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 RayUF07
1/5  rDev -74.6%

Photo of CassinoNorth
1.44/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got this in an extra as a trade.

First sniff, uh oh. Sourness.

First sip, yep infected. Total sourness, incredibly bitter. Like sour milk. Took one more sip and down the drain it went. Was pretty excited to try a fairly high rated RIS but this was one of 3 beers I've had to dump.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
1.5/5  rDev -61.9%

Photo of largadeer
1.64/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pitch black with a thick mousse-like brown head. Excellent head retention, an all-around decent looking beer.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit, fennel and some acrid burnt malt.

Taste/mouthfeel: Sweet and slightly creamy upfront. Flavors of black cherry and molasses follow but are soon overtaken by a sharp acrid bitterness. The body is slightly thin for the style though carbonation is spot-on. A dry finish pronounces the burnt flavors even more - this is a harsh brew with an acidic kick.

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Photo of Rish907
1.66/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So I opened a bottle with 2011 labeled, and let it warm for a while.. then proceeded to sip.. the first touch on my tongue was extreme bitterness. After another small light sip, I realized this was definitely infected.. probably the sourest nasty thing I have ever tried. Too bad, cause I hoped for a better stout like the other reviewers. It was an extra, so maybe figures it was infected.. too bad they couldn't bottle condition. Not much more to say.. again, this was a 2011 labeled bottle.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.77/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A loud hiss at the first crack of the bottle is disheartening, as good 'ol Onenote alerted me to possible infection issues with these. Foaming at the mouth! A moderate pour almost over-fills the snifter with dense, creamy cocoa head. Great retention though! Black in color. It looks the part!

S - Sour bacteria aroma emerges immediately, signaling some infection problems. With the roasted chocolatey malt it almost reminds me of peanut butter. Or is that just infected Short's PB&J coming back to mind? Alcohol finish.

T - Sadly, this beer tastes like steamed veggies dipped in awful burnt, bitter, and sour chocolate. Infection has fully taken hold. Undrinkable flavor. On the plus side, Beerwolf shared one recently and it was really good, so I look forward to revisiting this beer.

M - Full-bodied and thick with a potent sour finish that'll make one wince pretty hard.

O - Hmm. Infected Rabid Duck? That's got a ring to it... Seriously though, I remember this beer being great at a tasting; I look forward to amending this review with a full-on, BeerFM style review. Good luck on scrubbing out the issue guys!

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Photo of Prince_Casual
1.9/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected: looked fine, smelled great, but nasty metal+sour milk taste that got worse as it warmed up.

I have never taken pleasure dumping a beer down the drain but this one had to go. Disappointing that when I googled this beer, reports of bad bottles go back years. Felt obligated to report on here that this is still occurring.

Label indicated BB 03/16.

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of dheldman
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of Jimmys
2.02/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. freshest before 2/2013.

A: very very dark brown body. distinctively brown bubbly head. retention isnt great. nor the lacing. stouty, but not RIS stouty.

S: a slight soy aroma. a deep dark chocolate works its way in there as well. definitely something rich and roasty. the chocolate is strong as well.

T: fuck, is this one also autolysed!?!? a lingering salty/soy flavor. reminds me a little of edamame. the rest of the body consists of rich soy flavors and dries quickly. there are some RIS flavors that try to make there presence known, but this is pretty bad.

M: moderate fizz on an unfortunate body. trying to look past that i would call this average.

D: forgive my french, but this is the second bottle in a row ive had from duck rabbit that tasted soy-like, the last being their black IPA both purchased from the same store (wegmans in downingtown, pa). i believe autolysed yeast is the culprit and im a little disappointed in duck rabbit not recalling these bottles if they could have. otherwise most things i have had from them are really solid. would love to try beer sans the chinese dumpster flavor.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.19/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from ericwo. Thanks, Eric!

A: Pours a nearly pitch black with reddish-maroon translucence at the very edges. The head... well, there is none. It's not a flat beer; there was a hiss as I uncapped it, and the vigorous pour produced some very slow-rising effervescence on the top of the brew as dark mocha bubbles came out of solution, but they were scattered at best. Not exactly a cap. Still, the beer had nice legs upon swirling.

S: Tart dark fruit -- plums, raisins -- couple with molasses and brown sugar. Coffee. A little booze.

T: Tart dark fruit, for sure. These guys really like that, don't they? Their Baltic Porter couldn't pull it off, but here the flavors meld better into the molasses and brown sugar body of the beer. Coffee provides some lingering contrast near the finish, along with ash. Unfortunately, that's about all there is to the taste; it's not particularly complex. Plus, as it warms, it gets more muddled and soon only ashy dark fruit is left. Weird.

