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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005

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Ratings: 884 |  Reviews: 518
Photo of Oldmankeebler
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tend to love dark beers. In particular the porters and stout and this is an excellent stout. Full body with a lot of flavor. Malty taste with a slight bitter in the finish.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of MerryTapster
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black with a Tan head that last fairly long with some good lacing.

S: Dark Chocolate, Maple and Hops. Really a very good smelling beer.

T:Malty and Chocolatey, Toast with some notes of dried fruits. Slight hoppiness, but not to overpowering.

M: Smooth and velvety.

O: Probably one of the best RIS's I've had in a while, comparable to some of the top ones.

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Photo of BaconIsLife
5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Laceyface
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's sweet and tastes of very strong coffe (the only way to drink it). Had this in tap in Tampa and became obsessed. Much to my dismay I cannot find it anywhere near me. If you see in on the menu go for it. While I am hesitant to say it is m favorite because I only had it once I will say it is a strong contender.

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Photo of edmedina
4.95/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick black, no head really to show for this pour. Aroma is more of a coffee almost a chocolate or molasses smell there. Surprisingly the taste isn't at all over powering. You don't really get anything at first but then malt sneaks up on you to let you know they are around. Taste is really a malty coffee taste. It is mild though unlike most Imperial Russian Stouts this one is rather tame. I get very little after taste with this beer. It definitely ranks up there as one my favorites

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle best by 7/09 notched on the side of the label. Got this on a send from Kwakwhore a while back decided to try it on my Birthday according to the BA time. Served this in a large Delirium snifter poured an opaque very deep brown almost solid black with a very rich creamy mocha head about an 1" tall that slowy decended to a thick creamy everlasting coating leaving some small curtians of lace behind.

A very nice strong pleasing malt aroma very roasty/chocolaty with deep dark fruit and an inticing sweetness and a touch of molassess. Not an overpowering aroma,yet very inviting no real boozy aroma for 10%.My mouth is watering for a taste.

Wow! is this beer light and creamy with a plush/velvety feel. A clean fresh dark fruitiness at first taste with sweet maltiness and molasses with a hint of soy sauce,but not offensive at all,strong roasty notes with bakers chocolate followed by strong black coffee with burnt notes throughout. Rounds out nicely with a clean crisp sharp woody/earthy hop bite leaving tounge swelling pleasure with a pleasing dry chocolate fade, leaving a slick oily coating with a slight touch of pine. Enjoyable is the word here with amazing drinkability for the style. Does this beer have alcohol in it? I can feel it,but i can't taste it! A must try RIS one of the best, no doubt most drinkable.

The last of all the Duck Rabbit beer styles i've tried. I love this brewery. As the label states the "dark beer specialists" a title earned. Wish these beers were avalible in my area is my only complaint with this brewery.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz poured into a chalice. Markings on the bottle read 3/11, which I believe makes this from the 2009 batch.

Been looking forward to getting my hands on this brew, chcfan and hippityhops85 both made this a reality, thanks guys.

L: Pitch black and thick as hell throughout the pour. Head is creamy brown, materializing at the end of the pour and for several seconds after. Beautiful. What is the viscosity on this bad boy?

S: Deep, deep malts, huge fat middle. Just wonderful here, seriously. A deep gnarly, huge brew, but still simple in its execution.

T: Starts mellow and builds into anything but. Huge malts in the middle with a nasty bite on it. Mealy as hell. Subtle, but massive, complex yet simple. Perfectly executed. Finish is a malt-milkshake sweetness.

F: Thick, massively and wondefully mouth-coatingly thick.

D: Beautiful, supremely drinkable with or without the double-digit ABV.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

09 vintage poured into snifter.

Pours jet balck with a tan-brownish head that sitcks around for a little while. Smells of coffee, brown sugar, and dark rasins. Taste is amazing its a full on coffee up front with a brilliant roasted malt aftertaste no sign on the 10%abv what so ever. Mouthfeel and carbonation are right where they belong. IMO this beer is at its prime it is hands down the best non BA russian imperial stout I have ever had to date, I highly sugest you seek this out.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Completely opaque black color with a creamy head the color of brown sugar. Milk chocolate and light roast coffee in the nose. Wonderful taste of chocolate, coffee, and a balancing acidity. This is a great RIS that doesn't leave you feeling dominated. This beer isn't trying to be extreme, but instead aims at a near perfect example of the style.

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Photo of beercar
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best beer I've ever had! I've spent some time searching for the best sweet stout I could find. I was ignoring the Imperials as I was looking for something with the perfect balance of sweet and hops. I never thought to look at Imperials. I've tried others only to be let down. I know this may not be the most traditional Russian Stout, but, to me, it certainly is the most tasty. It smells like caramel and hops. It's pitch black with a quickly dissipating head. It tastes like ripened fruit and chocolate. For 10% ABV, its an awesome session beer. I can't imagine all the money I wasted looking for this beer. It can't be done any better. Kudos Duck Rabbit.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of JaZe3oNe
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very strong beer with a smooth feel and a strong smell. It has a nice bourbon taste with a candy like front taste and bitter back end. I give it high ratings overall! !

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a good hazy amber with a small tan head. The head last fairly well for being thin. Lacing is good. Aroma is honey and a big presence of alcohol. Almost has a whiskey like aroma. Has a light carbonation. A good mouthfeel. The flavor is well blended and the alcohol aroma doen't hold up the alcohol is well hidden. Has a full body. A real good finish and a good aftertaste. This is a good beer, a touch strong but a good beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of VT9091
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I loaded-up on this last Winter/early Spring dropping all other beers even the Milk Stout. Boozier, heavier, thicker than the M.S. More burnt. Not sweet. For when one will do ya on that cold night.

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Photo of Beejay
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AgeOfQuarrell for this gem.

A: Dark black, with a nice bit of brown head from a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Dark Chocolate, Wood notes, perhaps a bit of rum in there as well, something else in there... sweet.

T: Oh that is nice.. Starts sweet with a little bit of alcohol. finished like with a roasted taste and bits of coffee, but sweet all the way through. This is delicious.

M: Thick, but not too thick, creamy with decent carbonation. Yum.

D: This is great.. it hides the alcohol pretty well, and isn't quite the punch in the face that other RIS's can be. Fairly well balanced, and delicious. BRING THIS TO OHIO!! This beer is dangerous. I am sure I am spiking the average here. but damn this is a nice beer, well crafted and tasty as hell.

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Photo of happygnome
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours an oily looking black color withabout an eigth inch of tannish/chocolaty coloered head that quickly receeds to a thin layer of lace that covers that beer and slowly dwindles to a thick, sticky ring around the outside of the glass and a spot of lacing towards the middle of the beer. When heald up to the light, no lightcan be seen through this
s: roasted, sweet cocao malts, hints of booze slight earthy hop bitterness towards the finish, only strong enough to give this a very balanced nose
t: roasted chocolate malts that are initially very sweet but later turns into a mellow warmth from the alcohol
m: deffinatly a full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, wow this is a very good brew i wish i could get it around here

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This comes out of the tap a rich, opaque sable with a dark tan head. Aroma is strong, like smoky or roast coffee with a hint of sweet chocolate. The rich, smoky, coffee-ish flavor has an undertone of chocolate and a whisper of sweetness. This delightfully smooth stout fairly dances on the tongue and is a joy to drink.

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