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Duck-Rabbit Rabid DuckDuck-Rabbit Rabid Duck

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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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Photo of Zraly
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Deep black with a tan head that has hints of red. Nice roasty aroma. Underlying note of burnt sugar in the nose as well.

Semi-viscous pour. Roasted malts and rich chocolate notes dominate. Burnt caramel and burnt caramel mingle with the heaviness of the roasted malts. Not too sweet, which is a trait I like in a heavy stout. Body is medium-full. A bit of chew and cream in the mouthfeel; very pleasant on the palate. Sticky and rich. A hint of dried blueberries leads up to the finish. Finishes with a heavy dark chocolate note that dries down nicely. Carbonation is appropriate.

Duck Rabbit: the dark beer specialist -- of course I am buying their RIS. A very solid and enjoyable imperial stout with a decadent mouthfeel. This would "tear up from tha flo' up" a homemade french vanilla ice cream. Or great on its own for a beer dessert.

After having the opportunity to sample several Duck Rabbit selections, I've decided I need to make a trip to Farmville, NC. I live in Southeast Virginia, so it is going to happen. I think they have positioned themselves as a good brewery and might be flying under the radar to some extent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this immediately after a black tuesday, so my review may be skewed negatively in the shadow of one of the best stouts ever made, but this one didnt really do much for me. it has a couple years on it i think, and may not have aged as gracefully as originally anticipated. the pour is very dark, but oddly thin, not a lot of body on it by the way it looks. the nose and taste are both a little oxidized. we all agree that we smell and taste green olives, its briny and strange. there is a nice bitter roasty malt to this, and a warming alcohol strength, but the flavors in the middle are either aged away or not very dynamic. it drinks really heave for having a body on the lighter side, and the booze comes out a lot when its at room temperature. i will have to get a fresh bottle and revisit this another time, and it had a lot of variables working against it this time around. still, unimpressed by my first duck rabbit experience.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small goblet, color is black, solid, head is tan, very thick, almost 2 inches, nice lacing and presentation.

Smell is a little boozy upfront, then some good roast, light chocolate, hints of fruit and maybe some bourbon like flavor, light earth hop presence.

Taste more malt upfront than the aroma, blend of roast, chocolate, hints of fruit, raisin, plum, alcohol is noted in the taste on the backend; lingering flavors are roast, fruit and booze. There is some chalkiness or added quality that is hard to pin point.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, for a beer this strength, nice full flavor and presence, feels full on the tongue, nice lingering presence.

Overall, I like this brew, pretty good taste and presence, nice booziness, there is a lingering taste that I can't pin point that seems to take away slightly.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle: This one poured a dark, opaque brown color. Somewhat "inky". There was a small dark tan head and no lacing. Definitely some alcohol to the nose. Lots of other aroma: chocolate, roastiness, dark fruits, yet a bit subdued. Nothing really jumping to the forefront. The taste is good and a bit interesting. A lot of flavors coming together, but nothing really asserting itself. Faint dark fruits, chocolate, a hint of roastiness. No real sweetness to it. Interesting.

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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 Sludgeman
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Enjoy by year not marked on the label.

A barley wine in stout clothing. This beer has a complex aroma with a bit too much whiskey for me.

A – Reddish black opaque, slightly viscous with a one-finger brown rocky head. A good lasting head.

S – Creamy, dark fruit, sweetness in the form of dark chocolate, slight alcohol, roasted malt, hint of spice.

T – Some whiskey, slight sweetness, roasted malts, moderate bitterness.

MF – Medium-heavy body, some creaminess, minor slickness.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 4/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A pours dark out of the bottle and looks black in the glass with a deep cola edge, large mocha foam settles to an uneven thumbs width leaving a thick collar followed by some random patches

s coffee and bakers chocolate with some licorice and cola, quite fruity with some plum and cherries with a hint of char

T the fruits a little sour in the mouth and a step back from the nose, the dark roasted noted take a back seat

M leaning towards full, creams up and flattens out, has a strange tangy thing going on, quite sticky on the lips and slick in the mouth, the char comes back after the fact

O fruity for a big stout and no booze anywhere counts for something, not overly complex but a decent RIS

Nothing great but nothing to be ashamed of either, not exactly what I look for in a big stout, has a strange sour tang but I don't pick up on and infection or anything like that, just a little odd

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Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in a Stone IRS Snifter, poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Pours pitch black with minimal khaki colored head.

Smell is typical of a RIS, roasted malts, bakers chocolate , a hint of coffee and alcohol.

Taste Is much of the same, but what really stood out was the creamy taste, it is quite a treat! There is little to no alcohol bite making this an extremely easy drinker.
As it warmed, coffee flavor emerged as a more dominant it!

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Roasted coffee flavor lingers.

