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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 GJ40
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Cary, NC.

A - A deep black with very little head (even using an aggressive pour). Nice lacing though.

S - Sweet, sweet malt with lots of molasses, some licorice and a solid kick of alcohol (although the alcohol fades quite a bit after the first whiff).

T - Quite sweet with lots of molasses and a gradual warming quality. A very rich but balanced flavor.

M - Extremely thick and chewy with a very low level of carbonation.

D - Definitely a sipping beer but very enjoyable.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black and shiny color. There's a big brown fluffy head that stays around a while with some good lacing. Looks spot on. Nice. The smell is really great. A nice roasty backbone with some sweet notes. Not a strong whiff of alcohol, good balance in the smell. The taste doesn't quite meet my expectations. A good balance, not a strong alcohol presence. Too much black patent malt in this one, and also a bit estery. It gives it a kind of oily, slick feel and kills every bit of sweetness. I hate to be to poetic, but its kind of purple velvet in liquid form. You do get a taste of the roasted malts, and its drinkable and enjoable, but the taste isn't exactly for me. It's like a nice experiment that ought to be improved upon in the future. There are certainly nice qualities here.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from WeisGuy, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that faded slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with creamy chocolate and dark roasted malts along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is starts with a strong bitter-sweet bite of dark chocolate and some dark fruit in the background. The malt character is just as hearty as any RIS out there and the hops presence is exactly as mild as you would expect to fit in with the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer, but there are other big stouts that I would choose first.

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

Thanks to jakerei for providing this beer via trade.

A - Poured into an Old Rasputin pint glass. Dirty motor oil black, a thin medium tan head formed and is holding up well. Lacing around the glass.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee w/ creme, prunes, alcohol present but not as intense as I'd expect. Slight presence of hops seem to be piney in nature. This is buried beneath the more prominent dark malt characteristics.

T - Upfront charcoal/chocolate combination followed by hints of some dark fruit (perhaps fig). Alcohol is there but not overpowering. Medium finish with lingering bitterness and a strong coffee/espresso flavor. Medium-high level of bittering.

M - Thick and chewy, slightly oily, full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Warming sensation hints at the higher ABV on this beer.

D - Overall, a nice example of the RIS style. Missing some of the complexity I find in higher-rated versions. Still, I'm looking forward to the other bottles I received.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine hookup from below the Mason-Dixon line courtesy of everetends. Into a Duvel tulip 'cause my Cab glass was full of wine at the moment...

Pours black and flat like something out of a NASCAR engine during post-race inspection. Huge viscosity.

The grain bill on this deal must be incredible. I smell not only huge chocolate malt but a big oat-like sweetness. Slight grassy hop presence at first. The beautiful bride proclaims that "it smells like a tootsie roll...and tar..." Now that she mentions it...but what's wrong with that?

At first there's a little clamminess on the palate but that goes quickly. Huge unadulterated roasted and raw stewed grains with a bit of hop grass. Very natural and strong. Interesting backbone - not quite port or sherry tones but maybe something dark and spicy but with a lighter weight...maybe a Tempranillo (sic?)?

This one requires a fair amount of warmth and generates a slight feel of black currants along with the oatiness and deep, dark malt. Drinks heftily but finishes with strength and big viscosity.

The power of this thing brings along the requirement to sip and savor. Wondering what it would taste like after a few months downstairs...or out of the tap...

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Photo of Bung
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very black with a brown head. Reddish tones around the edges. An impressive looking brew. Strong burnt aroma with dark fuits. Strong roast coffee, slight mocha, port wine flavors. A fair amount of carbonation and certainly full bodied. A slightly fruitier take on the style than I prefer, but still excellent and worth trying.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Chocolate, coffee, and hint of alchohol.

T = Dark chocolate and dark fruit intermingled with molasses and coffee in the background. The alchohol became more noticable in the finish where it lingered.

