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

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 184
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
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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

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Photo of BigMike
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with very little head.

Smell is dark chocolate, burnt coffee, black licorice, Alcohol and roasted malts.

Taste is almost identical to the nose. Dark sweet chocolate, Coffee and a little touch of black licorice.

This is a good sipper. nice complex mouthfeel. Alot of different flavors going on here. Good amount of carbonation and a nice bitter finish round this one out nicely.

A sipper however, drinkability is good. A very tasty RIS

Photo of meatyard
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque black/brown with a short, chocolate colored head that falls to a cover with a few spots of lacing.

The smell is of bitter chocolate, a touch of alcohol, cocoa and a bit of dark fruit.

The taste has a lot going on from the very first. There is a roasted, almost smoke taste at the front followed by licorice. The alcohol in the nose is much more hidden in the taste. Among other things there is coffee and chocolate in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good for a 10% ABV but this is really a beer to sip and see what you find. This is no run-of-the-mill RIS. I wish I had a couple more to sit on until the fall.

Photo of ajr24
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hunted this one down thanks to the forum posts.

12 oz bottle poured authoritatively into my Duvel tulip.

A- it floods the glass with a viscous black that quickly dons a garnet aura. A bubbly tan head gladly sits atop.

S- The smell is complicated. The aroma reminds me of spilling my coffee into a bowl of oatmeal. Theoretically a great combo, but the hop presence distorts things a bit. Some cocoa hides in the nose and is apprehensive to be revealed.

T- While shy in the nose, the cocoa is outgoing and assertive on the first sip immediately followed by a sharp, almost cheese like, hop character. It's like chocolate hops... not all that bad. The flavors go full circle really. Cocoa, hop twang, mocha... repeat.

M- The mouthfeel is exciting. It's smooth and energetic in one. It's soothing and encouraging. It's not as chewy as other RIS' but that is not a problem for this one.

D- Savor or indulge. Potayto/potahto.

Photo of deapokid
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black in color with a very thin white head with raspberry hues. Beer seems to be lightly carbonated and looks very nice in my brandy snifter.

Strangely enough, I'm picking up fruit in the scent as well. The usual anise, licorice and chocolate scents are present, but with a very light berry aroma.

Taste packs roasted notes in the front, with an alcoholic punch on the back-end. The strength of Kentucky whiskey is also present beneath all of the coffee bean flavor. It's a pleasing taste, but it doesn't have its own unique character, like models from North Coast, Stone and Victory.

Mouthfeel is nice, with the lively bourbon and roastey flavors hitting the tastebuds in the right spots. It really is a very good example of the style, but I was expecting it to make its presence felt. Instead, it merely does its job.

Photo of rugerj
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice black color with very faint ruby highlights, barely enough to see. Nice 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice lacing in glass. Smell is of dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses. Taste is of roasted malt and chocolate with hints of dark fruit and coffee. Warming alcohol can be tasted as beer is swallowed but nothing too hot. Mouth feel is good, carbonation is not overdone. Surprisingly this beer is not as "thick" as I would have expected.

A good beer, especially for the price. I would like to try one with some age on it to see if the flavors meld together more. Something is missing with this beer and I feel it may be the hops or perhaps the type of hops that would help balance out the roasted notes in the beer. Again, still not a bad offering and a pretty good beer.

Photo of oldhippie247
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black. Creamy tan head pours thick, with only the larger bubbles lingering. Body appears to be a bit less viscous than some RIS.

Roasted malts with a little plum-like fruitiness outline the nose.

Palate is predominately roasted dry notes, but a mouthwatering soured malt nuance balances it nicely. Mouthfeel is consistent with the appearance in that it's lighter than expected. Medium length finish.

Overall a pretty tasty beer, especially for the price. Not my favorite in this style, but a nice moderate change of pace. Will buy again for enjoyment and to support NC breweries.

Photo of mentor
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells roasty sour, chocolate espresso, potent hops, and blackstrap molasses.

Tastes rich herbal hop on dark grains and decent hop bitter. OMG, yum. Nice intensity and balanced roast, black patent sour, ashy dry, and hoppy dry. Nice supprot malt sweet. Grassy blackberry hop flavor (Northern Brewer?). Clean alcohol has a gentle hand. Carbonation contributes with its own sting. Esters are mild, and the little I get could actually be from hop flavor. Thick body with fine carbonation poking through the dextrinous mouthfeel. Acid in my belly rises as heartburn...aicd from dark grains or maybe infected?

