Rabid Duck | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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3.94/5
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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#6,272
Reviews:
518
Ratings:
884
pDev:
12.18%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterLambic
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick, black and impervious to light. A voluminous dark tan head, nearly two inches, forms and leaves copious amounts of lacing.
Smell is coffee and heavily toasted malts, ashy.
Taste is more balanced with notes of toasted malt, coffee, whiskey (in the back nose especially), peat, some pineyness and the faintest whiff of fruit.
Medium-full body, light effervescence. Slightly drying finish. Could use more body, it is a RIS after all, but otherwise an extremely good beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries, piney hops and molasses. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and dry. It was great to drink it after snow shoveling.

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Photo of sposter4
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thick and viscous black/ruby stout. Small creamy silk beige head, lacing coats the glass. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, burnt toast, wet wood. Taste is smooth with a kick of roast grain bitterness on the finish. Velvety mouth feel and lingering finish. A sipper, and a keeper.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jbaker67
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ellis1701
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VT9091
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I loaded-up on this last Winter/early Spring dropping all other beers even the Milk Stout. Boozier, heavier, thicker than the M.S. More burnt. Not sweet. For when one will do ya on that cold night.

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

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had from bottle malt chocolate not a lot else pours black with dark head drinks OK but one ans done worth a try if you like malty stouts gets a little bit better as it warms

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 03/2016. Served in a snifter glass. Review #700! A stout for a hot summer day!?!?

Appearance: Pitch black, no light coming through at all. Thin tan head with persistent sheets and fine strands of lacing.

Smell: Dark bread, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of alcohol and a hint of raisin, but with a hint of metal/copper on the nose as well.

Taste: At first sip, I'm thinking a stout aged in wood barrels, but then the taste opens up a bit and I get all that roasted malt bitterness, plus some sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of coffee and fruit to the point I feel I can sum up the flavor as dark chocolate covered peaberry coffee bean or dark chocolate covered bitter cherry or cranberry. The fruit flavor is a tart one - not sweet, but there is some sweetness under all of this, but it's balanced vs. the bitter flavors that start at the beginning of the sip and last all the way to the finish. But at no point does the bitterness get overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, very light carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth, but not overly so. Given the tastes and light carbonation, I'm beginning to wonder if this is aged in barrels prior to bottling. There is nothing on the website to suggest this, so I'll just assume this is what the brewers wanted. It's not as thick and creamy as other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had though.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a sipping beer, and this would be good with dessert as well as a range of grilled meats. I think this would be particularly good with a steak. Not a massive malt bomb of a RIS, but not excessively bitter either - really well balanced. Everything about this beer is good - not great, not amazing, but solidly good to style and balanced. The alcohol is well hidden as well to the point that I could have another one right now, but I know I would regret it later. A good beer for my 700th review - interesting, full flavored, and well worth reviewing. Now for the next 700.

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Photo of egrace84
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbc5
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMBSH
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Prince_Casual
1.9/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected: looked fine, smelled great, but nasty metal+sour milk taste that got worse as it warmed up.

I have never taken pleasure dumping a beer down the drain but this one had to go. Disappointing that when I googled this beer, reports of bad bottles go back years. Felt obligated to report on here that this is still occurring.

Label indicated BB 03/16.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of FriedSlug
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rabid Duck from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 884 ratings