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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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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Photo of SFNC
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brewer is quickly going to the top of my 'go-to' list...

I have truly enjoyed this beer - dark and sultry to look at, bready and boozy to smell, and very smooth, light-bodied going down. This was another offering from DR that just didn't disappoint. The taste was rich with a touch of chocolate, some caramel, and cocoa (the coffee version.) I really enjoyed it...

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Photo of Doonzman
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. But I have a few other cheaper options that I prefer over this.

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Photo of tillmac62
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 4/18. Pours pitch black, just like a stout should. Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding retention but the lacing is only good.

Outstanding, but typical, nose for a stout. The base has a light sweetness with notes of malt and caramel. Chocolate is subtle while dark chocolate / cocoa is more evident. Roast is present but very little char. Coffee is the primary component but remains subtle. As it warms, a touch of fig is noted.

The body is light full and is deceptively oily and creamy from mid-palate on. The result is a sensation of the body becoming "fuller" as it progresses. The carbonation / body balance is very good but lacks the effervescence to aid flavor separation. However, the lack of prickly carbonation allows for the body to be deceptively "fuller". On balance, the mouthfeel is outstanding.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Balance is world class and results in a very smooth beer flavor wise. Complexity is outstanding while intensity is very good. It begins with roast which quickly yields to coffee. The middle has a light sweetness that allows bitter dark chocolate / cocoa to emerge. Very subtle fig notes emerge as the chocolate fades. Then come the heavy hitters of the stout world - leather and tobacco - that give a RIS some punch. As the finish approaches, alcohol becomes uncovered and provides the typical flavor distraction and astringency. The finish is a slow fade of slightly sweet caramel, leather and tobacco that gives that nice burn at the back of the throat. Unfortunately, the alcohol is also present and the astringency lingers.

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

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 JonSchwartz
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Pour House in Durham.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


bottle to snifter.

LOOK: Dark black and thick black, creamy beige head, solid lacing remains after head fades. Very pretty.
AROMA: Strong roasted malt and coffee, touch of cocoa.
TASTE: char, coffee are up front and prominent. Some brown sugar sits in the middle. More subtle is some dark fruit and woody character. Finishes with more charred/roasted malt.
FEEL: thinner feel than the appearance would suggest. some decent carbonation. smooth finish.

Great bitter-sweet slow-sipper. Another nice brew from the Duck-Rabbit. Been a fan of these guys since I first had their Milk Stout about 15 years ago. Don't get a ton of their beers here (none in NJ, but some in PA), so I grab them when I see them.


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

Photo of BeerSexLove
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This stout is definitely worth mentioning. The color is inky brown, the smell and taste are rich, offering a nice melody to delight the senses, the feel is creamy, thick, mildly oily but not in unappealing way, and not too carbonated which I've been noticing in a lot of stouts as of late. This stout is worth trying. Cheers!

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Photo of vlt_for_beer
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nick_perry
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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