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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 Spica66
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Poured from 12oz bottle into glass.

A: Smooth pouring. Very dark color. !/2 finger head. Minimal carbonation.

S: Very dark and malty. Not a lot of special notes (like coffee or other), but very nice.

T: Excellent, full-bodied stout flavor. Again, not very complex, but well done.

M: Smooth, light carbonation.

D: Very nice beer with nothing to keep you from enjoying as many as you might like to have.

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

On tap at the Big Hunt yesterday.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with considerable creamy, tannish brown head. Retention is excellent, and there is considerable lacing. Frankly, appearance-wise, it doesn't get much better than this in a RIS. The nose is impressive, primarily due to the rich intensity of the aroma profile. I get a considerable amount of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. In fact, the aroma really reminds me of a baby version of the Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island. Flavors generally replicate the nose, except the chocolate flavor leans towards dark chocolate, and the light hoppy bitterness seems to give the beer something of coffee ground flavor component. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner then I was expecting given the flavor profile, but nevertheless, it's still pretty full, rich and long. Drinkability is pretty good for a 10% beer, though needless to say, with a beer this rich and boozy, it's slow going working through my cheater pint. Regardless, this is a very fine beer, and one I was very happy to have the opportunity to try.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standerd tumbler glass.

Appearance: Dark, thick complextion and texture with a nice 1 1/2 inch head forming that did quickly disperse.

Smell: Very robust and heavy roasted malt aroma. I can also sense some fruitiness. All round it smells delicious.

Taste: Strong dark roasted malts and a hint of sour notes. Some fruit flavours emerge along with a hint of lemon and grain hops.

Mouthfeel: Very robust and leaves a quite good aftertaste. Reminds me something short of a fine scotch-ale or a nice German barleywine. Actually doesn't overpower as I thought it would when I first opened this puppy up.

Drinkability: Something that I can see myself drinking on a cold winters night watching a log fire. Considering this is summer, didn't get me in the beginning. Something I can see myself enjoying again but not at this particular occasion, but I do recommend to anyone interested in RIS. Cheers!

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Photo of MrStark
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is just about black with a mocha colored one finger head that dissipates into a thin cap within a few minutes.

Smell is of coffee, roasted malts and a sweet aroma of something, perhaps vanilla. All around a standard and nice RIS aroma.

Taste is similar to the smell with roasted malts and coffee upfront followed by a sweet flavor, possibly chocolate. The alcohol is present but not overpowering and there is a bitterness left on the tongue in the finish. Overall a good a balanced imperial stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty great. Considering the abv it goes down quite easy and is nice and tasty. A good example for of the style for sure. I would certainly have it again and its worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of meich75
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark almost black with a thin mocha colored head.

S - Malt and coffee.

T - Very malty with a good coffee finish. Slight hops finish.

M - Thick and lightly carbonated.

D - Very drinkable for an RIS. Doesn't taste like 10%. Luckily it's easy to find around NC.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer poured jet black with a thick and creamy mocha-colored head that died down into a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the overall taste and there is a moderate amount of bitterness (particularly in the finish) along with hints of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and incredibly smooth and creamy on the palate.
D: The beer does a relatively good job of hiding the alcohol. There's no way I could drink more than one of these in a sitting but it makes for a good sipper.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via trade from sincereNC. Thank Ian!

Appearance: A vigorous pour yields about 1 cm of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a random bubbles around the edge of the glass. The beer is an opaque black, darker than the night, and more ominous than the plague itself.

Smell: The nose is all Russian Imperial Stout. The roasted chocolates and toasted grains are amazing. The malty sweetness of caramels, toffees, and vanillas are all present, as well as some cloves and other spices. This is a very hearty smelling RIS, and it is exactly what I would expect for the style.

Taste: This is a rich chocolate malt bomb. Dark chocolates to be exact and it is delicious. There are notes of burnt grains and some toasted flavors as well, but as the nose led on, the sweetness from the toffee and vanilla flavors really set this beer apart. There is also a small amount of hop flavor and bite, but it is subtle enough to let the sweeter chocolate flavors take center stage.