M: I have to give big props to the mouthfeel. Yeah, it's not an accomplishment making a "flat" beer, but it's a heavy one, and the bubbles -- while trace -- are subdued enough to let the beer's flavors do the talking. I like it.

D: largadeer told me this is the worst imperial stout he's ever tasted. Personally, I don't see it; it's below average, but nothing outrageous. I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had from bottle malt chocolate not a lot else pours black with dark head drinks OK but one ans done worth a try if you like malty stouts gets a little bit better as it warms

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Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of hardy008
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark black with an almost one finger mocha head, which quickly fades to a thin disc of foam. The aroma has dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and tart dark fruit.

The taste is much like the aroma with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, tart dark fruit, licorice, and molasses. Many of these flavors don't work too well together, and leave a charred malt and tart dark fruit aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied with below average carbonation. This isn't a total failure, but having tart dark fruit in this beer is a mistake. I will give them credit for hiding the 10.00 % abv well.

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Photo of bundy462
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of JohnQVegas
2.56/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, with a thank you to Ian (SincereNC) for the bottle - this one has lingered on my want list a long, long time. Good to finally get to try it!

Pours pitch black with zero signs of carbonation, other than an ultra-fine ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No head formation, no lacing, no retention - nada.

Nose is is interesting; chocolate abounds, as does blackstrap molasses and boatloads of rich toffee. Burnt sugar is key, though roastiness is largely missing from the equation - no coffee, no roasted malt. Still, an enticing aroma.

Taste, though, is lacking. Some soy notes mix in with the earlier noted burnt sugar character. An earthy, herbal, root-like bitterness in there also - anise. Lots of anise, which I'm beginning to think should be entirely banned from all brewing endeavors going forward. Again, lacking any sort of signature roasty quality. The chocolate from the nose is entirely gone also. Completely one dimensional, and they chose a really bad dimension to highlight. Dissappointing; somewhat reminsicent of Bells Batch 9000. Unfortunate.

Mouthfeel is slick, almost entirely uncarbonated. Again, nothing beyond the initial impression, adds little to the beer at all.

Drinkability is also disappointing, as can probably be deduced from the flavor and mouthfeel scores. A decent beer to sit around and sniff endlessly, so long as it comes nowhere near your mouth.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best By Date January 2008, Sampled July 2007
Another very well carbonated beer from Duck-Rabbit; this time I was ready for it, but I still ended up with a fat, three-finger thick, creamed-chocolate brown colored head. The beer is a deeply blackened, brownish tinged color. The aroma is actually vinous in some ways; notes of prunes, wood smoke, light notes of espresso, raisins, cherry cough-syrup and once you really dig for it something like a piquant, aged slightly too long, cheddar cheese.

Thickish, though still somewhat light for an Imperial Stout. The first sip brings a finish with a pronounced, sharply herbaceous, phenolic driven, green, yet slightly rancid vegetal character that is somewhat reminiscent of broccoli. This note really seems to linger on in the finish & even mixes in a harsh way with the alcohol; burnt broccoli indeed! Up front the beer has rich flavors of salty malt, layered with chocolate, blackened-lightly acidic coffee, browned-toasted grain. If you never let the beer leave you mouth the harsh finish will not plague the flavor, unfortunately you must eventually swallow or spit the beer out and when you do the broccoli will get you every time.

As the beer warms up, the vegetal character in the finish lets up just a touch, not enough to not be noticeable though. Regardless the beer is still too acridly roasted, with notes of burnt grain-husk bitterness, and a burn malt driven acidity, both of which also come to a head in the finish.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle arrives in my Grumpy Troll tasting glass for multiple visits via jpmclaug. Thanks for the southern goodies Jason.

Looks pretty stout like. Black body with a speckled tannish brown head.

Sweet malts fill the starring role. Accompaniments included cocoa powder, raisins, prune, and the faintest of coffee. Not as robust as hoped for, though by no means unpleasant.

Remember the old school commercials where the animated raisins would sing little ditties and bounce around as the sun shone brightly upon their talents? Or, am I old balls? Regardless, like an old sow ready the glue factory, this beer may be where those raisins went to die. Really just too sweet as a swarming attitudinal mesh of dark fruits lead the charge. Where's the roast for some balance, or at least to take off the edge? Coffee and powdered milk chocolate take a beating and cannot force their way through the bully bouncers at Ye Old Raisin Cafe.

Mouthfeel is syrupy slick. Some carbonation would have soften the feel.

Overall, I'll be the first to admit my bipolar attitude towards balance in beer. While often overrated, it would be a welcome adjective to attach to this experience.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of thebigredone
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to tat2hllblly for the extra in a trade.

INFECTED, big time.

With that said, I actually quasi-enjoyed the first half of this beer. Almost tasted like it was supposed to be a sour stout. Dominating tastes of burnt malts followed by a sour kick. But half was all I could take before drain pouring the rest.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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