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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 thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle notched with an enjoy-by date of 02/2013. Snifter glass.

Pours jet black. Emptying the bottle forcefully into an upright glass yielded over an inch of light mocha head. Foam still sits on the beer, blanketing the surface. Nice look.

Dark-roast coffee and bitter chocolate aromas preside over some bock-like fruit notes. Maybe berry skins. Hints of raisin and toffee cream together in the nose and try to stand up to a bullying black malty roast character. Slight vapor of cinnamon is noted late. As are a handful of hops.

Tastes big and black and bold. Ultra-roasty and yet fruity at the same time. Flavors of coffee and licorice combat against tart berry and prune. Has that almost-lactic tang element. Cocoa is there, too, but not a feature flavor. The alcohol is merely whispering, and at 10%, no less; a very even strength that is revealing as a belly warmth, not a bite in the mouth or throat. Somewhat woody. And, then there's that slight tartness, like unripe blackberries or fermented soy, that I can't quite put my finger on...

A hair over medium in the body, which is thinner than I was expecting, but the carbonation and booze levels are in check. In check, as in, right where they need to be.

I finally caved and decided to read past reviews, and it has me wondering if I'm reviewing a partially-infected bottle. It's definitely still good, but I'm not sure this kind of flavor profile is what the brewer had intended. To be continued...

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Photo of righthereisay
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a single bottle (12 ounce), poured into Chimay Glass.

Pours totally black, with a very nice light brown head. This head lasts. I like it. Very nice pour.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, malt. Not the greatest smelling beer in my opinion. At this point, I wasn't expecting much.

Taste - Vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, malty. A little bitterness.. I don't taste any alcohol at all.

Nice body. Creamy. Too much carbonation.

Overall a good beer. You could easily throw these down. At 10%, it would hit you fast.

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

Thanks to BigTomZ for the bottle. Tasted 10 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours black. No light coming through this, except a hint of brown at the very edges. Dark dark dark. Half-finger of medium-tan head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell is big, strong, and sweet. I get berries and molasses, with a bit of smoke lurking behind them. Very nice - complex and balanced.

Taste is big and juicy. Blackberries burst into my mouth, followed by ripe plums. Powerfully sweet and fruity, with a nice dark/light sense. I love the berries, and it's a flavor I haven't encountered in an imperial stout before. Finishes delicately bitter. Yum.

Mouthfeel is strong and heavy. Definitely chewy, and leaves a film on my tongue that makes me feel like I'm still chewing it 30 seconds later. I'd like a touch more carbonation, but otherwise it's excellent.

A delicious, (very) sweet, fruity stout. I think it's just a hair over the top, or I'd be giving it 5s in some of these categories.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern in Snellville 7/7/12. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Arrives with a thick foamy deep brown head with above average retention. Lacing is consistent and thin, like a light frosting. Body color is black. Appearance is nearly perfect. 4.5

(Smell) Creamy caramel chocolate malt brings and approachable dessert-like sweetness to this brew. Cream (lactose) and caramel are the boldest flavors, with little to no hop presence or other aromatics to be found. Perhaps a bit one-sided, it smells like a fantastic dessert beer. 4

(Taste) The balance is a bit better when it comes to drinking this beer. Smooth creamy sweet chocolate milk morsels gives way to a bitter black malt and dark caramel finish. There's a good balance of sweetness and bitterness in the beer and an approachable level of flavor and drinkability. It's a pleasant, Clean drinking beer by Duck-Rabbit. 4

(Mouthfeel) Creamy mouthfeel throughout. Body is medium/heavy. Alcohol presence is low/medium. Pretty good pairing for a dessert beer. 4

(Overall) One of the better balanced and more approachable Russian Imperial Stouts that I've had. It would be great as a dessert beer. 4.5

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery's
Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck

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Photo of thebigredone
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to tat2hllblly for the extra in a trade.

INFECTED, big time.

