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

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very good

775 Ratings
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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 187
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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4.35/5  rDev +11%

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!

GarthDanielson, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

kvgomps, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

JeffTheJuice, Apr 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

spoonhawk, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Mikexw
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

FilumDee, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

aleckpa, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Zraly
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Zraly, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

oline73, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

SaCkErZ9, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Mississippi, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

seavercm, Mar 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

justincourts, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

psoriasaurus, Feb 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Zaphog, Feb 02, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.5%

RayUF07, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ColdWaffles, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Fireslayer, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

mattreitz49, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

c64person, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

cwguy5, Jan 03, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -12%

i had this immediately after a black tuesday, so my review may be skewed negatively in the shadow of one of the best stouts ever made, but this one didnt really do much for me. it has a couple years on it i think, and may not have aged as gracefully as originally anticipated. the pour is very dark, but oddly thin, not a lot of body on it by the way it looks. the nose and taste are both a little oxidized. we all agree that we smell and taste green olives, its briny and strange. there is a nice bitter roasty malt to this, and a warming alcohol strength, but the flavors in the middle are either aged away or not very dynamic. it drinks really heave for having a body on the lighter side, and the booze comes out a lot when its at room temperature. i will have to get a fresh bottle and revisit this another time, and it had a lot of variables working against it this time around. still, unimpressed by my first duck rabbit experience.

StonedTrippin, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

aqualung23, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.