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

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 187
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:
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Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

Served from tap into a 4oz tumbler. Pours pretty much black with a slight red hue with a minimal tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, subtle coffee bean, and vanilla. The flavor was of roasted malt, subtle coffee, a nice alcohol sting, and subtle hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was better on tap than it was in the bottle in my previous review. I suggest if you haven't had this one before that you try to get your hands on it as you will likely not be disappointed.

09-27-2010 12:07:08 | More by thagr81us
Photo of steve8robin


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

Got this in a trade. Thanks Cmrillo. 12oz bottle, best by 03/2011...

A: Super pitch black with a humongous mocha colored head 2 inches thick that fades slowly. Perfect!

S: A nice creamy milk chocolate scent upfront blended with some mild roasty bitterness. Some faint dark fruits on the backend. Hints of cocao and mild vanilla. Very good.

T: A little strange. Kind of a soapy, metallic roastiness. The soapy and metallic flavors are very subtle though. Hints of vanilla and cocao blended in. Decent.

M: Very light bodied with more water than carbonation. Ok.

D: Once you get past the strange hints of scents in the mix, it's good.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Not awesome, but good. Definitely try if you have access, but not worth hunting.

09-19-2010 00:17:14 | More by steve8robin
Photo of Nutleybeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

Pours thick, like, well, motor oil. A huge, brownish head is formed after the pour. Black as night in color. A strong alcohol smell, a prelude of things to come.

First sip, a strong flavor. Cocoa like lacing. The alcohol is not well hidden. There is nothing subtle here. Mild roasty taste. Some sweetness and maltiness. Minimal hoppiness at the end.

Quite pleasant. Typically good from this brewery. When are you coming to NJ? Not a session beer, but a deeply flavorful stout.

09-08-2010 23:19:19 | More by Nutleybeer
Photo of speter

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

A: Jet black with a huge fluffy (large bubble) tan head that is quite persistent. Eventually, the head fades, but clings to the side like a monster.

S: Rich roasty malt backbone with a strong hint of prune and raisin.

T: Nice, but not overly complex. The start and center are very sweet, but the finish and aftertaste are very dry and somewhat bitter (like dark chocolate). The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering.

M: Overall, it's not as thick as I would have expected given the ABV and the nose. It's warming, but not so much that I couldn't enjoy it on a cool fall evening (as opposed to a cold winter's night). The carbonation is rather brisk, but a vigorous pour and some swirling keep it under control.

D: I'd have to say average for an RIS (which is great for a one-off sipper, but not for extended drinking).

09-07-2010 02:34:02 | More by speter
Photo of JAXSON


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

12oz bottle, pours black with a medium cappuccino head that fades to a creamy ring. Fairly roasty nose with some nice charred, ashy qualities. Quite roasty flavor, coffee bean dust and unsweetened dark chocolate. A bit overly bitter on the finish. Nice and creamy in the mouth. Pretty nice, if the finish were smoother or more interesting this would be quite a bit better. Thanks ShadesofGrey!

09-07-2010 02:18:22 | More by JAXSON
Photo of domtronzero


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

09-03-2010 04:11:21 | More by domtronzero
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14%

one of my all time favorites and i was lucky enough to be able to try it on tap again recently. served in a pint glass and enjoyed tremedously.

pours out an almost totally dark black. a good two fingers of head that were on top of the glass from the first pour never do fade away in any way at all, really just coating the sides nicely and leaving tons of brown sticky foam

aroma is of dark fruit, tons of dark malts, chocolate, hints of caramel an toffee, plums, a hint of smoke, truly a wonderful beer in ever sense of the word. each sip seems to bring with it another flavor that you just cannot get enough of, warming, soothing, relaxing and creamy feel just makes it a pleasure to sip as the last drops leave a touch of dark plums and a hint of hops in their wake.

overall this is hands down one of the best of the style, i never shy away from this whenever i can get it. really just a delight.

08-29-2010 01:39:08 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a very black color with a touch of oil like viscosity that leaves a film on the glass. Huge fluffy mocha colored head that recedes down to a pleasant collar after a few sips. The aroma is equally impressive with notes of chocolate, marshmallow and peanut butter. Really delicate vanilla aromas of malted barley and cocoa powder. The flavor is complex and has a very deep dark fruitiness that lends itself to chocolate and espresso notes. The booze stings just a touch on the aftertaste but this is being drank around 60 degrees. Very nice and creamy otherwise. Mouthfeel has a dry finish with an alcoholic bite but is masked well by the dark chocolate flavors. This is over carbonated for the style and does show in it's huge head. For this it's uncharacteristic of the style and my preference. Drinkability is above average and gets my vote As a great Russian imperial stout. If you can find it, it's a must.

