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

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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 186
Gots: 71 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005)
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Photo of bort11
4.35/5  rDev +11%

Big thanks to ncvbc for this one.

12 oz bottle poured into my big heavy glass goblet. This is a wide mouth glass, so that means a lot of top surface, and even still there was a strong chocolate malt head standing a half inch. After a few minutes it still maintains a cap on the surface. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass.
After the pour the smell jumped right out at me. It starts with a dried fig sweetness mixed with a rum spiciness. Subtle chocolate/coffee notes are hinted at around the edges. Tastes continues with the dark fruits and adds a bit of licorice. Slightly salty
Mouthfeel is a solid medium body. Slightly chewy.
Overall this is a very interesting and complex RIS. However, I think some of the licorice flavor overstays it's welcome.

bort11, May 01, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Thanks to blackie for this brew. Pours as black as my heart. Smells of rich malt, coffee, and a hint of booze. Taste is malt, malt, and more roasted malt. Mouthfeel is smooth but the beer is so rich that it is a sipper for sure. Another fine beer from Duck-Rabbit.


SkinnyElvis, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing these bottles...
Appears a dark black with dark brown edges and a small tan head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, cocoa, ripe fruit, coffee, and toffee.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a definite nuttiness that is almost like a peanut butter blasted chocolate nut cluster with some herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly astringent with a touch of grainy tartness, with plenty of nuts and ripe fruit lingering on until the bitter finish.

weeare138, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Alkey
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

12oz. bottle poured black with a large dark brown head that leaves behind very little lace.

Smell - some toasted malt and bakers chocolate.
Taste - lots of dark roasted malt, semi sweet chocolate, mild bitterness.
Feel - medium bodied, somewhat creamy.
Drinkability - easy to drink, lots of rich and robust malt flavor, very well hidden alcohol, easily one of my favorite Duck-Rabbit brews.

Alkey, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of bobbyc881
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

I've been waiting for this one. Finally picked some up in Asheville, NC.

-Absolutely black. Thin, brown head. This is what RIS should look like.
-Nothing crazy in the aroma... heavy roasted, coffee, burnt smells. Typical of all stouts.
-Taste is solid. More heavy roasted malts, providing some nice bitterness up front. Subtle fruity flavors in the middle, but dominated by the bitter roasty flavors. Hints at the 10% ABV. Altogether very straightforward. Finishes rather dry for an RIS.
-Fairly thick mouthfeel with a bit of tingly carbonation.
-Hides it's alcohol fairly well.

bobbyc881, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours black with a tan to pumpkin pie orange colored head that slowly recedes. Aroma is strong of roasted barley with a fair amount of smokiness, burnt wood. A malty sweetness smells nice and chocolately and mixes with the roastiness in a cola like aroma. Nice cola and more subtle chocolate sweet maltiness roll over the tongue. A roasted flavor mixes with an acidic tanginess towards the finish. There is anise flavor throughout the taste. Heavy in body, smooth and rich up front with a tanginess and drying finish. Alcohol is nearly unnoticeable, incredibly balanced. A very good imp stout, it's best quality to me is that there quite a few flavors and aromas going on, but not one seems to dominate. Instead they all seem somewhat subtle and blend together very well.

hoppymeal, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a good medium brown head that lasts for a while and leaves some pretty decent lacing as well. The smell is winey and with a touch of soy sauce, but there are also rum soaked raisins there. The taste is very nice. More rum, bitter chocolate, a touch of light coffee, and some roasted grain. A little thin on the mouthfeel, and could be creamier, but the lingering bitterness helps give it structure, and the alcohoilis well hidden. Pretty drinkable, but its a big beer and fairly intense.

Georgiabeer, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a very dark brown with plenty of froth on top. Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malt and cherries. Yeah, I think there is some definite cherry, fruit notes coming through moreso in the taste now. A different twist on an Imperial stout, but I’m digging it. Mouthfeel is full, thick and non-cloying. This is a very solid imperial stout that is able to separate itself from the others via its distinct taste. Would love to try again.

FtownThrowDown, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

2007 version

a - pours deep black with a big dark brown head, decent retention and lacing

s - bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt, dark fruits lend sweetness, slight hoppiness, alcohol hints

t - quite sweet up front with lots of dark fruits, some cherry, body is nice bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt, finish has more fruitiness, especially the black cherry taste, some alcohol but not very evident, also some hoppy bitterness on the finish

m - mild carbonation, full-bodied, fairly creamy, pretty dry on the finish, but not overly so, nice warming effect from alcohol

d - pretty drinkable for an RIS, alcohol is not that evident and palate is not destroyed after one

Finally got around to reviewing this beer. Very nice offering from Duck Rabbit. I have a feeling this would get even better with some age. Unique fruitiness and sweetness for an RIS - very different from any other RIS I've tried.

WeisGuy, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

I received this 12oz bottle in a trade with some kind soul here on BA (can't remember whom). This poured a dark black with a tan head. The smell was roasty and not much else. The taste had roasty notes, charred notes, and was thick. I was expecting a little more given how great the Baltic Porter is. The alcohol was well hidden in this one making it easy to drink.