Mouthfeel: On the pour, this beer looked a lot lighter, but after several sips, it becomes readily apparent just how thick and chewy this beer is. It's not even that it's that heavy, but the aftertaste and lingering on the tongue combine to create quite the sensation.

Drinkability: Overall, this is a very strong RIS. One that I'm sad to say is not available anywhere near Kansas. The one downside to this beer is its lack of balance, but as some really love the malty sweetness of an RIS, that's not necessarily a bad thing because it's done so well in this case.

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Photo of ginemesis
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - BP uncapped deep water crude oil
S - Oaty fragrance with a hint of freshly roasted coffee funkiness
T - Roasted dark malt. Lactose. Oaty. Lactic acid.
M - Creamy, warm, milky
D - Not cracking open the second bottle tonight... and there are four of us.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours an ultra dark and thick black, with a gigantic deep tan frothy head...about 3 fingers. Retention is very decent and leaves nice sticky lacing all around the glass. As the head settles, it remains as a very thin surface of cream with a slightly thicker ring.

Aroma is mostly of roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, a slight vanilla. Other than the roasted coffee...a pretty general RIS aroma...but a good one at that!

Flavor is pretty good. Almost average at first, but once it warms a bit...loads of heavy roasted malts and coffee notes. Again, a very small vanilla hint torwards the end of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium body, creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and booze warmth isn't bad at all...doesn't drink hot for a 10% RIS. A very good beer, but nothing extreme really jumps out at me. Regardless, I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JCB for this extra!!!

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours 1 finger of mocha tan head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves little splattered lace. Color is a deep dark black.

Aroma: Lots or roasted malts. Toasty chocolate and coffee flavors. Some molasses and dark fruits. Nothing over the top in the nose.

Taste: Again, big roasted malt profile. The coffee is a little more pronounced and I enjoy it. Rich and creamy flavors. Big chocolate malt profile. Some bittering hops. I also so get some dark fruits and molasses flavors again.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, bitter, and dry. Full bodied with a higher amount of carbonation for the style. Ends very roasted.

Overall, a decent RIS. I am really glad I finally got to try this one. I think all the DR products are legit and this is no excuse. Very roasted. It could be a little more complex, but still fairly decent. Relatively drinkable as well!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Jumped on this guy the second I saw it listed as being on tap at ChurchKey. Pours a deep opaque black with about a finger of tan foamy head. The lacing that will eventually form is very nice. The smell is of dark malts (grainier than usual), coffee, chocolate, and even a hint of vanilla bean. The taste is pretty similar, with notes of light coffee, slightly bitter cocoa, faint tobacco, and those dark malts from the nose, though they're wheatier here than before. Up 'til now, things have gone according to the usual RIS plot. Where things deviate is in the mouthfeel. Usually these dark beasts are thick, chewy, even crunchy, and coat the mouth very thickly. This guy is decidedly lighter than usual, more toward a light medium than anything heavy; the low carbonation is pretty normal, and there is some coating, but not as much as one would expect. Still, despite this unexpected variance on the style, the overall brew is very tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Pitch black color. Only the slightest remnants of a tan head which fall quickly. I know DR likes minimal carbonation, but sheesh.

4.5 S: Lots of dark chocolate and burnt aromas. Tons of roasted barley. The alcohol comes across as if it were bourbon barrel aged. Prune like fruitiness. Pretty good.

2.5 T: Unfortunately, the taste isn't nearly as good as the nose. Burntness and roasted barley dominate without nearly enough balancing crystal and fruity sweetness. In fact, it's unbalanced to the point that it's barely drinkable.

2.5 M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Would prefer a thicker, chewy body but that isn't what it is. Not smooth as the alcohol and burntness blast the aftertaste.

2.0 D: I wasn't expecting this to be the mess that it is. I love burnt roasty flavors, but this is too much without anything to put it in check.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever since I had Duck Rabbit at ACBF last year I've been loving it. I got a bunch in various trades, but haven't dipped into them too much yet. Got some of these thanks to kwakwhore and portia99.

A: Very little carbonation as it forms just a head covering of dark rich foam on a very aggressive pour. It is a super pitch black color with legs that would make Cheryl Tiegs blush.

