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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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2005

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with Weisguy.

A: The stout is pitch black, thick with the consistency of motor oil. The head has a dark coffee-and cream (more coffee than cream) color and almost overflowed the glass on pour.

S: The beer is thick, meaty aroma. Burnt malts and anise come through in the nose, along with hints of coffee bitterness. The aromas make me think that this beer is gonna be big!

T: Malty burnt goodness. These three words perfectly describe this beer. The grainy, breadlike body is strong and over-roasted. The effect is a dark, swirling flavor that overpowers your tastebuds. Some sumatra-like coffee notes add a mild coffee flavor, but not nearly enough to overcome the acrid bitterness of the burnt malts. Alcohol warmth emerges at the end of a sip, creating a heat on the tongue. That heat pairs with an odd burnt finish.

M: The stout is dark and murky, full of big flavors and lasting impressions. THis is not a beer to take lightly, it will easily sneak up on you.

D: At 10%, this is no quaffing brew. In moderation though the flavors are intense and will not disappoint. Nice one from the dark beer specialists.

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

A – Black with an average tan colored head.

S – Malty and roasted with a hint of licorice.

T – Bold! Malty and roasted flavors with definite spice notes.

M – Medium to full bodied. I would have preferred it to be a bit heavier for this beer.

D – This is a very good RIS, and while I recommend it…the bold flavor might make this not the easiest beer in the world to drink steadily.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Big thick mocha head on a black body. Nice thick lacing.
S- Chocolate, roasted malts with alcohol in the nose too. Caramel in there too.
T- Some rich highly roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and black currents. Dry bitter coffee malts in there too. Hints of alcohol tickle the tongue but pretty well hidden for 10%. Really rich in malts in this one. Not many hops to help balance it out at all.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- I am not a fan of this at all. It is to rough around the edges and rich in the malt department. I prefer a bit more hops in there to help balance it a bit and if you want to make it that rich you need to add in something like molasses or something to break it up.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before and never been the biggest fan, mainly due to the fact that the biggest taste I picked up was alcohol. I still have a few bottles from a sixer I bought a while back and decided to try another.

Pours close to pitch black, with a near brown head that slowly rises about an inch thick and then settles over the darkness.

Smell is very complex. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, and a little whiff of alcohol again. Sweet fruit and a roasted nutty scent are also present.

The taste still makes me believe I need to let these age a little bit. Alcohol covers up most of the flavor to me, or at least makes it more difficult for them to come through. Dark chocolate, hint of coffee, and definitely licorice again which the alcohol actually seems to bring out more than the other more subdued flavors. I am sure that when this is a little tamed it will get better scores, though this will be months down the road.

Mouthfeel gives the chance to let the flavors show their true colors a little better. The alcohol bite isn't nearly as pronounced and the creamy goodness stays on the tongue. A tiny bit on the thinner side but a good medium body.

Drinkability is close to good and maybe better than that when the alcohol calms itself. I do find this to be one of the more complex RIS I've had and can only see it improving in the future.

Baltic Porter still remains my favorite from Duck-Rabid but this is a contender.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle from Unclejedi on his Beer Tour adventure. Thanks Jim
Different looking label. Kooky.
Pours a nice, slick looking black with dark ruby edges. Topped with a rather large brown head. Settled down to about a 1/2 finger, then to a slight film, but reappeared with a good swirl.
Smells of coffee, toffee, baked caramel and roasted malt. Typical, nice blend.
Taste is much the same, bold coffee and some dark chocolate. Anise and black raisin also round out the taste.
What I really liked was the mouthfeel. Smooth, a bit of velvet, nice. Definitely bumps up drinkability. This didn't last long. Very nice.

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Photo of grub
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a recent trade with pugman. thanks larry!

12oz bottle. best enjoyed by 1 11 06 08? yep, they're all checked, so i dunno...

pours not quite black with a huge cascading brown head. drops slowly and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. licorice and caramel. light roast. touch of alcohol. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. slight hint of lactic sourness. huge bread and biscuit malt. chocolate cake with licorice icing.

taste is great. bittersweet chocolate. lots of licorice. bit of alcohol. big chewy biscuit malt. medium-low bitterness level. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is great. low carbonation. huge chewy body.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is balanced pretty well, but it's still a pretty big beer. great to split with a friend on a quite brew day though. my first duck-rabbit experience has definitely been a god one. thanks again larry!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black color-ever so slight tan head and some great lacing as it goes down the glass. Muted roast aroma. Licorice and a mild espresso flavor dominate. Very nice grainy flavor. Great lingering bittersweet chocolate taste. Body is right on for style and the grainy sort of flavor really carries over to the mouthfeel. This is a damn fine beer. Re-reviewing here as I am much more impressed this time round. Might be a fresher bottle who knows. Sure wish I could get these beers locally.

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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 bort11
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ncvbc for this one.