ArrogantB, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger fairly tight brown head that fades slowly. Some lacing present.

The smell is deep roasted malt coffee and chocolate and some of the alcohol (more of the alcohol as it warms up).

The mouth feel is immediately hopped and tingling bitterness. Some of which can be attributed to big alcohol. Full bodied. Finishes flat on the tongue, not quite like a syrup, and there is another entire presentation as you swallow with a burst of coffee and lingering bitterness. The flavor is an intense roasted malt coffee and oat.

I find it very drinkable. I'd probably avoid this one at a pub; need to be sitting down in the lounger for this one. I really enjoyed the complexity. Scores points for imagination and creativity with me.

Acquired as part of a trade with drunkmonk; appreciate the opportunity!!

jjayjaye, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Made the quick trip from Raleigh over to Farmville with trep to visit the brewery. Cool place. Small, but lots of potential.

The Rabid Duck pours an opaque, jet black color with ample amounts of sienna head. Leaves good lacing and is well retained. Smells like the usual DR beer: floral and nutty with some notes of spice and pine.

Taste has some nice nutty flavors: chestnut, almond & walnut. Chocolate present as well. Has a thick smoothness to it with a nice bitter coffee/semi-sweet chocolate bite. Overall, it's complex, flavorful and a solid beer. If I were more of a dark beer lover, I'd be rating this higher.

wagenvolks, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours an impressively visually impermeable midnight into my veltins glass on a split with the wife. A luscious cocoa head rises high and settles into a nice little cap on this brew. Aromas of roasted coffee beans and molasses dominate - maybe it is more like the chocolate covered espresso beans - anywho, dark and rich aromas haunt the corners of my fragile eggshell mind.

On the tongue there is a slow drizzle of carbonation followed by dried cherries, steeped in espresso and then cooked gently in molasses. Coffee comes in and out and alcohol rides around the periphery of my tongue. The taste lingers and lingers as the roasty toasty cocoa hangs in my mouth with some balls of cotton.

This is an impressive brew with turbo kicked in. I am very glad to have come across this and will gaurd the remaining stash. Thanks Weisguy for the easy trade and opportunity!

gpcollen1, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Pour is a pitch black with a solid 2 finger head that hangs around longer than the in-laws on holidays. Neat coloration for the head. It's a chocolate colored head but it's kind of like it has some red or ruby mixed in.
Smells like a strong coffee and rich dark chocolate.
Nice strong roasted backbone supports some fruitiness and dark chocolate. Strong black coffee flavors with a nice combination of bittering and alcohol finish. Nice strong lasting aftertaste. This beer packs a huge George Forman like punch but still maintains it's balance.
Mouthfeel is that of used motor oil. Not that I've ever had used motor oil in my mouth, but this is what I imagine it would feel like.
This is a one bottle night capper beer.
Great offering from Duck-Rabbit which is becoming NC's best brewery with some awsome seasonals and a nice base of regular offerings.

wcudwight, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of doppelmeup
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

This poured a very dark black with a half inch thick cocoa colored head, that remained for several minutes before turning into a layer of foam on top of the beer. It is a very impressive looking beer.

Aromas of sweet malts, dark chocolate, fruit and some alcohol. It reminds me a lot of the D-R Baltic Porter.

Taste is quite large. Definite alchohol burn,especially as this warms. Hoppy bitterness and roasted malts. Pretty good overall.

Mouthfeel is definite RIS, although not quite as thick as Stone RIS or Bells Expedition, it ranks up there with them in "motoroilyness".

This is a good beer, but I couldn't drink more than one at a time. As it warms, the alcohol burning really comes through, so I'd suggest drinking this one rather quickly, at a cool temperature that hasn't warmed to room temp yet.

doppelmeup, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one my way...

Appearance: Pours opaque and jet black, with an enormous tan-colored head with good retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma that's detectable as soon as the beer hits the bottom of the glass. Chocolate, roast, and a slight hint of... anise? Some coffee and alcohol.

Taste: Strongly bitter and roasty. Everything else takes a back seat: dark fruit, coffee and chocolate. Hop character is grassy, and shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, carbonation good for the style.

Drinkability: Not my favorite RIS, but solid.

hunteraw, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

I've been searching for this one for a while to complete my Duck Rabbit collection but was afraid it was a one off last year after they made the Baltic Porter so I was quite pleased to find it at the Whole Foods on Wade Ave (man, those guys have everything if you time it right, although a tad expensive). This DR pours the expected jet black but the head doesn't reign long, retreating to a brown cap after a few minutes. Lacing is oddly nil. The nose doesn't disappoint, with multiple layers of chocolate and coffee you can smell a few feet away. Alcohol is unbelieveablly silent for the time being. Me likey.