N: I could def smell it on the pour from a couple feet away. A dark luscious super thick viscous like stout. Lots of dark chocolate malt, perhaps black patent malt, lots of roast, tons of sweetness and loaded with malts. A touch of dark fruit, fruit so dark it no longer exists since it couldn't create antimatter that could oppose it. A touch of booze to go with the dark molasses and caramelized brown sugar and malt aroma. And even a touch of fresh cracked crystal malt aroma.

T: Oh boy, can't wait, here goes... pretty sweet but not too much. Very much tons and tons of loaded malts. A roast flavor, but not as much as I thought. A chocolate flavor, with bakers choc, a slight creamy chocolate milk, and bittersweet chocolate, then juicy fruit flavors, and some bitter earthy charred roasted scorched malt flavors. Some coffee and touch of vanilla. I would think of it as thick and syrupy, but it's not so much, more thick less syrupy. WIth all that comes a slight boozy taste that doesn't hit as hard as it should for 10%, but with how rich and thick it is you can tell it was up there in OG. A touch of some licorice and minerality come after some of the flavors build up on the tongue.

M: Thick, pretty viscous and luscious, almost no carbonation though.

F: Long lingering bitterness from all the roasted charred earthy malts and perhaps a touch of hops. Still somewhat sweet but not too much on the finish. A nice roasted flavor comes out a little more at first on the finish, but fades and comes up with some nice rich chocolate flavors. I get a lot of baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, the creamy center chocolate, luscious chocolate... OK I guess I made that last one up, but you get the idea.

Despite that the bottle tells me no refill (sad face) and drink by 04/2009, this is delicious now. I really think this is an aging style beer, and I have no idea how Duck Rabbit can think otherwise. It's still even a little heavy and could use more time to settle a bit. At 10% and probably an OG of like 1.120, and despite not really having a boozy taste, it is really heavy and a little hot. I will try to save my others and really enjoy them in a few years' time.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Formed a thin layer of dirty tan fizz on top of an opaque, black body. The tiny head faded into nothing almost immediately.

The nose has chocolate and licorice up front with roasted malts and coffee in the background.

Lots of complex flavors here...starts off with a fig/dark fruit punch that slowly fades into a sweet molasses middle. The taste finishes with a roasted black coffee kick. The aftertaste has a familiar alcohol burn that lasts until the next sip.

The mouth feel is thick and oily with little to mild carbonation.

Is this drinkable, yeah, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A- Really dark as it pours out into my snifter. I poured with out any precautions as most RIS's or beers with big ABVs dont have heads that easily get out of control. This one is no exception. I did get a mildly large collar floating around the edge of a thick, black beer.

S- I scrolled through a few of the other reviews. Everyone is saying the nose is intense. I totally agree. This aroma is hugely powerful. I could smell it as soon as I popped the cap.
The nose is loaded with licorice, over ripened dark fruits like prunes, molasses, burnt sugar and plenty of alcohol, actually, lots of alcohol. This smell stings the nostrils.

T- Woo-wee! Big like the nose. Lots of alcohol. Good thing its only 10% because it feels like it could be getting close to twice that. Really nice dark chocolate plays off candied fruits, prunes, anise/licorice.

M- Warm, full bodied, nearly flat. But thats OK, a big, boozy stout is allowed, better yet, supposed to have low carbonation. While this beer is sticky, its not nearly as sticky as you would think. Its just faintly sticky. Im glad too, many big, sweet stouts are far to sticky (....Hunahpu...).

D- Man I wish I had another of these. The alcohol makes no attempt at hiding but I love that about this beer. Its big, its mean, and I love it.

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Photo of kindestcut
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black with very little head. The beer appears to be viscous and thick, the epitome of an Imperial Stout.

The aroma is quite strong. The alcohol is very evident, which is kind of scary, as is a sweetness that promises big flavor.

Upon first taste I'd say this is a boozy Imperial Stout. This usually isn't a good thing as far as I'm concerned but there is a lot of flavor here to balance the flavor. This is a sweet stout. I can taste a fruitiness that is quite rich, mainly raisin and fig. There is also faint caramel and distant hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and full with very little carbonation.

