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

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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:
871
Reviews:
513
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
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193
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97
For Trade:
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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 TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from WeisGuy, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that faded slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with creamy chocolate and dark roasted malts along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is starts with a strong bitter-sweet bite of dark chocolate and some dark fruit in the background. The malt character is just as hearty as any RIS out there and the hops presence is exactly as mild as you would expect to fit in with the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer, but there are other big stouts that I would choose first.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Kegatron
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a finger or so of burnt looking tan head that posesses some reddish highlights as well. Retains around the edges and flares up nicely when swirled, leaving behind spotty lacing and oily brown residues. The aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, licorice, a waft of heat, and some fairly prominent notes of tart smelling dark fruits.

The taste is packed with rick chocolate notes that are balanced out by a huge dark fruit tartness of cherries, plums, and figs. It seems that a bit of anise and coffee are intermingled in there as well, as is a nice underlying layer of roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick and viscous feel at times (especially as it warms). There is also a nice degree of heat in the body that drenches the palette with a warm and sticky feel.

Interesting take on a RIS by Duck Rabbit, going very heavy with the dark fruit character. It works well though, bouncing off the thick sweetness that is also heavily featured. A sipper for sure but a steady one at that, have one now and save the rest for winter.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours black with thin tan covering on top.

Aroma is sweet with chocolate and roasted grains with a slight burntness. Taste is similar with sweet chocolate, roasted grains and a moderate burnt flavor. It has a slight sweet aroma and flavor that I find in nearly all of DR's dark beers as well. It's almost like they add a slight milk stout like quality to all of their dark beers.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side and slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, a very delicious stout that hides the abv very well.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Second tasting notes: Conducted 3/5/08:

pretty much the same as below with the same grape koolaid thing going on, but a little less. has lost some of it's nose. I'd probably rate this a tad lower than my original rating, probably giving taste a 4.5 , everything else, I'd say held up

BBD of 02 10 08??

Poured black as night with 3+ fingers of mocha/tan colored head. Great lacing with rings of stick residue with above average head retention

S: Rich chocolate, oak, vanilla & bourbon notes, plus a little booze

T: A a hint of grape koolaid (weird), chocolate, oakyness, & vanilla notes up front. Licorice, roasted malt, & raisins surface as this warms. Finishes dry with bourbon notes, charred grain notes & a little booze burn

MF: Rich, chewy & oily with minimal carbonation

Drinks easy for the ABV, a lovely IMP stout & a positive result of the cap popping in NC! Highly recommended

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a medium-sized, dark tan head.

Smell: Whew! I rather pronounced alcohol aroma -- I could smell it as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Well, there's some dark fruits, tobacco, leather, and coffee in there, but you've got your work cut out for you to smell it past all that booze.

Taste: Dark roasted maltiness with a flash of sweetness, smoke, and spicy anise. Sharp, tart fruitiness. Loads of leather and tobacco, but rather lacking in chocolate flavors. Hint of soy. Earthy hop bitterness. Plenty of alcohol and burnt coffee roastiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Some stouts, you just feel compelled to revisit to drink and enjoy every waking moment of the day. I totally understand if Rabid Duck was that for many (many) people. I dunno. I just wasn't taken with it.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

A: Pours pitch black with a two finger tan colored head on top. Great retention, slowly dissolving to a nice layer of foam on top. Lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: Nice roasty aroma with a bit of coffee and some dark chocolate. There is a little bit of dark fruit on the back end.

T: Very nice beer here. Solid roasted flavors - coffee and chocolate, as well as a bit of dark fruit. There is some bittersweet chocolate in the middle with a mild hop presence. The finish is on the sweet side.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth with a slight warming feeling.

O: A solid RIS, a nice sipper over an evening, but still quite drinkable. Despite the warming feeling, the abv is hidden very well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque onyx with meager reddish orange highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. Thanks to a pretty vigorous pour, the mocha colored cap is Belgianesque in size. It has a mousse-like texture and looks pretty good as it begins to deflate. Small patches and swirls of sudsy lace help the cause.

The heavily roasted maltiness and dark chocolatiness of the aroma is appealing. Power is definitely not a problem. However, an underlying tart fruitiness could turn out to be much more of a concern on the palate. Not bad... not great... just good.

Rabid Duck is a different sort of Russian Imperial stout. I've never tasted anything quite like it, but then I've never seen a rabid duck either. With all of the seemingly thousands of dog-themed beers in the world, it's amazing that there are no others in the database using the word 'rabid'.