08-29-2010 00:54:40 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of robwestcott


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

big thanks to rwinzinger for this one.

poured from the bottle very dark, near black to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger frothy mocha colored head leaving a bit of nice lace.

mild coffee and chocolate aroma with toasted malts following up.

consistent with other duck rabbit brews, the hops are right there near the front. in this case, they're sitting alongside the coffee and chocolate. interesting I suppose, but I'd like to have the malt staring at me instead. ( edit: once the beer warmed a bit, the malt was much more evident.)

smooth and creamy, mild carbonation.

drinkable enough for the style.

I've got a few bottles, I think i'll let them sit awhile and check back in on them in a few months.

08-27-2010 00:50:34 | More by robwestcott
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Got one of these from bullywee (thanks!) before moving to the area, and have had a few since then. For the purpose of this review, 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Near black with deep ruby highlights and a finger of fluffy tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Aromas pretty much hitting the checklist for the style. Chocolate? Yep. Roasted/burnt malts? Yep. Dark fruit? Yep. A little boozy? Yep.

Flavors don't quite hit the nail as squarely on the head. Perhaps a bit heavy handed on the sweetness of dark fruit and molasses, although a surprising bitterness and some burnt malt keep it somewhat in check. Mouthfeel's a bit light, with lingering cherry, booze and espresso.

Overall impression: Bold flavor profile, but it doesn't quite click with me. This could be a good candidate for aging, though; I may pick up a few to experiment with next time I see it.

08-25-2010 20:31:01 | More by PDXHops
Photo of AleWatcher


4.47/5  rDev +14%

This is probably the 50th beer I've reviewed that came to me courtesy of my friend Russ, aka 2DogBrew. In the numerous trades and countless beermails exchanged, Russ has confirmed what I've always suspected-- he is just one hell of a great guy. Thanks a lot my friend! (I'm even serving this in the DFH snifter you sent as a birthday present!)

I served this just slightly chilled-- from cellar into fridge for about 15-20 minutes.

The beer is dark. No doubt. Very dark. This is the liquid equivalent of Toni Johnson's heart (she was the first girl to ever break my heart, and is responsible for numerous lousy songs written by your friendly beer-reviewer. She even inspired the name of my first band- Avoiding Toni). No light passes through this liquid, and only the slightest deep red hue is visible in the legs. Duck-Rabbit is the self proclaimed "Dark Beer Experts," and so far, I'm not going to argue. The powdered cocoa colored head started as 3 fingers and slowly settled into a frothy cap-- a good swirl brings it back to damn-near its former glory. Unlike Toni who has probably gotten fat and developed big trucker hips after birthing a couple punk-rock-star babies.

The smell is huge bitter cocoa. Wow. Really dry and roasty malts, some chocolate covered espresso beans, and dark, unsweetened cocoa. This beer is a beast. A delicious, gorgeous beast. There is some heavy hitting carbonation in this beer-- it is gaseous. I feel a bit like Ignatius J. Reilly-- in the sense that my valve is going to slam shut and I will need to spend several hours in the tub to recuperate from such grievous assault! Fortuna has spun me low this time!

I wonder if Toni would like this beer.... I'll be honest, it has been nearly 15 years, so I can't even claim to know who she is now or what has become of her life-- but I'm going to say no, she wouldn't like this beer. She is probably tucked away in some funky little coffee shop smoking Capris and drinking a Half-Caf Soy-Chai Latte while reading some drivel by the likes of Ayn Rand... Atlas shrugged, eh? good read? Feeling empowered? Ha.

I wish that I could travel back in time to tell my 17 year old self know that someday I would drink a fine beer and laugh at about this whole thing. Alas, I can only enjoy the beer and reminisce about times long forgotten, and perhaps ponder what tragedies Toni has encountered in her life since breaking my heart on Feb. 7th. (I only remember the date because it happens to be the name of one of the songs she inspired). But, like this very fine beer, I'm not really that bitter. I have some sweet and soft moments too.

