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

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 183
Gots: 75 | 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: 794 | Reviews: 495
Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  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
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +2.5%
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 +3.8%
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
2.61/5  rDev -33.6%
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
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is almost completely black in the glass with a nice half finger tan head that melts very slowly leaving some lacing in it's wake.

Aromas are dark chocolate...dark espresso coffee...nuts and some alcohol.

Flavors are bitter chocolate and dark strong espresso coffee with just a touch of sweetness before hops bitterness reminds you of the bittersweet chocolate that hit your tongue in the beginning.

Aftertaste is dry with memories of the chocolate and espresso but little else....then the warmth of the alcohol hits you as it spreads thoughout your torso.

Very dry and slightly bitter RIS...lacks some of the dimension found in many others. Average at best.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty damn good Russian Imperial Stout. One of the best I've had in a while. Many thanks to Crosling for providing it as part of a trade.

The beer pours to a very dark brown color, appearing to be an opaque black in the glass. Has a huge mocha colored head with surprisingly good retention. Falls down in a great dimple patter. Lacing could be much better, but at 10% I didn't even expect much in terms of head to begin with.

The smell is of roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee, but over it all lies a strong whiff of brewers licorice and anise, providing a pretty sharp spiciness. Accentuates the alcohol very well. Smells pretty sweet, overall.

The taste is great. Not nearly as sweet as I would have thought, but it's actually quite dry. Doesn't taste like they used any funky adjuncts, like brown sugar, honey, or molasses, just a shit-ton of barley. The intense roastiness shows up on the swallow. Doesn't have as much of an anise flavor, but still a bit of the black licorice in the aftertaste, along with a splendid coffee roast flavor. Plenty of hops also lend an ashy bitterness and a light herbal flavor. This is a very dry, vinous, and rich Russian Imperial Stout, exactly as it should be. If you have this beer side by side with an American Double Stout, it may offer a little clarity on the often blurred line between the two styles. Very well done.

The body is fairly large with a fairly dry and roasty feel. The carbonation is a bit crisper than I would care for in this style, but it does seem to make the flavors a little more sharp. A sipper for sure, but I don't think I would object to drink more than one of these in a night if given the option. Reminds me a lot of my first attempt at a homebrew Imperial Stout if I would have been patient enough to let more of the sweetness ferment out, and perhaps added a little licorice and anise to the mix.

Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh another Duck Rabbit beer, oh how I love thee.

Pours a near black completely opaque similar to a black hole as I took it out into the sunlight and all light was completely engulfed by this beast. Head is a great shade of mocha and whispy with some thin lacing left behind. Moderate retention.

Ooozes dark chocolate and hot fudge aromas, concentrated mollases, unmalted barley, vanilla bean, plum, black currant, with some red cherry and caramel. A presence of alcohol is noticeable.

Man this is a monster tannic beer. Very bitter hops on the lengthy finish. Alcohol shows through in the mouth but not in a bad way. Bone dry creation with dark fruits and 90% cocoa/dark chocolate slapping your tongue on the mid-palate. Haven't taken another sip for a few minutes and the finish is still lingering. What depth with very complex tight wound flavors. Same black currant, plumy flavors as the nose showed. Without any sign of red cherry however. A bit of an herbal quality on the finish as well. Very good beer but so tannic right now it would be hard to drink many. Would love to see what this can do in a few years. A somewhat unpleasant aspirin flavor is showing on the finish now as I drink this.

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with Weisguy.

A: The stout is pitch black, thick with the consistency of motor oil. The head has a dark coffee-and cream (more coffee than cream) color and almost overflowed the glass on pour.

S: The beer is thick, meaty aroma. Burnt malts and anise come through in the nose, along with hints of coffee bitterness. The aromas make me think that this beer is gonna be big!

T: Malty burnt goodness. These three words perfectly describe this beer. The grainy, breadlike body is strong and over-roasted. The effect is a dark, swirling flavor that overpowers your tastebuds. Some sumatra-like coffee notes add a mild coffee flavor, but not nearly enough to overcome the acrid bitterness of the burnt malts. Alcohol warmth emerges at the end of a sip, creating a heat on the tongue. That heat pairs with an odd burnt finish.

M: The stout is dark and murky, full of big flavors and lasting impressions. THis is not a beer to take lightly, it will easily sneak up on you.

