Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Duck-Rabbit Rabid DuckDuck-Rabbit Rabid Duck
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Duck-Rabbit Rabid DuckDuck-Rabbit Rabid Duck

Brewed by:
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 philbe311
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - No real head to speak of, possibly just a half fingers with that recedes in rapid fashion leaving a deep dark brown swirling lace which itself quickly recedes leaving a sparse, thin, and splotchy veil of lace with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... Deep muted flat black color... No carbonation, no highlights, and no light leaks in... Only opaque darkness...

S - Roasted slightly burnt malts... Chocolate... Coffee... Black licorice... Some dark fruit... Straight forward and simple, but also quite potent and enjoyable...

T - Roasted burnt malts dominate... There are hints of chocolate, coffee, and licorice... Tart dark fruits skins...

M - Intense from the get go... A brief hint of tartness quickly turns to a potent burnt chalky texture... Subtle carbonation on the tip of the tongue... Medium to full bodied... Oily and viscous... Even the slightest sip can take your senses for a ride...

D - I've been slightly underwhelmed by Duck Rabbit since they recently entered the PA market a few months back... All there beers have be good, but didn't leave up to my elevated expectations... Rabid Duck delivers where the others fell short... It's aggressive and assertive... This is what I expect from the self proclaimed "dark beer specialists."

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Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pour looks a little thick and viscous, but virtually no head despite a pretty hard pour -- all I manage to get is a very thin layer of foam that fades quickly into a bit of a poly-wog of deep tan bubbles on the surface; body is near black and opaque; a thin spotty oily lacing clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Smell is quite nice - some strong sweet and semi-sweet syrupy chocolate and deep dark roasted coffe-like malts; a definite presence of alcohol in the nose as well; some slight hints of salty smokiness as it warms.

Taste: Almost exactly like the nose - the predominant flavor is a strong burnt coffee roastiness which is complimented by a more subtle chocolatey presence; definite presence of alcohol falls in between those flavors and becomes stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is fairly thick and slick - a little syrupy actually; leaves a fair coating on the tongue and roof of the mouth; belly is definitely left warm from the big ABV of 10%.

Drinkability: I like this beer quite a bit actually and if I come across it again, I will likely pick a couple more up - I wouldn't mind letting one sit for about a year to see what might happen as I feel it's just a tad warm, but still very drinkable despite the big ABV (although I wouldn't attempt more than one in a sitting)... A nice way to unwind and relax after a 15 hour day.

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Photo of Beejay
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AgeOfQuarrell for this gem.

A: Dark black, with a nice bit of brown head from a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Dark Chocolate, Wood notes, perhaps a bit of rum in there as well, something else in there... sweet.

T: Oh that is nice.. Starts sweet with a little bit of alcohol. finished like with a roasted taste and bits of coffee, but sweet all the way through. This is delicious.

M: Thick, but not too thick, creamy with decent carbonation. Yum.

D: This is great.. it hides the alcohol pretty well, and isn't quite the punch in the face that other RIS's can be. Fairly well balanced, and delicious. BRING THIS TO OHIO!! This beer is dangerous. I am sure I am spiking the average here. but damn this is a nice beer, well crafted and tasty as hell.

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Photo of Adamdc
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass courtesy of delivery23, recent BA, my brother-in-law and all-around good guy.

A: nearly opaque pour with 1/2 inch head of dark-tan foam that subsides to a ring

S: very nice--roasted malts, chocolates and lots of different 'dark' fruits (plums, raisins, molasses). I'm picking up a little alcohol also.

T: even better--a very sweet mixture of dark chocolate, raspberries (yup, raspberries) and alcohol. Some coffee in there also. The alcohol was pretty strong, not overpowering, but strong.

M: it was definitely medium-bodied and really coated the mouth. I continued to taste each sip well after it was down my throat. Very creamy and smooth

D: Despite the 10% abv I found this to be very drinkable.

I got this beer several months ago and have been looking forward to try it---it didn't let me down! This tasted like a 'raspberry-chocolate' dessert infused with booze! I imagine that aging this would mellow out the alcohol and really improve it! A great beer from a brewery that I'm growing to love! Go Heels!! (Did that for you, Seth! Now send more!)

