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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

786 Ratings
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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 492
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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of franksnbeans
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -7.4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
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
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of Crosling
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, but appears black in the glass. A firm, gorgeous dark brown head resides atop the nearly opaque liquid. An interesting nose of the attributes of dark malts and yeast (chocolate, and dark, sweet sugary fruits). It’s fairly powerful and complex. I tasted this as soon as it was released, and wow, has this changed since I tried it iabout 3-4 months ago. I remember a meek, uncomplex, fresh Imperial Stout and already, this has transitioned into a fairly good, moderately complex Imperial Stout, with great potential. The finish is particularly impressive, showing it’s futuristic glory.

As most know, the best Imperial Stouts don’t peek until at least the 1 year mark and I have a feeling this will be really great at that point. I’m glad I have a number of bottles..

Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

Well I will say this brewery has certainly nailed the look of RIS. Black beer that does not allow light to pass and a tall brown head that almost expanded over the top of the pint glass. Bad idea to pour this too aggressively because this doesn't need any help at all in the head forming department.

The smell is sweet and hoppy with a slight carrot and citrus aroma. Mild scent of Kahlua coffee liqueur and less so of chocolate. This is a bit stronger on the coffee and patent malt end of the aroma spectrum for RIS. Other than the little bit of boozy aroma of coconut rum that is about it.

The taste begins very strong with the patent malt and the dark roasted coffee and frankly a little bit of carbon flavor. The heavy roasted flavor pretty much stays with you through out the whole glass so it is on the burnt tasting fringe of this beer style. After a bit this beer gets sweeter and the patent malt flavor diminishes but this is pretty much a coffee beer.

The mouthfeel is OK.

OK drinkable but I am probably spoiled from getting Stone RIS pretty much any time I want it. A good RIS on the coffee end of the spectrum, but not a great one. Great looks and OK flavor this is worth a try but not top of the class.

Photo of Backer2004
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to pick this up for less than $2 a bottle at a local BP store. Looks like I grabbed some from the last six pack of the year there. Pours nice opaque color with a creamy brown head. Little carbonation and the lacing doe snot stick to the glass. Lots of burnt malts most present. Medium body and a bit on the difficult side to consume when it's 90 degrees outside. Still nice to see the first (?) Russian Imperial Stout made in NC.

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

After this bottle, I will have tried every beer from the impressive Duck-Rabbit Brewery. This is because of the generosity of a few different BA's... thanks everyone! This bottle in particular was from mikesgroove.

Beer pours a deep dark black color, with a huge impressive off white head.

Aromas is of wet dark roasted malts as well as some milk chocolate.

Taste is of very strong roasted dark malts. It's a very dominant flavor. There is also a bright mineral hop quality on the finish with a tinge of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice. It's a bit biting, but it still sits well in the mouth, and feels pretty nice.

Drinkability is good. It's definitely an above average RIS. Not quite up to snuff with some others in the style. But it's still a quality brew, from a good brewery.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar-temperature 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Notched with an "Enjoy by" date of 1/08.

A: Couldn't ask for a nicer-looking pour of inky blackness. Nearly 2-fingers of creamy/foamy mocha-tan head. Within a couple minutes that head dies down to a pock-marked asymmetry, with areas of darkness peeking out between spots of tiny percolation and stoic froth. That head tells me there's carbonation roiling inside but none can be seen. Sheeting creamy lace.

S: Pungent roasted/burnt malts. Thick coffee and intense sour/bitter cacao/chocolate. Wafting vanilla, cherry and oakwood. An appealing, rich and fragrant RIS.

T: Heavily-roasted malts, dark to the point of being ashy. Lots of roasted coffee bean/espresso flavor and a dense, bitter chocolate with a surprising jolt of acrid sourness. Fruits and sweetness are less pronounced in this RIS; the most apparent is a strong citrus pith from the hops. Unsure how this beer was aged, but smoke and oak/vanilla are fleeting flavors.

M: Creamy in the mouth, warmed by a light alcohol burn. Well-carbonated, full mouthfeel with a very long lasting clinging bitter aftertaste. sourness and bitter hops stick to the cheeks and really draw out the experience. Definitely a good beer to end the night on, as I'll tatse the after effects of this for quite a while.

D: Another solid RIS. One of the strongest, most lasting flavors I can
recall in an RIS, hence it's one I'd have only occasionally were it available to me (thanks to grynder33 for forwarding this one). A sipper, of course, and one that took me some time to finish, but one I'd recommend as a quality example of an awesome style.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best By Date January 2008, Sampled July 2007
Another very well carbonated beer from Duck-Rabbit; this time I was ready for it, but I still ended up with a fat, three-finger thick, creamed-chocolate brown colored head. The beer is a deeply blackened, brownish tinged color. The aroma is actually vinous in some ways; notes of prunes, wood smoke, light notes of espresso, raisins, cherry cough-syrup and once you really dig for it something like a piquant, aged slightly too long, cheddar cheese.

Thickish, though still somewhat light for an Imperial Stout. The first sip brings a finish with a pronounced, sharply herbaceous, phenolic driven, green, yet slightly rancid vegetal character that is somewhat reminiscent of broccoli. This note really seems to linger on in the finish & even mixes in a harsh way with the alcohol; burnt broccoli indeed! Up front the beer has rich flavors of salty malt, layered with chocolate, blackened-lightly acidic coffee, browned-toasted grain. If you never let the beer leave you mouth the harsh finish will not plague the flavor, unfortunately you must eventually swallow or spit the beer out and when you do the broccoli will get you every time.

As the beer warms up, the vegetal character in the finish lets up just a touch, not enough to not be noticeable though. Regardless the beer is still too acridly roasted, with notes of burnt grain-husk bitterness, and a burn malt driven acidity, both of which also come to a head in the finish.

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

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle!

Pours a deep dark black, red edges, huge crazy brown head, fills the glass, leaves some nice lacing, solid layer. Smell is very sweet, very malty, lots of licorice, cherries, some chocolate, apples, bit of sourness, pretty intense. Taste is intense as well, huge licorice hit, lots of cherry, chocolate roast, bit of alcohol, more chocolate in the finish, bit of sourness, but very smooth. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, with low carbonation, very rich beer. Thanks Russ!

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight brown. Not sure a beer can get much darker. Thick and frothy head that was heavily tinted and dissolved down to a thick scuzz film. Nose is heavy with malts and caramel. Got smacked by a whaft of heat from the alcohol.

Flavor is exquisitely complex and true to the style. Lots of dark caramel and dark chocolate in the malts. Heavy and dark fruits such as cherries, figs and prunes. Even something akin to a grape. Thick and vinuous mouthfeel. And none of this masks the heat. This beer will definitely balance down in time and mellow out a bit in my opinion.

Photo of klewis
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjgardner for this one.
1/2008 freshness date

A: pours black as night with a big brown head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. No lacing.

S: Malty smell with aromas of espresso and caramel corn. A bit of a fusel smell.

T: Big black coffee taste with burnt, earthy flavors. Finishes with vegetal hops and a strong alcoholic bite.

M: Full-bodied and smooth with light carbonation. A bit oily.

D: Lots of potential, but this one is too hot right now. If the alcohol settles a bit with some age, this is going to be quite tasty.

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