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

Duck-Rabbit Rabid DuckDuck-Rabbit Rabid Duck
BA SCORE
79.6%
Liked This Beer
3.93 w/ 872 ratings
Duck-Rabbit Rabid DuckDuck-Rabbit Rabid Duck
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
Ranking:
#5,587
Reviews:
514
Ratings:
872
Liked:
694
Avg:
3.93/5
pDev:
12.21%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
97
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 872 |  Reviews: 514
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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 +14.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 brentk56
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
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 oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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 largadeer
1.64/5  rDev -58.3%
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 +1.8%

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 chinchill
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever since I had Duck Rabbit at ACBF last year I've been loving it. I got a bunch in various trades, but haven't dipped into them too much yet. Got some of these thanks to kwakwhore and portia99.

A: Very little carbonation as it forms just a head covering of dark rich foam on a very aggressive pour. It is a super pitch black color with legs that would make Cheryl Tiegs blush.

N: I could def smell it on the pour from a couple feet away. A dark luscious super thick viscous like stout. Lots of dark chocolate malt, perhaps black patent malt, lots of roast, tons of sweetness and loaded with malts. A touch of dark fruit, fruit so dark it no longer exists since it couldn't create antimatter that could oppose it. A touch of booze to go with the dark molasses and caramelized brown sugar and malt aroma. And even a touch of fresh cracked crystal malt aroma.

T: Oh boy, can't wait, here goes... pretty sweet but not too much. Very much tons and tons of loaded malts. A roast flavor, but not as much as I thought. A chocolate flavor, with bakers choc, a slight creamy chocolate milk, and bittersweet chocolate, then juicy fruit flavors, and some bitter earthy charred roasted scorched malt flavors. Some coffee and touch of vanilla. I would think of it as thick and syrupy, but it's not so much, more thick less syrupy. WIth all that comes a slight boozy taste that doesn't hit as hard as it should for 10%, but with how rich and thick it is you can tell it was up there in OG. A touch of some licorice and minerality come after some of the flavors build up on the tongue.

M: Thick, pretty viscous and luscious, almost no carbonation though.

F: Long lingering bitterness from all the roasted charred earthy malts and perhaps a touch of hops. Still somewhat sweet but not too much on the finish. A nice roasted flavor comes out a little more at first on the finish, but fades and comes up with some nice rich chocolate flavors. I get a lot of baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, the creamy center chocolate, luscious chocolate... OK I guess I made that last one up, but you get the idea.

Despite that the bottle tells me no refill (sad face) and drink by 04/2009, this is delicious now. I really think this is an aging style beer, and I have no idea how Duck Rabbit can think otherwise. It's still even a little heavy and could use more time to settle a bit. At 10% and probably an OG of like 1.120, and despite not really having a boozy taste, it is really heavy and a little hot. I will try to save my others and really enjoy them in a few years' time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Beer rating: 79.6% out of 100 with 872 ratings
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