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Photo of McDiddyPop
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open a 12oz bottle and poured it into my Cigar City snifter.

This one pours pitch black. A nice reverse cascading effect induces a foamy brown head which slowly subsides into a thin ring. Scattered lacing sticks around, and the first sip leaves a foam collar.

Smells like dark chocolate up front. A hint of some dark fruits. As it warms the alcohol becomes present. No real roasty character shines through. Unimpressive, but decent.

Tastes like alcohol up front, but not overbearing. Just a toffee-caramel sweetness that turns into a rich chocolate that fills the mouth. A nice warming alcohol burn at the swallow. Very sweet tasting as I lick my lips.

The mouthfeel was pretty nice. A bit chewy. Not as thick as I like in a RIS but still quite enjoyable.

Because of the initial sweetness and the alcohol presence, I couldn't see myself drinking too many of these. I would certainly have this one again.

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Photo of theghost3
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with just a 1/2 finger brown head that quickly turns into a ring. No lacing.

The smell is mainly roasted, chocolate malts with berries--rasberry & blackberry mainly. The flavor is strong of toasted malts along with dark chocolate & a hint of coffee & dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, chewy with some crispness.

This is a drinkable RIS. The appearance is a bit forgettable, but the smell & taste make up for it.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade. This is a dessert beer if I've ever had one. After having a few lighter beers I figured I'd finish with this. Pours pitch black with a tall light brown head. This beer is like a complex dark chocolate bar - the good, super-dark stuff. The aroma is chocolate syrup and graham cracker, while the flavor and feel is a mix of sweet and bitter cocoa with notes of citrus that almost make it tart. Pretty good RIS here.

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Photo of johannasclimacus
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is one complex stout. Another gem by Duck Rabbit, a brewery that is quickly becoming a favorite.

Pours a thick, complete black. The beer is heavy and the smell is intimidating. Lots of chocolate, coffee, burnt flavors, and an alcohol that rapidly makes its presence felt as the beer warms. A sipper, for sure.

One of these is a challenge to drink, but it's quite an enjoyable challenge. The 10% ABV is quite plainly there, especially as the beer warms up. I kept getting varied smells and tastes each time I tried. There's some smoke in there too, but it's not overwhelming. I don't like smoked beers and it didn't hinder the beer for me at all. It was just another flavor of many in this fantastic RIS.

I can't wait to revisit this when it gets colder outside.

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Photo of paytoplay
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable stout. Nose was good, complex, rich and interesting. nice viscosity and some burnt drying bitters on the finish. Lighter in style and the alc was there but not in your face. nice sipper. got in trade as an extra and it was cool to try. not sure how much it cost. not sure i'd go back for more.

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Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to carps12 for the chance to try this.

Pours close to black with tints of redwood and a tan head. Nose has dark malts, cherries, chocolate, coffee, molasses and floral hops. Taste also quite sweet with lots of dark pitted fruit. Also some roasted malt, cocoa, bitter hops and espresso. Full body is well carbonated. Tasty stuff from the duck.

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Photo of kels
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg - very excited to try since we don't get this back in Cincy. I loved the bottle - great cap atop the rabbit's head. This review is on the beer poured into a snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown, slightly black. It is quite opaque, with very little head. There's only the slightest tan head, and it fades immediately to the slightest skim along the sides of the glass. Liquid does not appear as viscous nor oily as expected.

Smell: Quite strong aroma, filled with bittersweet chocolate, dry roasted malts, almost smoky, and distinctly strong alcohol that forces the other scents to compete.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Whoa - taste is very bold and very strong. I would definitely say a little overwhelming for me. The smokiness of the malts is incredibly strong in the taste and is kind of grossly reminiscent of smoked meats. The bitterness is very distinct and only the slightest sweetness comes out of the overpowering boldness. The feel is bright and fizzy, with a moderately full feel.

Drinkability: Not high at all - in fact I might not finish this one. It is definitely unbalanced, and the smokiness almost pushes it to rauchbier standards. Definitely not for the faint of palate.

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Photo of mikey711
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, leacing a lacey chocolate milk colored head that was about two fingers thick.

