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Rabid Duck | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Duck-Rabbit's Imperial Stout is extremely big and robust. This special beer is thick, jet black and oily in texture. Complex flavors of roast malts dominate: bitter chocolate and espresso coffee especially. There is also a very big hop presence both for bittering and for aroma. At 10% alcohol by volume, this brew is made to be sipped and savored!

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Ratings: 898 |  Reviews: 526
Photo of beerrat
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigschoolrecords
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Color is dark brown/black. Thin tan head, no lacing. Alcohol is present on the nose along with rich roasted malt and hops. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with a somewhat damp finish. Flavors of dark roasted malt, a bit of char, molasses, a hint of licorice, with a nice hop balance. Overall: a nice sipper on a cold night, but the alcohol presence is quite noticeable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into New Belgium snifter.

Deep dark black color with a beige head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of molasses and tobacco and dark chocolate. Slight caramel squares, slight vanilla pudding.

Flavor brings heavy tobacco and mildly bitter ash, charred wood, slight caramel, slight bitter chocolate. Harsh black licorice notes. Minty and herbal hops. Slight peppermint. Leans very heavily on the herbal/dank hops.

Feel is thick but not phenomenal, with a busy prickly carbonation and a dryness throughout with moderate alcohol heat.

Overall a decent but not great Russian Imperial Stout. It's definitely within style and is very bitter and roasted, but not really hitting the right notes for me.

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Photo of twage04
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with tan foam, medium to low carbonation. Aroma is of roast, figs, raisins. Taste is a bit of the same with lots of roast, maybe a hint or bourbon and malt. Overall a decent RIS, easy to sip on and enjoy.

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Photo of Nunya
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter)

L: dark brown, nearly black liquid; fizzy head began to take shape then crumble, but it did collapse into a messy, broken cap and collar with one big dirty splotch of lace

S: mint, caramel, licorice, dark chocolate espresso, perfumed polyester... alcohol pretty well buried... burnt cookie edges... lovely intensity and darkness

T: licorice, semisweet charred wood, blackstrap molasses; powerful punch of fantastically bitter hops and roasted grain from the finish lingering long into the aftertaste... seems like a relatively high portion of roasted barley and herbal hops - sort of reminiscent of Sinebrychoff... bitter char keeps lingering (but in a good way)... underlying malt seems thick, rife with deeply burnt sugars, but the pine branch brushed over the tongue in the finish sweeps away the sweet fat

F: very lightly oily and slick, delicate sludge; lightly-leathery malt meat dialed into a medium+ body, attenuated only marginally by a quiet flush of lazy, tumbled-to-dust ethanol... could be this day's events and activities, but this is too smooth, slipping over the palate almost without notice - begs to be sipped, time taken... could use a little more viscosity and/or heat, but then again, not really

O: wasn't expecting the big charge of hop and roast bitterness, but I loved it... now that I know where to get it, I'll buy the rest for keeping

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Photo of Sgt413
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mjw2808
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The clear dark black beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/4” creamy dark tan head that recedes slowly but visibly to become a thin irregular island of foam while leaving behind a ring of small patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Eventually here is a ring of foam around the glass on the surface of the liquid. Sipping creates some scattered small patches and legs of lacing, only a few of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas are mostly about the dark roasted malts with just a hint of burnt character. There’s dark chocolate, a bit of dark roast coffee and a soft touch caramel.

As expected from the nose, the flavors are big and mostly about the dark roasted malt. There’s the dark chocolate, a bit of dark roast coffee and the bit of dark bread caramel sweetness that softens and, at first, almost conceals the nearly burnt bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden here and only becomes noticeable when the warmth starts to spread.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and quite smooth with the soft, finely bubbled carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the chocolate, coffee and light caramel sweetness begin to fade away to a semi-dry finish with some almost burnt bitterness that persists for a fairly long time.

Overall I though this was an enjoyable, fairly drinkable RIS but it is definitely a one a night beer and would be a good choice for sipping by the fire during the winter.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Had this at on-tap at Goat Island, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. So-so lacing.

S: A very good aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hops, and char.

T: Tasted of a good amount of espresso (not overpowering), a good amount of roasted malt (present throughout), a lot of dark chocolate, light char, some hops, and a little caramel. This is an incredibly well-rounded flavor. The espresso never threatens to overwhelms the other elements. Sweet, but not cloying. Tasty.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A well made and easy to drink RIS. Drinkable.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big and roasty, dark and bittersweet. A true cold-weather beer from a southeastern craft brewer. A bitter coffee and chocolate approach up front, this stout began to get a bit cloyingly sweet as it warmed.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label says:"For best flavor, please refrigerate and enjoy by the date indicated." There is a notch next to 3 and 19.

Appearance: The body is black and it pours with a large khaki head. It has very good retention.

Aroma: It smells a bit like chocolate milk and burnt wood.

Taste: Up front there is a light bit of charcoal with just a touch of this herbal tea and pine that flows to the center of the mouth. The aftertaste has just a bit of mint and more of that burnt flavor. There is a bit of a black coffee character near the end. It tastes exactly like how you imagine a Russian Imperial Stout would taste. It has very clean flavors.

Mouthfeel: It is medium bodied but with a big presence that his held together by a moderate roasted bitterness. It finishes thin and off-dry.

Overall: It is an outstanding example of a Russian Imperial Stout that gives you everything you want from a beer like this. It delivers every expected flavor, very cleanly. I enjoyed it and I would drink it again. I would recommend it.

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Photo of robebo44
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brew_42
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thin head

Smells like roasted malts, coffee, hints of cocoa

Taste follows the nose. Over the plate solid imperial stout.

Mouthfeel-Thick and oily.

Overall a very solid. Doesn't bring anything new to the table, but does everything right.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today was one of those days that are simply unquantifiable. Yesterday, I left my worksite utterly enervated as the result of the start of DST, came home & promptly crashed out. Today, I found myself energized upon my return home & decided to indulge in some beer. Some heavy-duty beer. C'est la guerre!

From the bottle: "Made in Farmville, North Carolina"; "Proudly hand made in small batches"; "The Dark Beer Specialist".

I Pop!ped the cap, but despite it being a relatively fresh (Best before 04/18) bottle, I decided that I would go with a gentle pour, partially due to the lateness of the hour & my unwillingness to clean up any potential mess. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised just over a finger of dense, foamy, deep-brown head with good retention that left behind some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was VERY roasty with notes of French Roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, treacle & light smoke. 8=O Mouthfeel was dense, full & creamy, like a scoop of it had been lain upon my tongue. The taste was EXTREMELY chocolaty, like a liquefied fudge brownie! Wow. This, to me, was more of a dessert beer than one to simply be drank on its own. Chocolaty, bready, with notes of treacle and burnt caramel in the shadows. Phew. Finish was amazingly dry for all of the sweet flavors that I got in the mouth & on the tongue. I suppose that the relatively high ABV helped in this regard. The taste was overall pretty sweet, but the finish definitely had me reaching for water.

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Photo of bret717
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- pours black with a thin tan head; minimal lacing

Nose- bitter baker's chocolate, burnt coffee, cocoa

Taste- intense roasty bitterness and espresso with a nice soft milk chocolate flavor riding along under that

Feel- medium/full bodied with low carb makes for a creamy, mouth-coating sip; finishes long and bitter

Overall- nice focus on super roasty malt with chocolate and coffee notes combined with a nice creamy feel make for a nice drinking that improves with each sip

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greencovesteve
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of haines710
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a huge stout fan, but this one was very good. Beautiful black with expected smell. Very easy to drink. Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. Glad I picked up this bottle.

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