gripweed57 (319) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Opague black, brown color topped by a tan malted milk-like rocky head. Complex roasted malt aroma with hints of soy, worcestershire and bittersweet chocolate. Tangy burnt caramel malt flavor sticks to the palate. This is a complex flavorful brew, but it lacks the intense bitter character normally associated with RISís. At 10% ABV, the alcohol is deceptive, not upfront. Like most Duck-Rabbit brews, the underying lactic prescence is here. Overall, a tasty brew, not to be missed
jfm (1725) - Holbśk, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a thick brown head. Sweet chocolate, liqourice and coffee aroma sweet full body with a slight sour note. Sour and bitter palate. A little disappointing
ICEatALAMO (535) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour is a very very dark brown with a little head that sticks around. Aroma has a lot of malt and some brunt fruit. Taste is big upfront and fades through out the drink. AS little too much of a charcoal taste for me to love, but overall a pretty damn good RIS. Solid get.
tron3000atl (72) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome thick darkness in my snifter. Smells like chocolate, coffee and even some leather. First sip get a little taste of cigar then follows with this chocolate caramel sweetness that is delightful. Pretty good beer and a little different style wise but definitely another enjoyable beer from duck rabbit.
NikkTwist (892) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2012 Bottle. Black pour with a big tan head. Big coffee flavors when cold. Warms to some cocoa notes. Smoky charcoal. Tobacco. Leather. Burned sugar. Did not pick up much fruitiness. Medium body. Seemed more like an Imperial Stout or Imperial Porter than the billed Russian Imperial.
arkurzynski (1191) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to mecherd (BA). Deep black pour with beautiful orange-tan head that hangs around for awhile. Aroma of fig/raisin, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, sour milk, and a light smokiness. Flavor is a light pillowy roast with cocoa and a mild dark fruit acidity. Also a light sweet lactose-like presence. Nice medium-road body for a RIS. Residual soft roast and cocoa powder.
AWISLguy (668) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Toast in Augusta. Pours syrupy thick black/brown with a super foamy brown head - root beer float look. Lots of nice spotty lacing. Aroma has salty choco/coffee, soy sauce, cocoa nibs. Taste brings syrupy dark chocolate - quite bitter - molassses, anise, deep burnt malts. Thick and bitter with an underlying salty/sweetness. even smoother sweet choco/coffee as it warms. Finishes long and mostly bitter. Duck-Rabbit knows their dark brews!
coolpop (1163) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured black with a medium-sized brown head but not much lacing. Aroma and flavor were heavily roasted malt, some coffee, cherries and raisins, fairly low bitterness, a little bit of soy sauce. Alcohol is warming but pretty well hidden. A very good sipper.
bmerz (467) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black with big bubbled head and some lace. What an aroma! Fresh and full sweet licorice, coffee, roasted grain, and a hint of nuts. Flavor is deep malty but not overly sweet and plenty bitter. licorice and dark chocolate flavors are in abundance. Love the soapy lively mouthfeel thatís both dry and slick. After a two days of trying other NC ales without the reputation Iím glad I saved this for my hotel room. It beats them all...though I have the Baltic Porter still to drink... : )
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally reviewed: 6/26/09. 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! Iím disappointed in myself for waiting this long to try this.
I think all the other DR brews (with the exception of Paulís Day Off) are pretty average at best, but this is miles ahead of them. Great beer.