavors really blend well together and make one hell of a good beer. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 01:47:10 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Imbiber

New York

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chuck for this bottle. Totally black with a deep, dark tan head. Crude oil is paler than this.

Aroma is strong, a complex mix of vine fruits, hops, molasses which forms an accurate introduction to the flavour. Very rich, 'christmas pudding in a glass' with lots of chewiness; slick on the palate with a pleasant vinous mouthfeel. A little more bitterness comes out at the end.

World class.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 16:17:25 | More by Imbiber
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in November of 06: Pours a jet black color with a thick cocoa head that reatins impressivley despite the age and abv. The aroma is equally impressive with a big swiss chocolate character upfront, along with coffee, molasses, burnt bread, dark fruits and a slight sherry aroma. The flavor also has a big gourmet chocolate character initially, along with some expresso, burnt bread, blackstrap molasses, black cherry, plum, and some sherry notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with minimal carbonation, drinkability is excellent. This beer held up extremely well, the alcohol almost completely subsided and the mouthfeel became even smoother.

p.s. anyone cellaring this currently should drink within the next 12 months as i can't see this beer improving much more, and it will likely decline after that period.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 05:47:25 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. He keeps me hooked up with quality NC beer. Cheers, dude!

Inky darkness into my Samichlaus snifter. Massive toffee-colored head wells up and lasts for a good while. Mild lacing of the glass.

Aromas are lovely. Nestle Quik powder, chocolate squares, roasted coffee beans, a puff of somke, roasted malt.

Flavor was not as aggressive as other RIS beers I've had. More subdued and "milky" in flavor. Tons of chocolate, dark fruits, char, grassy hops here, mixed with fresh milk. Again, It's tasty, but not as big and aggressive of some of the other heavy-hitting RI stouts. Don't get me wrong...it's damn tasty.

Nice mouthfeel. Oily. Slick. Very surprised to read the ABV at 10%. It's hidden very, very well here.

Very well-balanced. Extremely flavorful. A winner from a under-the-radar brewery. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 23:11:45 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy, this beer packs a punch. A very dark beer with a fair amount of head. The smell was of malt with a hint of the alcohol. The taste was very good for this style. It has a mildly sweet taste. The mouthfeel was smooth with a deffinate alcohol presence. I could drink these again. This beer sold fast so surely it will be brewed again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2006 09:40:47 | More by Enola
Photo of ppoitras


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from hoppedup as part of BIF 25*. Thanks for the opportunity. Label notes best before Nov06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades reasonably slowly, with average lacing, commensurate with the style. Aroma is hearty dark malts, with alcohol apparent. Taste is bitter coofee and sweet chocolate malts working together, ending with a warming swallow, in which the coffee bitter lasts. Mouthfeel is creamy, and drinkability is good for the style. Another nice dark brew from Duck-Rabbit, who'da thunk it?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 02:56:13 | More by ppoitras
Photo of TastyTaste


4.6/5  rDev +17%
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
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's so nice to see stuff like RIS, IIPA, and other high gravity brews coming from NC. This one doesn't disappoint. Abyssal black pour with a surprisingly thick head of densely whipped mocha froth that laces fantastically.

Aroma is classic RIS, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, charred, roasty malt, anise, dark fruit, and fresh mocha java.

Flavor is definately on par too, big malt entry of bittersweet baking chocolate, charred malts, scorched brown sugar, and plenty of plum, dried cherry, and port wine. It's fruity center gives way to a moderately hopped finish with notions of orange peel and soft pine. Well rounded, although not overly complex.

Body is big, creamy, and goes down like silk. Texture is thick and oily, very mouth coating. Just a hint of the 10%, quite a nice sipper. Wish I could find more of this, it disappeared off the shelves way too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 14:34:06 | More by AlexJ
Photo of assurbanipaul


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a thick chocolate-colored head. The aroma is strong and potent, lots of dark wine and cherries with a little burnt malt. A more alcoholic element arises as it warms.

Taste is immediately malt, dark black patent and chocolate malt. Some burnt coffee flavors, a mild sweetness ending in a not-so-mild bitterness. More espresso, dark chocolate and burgundy flavors late in the taste, a slight lactic sweetness, a faint hoppy element. No alcoholic heat, no off flavors at all, but it is a bit sticky on the lips.

Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, moderately heavy. Full-bodied, pleasant and highly drinkable for the style. This one's a winner from an otherwise unnoticed brewery, it could stand with the best in the US. I could definitely session a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 04:56:54 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of nickss


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black... completely opaque... no chance of light coming through. Nice 1/2" head. I suppose I should mention that the head is incredibly dark... almost a milk-chocolate color... very nice.

Huge sharply bitter chocolate aroma. Noticeable hoppiness in the nose, however not imbalanced.... yum. Barely perceptable vanilla and molasses. Distinct astringent mocha as well.

Once again, huge bitter mocha flavour... a significant amount of coffee in the flavour as well. A berry kick on the back end makes this quite a nice brew.

This is a huge, mouthfilling beer. I am especially happy about this as I am frequently disappointed by the thinness of some stouts.

Very drinkable for a 10% brew... unfortunately the thickness (which I love) makes it difficult to stomach more than a few of these over the course of a night. However, all in all, D-R's best offering in my opinion. Very nice work.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 00:34:56 | More by nickss
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle provided by the amazing AKSmokedPorter

Pours a thick dark black with a mocha head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells fantastic! A blend of sweet malts, roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate aromas.

A sweet malt taste greets you upfront which quickly washes into a roasted grain and espresso flavor. Hints of chocolate here and there. There is a nice hop bitterness towards the end, and it finishes malty sweet.

Rich body with a nice creamy texture.

Super drinkable, especially for a 10%ABV beer. A damn fine impy...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 00:51:17 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of cracgor


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really a delicious Russian Imperial Stout. It pours out a beautiful black beer with a lush reddish brown head that stays firm to the glass and never disappears. The smell is roasted with lots of coffee like aroma. Very traditional to the style. The taste is great. A lot of brewers try to put too much hops in this great style, and this beer has the perfect amount of hops. Just enough to balance out and sweeten up the chocolaty roasts I taste, and yet it doesn't overshadow. A very floral and roasted taste. Mouthfeel is pretty typical of the style. Thick enough to notice and separate it from some other beers. An excellent beer to chew on for awhile if you can take it. No alcohol to discourage the palate, and only a slight warming of the esophagus.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 03:20:34 | More by cracgor
Photo of Jredner


4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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
Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.