To be quite honest, I'm more saddened by the fact that I only have 3 or 4 sips of this beer left. It is really warming up to nearly room temperature, and I'm prolonging this review to ensure I enjoy every last drop.

The body is thick. Not the thickest beer I've ever had-- but certainly thick. Lots of carbonation helps this feel creamy and smooth-- just right. I am happy that I have another bottle or two laying here somewhere... This beer is an excellent sipper. I can't wait to see what happens next year when I crack open the next one.

It has been fun taking this small trip down memory lane, and even more fun reviewing this beer. It is now time for bed-- I have only 8 hours to recover and get back to "able to go to work Jeff" mode.

Stay thirsty my friends.

08-18-2010 04:18:23 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of jrallen34


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Thanks to Sean for this one. 12oz bottle.

Black with a light tan head...Aroma is sweet chocolate with some black licorice...Taste is off to me, lightly sweet to start chocolate which is ok but the finish is off to me. Its bitter but an off bitter, a medicinal bitter, chalky, just off and basically ruins it to me.

08-15-2010 03:29:30 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Schmaltzy


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

A- Dark Brown, pretty much black with 1-2 fingers of dark tan head that receeded to a ring of head and little lacing on my glass.

S- Wow, nice roasted malts, slight molasses, dark fruit, candi sugar, toffee/caramel, slight vanilla, anise, nice roasted dark coffee, very nice and the scents keep coming as it warms.

T- Again roasted malt, molasses, roasted coffee, candi sugar, dark fruits, slight warming alcohol burn, slight vanilla and anise finish.

M- Nice Medium/more heavy body with more carbonation than expected, would like to try with more cellaring to let the flavors meld together and the carbonation to die down.

D- Good, nice flavors and loads of scents coming through but the heavier body, slight alcohol burn and more than expected carbonation bring this score down.

08-14-2010 07:46:15 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of Kikkycat


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle poured into a Foothills Brewing pint glass (from the same state at least).

A: black coffee, with a one finger head the color of milk chocolate

S: sweet, with coffee, figs, raisins

T: strong coffee (as in, someone left it on the burner for a long while), followed by the sweet fruitiness and some alcoholic tingling. Astringency noted. There are hops but they don't have a strong voice.

M: good for the style - any thicker and it'd be difficult to swallow.

D: I enjoyed it, but it's not the kind of beer I'd be able to drink more than one of in one sitting. I am glad I have five more bottles in my possession though!

08-12-2010 22:43:41 | More by Kikkycat
Photo of ne0m00re


4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

06/07/10- Had a 12 oz bottle (March 2010) of this one thanks to klevelandrocks.
A: Black with a slight red hue, it poured with big bubbles that died to a collar and thin tan film.
S: Dark chocolate, some espresso, big roasted malts, subdued banana caramel, more like oatmeal, cherry hazelnut.
T: Nutty cherry ice cream on front and a smokey bacon coffee aftertaste, with chocolate covering everything. Interesting how smoth it is and not harshly burnt.
M: Thinner than expected, frothy creamy and almost good with an undercarbonated body.
D: Awesome. Equivalent to Old Raspy.

08-10-2010 21:25:52 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of Florida9


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Black (actually showing dark brown around the edges) with a 1/2" of fizzy dark tan head that reduces quickly. Very little lacing. Quickly becomes a dark liquid with no head, no lacing, and no visible signs of life.

S: Heavy roasted sweet malts. Molasses. Brown sugar. Dark fruits, raisins; almost port-like. As it warms licorice develops as does the alcohol.

T: Sweet dark malts. Cocoa and molasses, with a heavy, residual bitterness and a faint, but increasingly noticeable, burnt malt quality.

M: Heavy with low carbonation. A bit astringent.

D: Good to very good, though the burnt aspect could be a bit distracting.

08-06-2010 01:10:18 | More by Florida9
Photo of EgadBananas


4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Thank you Trever(advent) for this gem!

Pours thick and black, with a surprisingly big, fluffy chocolate color head. Retention is great.

The smell is rich chocolate, and coffee beans, with some hints of IBUs. Roasted malts and some anise as well. No alcohol smell at all.

The taste is dark chocolate, espresso, licorice. Slight bitterness, but more of a coffee/chocolate bitterness than from hops. There is nearly no boozy taste, but you can feel the warm bubbling in your throat after a few sips.

