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RATINGS: 628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The Duck-Rabbitís 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 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 thereís nothing bad about it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2128) - 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}

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9930) - The íSham, Surrey, 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 doesnít hold a great deal of depth for the ABV, not one Iíd rush back to in fairness.

3.7
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6715) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (616) - - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Roasted malt aroma with some chocolate and coffee notes. Pours inky black with a thin, medium brown head and no lacing. Roasted malt flavor with chocolate malt flavors. Finishes dry with a bit of a coffee aftertaste. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2332) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours a black brown color with a small brown head. Notes of chocolate liquor, smoke, meat, and burnt bread. Just not that good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (1025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Jet black pour. Espresso head fades quick. Roasty aroma. A little rubbing alcohol. Huge mouth. Aroma of chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, bitter espresso and coffee. Very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Best by 04/2012 Pours a nice black with a target shaped tan top. Smells nice with graham, chocolate, oats, some molasses, some raisin. Flavor is dark, prune, leather, toasted malts, chocolate, oats. Medium on full bodied with moderated carb and a semi dry, yet full and wet finish. A really satisfying beer. I recall having this in the past, but this is a year and a half past itís best by, a well approved time. Best by: 03/2011 - Iím calling bullshit. Original review 11JUL11: 3.8 A: Pours black. Three fingers of nice mocha head falls over a few minutes to a sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing. Clarity indeterminate. S: Sweet chocolate milk, caramel, nougat. Some vitamin/mineral smells here. Some buttered toast. T: Big olí beast here. Graham, toast, soil, malt, malt, malt. Theres is a really raw feel about this beer. Itís really nice, itís got plenty of nice and subtle flavors worthy of pointing out - but Iím not the guy to do that today. M: Thick, low to moderate carb. really dry finish. Wish the finish was a bit more forgiving. O: This really is a nice beer, and I imagine it would benefit from a good year in the bottle, but alas, that is not my advantage to do so. Overall, however, I think I prefer their Milk-stout. Serving type: bottle 07-11-2011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1891) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2013
12oz. bottle: This one poured a dark, opaque brown color. Somewhat "inky". There was a small dark tan head and no lacing. Definitely some alcohol to the nose. Lots of other aroma: chocolate, roastiness, dark fruits, yet a bit subdued. Nothing really jumping to the forefront. The taste is good and a bit interesting. A lot of flavors coming together, but nothing really asserting itself. Faint dark fruits, chocolate, a hint of roastiness. No real sweetness to it. Interesting.


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