12 oz bottle poured into my big heavy glass goblet. This is a wide mouth glass, so that means a lot of top surface, and even still there was a strong chocolate malt head standing a half inch. After a few minutes it still maintains a cap on the surface. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass.
After the pour the smell jumped right out at me. It starts with a dried fig sweetness mixed with a rum spiciness. Subtle chocolate/coffee notes are hinted at around the edges. Tastes continues with the dark fruits and adds a bit of licorice. Slightly salty
Mouthfeel is a solid medium body. Slightly chewy.
Overall this is a very interesting and complex RIS. However, I think some of the licorice flavor overstays it's welcome.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blackie for this brew. Pours as black as my heart. Smells of rich malt, coffee, and a hint of booze. Taste is malt, malt, and more roasted malt. Mouthfeel is smooth but the beer is so rich that it is a sipper for sure. Another fine beer from Duck-Rabbit.


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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing these bottles...
Appears a dark black with dark brown edges and a small tan head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, cocoa, ripe fruit, coffee, and toffee.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a definite nuttiness that is almost like a peanut butter blasted chocolate nut cluster with some herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly astringent with a touch of grainy tartness, with plenty of nuts and ripe fruit lingering on until the bitter finish.

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Photo of Alkey
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured black with a large dark brown head that leaves behind very little lace.

Smell - some toasted malt and bakers chocolate.
Taste - lots of dark roasted malt, semi sweet chocolate, mild bitterness.
Feel - medium bodied, somewhat creamy.
Drinkability - easy to drink, lots of rich and robust malt flavor, very well hidden alcohol, easily one of my favorite Duck-Rabbit brews.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this one. Finally picked some up in Asheville, NC.

-Absolutely black. Thin, brown head. This is what RIS should look like.
-Nothing crazy in the aroma... heavy roasted, coffee, burnt smells. Typical of all stouts.
-Taste is solid. More heavy roasted malts, providing some nice bitterness up front. Subtle fruity flavors in the middle, but dominated by the bitter roasty flavors. Hints at the 10% ABV. Altogether very straightforward. Finishes rather dry for an RIS.
-Fairly thick mouthfeel with a bit of tingly carbonation.
-Hides it's alcohol fairly well.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan to pumpkin pie orange colored head that slowly recedes. Aroma is strong of roasted barley with a fair amount of smokiness, burnt wood. A malty sweetness smells nice and chocolately and mixes with the roastiness in a cola like aroma. Nice cola and more subtle chocolate sweet maltiness roll over the tongue. A roasted flavor mixes with an acidic tanginess towards the finish. There is anise flavor throughout the taste. Heavy in body, smooth and rich up front with a tanginess and drying finish. Alcohol is nearly unnoticeable, incredibly balanced. A very good imp stout, it's best quality to me is that there quite a few flavors and aromas going on, but not one seems to dominate. Instead they all seem somewhat subtle and blend together very well.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a good medium brown head that lasts for a while and leaves some pretty decent lacing as well. The smell is winey and with a touch of soy sauce, but there are also rum soaked raisins there. The taste is very nice. More rum, bitter chocolate, a touch of light coffee, and some roasted grain. A little thin on the mouthfeel, and could be creamier, but the lingering bitterness helps give it structure, and the alcohoilis well hidden. Pretty drinkable, but its a big beer and fairly intense.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with plenty of froth on top. Smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malt and cherries. Yeah, I think there is some definite cherry, fruit notes coming through moreso in the taste now. A different twist on an Imperial stout, but I’m digging it. Mouthfeel is full, thick and non-cloying. This is a very solid imperial stout that is able to separate itself from the others via its distinct taste. Would love to try again.

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

2007 version

a - pours deep black with a big dark brown head, decent retention and lacing

s - bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt, dark fruits lend sweetness, slight hoppiness, alcohol hints

t - quite sweet up front with lots of dark fruits, some cherry, body is nice bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt, finish has more fruitiness, especially the black cherry taste, some alcohol but not very evident, also some hoppy bitterness on the finish

m - mild carbonation, full-bodied, fairly creamy, pretty dry on the finish, but not overly so, nice warming effect from alcohol

d - pretty drinkable for an RIS, alcohol is not that evident and palate is not destroyed after one

Finally got around to reviewing this beer. Very nice offering from Duck Rabbit. I have a feeling this would get even better with some age. Unique fruitiness and sweetness for an RIS - very different from any other RIS I've tried.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this 12oz bottle in a trade with some kind soul here on BA (can't remember whom). This poured a dark black with a tan head. The smell was roasty and not much else. The taste had roasty notes, charred notes, and was thick. I was expecting a little more given how great the Baltic Porter is. The alcohol was well hidden in this one making it easy to drink.

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

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger fairly tight brown head that fades slowly. Some lacing present.

The smell is deep roasted malt coffee and chocolate and some of the alcohol (more of the alcohol as it warms up).