With that said, I actually quasi-enjoyed the first half of this beer. Almost tasted like it was supposed to be a sour stout. Dominating tastes of burnt malts followed by a sour kick. But half was all I could take before drain pouring the rest.

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Photo of brystmar
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle notched "best before 3/13".

Overly carbonated as the massive tan head erupts from my glass. Strongly medicinal and oxidized nose. Something's wrong here...

One sip and you know it's infected. Charred, burnt malt is overrun by cherry tartness. Honestly, it kinda works! I happen to enjoy this particular infection, though I'd love to revisit a "good" bottle of Rabid Duck in the future.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to DonFrap for bringing this one. Split 3-ways in a mini-tasting (4oz serving). Poured into Founders snifter. 2011 vintage.

A- Pours a completely opaque dark black with a very thick quarter finger of head with nice retention and leaves nice lacing. Not too much carbonation.

S- Lots of soy sauce, a hint of malts and cocoa. Slightly above average aroma strength, very peculiar. Not bad, a little bit strange though.

T- Soy sauce, light chocolate, some malts, lightly sweet soy sauce finish that lingers for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, lightly creamy, goes down easy, abv very well hidden.

O- This was an interesting beer, I can't say I hated it but it definitely wasn't my favorite flavor in the world. It definitely had a very strong soy sauce flavor that almost bordered on steak sauce flavor. Abv well hidden, decent mouthfeel. I can't say I would recommend this beer- you will probably either like it or hate it.

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Photo of Cresant
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a New Belgium globe. I could not read the notching for the date. The label was torn. That could not matter though. This 10% RIS will stand up for a very long time. The body was densely black/brown with a creamy, deep tan head. The cap left specks of lacing.

The smell was soy sauce and light fruitiness. Mild alcohol and plums. I would have hoped for a bit more here.

The taste was first tangy with a roast bitterness finish. Rich nutty malted grain. Some lactic notes were discernible too. Not too sweet, maybe not sweet enough?

The mouthfeel was silky with a modest amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Dope
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pitch black with a big fluffy medium brown head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving good lacework behind.

S: Smells like...meat. Like steak tips off the grille. Steak tips cooked in soy sauce. Kind of reminds me a little of Dark Lord (which was pure soy sauce). Very confusing aroma. It's not even that bad, just unusual.

T: Taste follows the nose. I get a little roasted malt and then it's pure meat. Then a little chocolate and tons of soy sauce. Finishes with a bitter and drying char character. What am I drinking?

M: Fairly heavy, a little chalky. Drying on the back end.

O: Well, there's a little roasted malt and a whole lot of meat and soy sauce. Only other beer that I've had like this was Dark Lord as I already mentioned, which was just soy sauce. I'm not sure if it's a brewing mistake or an infection or just a really strange beer, though they were both RISes. Hmph. Avoid if you dislike drinking meat and soy sauce.

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Photo of magine
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH goblet.

Pours a near black, dark brown with some ruby edges. Massive dark tan head. Full layered head stays the whole session. Some great lace coats the entire glass. Very good looks.

Brew smells of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted coffee, nibs. Great nose.

Brew is creamy smooth, dark cocoa, roasted flavors in the finish. Drying finish. More milk chocolate comes through in the flavors. Sweet hops maybe in here to help compliment the array of malts. Dark fruits maybe mixed with lots of roasted coffee, espresso and cocoa. Very good complex flavors. Great.

A great imperial stout. Love it and the abv isn't noticed as much as you would expect. One to seek out again.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.02/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. freshest before 2/2013.

A: very very dark brown body. distinctively brown bubbly head. retention isnt great. nor the lacing. stouty, but not RIS stouty.

S: a slight soy aroma. a deep dark chocolate works its way in there as well. definitely something rich and roasty. the chocolate is strong as well.

T: fuck, is this one also autolysed!?!? a lingering salty/soy flavor. reminds me a little of edamame. the rest of the body consists of rich soy flavors and dries quickly. there are some RIS flavors that try to make there presence known, but this is pretty bad.

