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

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 185
Gots: 73 | 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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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 it...at 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.

Imstillthegman, Feb 12, 2008
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.

ampzilla, Feb 10, 2008
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

joepais, Feb 10, 2008
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.

NCSUdo, Feb 03, 2008
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.

pwoods, Jan 22, 2008
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.

DrJay, Jan 18, 2008
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.

badbeer, Jan 17, 2008
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.

SPLITGRIN, Jan 13, 2008
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.

jasonjlewis, Jan 04, 2008
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.

far333, Jan 01, 2008
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.

TheodorHerzl, Dec 16, 2007
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.

mntlover, Dec 03, 2007
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.

auxiliary, Nov 29, 2007
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.

kwakwhore, Nov 25, 2007
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.

beermanbrian, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer from brouche, in the No B.S. BIF Ultra (thank you). Served at cellar temperature in a snifter, from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Three full fingers of thick, tight, bubbly coffee brown head formed, and stuck around almost all the way through. Generous amounts of lace clung to the sides of the glass. Awesome nose on this brew. Thick chocolate aromas dominated, some roasty/toasty notes, and just a hint of freshly brewed coffee. So far so good. Taste was on point as well. Very bitter up front with some thick coffee flavors, tons of semi-sweet chocolate, some nice roasted malt flavors, and a little bit of hops and smoke in the background. Finishes a little boozy but is pretty smooth. Has a thick, full bodied, almost chewey mouthfeel. Drinkability is great despite the high ABV.

jaxon53, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Another dark beer from Duck-Rabbit.. hell yeah! Given that this stuff is the color of Texas Tea, and it's clearly labelled an RIS, I'm intrigued. Big foamy, delicious-looking light-brown head forms on top to the tune of over three fingers. Lacing and retention are solid, and the beer itself isn't letting in a single ray of light.

S: Roasted chocolate malt assertive in the nose, but the sweetness is coupled with the smell of alcohol and a clove-like spice.

T: The aforementioned roasted, chocolatey malt character springs forth immediately on the tongue, but drops away just as quickly as its momentum is usurped by a rather strong alcohol presence that slides its way back. This is accompanied by a super sugary-sweet and hoppy side also, to add an interesting complexity. Almost fruity as it migrates to the finish. Aftertaste is all roasted malt covering the mouth, while the sweet-alcohol has cut a path across the tongue.

M: Loads of carbonation, as is evident from the massive head that made itself known from the pour. Mealy, yet a trail of smoothness from that interesting alcohol kick that warms.

D: This is a rather enjoyable RIS due to its complexity, and mainly because the alcohol presence is sharp, yet complementary to the flavors. What I mean to say is that this beer's transitions are quite fluid, as opposed to some others of the style I have tried. Big, bold, yet it all comes together quite nicely.

CharlieMopps, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one sent to me by the one and only trader known simply as BeerTruth.

A: Pours a nice deep black color with a nice thick khaki head made up of the smallest bubbles known to man. The bubbles die down but a nice half finger head lasts throughout.

S: Nice deep dark chocolate aroma dominates. There is some dark fruits, licorice, and coffee to help hold this one up.

T: Nice deep dark throaty taste. Tons of chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, and rum soaked raisins. Very nice tasting RIS.

M: Nice and thick like it should be.

Overall: I have been wanting to try duck rabbit for some time and leave it to my man BeerTruth to send the best of the bunch. I am a sucker for a good RIS, and this is a REAL GOOD RIS. The taste is wonderful and soo smooth. I put this beer down in no time flat.

Adam I can't thank you enough, man do you send the good shit!

tpd975, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this one in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks again John!

This pours from 12oz bottle( looks like best by 01/08. It was hard to read the "notching: on the dates on the label) a pitch black with a hefty tannish head of foam that eventually shrinks to, well, it disappears all together deep into the session. A quick swirling of your glass will fix that. ;^)

The smell is of chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel malt.

The taste has big notes of chocolate and roasted malt with smaller helpings of coffee, dark fruit, citrus, molasses, toffee, and cocoa. Pretty darned tasty. It has a full body and the carbonation is medium. It finishes on the bitter side mostly from the ample hop presence. In fact, the more I sip on it, the more I notice how hoppy this RIS is. Dang. It works for me. And..the alcohol is there but it's not obtrusive. Just a slight warming after the swallow. This is a very nice example of the style and I have to commend Duck-Rabbit for the effort that they put in this brew. I *just* can't get over how so many examples of the style are brewed in the US and they, pretty much all, have something unique in their recipe that puts their personal "stamp" on their product and the end results are my appreciating what is sitting in front of me, in my glass. It's bloody amazing.