This is full bodied, thick, creamy, coating and delicious! Very good drinkability for this big beer!

07-25-2010 23:55:25 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of StlHopHead77


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks again to Brian in Charlotte for this one.

A-An opaque,pitch-black that allows for small traces of deep,muddy brown on the initial pour.The head is one-finger of creamy,cocoa powder brown that has medium retention and leaves sparse,thin lacing.

S-Initially,the nose is of strong,quality coffee and bittersweet chocolate.That is followed by a well-developed dark,roasted malt foundation and a scent akin to a Maduro cigar wrapper.

T-Slightly bitter,creamy chocolate with burnt toast,anisette and sweetened espresso.That sweet,earthy,leathery tobacco flavor also makes
a late appearance in the finish.

M-Big,rich,oily and warm.This beer coats the tongue and throat with a great coffee bitterness and that slow,cigar-drag burn in the aftertaste.

D-For 10% ABV,the alcohol is well-hidden.This brew is big and filling but I could easily see myself drinking a few of these.

07-25-2010 13:25:52 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of beerman207


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

A; No light coming through - dark tan head that leaves quickly - no head to speak of. Skim left behind for a while

S: Cocoa, coffee, smoke, mollases, some dark fruit - nice

T: Vanilla, coffee,chocolate, roasted malt, some real small hop presence. Very happy with the taste.

M: Average mouthfeel for an RIS - not thin but not chewy either. easy to drink

D: Could have another one of these without a problem.

07-18-2010 00:50:48 | More by beerman207
Photo of bundy462


2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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.

07-17-2010 03:58:45 | More by bundy462
Photo of chcfan


4.35/5  rDev +11%

Bottle into my Fuller's nonic pint

Bottle dated best by 3/11. I'm guessing that's a year from bottling, but can't confirm from their site.

Big, bold flavor and aroma abound in this offering from Duck Rabbit. I'm picking up chocolate, dark roast, coffee, and some vanilla.

Duck Rabbit purports itself to be the Dark Beer Specialist, and it delivered on its promise with this one.

Side note: this beer is so good I consider it "case worthy"

07-15-2010 01:34:05 | More by chcfan
Photo of sitarist


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks LOKI, great pick.

Best by 3/11, not sure when it was brewed?

Pours the deepest shade of next to black. No light gets through this. There is about a 1/2" of frothy caramel colored head. The head falls to barely a ring with few spots of lacing here and there.

I pick up scents of coco, molasses, vanilla, liquid smoke, some fruit preserves, along with something earthy / almost dirt like. Very unique.

Flavors of plums, grapes, currants, semi sweet coco, it has a wine like tannin bite. Long into the aftertaste I pick up some good Ethiopian coffee. The flavors are very well balanced.

Dry and heavy. It starts of coating the tongue nicely, then comes the heat and an almost astringent bitterness.

A very drinkable and unique beer for its style.

07-12-2010 03:15:46 | More by sitarist
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

07-10-2010 16:49:12 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Spica66


4/5  rDev +2%

2009 vintage. Poured from 12oz bottle into glass.

A: Smooth pouring. Very dark color. !/2 finger head. Minimal carbonation.

S: Very dark and malty. Not a lot of special notes (like coffee or other), but very nice.

T: Excellent, full-bodied stout flavor. Again, not very complex, but well done.

M: Smooth, light carbonation.

D: Very nice beer with nothing to keep you from enjoying as many as you might like to have.

07-06-2010 16:27:17 | More by Spica66
Photo of John_M


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

On tap at the Big Hunt yesterday.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with considerable creamy, tannish brown head. Retention is excellent, and there is considerable lacing. Frankly, appearance-wise, it doesn't get much better than this in a RIS. The nose is impressive, primarily due to the rich intensity of the aroma profile. I get a considerable amount of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. In fact, the aroma really reminds me of a baby version of the Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island. Flavors generally replicate the nose, except the chocolate flavor leans towards dark chocolate, and the light hoppy bitterness seems to give the beer something of coffee ground flavor component. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner then I was expecting given the flavor profile, but nevertheless, it's still pretty full, rich and long. Drinkability is pretty good for a 10% beer, though needless to say, with a beer this rich and boozy, it's slow going working through my cheater pint. Regardless, this is a very fine beer, and one I was very happy to have the opportunity to try.

07-03-2010 17:51:45 | More by John_M
Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.