Overall , it is not as complex as many other of the style, but a solid brew and super easy to drink for 10% abv. I will definitely revisit Rabid Duck in the future.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a twist-top 64oz Alpine growler into Schlafly tulip. Fresh from the Piggly Wiggly growler station in Myrtle Beach SC. Gotta love (some) SC beer laws and scratch your head at California's. Thanks beerbyrd!

A - Jet black with a slight ruby red on the edges. Mocha head leaves decent lacing.

S - Roast, dried cherries, prunes, a little licorice. A faint baker's chocolate.

T - Roast primarily, then the dried cherries and prunes. Licorice is prominent on the back of the tongue, also a very faint cocoa. Finishes dry with a little acidic note.

M - The light side of a heavy mouthfeel, although finishes a bit watery (go figure). Low carbonation.

O - This beer is a little strange for me. I really don't like the flavor combos here. I'm not a big roast guy and the licorice definitely doesn't go with the roast. I have had this in bottles and felt the same way. This was sent on a whim. Next time, I will ask him what he is sending but he ships;-)

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Photo of socon67
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black pour of a thick beer. Thin head of foam a the top with small rings of lacing.

S - Smoky malt smell and some chocolate up front. Some more subtle scents of caramel and coffee as the beer warmed.

T - This is a rich stout that has all the flavors you would want; cocoa powder, dark malts, roasted coffee, and a finish of tobacco.

M - Thick feel and a heavy bodied beer. No carbonation of note. Has an oily slick feel on the tongue.

O - Solid imp stout, though not overwhelming. I'd be happy having this as an option locally.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black with dark brown around the edges…dark and dense…head is very minimal, to a disappointing level…I swirl it around and only a thin layer of mocha head forms and than disappears…would definitely like to see a bit more…(2.5/5)

Smell: Tons of roasted malts, roasted coffee bitterness, oatmeal and mild dry chocolate aroma bursts out of the glass…very much an imperial stout in smell…a mild dark fruit (raisin/fig) sweetness also apparent, but this is a roasted flavorfest for sure…as it warms, I do pick up a bit more of the citrus/earthy/piney hops…deep, dark and mouthwatering…(4/5)

Taste: Tons of roasted malts and oatmeal dryness right off the bat…this thing smacks you in the face with flavor…roasted coffee bitterness is very strong in the middle phase…earthy/light citrus hops bitterness also comes through, tingling the outsides of my tongue…robust and flavorful, this brew tingles the senses…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very nice for the style…carbonation is medium to high, bringing tons of roasted malt and oatmeal to the palate…it’s like a blanket of flavor laying atop my tongue, and I like it…rich, robust, smooth and silky…finishes much lighter than it begins, though there is tons of malt and bitterness to tide me over ‘til the next sip…(4/5)

Overall: Another success from one of my favorite breweries! Rich, creamy and flavorful, this Imperial Stout comes with all the hallmarks of the category with a superb drinkability that makes it a standout...the biggest flaw is the lack of head, but the flavor does more than enough to make up for it...I'm a little surprise to find that it's being brewed in the summer, hopefully it'll come back around in a few months when i'll need a little warming...well worth the $12.99/six price tag, if you are hanging in the N.C. area and see this one on the shelf, scoop it'll thank me later...(4/5)

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a almost blackish with one finger brown head that slowly dies and leaves some lace on top of a mostly roasted, coffee like aroma, although there's some bread, toffee, dark chocolate as well but not much in terms of dark fruits. Taste and mouthfeel offer more on the aroma as the beer is smooth, medium bodied, but at times sticky like there's molasses in there (tastewise as well), and mostly this is like drinking a tamed stout as there is some heaviness and dryness thanks to roasted and coffee malts but it comes across more like java or coffee with a dash of chocolate (which sounds odd, I know). I did appreciate this beer for the light price and it works as a dessert sipper but not your textbook RIS (I will say I had no idea it was 10% either b/c it didn't come across as boozy).

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Photo of farrago
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice full, two finger plus head of dark brown color, uneven surface but not really dimpled, good retention and never quite evaporates down to the surface, the lacing initially forms broad sheets but only average stick. The liquid is a standard black or just maybe the darkest brown imaginable, close to impossible to gauge the carbonation level visually. The nose is overloaded by toasted dark chocolate and mocha powder, supported by licorice, vanilla bean, café au lait and challah bread notes, good amount of mixed apricot, cherry, plum fruit, ends via a suggestion of leafy sous bois and earthiness. Full-bodied yet creamy enough that the weight melts off quickly. The carbonation is appropriate for a beer of its size and it doesn’t feel heavy. The chocolate once more dominates the rest. However, the almonds, coffee, vanilla, mint and cola bean ain’t shabby. No alcoholic burn and the roast and toast isn’t as potent as in the nose. Possesses good flow and the finish is tactfully succinct, which may not be desired by all. Here the plum, cherry, blackberry fruit tends to hang off to the side, not overly sweet. High level of drinkability, not going for the jugular in the “wow” department.