I'd say that this is a good Imperial Stout but not a great one.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

12oz bottle from 2009.

Very black with a small light brown head. Nose is sharp, boozy, sweet and delicious.

Taste is very smooth, mouthfeel is supper crisp and warm, makes it super drinkable for an RIS. There's lots of coffee with light chocolate bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of cavedave
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Southern gem from a remarkable trader, mrandypandy.

If my motor oil looked like this it would be time for a change, but here it is the perfect look. Thick, languid, bareley producing a skim of head, the witches brew of big stout daydreams.

Smell is strong flavored to say the least. A huge anise/licorice battles with alcohol, burnt caramel, molasses, some tarty yeast and estery overripe fruit notes, hints of chocolate, and an earthy bitter below the surface. The aroma is this brew's standout feature. What a bouquet!

The taste is excess exemplified in a big stout. It's like...if one stick of dynamite does the job o'kay, than ten sticks of dynamite will do it that much better. Luckily I enjoy blatant exess, but I can see some people having trouble with an enormously thick beer this overflowing with flavors. It's an extreme blast of dark caramel, licorice, burnt chocolate, yeasty tart, alcohol spice and warmth, and a deep dank bitter that takes the sip to the depths of stout hell. I hated this stout at the first sip, cellar temp., but it has reassembled my palate with its blatant excess, and allowed me to understand it as it approaches room temp. The bitter unleashes in this, the burnt notes assert, the sweet and fruit burrow into it all, and their excess creates a pleasure I experience, and prize, and rate highly. Others may think this is too... too.... (much?)

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of maple syrup, viscous to make Valvoline envious, barely carbonated. What more could you ask?

Drinkability is moot for stouts. Period. I'm rating it as a sipper deluxe, for its looong finish, thickness, alcohol strength.

Impression: This stout ain't for the finger food crowd. Bigggg, insane, flavors here! Howdaydooodat?

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before March 2010. Unfortunately, I do not remember who sent me this, so whoever you are - thank you.

The pour is black with reddish brown highlights. A dense, brown head is present, thick and creamy, receding to a disk rather quickly, leaving a little lace. Solid stuff.

The nose is solid. Dark chocolate, some coffee liqueur and licorice are immediately noticeable. Creamy, a touch of faded citrus hop character is present. Dark fruits are also noticeable with some raisins and plums, though not excessive. Alcohol is noticeable too. Good stuff, this.

The palate opens with plenty of cocoa and dark fruit, plums and raisins. The tartness was a bit of a surprise, mildly like an unripened fruit. Chocolate and coffee appear mid-palate, with some dark caramel character before a long, bitter finish. The finish is noticeable ashy, which doesn't count as a plus in my book. Alcohol is also noticeable. The body is quite full, with a very soft and gentle carbonation, this is the best aspect of this beer after the nose. However, the ashy finish does take away from the experience.

All told, the reason I made it through 6oz of this was so that I could give it a proper review. If it showed up at a tasting, I'd have poured it out a lot sooner.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.19/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from ericwo. Thanks, Eric!

A: Pours a nearly pitch black with reddish-maroon translucence at the very edges. The head... well, there is none. It's not a flat beer; there was a hiss as I uncapped it, and the vigorous pour produced some very slow-rising effervescence on the top of the brew as dark mocha bubbles came out of solution, but they were scattered at best. Not exactly a cap. Still, the beer had nice legs upon swirling.

S: Tart dark fruit -- plums, raisins -- couple with molasses and brown sugar. Coffee. A little booze.

T: Tart dark fruit, for sure. These guys really like that, don't they? Their Baltic Porter couldn't pull it off, but here the flavors meld better into the molasses and brown sugar body of the beer. Coffee provides some lingering contrast near the finish, along with ash. Unfortunately, that's about all there is to the taste; it's not particularly complex. Plus, as it warms, it gets more muddled and soon only ashy dark fruit is left. Weird.

M: I have to give big props to the mouthfeel. Yeah, it's not an accomplishment making a "flat" beer, but it's a heavy one, and the bubbles -- while trace -- are subdued enough to let the beer's flavors do the talking. I like it.

D: largadeer told me this is the worst imperial stout he's ever tasted. Personally, I don't see it; it's below average, but nothing outrageous. I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated best by April 2009, oops.

