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

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Duck-Rabbit's Imperial Stout is extremely big and robust. This special beer is thick, jet black and oily in texture. Complex flavors of roast malts dominate: bitter chocolate and espresso coffee especially. There is also a very big hop presence both for bittering and for aroma. At 10% alcohol by volume, this brew is made to be sipped and savored!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005

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Photo of brystmar
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle notched "best before 3/13".

Overly carbonated as the massive tan head erupts from my glass. Strongly medicinal and oxidized nose. Something's wrong here...

One sip and you know it's infected. Charred, burnt malt is overrun by cherry tartness. Honestly, it kinda works! I happen to enjoy this particular infection, though I'd love to revisit a "good" bottle of Rabid Duck in the future.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to DonFrap for bringing this one. Split 3-ways in a mini-tasting (4oz serving). Poured into Founders snifter. 2011 vintage.

A- Pours a completely opaque dark black with a very thick quarter finger of head with nice retention and leaves nice lacing. Not too much carbonation.

S- Lots of soy sauce, a hint of malts and cocoa. Slightly above average aroma strength, very peculiar. Not bad, a little bit strange though.

T- Soy sauce, light chocolate, some malts, lightly sweet soy sauce finish that lingers for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, lightly creamy, goes down easy, abv very well hidden.

O- This was an interesting beer, I can't say I hated it but it definitely wasn't my favorite flavor in the world. It definitely had a very strong soy sauce flavor that almost bordered on steak sauce flavor. Abv well hidden, decent mouthfeel. I can't say I would recommend this beer- you will probably either like it or hate it.

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Photo of Cresant
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a New Belgium globe. I could not read the notching for the date. The label was torn. That could not matter though. This 10% RIS will stand up for a very long time. The body was densely black/brown with a creamy, deep tan head. The cap left specks of lacing.

The smell was soy sauce and light fruitiness. Mild alcohol and plums. I would have hoped for a bit more here.

The taste was first tangy with a roast bitterness finish. Rich nutty malted grain. Some lactic notes were discernible too. Not too sweet, maybe not sweet enough?

The mouthfeel was silky with a modest amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Dope
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pitch black with a big fluffy medium brown head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving good lacework behind.

S: Smells like...meat. Like steak tips off the grille. Steak tips cooked in soy sauce. Kind of reminds me a little of Dark Lord (which was pure soy sauce). Very confusing aroma. It's not even that bad, just unusual.

T: Taste follows the nose. I get a little roasted malt and then it's pure meat. Then a little chocolate and tons of soy sauce. Finishes with a bitter and drying char character. What am I drinking?

M: Fairly heavy, a little chalky. Drying on the back end.

O: Well, there's a little roasted malt and a whole lot of meat and soy sauce. Only other beer that I've had like this was Dark Lord as I already mentioned, which was just soy sauce. I'm not sure if it's a brewing mistake or an infection or just a really strange beer, though they were both RISes. Hmph. Avoid if you dislike drinking meat and soy sauce.

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Photo of magine
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH goblet.

Pours a near black, dark brown with some ruby edges. Massive dark tan head. Full layered head stays the whole session. Some great lace coats the entire glass. Very good looks.

Brew smells of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted coffee, nibs. Great nose.

Brew is creamy smooth, dark cocoa, roasted flavors in the finish. Drying finish. More milk chocolate comes through in the flavors. Sweet hops maybe in here to help compliment the array of malts. Dark fruits maybe mixed with lots of roasted coffee, espresso and cocoa. Very good complex flavors. Great.

A great imperial stout. Love it and the abv isn't noticed as much as you would expect. One to seek out again.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.02/5  rDev -48.7%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After all the recent reports of infected bottles I am happy to say this beer was free of infection and really quite delicious. Black body with a finger of mocha colored head that settles slowly and leaves some patchy lacing. Roasty, sweet aroma with a trace of booziness; some dark fruit notes, good chocolate presence.

Very tasty. A balanced blend of chocolate and roasted, slightly charred malt flavors, again a hint of dark stone fruits, traces of espresso coffee and a mild, pleasantly warming booziness in the finish. Moderately sweet molasses flavor, slightly sticky and lip-smacking. Subtle anise (not a favorite of mine so I was thankful it was well-integrated and not particularly prominent).

