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

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 876 |  Reviews: 515
Photo of eerbayman
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of hyuga
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of buffs9
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of shaebs99
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of shuajw
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MerryTapster
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black with a Tan head that last fairly long with some good lacing.

S: Dark Chocolate, Maple and Hops. Really a very good smelling beer.

T:Malty and Chocolatey, Toast with some notes of dried fruits. Slight hoppiness, but not to overpowering.

M: Smooth and velvety.

O: Probably one of the best RIS's I've had in a while, comparable to some of the top ones.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Pours black, milk chocolate brown highlights. Nothing gets through with the exception of a little bit of light on the edges. Head is brown but a slight red tint to it. Decent lacing, each sip the liquid clings to the edges like pure maple syrup. A good looking brew.

Smell is good, a big time malt bomb. Super roasty and a mix of generous chocolate flavors, both sweet and dark bitter-sweet. Some coffee and even some hints of alcohol (bourbon or whiskey), slightly woody and some sweet nuttiness, like vanilla/almond. With all the complexity with this beer, there's still a slight funk I can't quite put my finger on.

This brew is VERY tasty (like much of Duck-Rabbit's lineup). Like the smell, this is pretty malty. Super roasted dark malts. Again both sweet and dark bitter chocolate, but more bitter than sweet this time. Vanilla oak and some slight nuttiness, slight pine hop presence in the aftertaste. Again with a slight liquor flavor, probably bourbon or whiskey again. Don't detect the funk in the flavor profile that I could pick up in the nose. Just a downright good tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is really good. I've had this on tap a few times and it seemed thicker, but this time it feels slightly lighter. Don't get confused, this is still a full bodied beer. Good carbonation level and insanely drinkable. I know I've mentioned an alcohol flavor a few times, but 10% is still masked pretty well. Duck-Rabbit you continue to please!

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Photo of Avagadro
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tim and Jeff for sharing this with me. Label reads, "best by 4-12"

A: Rabid Duck is espresso colored, invitingly viscous, and topped off with a creamy mocha head.

S: Aroma is a touch faint, but notes of dark chocolate, rum, and raisins prevail.

T: After a brief rush of semisweet chocolate, the flavor is swept away by bitter hoppines. The impression left on the finish is that of rum and vanilla.

M: Full bodied with a great velvety texture.

O: a great RIS, but I prefer them without the onslaught of hops in the flavor. I just don't get the pine/chocolate flavor combo. Other than that deviation from my preferences, this is a superb stout.

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Photo of Centennial
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Dark blackish brown with 1 finger head, looks rich

S. Dark candied fruits, soy and chocolate

T. Dark chocolates, burnt toffee, soy sweetness but hops hide it a little but alcohol burn is also present.

M. Smooth and creamy, mild carbonation is spot on to allow the flavors to stand alone

O. Nice RIS, much more complex then the milk stout by duck rabbit. This RIS gets better with age.

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3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jefe73 for the beer. Poured it into a duck rabbit snifter from JebediahScooter.

Pours out fairly thick and black with limited head - basically a tan ring.

Smell is good - most everything you want from a stout. Dark sweet molasses, coffee, a hint of char, a bit of coffee and chocolate.

Taste however, is not as good. There's a lot of char - a charcoal flavor that is present and distracting in every sip. There's some sweetness - chocolate and dark fruit - and a bit of licorice, but the overall balance skews to bitterness and char.

Feel is pretty good - fairly thick for a stout - nearly creamy.

Overall, a good stout - but not something I'll seek out. A bit too much char for my taste. I'll stick w/ the baltic porter or milk stout.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Still playing catch up. Bottle courtesy of the one and only KingKong. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours black into a tulip. Two fingers of mocha colored head is achieved with a regular pour.

Smell – A blast of roasted malt with slight coffee, vanilla, and bittersweet cocoa.

Taste – The roasty/burnt malts mix with the bittersweet chocolate to create a rather dry taste. The sweet flavors of the beer are played down though I do detect hints of caramel and molasses.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, smooth.

Overall – A good beer. I could taste the alcohol a bit, and the beer was a bit too bitter and I would have liked to see just a hint more sweet chocolate shine through. I have another sitting in the cellar that I’ll open this winter.

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3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thank you brstls4drmrs!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. poured a somewhat watery black with a thin creamy grey tan colored head. vanished somewhat quickly and the lacing was very slippery.

s - chocolate covered dark fruit. on the sweeter side. grapes and figs. not so roasted.

t - interesting. again on the sweeter side. some dark chocolate, but mostly dark fruit. cocoa powder.

m - not too hot at first, but the alc sits on the back end of this beer and is powerful.

o - overall a bit of a let down. huge fan of the style and this beer misses a lot of the bold roastiness and general thickness that i look for in a RIS. too sweet for me.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a tulip:

A - Opaque black with a brown head that hangs around with a bit of lace remaining.

S - Surprisingly yeast forward with a characteristic similar to Pretty Things (good news:)). Almost a soy sauce like characteristics with some spice. Some roasted malts underneath, but big time SS.

T - Soy up front too. However, smooth chocolate and burned caramel give way to a nice roasted bitterness that reveals toffee and coffee characteristics. The finish is not too pronounced with the coffee and chocolate dominating without too much bitter to back them up. A decent sweetness masks the high ABV, and there is a slightly tangy quality to the brew as well. Cassis and darker fruits and berries are there as the beer warms.

M - Thick, syrupy, with decent carbonation and a good coating sensation. Minimal bitter and a good tangy acidity.

