I pulled out yet another beer from the Virginia stash for my review. I’m starting to get to the end of my stash, which is a bit on the sad side. I love going to different places and bringing back beer that I can’t get here. Jersey is nice though, because we do get so many different beers and it feels like more and more come into the state every week. Anyways, onto the brew…
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Now that higher alcohol beers are legal in NC, we have started a program of limited release seasonal specialties. The first one, Rabid Duck Russian Imperial Stout, was released at the end of December 05. Next will be Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, with an anticipated release of early April 06.”
Random: Can ducks be rabid? Wouldn’t that be a funny thing to see? A duck foaming at the mouth…
This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head into my Cigar City snifter. It left some lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no carbonation visible through the inky body. The nose was mainly espresso with a touch of black licorice. The taste was lighter than expected. I got lots of espresso, baker’s chocolate and licorice. Despite the nice flavor profile, it was light for the style. There was also not a booze presence to this brew. Some bitterness came through at the end of the sip with roasted malts as well. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a long espresso finish with a hint of booze warming at the end. Although I usually like this style more in the colder months, this one really hit the spot. It had a great flavor profile and the body was light enough to work on a hot day. I would definitely have this one again. If you see it, pick one up.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0