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

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 183
Gots: 76 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005

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Ratings: 795 | Reviews: 495
Photo of badbeer
3.09/5  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.

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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 +13.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +13.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
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
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of jaxon53
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Vancer
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a big chocolate milk head that dies much quicker than I thought it would and laces sheets around the glass. Smells of big roasty malt, ground coffee, a hint of alcohol that reminds me of a cherry/rum chocolate. Tastes earthy, alcohol, chocolate, ground coffee and fig. Full in the mouth with lively carbonation on the tongue. Though alcohol is present, the ABV is well hidden. A sipper for sure. Another tasty brew from duck rabbit!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from imstillthegman via Scrabble BIF (bonus beer)

A - now this is a stout, its been a while since i had a new RIS. this inky black beer wells up a dark orange light brown mud colored head that fades to a bubbly lace steadily, but not swiftly, and too devilishly dark to note any carbonation

S - dark caramel sweetness over a balanced hop/malt battle, the background of the nose is rounded out by slight molasses notes and alcohol aromas

T - bam! big time chocolate/mocha acrid sweetness, you know that sweet mixed with a sharp acidic flavor and the finish is of strong coffee beans

M&D - a decent beer, well brewed, and nice flavors, just a bit to acidic, enough to make me pucker as i sip it, but the flavors are intense, accurate, and highly palatable, wish i lived closer to this brewery, so far they're 2 for 2

Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/17/07- Received as a gift from BA Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by notch date on the side of the label (Jan-08). Poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

Appearance- Black as night pour with a full one inch foamy and chunky looking chocolate powdered colored head. Lacing is chunky, streaky and clinging.

Smell- Super burnt chocolate malt nose. Coffee grounds are there as well, but the sweet chocolate scent is dominant with a smoky burnt nose as well.

Taste- Starts out very sweet with almost a burnt milk chocolate flavor...then a heavy espresso coffee flavor comes into play. Overall it's extremely dark and deep malt flavor turns smoky and very warming. Good hop bitterness as well in the swallow.

Mouthfeel- A bit more carbonation that I would like. Thick and viscous mouth coating with a lingering hop bite.

Drinkability- Dark smoked beer fans will really enjoy this one. Overall I really liked it, but it was a bit too over the top for me. Had a alcohol bite to it as well, which I failed to mention in the taste category. I imagined a light version of WW Stout when I was drinking this.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this up into my ceramic Austrian stein, nice clumpy brown head. Deep dark brown maybe with a shade of burgundy trying to emerge-from what I can see. left dark brown lacing all the down my stein.
Aroma-boozy, rich chocolate, bready, cocoa
Mouthfeel-Alcohol is very present but it dissipates as the rich dark and roasted malts linger on the finish. Gets sweeter as well. I get a little sour taste like a milk stout- good not bad. This mellowed a bit as it warmed up. Actually quite drinkable for 10%. I was up late cooking stuff for a wedding shower and this gave me sustenance. Duck Rabbit makes choice brews and this ranks up there.

Photo of russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Second tasting notes: Conducted 3/5/08:

pretty much the same as below with the same grape koolaid thing going on, but a little less. has lost some of it's nose. I'd probably rate this a tad lower than my original rating, probably giving taste a 4.5 , everything else, I'd say held up

BBD of 02 10 08??

Poured black as night with 3+ fingers of mocha/tan colored head. Great lacing with rings of stick residue with above average head retention

S: Rich chocolate, oak, vanilla & bourbon notes, plus a little booze

T: A a hint of grape koolaid (weird), chocolate, oakyness, & vanilla notes up front. Licorice, roasted malt, & raisins surface as this warms. Finishes dry with bourbon notes, charred grain notes & a little booze burn

MF: Rich, chewy & oily with minimal carbonation

Drinks easy for the ABV, a lovely IMP stout & a positive result of the cap popping in NC! Highly recommended

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to trep for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, which then left some nice slicks and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose was malty, oaky, slightly roasted, some bourbon, and a good dose of toffee, caramel. The taste is malty, a nice blast of toffee/oak/roast at first sip, then there is a nice slightly dry, toffee/burnt oak finish. The ABV is hidden pretty well, nice warming feel. Medium body, nicely balanced brew. Very drinkable, a very nice/tasty RIS from DR, highly recommended.

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