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black, caps off with a medium dark cocoa browned foam that slips away quickly to leave some big bubbles and a thick skim at the collar. Lots of oily lacing is splattered acorss the glass.

Aroma is dark and deeply tanged in a sweet dark cherry hinted chocolate and bread dough. Slightly heated and spicy with floral hops, leather, vanilla, and graham crackers.

Solid and tanged deep and richly effective in a dark cherry/prune/raisin mild sourness and a fluffy dark bakers chocolate base with hints to molasses, piney oiled hops, leathery tobacco, coffee roast, green apple, and slightly burnt cream. The tang it holds in its deep dark cherry is moderately lengthy with a nice hold as the chocolate tones sweep up underneath leaving a slight fluff and bitterness with all the other notings of stuff going on inbetween.

Body is a solid medium, fairly creamy and smooth, bold, rich, lush, and tangy sweet feel within a very dark realm of dark fruity things; mostly dark cherry and a slight soured snap along with its chocolate balance finding certain areas. As it did get a bit of unconsistancey as it went along. Some sips the cherry tang overwhelmed everything, while others were down right awesome with the chocolate balance.

Be that as it may, this is one very solid RIS and wouldn't turn it down for nothings. It drinks down quite quickly.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Rabid duck pours out the standard dark color with a deep black color with a active rising tan head that got up to 2 inches. This creamy looking foam receded after a few leaving a skim on the surface. Some thin lines of lace on the glass.

S- A heaping of roasted malt is on the surface which also gives way to a chocolate scent. Creamy milk chocolate with a backdrop of cherries hidden away. Some alcohol as well. Getting just an underlay of hops from the fresh batch. All in all pretty sweet.

T- First sips, I got a nice roastiness from the malts along with a semi charcoal taste. A bit of heat as well. After some more this faded though and this duck turned very sweet. A bunch of chocolate and a milky cream essence. Some cherry flavor interwoven. Some grains mixed in there as well and just a touch of alcohol.

M- This one is on the slick and smooth side and is somewhere above medium bodied. thick enough for an RIS IMO. Otherwise this starts off roasty and becomes sweet after time. The alcohol does not intrude and for 10% I am impressed.

D- This stuff is good and damn drinkable for 10%. it's pretty much perfect and I could of drank more. I may need to find some on my next time down.

Photo of drseamus
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Try as I might I couldn't get a good head on this beer. It ended up having a soda-type head in the end but I was literally pouring from 15" over the glass. The body of the beer is pitch black.

S: Thick roasty malt with sweet chocolate. Some sweeter dark fruits behind.

T: Sweet and flavorful. Not sugar sweet as much as malty sweet though. Some chocolate mid-palate and the end is pure toffee. It's a great aftertaste.

M: Somewhat creamy body with a mouth coating sensation.

D: It's a tasty beer. Not the top RIS I've had but the drinkability is higher than a Dark Lord. Interesting how it comes in 6-packs too, that's rare with RIS's.

Photo of bbothen
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch opaque black that lets no light through. Small bubbly light brown colored head. Head doesn't stay long. Forms into bubbly ring around glass.

The aroma is of sweet dark fruitiness, date, plum raisin, fig, some chocolate & booze.

Some roasted/toasted maltiness, with plenty of sweetness, some tartness, some black licorice, mild hoppiness, sweet finish.

Feels full, creamy, smooth with low carbonation.

Fairly drinkable. The ABV seemed to be hidden in the flavors. More prevalent as it warmed. This didn't blow me away, but a fine example of a RIS. I would have again.

Photo of bowersdm
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this in a trade with ROBORB. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A - black with a creamed coffee colored 1cm head that slowly dissipated into a 0.25cm head.

S - dark, bitter chocolate, roasted barley, charred barley, molasses, alcohol.

T - dark bitter chocolate, roasted barley and a slightly charred barley flavor start out the taste. the finish is of more of the same accompanied by a slightly hopped (very slightly hopped) taste with some molasses. alcohol is slightly noticeable when the beer warms. the taste is overall very dry and reminds me off Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout.

M - nice and thick, the way I like my imperial stouts.

