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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 2, 2007
Black body, creamy milk chocolate colored head; Big nose of burnt chocolate and sharp hops; Soft textured body with a soft carbonation and a very sharp bitterness, quite salty as well; Long finish, salty, bitter and quite sour, lots of burnt chocolate, smoked cold cigar and prune aromas. Badly composed beer, the soft texture and the soft carbonation doesn’t fit the sourness at all, Harveys any day!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a thick pitch black color with a medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and fruit. Taste is coffee, malt and hops. Has a slightly tart, bitter finish. A bit different from other RIS brews I have had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 4   Lasting: XX   Lacing : XX   Nitro : XX
Aroma:
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 3   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : XX   Burnt Toast : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : XX   Coffee : 4   Dark Chocolate : 4   Vanilla : 2   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : 5   Cherries : 3
Hops : 3   Noble(1)->American(5) : 3   Leafy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : XX   Wood : 2   Mint : XX   Smoke : 2   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : 2
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 3   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : 3   Sharp : 2   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 1   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: A rather classical take on the style, focused on its dark malts and not neglecting in the least bit the essential fruity side with a big dark berry fruitiness in the nose. Little alcohol felt too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2007
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Thanks to RagallachMC for the bottle. Pours black with a large, cascading head. Fair lacing. Aroma is powerful, with dark roasted coffee, salty licorice, earth and chocolate. Hops in the tasting; spicy and grassy. Full body. Very dry and bitter. Short finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2007
From the bottle, pours black as oil with a dark tan, thick foamy head. There’s a nice aroma that makes me anxious to taste the beer. Smells of malts, espresso, and as illinismitty said, peanut butter. It’s the best way to describe it. Also, some caramel and chocolate notes. Initial taste is quite similar to the cappuccino I had last night. Bitter and definitely carbonated. As it warms a bit, some chocolate notes emerge, as well as the alcohol. Pretty light in the mouth, as opposed to some of the thicker impy stouts. Quite an interesting taste, growing more complex as it warms. I’ll admit it’s not my favorite impy stout --too cappuccino-ey for me, but it’s certainly worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle thanks to the giant BP Ross. Pours black with a nice diminshing brown head. Initial aroma of peanut butter and dark roast, but as it warms, it smells more like a merlot. Medium-full mouthfell with some tad amount of fizziness. Initial flavor of dark chocolate that transitions to flavors of red wine and dark roasted malts. Finish is very bitter, with lots of burnt malt and dryness, with a very very faint hint of alcohol. Not much sweetness on this one, but there is enough complexity that you will not miss it if you are an expresso fan.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Opaque, mocha head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, espresso, cherries. Taste is roasty, very roasty, with a heavy dark chocolate, light alcohol. The high content on roasted malts seems to have held back some of the subtle flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle from Ross, THANKS; Nose of chocolate, roaasted maltiness, and caramel; black with a small cinnamon tan head; flavor is bitter chocolate, mocha, and tiny bit of burnt smokiness, with a bitter hop finish’Pretty darn good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
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 you’d 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 I’m sure that’ll smoothe out in the next few months. Re-rate to come.

Bottle; best before Jan ’08.


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