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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 rye726
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -15.2%
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 +0.8%
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 -24.6%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.8%
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 +9.6%
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 +1.5%
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 -12.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +7.4%
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 -5.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +2.3%
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 +6.6%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this as an extra in an awesome trade with nflmvp. Steve fucking rocks! Bottle says to enjoy by 01/08. Well... fuck that. I'm gonna enjoy it right now!

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Somewhat vicious pour nets a two finger, foamy, reddish brown head. That initial head is falling quickly; it's at about 1/8 inch after a minute, and retains that height for most of the session. Body is PITCH black. I feel like this description gets tossed around a little loosely, but this beer is absolutely opaque. No light at the edges even when held to direct light. It's like paint. Very light lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, sharp prunes and blackberries, molasses, dark chocolate, and charred wood. Alcoholic character is prevalent, but not too off-putting. Smell is a bit faint, especially when compared to taste.

Taste: Tons of roasted malt in the front and back. In the middle I've got prunes, black cherries, burnt sugar, alcohol, and charred wood. That charred wood hangs around long into the aftertaste (along with alcohol).

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy. Foamy when swished about. Sharp, warm, and very sticky. A bit prickly and gritty. Blankets the palate with long-lasting flavor. There's a lot going on here - not sure what to really make of it. Damn. Fucking huge.

Drinkability: This is a very large RIS. While the flavor is good, it's not exactly what I was looking for. I could imagine others loving this beer, but not me. Worth a try.

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

Just pulled this one from the cellar earlier today and put it in the fridge. It's been down there for at least a year. Poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass, the stout appears a nearly opaque dark brown color with about two fingers of ecru foam. The head leaves a thin lace in it's wake. Smells of molasses, floral hops, dark caramel, milk chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes of prunes, molasses, slightly sour, cocoa powder, raisins, figs. The alcohol is not as obvious in the taste as it was in the aroma. Quite dry and bitter going into the finish. Slightly better than medium in body with adequate carbonation for an RIS.

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Photo of matty
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a slow fading rich head.Aroma is dominated by the chocolate.Taste is coffee,cocoa,smoked malts and alcohol.This is still a dangerously smooth beer even with the high alcohol.A very enjoyable brew.I recommend and would buy again.

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

A: Massive deep tan head above a pitch black body... good retention with decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar. Quite a bit of booze.

T: More of the same in the taste. The booze is present through out but the different flavors shine regardless. Lots of roasted sugar and molasses accented by the coffee and chocolate.

M: A bit thin. The alcohol burn is pretty strong even for the style.

D: Suffers a bit from the excessive alcohol.

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

Very glad to see this great brewing company make its way up the continent to Western PA. Poured this bad ass beer into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint tonight...

A: I hate being cliche but there really is no other way to describe this as "pitch black." A very nice dark brown/mocha head also led me to like the look even more. Very thick and creamy looking.

S: The smell was initially dark fruits (raisins, plums and figs) came to the forefront and then some bitter coffee and bitter roast came through. But dark fruits are the main player in the scent.

T: At first it poured cold and the dark fruits, bitter chocolate and roast were subtle, but as it warmed the flavors became more robust and flavorful. Again, the dark fruits and bitter coffee come and are more robust. Not incredibly smooth, as the flavors are a bit harsh, but overall, it is well done.

All in all, this is a really good imperial stout. Very flavorful and it reminds me a bit of Expedition with the harshness of it.

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.35.

A: Black with no light showing and 2-finger German chocolate cake colored head with nice retention and lacing.

S: Dark fruit, licorice, cherry cordial, coffee grounds, and milk chocolate aromas reside in this dark beauty.

T: The taste is varied and a bit fractioned, but enjoyable nonetheless. Cherry and chocolate flavors are accented with bits of coffee and dark fruit. Alcohol is a bit too prominent and there is a fair bit of acrid molasses flavor in the finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy feeling with low carbonation. The acridness of the finish makes the feel a bit harsh. Aftertaste is heavy on chocolate and molasses.

D: This beer is a bit harsh because of the high alcohol flavor and acridness of the molasses contribution. Not bad, but not a favorite RIS.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with a small but prominent head.

S: Sloght chocholate, slight coffee, and a bit of yeast. Reminds me of a Belgian Imperial Stout.

T: Bitter chocolate with a nice roastiness and an underlying coffee flavor.

M: Medium body but silky smooth. Mild hop presence.

D: Pretty damn good. For a high ABV beer I could definitely have another...

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to jyounger30

another one of those "industrial strength" bottle caps from duck-rabbit. lol...

label notched as "best by" 04/09. tasted in early april, incidentally. poured into tulip.

almost opaque black, hint of red translucency under direct bright light. reddish brown, foamy head gradually recedes to creamy wisps and sudsy ring. not much lacing sticks however.

aroma: raisins, prunes, dried cherries. light vanilla? hint of licorice. molasses. faint earthy tones (hops? roasted malt?)

similar sweet flavors, but marred somewhat by acidity, which overwhelms everything right in the middle, which is also the peak of all the other flavors, unfortunately. moderate bitterness, lingers with roast coffee and malt notes into the aftertaste, but doesn't compensate enough against the acidity.

almost viscous and smooth, but marred once again by the acidity, which also just doesn't blend too well with the mild to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Black. Respectable tan head leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, licorice. Becomes more sugary as it warms up.

T: Roastiness with some chocolate and licorice. Hoppy bitterness and alcohol burn are a bit too prominent.

M: Pretty thin for a RIS.

D: As Moe Szyslak would say, "it's not without its charm." I wouldn't make it a go-to RIS, but it's a decent example of the style at a reasonable price.

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