Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
duckrabbitbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
870
Reviews:
513
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
96
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 870 |  Reviews: 513
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, minimal head. Classic bold bitter RIS though only average mouthfeel, and extra coconut chocolate in there for sweetening and drinkability. A little oily as well. A nice RIS for sure, but a bit disapointed in relation to the ratings. I think this part of the world need get used to a wider sampling of what an RIS is.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very large multi-finger mild chocolate colored head on a jet black body.

S: milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts and toffee.

T: very sweet and tangy up front with an almost light colored fruit and cola character which transitions to coffee and finishes with chocolate and roasted malts.

M: thick and full bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: little too sweet and tangy up front. The booze are well hidden. Definitely very dynamic but the initial taste is a turn off for me and ruins the nice middle and finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Plenum for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark fruits, coffee grounds, and cocoa powder. Taste is of dark fruits, bitter coffee, and unsweetened chocolate. There is also a slight soy sauce aroma and taste as the beer warms up. A mild roasted bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS with some solid aromas and flavors. I am glad I was able to get one of these.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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 kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out as a really dark black color with creamy brown head that fades quickly. The lacing doesn't really exist. The smell of the beer is amped with molasses and dark chocolate. The taste had some big rich chocolate flavors with burnt malts and some bitter molasses in the back end. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. Overall I found this brew to be quite good. The alcohol was well hidden until it warmed up. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer poured jet black with a thick and creamy mocha-colored head that died down into a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the overall taste and there is a moderate amount of bitterness (particularly in the finish) along with hints of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and incredibly smooth and creamy on the palate.
D: The beer does a relatively good job of hiding the alcohol. There's no way I could drink more than one of these in a sitting but it makes for a good sipper.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brentk56
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a thick black color with virtually no head and lacing

Smell: Espresso and dark fruit, with fusel alcohol tones

Taste: Burnt toast with lots of char which masks some interesting licorice and dark fruit flavors (raisins and plums) that become more apparent after the swallow, though the burnt char flavor really dominates

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Perhaps this was from a bad batch or it had been stored poorly before I got it, but this was really disappointing; I have had this beer previously and do not recall the carbonation and char flavors that marred this particular example; I'll try this another time and amend my review if it merits it

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep black color stout with a small dirty brown color head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee is quite dominating with some weird dry hops. Taste is a mix between some dry coffee, some bitter roasted malt and a dry ending with some hops. Body is quite full with some low carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. I thought the taste was just way too dry to be enjoyable and would have appreciated some sweetness to balance this thing out. Quite glad I got the chance to try this but can’t say I truly enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark, brown color with hints of ruby. A small, thin, white head quickly dissipated and left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dark chocolates, caramel, toffee and hints of vanilla. The was also a slight floral notes.

T - It really hits you with a huge dose of sweet chocolate and caramel malt. A bitter hop kick balances out the sweet flavor.

M - It was soft, smooth and velvety. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good RIS that is almost port-like.

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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 zestar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JCB for this extra!!!

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours 1 finger of mocha tan head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves little splattered lace. Color is a deep dark black.

Aroma: Lots or roasted malts. Toasty chocolate and coffee flavors. Some molasses and dark fruits. Nothing over the top in the nose.

Taste: Again, big roasted malt profile. The coffee is a little more pronounced and I enjoy it. Rich and creamy flavors. Big chocolate malt profile. Some bittering hops. I also so get some dark fruits and molasses flavors again.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, bitter, and dry. Full bodied with a higher amount of carbonation for the style. Ends very roasted.

Overall, a decent RIS. I am really glad I finally got to try this one. I think all the DR products are legit and this is no excuse. Very roasted. It could be a little more complex, but still fairly decent. Relatively drinkable as well!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle at Columbia Firehouse. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours near black with a pretty good mocha-colored head and a few legs as it goes down along with a bit of a collar and actually a few sprinkles of lacing here and there. The aroma is strong with espresso, molasses, chocolate, and some roasted malt. A bit of star anise in there as well.

The taste is a bit too sweet and some of the black licorice flavors come out a little too strongly for me. There's some slight booze, but it works well with the espresso and roast notes. Body is heavy and viscous with good carbonation. Hard to believe this weighs in at 10%. Maybe it was the fact that they served it to me in a pint glass, but this beer was pretty quaffable.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of dark brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Lots of dark, sugary character with notes of molasses, dark cherries, chocolate, and a hint of rum.

T - Dark chocolate and a hint of espresso up front. Fruity notes of sour cherry and plum come out in the middle. Things finish up with molasses, chocolate covered cherries, and smoky coffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Interesting, this is a dark and complex beer, but it has a fruity acidity that really brightens things up and gives it a drinkability that few beer of this style ever manage.

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

12 oz bottle dated best by 2/2012 served in a pint glass.

Pours nearly black, resembling motor oil. Clear [or perhaps slightly hazy}. Small tan head that quickly reduces to a lasting ring. Leaves a bit of light brown lacing.

Aroma roasted malts with hints of spices and hops. Approaches 4.5. High ABV largely hidden, especially before warming.

T - very rich and flavorful brew with a strong dark roasted malt flavor dominating, especially in the finish. Hop presence is detectable. Dark roasted with some coffee but minimal burnt flavor. High ABV hidden; quite surprised to find out this is a 10% beer!

M - full and smooth body with light carbonation.

O - a very full flavored stout that is not otherwise challenging or bold. An easy recommendation.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to try a new offering from DR,poured and opaque black with a tight mocha colored head,big roasted malt aromas and French roast coffee a touch of dark fruit and the alcohol seemed to creep in a little as it warmed.I found this to be quite earthy for and Impy stout quite good but Iam not sure if thats on for the style,anyways dark roasted coffee and raw earthiness mainly in the finish dominate here just a tad of dark fruit.Alcohol becomes more evident as it warmed all in all not bad,thanks to hoppedup for sharing last night.

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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 870 ratings.
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