M: moderate fizz on an unfortunate body. trying to look past that i would call this average.

D: forgive my french, but this is the second bottle in a row ive had from duck rabbit that tasted soy-like, the last being their black IPA both purchased from the same store (wegmans in downingtown, pa). i believe autolysed yeast is the culprit and im a little disappointed in duck rabbit not recalling these bottles if they could have. otherwise most things i have had from them are really solid. would love to try beer sans the chinese dumpster flavor.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After all the recent reports of infected bottles I am happy to say this beer was free of infection and really quite delicious. Black body with a finger of mocha colored head that settles slowly and leaves some patchy lacing. Roasty, sweet aroma with a trace of booziness; some dark fruit notes, good chocolate presence.

Very tasty. A balanced blend of chocolate and roasted, slightly charred malt flavors, again a hint of dark stone fruits, traces of espresso coffee and a mild, pleasantly warming booziness in the finish. Moderately sweet molasses flavor, slightly sticky and lip-smacking. Subtle anise (not a favorite of mine so I was thankful it was well-integrated and not particularly prominent).

Full bodied and smooth, moderate carbonation, creamy and thick mouthfeel that’s just right for the style. Not the biggest or most extreme imperial stout but a damned good one. Very drinkable for the heft and ABV. I’m a Duck Rabbit fan and this beer certainly didn’t hurt that!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BeerFMAndy
1.77/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A loud hiss at the first crack of the bottle is disheartening, as good 'ol Onenote alerted me to possible infection issues with these. Foaming at the mouth! A moderate pour almost over-fills the snifter with dense, creamy cocoa head. Great retention though! Black in color. It looks the part!

S - Sour bacteria aroma emerges immediately, signaling some infection problems. With the roasted chocolatey malt it almost reminds me of peanut butter. Or is that just infected Short's PB&J coming back to mind? Alcohol finish.

T - Sadly, this beer tastes like steamed veggies dipped in awful burnt, bitter, and sour chocolate. Infection has fully taken hold. Undrinkable flavor. On the plus side, Beerwolf shared one recently and it was really good, so I look forward to revisiting this beer.

M - Full-bodied and thick with a potent sour finish that'll make one wince pretty hard.

O - Hmm. Infected Rabid Duck? That's got a ring to it... Seriously though, I remember this beer being great at a tasting; I look forward to amending this review with a full-on, BeerFM style review. Good luck on scrubbing out the issue guys!

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

A- Thick black body with a tan head, good lacing.

S- Dark malts, with hint of coffee and chocolate.

T- Bitter chocolate and coffee, roasted malt and even a hint of vanilla.

M- Very thick and creamy texture, moderate carbonation.

O- Good solid imperial stout.

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

Poured into snifter glass. Poured a deep black with a small tan head along with weak lacing throughout. Nice and thick viscosity though. Smells of leather, wood, booze, raisins, cocoa, and faint espresso. Mouth is silky smooth and creamy. Flavor is of rich dark chocolate, bitter black coffee, wine, some walnut bitterness, and finishes slightly charred and roasty. Moderate amount of carbonation complements smoothness very well. Perfect sipper mouth. I think all the other DR brews are pretty average at best, but this is the best bunch of them all.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

A - Pours a nearly black color with a one finger mocha head that sticks around for a while. Leaves thick lacing.

S - Vanilla, mild coffee, malted milk ball, toasted coconut, trace amounts of char. Smells fantastic.

T - Some bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate. A little bit sweet for the style with a subdued bitterness, but delicious nonetheless. The malted milk ball from the nose shines through in the flavor as well. Complex with no trace of the double digit ABV.

M - Smooth, creamy, with good carbonation.

O - Duck Rabbit is one of those brewers that I look at every time I am at the beer store and respect, but rarely get. Today was the first time I saw the Rabid Duck. The picture of the duck with the sable hat brought back shades of George Costanza and I decided to grab one. I was very impressed by this beer and recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys RIS.

