Red Duck The Ox | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Red Duck The OxRed Duck The Ox

Brewed by:
Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by vancurly on 08-03-2006

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: solid brown 330mL bottle with a very stylish (and cute) label. I particularly like the "Does not contain any real ducks" label.

Appearance: pours a very dark brown tending towards black with a fantastically thick and creamy one-finger head with good retention. Decent lacing. A great-looking stout.

Aroma: plenty of chocolate and roast coffee, with dark fruits and liquorice.

Taste: a very smooth, sweet chocolate and roast coffee with those dark fruits and liquorice. Sherry and spice make an appearance too. A truly outstanding stout.

Aftertaste: still quite smooth, not much bitterness coming through, just a touch of spicy tartness.

Mouth feel: a smooth and lustrous body, quite viscous and with gret feel. Low- to- moderate carbonation that carries the flavours well.

Overall: once again Red Duck provides a superb example - this time a stout. For a new brewery to produce so many outstanding beers in such a short time is amazing. This has to be one of the best imperial stouts I have ever had - well worth having again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large, dark tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, brown sugar and chocolate. Not particularly expressive.
Big roasty notes dominate the flavour, along with liquorice and hot alcohol. A bit harsh and somewhat one-dimensional.
Carbonation seem pretty full-on.
A decent try but a bit rough and doesn't show the complexity I'd expect from an imperial stout.

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Photo of spicelab
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 version. Thanks to Mr Kennedy for tracking this down. Poured into a De Dolle stemmed tulip.

Not quite jet black. Half-finger saffron-colooured head. Retreats to leave a slight ring.

Nose is sweet with an abundance of fortified-wine character. Liquorice, sherry, muscatels, sour cherries and brandy-snap. Roast character is a touch subdued, dominated by high-cocoa dark chocolate. Like it.

Whoa. Boozey raisins, raw cocoa and moderate oakiness (wasn't aware of any barrel treatment?). The nose is all here too, particularly liquorice and brandy-snap malts. Awesome, and would be even more so with a year or two of age.

Silky and lush. Low carbonation works well to provide unobtrusive depth. That said, it deserves to feel a bit bigger.

Gutsy stuff. I'd heard good things but was still impressed how charismatic this beer is. Demonstrates how a big stout can be brewed with mild roast character. Well keen to cellar a few of these.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pleaasant oily ebony colour with a creamy coffee coloured head that retains quite well and laces a little.

S - Aromas are mostly boozy with a little chocolate and aniseed

T - Up front there are some more of those aniseed flavours and some heavy salty roast jerky flavours. The molassis is very present. No real sign of any chocolate or coffee. The anissed in this makes me feel it could age well and settle down a little.

M - Fullish body with minimal carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

O - I like this stout, its a little one dimensional but smooth and creamy nonetheless

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Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WHROO
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

They have hit the spot with this...their best beer.

This was dark, roasty, & chewy...beautiful

Appearance was as expected for an imperial, dark, rich, roast head...

Smell & appearance were much the same - hints of caramel & honey to start with finishing with coffee, cocoa bitterness that was VERY smooth. Some imperials are nearly too sweet, but this had brilliant balance. The sweetness was restrained to the point where it added a enticing twist that helped me wish for another one once finished. Alcohol warmed the coccals too!

Sometimes imperials are over the top with intense bitterness, countered with intense sweetness all competing for top spot, but this just flowed over the palate impeccably - LOVED IT!

Seriously give this a go!! Have not found a better beer in this style!

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Photo of juju7
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I might be the lone ranger here, but I loved this! Had no expectations but as soon as I started pouring, when I could smell it coming out of the bottle from a foot away, I knew it would be good. Pitch black with a custard-like head, notes of roasted bitumen, liqorice and a bit of smoke. Thick, syrupy with liqorice bitterness, low carbonation and a beautiful long finish. A seriously underrated beer.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip. Listed at 9.4% not 9%

A-- Poured reddish black and settled jet black. Nice reverse cascading head happened after finishing the pour. Dark mocha colored head only lasted for a minute or so and settled to film. Swirling the glass go the same effect and life of the head.

S-- Lots of chocolate and coffee. Sweet and bitter smelling chocolate with touches of espresso. As it warms up licorice comes out in the smell.

T-- Bitter chocolate, bitter espresso, some licorice and a little bit of lemon on the taste.

M-- Bitterness smooths out in the mouth and becomes sweet chocolate. Low carbonation and heavy mouthfeel. Has a bit of a lemon and bitter black licorice finish to this. Long lasting flavor to this.

D-- Solid beer. Think a chocolate and coffee bomb with touches of licorice and lemon. Beer has improved with age as last one I had the beer was overwhelming with licorice. Could be a bolder taste though. Pretty easy to drink and ABV is decently hidden in this. Worth seeking out in the next release of this beer and worth cellaring as it improves with age.

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Photo of Mendicant
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark, almost black color, little head ever shows, little lacing
s: chocolate caramel with hints of alcohol & little amount of coffee aroma
t: tastes just like it smells -- same description, sweet chocolate caramel upfront that finishes with warming alcohol & slight bitter coffee taste
m: medium to thick body, almost syrupy, little carbonation
d: truth in advertising with 9% as you can taste & feel it. still a reasonably smooth imperial stout (as stated on the label & indicated in the smell & taste) that i wouldn't mind trying again. another good beer from the folks at red duck.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown colour, with a red tinge. Head is ochre, also a slight red tinge to it, but nice and dense with a slight crema appearance. Lace is nice and webby, quite sticky but not hugely so. Pretty nice.

Smell is sweet and yet roasty. Nice dark malts with lots of sweet vanilla and coconut. Hint of cherry as well, but lots of chocolate underlying it all. Yeah, very nice bourbon-barrel smell, sweet and dark.