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Photo of kevanb
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color, extremely opaque, with a finger or so of khaki head, very thick that has moderate retention and leaves a huge network of soapy lace behind, a very sexy beer. The aroma is very, very roasted, burnt coffee, toasted dark malts, char and burnt chocolate with a bit of stone fruit and licorice. The flavors are similar, lots of toasted grain, roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, which is a bit milkier and softer than the nose. The grains are in full force on the tongue and really tone down the licorice and stone fruits, which, while sweet are still outmatched by the roasty and charred qualities. The body is nice, creamy, moderate to low carbonation, coats the mouth well, finishes smoothly although a touch thin.

Verdict: A decent RIS from The Duck-Rabit, perhaps this is quite young and needs more time to balance itself out. This beer is so roasty for my palate that it made it hard to finish more than about 4-5 ounces, the complexity is lacking and the balance is poor, but I will commend this beer for hiding all traces of alcohol.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 bottle. Deep and dark colored body. Tan head, a little less than a finger high. Retention isn't that great, decent lacing. Not too bad looking. The aroma is quite pleasant. Deep and rich roasted malts, notes of char and burnt malts, and caramel malts, great iced mocha/coffee overtones, rich dark bitter chocolate, some leather and tobacco hints, and fair amount of dark fruit. Taste is awesome. Dark bitter chocolate hits up front, followed closely by the roasty malts, char, caramel and toffee, and big coffee overtones. Behind that, lingering in the background are touches of butterscotch, leather, tobacco, and plenty of dark fruits, especially on the finish. Medium-full body and consistency, medium carbonation, and light but lasting finish.

This beer is drinking wonderfully for being almost two years old. The appearance isn't spectacular and the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I expect for an RIS, but otherwise a great stout in aroma and taste. Overall, just under outstanding beer.

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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 Brenden
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It plays the part, pouring a thick and heavy jet black with some strong viscosity. The brown head reaches one finger before dropping to foam, which lasts the session. It leaves a modicum of spotting and patching.
There's roast on the nose with just a gentle char and something almost like a little nuttiness. There's a hint of bittersweet cocoa. Dark fruits are faint underneath.
More of the dark fruits come out with a woodiness to the roast. It goes into an interestingly tart/not-quite-sour kind of finish, following with some dryness as well. It's solid stuff, particularly as a bit more chocolate rises up as it sits. Alcohol sneaks out from middle to finish.
It does have a good thickness to it and it pretty smooth off a crisp bite up front. Something seems to fall off just a little at the end of each sip.

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Photo of Spaten454
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Her black with a one finger caramel colored head. Creamy looking. Thin lacing

S: Lost of roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso and alittle burnt malt.

T: Nicely balanced with bold roasted malt flavors, dark chocolate being very prominent. Not very bitter and mostly all of the little bitterness is from the chocolate flavor.

M: Kinda thin for a RIS. it's still really smooth with medium carbonation.

O: A very good RIS from a local brewery. Ill will definatly be keeping an eye out for this one.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice slightly darkish tan head that dissipates rather quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black. The texture is a bit like motor oil. It has a sheen to it but does not quite look completely shiny. Rather, the appearance seems to have a slightly chalkish quality to it.

The beer smell is pretty nice with mainly dark notes to it. The beer has dark chocolate notes, some cocoa, and a light roasted malt smell to it. Additionally, there seems to be a very light hop note to it as well.

The beer taste is similar to the smell with its strong dark chocolate, light cocoa notes, and light vanilla notes. The taste also has a bitter hop note t the ends and lingers a little bit in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The beer goes down smoothly with a bit too much carbonation getting in the way. The beer is heavy bodied and a bit warm feeling at the end.

Overall, a decent RIS worth getting at least once but there are better ones at a lower price.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some very dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy very dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thick film and a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with just a hint of burnt malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts with moderate notes of dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: This is a very big beer with a bold flavor but one that is very enjoyable - this is a beer that you need to sip slowly. I could not have more than one of these during a session but it is one to definitely try (especially now that Duck-Rabbit has corrected their infection issues). Alcohol is very well hidden in this one.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured at 57.4F into a Riedel stemless goblet. Pours dark brown to almost jet black with a strong 2 finger chocolate brown head. No translucency at all. Head subsides after 3 - 4 minutes to a generous large bubble cap with strong lacing.

N: Bitter Chocolate, Coffee, Charred Malts, a bit of fresh tobacco and and a hint of citrus. Nice nose but relatively pointed. I don't really get the 10% ABV in the aroma.

T: Relatively bitter flavor profile focused on aggressive charred malts and bitter dark chocolate with a dry , astringent finish. You get the slightest bit of hoppiness in the back end and finish which adds to the citrusy nature.

