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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!

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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 SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of cosmicevan
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
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 +5.3%
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 +11.2%
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 -4.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +1.5%
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 joefuzz
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of ritzkiss
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +9.1%
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 -4.6%
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 -2.3%
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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 bottle, notched best by 4 / 12, understood to be April 2012. I guess probably dated a year out?

appears opaque black, with thin tan colored head. it retains a thin collar. strong aroma of roasted malt and bitter cocoa. taste is full of the usual RIS flavors - bittersweet chocolate, espresso, maybe a little vanilla. a bit acidic in the finish. lower carbonation, medium to thick body.

overall, a good beer, but nothing really to set it apart from other Russian Imperial Stouts.

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

A: Pours pitch black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Clings nicely to the side of the glass.

N: Roasted barley, chocolate, coffee and toffee.

T: Sweet roasted barley and bakers chocolate that fades into coffee and a very delicious peanut butter flavor. Finishes with lingering chocolate and peanuts.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, smooth and somewhat sticky.

O: This is an excellent RIS! The nutty flavors were a very welcomed surprise. It really helps it stand out from other Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man am I glad I found a single at D's for only 3 dollars!

A - Has a very solid black in color maybe some slight ruby highlights and a nice half inch of some dark tan head. What a beauty

S - mmm nice bit of roast, alcohol is evident and some slight chocolate nodes as well. A full bodied stout indeed.

T - Does come off a bit dryer than most RIS I had. Still it has a solid bit of roasty-ness, a bit of chocolate mostly the bitter kind, and a smooth creamy finish with some more roast.

M - It actually was thinner than I expected and the ABV was well concealed. Would recommend sipping it though.

Overall it's a very decent RIS from "the dark beer specialists"
Can't imagine it being any better and was very tasty.

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

thanks to Plenum for this one!

a - jet black with minimal cocoa brown head. a lotta 'legs' and cream head clinging on for dear life.

s - very nutty, earthy, soily, slight coffee, slight chocolate, molasses, baked-good smelling malts, sweet but dark black licorice.

t - a lot transfers from the smell but really a lot of molasses here. sweet which kinda gives it a gingerbread man flavor. almost like a baked-good! a great example of a russian imperial because this is really a mature and complex flavor with no bullshit here.

m - full and smooth, yet light and creamy. medium carbonation and big bold coffee rind finish. not necessarily the best aftertaste but not bad.

o - very very good. id buy this often if i had access to it. not very many hardcore heady russian imperial stouts around southern cali. either that or i haven't found it yet. i need more of this in my life.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Completely black with a reddish tan head. About an inch from an aggressive pour. Disappeared quick and left no lacing.

S: Candied sugar, chocolate and dark fruit. Almost like a fruit punch smell to it. Its different but in a good way.

T: Lots of candied sugar, molasses, and plum like dark fruit sweetness. Chocolate and some alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied stout with higher carbonation than most. Surprisingly thin from a 10% Abv brew.

I almost always grab a sixer of this stuff when I see it on the shelf.

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

Poured from the bottle in a tulip like glass at Fireworks Pizza Alrington Virginia. Bottle is good till April 2012.

Great coffee like head in appearance with dark caramel even some red hues. Real foamy looking head off the pour dense and rich in appearance. Body is very black more so than I think most stouts with almost black super brown color to them.

Bouquet is real nice, real simple not overpowering, a very good sense of light berry fruit giving mostly to cherries. Then there is some nice whipped up hot milk chocolate. Just a great nose here.

Nose brings the taste luckily as well. Cherry fruit but not giving to barleywine like boozyness, with a nice light malt roast. Finishes with a warm coffee like feeling and some minor cream. Great feeling texture and body for this stout, it's got it all but not in a big way.

Overall this is a very good beer and good example of this style very much enjoyed it. It is though an almost perfect example of a very toned down high Russian Imperial. Really enjoyed it.

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

2006 vintage.

A - Black beer with a tan head that had decent legs and a bit of stick on the sides.

S - A lot of chocolate, dark fruit, little bit of roast, more chocolate. Little bit of oak and booze.

T - Very much like the nose, some chocolate, slight bit of roast, dark fruit. Solid, with fairly full flavor. Booze is pretty mellowed.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation, full bodied.

O - Nice beer, not my favorite RIS, but can't complain about this one at all.

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Photo of harrymel
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 03/2011 - I'm calling bullshit.

A: Pours black. Three fingers of nice mocha head falls over a few minutes to a sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing. Clarity indeterminate.

S: Sweet chocolate milk, caramel, nougat. Some vitamin/mineral smells here. Some buttered toast.

T: Big ol' beast here. Graham, toast, soil, malt, malt, malt. Theres is a really raw feel about this beer. It's really nice, it's got plenty of nice and subtle flavors worthy of pointing out - but I'm not the guy to do that today.

M: Thick, low to moderate carb. really dry finish. Wish the finish was a bit more forgiving.

O: This really is a nice beer, and I imagine it would benefit from a good year in the bottle, but alas, that is not my advantage to do so. Overall, however, I think I prefer their Milk-stout.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours very dark brown, almost black. Head is about a finger or so thick, coffee and cream colored.
S: roasted malt with light hints of coffee and chocolate.there is also a light burnt/caramelized sugar aroma.
T: a bit sweet, that burnt and caramelized sugar thing. The coffee is more noticeable in the aftertaste as well as the chocolate.
M: a little sticky for me but not overly, low to medium on the bubbles. Coats and lingers around a long time.
O: probably the closest to my current location brewed RIS I've had, and is great.

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Photo of MammothBrew
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to BulbMan! This one took me by surprise.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours and dark chocolate, almost black color with dark purple tints. Almost no head to speak of.

S: Definitely chocolate, dark fruits like raisins and prunes, mild smokey scent, with random notes of light booze but it's not consistent.

T: Smokey chocolate goodness! Not getting the boozy taste like I do with some other Imperial stouts.

M: Medium body with minimal carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Slight chocolate aftertaste that isn't too sweet or overpowering.

O: If this was available here, I would buy this numerous times. Really tasty and sweet but not sugar bomb sweet. Overall, a really good beer and I can't believe it's a 10% ABV. Nice job Duck-Rabbit!

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Photo of dawgontap
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Jet Black

S-More bitter chocolate than I remember in the past.

T-Chocolate come to the forefront but bitter streak at the end. Also very long lasting.

M-Creamy....a little different than most RIS

O-Excellent with more head and body than I remember in the past brews.

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Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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