The mouth feel is immediately hopped and tingling bitterness. Some of which can be attributed to big alcohol. Full bodied. Finishes flat on the tongue, not quite like a syrup, and there is another entire presentation as you swallow with a burst of coffee and lingering bitterness. The flavor is an intense roasted malt coffee and oat.

I find it very drinkable. I'd probably avoid this one at a pub; need to be sitting down in the lounger for this one. I really enjoyed the complexity. Scores points for imagination and creativity with me.

Acquired as part of a trade with drunkmonk; appreciate the opportunity!!

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made the quick trip from Raleigh over to Farmville with trep to visit the brewery. Cool place. Small, but lots of potential.

The Rabid Duck pours an opaque, jet black color with ample amounts of sienna head. Leaves good lacing and is well retained. Smells like the usual DR beer: floral and nutty with some notes of spice and pine.

Taste has some nice nutty flavors: chestnut, almond & walnut. Chocolate present as well. Has a thick smoothness to it with a nice bitter coffee/semi-sweet chocolate bite. Overall, it's complex, flavorful and a solid beer. If I were more of a dark beer lover, I'd be rating this higher.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impressively visually impermeable midnight into my veltins glass on a split with the wife. A luscious cocoa head rises high and settles into a nice little cap on this brew. Aromas of roasted coffee beans and molasses dominate - maybe it is more like the chocolate covered espresso beans - anywho, dark and rich aromas haunt the corners of my fragile eggshell mind.

On the tongue there is a slow drizzle of carbonation followed by dried cherries, steeped in espresso and then cooked gently in molasses. Coffee comes in and out and alcohol rides around the periphery of my tongue. The taste lingers and lingers as the roasty toasty cocoa hangs in my mouth with some balls of cotton.

This is an impressive brew with turbo kicked in. I am very glad to have come across this and will gaurd the remaining stash. Thanks Weisguy for the easy trade and opportunity!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a pitch black with a solid 2 finger head that hangs around longer than the in-laws on holidays. Neat coloration for the head. It's a chocolate colored head but it's kind of like it has some red or ruby mixed in.
Smells like a strong coffee and rich dark chocolate.
Nice strong roasted backbone supports some fruitiness and dark chocolate. Strong black coffee flavors with a nice combination of bittering and alcohol finish. Nice strong lasting aftertaste. This beer packs a huge George Forman like punch but still maintains it's balance.
Mouthfeel is that of used motor oil. Not that I've ever had used motor oil in my mouth, but this is what I imagine it would feel like.
This is a one bottle night capper beer.
Great offering from Duck-Rabbit which is becoming NC's best brewery with some awsome seasonals and a nice base of regular offerings.

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

This poured a very dark black with a half inch thick cocoa colored head, that remained for several minutes before turning into a layer of foam on top of the beer. It is a very impressive looking beer.

Aromas of sweet malts, dark chocolate, fruit and some alcohol. It reminds me a lot of the D-R Baltic Porter.

Taste is quite large. Definite alchohol burn,especially as this warms. Hoppy bitterness and roasted malts. Pretty good overall.

Mouthfeel is definite RIS, although not quite as thick as Stone RIS or Bells Expedition, it ranks up there with them in "motoroilyness".

This is a good beer, but I couldn't drink more than one at a time. As it warms, the alcohol burning really comes through, so I'd suggest drinking this one rather quickly, at a cool temperature that hasn't warmed to room temp yet.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this one my way...

Appearance: Pours opaque and jet black, with an enormous tan-colored head with good retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma that's detectable as soon as the beer hits the bottom of the glass. Chocolate, roast, and a slight hint of... anise? Some coffee and alcohol.

Taste: Strongly bitter and roasty. Everything else takes a back seat: dark fruit, coffee and chocolate. Hop character is grassy, and shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, carbonation good for the style.

Drinkability: Not my favorite RIS, but solid.

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

I've been searching for this one for a while to complete my Duck Rabbit collection but was afraid it was a one off last year after they made the Baltic Porter so I was quite pleased to find it at the Whole Foods on Wade Ave (man, those guys have everything if you time it right, although a tad expensive). This DR pours the expected jet black but the head doesn't reign long, retreating to a brown cap after a few minutes. Lacing is oddly nil. The nose doesn't disappoint, with multiple layers of chocolate and coffee you can smell a few feet away. Alcohol is unbelieveablly silent for the time being. Me likey.

The taste is a different story, with heavy alcohol draping itself all over the sip and aftertaste. Nice chocolate and espresso flavors and resonant hopping keeps your eyes wide open in spite of yourself. High bitterness battles deep malt throghout the aftertaste. This is manageable thanks to a thick, syrupy mouthfeel that coats and soothes. It's as good as I was expecting but a little intensely alcoholic and flavorful for multiples. Wow. Looking forward to their next concoction here in NC.

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