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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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!


3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HellesBunny666 (180) - Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Warming. Taste of chocolate, coffee, caramel, licorice, peanut butter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (960) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
Aromas of purple grapes, peanut butter, roasted chocolate malt. Black with a lasting, minimal, bubbly, beige ring of head foam. Dry, flavors reflect the aromas. Full bodied, chewy, perceptibly strong, lingering bitter roast.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (5674) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle. Good start ... creamy pour, tan head, rich aroma of baking chocolate and licorice. On the first sip, the positive vibes fade a bit as I get a thinner than expected body and an immediate impression of wet leather. Eventually I sense this is just in the finish ... and the front end of the beer is bitter chocolate and impressive, the odd finish is a bit of a spoiler. (#5490, 4/21/2014)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enwiebe (122) - - APR 10, 2014
4/10/14. Bottle bought 2014. Pours near black with red edges. Thin head with little lacing. Nose dominates by dark malts and alcohol. Surprisingly thin mouth for such a high ABV. Flavors dominated by a fairly characteristic malt profile. Almost sour rather than dark roast notes. Perhaps unfairly, I'm comparing this to their Baltic Porter which is one of my all-time favorites. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzombie (326) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2014
Pours dark brown into black with a finely-bubbled mocha head that leaves wide, wet lacing. Aroma is a earthy and spice roasted malt. Some burnt brown sugar. Emphasis on the roasted notes. Taste follows the aroma but adds some cocoa and coffee - again, well-roasted. Burnt bitter aftertaste. ABV is well-disguised. A bit thin and too much focus on the burnt flavors. Better than your average stout, but average for an imperial.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TimsRatings (417) - - APR 1, 2014
On tap at Flying Saucer (Raleigh). Dark brown, almost black, with tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Kinda blah roared malt taste. Pretty thin mouthfeel for a Russian imp stout. It has to be the base Duck-Rabbit beer that I don't care for. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (868) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Dark brown-black pour. Roasty chocolate aroma, big toasty flavor, nice big body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1232) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours black with brown hues around the glass, 1 finger tan head. Aromas of big roast and caramel/toffee with dark fruit. Tasting notes of dark fruit, fruit jam, dark chocolate, roast. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation, syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Was told it was the 2013 version. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is light coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar. Body is like most other Duck-Rabbit beers; thinner than I like in the style. Overall this is a solid Imperial Stout. Neither the aroma or taste as as robust as I like, but there’s nothing bad about it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1811) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2014
12 oz bottle dated best by 2/2012 served in a pint glass. Pours nearly black, resembling motor oil. Clear [or perhaps slightly hazy}. Small tan head that quickly reduces to a lasting ring. Leaves a bit of light brown lacing. Aroma roasted malts with hints of spices and hops. Approaches 4.5. High ABV largely hidden, especially before warming. T - very rich and flavorful brew with a strong dark roasted malt flavor dominating, especially in the finish. Hop presence is detectable. Dark roasted with some coffee but minimal burnt flavor. High ABV hidden; quite surprised to find out this is a 10% beer! M - full and smooth body with light carbonation. O - a very full flavored stout that is not otherwise challenging or bold. An easy recommendation. {from 2011 notes}


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