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

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 185
Gots: 73 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005)
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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BuckeyeNation for sending this gem my way.

Appearance: It's damn near jet black. No light is getting through, even around the edges. Quite impressive. Head is a dark, chocolaty tan color and it's around two and a half fingers deep. It stuck around for quite a while and left a decent trail of lace behind. Simply the color of this beer and the head warrant a very high rating. They're extremely impressive.

Smell: Sweet chocolate malts and roasted malts are noticeable immediately. It's a nice mix. There's a very light roasted coffee aroma present, but it's far from dominant. This is primarily a sweet, malty smelling stout. A bit of dark fruit (mostly light plum) and toasted aromas round it out. It's a fine smelling beer, but just a little short of outstanding.

Taste: Quite impressive. The chocolate and roasted malt flavors blend extremely well and provide an excellent base. There is a bit of a roasted coffee flavor, but it's not very pronounced. Nevertheless, it does not diminish the fine flavor. Toasted nut and light plum add some complexity and depth. There is a slight alcohol taste toward the end. Finish is dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but it works well in this instance. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth. At 10% abv, it's a big beer. I'd definitely be limiting myself to one per sitting. That being said, it's a fine tasting beer that's quite drinkable. Hmmm. Rabbit? Duck? I'm not sure. But, the rabid characterization I'll agree with. This is a good beer. Certainly one I recommend if you happen to bump into it.

Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Viscous oily black pours into the tulip. Healthy, solid finger of dense, marshmallowy, dark khaki head. Good lacing. Nose of sweet dark fruits (figs, dates, plums), slightly blackened banana bread, dark chocolate, and an interesting mix of raspberries and vinous grapes.

Milk chocolate and dark fruit sweetness lead it off. Notes of toffee, coffee, and smoky peat malt mix in. Turns very bitter and almost astringent soon after and lasts through the long finish. Herbal and coffee bitterness is very intense and a little too much for the malt sweetness up front. Slightly boozy and warming. Some fruit sweetness comes through in the finish. Full bodied, chewy feel. Not bad, but a little unbalanced and might need some time to settle down a little!

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

Pours a rich dark black color with a thin layer of light brown colored head that is awfully bubbly, and thick. Smell is of rich malty notes with chocolate, toffee, some anise, and dried fruits. Taste is very malty sweet with a lot cocoa. Plenty of warming feeling and a full, rich, chewy mouth feel. Nice brew, but I think I like their baltic porter a little better.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, minimal head. Classic bold bitter RIS though only average mouthfeel, and extra coconut chocolate in there for sweetening and drinkability. A little oily as well. A nice RIS for sure, but a bit disapointed in relation to the ratings. I think this part of the world need get used to a wider sampling of what an RIS is.

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

Many thanks to Meguiar for this surprise gift! Super cool, yo! I talked to the Big Brewer upstairs. We've arranged for some more beer karma to come your way. Be expecting some divine miracle over the next week or so. I tried to push for a lottery win.

Pours thick and black with a dark tan head. Nose is thick in malts with a big of chocolate and tar in there. Thick and robust. Flavor brings some serious robust qualities to it as well. But there is an odd almost citric edge to things here that makes me go hmmm. Besides that I get that blue cheese funk that so many of these robust stouts and old ales can give. I love blue cheese so that is a plus in my book. That odd citrus thing seems to fade away after a few sips. There is a nice consistent level of deep and robust character here. Feel is about standard I would say, possibly leaning towards thin.

P.S. Love the graphic on the label. That's a keeper.

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours black with a thin brown head that becomes a swirling patch. Lacing slides down glass without stickage.

The smell is of chocolate. Some dark fruitiness and a whiff of alcohol come through, but rich chocolate dominates.

The taste is of rich chocolate, coffee and fruity alcohol. A hint of licorice comes through as it warms/progresses. Alcohol nearly dominates the finish.

There is a mild astringency and the body is just about full. Solvent alcohol glides over the palate, making this a hot one. Alcohol certainly doesn't hide itself.

A bit too sweet and boozy, but drinkable with slow, slow sipping. Not the most complex or drinkable (even considering the abv level). An aggressive RIS.

Photo of sleazo
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Near obsidian black with a rich creamy mocha head. Staying power is very good as is the lacing.