Bottom line: Another RIS that is worth seeking out. Buy it locally, or trade for it. You should not be disappointed.

Bitterbill, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a medium-sized, dark tan head.

Smell: Whew! I rather pronounced alcohol aroma -- I could smell it as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Well, there's some dark fruits, tobacco, leather, and coffee in there, but you've got your work cut out for you to smell it past all that booze.

Taste: Dark roasted maltiness with a flash of sweetness, smoke, and spicy anise. Sharp, tart fruitiness. Loads of leather and tobacco, but rather lacking in chocolate flavors. Hint of soy. Earthy hop bitterness. Plenty of alcohol and burnt coffee roastiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Some stouts, you just feel compelled to revisit to drink and enjoy every waking moment of the day. I totally understand if Rabid Duck was that for many (many) people. I dunno. I just wasn't taken with it.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 9/26/07

Recieved this bottle via Summer Sipper BIF 2007

Pours a thick dark, syrupy black color, tan head settles fairly quickly. Sweet and hoppy aroma, light hints of coffee and chocolate. Coffee & chocolate comes thru even bolder in the taste, complemented by a hint of vanilla. Very nice. Mouthfeel is very full bodied, thick and syrupy. A strong, big & bold RIS. 10% abv can kind of sneak up on you, so i'd probably stop after one bottle of this.

BigJTrucker, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Edit on 3/21/08 by an brew sent via trade with brent56 - STILL a top notch brew, dam, TRY ONE!

n easy pour, but what a massive foamy head on top of this near black brew. Sheets of lace slide down the ol'Corsendonk tulip.

Very strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a dark fruit basket. Yep, sweet notes of the previous, raisons and dark fruits are making themselves present in this great brews. Smooth as can be, it's hard not to keep reaching for a sip every moment or two. No shit, this is a top of the line RIS!

Thick and rich, no trace of the 10% alcohol. A nice brew sampled with some Southwest black bean chicken soup -perfect with the Sunday football.

Thanks for the brew, received courtesy of the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi

Vancer, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to imstillthegman for this one.

In my tulip, this beer is a deep, dark black, which surprises me as it looked rather clear as it poured. All that sneaks through is a touch of dirty brown in the little divot at the bottom of my glass. During the pour, the head foamed up in a field of tan and copper micro ball bearings but then proceeded to settle down into a thin film.

Smells of port wine and chocolate cake. The boozy dark fruits here are off the charts. Dry roasted dark chocolates and gentle coffee drift in behind the sweetness adding a lot of balance. Mmmmm. There’s even a touch a tootsie roll and a bit of caramel in the sweetness as well. A little molasses too?

I laughed out loud after really digging the smell and then getting smacked up-side the face with the surprisingly-not-so-much-like-the-smell flavor. The flavor starts with the expected great boozy dark fruits. It’s divine as well up to here. But then the charcoal hits. It starts out with just a touch of sour coffee but things really run out of control when an avalanche of smoke and pure charcoal bitterness utterly dominate the scene. Old, dirty coffee and limes? Bleah!

Feels dense and clean with a playful fuzz of tiny bubbles that tickle my mouth.

Feel free to just sit and sniff this one. If the charcoal ever fades from your palate, that is. Actually, I paired this one with an aged sharp cheddar which made it far more drinkable.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of hellcatsjg
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with a finger's worth of brown head. It's what a stout should look like.

Smell: Sweet chocolatey/fruity scent dominates. Some coffee and alcohol in there as well. Smells different, but good different.

Taste: Roasted chocolates and malts. Then comes the raisin and coffee flavor. The swallow brings the alcohol, which sticks around for a good while, perhaps a bit too long.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness but the alcohol that coats your mouth after each sip is a bit much.

Drinkability: Too big and heavy to have more than one of. Very good to sit with and take your time.

hellcatsjg, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with BRoss242, thanks.

Pours dark with a finger of mocha head which quickly dissipates and leaves behind a nice ring and thin layer of foam. The aroma is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, cherry, and alcohol. You can tell from the aroma that this will be a big and heavy hitter. Taste has loads of roasted malts as well as coffee, chocolate and alcohol is quite present also. As the beer warms up a bit I also detect some dark fruits like prunes, raisins as well as chocolate covered cherries. Mouthfeel and carbonation are quite good, maybe a little less carbonation would help as I feel my tongue getting a little numb. Enjoyed this one a bit more once I let it warm up.

seaoflament, Sep 02, 2007
Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.