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

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Reviews: 499
Hads: 825
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 189
Gots: 83 | 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

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!
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Reviews: 499 | Hads: 825
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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Photo of mulder1010
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ML bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to Biglite351 for the beer

A-- Poured black with just hints of ruby at the collar of the beer. half finger dark mocha head that changes to milk chocolate, then fades to film with a good collar. Just some spots of lacing

S-- Dark chocolate, back strap molasses, burnt rubber, earth and wood. Very deep and big nose to this.

T-- Dark bitter chocolate, molasses, coffee, licorice, burnt tires, and earthy sweetness. Quite nice.

M-- dark bitter chocolate and burnt rubber in the front. Quite thick but then smooths out in the back leaves a large bitter coffee and molasses finish. Slight notes of dark chocolate cherries in the back. Lots of bitterness in the finish. Reminds me a lot of the European Imperial stouts as get a candied char and burnt rubber taste. Slightly high carbonation to this.

O-- Quite complex beer. Quite nice. Good slow sipper that is thick and chewy, yet silky in spots.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer, I think it is highly underrated.

A: A cocoa brown, half-fingered head that displayed decent retention formed atop this black bodied brew settling to a thin ring, but left behind no lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, molasses, wonderful earthy and slightly chalky undertones.

T: Perfect blend of dark chocolate that masked the ABV completely and was able to do so why remaining relatively dry yet robust. Very unique experience that I would love to experience again.

O: Fantastic brew that I will be seeking out again in the future.

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Photo of seanwhite
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Rabid Duck pours a deep black color with a one and a half finger dark, tan head. The head eventually settles to a mere covering on the beer and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of roasted malts and chocolate. There is a bit of alcohol sharpness combined with a hint of darker fruits. At 10% ABV, a bit of alcohol is to be expected, and it is masked pretty well.

The taste starts off pretty sweet with the sweet malts and some darker fruits (plum, raisin, prune) coming through but then the roasted flavors with hints of coffee and chocolate start to come out. The alcohol again comes into play, a bit more than in the nose. The end is slightly bitter and lingers for a bit with the coffee persisting to the end.

The Rabid Duck is a solid example of a Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Plenum for this extra!

12oz bottle. Best by date of 03/11 (according to the notches in the side). Looks like this one might be around a year old, which is good because I like a little age on my stouts!

A- Pours a nearly jet black color with a massive dark brown head that leaves great lacing. Just about everything you could ask for in a big RIS.

S- Chocolate malts and roasted aromas dominate the nose. Reminds me a bit of Ovaltine powder but not in a bad way. A touch of smoke and alcohol are noticeable as well.

T- Big and roasty right off the bat. A very nice finish of milk chocolate and sweet roasted malts. The alcohol is well hidden considering the strength. As it warms, some coffee and anise notes come into focus.

M- Full bodied and well carbonated. Smooth and creamy with a big roasty aftertaste.

O- Overall I was quite impressed with this brew. I've read a few reviews of fresh bottles that seem to suggest this beer has some flavors that clash a bit while still young. IMO age has only helped meld the flavor profile together in a very enjoyable way.

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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.