D - definitely one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had. I'm glad I got a second bottle in that trade. As stated above, if you enjoy Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout, then this a beer for you.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes a while ago

A- Opaque black with a thin mocha head

S- Burnt malts with some coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and burnt molasses.

T- A lot of coffee with some chocolate and dark fruits. A little hot but not too much. The roasted malts don't come out as much in the taste.

M- This one is a little thin but not bad. Carbonation was low whick I like in a RIS.

D- This one was easy to drink but not as "imperial" as most I have had. Not a bad offering and I wouldn't mind having it again if given the chance.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rwitter for the bottle.

Pours a very dark ruby color, no head, and decent carbonation.

Scent of roasted malts, hops, sugars, dark fruits, molasses, and some alcohol. Nice and sweet, but a bit overly so.

Taste of chocolate, grassy hops, earth, roasted malts, and tobacco, alcohol is hidden well. Not very robust; good, but slightly disappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, but thin for an Imperial Stout.

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This North Carolina brewery claims to be dark beer specialists and this black beauty certainly ranks among the top percentile for opaqueness; only holding it directly into bright light will reveal any kind of highlighting (which exists only along the base and not even the perimeters). Its cocoa coloured head is amplified especially around the fringe although any agitation can serve to revive the bed of foam which originated off the initial pour.

Rich cocoa dense dark chocolates, green bulbous hop cones, hazelnut, and mocha-late dominate the aroma. This bouquet has all the parts it needs to make an alluring, appetizing machine of an Imperial Stout. There is one caveat, however, which is a soured lactic type note, something loosely resembling a blend of over-ripened fruits and curdled milk. Let's hope that's no reason to be alarmed...

Unfortunately, that sign of caution was posted with good reason. The taste still demonstrates all the wonderful flavours of gourmet coffee, fudge brownies, dark currants, burnt espresso and chocolate covered nuts but isn't without a strong lactic quality. This taste of curdled chocolate milk and over-ripe plums isn't anything nearly strong enough to turn me away from the beer, but it does make a great flavoured beer taste no more than just good.

This packs a good amount of flavour and an equally large amount of texture, too. What diminishes that tiny, off-putting lactic quality is a generous inclusion of hops that's ensured plenty of green, herbal-tea like leafiness and a healthy bit of resiny bitterness. The malts seem powdered with an ashy charred level of roast that imparts plenty of near burnt sensation. The alcohol may murmur a bit but it's never anything more than an undertone.

Despite that lactic character, this profile of dark fruits, almonds, coffee and dark chocolate certainly worked for me; I thoroughly enjoyed the beer. This brewery's logo and name is lifted from an ambiguous figure drawing which the brain can see as either a rabbit or a duck, often depending on the time of year. Similarly, this beer can be seen as either really good or great; tonight I perceive the former but that answer, too, could change on any given day.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kwakwhore for this bottle.

12-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark mahogany bordering on black with large dark tan head, good retention.

S = Strong smells of licorice, dark chocolate, raisins, caffe macchiato.

T = Quite sweet flavor of turkish coffee with chocolate syrup, light balancing bitterness past mid-palate and into the finish, pipe tobacco, maduro cigar. Well balanced.

M = Heavy body, very good mouthcoating, luscious feel.

D = Good at first but is so strongly flavored it gets a little bit cloying. I look forward to having this again, but at the same time I might be tempted to rate the drinkability higher if it only came in a nip bottle.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 7 Oct 2008. From siriusAth, thanks.

Poured in a snifter. Small light caramel colored head. Quite bubbly. Opaque pitch black color. Smells of molasses, alcohol, raisins, roasty and chocolatey. Starts very roasty, somewhat smoky, lots of alcohol upfront. Like dry unsweetened cocoa powder. Not much sweetness. Lots of coffee in aftertaste.

Good but prefer imperial stouts with a little more sweetness.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Pitch black and 100% opaque. No light gets through even when held up to the indoor lighting. A very thin brown head slowly turns into a pad of bubbles. Spotty and stringy lacing.

Sharp burnt malts along with dark fruit and molasses. The alcohol is well hidden in the background, but still adds a light spicy sweetness.

Assertive bitterness from both the roasted malts and a good amount of hops. Some sweet brown sugar is in the middle. The hops add a little bit of citrus to the flavor. Full bodied.

