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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2006
On draught at 42nd St. Oyster Bar in Raleigh, NC. Opaque black under a medium brwon head, nice lace. Earthy, chocolate and coffe aroma tinged with some piney hops. Coffee, burnt caramel, molasses, are evident immediately, but dark fruity nots of raisns, and prunes are in the background. Spicy, peppery and bitter citrus rind dry up the finish and leave a lingering bitterness. Best effort yet from Duck Rabbit, and a pretty good Impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
Dark brown body, thin tan head. Roast, apricot, caramel and chocolate in the sweet aroma. bit of fishy smoke as well. Fruity chocolate / coffee aroma with a doughy yeast finish. A very nice I.S, above-average mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2006
Virtually opaque black. Rich tan head quickly dissipates into a tiny ring. Enormous nose of burnt fruitcake, port, dried plums, and blackcurrants. Light whiff of roasted malt. Fizzy, ample carbonation. Burnt grains inundate the palate alongside an immensely rich molasses-soaked roasted malt underlay. Fairly slippery and juicy with an abundance of blackcurrants and tangy molasses. Weighty richness steadily builds and soon finds itself sandwiched between a roast-induced dryness and earthy java. As the flavors continue to evolve, the richness wanes and the malt-derived acids become excessive. The body is drastically weakened as a result of all the tongue tingling acidity. Hops also gain more steam late in the stage, and discharge more acidic fruitiness which clashes with the brashly gritty char. Acridness is completely overbearing at the finish and overrides any salvaging espresso smoothness or silky chocolate flavors that might try to overcome it. Has a lovely nose and plenty of vinous attributes and intensity to go along with it, but the acidity is too uncontrolled. Started off nicely, but ended rather poorly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Huge chocolate aroma with a hint of fruit and some licorice or something like licorice...I can’t quite nail it down. Dark black in color with a dark brown head that thins a little. Very grainy flavor, lots of black malt bitterness, some smokey, meaty stuff in the finish..I like the smoke, but the grainy stuff just distracted me a little. Weird, no one else lists smoke.. Medium-full body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Thanks JPDIPSO for sharing this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle, thanks to JPDIPSO! Poured black with a short cap of yellowy-beige head. Nose was of deeply-roasted, charred fruits, coffee, Raisonettes, mocha, and soy. Deeply-roasted soy, licorice, dark fruity, and a bunch of espresso grace the flavor.. mild sour highlights. Just about all you could want from the style. Very thick and roasty on the palate with the sour highlights. Alcohol was only evident in its warming effect. Fantastic! Thanks John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Moderately thick pour, opaque and midnight brown in color with a hairline thin tan lining at the edges. Blueberries and black currant introduce the aromatic portion, joined by milky summer coffee coolers, unsweetened bakers chocolate, Dove dark chocolate shavings and a mild alcohol perversion. Big flavor bill with a hearty helping of dark chocolate and espresso sludge. Like sucking on a black roasted mocha coffee bean. Oily dark curtain casts across the tongue and is instinctively pressed against the palate. Dry, dark and extremely enjoyable. Double strength espresso grinds leave a dark tar tract powering prolifically in its afterlife. Quite tasty, and another blessing from JPDIPSO!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
The beer pours to a dark brown body with no head. The aroma is dark chocolate, light coffee, strangely not complex or interesting. The flavor is intensely malty, chocolate, coffee. Great. Light lactose. The palate is rich, milky. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Black pour w/ a nice brown head well laced. Smell is sweet definatelly has some alcohol notes big creamy malts and chocolates, touches of molasses and plum. Palate is full and fairly thick. Dry cocoa flavor some light bitterness in it good malt backbone. I think it’s a simple IS, but a darn good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2006
It amazed me the beer that was presented at the special Champaign-Urbana Beer Club meeting. Where folks got the stuff is a mystery but it was all very much appreciated. Pouring a deep black with an ample, creamy tan head, it gave off aromas of dark roasted coffee and Dutch cocoa with hints of molasses and prunes and dried figs. Felt rich and oily in the mouth that added life to the tasting. There was a touch of bitterness (in a nice way) to the flavor but it was mostly the reprise of the coffee and chocolate theme introduced in the aroma. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Jet black with just the slightest touch of red at the edge of the glass. Small brown head fades quickly. Chocolate and coffee in the nose. So rich and creamy, heavy in the mouth. Big chocolate flavor, but its balanced with a surprising amount of bitterness making for a well rounded stout. Not even a hint of alcohol, I can’t believe its 10%. Its a shame I could only get my hands on one because this is fantastic. One thing bothers me: I can’t see the rabbit. I see what I think is supposed to be a rabbit but, its really such a terrible rabbit how could anyone not see the duck?

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