O - A really good beer! Complex, with an evolving profile that reveals itself further with each sip. A winner for sure!

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Photo of BierBliss
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a tulip glass.

aroma: coffee tones

appearance: pours black into a tulip, no head, light lacing that doesn't cling

flavor: slightly burned coffee taste, no noticable hops or strong malt that was expected

mouthfeel: booziness on the tongue, drinks easy

overall: a very solid stout. one of my favorites

definately a stout that I will seek out again and again

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Photo of fsvan
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Best by date of 4/2012. Thanks to titosupertramp for this one.

A- Black, with only minimal red tones around the edges. A single finger of fairly dense dark brown head. Very sticky coating the sides of the glass.

S- Big roasted malt notes right out of the bottle. Some dark chocolate behind that. A decent bitter component that seems to be in part in line with the chocolate, and part a pine hop bitterness. Nice and fairly straight forward for an RIS.

T- A very big bitterness stands out first. Far more than the smell would have led me to think. A good amount of roasted malt. As it warms the chocolate notes start to come through more. If the bitterness was toned down a bit, I'd like this much more.

M- A bit thin for a jet black 10% RIS.

O- A solid beer. Of the three Duck Rabbit offerings that I've had, I'd have to rank this third though, behind their Baltic Porter and Milk Stout.

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Photo of birchstick
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JebediahScooter for this one! It went straight from the box -> fridge -> stomach

A - pours a nice black color without much of a head

S - really sweet smelling with caramel, toffee, chocolates, a bit of burnt raisin and coffee

T - Starts off sweet chocolate and cocoa upfront. These flavors transition to a nice caramel / toffee flavor that continue to add to the sweetness of this. Next up are some dark fruits (brown sugar figs) mixes with some more chocolate. Dry, dark chocolates are on the finish and linger on the exhale. Really nice tasting RIS here.

M - not much carbonation in this and leaves a dry finish

D - solid RIS here. More sweet than most, but it worked well for me. The more I try from this brewery the more I want. Good stuff!

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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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Photo of joefuzz
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

09 vintage poured into snifter.

Pours jet balck with a tan-brownish head that sitcks around for a little while. Smells of coffee, brown sugar, and dark rasins. Taste is amazing its a full on coffee up front with a brilliant roasted malt aftertaste no sign on the 10%abv what so ever. Mouthfeel and carbonation are right where they belong. IMO this beer is at its prime it is hands down the best non BA russian imperial stout I have ever had to date, I highly sugest you seek this out.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the hook up on this one Steve. Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with a small cap of mocha colored head. Good sticky lace on this one.

The aroma is full of dark rich chocolate with some fruit; dark cherries or plumbs with a little bit of a leather aroma. Very roasty in the aroma with a little bit of char but I am really into it. The flavor is big and roasty. One of the more robust RIS I think I"ve ahd. Dark bitter chocolate and dark fruits on the pallet. Lots of great flavors here.

The feel is full and robust with soft carbonation. This one is pretty rock solid. A great RIS that really delivers what I want from the style. Well done I say.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date marked, a great extra from beermex2! Pours a nice black, not much if any light getting through. A finger of mocha head which has a bunch of big bubbles in it and dissipates to a collar quickly.

Nose is immediately delightful, lots of chocolate with hints of coffee and a sweet malty body. Hints of roast and dark fruits, a faint metallic note.

More roast comes through in the flavor, really nice character melded with dark fruits and caramel, just a touch ashy. Dark chocolate less in the flavor, roast gives a pleasant and quite pinching dry finish to complement a slightly sweet and round body - nails it for a RIS. Only real detraction is this slight metallic character, almost minerally which is especially noticable in the first half a dozen sips and then fades out. ABV is hidden with just a slight warming in the finish. Really classic character to this stout, well balanced between roasty and fruity, dry and sweet - a really well made interpretation that has nothing fancy but focuses on hitting all the right notes. Top notch

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to a tulip.

A: Engine oil black. No light penetration. A very fizzy (surprisingly) brown head standing just below a finger tall.

S: Nose of dark chocolate, espresso and a milkiness. Very small toasty notes. Quite sweet impression.

T: Ah, there's the burnt malt. Comes in with a nice bitter level mixed with the sweet chocolate. Some vanilla also. Very well balanced in this.

M: Not immensely bodied, but still enough to give some soft chewiness. Velvet textures coat the mouth.

D: Well done Duck Rabbit, you've renewed yourself from the disaster the fruited baltic porter was in my eyes. While this one isn't a big roasty bomb like Old Raspy or other RIS's, its quite balanced and complex.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - in a snifter, pours a black thickness with a thin tan sheet of head. Good lacing remains.

S - Mild notes of chocolate, toffee and some fig. Nothing overpowering but I really had to search for those smells.

T - Much better than the smell. Some dark chocolate, lots of toffee, notes of honey and roasted malts. A nice mixture.

M - A little dry with good carbonation and goes down smooth.

O - A well balanced RIS to taste but the nose lacked a bit for me. Still a good drink!

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy trask in NC

A- Pitch black with a light brown head that hangs around for a few moments. Light soda like lacing. Quite opaque as well.

S- roasted barley and lots of alcohol. chocolate and toffee as well come to the nose.

F- sweet chocolate coffee roast flavor. Mild bitterness but sweet malts.

M- smooth and creamy but more like a coffee feel. Thick bodied.

O- With the overall ABV its a sipper but a smooth beer for an RIS. Very flavorful and not as carbonated as most stouts.

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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 876 ratings
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