acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with nice deep head that hangs out for a while. Aroma is of raisins, alcohol and a hint of roasted malts. Medium to thick in the mouth, with high carbonation. Flavor is sweet at the start with a medley of typical stout flavors (dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts), moving to slightly bitter at the finish. Definite alcohol warming at the end (did I get a buzz from just one sip?). Thanks a lot to Jonathan3584 for this one!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught. Opaque black with two fingers of fluffy brown head. Enticing roasty chocolate nose with unmistakable raisin and molasses undertones. Full bodied, oily mouth feel. Almost chewy. Sweet up front with a rich mosaic of flavors including chocolate, raisins, coffee, caramel, and anise. Warm splash of alcohol at the end that soaks into your tongue and lips. Excellent beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to OHIODAD! The pour was dark and viscous, small oily head with good lacing. Nose was overwhelmingly dark fruits, like raisins. There was also roasted coffee and caramel and, I be live, hops? Taste was thick and oily, Slick on the tongue and mouth coating. The was chocolate and almost no hops compared to the nose. Very complex. The hops lingered,,,,,,, I waited a while to get this, did not disappoint. Ohoidad is a great traded.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barley’s in Asheville. The lighting wasn’t great but it looked like a black hole, with just a few tracings of a light brown head. The aroma was rich with roasty malt, and a little yeasty. It reminded me a little of a Highland Brewing yeast tinge, but that could easily be my imagination as I was almost sitting on top of the brewery. The flavor was very complex, with roasty bitterness and sweet dark malt balancing one another. Hops were bold in the finish. This one is thick, with a full body that coats the tongue as easily as it does the side of your glass. This is 10% ??? Damn, that’s dangerous- I could drink a lot of this!
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smell is odd. Chocolate, roasty, and olive. Black, only a little reddish light shines through. No head. Yep, that olive is back in the flavor, mixed with chocolate, wood, and pineapple. Perfect mouthfeel and consistency. It’s good, but a little strong in weird direction.
NachlamSie (2734) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 bottle. Solid opaque ink black, almost purplish, with a rather dark brown head that fades rapidly. Strong nose of caramel, coffee, earth, and raisins. Assertive flavor or raisins, walnuts, more coffee. This fades to a bitter nuttiness with twigs and lingering sweet malts. This is definitely my favorite NC brew thus far. Hellz yeah.
[February 6, 2007, the coldest night of this winter]
I’ve been saving this last bottle for a year now. It’s held up quite well, actually. The aroma is so thick of roasty espresso but a little bit of that sweet Duck Rabbit yeast comes through too adding just a hint of fruitiness. The flavor is heavy and packs a wallop of drying espresso notes with nuttier flavor and hints of peat, though virtually no brighter notes. This remains my favorite in the series.
[July 8, 2008]
Bottle best by July 2009. Pours rather black and oily with a tall dark brown head. A swirl and tilt reveals very nice lacing and cascades throughout the thick body. Taking a sniff reveals a sweet vinous character which is buried by sharp, nutty, dark roasted coffee. The only reason this sweetness stood out to me is that I just wasn’t expecting it from this imperial stout, not because it’s strong. The palate is thick and slick, fits the flavor profile appropriately. I find notes of burned brownies, earth, espresso, and a smoky sting. Again a flirtatiously vinous sweetness could be found.
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 isn’t quite the flavor, but it something almond/nutty and sweet. It’s 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 (7731) - 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. There’s a note of vinegar like acidity on the finish that is bothersome, similar to the same flaw found in Pizza Port Santa’s Little Helper. All in all, an enjoyable experience, but a beer not to be numbered among the greatest stouts.