Ded Moroz Imperial Stout
Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #620
Ranked #9,748
4.01 | pDev: 9.48%
Rushing Duck Brewing Company
New York, United States
Ded Moroz Imperial StoutDed Moroz Imperial Stout
Notes: Meaning “Father Winter” in Russian, Ded Moroz, is pitch black in color. It is an imposing beer that is best enjoyed by slow sipping to fully soak up this beer’s complexity. It has a very deep flavor profile of dark chocolate, coffee, graham cracker, overripe fruit, amongst others. To add to its complexity, it is generously hopped with a large portion of imported Brittish hops to balance the sweetness and keep it true to style. Ded Moroz is a decadent treat perfect for the cold winter months!
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Roguer from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good head production and retention. Head is dark tan, leaning toward a darker brown; body is inky black.

Huge, imposing, slightly oxidized nose, full of incredibly rich RIS tones: molasses, espresso bean, char, red grapes, banana, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, prune, raisin, licorice ... it goes on and on. Smells every bit the big beer it is. If Old Rasputin set the template for an American-style RIS, this seems to be following that pattern - but bigger, and perhaps a touch smoother (this bottle has a year of age, which likely helps).

Smoother on the palate than expected. Huge, thick, and rich, but with very little harshness. The high ABV shows, but not painfully; the English hops add plenty of bitterness, but just restrained enough; and the massive malt base is thick, chewy, and only slightly sweet. Chocolate, espresso, molasses, brown sugar, raisin, toast.

Noticeable back-end heat.

Dec 29, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is obsidian black with a dense tan head. The nose has dark chocolate, stone fruit, and booze - lotsa booze, actually, which is surprising in a non-BA beer.

The dark chocolate leads on the taste, and the stone fruit and booze are definitely accounted for, but the British hops mix well on the taste. If this had a little more heft on the mouthfeel, it would be world-class, IMHO. It’s still a pleasure to drink on a chilly January night in Northern Indiana.

Jan 11, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from MacMalt. 500 ml bottle into snifter, Winter 2017-2018 release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, and date; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Increasing booze intensity as it warms, a bit overwhelming. Nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, nuttiness, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast/char bitterness and spicy alcohol on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, licorice, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness and spicy alcohol. Light carbonation and full body; with a very creamy/silky/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Light-moderate increasing warmth of 11.2%, with a bit of booze after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy flavors; pretty smooth to sip on slowly for the big ABV. I liked it more as I moved through the glass. Not nearly as bitter as I expected for the style; but it has a very wide array of complexity from malts and English yeast. A very enjoyable offering, but could definitely use a couple years of age. Quite hot on the fusels.

Apr 14, 2018
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

25oz bottle. Winter release 2017-2018. Pours a pitch black color with over an inch of medium brown head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, earth, cinnamon and dark cherries. The taste is dark chocolate, black coffee, earth, cinnamon, leather, roasted malts and dark fruits. Dark cherries, roasted malts and coffee at the end. Not nearly as boozey as I expected from a beer with an ABV over 11%. Medium to heavy body. Worth seeking out.

Jan 15, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black beer with a brown head. Smells like black licorice, dark chocolate coffee and some alcohol. Tastes amazing with licorice, dark chocolate, with a finishing taste of roasted malt and coffee.

Jan 08, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2016-2017 Release. Poured from bomber into stout glass. It pours a walnut brown color with hues of dark cola, and an enormous, fluffy beige heard and lacing that lasted throughout the pour. It smells of dark roasted malt, rather smoky, with dark fruit and nuts. The smell isn't as bold as I'd hoped. It has a nice, rich taste of burnt coffee, cherry, raisin, baker's chocolate, and a hint of vanilla, and it finishes with some smoky bitterness. The smell improves as the glass warms and I'm glad I'm drinking this from the bottle and not on draught. It is medium-bodied, not chewy or oily, lightly carbonated, and the 11.2% ABV packs a whallop. Overall, it is a really good RIS from a terrific brewer. It's not at the level of Parabola, Ten Fidy or Expedition but it's an excellent showing and I would gladly drink it any time. I wish I had bought more.

Jan 07, 2017
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at One Mile House in NYC.

Served in a wine flute/tulip glass.

Dark as hell in the bar but the beer is darker. Reminds me of a DMX album title.

I'll offer now that I just threw back two Macallan 12s in a club spinning hip-hop and reggae and then ate a special bit of brownie.

Having said that, very fruity aroma on this. Plum, fig, cherry and raisin. Sweet notes remind me of grape juice. Again. Very fruity.

My friend told me he didn't like me calling his beers fruity. But it is what it is. This beer tastes sweet dark fruit fruity. Almost like a juice box in your lunch box. Eventually carries to caramel and grape sucker and a roasted malt and floral yeast finish. 4

No complaints with how this drinks. Rich and sticky and full. Hints at some tartness or vinous notes but then goes creamier and lets some smoke in. 4.25

Excellent. Not sure what is so magical about this beer but it has really reminded me how overwhelming and ridiculous the NYC beer scene is. Hopslam and Lunch were available and I chose this beer from upstate. And I wasn't disappointed in the least.

Feb 29, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Opaque, slight tan film killed by ABV, viscous. 4
N: Tar, fig, wood - fruit more than roast 4
T: Raisinettes, cocoa nibs, port-like wood, and black cherries. Sweetens as it warms.
Dark caramel finish and soy linger. 4
F: Full, smooth, round, little burn. 4

Sat a year (winter 2013-14 label) so that helps.
Goes for vinous fruit over coffee and big roast.
I'd believe if you said 8.5% instead of 11.2
Impressively umami; a fireside sipper and a good intro to this brewery. 4

Jan 29, 2015
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just poured this into a stein about a week or two back. Btl itself was 1 or 2 years old.

