Rabid Duck Imperial Stout

Review Date 1/18/2020 By John Staradumsky

So I was drinking a bottle of Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck Imperial Stout the other day, and I was reflecting on the fact that I don’t drink enough beer from this brewery. Rabid Duck is a wonderful imperial stout, to be sure, and as I lingered over its deep roasted flavors and warming alcohol, I thought about this dilemma. We beer enthusiasts are a fickle lot and tend to bounce around from brewery to brewery. Of late, I’ve been going back to my favorite beers more often. For 2020, I tend to do it more, and one of the breweries I’ll be revisiting more often this year will be Duck Rabbit.

Duck Rabbit calls itself “The Dark Beer Specialists”, though they certainly make more than dark beer. Their brewery is located in Farmville, North Carolina, not far from Ashville. They opened in 2004, just a few years after I moved to Georgia. I have a long history of enjoying their beers.

Of the Rabid Duck they say:

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!

Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck Imperial Stout runs $12.99 a six-pack at Total Wine. The brewery says it is released in March, but I bought mine in late November. It has a best by date of March of 2020. It could certainly go longer; if you can’t gae an imperial stout, what can you age?

Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck Imperial Stout pours to a jet black color with a thick head of creamy tan foam and a nose that shouts roast and bitter chocolate at your olfactory senses. Taking a sip, the beer is quite full in body with more of the aforementioned roast, perhaps a hint of chicory, bitter chocolate and black coffee. The roast is almost harsh in its intensity, and the beer finishes yet again roasty with warming alcohol.

Have I said roast often enough here? Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck Imperial Stout is not to be missed, and I’ll be looking for more in a few months-and lots more of Duck Rabbit’s other wonderful beers in 2020.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.