In the end, DRRD tries to be a big-time RIS, but it doesn't hit on enough cylinders to pull it off. It's definitely boldly flavored (and slightly boozy). When those bold flavors clash rather than harmonize, however, the excess power is all for naught. Well, almost all for naught.

Flavors include sour dark fruit (tart plums, prunes, raisins), blackstrap molasses, brown sugar syrup, bitter coffee grounds, lemon peel and grain alcohol. Warming is not really taming the beast. In fact, this duck is beginning to foam at the bill. 10% tastes 12-13% at least.

I haven't been thrilled with the mouthfeels of Duck-Rabbit beer in the past. Only Porter and Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale are good enough to be called good. This one is also on the light side for style and ABV. The relative shortage of bubbles is fine.

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery does non-big beer pretty well. Although I haven't been blown away by anything in their lineup, most of them have been solid. Barleywine and Rabid Duck aren't so special. Hopefully, it's nothing that a whole heapin' lot of tinkering can't fix.

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Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my all time favorites and i was lucky enough to be able to try it on tap again recently. served in a pint glass and enjoyed tremedously.

pours out an almost totally dark black. a good two fingers of head that were on top of the glass from the first pour never do fade away in any way at all, really just coating the sides nicely and leaving tons of brown sticky foam

aroma is of dark fruit, tons of dark malts, chocolate, hints of caramel an toffee, plums, a hint of smoke, truly a wonderful beer in ever sense of the word. each sip seems to bring with it another flavor that you just cannot get enough of, warming, soothing, relaxing and creamy feel just makes it a pleasure to sip as the last drops leave a touch of dark plums and a hint of hops in their wake.

overall this is hands down one of the best of the style, i never shy away from this whenever i can get it. really just a delight.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/2/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of tan head and light carb. Looks great.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, cocoa, sticky dark fruits, and roasted malts. Hint of vanilla and very well balanced.

t - Tastes of cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, and a little dark fruit.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink for a 10% ABV RIS.

d - I thought this was a great RIS. I thought it was well balanced and looked, smelled, and finished great. Would love to try again.

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Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Jumped on this guy the second I saw it listed as being on tap at ChurchKey. Pours a deep opaque black with about a finger of tan foamy head. The lacing that will eventually form is very nice. The smell is of dark malts (grainier than usual), coffee, chocolate, and even a hint of vanilla bean. The taste is pretty similar, with notes of light coffee, slightly bitter cocoa, faint tobacco, and those dark malts from the nose, though they're wheatier here than before. Up 'til now, things have gone according to the usual RIS plot. Where things deviate is in the mouthfeel. Usually these dark beasts are thick, chewy, even crunchy, and coat the mouth very thickly. This guy is decidedly lighter than usual, more toward a light medium than anything heavy; the low carbonation is pretty normal, and there is some coating, but not as much as one would expect. Still, despite this unexpected variance on the style, the overall brew is very tasty and very drinkable.

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

Best by date of 7/2008 sampled 1/2009
Pours a solid black with a thin tan head that dissipates to a cap. Smell is vinous, with some roast, some chocolate and some dried dark fruits. Tastes of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, and lots of dark fruits, a lactose sweetness and a slight ash and bitter roast in the aftertaste. Body is medium, Mouthfeel is oily/creamy, low but ample carbonation. Decent brew, not the best RIS I've had, but not the worst either. There is a sweetness in this brew that turns me off.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Appears pitch black with absolutely no light shining through the body, pours with a short lived thick tan mocha head. It forms even fine lacing with each sip down my chalice.

Aroma has big luscious dark black patent malt roasted qualities of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Another aspect is big fruity black cherry tartness with juicy over ripened plums soaked in alcohol. Robust complex characteristics that entice the senses and get you ready to sip on this Southern RIS.

Flavors blend nicely on the palate sweet dark chocolate and coffee finish of course, but that fruit comes out nicely to play like chocolate covered cherries chased with some nice booze. Herbal hops peek through here among the roasted malt with a touch of caramel sweetness in there as well. This RIS really has a lot of sweetness a nice change of pace from the hop heavy versions that have been popularized in the last 5 years.

Mouthfeel is full bodied slightly chewy in the body with a soothing alcohol burn in the finish. Nothing sits cloying on my palate a welcomed experience that I will seek again.

Drinkability is solid all around excellent version of the style. A perfect portion size, I'm okay with an occasional visit to 12 ounces of this brew, it's nice not having to commit to a bomber of some of the bigger beer styles.

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

Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 871 ratings.
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