MF = Full body with low carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall, this was a very nice Impy stout worth trying. As for me, I would've like to have had more coffee flavor, but none the less, it's very drinkable.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Unclejedi for this one. Bottled 05/08.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgian globe. This beer pours a pitch oily black with just a hint of a dark brown head that quickly disappeared. The aroma of this beer is really chocolaty with coffee, roasted malts, and cherries. The flavor is chocolaty, a little bit of smoke, roasted malts, a bit of booze and an odd salty flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty average for Russian Imperial Stout. It's pretty smooth but nothing crazy. This is a beer I would really like to try again with some age on it. I think it could really smooth out some of its rough edges and odd flavors.

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

01/08 notched on the bottle

A - Very very dark body with a solid single finger for dark tan head and some okay lacing.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Kinda boozy but not to much especially for being 10%

T - Very coffee tasting with some chocolate back notes. Kinda boozy just like the nose.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Wish it was a tad bit thicker

D - Pretty solid RIS but I think some more age would really help this one out and help it mature despite the age already on it.

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Photo of Buebie
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you to gford217 for this bottle!

Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into an oversized snifter.
Color is black as night, no light penetration. A very dark, 2 finger brown head forms atop a rigerous pour. Spotty almost absent lace.

Aromas are very chocolaty. Its a well balanced chocolate, not just sweet but also including cereal grains. A bit of grain alcahol aromas.
Some nutty earthy hop aroma.

Smooth as all get out. Super rich and heavy creamyness. Carbonation is there, yet it isnt there. It smoooth.
Butterscotch, sweet vanilla cream, oaky wood flavors, at the swallow a rush of toasted oak, and toasted chocolate grain. Mollases, and more butterscotch chips.
Theres is a grassy hay flavor, some bittering and a long linger of dark chocolate.

Thanks again Grant, this is a delicious desert to the omelet I just cooked.

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

Best by date of 7/2008 sampled 1/2009
Pours a solid black with a thin tan head that dissipates to a cap. Smell is vinous, with some roast, some chocolate and some dried dark fruits. Tastes of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, and lots of dark fruits, a lactose sweetness and a slight ash and bitter roast in the aftertaste. Body is medium, Mouthfeel is oily/creamy, low but ample carbonation. Decent brew, not the best RIS I've had, but not the worst either. There is a sweetness in this brew that turns me off.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark as night with a thin brown head. Rich malty and creamy in the nose with significant alcohol and dark fruit notes.

Wow. Malty and rich in the mouth. Oaky with a light roastiness. Very, very sweet dark malt. Bitter chocoalte and creamy mocha. Very bold and intense. Enormous body in the mouth, full and sticky. A roasty finish and aftertaste.

My first Duck Rabbit is a positive experience! Go get some.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- black thick looking body with a thin coffee colored film of a head.

S- lots of coffee and roasted malt upfront followed by semi sweet chocolate in the middle. lightly boozy finish.

T- full of coffee. not as much chocolate or roasted qualities that i could smell.

M- a little thinner than i would have liked with a nice low level of carbonation.

D- not the most interesting RIS. one would be enough. not sure i would seek this one out again, but i thank yesac for the bottle.

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

Small capped bottle, thanks turdfurgison for this one.

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter. Nearly pitch black, but not quite. Average tan head, decent head and retention.
Aroma, as well as taste, it is what is expected for the style; solid and tasty, but not as great as I would expect for this brewery. Roasted maltiness, chocolate notes, coffee, well balanced between the bitter roasty notes and chocolate sweetness. Molasses, fruity notes round it up.
Body is medium to chewy, but not quite full. Easy to drink for the style, but it lacks that added punch to take it to the top tier.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a dissapointing small tan head that leaves before I even think of taking a taste.
Aroma is nice malts, chocolate and caramel with a touch of roast. Also some mild spicy hops in there.
Taste is good, something different. The chocolate is there, but the roasted flavors I am getting are almost a roasted caramel flavor (how does that work?), spicy hops in the background are pretty nice.
Mouthfeel is good and thick, carb. a little lacking, which is fine for the style. This is a very drinkable RIS, but not the top of the heap for me.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this 12oz. bottle in trades with Jeff (Faro) and Brent (brentk56). Thanks guys! Poured bottle (07/09 nitched on the side) into a snifter.

A- Dark, chocolate brown. Two fingers worth of tan head formed and dissipated quickly after an aggressive pour.

S- Nice combination of molasses, malt, chocolate, and coffee beans.