S_Rich and robust, sweet/sour cherries, chocolate and a deep alcohol burn. Perhaps a tad too much alcohol.

T_Sour at first with a macerated cherry sort of thing. This acidity is followed up with a very dry chalklike bitterness from the rich roasted grains. The followthrough is a bit warm from the copious alcohol. As it warms a bit of smoke comes through as well as mild chocolate.

M_Mildly chewy with a somewhat chalkly feel to it.

D_This one is alright but it really isn't doing it for me. Still it is a good one to try and not bad by any means. Nice pairing with some dry aged white cheddar though

Photo of ruckzuck
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap

A - black body, tan head

S - dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt

T - sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate

M - solid body, good carbonation

D - my notes say "w00t!" and I'm sticking to that! A great RIS from Duck Rabbit. Would certainly drink again and buy or order if available. Definitely give it a shot

Photo of shivtim
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculously pitch-black, with a thick dark brown head that lasts for quite some time. Nose is sweet brown sugar, lots of toasty malts, and slight soy sauce. Taste is sweet, heavily roasted malts. Mouthfeel is RIS-ey. Drinkability is ok, except for the ABV. A very solid RIS!

Photo of younger35
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this brew from my main man here in Boise, JohnGalt1. This will be my second offering from The Duck-Rabbit brewery. Drank from my Black Butter Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super dark black allowing zero light to pass through the edges of the glass. A nice soft and creamy light tan head sits atop the beer that pretty much never recedes. Loads of spotty, creamy lacing is abundant.
Smell- Damn! When I pour this beer the pungent goodness practically jumps out of the bottle! Very sweet nose with a big presence of cherry, vanilla, lilac and loads of rich dark fruits. Molasses and plenty of licorice are readily available. This is the first RIS I've smelled in a long time that isn't dominated by chocolate and coffee.
Taste- Starts with a bitter blast that quickly turns almost sour as the over roasted malt kicks in. The hops add a bit of dark fruitiness and lots of citrusy lemon. A bit of super dark roasted coffee and dark bakers chocolate try's to add a bit of familiarity to this RIS. Finishes with a light vanilla hazelnut aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden fairly well considering the 10%.
Mouthfeel- Very light with a bit of zesty creaminess from the high carbonation. A slight bit of warming in the throat from the alcohol.
Drinkability- As much as I loved the nose on this one (maybe just because it was different), I really wasn't impressed by the taste. It was just too off the charts for me as an RIS, flavor wise. I didn't like the different sourness (I fear change) that took place before the rather nice aftertaste. Worth a try but not really my cup of tea. Big thanks again to Toby for the opportunity!

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is as dark as dirty, burnt motor oil. Big dark caramel colored head formed from the vigorous pour I gave least three fingers.

Aroma is a bit harsh. Phenolic alcohol scent wafts from the glass. Once I get past that I notice some over ripe dark fruits, dark chocolate, black licorice, and a light coffee scent.

The taste was an interesting amalgam of sour dark fruits, black licorice, roasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate, and the alcohol. The sourness and the alcohol hang around for a while at the end and fade into an interesting sweetness.

The mouthfeel isn't as full bodied as I hoped it would be. Also, it was overly carbonated for my liking, as far as an RIS goes. Thee have been in my cellar since June of '07, and I will see how they change with some more age under their cap.

Photo of ampzilla
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to Wasatch for the chance to try this brew!

Poured into a snifter, this beer was as dark as possible with a nice bit of cappuccino colored head. Minimal lacing was observed.
I was really pleased by the aroma of this beer. Alcohol burned the nose slightly, but there was plenty of yeasty, fruity and hop scents in there as well.
The taste did not measure up to the aroma, but was still uniquely enjoyable. First thing I noticed was a massive bitterness from both the roasted malts and a liberal dose of hops. There was also tartness that made this all the more confusing. I wish I had another to mellow for a while, as I think that could enhance my experience.
Anyway this is a good beer and I appreciate its unrepeated profile.

