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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enwiebe (198) - - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzombie (411) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TimsRatings (421) - - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (1265) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Dark brown-black pour. Roasty chocolate aroma, big toasty flavor, nice big body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (2977) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
metalhead0043 (153) - Durham, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2777) - 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}

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12178) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle at home, 2012 vintage, from Capones bottle shop, Norristown PA 16/02/14. Pitch black with a dirty tan head that dissipates to a thin covering and more substantial edgework. Nose is dark toffee fudge, rich fruit cake, earthy cocoa, brown sugars. Taste carries a lactic tang, dark chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate biscuits, the lactic notes mellow as the beer progresses, molasses, tobacco. Medium bodied, fine carbonation. Drinkable stuff but doesn’t hold a great deal of depth for the ABV, not one I’d rush back to in fairness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Sample at Raleigh Rare Beer: This is for the barrel aged version of it. Overall it was a nice brew but not the best in class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle from Nevitt. About a year old. Nose of chocolate, coffee, raisins, orange, lots of berries. Cloudy black with a pretty brown head. Very fruity, a bit sour, berries, sour apple, chocolate, coffee. a bit too sour. A bit simple. Light body. Burnt finish.

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