Full bodied and smooth, moderate carbonation, creamy and thick mouthfeel that’s just right for the style. Not the biggest or most extreme imperial stout but a damned good one. Very drinkable for the heft and ABV. I’m a Duck Rabbit fan and this beer certainly didn’t hurt that!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very large multi-finger mild chocolate colored head on a jet black body.

S: milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts and toffee.

T: very sweet and tangy up front with an almost light colored fruit and cola character which transitions to coffee and finishes with chocolate and roasted malts.

M: thick and full bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: little too sweet and tangy up front. The booze are well hidden. Definitely very dynamic but the initial taste is a turn off for me and ruins the nice middle and finish.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.77/5  rDev -55.1%
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!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Thick black body with a tan head, good lacing.

S- Dark malts, with hint of coffee and chocolate.

T- Bitter chocolate and coffee, roasted malt and even a hint of vanilla.

M- Very thick and creamy texture, moderate carbonation.

O- Good solid imperial stout.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. Poured a deep black with a small tan head along with weak lacing throughout. Nice and thick viscosity though. Smells of leather, wood, booze, raisins, cocoa, and faint espresso. Mouth is silky smooth and creamy. Flavor is of rich dark chocolate, bitter black coffee, wine, some walnut bitterness, and finishes slightly charred and roasty. Moderate amount of carbonation complements smoothness very well. Perfect sipper mouth. I think all the other DR brews are pretty average at best, but this is the best bunch of them all.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

A - Pours a nearly black color with a one finger mocha head that sticks around for a while. Leaves thick lacing.

S - Vanilla, mild coffee, malted milk ball, toasted coconut, trace amounts of char. Smells fantastic.

T - Some bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate. A little bit sweet for the style with a subdued bitterness, but delicious nonetheless. The malted milk ball from the nose shines through in the flavor as well. Complex with no trace of the double digit ABV.

M - Smooth, creamy, with good carbonation.

O - Duck Rabbit is one of those brewers that I look at every time I am at the beer store and respect, but rarely get. Today was the first time I saw the Rabid Duck. The picture of the duck with the sable hat brought back shades of George Costanza and I decided to grab one. I was very impressed by this beer and recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys RIS.

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Photo of stampfler07
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, thick creamy brown head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing

S- Strong roasted aroma, some cocoa, light sweetness and a hint of pine hop, pretty impressive and inviting

T- Heavy roasted flavor, dark cherry, chocolate, bitter coffee, light bitterness on the finish and warming alcohol

M- Light carbonation, medium-heavy body

O- I enjoyed this one quite a bit, enough that I grabbed a six pack to take with me on my move from Georgia to Colorado since I know I won't be able to get it anymore. Definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of matzah
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours dark but clear with a good two-finger head. Excellent lacing.

S: Very creamy but some roast came through. Tantalizing.

T: Very creamy at the beginning with roast coming through. Finishes with chocolate and coffee notes.

M: Nice and creamy. Well carbonated.

O: A very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a dense one finger light tan head with good retention and some lacing.
I had to work hard to pull aromas of chocolate and cereal out of this stout which is not typically the case with bigger beers. Overall I think this where this beer is lacking most.
Rich malts, coffee and roast followed by alcohol. Very complex tasting and very good.
Full bodied and crisp from the carbonation but also mouth coatingly smooth. It leaves a grainy and alcohol aftertaste.
I like this beer. The taste is complex with lots of flavored and it also has a compled feel to it. I would love to have another one of these to hold onto for a year or more to track the changes.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stimulus for this awesome extra! Pours a thick, pitch black color with a small-medium, dark tan/espresso colored head that quickly diminishes. Scent is heavy in the chocolate department. A ton of rich chocolate with hints of espresso and a lot of dark malt. Taste is initially dark malt with a hint of dark fruits. Then there is an interesting, tart flavor that I'm trying to put my finger on. Immediately switches to tasty biscotti and dark chocolate with just a hint of vanilla. Some lovely espresso notes as well. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected, and a bit...fizzy? Definitely not what I'm used to in a RIS. Drinkability is fairly high...ABV WELL-HIDDEN. Overall, this is not one of the best imperial/RI stouts I've had, but it is a tasty one and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing one of these with me.