Dense black with some mocha head to look at. Seems thin, but has some viscosity to it. Hops have really mellowed if any were there along with roasted coffee, toasted coco, caramelized sugar. Very mellow vinous quality on nose and on palate. Dried cherries, figs, raisins, lots of plum; mocha latte. There's is some brightness to it somewhat reminiscent of orange marmalade--it has some spice to it. Initial light and cream laden feel thickens and becomes sticky.

Jan 28, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY. I'm not sure of the exact vintage of this, but I think it's about 2 years old.

Pours a very dark black, with not much head or lacing.

Smells like vanilla, dark fruits, a bit of chocolate, with some slight leafy hops.

At about 2-ish years old, this seems to have lost any sens of roastiness, replaced by almost vinous wine flavor, lots of dark fruits, chocolate, etc. There is no alcohol presence whatsoever, which is nice.

This is fairly light bodied for the ABV, which might have to do with the age. It has a creamy and slightly oily mouthfeel, along with a very low level of carbonation.

This is pretty good, but it seems like it shouldn't be aged all that long.

Nov 28, 2014
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farrago from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a miniscule dark brown head, just covers the surface and then fizzles out, in turn there’s very little lacing to be had, more like a thin, broad sheet that slides off the glass at a steady pace. The liquid is the obligatory impenetrable black, can’t see any color at all, no orange nor yellow tint, oddly when you tilt the glass you can see a muscular rush of bubbles just below the surface (so, where’s the head). The nose is comprised of thick, dense milk chocolate, café au lait, caramel and toasted coconut, after that in distant second place comes plum to prune and cherry scents, challah bread, flowers and licorice, minimal counterbalancing hops presence. Full-bodied and leaden, not much carbonation, maybe enough to convince it to move a couple inches left on the couch. Same simplified array of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee with a slight uptick in general toastiness. You have to swallow real hard to get it moving fast enough to go down the chute. Some orange zest mixed into the muted flowers, more like uncooked dough here than bread per se. Hey, the flavors hit the sweet spot for this type of beer but it needs a kick in the ass, to show some life. Otherwise it gets tiring to drink.

Apr 15, 2014
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Kendo from New York

3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body appears relatively thick and black, though with some mahogany hues on the pour. In the glass it's black with an oddly-thin-bubbled film of a head on top. First thought was, "maybe I should've poured this more aggressively."

S: Malt, molasses and dark fruits. Hint of dark chocolate. Decent Imperial/Double Stout nose.

T: First impression: now I know why there was no head - because there is basically no carbonation whatsoever, so nothing to rise up and create such a head. . . .

Anyway, as for flavors: sweet stuff is there - modest chocolate malt, molasses and a generic fruitiness. Finishes with a modest tannic bitterness and a dark chocolate-type bitterness. Heat from the 11.2% ABV is noted, though mainly as lingering heat in the aftertaste and warmth in the belly rather than as a "hot" sensation during the sip.

M: Heavy in heft, slick in feel due to a complete lack of carbonation.

O: OK, so I've reviewed over 1100 beers - full reviews - here on BA, and in my 8 years of reviews, I don't think I've ever reviewed a beer that was so bereft of carbonation. It's unfortunate, because I think this beer has potential with the flavor profile; some active carbonation would wake up the palate and improve the experience.

Feb 09, 2014
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Thickfreakness from New York

2.63/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours ink black with absolutely no trace of a head or any lacing what-so-ever. Really nice oily legs drip all along the glass after each sip. It sits completely still in the glass. No carbonation at all.
Vanilla extract, deep dark chocolate, hints of coffee, dried fruit, alcohol and beach ball plastic? Even as it warms up, it doesn't get any more complex. I'm a little dissapointed to be honest.
Lots of beach ball plastic, dried fruit, vanilla and bits of really dark cocoa and bitter coffee. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. No depth, and nothing very interesting at all going on here. That phenolic plastic that is in the nose and the taste is really ruining what coould be a decent beer. It reminds me of an old Bakelite pickguard in the nose. That may not make alot of sense to anyone that hasn't held an old guitar pick or pickguard, but that's what I'm picking up along with the vanilla and chocolate. Weird...
Absolutely no carbonation! On the verge of medium thick, but just a touch thinner. Something that sits this still is usually decently oily, but not this one. Wow... dissapointed again.
I so badly wanted to love this brew just for the NY pride. It's a shame. I kinda understand where they were going with this, but they just missed the mark badly.

Feb 03, 2014
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guitarsnbeer from New York

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the imperial stout from Chester NY's new brewery Rushing Duck. It is drinking fantastic right now and is quite impressive.

Pours from growler into my glass a pitch black hue underneath a pleasant tan head, with a sense of authority.

Smell and taste is inviting with notes of coffee , chocolate, oatmeal and a good range of other aromas that please the senses. Warming alcohol, this is great to sip on during a cold night. Hids the almost 12% abv. very well, and ties the beer together.

Mouthfeel is great, thick and lucious. The beer leaves a good lingering flavor between the hops and malts, and the low carbonation lets those flavors shine.

Overall I think this is their best beer out yet, with War Elephant DIPA close behind. Wouldn't mind having this year round for sure (and war elephant!!). For those lucky enough to try some you know what I'm talkin about. Keep up the great work Rushing Duck - I salute you.

Dec 23, 2012
Ded Moroz Imperial Stout from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 103 ratings