MF: I would say this is smooth but relatively light bodied (for an imperial stout) . If I dropped a quarter on it, it wouldn't float, nor would a dime. I think it's relatively well carbonated and combined with the somewhat light body it allows the hoppy and citrus flavors to work their way out onto the back of your tongue. I would honestly struggle to call this a creamy stout.

O: A nice imperial stout but not really complex in any extraordinary way. Bitterness , crispness and a citrusy edge to the profile are it's strong points.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pretty much black with a dark dark chocolate colored head in my Weyerbacher Cuvee Glass, looks amazing. Solid retention, nearly a finger of head at the pour and a solid half finger remains nearly 5 minutes later, lacing is fantastic.

S - Lots of roasty/coffee malts, citrusy, light toasty vanilla and some smokeyness.

T - Fairly robust and bitter, surprisingly citrusy (apple/pear) flavor as well, some fruity astringency through the finish.

M - Lighter bodied, which is very surprising. Super smooth, hardly any carbonation.

O - It's pretty decent but really oddly fruity, like an apa type twist. The fruityness is the main flavor (by far) that I get out of this beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler from Myrtle Beach Piggly Wiggly, served into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small dark tan head that has short retention, living a creamy tan ring around the glass, no lace

S- dark roasted malt with chocolate & coffee notes, earthy/herbal hop bitterness, fruity tartness and a clean alcohol finish

T- dry smoky malt flavors, almost a meaty. complemented with herbal hoppy notes that taste slightly medicinal, the finish is bone dry with a sharp tartness on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and dry finish, alcohol is slightly warming on the finish, but hidden pretty well

O- interesting flavor profile, different from most RIS, but enjoyable overall. The tart flavors are interesting.

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Photo of darthbuh
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a local bar in Greenville, NC. (less than 50 miles from Farmville, NC, place of origin). Drank straight from the bottle with the purple label.

Apperance - Wow. Pitch black. Took the bottle outside and held it against the setting sun, only the faintest glimmer of light pierced the liquid.

Smell - Rich earthy smell with strong alcohol present. Obviously dark from the base of the odor, but also telling of a high alcohol content with a cool clean attribute to the smell.

Taste - Sweet, tart, and deep all at once; a hop flavor presents itself in a crisp characteristic, but it is not out of place with the dark richness of the beer.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat harsh straight from the bottle down the throat; 2-3 seconds of swishing around the mouth lends a different character, taste, and feeling during swallow than a straight sip.

Overall - This is the first time I've had this beer from Duck Rabbit. First time I've ever seen it, in fact. For a Russian Imperial Stout, it's highly enjoyable! If one is to drink a few of these, I'd recommend some sort of meaty snack to accompany it- a burger, some beef jerky, something of the like. Strong, but delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color bordering on black. Upon pouring there is a small lighter brown colored head floating atop the brew. This head fades quite fast leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass. While there is only a light lace, swirling the brew in the glass shows a nice thickness, as fingers of the brew are seen clinging to the glass, slowly receding back to the bottom of the body of the glass.

Smell – The smell is heavy of roasted aromas as well as a surprisingly strong hoppier smell. The roasted malt aromas are drier in nature being of a strong roasted coffee, some toast, as well as a dark chocolate with just some lighter touches of vanilla and caramel. The hoppy smells, which are stronger in this Imperial then in most, are mainly of a woody and earthy nature mixed with some lighter aromas of a pine smell.

Taste – The taste follows the nose very well. This imperial is on the drier roasty side with a decent bitter flavor at the end. The flavor begins with a roasted coffee and espresso flavor with a hint of some caramel sweetness. A dark chocolate flavor as well as a light vanilla and some wood then come to the tongue. The caramel begins fading at this point with some hop flavors of a earthy and citrus hop. The hops grow slightly stronger toward the end with a hint of citrus sweetness of orange and some orange peel coming to the tongue. In the end, with some boozy and oaky flavors coming to the tongue as well, a rather roasty and slightly warming boozy flavor is left to warm and linger the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly above medium side, although slightly lower then would have been expected from the look or from the fact that it is a 10 % ab brew. The carbonation level is rather average. The higher carbonation and thinner body are sorta nice for highlighting the hoppier/bitter flavors in the sea of darker flavors as well as making it more drinkable, but overall a creamier body and a lower carbonation would have likely served the brew better, highlighting the nice roasty flavors and making it a slower sipper as it is intended to be.

Overall – A fairly nice drier Russian Imperial. It is almost like a blend between and imperial stout and a black IPA in some ways, as it finishes with a decent bitter hop/roast taste(although not what would be need to be actually considered a true black IPA) . Its pretty nice and worth a try, although it is likely not one I would go to on any great occasion.

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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 863 ratings.
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