aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was a deep chocolate/black. The head was dark tan and fizzy. The aroma was roasty, cherry, alcohol, and sweet malt with a little hint of licorice. The flavor was back of the mouth bitter, alcohol, and sour. THe palate was medium bodied and smooth. The finish was warm and bitter at the back of the mouth.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
A plump blackberry chocolate pie is gradually topped with charred roasted maltiness and sharp wooden hoppiness. A scrumptious Imperial Stout which is nothing short of what youíd expect from Duck Rabbit.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of head slowly seeps into total darkness, lacing admirably.
-Carbonation is just present enough to carry the portly maltiness.
-There is barely any sign of the 10% abv, which is appreciated.
-The chewiness of the body is very enticing.
-The wooden, leafy hoppiness tends to be oppressive in the back end, but Iím sure thatíll smoothe out in the next few months. Re-rate to come.
Bottle; best before Jan í08.
Suttree (5579) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Big thanks to ross for the trade. Black, with just a touch of brown around the edges. Great aroma - raisin, coffee, prune, chocolate, cognac - all melded together. Thd flavor echoes the aroma, with dark chocolate and ex-presso mixed together then followed by bourbon and red wine. I had high hopes for this one and they were exceeded. Great stuff.
shigadeyo (3292) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013
3/16/2007: Rabid Duck pours an opaque, very dark brown color & looks nearly pitch black in the glass. It has a dense tan/brown/mocha head that looks like it is falling (similar to the effect you see when pouring a Guinness). The resulting, lasting crown is creamy & produces sheet-like lacing. Yeast is prolific in the aroma after the initial pour while the head is still large & foamed up. Once the head recedes, some rich milk chocolate & alcohol shice through in the aroma. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, & a smidge of alcohol (which is impressive considering the 10% ABV that is apparently buried in the beer!). Finish is dry & seems dusty/ashy (maybe chalky is a better way to describe it). Rabid Duck is a pretty good Imperial Stout overall, but not quite as good as I was hoping for. I think it lacks some depth & complexity. I guess I feel a little disappointed w/ it based on this first experience. From Ross; Enjoy by 01/08. 7/5/7/3/16=3.8
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2007 Vintage - 11/17/2008: When looking over my previous review, I was surprised to see that I gave this beer a 5 for appearance. However, after just now opening & pouring it, I guess I see why again. Its dark brown/near black color is attractive, opaque in the glass & topped by a brown, near rocky head that leaves slick lacing on the glass. Maybe it isnít perfect, but itís close! Aroma is filled w/ rich dark chocolate, heavily caramelized malts, char, & the very slightest hint of black cherry. Alcohol that I had noted in my previous review is definitely gone now & the sweet, heavily caramelized & roasted malts come forth & have melded into a seemless flavor. There is also some molasses, coffee & lots of different chocolates. Finish is robust & bitter as very dark chocolate dominates. Beer is full-bodied & has a very thick, yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall it doesnít present itself as overly complex, but has definitely gotten better w/ a almost 2 years of age now. 8/4/7/3/16=3.8
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6/10/2010: The Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout... Aroma: Deep, rich dark chocolate with touches of char and licorice; a hint of bubblegum and rubber? Appearance: Black pour with a frothy brown-colored crown that comes and go only to leave a ring around the edge; definitely opaque! Flavor: Very integrated flavors; citrus and coffee bitterness with plenty of chocolate; ground coffee in the finish; tobaccoícigar aftertaste; still, thereís something off about this beer that reminds me of Palate: Medium to medium-full body; still well-carbonated; sticky on the lips. Overall: Good, but something smells and tastes slightly out of whack that isnít sitting well with me.
Twelve fluid ounce bottle (10% alcohol by volume) from ross via trade. Thanks Ross! 7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from JCB - thanks Jason - the Duck Rabbit PIMP! Pours an inky black with a small brown head. Nose is chocolate malt with a berrylike quality - currant and rich coffee. Flavor is rather bold - burnt coffee/espresso and burnt malt, almost a charcoal-like quality. Rather dry, rough finish. This beer beats your taste buds like they owe it money - but I like it.
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, caramel and even a little cranberry in the aroma. Pours dark, dark brown with a small light brown head. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and tart fruit with a dry bitter finish. Palate is a little creamy and especially lively for a stout. Thanks to turd for the birthday tasting!
drewbeerme (3901) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 12oz bottle, most recent vintage (2007 i believe). thanks to TURDFERGUSON for this bottle. pours pitch black with gorgous creamy tan head. nose is mainly bakerís chocolate with some roasted and caramel notes. flavor has bakerís chocolate and raisons. mild roasty notes, finish is very dry, some bitter hop notes, and no alcohol notes. body is a tad thin, carbination a tad fizzy. some sourness in there too. perhaps thereís some off flavor i canít put my finger on. but pretty tasty stuff. .................................................. sample thanks to holdenn and this stuff has more soy and sour notes in it. i guess the 9month age on it really didnít help it. no change in rating.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of malt , wet oakwood, and mocha in the aroma, taste was sharp roasted malt and bitter chocolate,amongst the best Iíve tasted,but after a while it seemed to lack the different complex qualities of the finer RIS, and towards the end that sharp fruity bitter chocolate taste wasnít as appealing. Good enough RIS,but not quite up there with the elite
emacgee (4402) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Poured a thick black brew with a fairly generous (for an impy), creamy, chestnut brown head. The aroma was very sweet, some brown sugar, molasses, and some fruit notes mixed with alchol. The flavor was wonderful, coffee, alcohol, roasted aromas, light chocolate, and soy sauce in the back of your mouth. The palate was interesting, it had a ruddy feel to it and left your mouth cool. The finish was warm and roasted. Slightly underrated I think. Deserves nothing lower than a 4
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON - Pours a dark brown color with a one and 3/4 thick tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is very nice. Itís roasted malt and lots of esters (berries). Flavor is strong bitter coffee and roasted malt, and berry flavored esters. Palate is very dry. Has a lingering chalky, bitter after taste. Medium to full body. Be interesting to try this beer again this Fall. A very nice IS. Thanks Sam.