Rabid Duck
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #690
Ranked #7,728
3.98 | pDev: 12.06%
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some licorice. Taste is licorice, campfire, roasted malts, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer and a bit to easy drinking at this abv.

Aug 19, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 03/2016. Served in a snifter glass. Review #700! A stout for a hot summer day!?!?

Appearance: Pitch black, no light coming through at all. Thin tan head with persistent sheets and fine strands of lacing.

Smell: Dark bread, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of alcohol and a hint of raisin, but with a hint of metal/copper on the nose as well.

Taste: At first sip, I'm thinking a stout aged in wood barrels, but then the taste opens up a bit and I get all that roasted malt bitterness, plus some sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of coffee and fruit to the point I feel I can sum up the flavor as dark chocolate covered peaberry coffee bean or dark chocolate covered bitter cherry or cranberry. The fruit flavor is a tart one - not sweet, but there is some sweetness under all of this, but it's balanced vs. the bitter flavors that start at the beginning of the sip and last all the way to the finish. But at no point does the bitterness get overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, very light carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth, but not overly so. Given the tastes and light carbonation, I'm beginning to wonder if this is aged in barrels prior to bottling. There is nothing on the website to suggest this, so I'll just assume this is what the brewers wanted. It's not as thick and creamy as other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had though.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a sipping beer, and this would be good with dessert as well as a range of grilled meats. I think this would be particularly good with a steak. Not a massive malt bomb of a RIS, but not excessively bitter either - really well balanced. Everything about this beer is good - not great, not amazing, but solidly good to style and balanced. The alcohol is well hidden as well to the point that I could have another one right now, but I know I would regret it later. A good beer for my 700th review - interesting, full flavored, and well worth reviewing. Now for the next 700.

Jul 29, 2015
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is what a RIA should look and taste like. Nice, inky black color - not much of a head, but that's fairly typical of high ABV brews. I like that there is not an overabundance of hops. I really like hops, but too much of it turns the brew into something other than a RIA, in my opinion. This has a nice, musky, earthy flavor with, as many others have noted, chocolate and dark coffee flavors. It's not meant to be gulped, and the strength of the flavors would make it unpleasant to do so. This is meant to be savored slowly, and would probably go great with a good cigar. I cannot attest to that because I am not a smoker.

Jul 21, 2016
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, motor oil black with nice brown 2finger head with persistent lacing. Smells of leather, roasted malts, espresso, unsweetened chocolate. Tastes very roasted malt forward, cocoa, hint of chocolate, smoke, peat, fig, coffee notes, nice hoppy floral/pine mid note providing a nice balance to the malt sweetness and nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth, minimal carbonation – akin to 2% milk. ABV well disguised by complexity of flavors and texture. Great balance, not syrupy.
Overall, this is a solid RIS. Great price point for a great beer. I will definitely pick this up again, delicious!

Mar 28, 2015
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick, black and impervious to light. A voluminous dark tan head, nearly two inches, forms and leaves copious amounts of lacing.
Smell is coffee and heavily toasted malts, ashy.
Taste is more balanced with notes of toasted malt, coffee, whiskey (in the back nose especially), peat, some pineyness and the faintest whiff of fruit.
Medium-full body, light effervescence. Slightly drying finish. Could use more body, it is a RIS after all, but otherwise an extremely good beer.

Mar 13, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle with a enjoy by date bar on the side that looks to be punched 2/17. Let's pour this in a 13oz. snifter for the review.

Look- Pours a medium viscosity dark cola brown with a fat finger of creamy mocha colored foam. Some thick lacing appears after settling.

Smell- Dark roasted malt, raisins, figs, char and a salami-like spice.

Taste- Dark chocolate, figs, char, tobacco and wood.

Feel- Medium bodied, oily, slick on the tongue with a bite of alcohol in the finish.

Overall- A solid stout with some pretty big flavor and a feel that makes it dangerously drinkable for 10%. This is one to try for lovers of big stouts.

Aug 21, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good RIS. Pours a dense black color with absolutely no light coming through. Big dark tan head with good retention for a high abv beer. Thick lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of malt, a little coffee/chocolate and a vinuous aspect - kind of like a port wine aroma/flavor. Flavor is similar to aroma. Big malty flavor, hint of chocolate and coffee and also some hops bitterness in the finish, The hops and port wine flavor add a little bite to an otherwise very smooth malty beer. Good one, well worth trying

Jun 07, 2016
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Rogerlb from California

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black all right. Head is one-finger micro-bubbles khaki. Aroma is quite chocolate and coffee. Slight rotten prunes in there. In a good way!

Taste is more to Russian style, with char, roasted malt, a slight oily bitterness under a sweet fruit hit. The bitter chocolate approaches creamy, and I'm getting dark fruit (although not as much as in the nose). Tobacco, chocolate-covered espresso beans. Rich and well balanced. Slight booze, a sweet flavor as if it were aged in wine barrels.

Bitterness that comes from coffee rather than hops (in my opinion) finishes up. Graininess increases, finishes smokey and ashy, with some resin to give you pause. Hides the booze well but is forward with many tastes without quite being in balance. First half better than the second half. Generally well done.

Jul 23, 2016
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nick_perry from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark color, not much head. Aromas and taste of malt and molasses. Bit of an alcohol note on the finish (bottle says 10% ABV). Heavy and full-bodied as you’d expect. Rather complex for a stout. I didn’t notice this while drinking it, but it left a slight coffee scent in the glass.