Pours a thick, oil-like, pitch black with a mountain of beautiful dark brown, dense, soft, foamy head that has incredible retention. It left lacing all down the glass as the beer was drank. The nose has notes of deep, roasted malts, coffee, a bit of butterscotch, and something that reminds me of lactose. The taste is creamy, diacetylic, roasty, and faintly chocolaty, with a note of coffee. There is a mildly bitter hop finish that lends balance. There is also a little alcohol in the finish when the beer warms. The mouthfeel is full bodied, warm, and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is an intense beer. It has great flavor though a little creamy and to me off at times. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark dark brown with a big mocha brown head that fades to a big ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very good with huge notes of chocolate milk, chocolate covered cherries, other dark fruits, and earthy roasted malt.

T: The taste is much like the nose but with a few different things going on. The biggest difference I pick up immediately is a big roasted coffee flavor along with a touch of hops. The chocolate and dark fruits are also there but there is a bitterness on the finish I can't quite place.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: This was a bit better than I expected and a solid RIS. The aromas and flavors are all great. If it wasn't for that off-putting bitterness on the finish this might have scored a bit higher.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a blacked out color with a nice tuft of lightly tanned head resting on top. Retains well with a thick layer of filmy retention, leaving plenty of patchy lacing on the top portion of the glass.

Pretty roasty in the nose with plenty of dark malts. Hints of raisin and dates with some chocolate sweetness. Soft alcohol presence, despite the higher ABV.

Faint hops quickly give way to some dark malts and roasted tones. Raisin and dark fruit cut through with a softer glow of anise. Chocolate comes through in the backbone, which is thick and slightly sweet. Finishes warm with another hint of raisin.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, soft and sticky on the tongue. This was a pretty solid imp stout, and they did a nice job of balancing the alcohol heat with dark fruit flavor.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by March 2010.

A: opaque, poured with a deep tan head that dissipated to a thin lacing
S: medium nose, intriguing, deep roasted malt, much depth and character, dark roasted chocolate, malted milk balls
T: very nice, good roasted malt up front with pronounced bitter finish that surprised me after the nose, could use a bit more aging to mellow out hops, bitter dark chocolate, well-made
M: deep, dark, roasted malt with bitter dark chocolate finish

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this year's bottle thanks to Kyle!

Pour was dark black. The air is filled with sweet dark fruits, molasses, and cereal grains. Then I drink it. This might be the first time a beer tastes exactly like it smells. Slick sweet and a full body. Never had a beer that was slick, sweet, and had a full body.

Sits light, and tastes like sweet cereal grains. Normally, I would hate on something so simple, but its very good. Goes down well.

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Photo of thain709
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A - Pours with a pitch black body and a brown head...the head was one finger and fell to a thin, spotty cap...the cap stays around but only leaves light lacing

S - The nose is very rich...dark chocolate leads the way with a lot of roastiness lingering around

T - Again, dark chocolate is in full force...the roasted malts put off a nice flavor that is adding body...the hard roast on the malts comes across with a bitter flavor...this lends to a coffee presence as well...dark fruits are lingering in the background just to add depth to the flavor...they bring a slight sweetness too...the bitter roast comes back for the finish

M - Semi-full bodied...it's almost there in fullness...creamy, roasty, and bitter

O - The alcohol is well hidden in this RIS...I enjoyed this one and all of it's dark chocolate flavors...the malts were nicely roasted and gave off a nice bitterness

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Photo of rangerred
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance is opaque black with a tiny dark brown head that quickly fades to a small ring around the glass.

Aroma of heavily roasted malt and dark chocolate along with molasses and dark fruit. Some smoke in there as well.

Flavors of dark fruit and roasted malt along with dark chocolate. Also some coffee notes and smoke come through. Bitterness perfectly balances out the sweetness with a little ash flavor on the finish. Mouthfeel is full.

Overall this is a top of the line RIS. It is probably one of the best I have had.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Black with 1.5 finger light cappucino head. Nice lacing. 

Chocolate cherries. Sweet bread. 

Bitter chocolate. Rich plums. Good all-around RIS flavors that get more rich and complex as it warms up. 

Medium thick, creamy feel. Not much carbonation. 

While not the best RIS out there, this one is worth checking out if you like the style. It was quite good 4 months ago and better now- I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of this six pack evolves over the next 12-24 months. 

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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.