Smells mainly like chocolate and coffee(both bitter and sweet).

The first sip tastes of roasted coffee and finishes with better chocolate. There is a bit of harshness due to the bitter chocolate. This is definately a sipper, I dont know if i could have more than one as it sits pretty heavy in the belly.

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Photo of brentk56
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a thick black color with virtually no head and lacing

Smell: Espresso and dark fruit, with fusel alcohol tones

Taste: Burnt toast with lots of char which masks some interesting licorice and dark fruit flavors (raisins and plums) that become more apparent after the swallow, though the burnt char flavor really dominates

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Perhaps this was from a bad batch or it had been stored poorly before I got it, but this was really disappointing; I have had this beer previously and do not recall the carbonation and char flavors that marred this particular example; I'll try this another time and amend my review if it merits it

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Photo of vacax
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark tan head made up of fine bubbles and decent retention. The aroma has huge roasty notes followed by licorice, cardamom pods, burnt sugar, and dark fruit. Taste is of licorice and bittersweet chocolate, heavily roasted malts. Very full flavored with big roasty and herbal qualities. Full bodied with a style-sensible medium level of carbonation. An intense, tasty brew.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours dark, inky, and opaque, with a small tan head that quickly drops to a film with spotty lace.

Aroma has dark choclate, mild Columbian coffee, vague dark fruity esters, and a hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is almost full, with a subdued satiny carbonation.

Taste opens with a bitter dark roast maltiness that is like scalded coffee. Dark and bittersweet chocolate notes quickly follow. Fruity notes of red apples and darker fruits add complexity. Earthy hop bitterness becomes prominent midway through. Finishes clean, with a slight bitter roastiness.

Very nice big stout that hides its alcohol content very well.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter a deep black with a small tan head. Retention is weak, and there is no lacing present. Nice and thick viscosity though. Smells of leather, wood, booze, raisins, cocoa, and faint espresso.

Mouth is silky smooth and creamy. Moderate amount of carbonation complements smoothness very well. Perfect sipper mouth. Flavor is of rich dark chocolate, bitter black coffee, wine, some walnut bitterness, and finishes slightly charred and roasty. This is freaking great! I'm disappointed in myself for waiting this long to try this.

I think all the other DR brews (with the exception of Paul's Day Off) are pretty average at best, but this is miles ahead of them. Great beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears pitch black with absolutely no light shining through the body, pours with a short lived thick tan mocha head. It forms even fine lacing with each sip down my chalice.

Aroma has big luscious dark black patent malt roasted qualities of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Another aspect is big fruity black cherry tartness with juicy over ripened plums soaked in alcohol. Robust complex characteristics that entice the senses and get you ready to sip on this Southern RIS.

Flavors blend nicely on the palate sweet dark chocolate and coffee finish of course, but that fruit comes out nicely to play like chocolate covered cherries chased with some nice booze. Herbal hops peek through here among the roasted malt with a touch of caramel sweetness in there as well. This RIS really has a lot of sweetness a nice change of pace from the hop heavy versions that have been popularized in the last 5 years.

Mouthfeel is full bodied slightly chewy in the body with a soothing alcohol burn in the finish. Nothing sits cloying on my palate a welcomed experience that I will seek again.

Drinkability is solid all around excellent version of the style. A perfect portion size, I'm okay with an occasional visit to 12 ounces of this brew, it's nice not having to commit to a bomber of some of the bigger beer styles.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Stays thick and leaves nice lacing. Strong smell of sweet coffee and some mocha. A bit of cherry/tanginess. Bitter roasted coffee ground taste with some tanginess. Some cocoa. Dry, bitter finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Quite bitter; really a sipper. Unremarkable as far as RISs go.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn snifter. In the fridge for about 45 minutes, but that didn't really do anything, so it's pretty much room temperature. My first Duck-Rabbit brew too.

Appearance: Jet black with no light coming through and a cherry-mocha head that leaves decent drops of carbonation hanging around the glass.

Smell: Initial whiffs bring huge and dark roasted malts to the table. With some more swirls some dark cherries and bitter chocolate come to the table. A bit of charcoal and tobacco also. And at 10% and room temperature a nice breath of warming booze too. I imagine this would be incredible in bourbon barrels. Seems to fit the improving profile perfectly.