T- I was expecting a lot more from the taste. Initially, there was some promise. Chocolate malts and molasses hit the tongue, but are quickly subdued by bitter, roasted coffee beans.

M- Medium to heavy bodied. The viscosity was not the problem. The aftertaste left a gritty, unrefined finish that I was not expecting.

D- The roasted coffee bean bitterness and the gritty feel were just too much for me. Not sure what else to say here, except that the ABV was well hidden and the consistency was perfect.

Overall, pretty disappointed. Maybe these will get a little better with age. Definitely will be back to review this one in time.

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

I picked up 2 bottles (1 for me + 1 "on speculation" as part of a trade) in Raleigh last week. I'd been looking forward to it, but too bad it turned out to be a little bit of a disappointment. The beer was dark opaque black with almost no head, despite a vigorous pour. The smell is a roasted malt type of RIS, definitely not what you'd call a hopped one. The taste was a little better, a little bit of fruit esters mixed with the roasted malts. Almost similar to Blackout Stout but only in spirit, it really wasn't near as fruity as Blackout. I'd say the body's good too, thicker than average. Adding it all up this is a solid RIS but not as amazing as I'd hoped from this brewery which focuses on dark beers. It might be my least favorite of the Duck-Rabbits I've tried so far.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spectacular offering from Duck Rabbit! Poured up black as ink allowing absolutely no light to pass when held up to a lamp. A finger thick medium brown foamy head rests on top. Smell is terrific. Unsweetened bakers chocolate, barrel aged dark rum, and used coffee grounds. Starts off delightfully bitter really showcasing the unsweetend bakers chocolate. Finishes moderately dry. The alcohol is certainly detectable, but the 10% is well concealed. If I were handed a pint of this and didn't know what it was, I would guess the abv to be in the high 7's, low 8's perhaps. Mouthfeel is heavy and *almost* oily, but not quite. In fact, if I could improve upon one aspect of this stout, I would want it oilier / thicker. When it comes to high abv super-heavy stouts, especially when it's starting to get chilly at night, they cannot be too heavy, imo. Outside of that, this is an absolutely brilliant stout!

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle best by 7/09 notched on the side of the label. Got this on a send from Kwakwhore a while back decided to try it on my Birthday according to the BA time. Served this in a large Delirium snifter poured an opaque very deep brown almost solid black with a very rich creamy mocha head about an 1" tall that slowy decended to a thick creamy everlasting coating leaving some small curtians of lace behind.

A very nice strong pleasing malt aroma very roasty/chocolaty with deep dark fruit and an inticing sweetness and a touch of molassess. Not an overpowering aroma,yet very inviting no real boozy aroma for 10%.My mouth is watering for a taste.

Wow! is this beer light and creamy with a plush/velvety feel. A clean fresh dark fruitiness at first taste with sweet maltiness and molasses with a hint of soy sauce,but not offensive at all,strong roasty notes with bakers chocolate followed by strong black coffee with burnt notes throughout. Rounds out nicely with a clean crisp sharp woody/earthy hop bite leaving tounge swelling pleasure with a pleasing dry chocolate fade, leaving a slick oily coating with a slight touch of pine. Enjoyable is the word here with amazing drinkability for the style. Does this beer have alcohol in it? I can feel it,but i can't taste it! A must try RIS one of the best, no doubt most drinkable.

The last of all the Duck Rabbit beer styles i've tried. I love this brewery. As the label states the "dark beer specialists" a title earned. Wish these beers were avalible in my area is my only complaint with this brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark, brown color with hints of ruby. A small, thin, white head quickly dissipated and left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of dark chocolates, caramel, toffee and hints of vanilla. The was also a slight floral notes.

T - It really hits you with a huge dose of sweet chocolate and caramel malt. A bitter hop kick balances out the sweet flavor.

M - It was soft, smooth and velvety. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good RIS that is almost port-like.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW what a stout!
I got a pint at Brixx after I had heard they had gotten it in.

The pour is to the top of the glass leaving little or no head on the stout
The beer appears very dark, and heavy.

