MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle, pours black as oil with a dark tan, thick foamy head. Thereís a nice aroma that makes me anxious to taste the beer. Smells of malts, espresso, and as illinismitty said, peanut butter. Itís 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. Iíll admit itís not my favorite impy stout --too cappuccino-ey for me, but itís certainly worth a try.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
IrishBoy (4079) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 finishíPretty darn good.
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 (9063) - 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 (5928) - 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 (3612) - Cincinnati, 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.