Black Duck Porter - Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bonbright7 on 08-24-2009

A black ale that puts the flavor of the malt front and center. It has a mild hop character that balances strong notes of cocoa and hints of coffee. A full-bodied roasty treat that finishes dry. Pairs well with chocolate, BBQ, as well as fresh shellfish.
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Photo of Zstets
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yum yum yum yum yum

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Steinmann Deli in Yorktown, NY ($11.99)

Near black, dark tan head, that stays nicely.

More then a hint of chalky chocolate in the nose.

Robust and flavorful porter. More chocolate, dark malts, smoke and some vanilla to add to the complexity. Would do well with some BBQ, or a chocolate desert.

Enjoyable, clearly a quality creation in brewing. More good beer from Long Island NY

Photo of doomXsaloon
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Toasty nose! Solid all around! Well done!

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Whole Foods on Columbus Circle in NYC. Review from notes.

A: Served in a pint glass, Black Duck was dark brown with one finger tan head on top. Good retention, lasting for at least half of the glass, before slowly reducing to a thin cap on top. Foamy lacing left behind.

S: Lightly roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate and cocoa, and a hint of smoke actually.

T: Similar to the aroma, lightly roasted malt and chocolate. There is a surprising bitterness at the end.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation. Has a bitter and slightly dry finish.

O: Great flavor for a low abv beer. Another surprising gem from a brewery I had never heard of.

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown, with a brown foam. Plenty of lacing.

S - Smells of cocoa and roasted malt.

T - Pretty tasty. Some sweetness that is kinda like belgian chocolate. There is a roasted malty flavor that continues throughout. Gives off a little smoky heat at the end.

M - Feels a bit heavier than it is. Really hits the tongue with both sweet, smoky, and bitter notes.

O - May be my favorite Greenport Beer. Really a solid porter that anyone who enjoys the style would like.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Astoria Bier and Cheese on a Sunday afternoon. Overall, this was just a nice smooth, yet roasty porter. There was a mild, underlying creaminess that should come with an English porter. There's no hops presence, but the barley brings a great mix of light espresso, blackened toast, and touch of dry, dark chocolate. Order a pint if you find this on tap.

Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color with a nice creamy tan head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of roasted malt/barley, some tea notes, and a light touch of smoke/wood.

The taste has a nice wet wood and smoke flavor to go along with a mild roasted malt flavor. There is a tea like sourness towards the end. Some hints of bittersweet chocolate pop through.

Moderate to full feel, definitely a heavier porter. Tingly carbonation helps breakup the heavy body. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.

This is a dang flavorful porter and at a low ABV so it gets bonus points. I really like the woody/light smoke flavor. Best that I have had from this brewery.

Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge head as I pour from my 64 oz ( Best Yet Market in Harlem $9.99, what a deal!) Finally able to fill the glass and the settles to two plus fingers, Slow fade leave a light covering and decent lace here and there. Fluid is dark brown with garnet highlights. Almost opaque but some light does get through when it is bright enough. Smell has lots of roasted grains and some char/smoke. A very nice blend of molasses and a dark English style yeast fruitiness. A bit of dark chocolate infused espresso. Some earthy hops. Taste has a great blend of dark roasted flavors. Coffee, chocolate malt, cocoa nibs. A bit of molasses sweetened brown dinner rolls. Yeast esters give a fruity glue to the overall character. Hops are dry and earthy giving a clean finish that leaves a light note of fresh hop leafiness. Feel is medium weight with a crisp refreshing dryness. Carbonation is just on the lower side but still enough to make my mouth happy. A great session ale. I went through the growler as I cleaned up my yard preparing for hurricane Sandy, eating dinner and watching football. Refreshing, quenching, and satisfying. Yum.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Bierkraft into .3l tulip

Pours deep brown, flat brown with a very full, milky head of tan/almond that leaves full lacing.

Not much to the smell, faint malts and not much else.

Very full malt with a nice hop presence midmouth. The mouthfeel falls nicely in line with the flavor, and the milder notes are extended as this is not so heavy as to sit on the palate and force the dominant flavor.

Easy drinking darker beer. A decent, as I remember it, interpretation of the style. I would have liked to have this casked but this will have to do. The 4.7abv is a nice change of pace and accentuates the ability to make a full flavored brew with needing crushing abv/booze presence.

