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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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!

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4.5
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle poured into a tullip glass. Pours a dark black color with a tan head that leaves some good lacing as it dissolves a decent rate (maybe too fast). Great well balanced aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and maybe some fruit and maybe a hint of coffee. Tastes of roasted malt/coffee with a background of chocolate. A nice dry roasted finish that is only slightly bitter. A great body/mouthfeel and the taste doesn’t linger too long. Overall an excellent beer.

4.4
blankboy (7991) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a big lasting foamy/creamy light-brown head -- looks awesome. Fantastic aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, toffee, hops and even some wood -- amazing! Flavour’s just as good: Dry and roasty with a nice amount of hops, coffee and chocolate and just the right amount of alcohol. Great finish, great body. Wow, what a huge surprise this was. Thanks for sharing Harry, it was phenomenal!

4.4
BeerandBlues2 (14594) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
12-oz bottle provided by jrob21. Pours opaque with a small, frothy, dark brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, molasses, chocolate, roasted grain), heavy hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of heavy alcohol, prune, cherry, port, and toffee. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

4.4
FROTHINGSLOSH (8487) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a small very dark brown head that faded fairly quickly and produced some lacing. The aroma was toasty and had a chocolate syrup element with undertones of port wine and licorice. The flavor was dryish toasty malts and Baker’s chocolate, rum, licorice and wood. The finish was long, bitter, roasty and rummy with light chocolate on the finish. A bit boozy. The mouthfeel was fairly thick. Excellent. PS had this one on draft and found it to be rather lacking (overall score 3.7 for the draft)

4.4
paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2010
A: snifter. pours an impenetrable black with a beautiful dark brown head that holds on for a while. good lacing. S: strong roasted malt aroma, molasses, figs, raisins, tons of fruits. some alcohol tones in here as well. T: rich dark molasses, very fruity, dark cherries, figs, and raisins. hints of spices. M: not as thick as I expected, but it is thick like the style. very smooth for 10%. good carbonation level. D: very nice brew, shockingly from NC. very tasty and worthy of a try.

4.4
jtd6628 (362) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Third best beer I have ever had. Amazing aroma and taste. Surprisingly smooth at 10%. Appearance is supurb with a head almost as dark as the body.

4.4
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2012
12 oz bottle with.spookgolds. Black with tan lacing. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla. Thick, creamy consistency. Chocolate, roasted malt, hints of bourbon. Definitely excellent.

4.4
mike5326 (1815) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Great beer. Poured from a chilled bottle. Midnight black with a small head. Good stout taste although somewhat acidic at first.

4.3
HogTownHarry (7467) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle, via trade with DocLock. Rating #1400. Nice goosh on cap-pop, bit hit of yeast and sour fruit - poured thick black with reddish highlights when you hold it to the light, perfect sized lasting dark brown head. Aroma is a tight powerful interplay of plum, prune, red wine grapes, sour berryfruit and smooth roast malt - I can’t decide if it’s coffee or chocolate ... I pick coffee - and an untone of bitter hops - quite yeasty and vinous. The taste isn’t quite as smooth, but the complexity’s there, as is the bitterness - yep, that was coffee - also baker’s chocolate, the tart fruits and the vinous sourness much more muted, as is the yeast, but some cream emerges as it warms more - and heck, there’s so much flavour going on I don’t notice the 10%, although my ears are red. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, very smooth and creamy with acidity and as much carbonation as you’d ever want with an impy - hey, thanks tons for this, Doc - this is an upper eschelon imperial stout.

4.3
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2007
2007 Release. Pitch black opaque color with a short dark brown head that laced the glass. The aroma is spectacular - caramalized brown sugar, bitter chocolate, sweet coffee, vanilla, and other toasty malty notes. Intense flavors include dark roasted coffee, toasted malt, and a strong peat flavor similar to single malt scotch. It is thick but not too heavy yet coats the mouth well. Alcohol on the finish was a bit strong for me - which is my only real issue with this beer. Duck-Rabbit certainly lives up to there reputation on this one. I am glad I picked up a bunch of this and look forward to trying it again after it has a bit of age...


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