Mar 11, 2017
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Neehan from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Feb 23, 2007
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black (actually showing dark brown around the edges) with a 1/2" of fizzy dark tan head that reduces quickly. Very little lacing. Quickly becomes a dark liquid with no head, no lacing, and no visible signs of life.

S: Heavy roasted sweet malts. Molasses. Brown sugar. Dark fruits, raisins; almost port-like. As it warms licorice develops as does the alcohol.

T: Sweet dark malts. Cocoa and molasses, with a heavy, residual bitterness and a faint, but increasingly noticeable, burnt malt quality.

M: Heavy with low carbonation. A bit astringent.

D: Good to very good, though the burnt aspect could be a bit distracting.

Aug 06, 2010
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a borderline pitch black color. The head is two fingers high and tan in shade. Retention is good, but not amazing. Huge amounts of lacing are left on the glass - this is an aesthetically pleasing beer.

S: Very roasty. What surprises me is the less-than-insignificant presence of lactose: I have to say, it really adds to this beer. It's also very coffee-esque, as well, with just the faintest hints of dark fruits. Maybe even something suggesting tobacco, also? The complexity on the aroma is very nice in general.

T: At first, the roast is carried onto the palate strongly, building more coffee and cream flavors near the midtaste. The finish is very leathery, with a subtle tartness betraying good attenuation (read: it's not sugary sweet). More and more dark fruits gradually build up on the flavor profile, subsuming the leathery/boozy notes with more and more tartness. At first, I didn't think this was really complex, but it's developing additional notes of chocolate, tobacco, and even mint. All told, this one is really damn good.

M: Here's where I'm let down: this is rather thin on the palate, and lacking in creaminess. Carbonation is on the low side, expected from the style. However, it's very dry - and considering how well integrated the alcohol is into every facet of the flavor and feel, one could easily be fooled into thinking this is around 7%. It's not as rich as I want a RIS to be, but it's damn drinkable.

O: Quite impressive, mouthfeel aside. If this had the body of, say, Stone IRS, this could have been a bona-fide giant killer. As it stands right now, this is a really solid local gem, one that's well worth sampling.

Apr 05, 2014
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tpd975 from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one sent to me by the one and only trader known simply as BeerTruth.

A: Pours a nice deep black color with a nice thick khaki head made up of the smallest bubbles known to man. The bubbles die down but a nice half finger head lasts throughout.

S: Nice deep dark chocolate aroma dominates. There is some dark fruits, licorice, and coffee to help hold this one up.

T: Nice deep dark throaty taste. Tons of chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, and rum soaked raisins. Very nice tasting RIS.

M: Nice and thick like it should be.

Overall: I have been wanting to try duck rabbit for some time and leave it to my man BeerTruth to send the best of the bunch. I am a sucker for a good RIS, and this is a REAL GOOD RIS. The taste is wonderful and soo smooth. I put this beer down in no time flat.

Adam I can't thank you enough, man do you send the good shit!

Nov 06, 2007
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pastradul from California

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to wchesak for this nice extra. I haven't ben let down by anything duck rabbit yet, lets see how this goes.

Poured into a large duvel tulip. medium pour produced a nice 2 finger had the was dense and stuck around for quite a while. with a nice deep chocolate color.

the nose is dark chocolate with a bit of coffee and mildly bitted malts.

the taste is more of the nose. very smooth and balanced. an obviously big beer that is very drinkable.

Oct 18, 2010
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dcs1548 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Apr 20, 2014
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srrn from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Feb 25, 2007
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 15, 2015
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huskermike12 from Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.6%

May 09, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Meguiar for this surprise gift! Super cool, yo! I talked to the Big Brewer upstairs. We've arranged for some more beer karma to come your way. Be expecting some divine miracle over the next week or so. I tried to push for a lottery win.

Pours thick and black with a dark tan head. Nose is thick in malts with a big of chocolate and tar in there. Thick and robust. Flavor brings some serious robust qualities to it as well. But there is an odd almost citric edge to things here that makes me go hmmm. Besides that I get that blue cheese funk that so many of these robust stouts and old ales can give. I love blue cheese so that is a plus in my book. That odd citrus thing seems to fade away after a few sips. There is a nice consistent level of deep and robust character here. Feel is about standard I would say, possibly leaning towards thin.

P.S. Love the graphic on the label. That's a keeper.

Feb 28, 2008
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mklinger from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jul 17, 2012
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RyanGoodman from Bolivia

1.5/5  rDev -62.3%

Aug 13, 2012
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cbros from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a jet black with a one finger tan lace and a nice cling to the glass. This beer smells of predominately coffee and cocoa but there is also a hint of hazelnut. The hazelnut has a small presence that lends itself at the end. The taste is a combination of the cocoa and coffee flavors. I can't really get a sense of any hazelnut in the taste. Good strong combination of flavors that blend well together and form this beer. For its ABV this beer hides it. It is because of that that this beer could be dangerous if consumed in mass quanities. I have had other Duck-Rabbit offerings and have enjoyed all of them. I always mean to get a bottle of this and compare it to the other RIS and I think it holds up well comparitively.

Jun 05, 2009
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beerman207 from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A; No light coming through - dark tan head that leaves quickly - no head to speak of. Skim left behind for a while

S: Cocoa, coffee, smoke, mollases, some dark fruit - nice

T: Vanilla, coffee,chocolate, roasted malt, some real small hop presence. Very happy with the taste.

M: Average mouthfeel for an RIS - not thin but not chewy either. easy to drink

D: Could have another one of these without a problem.

Jul 18, 2010
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discdueler from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Apr 16, 2012
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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