Taste: The roasted malt characters are so big here that it's almost like sipping on a burned barrel. They're charred, going beyond the roasted and toasted lighter feel that some can have. Underlying dark cherries come along for the ride, along with bitter chocolate, mild coffee beans, and big time earthiness. Finish is dry and bitter with some citrus coming in also.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly lighter and less cloying than I thought it would be by the look of it. Seems almost medium-bodied, and there's not so much carbonation to not let the flavors come through. Everything works pretty well.

Drinkability: Overall a very solid brew, and one that makes me want to continue trying the other DR beers I can get my hands on. It's a big one, so be aware, but a good one.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pitch black. No light may enter. Tiny tan head, that lingers

S-Chocolate covered espresso beans. Light fruity esters (cherry like). No hops.

T-Chocolate, coffee and slight cherry. Very bitter, both from the grains and hops.

M- fairly thick. Low carbonation which i think is good for this style. Slightly astringent.

D- probably couldn't do more than 1 a night, but for style it's pretty good.

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Photo of Martin2D
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with a carbonated type head that fades quickly

S - Fruity, chocolatey, roasty, and malty

T - Huge dried fruit on the forefront followed by massive chocolate and roasty accompaniment. Warming alcohol as well, leaves a huge roasty aftertaste

M - Medium-high carbonation and full in body, but only a medium mouthfeel.

D - Definitely a sipper. Different then most RIS, but a pretty good example.

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

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a jet black with a one finger tan lace and a nice cling to the glass. This beer smells of predominately coffee and cocoa but there is also a hint of hazelnut. The hazelnut has a small presence that lends itself at the end. The taste is a combination of the cocoa and coffee flavors. I can't really get a sense of any hazelnut in the taste. Good strong combination of flavors that blend well together and form this beer. For its ABV this beer hides it. It is because of that that this beer could be dangerous if consumed in mass quanities. I have had other Duck-Rabbit offerings and have enjoyed all of them. I always mean to get a bottle of this and compare it to the other RIS and I think it holds up well comparitively.

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Photo of alphanon
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a stout, where do I start. Poured black and thick with a deep brown head. The nose was full of roasted malt, to me tending to be more of the coffee side then chocolate,also a smell of the 10% ABV. The taste was much like the nose, dark roasted malt flavors and alcohol. This beer is thick, it is like drinking dinner, and that's not a bad thing. Overall if your lookin for an Imp Stout this is a good one but I don't know if I could handle more then two.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap in a small snifter.

Very dark brown to black body with about one and a half fingers of brown head. Pretty good retention, and some nice, thin lacing is left behind on my glass.

The smell brings out lots of sweetness along with some chocolate and dark fruits.

The taste has everything that is in the aroma and even a little more. Right up front comes a big boozy flavor that mixes with the slight flavor of dark fruits. Next comes a solid chocolately flavor that tastes like both some bitter dark chocolate and some sweeter chocolate.

Full mouthfeel, good thickness and carbonation.

Good drinkability. Pretty boozy, but not too bad for a 10%ABV. This was my first beer from Duck Rabbit, and I look forward to trying a few more.

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Photo of Genghis22
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An awesome extra from Stoutfiend 27. Thanks man!

Best Before March 2010 on bottle.

A - Pours a thick jet black with a brown coffee color head.

S - Big rich smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Sweetness and a touch of alcohol.

T - The first taste is surprising. The hops and the alcohol dominate at first. It is bitter and dry. The alcohol lingers and then gives way to the rich malts. The aftertaste is full of bittersweet chocolate. There is quite a bit of bite to this, a bit boozy.

M - Medium body, with a slightly syrupy feel to it. Low carbonation makes it seem thinner than it really is. Would actually like to see just a bit more carbonation from this.

D - This is a very tasty beer. The flavors are awesome. This is a RIS, so the alcohol is not hidden, and I'm not sure that it should be. This beer fits the style very well. Would like a tad more carbonation, but that is a very minor complaint. This is a one and done though at 10% abv. Curious as to how well this would age.

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