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Photo of Amalak
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a growler that was purchased off the tap at the brewery.
A. Extremely dark brown, basically black. Beautiful, thick foamy tan head and a ton of lace.
S. Thick, nutty chocolate scent.
T. Has a good sour chocolate taste. Basically like chocolate milk with a hint of alcohol.
M. Burt. Muddy. Thick.
O. It's your prototype porter.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color. A thin layer of beige bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a light aroma of bitter and dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: There are flavors of dark roasted malts and notes of bitter coffee in the taste. These are incredibly well balanced and seem to be in harmony. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and there is a little bit of dryness in the finish.
D: This is a solid drinking porter that I would definitely have again.

Photo of JonAdams
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Here at Paulie Gee's in Brooklyn. Served in a standard pint glass from on tap. Very small head, dissipates quickly, nothing sticks to the sides of the glass.
Very deep color, but very clear. Just a little lighter in color than something like cola, but not much.
Low alcohol, scent is a bit of coffee, roasted malt.
Taste is a bit complex, coffee and honey, maybe. Pleasant to drink.
Low carbonation, was going to say flat but them I let it sit on my tongue for a moment an there was plenty of sharpness from the carbonation, just can't see it.
There's also a creaminess or maybe a vanilla taste/nose that is there, but it's not cloying.
Would recommend this to those who like a Guinness type stout but looking for a little more adventure.

Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Poured an oily black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust roasted malt with the accompanying coffee and charcoal notes.

The taste consisted of an upfront roasted grain with a residual smokiness.

The mouthfeel was clean and finished dry. Good carbonation.

Overall a superior porter. Enjoyed fresh from the source.

Photo of david18
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this at Rattle n Hum in New York City. Greenport has been making quite a splash in New York as of late and has given the other Long Island Breweries a run for their money. This porter is, in my opinion, their best and one of the better English Porters I've had.

Pours a dark, reddish brown with alight amount of carbonation and good lacing along the side of the glass.

Aroma is smokey and very good. You can detect wood as well as dark malts and hops.

Flavor is quite intense, especially considering the low alcohol content. Very complex with alot going on.

Overall, as very good beer and one that I'll have as often as I can find it.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark reddish brown with a good head.
Smell - toasty sweet smell
Taste -very toasty with some sweetness.
Feel - crisp with a bite
Overall - love it

Photo of bonbright7
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this Porter at the brewery's opening party, so I knew I had to buy the growler to share with friends. The black and brown ale with the tan head appeared to have a medium body as it rolled around the pint glass with a shake of my wrist. The aroma of cream in strong coffee and butter on toasted bread came to mind with each taste.

The impressive dark malt character of the ale reminded me of an English Porter from a cask, which was highlighted by chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness. It was remarkably easy to drink in the hot weather of an August afternoon in Greenport, NY. It seemed to mild in the abv area and it tasted great for a new entry to LI.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a standard pint glass. The brew glowed the deepest brown color, showing a thick haze but no sediment. A one finger tall tan head stood firm, showing average retention. Rings of lacing were left around the glass as it disappeared. Carbonation appeared average. The nose was of adjuncty grain, with barley and a rye-like bite. Thick roasts and char came through on the back, with vinegar sours to cut. A light booze seeped out with warmth. Our first impression upon sipping was of a deep bitterness of malts, with a certain muddy quality about them. The flavoring opened up with an apparent alcohol from the outset, mixing with darker, sour malts, and a hint of smoke. The middle took the sourness to the peak, with light citric hops for the balance, and a crashing follow through of adjuncts and metallic coffee bite. The finish was with soy sauce saltiness, seaweed, more vinegar, char, and surprisingly calming lactics. The aftertaste breathed of herbal darkness, apple sweetness, and of course, more of that souring char. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was lower. A sour coating was left around the mouth, which became slick and dry to the tongue. The beer was watery at times, but there was still decent slurp and smack. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the pleasant mix of malts, and ultimately how smoothly the beer drank. The grain profile showed many faces, with rye, earthiness, and even that dog food graininess, but in a good way. The nose was found to be mild, and things lightened up too much in the taste at times. The sourness was also getting up there, with a pretty acidic finish, but really it was an appropriate, decent beer for the style.

Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty middle-of-the-road, classic American porter that’s very well-made if not totally exceptional. This growler pour was black with a smallish off-white head, some spotty lacing and fair retention. Typical aroma; roasty, a touch of chocolate and coffee; some trace aromatic hops lending a light floral touch.

It’s certainly a tasty porter in the traditional mold; mild chocolate and coffee notes peak out underneath the dominant roasted, slightly charred malt flavor. Again there is a hint of hoppiness giving the taste a bit of shape but remaining unobtrusive. The body and carbonation are both pretty much average for the style. Fairly dry and clean drinking.