The taste is a different story, with heavy alcohol draping itself all over the sip and aftertaste. Nice chocolate and espresso flavors and resonant hopping keeps your eyes wide open in spite of yourself. High bitterness battles deep malt throghout the aftertaste. This is manageable thanks to a thick, syrupy mouthfeel that coats and soothes. It's as good as I was expecting but a little intensely alcoholic and flavorful for multiples. Wow. Looking forward to their next concoction here in NC.

daliandragon, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of dgfair
4/5  rDev +2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Jet black with a huge frothy head that dissipates very quickly to a thin layer with a little bit of lacing on the glass. Dark in color but the body looks a little thin for an imperial stout.

S - Smells like a sweet, sugary coffee drink. A little bit of cocoa character comes through as well. A little bit of a sweet marzipan smell comes through as well. A very nice roasty scent as well...overall very complex for an impy stout.

T - Strong dark roasted coffee with a touch of chocolate sweetness, and a little bit of powdery cocoa. Alcohol comes through on the swallow and sticks around in the aftertaste. I'll attribute this to the young age of this stout, as it would probably mellow significantly after a tour of duty in the cellar. In fact, the taste is a little disjointed and I think would blend nicely with some age.

M - Pretty heavily carbonated and a little thin. I would like it to be a little creamier and thick for the style, but it's not bad and does add to drinkability.

D - Very drinkable for a big stout. The alcohol presence never overwhelms and the body lends to easy drinking. I enjoy drinking it and can't wait to open one in about 6 months to see where it's going.

dgfair, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of srrn
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a deep brown black with light tan head that quickly diminishes. Some lacing on the glass. Smell could be stronger but pleasant burnt malts and espresso. Taste is exceptional, espresso with its associated bitterness and oil feel. Little going on in the way of chocolate. Nice long finish with some bitter hops and a bit more chocolate coming through as the beer warms. Duck-Rabbits really dark beers are highly enjoyable.

srrn, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of rodrot
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

Finally got my hands on some of this stuff after missing out last year due to availability problems. A reliable source told me DR has stepped up production of it's limited release beers. The beer poured totally black with a nice 1 inch tan head. Aroma was quite roasty and coffeeish, very espresso-like with some bitter hops mixed in. Taste was excellent. Lots of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark rum and burnt flavors along with a bitter hoppy finish. Warming alcohol was there, but it didn't detract from the drinkability at all. Mouthfeel was thick and rich, the way an Imperial Stout is supposed to be. Excellent offering from the "dark beer specialists".

rodrot, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

thanks to mikes groove for this via trade!

A - pitch black, small steady tan head. Looks like motor oil on the way into the glass!
S - Rich sweetness, bitter chocolate, roasted grains and a touch of molasses.
T - Sweeter than the aroma indicates. Wallows around the glass quite nicely with the bitter chocolate, roasted grains flavors and a piney hop taste. Intriguing at each sip!
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated. Stiff, not cloying.
D - Yes sir, may I have another?

barleywinebrewer, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Neehan
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

This is one hell of a stout. Very rich dark-coffee roasts in the smell and taste. Creamy texture leads to a thick appearance with good retention and a smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol comes through in the taste a bit, but is well hidden considering the percentage. A pleasant burn on the way down and a nice over-all warming complexity. A perfect, day-ending treat.

Neehan, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured into a pint glass a dark opaque beer with a thick light brown head that resembles cappuccino. The aroma is similar to many other Imp. Stouts with chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt characteristics. The taste is a wonderful blend of all of those flavors. Dark chocolate lingers on the tongue even after the beer has been swallowed. This beer contains a wonderful bitterness that hides the alcohol very well, great bitter chocolate dominates the mouthfeel. The Duck-Rabbit seasonals so far have never failed to impress. This has quickly become one of my favorite Imperial Stouts.

atsprings, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of wedge
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours an impervious pitch black color with a tight, creamy cocoa head - large at first but falling to a soft, whispy cap. Smells deeply malty, rich and fruity. Like chocolate cake topped with berries and molasses, black coffee on the side. Bold, dark flavors of roasted bitter chocolate and espresso carefully balanced with dark fruits. Some alcohol emerges as it warms, but it blends so well with the flavors, it's hardly noticeable except for a slight warmth in the throat. Smooth mouthfeel is a little less than full bodied and appropriately bitter.

Damn good. Nice to have such a great local Imperial Stout.

wedge, Feb 12, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours with a big yummy looking milky cocoa brown head. The beer is thick and black and the lace doesn't hesitate to stick. Aroma is a pleasure to sniff and nicely complex. Big dark chocolate, roasty with some undetermined meaty spices, and sweet dark purpley fruits. Taste matches the nose well and doesn't hold back. There's a large elongated bitterness that mixes with the alcohol smoothly. Good velvety creamy texture floats in your mouth excited lightly by soft but tingly carbonation. A nice coating is left behind as a yummy reminder for you to go in for the next sip. Body is nice and full but has a light soft chocolately-like feel. Very drinkable large abv or not.

Definitely something to look forward to.

tastybeer, Feb 12, 2007
Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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