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Photo of stampfler07
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, thick creamy brown head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing

S- Strong roasted aroma, some cocoa, light sweetness and a hint of pine hop, pretty impressive and inviting

T- Heavy roasted flavor, dark cherry, chocolate, bitter coffee, light bitterness on the finish and warming alcohol

M- Light carbonation, medium-heavy body

O- I enjoyed this one quite a bit, enough that I grabbed a six pack to take with me on my move from Georgia to Colorado since I know I won't be able to get it anymore. Definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of matzah
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours dark but clear with a good two-finger head. Excellent lacing.

S: Very creamy but some roast came through. Tantalizing.

T: Very creamy at the beginning with roast coming through. Finishes with chocolate and coffee notes.

M: Nice and creamy. Well carbonated.

O: A very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a dense one finger light tan head with good retention and some lacing.
I had to work hard to pull aromas of chocolate and cereal out of this stout which is not typically the case with bigger beers. Overall I think this where this beer is lacking most.
Rich malts, coffee and roast followed by alcohol. Very complex tasting and very good.
Full bodied and crisp from the carbonation but also mouth coatingly smooth. It leaves a grainy and alcohol aftertaste.
I like this beer. The taste is complex with lots of flavored and it also has a compled feel to it. I would love to have another one of these to hold onto for a year or more to track the changes.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stimulus for this awesome extra! Pours a thick, pitch black color with a small-medium, dark tan/espresso colored head that quickly diminishes. Scent is heavy in the chocolate department. A ton of rich chocolate with hints of espresso and a lot of dark malt. Taste is initially dark malt with a hint of dark fruits. Then there is an interesting, tart flavor that I'm trying to put my finger on. Immediately switches to tasty biscotti and dark chocolate with just a hint of vanilla. Some lovely espresso notes as well. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected, and a bit...fizzy? Definitely not what I'm used to in a RIS. Drinkability is fairly high...ABV WELL-HIDDEN. Overall, this is not one of the best imperial/RI stouts I've had, but it is a tasty one and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing one of these with me.

Pours a thick, oil-like, pitch black with a mountain of beautiful dark brown, dense, soft, foamy head that has incredible retention. It left lacing all down the glass as the beer was drank. The nose has notes of deep, roasted malts, coffee, a bit of butterscotch, and something that reminds me of lactose. The taste is creamy, diacetylic, roasty, and faintly chocolaty, with a note of coffee. There is a mildly bitter hop finish that lends balance. There is also a little alcohol in the finish when the beer warms. The mouthfeel is full bodied, warm, and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is an intense beer. It has great flavor though a little creamy and to me off at times. It's definitely worth a try.

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

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark dark brown with a big mocha brown head that fades to a big ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very good with huge notes of chocolate milk, chocolate covered cherries, other dark fruits, and earthy roasted malt.

T: The taste is much like the nose but with a few different things going on. The biggest difference I pick up immediately is a big roasted coffee flavor along with a touch of hops. The chocolate and dark fruits are also there but there is a bitterness on the finish I can't quite place.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: This was a bit better than I expected and a solid RIS. The aromas and flavors are all great. If it wasn't for that off-putting bitterness on the finish this might have scored a bit higher.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a blacked out color with a nice tuft of lightly tanned head resting on top. Retains well with a thick layer of filmy retention, leaving plenty of patchy lacing on the top portion of the glass.

Pretty roasty in the nose with plenty of dark malts. Hints of raisin and dates with some chocolate sweetness. Soft alcohol presence, despite the higher ABV.

Faint hops quickly give way to some dark malts and roasted tones. Raisin and dark fruit cut through with a softer glow of anise. Chocolate comes through in the backbone, which is thick and slightly sweet. Finishes warm with another hint of raisin.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, soft and sticky on the tongue. This was a pretty solid imp stout, and they did a nice job of balancing the alcohol heat with dark fruit flavor.

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