Photo of joepais
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for the opportunity to sample such a delightful brew
12 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip produced a good fingers worth of coco colored head that turns to a nice coating of lace on top of a jet black body

Aromas of toasted malts coffee and chocolate light alcohol whiffs every once in awhile

Flavors of sweet chocolate and strong roasted coffee bitter in the end

Good rich mouthfeel the Duvel tulip did help alleviate some of the obvious over carbonation when the beer was just poured. The mouthfeel was great in the end

I'd drink it again but one a sitting is enough. I was very impressed with this brewery I would love to try more of their brews

Photo of NCSUdo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a pitch black under a very large brown head. Some good lace and OK retention.

S: Smells of a nice sweet chocolate and sweet cream, which lends an almost chocolate milk character, dark fruits, roasted malt and the slightest hint of smoke.

T: Tastes of some sweet chocolate turns into a smokiness, charcoal, reminiscent of a cooked BBQ sauce. Some alcohol apparent in between start and finish. Finish is of a bitter chocolate and roasted malt.

M/D: Full body, carbonation felt on the tongue. This one is a sipper. Very full with enough alcohol character to let you know what you are getting into. Still, a very nice beer.

Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mikesgroove for sending this in my Black Booty package.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Stone Tulip. Has a best buy date of 1/08 but at 10%.. fuck that.

A: Pours pitch black with just tiny wisps of ruby when back lit. A tall tight mocha head forms and has great retention. The head heeds nice lacing throughout

S: A solvent-like alcohol presence is evident as soon as I popped the cap. Burnt coffee beans and bitter chocolate are easily detectable behind the phenols. I have to work hard to get some nice plump dark fruits from out behind the alcohol but I think that shows this beer could age nicely.

T/M: Very complex. Nothing really stands out but there is a lot going on. Dark fruits that are a bit tangy from the phenols. A bit of 'old ale' vinous port taste in the middle. Burnt coffee beans are very subtle but there. There isn't much sweetness at all. A boozy, rummy alcohol bite lasts throughout but isn't nearly as dominant as I would have thought after a few nose fulls from the tulip. A bit of hops come out just before and through the finish. Tongue is left bone dry and even a bit chalky. Carbonation is a bit confusing... A tall, strong head formed easily and the head is well maintained, though the body is so thick, vinous, and even chewy, that it feels as though it's nearly flat. I can't decide if it's a good thing or not.

D: Definitely a sipper. This had been aged just a bit but the alcohol was still present and a huge body will make the drink last. A nice beer that I'll look for during my next summer vacation down south. Would love to see have 1-3 years would do.

Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from mikesgroove as part of JBIF. Thanks!
This one was very dark with thin brown edges and ruby highlights. It poured with a fizzy, dark brown head that formed a thick ring and left a little chunky lacing on the glass. The aroma was boozy, licorice, and chocolate at first, followed by some toffee and mild roastiness. The bitterness was a little bit sharp and centered on the back of the palate. It had a pleasant sweet caramel flavour with notes of licorice, sour cherry, semisweet chocolate, and roast throughout. The sour cherry and roast, along with a bit of alcohol, really lingered. The carbonation was on the coarse side, but the texture was still alright - a bit creamy with a full body. This is pretty good stuff right now, but it seems like it might improve with a little bit of age. If the flavours mellowed and melded a bit, this would be incredible stuff.

Photo of badbeer
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears black in the glass with a light mocha colored head that retains pretty well. Roasted charcoal aromas paired with some earthy hoppiness, booze, and vinous smells. Taste begins quite ashy and earthy, maybe a bit vegetal too. It does transform into sweeter caramel flavors as it sits on the tongue, with a roasty finish, but doesn't start off good and finishes rather weak. I think I also got some lactose and cherry flavored Tootsie-Pop flavors too. Nice thick, full body, but it is too carbonated, which takes a way a little. This just seemed to be missing a lot for me, maybe I'll need to visit this one again sometime.

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a thick motor oil black body hosting a rocky two finger milk chocolate colored head with nice staying power. Nose is very sweet with tones of smokey malt, spicey alchol and lots of dark over ripe fruit. Enters the mouth with a scattered sour feel but quickly yeilds to a long burnt bitter. Some sour dark fruit notes are there that resemble plum and grape skin in the underripe form. Almost as if it were brewed with sour cherries. The sour and bitter really battle on the mouthfeel. I dont know if this was the desired effect of the brewing or just a result, but drinkability isnt nearly as high as many other Impy stouts.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think it was NCSUdo that gave me this.