It smells strong, and leaves your taste buds begging for the follow through

It tastes smooth, its a mouthful, and the alcoholic content makes its presence aware to the drinker from the first moment it enters the mouth. The alcohol taste is by no means too strong, but this beer is not for the light lager drinking crowd I normally find in the Triad of NC.

The mouth feel is heavy, and bold.

If you enjoy an amazing stout this is one that can not be missed! An absolute pleasure from beginning to end.

I hope to see a lot more of this beer in my near future!

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

Got a fresh bottle of this at Wine Warehouse in Greensboro, NC. Not a huge new review here - just going to say that although I did enjoy this bottle a little more (and thus did modify my score somewhat), I don't think I had a bad bottle last time. This is just an incredibly tart and fruity RIS, not too dissimilar to Black Albert, in my opinion (though a lot heavier and a lot lower in alcohol). This one's not really my thing, though I can definitely see how it might be some people's. Again, not a bad brew, and from a very good brewery, so give it a shot.

***UPDATE 11/29/08***

Bottle from Sam's Quik Shop, Durham, NC. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a thick, viscous brown with a one-finger foamy, tan head with average to perhaps slightly below average retention, with glittery sheets and ribbons of lacing.

Aroma: Plenty of dark fruits in this one, and like many of the higher abv% Duck Rabbit brews, fruits dominate the nose. Plump, sugary raisins are up front with traces of lighter fruity esters, followed by faint milk chocolate and sugared coffee.

Taste: All the right elements, but a few funky off notes as well, so let's get those out of the way. There's a steely, metallic note that hits pretty early on, as well as a few funky sour, milky notes mid-to-finalsip - perhaps a bad bottle. However, ignoring those, there're plenty of nice notes here too. You got baker's chocolate, some pleasant dark fruit notes, faint spicy hoppiness, and a few lighter fruity esters. There's also a hot, spicy alcohol on the finish that could use a little aging.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, relatively uneven, chewy, creamy/milky, but also a little slick.

Drinkability: Definitely going to be buying another bottle of this, if only to verify that this one wasn't quite up to snuff - I know Duck Rabbit's new, so I can forgive a little quality control issue every once in a while (since everything else I've had from them in solid), and I'm sure that a proper bottle of this will be much better. Expect this review to be updated! That all out of the way, the alcohol on this one is reasonable, though a little on the high side, though all the proper, expected, tasty notes are present. Give it a shot.

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

Thanks to rnorgart for this, one of many in a great trade.

Best before date April, 2009.

Served at about 50 degrees. Pours into the center of my curvy Sam Adams glass a completely opaque black. A solid inch of tan-colored head settles on top. It has great retention and excellent lacing.

Aroma is superb with lots of roasty malts, dark chocolate, and hops.

Flavor is sweet and chocolately at first but starts to go bitter and slightly metallic at the end. It's not totally unpleasant but it's something I picked up on. There's a lot of goodness in this beer. Sweet roasty malts mix with bitter dark chocolate and coffee to make a well-balanced stout. There's a bit of black cherry at first sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, nicely carbonated, alcohol is well-hiden. Drinkability is good for the style but it is, afterall, 10%.

I'm glad I got to try something special from this small brewery specializing in "dark" beers.

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

A lovely bottle thanks to Everetends in the LNBA BIF.

A- A super dark jet black brew with a sexy touch of tan head at the top of the beer. Its just relaxing very thinly on the top of the beer.

S- Coffee, chocolate, anise, and roasted malts are having an orgy of smells in my nose. Mmmm.

T- Tastes like someone stirred this beer with a burnt stick of wood. Lots of smoke taste there as well. It is very intense, just like camping. The chocolate taste is very subtle yet yummy. There is a slight hop taste that is there in the very very end of an after taste.

M- Thick, yet good carbination, not too much just enough to be great.

D- I could drink lots more of this for sure.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black or really dark brown color. A small tan head quickly settled to a thin layer of bubbles some nice layered lacing down the sides.

S- Smells of dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, dark ripe fruit, some oak barrel, and alcohol.

T- Follows the nose well. Roasted cocoa and coffee beans, ripe cherries and plums.

M- Medium to full in body, low carbonation. Felt creamy and oily.

D- A very solid brew and easy to drink. Wish I had some more for the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

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