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Black Duck Porter - Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Black Duck PorterBlack Duck Porter

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90
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bonbright7 on 08-24-2009)
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

09-26-2010 12:29:10 | More by metter98
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-20-2012 00:25:49 | More by acurtis
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-24-2013 16:50:46 | More by jaydoc
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%

an outstanding glass of porter here, looking dark as pavement from the tap, with a mocha cream head on top and a deep dark complexion that flashes milk chocolate brown to obsidian black. the nose and taste are in line with one another, loaded with coffee notes and bitter roasted barley. it could be called a stout and not be off, its got the body and the roast levels for it, but it maintains its drinkability with a very clean finish from a robust yeast strain and a minimal hop profile. i think its very authentic, but also very rich and perfect for the new england autumn, which is fast approaching. so smooth in mouthfeel, just puffy like a marshmallow on the palate, but loaded with the dark malt character. one of the better homegrown porters ive had this year, and a great first impression was made here on me by the greenport harbor folks. looks from their listing like they do some cool stuff too.

08-20-2014 13:49:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

11-12-2012 03:26:08 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

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

03-31-2012 20:42:00 | More by Billolick
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

On cask at Barcade in Brooklyn, NY. The beer is near black with a half inch of head. Ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers chocolate, malt, roast. A bit of cocoa in the flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Pretty smooth on the palate. Overall, this was ok. Hard to pass up a cask ale.

08-19-2012 11:25:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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plaid75

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

08-24-2009 14:44:29 | More by plaid75
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

01-06-2012 19:26:39 | More by mdaschaf
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-27-2014 01:00:55 | More by PEIhop
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-17-2012 03:54:53 | More by rolltide8425
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

04-30-2012 17:05:34 | More by tobelerone
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-11-2013 02:37:31 | More by WoodBrew
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-04-2013 01:30:28 | More by vfgccp
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Durge

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

12-30-2012 07:39:55 | More by Durge
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%

Reviewed on 9/30/2009. On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and sweet sugary malt. Flavor of burnt roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and pretzels. Ok but a little bland. I was hoping for a touch more flavor and a stronger palate from this one.

12-19-2009 02:39:07 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Gmann

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%

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.

12-12-2010 04:06:38 | More by Gmann
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cosmicevan

New York

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

05-01-2010 00:17:48 | More by cosmicevan
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-16-2013 21:38:01 | More by jmdrpi
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-11-2013 14:48:37 | More by DrinkSlurm
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-22-2013 21:43:27 | More by smithj4
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-11-2014 22:19:15 | More by LoveStout
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david18

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

06-20-2011 19:01:24 | More by david18
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-15-2012 00:08:54 | More by Chugs13
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vonnegut21

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-25-2014 16:41:11 | More by vonnegut21
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Black Duck Porter from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.