Pours a nice 3 finger head with great lacing that sticks around for quite a while.

Smell is of chocolate and caramel malts, roasted malts, mint, tofee, and black licorice.

Taste is sweet up front from tofee, pale and caramel malts. It is balanced by a chocolate bitterness followed by a roasted bitterness with undertones of mint and black licorice. Hop bitterness is slightly citrusy and a little grassy and is kept moderately low just to cut the sweetness. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is creamy but a little bit dry. Carbonation is good and abv is pretty decently hidden. The alcohol cuts away a little of the creaminess, but is not a nuisance.

A damn fine RIS. I'd like another.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours inky black with ruby highlights and a thin, low, finely bubbled light brown head.

Aroma of espresso and licorice, deep molasses and dark chocolate.

Flavor is immediately rich and boozey, full of burnt coffee, smokey wood and thick chocolate. Hops contribute to the bitterness of the finish. Alcohol strength is signaled only by a slight warming of the cheeks.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, but thick and full, almost heavy and chewable. Finishes tingly, a bit tannic.

Pretty drinkable for such a big rich beer, but sip this one. Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for sending it north.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very opaque black color with a deep tan head with great retention for the entire beer. The nose is a nice combination of roasted grain, chocolate, and dark fruit. When I was almost finished I got a slight smokey scent as well. The taste is of roasted malt, bitter coffee, sweet chocolate, and slight smokey touches as well. I really enjoyed the complexity in this beer with all of those flavors combining quite well. The mouthfeel is very creamy with low carbination. A silky touch of warming alcohol is well done.

Overall a great RIS and very nice for the style.

Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with a nice coco colored head that falls to a ring

Aroma is nice sweet chocolate with hints of fruit and wiffs of alcohol notes of peat and smoke. Very inviting can't quit sniffing my glass.

Taste is malty chocolate nice coffee flavors that blend into an alcohol presence thats noticeable but not negative.Hops blend in with coffee bitterness and alcohol bite for a kick of a finish. This one might calm down some with aging. Good now should improve with age to be great.

Mouthfeel is big medium but carbonation seems little too much for my tastes on a RIS, but defiantly not over done or fizzy.

Drinkability is ok a decent stout that probably will get better with time as many of the style do. Want to thank Enola for letting finally try this one.

Photo of auxiliary
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Black color, with a nice tan head and lot of sticking lace here.

smell - Smoky, coco, coffee, chocolate.

taste - Sweet up front, and has a smoky coffee malt taste to it. You can pick up some hops too.

mouthfeel - Thick, carbonated.

drinkability - Loved this, was looking forward to drinking some stuff from Duck Rabbit. Would buy this again, real nice drinker here.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Completely opaque pour into a snifter. Smallish tan head which quickly subsides into a ring which stays with the beer down the glass.
Chocolate dominates the aroma along with a little spice and some alcohol.
Bittersweet chocolate dominates the flavor as well both in the beginning and the finish.
Mouthfeel is carbonated but soft at the same time.
Drinkablility is good for a beer of this strength. The alcohol makes an impression as it warms you on the way down and it does hit pretty hard. A sipping beer, no question about that.
This beer is from the 2006 bottling and a year has definitely improved it. My first one slapped me around pretty seriously, but after a year, the flavors have melded together in a very satisfying way. This RIS and the Baltic porter are my two favorite Duck Rabbit beers. The people who run this brewery are nice folks and beers like this one are evidence that their success is well deserved.

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

This one is starting off well, finally a duck rabbit beer that I can pour all at once without it foaming out of the glass. Deep dark black color with just the faintest ruby tinge around the edge when held up to the light. Fine bubbled cocoa collored head with good staying power. All in all a fine looking brew, let's see where goes from there.

First smell gives me a strong cherry impression. This is followed quickly and overwhelmed by some smoke and cocoa. Looks good, smells good let's give it a taste.

First impression is not as favorable as the look and smell but it is still nice. Full or dark roasted maltyness, smokiness and some bakers chocolate bitterness. Also some plums and other dark fruits. Very full big beer. The 10% shows itself with some nice warming. Almost a sipper but very enjoyable. Best of the bunch from Duck Rabbit so far by a mile. I have the barleywine left to review but it will have to be very good to outdo this one.

Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.