No need for animal control
A Review of Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck by Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Posted on 2/5/2012 by Brew's Your Daddy
So we have all been there. You're out at a bar, looking at the menu, trying to find something to hit that special spot that has been causing you brew cravings all day. You look at countless beer and brewery names, and nothing really seems to jump out at you, when suddenly one either makes your eyes pop out of your head as you scream ''Yes! That please, now, and dammit!'', or its name catches your eye and you have to force back laughter as you say ''I have to have this. How can I not have a *insert crazy beer name here*''. One such laughing instance comes to mind for me when I was out with my co-founder at a bar and the Rabid Duck from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery caught my eye.

When poured, it takes on a black coloration that gives up some dark, ruby red edges when held up to a bright light source. Two fingers worth of a hefty, tan head forms with an aggressive pour, and it stays with you for quite some time. The nose is a bit muted, but with some patience you can pick up on some dark chocolate aromas that are very mouthwatering. Coffee and molasses lay just beneath the chocolate, and at times some dark fruits can be detected. Raisins and figs are the most notable, but with some digging one can even pick up on some dark, ripe cherries.

The first sip is pretty spot on for a Russian Imperial Stout. The chocolate is very upfront, and it has a bit of a roasted characteristic to it. The coffee layer follows close behind, and is slightly sweetened by notes of vanilla and toffee, thus having a bit of an espresso taste to it. Only at times do the dark fruits come through in the flavor department, and when they do, it is in more of a ''highlight'' sense. At the very end there is the slightest of a piney hops flavor, but it is so small that it hardly even garners mention. Things stay relatively smooth in the mouthfeel department, and if anything, it lands on the dryer side of things.

Overall, I would have to say that the Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck is a pretty tasty brew. I would have no problem recommending it to any of my better beer friends. It's got all of the basic flavors you look for in a Russian Imperial Stout, and it has a pretty high level of drinkability. This makes it a great beer for all levels, either as a session brew for veterans or a bridge beer for beginners. Now I'm not saying that I would place it in the highest of high realms of Russian Imperial Stouts because it just doesn't belong there. But at the same time, its leaps and bounds better than some of the brews I've gotten my hands on before. So have no fear if you see it when out and about. I mean lets face it, how scary can a Rabid Duck be anyway?

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