Taste is very sweet throughout. Lots of chocolate malt but with early notes of coconut and cherry with boozey hints and some oak wood as well. Nutty, too, with lots of toffee and a hint of espresso coffee. Hazelnutty edge late on the back and a hint of licorice as well as some herbal notes, mint. Yeah, sweet, dark, nice complexity. A really enjoyable stout, with a nurturing kiss of alcohol and a beautiful spicy sweetness through the palate.

Fairly full texture but with a touch of slickness, almost like it straddles the border between thin and overly sticky. Yeah, nice feel.

Drinkable? Yes. It's heavy; deal with it. It's a fucking nice beer, of course I'd drink it all the time.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep and thick black. Even the very edges only give a hint of dark ruby when held to light. Body is very heavy, forming lovely cascades as the head forms. The head, for what it is, is a filmy but pleasant mocha brown that leaves rivulets of lacing. Very nice all up.

Nose is roasty, with a slight mustiness to it, and a dry deep aroma that almost hints towards the classic high gravity American Impy Stouts aged on oak barrels. There are genuinely hints of that lovely coconut and vanilla character you get with the best American examples. Although it doesn't pound my nose with its direct strength, it's extremely good.

Taste is smooth with round oaky characters and a long, lingering mix of sweet chocolate and charred malts. Big roasted bitterness towards the end. Bitterness comes through, but the booze, which is noticeable, is perhaps slightly too prominent. Still, it's a very excellent palate, with masses of character and a perfectly true to style profile. Feel is smooth and fine-bodied, with enough vigour to hold up the massive flavours.

Yes, this is a really excellent Australian example of a style that has been well represented elsewhere in the world. It's beers like this that give me faith that we can mix it with the best. A delectable and very well made imperial stout.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Local Provisions. From notes.

A - Black, one finger of medium brown head. Good carbonation, no lace and retention.

S - Lot's of chocolate, roasty, some oak, dark and milk chocolate. Seems mild.

T - Chocolate, lot's of roast, cola, mostly chocolate though. Seemingly mild again.

M - Good carbonation, full body and some cola then bitterness in the finish.

O/D - Not much depth on this one. Pretty basic. Not bad, just not interesting.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - About three seconds of fizzy red head before it completely vanishes leaving the black body unaccompanied by lacing.

S - Chocolate, dark berries, stone fruit, booze.

T - Spicy, chocolate, strawberry jam, prunes, figs.

M - Thin watery body, high carbonation, low heat.

O - Yeah it's pretty good, nice flavours but lacking in complexity compared to the greats of the style.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark kola hue with decent carbonation that leaves a coffee laced two finger head that slowly settles to one finger and stays with a rim of lacing,the smell is dark sweet cherries,bourbon,dark coffee,liquorice,dark chocolate and boozy alcohol,the mouthfeel is between medium and full bodied creamy and leaves your lips nice and sticky and produces tastes of dark plums in sticky sweet syrup,dark roasted bitter coffee,dark belgian chocolate,toasted marshmallows and finished with a mix of fruitcake and a kick of hops to nicely balance out the sweetness at the end but not taking away that lucious velvety sweetness you encounter just rounding it out and overall its a tasty winter drop for a freezing night like tonight and i am highly impressed by this brew probaly Red Duck's best offering and would be beautifully paired with a rich chocolate dessert, if i ever see it again before it sells out ill be sure to pick some up cheers.

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Photo of biglite351
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - sliver of red at the edges with a creamy slight dark tan head.

S - strong roasted malts, sweet fruits, chocolate and a touch of candy licorice.

T - fruity licorice, roasted malts, dark chocolates with a hit of coffee in the after taste. Very complex in a very good way.

M - solid coating but just a slight tingle after a few moments on the sides and back of tongue.

O - i'll take as many as you got!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No BB - from Slowbeer.

Some reservations about this review, the beer seems to have a high score due to well-old reviews, not recent ones. Not a good trend.

Pours a one finger head, black and tan, however it dies sooo quick to a film. Sporadic lace to start with, no lace at all by end.

Restrained on nose roast, choc mainly. Oddity - aroma dies toward end of glass.

Taste is same, dark chocolate starts to dominate - changes to licorice as it warms. A little one-dimensional

Mouthfeel good, softly carbed.

Difficult to be as objective about RIS, due to flavour overload but this is pretty good as they come. I will go overall down a bit - RIS are supposed to be a little better than this.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Stew41
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy head, thick early, with a very unique orange / coffee coloured head – looks great. Dark brown body. Big nose for the porter style with plenty of roast , milk chocolate and perhaps just the faintest of metallic notes that I personally often see in porters. Flavours just don’t quite deliver for my liking. There’s no doubt this beer has body and depth but the chocolate and roast notes come across a little disjointed. The 9% abv may be working negatively here and the beer feels extracted and a touch hard. It’s an interesting experiment, particularly for an Australian brewer, but it doesn’t quite work.

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Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with red tinges when held up to light. Quite small head.
S - Dark stewed fruit, roasted barley, some bitter chocolate.
T - Same as the smell pretty much. The dark fruit and roast comes through the most. Some more chocolate would have been good.
M - Low carbonation with quite a full mouthfeel. A bit cloying.
D - Nice winter seasonal. Not overstanding but still a pretty good nightcap.

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Photo of dgilks
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown with black notes. There's not really any head.

Big chocolate aroma with notes of dark fruit and toasted nuts.

Smooth and roasty with some chocolate, sweet malt and hazelnut. Really nice.

Medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Silky.

A delectable stout. I'd love a touch more roast and bitterness but the flavour is still good.

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Red Duck The Ox from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 21 ratings