A: Black, possibly dark brown, with a dark brown head that dissipates into soap suds. Flat.

S: Chocolate, prunes, booze, and a little coffee.

T: Sweet malts and raisins upfront followed by burnt, sludgy coffee. Leaves an unpleasant bitter taste in you mouth.

M: The best feature of this beer. Surprisingly carbonated enough to fit the style and really smooth.

D: I guess it's not bad for 10% ABV but I didn't want to finish this bottle.

Overall, this beer did not hold up with age. If I ever get this again I'd like to try a fresh one.

EDIT: I did consume a fresh one on 7/28/10 that was marked best by March 2011 and it was much better. I averaged the reviews together.

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle recieved in trade

a-Dark black with tan head that goes away quickley.

s-coffee dark fruit, bitterly burnt

t- bitter and strong with tons of flavor, taste like burnt coffe. Absolutely delicious

M-very carbonated for a stout, but relatively good

D-Pretty high for me. I really enjoyed this one

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Photo of biglite351
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am re-reviewing this, 2/14/10 on the first one 6/7/10 this time.

A - dark as night with a mid-dark tight foam that leaves solid lacing.

S - Roasted malt smokey chocolate goodness.

T - smokey roasted malt and mocha coffee. A little bitter in the after taste.

M - good coating, even of the teeth, which is odd. Not much tingle at the start but then in the after taste you get a bit of tingle all around.

D - it is a little strong in both flavor and alcohol to drink too many of.


A - nice and dark, good foam.

S - full rich chocolate roasted malt.

T - powerful and complex. I like the start of the flav9r, but then there was an off after taste that I could not place. However, this is one deep and powerful flavor. You will either like it or hate it. I do -it see much middle ground.

M - slight tingle on the sides of the tongue early followed by a tingle in the back of the throat in the after taste.

D - I like this as o one, maybe two a night out... but not as a only drink of the night.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in Pittsburgh at Fat Head's Bottle Shop.

A: Pours an opaque pitch black color. The edges of the glass produce a dark brown hue. There is absolutely no head, foam, or lacing, regardless of how vigorously I pour it. Slightly disappointed in the lack of head, even quickly fleeting head, as this dark creamy foam is one of my favorite aspects of a RIS's appearance.

S: Roasted malts are there in abundance. There are also notes of dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, and some warm booziness.

T: Roasted malts are somewhat dominant, but are quickly followed up by some slightly sour plums and raisins. Some coffee and molasses flavors come in towards the finish as they round out in some warm alcohol with a touch of vanilla.

M/D: Slightly thin mouthfeel and texture, which is surprising due to the style and the high ABV. The lack of carbonation isn't upsetting, nor is it surprising after the pour. Even so, this beer is enjoyable, and the vanilla is a really nice touch in the finish.

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Photo of hayesez
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with cpetrone84...thanks Chris. I always see the duck first; I wish it was the rabbit that jumped out at me, but for some reason, it's always that damn duck. Drank this one out of my Stone Imperial Russian Stout glass.

Poured opaque black with a one finger, fairly dense, darker tan head. Head receded rapidly leaving a lid of tan bubbles that remained until it bottomed out. A very small amount of non sticky lacing left behind.

Smells of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Has a very nice smell with just a slight sting from the alcohol. As I get further into my glass the smell of dark fruits reveals itself.

The taste starts sweet before quickly being dominated by the roasted malts. A semi-bitter chocolate rounds this one out. The alcohol is more pronounced in taste as compared to the smell and becomes even more prominent as this beer warms up. It's still not dominant by any means, and makes for a very drinkable 10% ABV beer. The dark fruits become more easily discernable as I drink more and more of this one...or is that just the alcohol talking? Regardless, the profile is rather simple as far as RIS's are concerned. Nothing really stands out when comparing this beer to others of its style. It has a very low carbonation to accompany the rich body; not quite as thick or chewy as most, but still a full-bodied brew.

The Russian Imperials are definitely one of my favorite styles. This is a good beer, but falls short of my expectations and doesn't rank in the upper echelon of big stouts.

Consumed: 2/1/2010

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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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