Overall the experience wasn’t bad but not quite as enjoyable as the draft version; I may have spoiled myself a bit since that original pour with a wide range of quality porters and perhaps gotten a little more discerning.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32oz growler of this last week at whole foods in downtown nyc (in fliptop growler). Poured into ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark almost black, deep reddish brown. Had a thin cream colored head that evaporated pretty quickly.

S - Roasted malts with toffee and caramel. Hints of coffee with a soft sweet background. Really nice balance. Not as overpowering in the roasted or coffee direction like a lot of the other Porters you see a lot of these days. Seems like the sweetness in the background mellows it out a bit. Really nice smelling beer.

T - Watered down a bit for my tastes, but all malts in the flavor. Some of the nose can be tasted in the flavor, but more in the background. Malt for days. Pretty bitter too.

M - Little watery. Leaves a really dry after feel. As it opened up and warmed, it felt a lot more even, but had a bit of a sour feeling.

D - Overall pretty easy drinker. Not a bad porter, but a bit on the watery and bitter side for my tastes. Good one for the style and worth a try for Porter fans.

Photo of SteveB24
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great take on the style, has the robust, smoky flavor you want in a porter but is amazingly light and drinkable.

Photo of greybeardloon
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bierkraft growler

A: Dark brown with a light brown head.

S: Roasted malt and smoke. Some hops.

T: Roasted malt with some smoke or char. There's a very faint vanilla sweetness, but this beer is considerably less sweet than many porters. In the middle, there's a fruitiness that brings "sour" to mind, but I don't actually taste any sourness. It finishes with char and hop bitterness. This is a robust porter, but no one note overwhelms everything else.

M: About what I expect from a porter.

O: Flavorful, drinkable porter with a commendably modest abv.

Photo of albern
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First a word about the brewery. This is a very interesting, no frills, compact, easily accessible brewery that offers sample tasters of its four ales. You literally walk into the wide open front doors and you belly up to the small bar. There are four taps at present, which also seconds as a growler station. The owner was pouring the day I went there. There is one brewer, no assistants, so the quality rests with him. The Harbor Ale is their flagship beer, but I find the Black Duck Porter the most interesting.

According to the brewer, he's aiming at a cocoa powder like chocolatey flavored porter with no adjunct beyond the malt variety. Through roasted malts, chocolate malts, brown malts, and others, I believe he has succeeded admirably. There is a teeny bit of hop in the finish, just to tighten things up, but this beer is really a simple enough porter that has a nice sweetish base, some drying elements underneath, a nice hop kiss in the finish, and just lots of chocolatey, mocha, cocoa powder substance.

The beer has a very nice thick frothy head with some caramel aroma in the nose. The lacing and billowing is quite evident. It's an enticing beer, the best that this small, new, compact brewery has to offer, and a real seeker-outer. The distribution isn't much beyond Greenport, but they will be on their way if they keep making beers like the Black Duck. There is a pumpkin ale coming out in a couple of weeks.

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at The Beer Bar in Manhattan and served in a large chalice this porter has a solid black brown appearance with a respectable light chocolate colored thin layer of foam and excellent lacing. The aroma suggests a boozy chocolate malt with a hint of grassy hop. The flavor brings much more of a charcoal grass blend and very little chocolate. It seems to have an odd swampiness to it, a bit like stagnant water, that isn't wowing me but it generally overcomes this to provide an overall okay taste. The grassy hop slides into a sort of herbal idea in conjunction with the alligator water element. The booziness from the aroma also dissipates as you adjust to the flavor of this medium bodied brew with a midland, slightly resinous feel. As porters go I can't help but wish this had a bit more malt centric flavors and the tainted water thing does it no favors. If the off flavor is intended, then I'd have to say, don't waste your time. But if it was just a bad line or something, this might have potential. It may be an overhopped outcome but as one who worships hop indulgence, I have to doubt that. I'm going to assume something was a bit off in this first sample but it makes it hard to judge.

Photo of BF1977
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite porters of all time.

Black in color with a 1/4 inch brown head.

Full malty flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. Solid mouth feel, not thin, but not overly thick either.

Finshes smooth with little after taste.

I could drink this all day long. It's a great example of this style.

Photo of beerloserLI
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Simple black pour with a nose full of roasted malts.

A light start, on the initial sip, with plenty of malts and pungent chocolate notes with a slightly bitter finish. The mouth feel is a tad light and really borders the line on being watery.

A decent, easy drinking, and straight forward porter. Improve the mouth feel a bit and this could be really outstanding.

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Black Duck Porter from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.