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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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4.8
nearbeer (5636) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 355 ml. Opaque black with a huge dark brown sugar head that lasts forever and leaves crusty lace everywhere. Big smoky coffee, dark fruit, molasses and cocoa nose. Flavor is initially anise, big dark chocolate-flavored molasses and dark fruit, turns to coffee, burnt toffee, soy sauce, earthy and charred wood, just the right touch of alcohol (not much) , and a slight lactose-metallic hop twang. Large and syrupy smooth body has a nice tongue tingle all the way through. Lots of balanced and excellent flavors; one of the best desserts you’ll ever find!

4.7
Cybercat (6239) - Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2008
This comes out of the tap a rich, opaque sable with a dark tan head. Aroma is strong, like smoky or roast coffee with a hint of sweet chocolate. The rich, smoky, coffee-ish flavor has an undertone of chocolate and a whisper of sweetness. This delightfully smooth stout fairly dances on the tongue and is a joy to drink.

4.6
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 11, 2006
This beer is a monster. Loads of star anise and black patent malt assault the palate at once as a dark espresso and tilled earth body unleash beneath a steady hop-bitterness. After the initial shock of the first sip the beer hits its stride and turns into a slightly creamier version of the first taste. While I will give a good rating now, I think with cellar age, this will eventually be a 98 plus point beer. Best advice, buy a warm six pack and chill them as needed through the winter. Thanks Duck-Rabbit.

4.6
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2006
on tap at Recreational Billards on 4th St. in Winston Salem, NC. There for a limited time only. The aroma was overwhelmingly sweet and inviting. The color was a deep, deep, deep black body w/ an in b/w milk and dark chocolate colored, creamy head. some dotted and streaked lacing. flavors are rich and complex. hard to put your finger on though clearly chocolate and coffee. Definetely burntness, sour burntness or maybe burnt toast (bready yeast). then there is a strong taste of alcohol. but I couldn’t figure out what - whiskey? bourbon? but then decided I would declare brandy the winner. there were also hints of cinnamon and cherry. 2/3rds of the way through each sip solid bitterness hits your palate and then remains there like a sugar cube melting in your mouth in an unrelenting manner. I found this beer to be quite extraordinary really....

4.6
edmedina (21) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Pours a thick black, no head really to show for this pour. Aroma is more of a coffee almost a chocolate or molasses smell there. Surprisingly the taste isn’t at all over powering. You don’t really get anything at first but then malt sneaks up on you to let you know they are around. Taste is really a malty coffee taste. It is mild though unlike most Imperial Russian Stouts this one is rather tame. I get very little after taste with this beer. It definitely ranks up there as one my favorites


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