tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours very dark reddish black with a thin brown head. The aroma is malt, raisin, wood, coffee, and nuts. I was pleasantly surprised by the aggressive hops up front, and they quickly give way to brown sugar, coffee, acorns, maple syrup. It is quite vinous all around, and has a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. This is good stuff. Maybe other NC brewers will follow suit.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Courtesy of OhioDad-one of RateBeers best traders!
The aroma is intense. Very concentrated dark roasted chocolate, molasses and cocoa. Pours deep black from the 12 oz bottle and settles down to a thumb thick dark brown head that is mostly creamy with a few dispersed bubbles. Dark burnt chocolate in the fore. Quite rich and thick like dark chocolate brownies. Hints of quality espresso and a flavor that approaches marzipan..that isnít quite the flavor, but it something almond/nutty and sweet. Itís flipping delicious whatever it is. Also get some fig/date notes and a strong coffee/esspresso finish. Damn nice brew. So glad NC popped the cap if this is the beer they are going to put out now!
DocLock (7428) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like Duck Rabbit offerings, and I almost walked right by this without seeing it. The beer poured deep black with brown head. The aroma was heavy molasses, chocolate, slight coffee, and slight nuts. The flavor was roasty and patent malty, with chocoff, molasses, and slight figgy broccoli at the finish, which I will investigate this evening. Notable palate density, but not as dense as the elite Impy stouts. This one is very good.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Duane for the opportunity, and I believe OhioDad should be thanked as well. Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Notes of Sumatra roast on the nose mixed with hickory wood. On the palate, some tobacco and tar flavors with more coffee. Thereís a note of vinegar like acidity on the finish that is bothersome, similar to the same flaw found in Pizza Port Santaís Little Helper. All in all, an enjoyable experience, but a beer not to be numbered among the greatest stouts.
ross (2034) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - black thick pour , tan head. coffee, chocolate, malts, slight hops in nose. taste is very similar to the above. fruity, creamy and really good. a very thick stout, and the first nc imp stout ive had, and hopefully by no means the last. this stuff should age very well, and ill be buying more of it in the next few days. awesome beer guys, keep it up.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black as black can be, with a small, milk chocolate brown head. Aroma of baking chocolate, floral hops, natural sugar, and molasses perhaps. First taste is bitter cocoa, hazelnut, instant coffee, light potpourri note. Finishes with heavy hazelnut, iced coffee, but that fades quick. Feels sticky in the back of the throat. Other than that the feel is real good, not as tick as one might expect, but if it was full on stout thickness then it would probably feel a little too sickly. Warms the chest without warming the face, which is cool. Yea, Iím starting to warm up to these imperial stouts. Another solid effort from Duck Rabbit.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This thing is enormous. Pitch, oily black with somewhat bubbly, dark brown head. Roast malt and anise aromas, some dark coffee. All kinds of flavors, from dark chocolate to molasses, and all kinds of black malts, vague dark fruits, hints of hops, espresso, and some vanilla warmth in the alcohol. Alcohol is warming but not sharp. Complex and smooth, with a long finish and a heavy, blanketing mouthfeel. Delicious.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer gets finesse points for being the first NC brew Iíve tasted to have used the extra alcohol (beyond 6%ABV) effectively and not just frivolously. This is a solid example of the style. The palate is very nice. The hops I think could use a little work, and the thickness of the head was a little disappointing. But overall, Iíd say this is a really exciting drink. Kudos, Duck-Rabbit.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Squid ink. Brown crema. Nose is gigantic. dense licorice and molasses. Hoppy attack. Black cherries. Thick as oatmeal. Oily and coating. Sweet! Bitter finish. Round flavors mostly. Lots of tart cherry, not puckery at all but tart in a dry way. LONG finish. Still going. Good beer.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
another 12 oz. bottle of stout goodness provided by OhioDad, thank you my friend. poured as black as night with a decent size tan head. the head disappeared FAST and settled down to a thin layer of lace. got some aromas of maple and brown sugar from this one. flavors were of dark roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee and some mocha. started out kind of oily on the tongue, but finished with a somewhat harsh coffee flavor on the tail end. a decent winter warmer on a cold winter night.