D: At 10%, this is no quaffing brew. In moderation though the flavors are intense and will not disappoint. Nice one from the dark beer specialists.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Black with an average tan colored head.

S – Malty and roasted with a hint of licorice.

T – Bold! Malty and roasted flavors with definite spice notes.

M – Medium to full bodied. I would have preferred it to be a bit heavier for this beer.

D – This is a very good RIS, and while I recommend it…the bold flavor might make this not the easiest beer in the world to drink steadily.

Photo of BlindPig
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Big thick mocha head on a black body. Nice thick lacing.
S- Chocolate, roasted malts with alcohol in the nose too. Caramel in there too.
T- Some rich highly roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and black currents. Dry bitter coffee malts in there too. Hints of alcohol tickle the tongue but pretty well hidden for 10%. Really rich in malts in this one. Not many hops to help balance it out at all.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- I am not a fan of this at all. It is to rough around the edges and rich in the malt department. I prefer a bit more hops in there to help balance it a bit and if you want to make it that rich you need to add in something like molasses or something to break it up.

Photo of ncvbc
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before and never been the biggest fan, mainly due to the fact that the biggest taste I picked up was alcohol. I still have a few bottles from a sixer I bought a while back and decided to try another.

Pours close to pitch black, with a near brown head that slowly rises about an inch thick and then settles over the darkness.

Smell is very complex. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and a little whiff of alcohol again. Sweet fruit and a roasted nutty scent are also present.

The taste still makes me believe I need to let these age a little bit. Alcohol covers up most of the flavor to me, or at least makes it more difficult for them to come through. Dark chocolate, hint of coffee, and definitely licorice again which the alcohol actually seems to bring out more than the other more subdued flavors. I am sure that when this is a little tamed it will get better scores, though this will be months down the road.

Mouthfeel gives the chance to let the flavors show their true colors a little better. The alcohol bite isn't nearly as pronounced and the creamy goodness stays on the tongue. A tiny bit on the thinner side but a good medium body.

Drinkability is close to good and maybe better than that when the alcohol calms itself. I do find this to be one of the more complex RIS I've had and can only see it improving in the future.

Baltic Porter still remains my favorite from Duck-Rabid but this is a contender.

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

Received a bottle from Unclejedi on his Beer Tour adventure. Thanks Jim
Different looking label. Kooky.
Pours a nice, slick looking black with dark ruby edges. Topped with a rather large brown head. Settled down to about a 1/2 finger, then to a slight film, but reappeared with a good swirl.
Smells of coffee, toffee, baked caramel and roasted malt. Typical, nice blend.
Taste is much the same, bold coffee and some dark chocolate. Anise and black raisin also round out the taste.
What I really liked was the mouthfeel. Smooth, a bit of velvet, nice. Definitely bumps up drinkability. This didn't last long. Very nice.

Photo of grub
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a recent trade with pugman. thanks larry!

12oz bottle. best enjoyed by 1 11 06 08? yep, they're all checked, so i dunno...

pours not quite black with a huge cascading brown head. drops slowly and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. licorice and caramel. light roast. touch of alcohol. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. slight hint of lactic sourness. huge bread and biscuit malt. chocolate cake with licorice icing.

taste is great. bittersweet chocolate. lots of licorice. bit of alcohol. big chewy biscuit malt. medium-low bitterness level. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is great. low carbonation. huge chewy body.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is balanced pretty well, but it's still a pretty big beer. great to split with a friend on a quite brew day though. my first duck-rabbit experience has definitely been a god one. thanks again larry!

Photo of lackenhauser
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black color-ever so slight tan head and some great lacing as it goes down the glass. Muted roast aroma. Licorice and a mild espresso flavor dominate. Very nice grainy flavor. Great lingering bittersweet chocolate taste. Body is right on for style and the grainy sort of flavor really carries over to the mouthfeel. This is a damn fine beer. Re-reviewing here as I am much more impressed this time round. Might be a fresher bottle who knows. Sure wish I could get these beers locally.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep black color stout with a small dirty brown color head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee is quite dominating with some weird dry hops. Taste is a mix between some dry coffee, some bitter roasted malt and a dry ending with some hops. Body is quite full with some low carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. I thought the taste was just way too dry to be enjoyable and would have appreciated some sweetness to balance this thing out. Quite glad I got the chance to try this but can’t say I truly enjoyed the experience.

Photo of bort11
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Alkey
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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