Gotta love the 12oz RIS. Great beer in a perfect portion. This one has some good complexity. It's also on the hoppier side of the RIS style, or at least the hops are more easily detected. Recommended.

Photo of rallison
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 year old and 1 year old side by side.

A: Thick, black body (not as thick as Abyss, say, but pretty thick) with a 1/2 finger head that diminishes to nothing after a bit. Both vintages look about the same. Tie.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and some funky fruits. The 2 year old is a bit more complex in the aroma with more of the chocolate notes coming through. Nod to the 2 year old.

T: Chocolate, molasses, roasted notes, blackberry. Nice. The 2 year old, again, is more complex and a bit better integrated with the 1 year old being slightly sharper in some aspects. Nod to the 2 year old.

M: Viscous, syrupy and warming. Low carbonation. Well suited for this beer. 1 year old has a touch more carbonation. Tie.

D: As the 2 year old won a couple of categories, I find it slightly more drinkable than the 1 year old. Both are nicely drinkable though.

Recommended. A nice imperial stout (especially once warm enough) that seems to age for at least a couple years quite nicely.

Photo of jdklks
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

dark brown head with minimal lacing and brown/amber edges. looks more like a porter.

dark fruit smell. smoky with roasted coffee.

taste is sweet and dry with a coffee bitterness and lots of FRUIT- mainly plum. slightly boozy, and slightly hoppy.

smooth on the palate, though not too smooth overall. on the lighter side of medium bodied, again, more like a porter.

drinks fine, but not great.

not what you expect or want from the style.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this baby as an extra in a trade.

The appearance of the bottle is hideous. It is like some three year old scribbled a duck wearing a russian cap. The brew itself, although, had an imperial stout look. It was dark. Good. It came to a one finger head. Okay. It sloshed around the glass with a nice thickness and then released a lot more aroma.

The taste and smell of this brew were just okay for me. It had an earthy smell that kind of reminded me of freshly harvested oats and barley. It also came with a sour smell, and since this brew was relatively new, and considering it was an Imperial Stout, it was not skunked. The sour taste that came with the smell was not so nice. It was okay and gave the taste a rich complex flavor, but nothing great. The complex flavor was fun because ever sip you could pick out something different. It was sour and tasted like dark fruits, it tasted really dry, and also gave off an alcoholic bitterness that was kind of new to me. For the new tastes, thanks.

The mouthfeel was pretty good and the drinkability was just average. This beer I would not want to drink alot of. It was fun to taste, and fun to drink but other than that I would most likely not pick this up in a store.


Photo of Yesac
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid black. Small chocolate-milk-tan colored head that fades quickly to a thin layer.

S - Dark chocolate and chocolate milk

T - Dark chocolate... followed by a milky sweetness. Some dark fruits and a cocoa bitterness.

M - Thick. Smooth, but fairly sticky and dry.

D - Slightly to much of a dry bitterness, but a great dark chocolate flavor.

Photo of GJ40
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Cary, NC.

A - A deep black with very little head (even using an aggressive pour). Nice lacing though.

S - Sweet, sweet malt with lots of molasses, some licorice and a solid kick of alcohol (although the alcohol fades quite a bit after the first whiff).

T - Quite sweet with lots of molasses and a gradual warming quality. A very rich but balanced flavor.

M - Extremely thick and chewy with a very low level of carbonation.

D - Definitely a sipping beer but very enjoyable.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black and shiny color. There's a big brown fluffy head that stays around a while with some good lacing. Looks spot on. Nice. The smell is really great. A nice roasty backbone with some sweet notes. Not a strong whiff of alcohol, good balance in the smell. The taste doesn't quite meet my expectations. A good balance, not a strong alcohol presence. Too much black patent malt in this one, and also a bit estery. It gives it a kind of oily, slick feel and kills every bit of sweetness. I hate to be to poetic, but its kind of purple velvet in liquid form. You do get a taste of the roasted malts, and its drinkable and enjoable, but the taste isn't exactly for me. It's like a nice experiment that ought to be improved upon in the future. There are certainly nice qualities here.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from WeisGuy, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that faded slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with creamy chocolate and dark roasted malts along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is starts with a strong bitter-sweet bite of dark chocolate and some dark fruit in the background. The malt character is just as hearty as any RIS out there and the hops presence is exactly as mild as you would expect to fit in with the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer, but there are other big stouts that I would choose first.

Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.