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Duck-Rabbit Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Duck-Rabbit PorterDuck-Rabbit Porter

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518 Ratings

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-05-2004)
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Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a small brown creamy head that dissipates quickly. Almost black with brownish hues around the edge of the glass.

S - chocolate and caramel malts dominate. Nicely roasted aromas.

T - Nice roasted flavor but not enough complexity for me. Needs something. Finishes with a metallic taste.

M - A little watery.

O - Disappointing, I was hoping for more from this being an NC brew. I'll stick with the milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:08:09 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: tall 1" tan head, slowly collapsing, some scattered lace.... dark, coffee-brown hue

S: raisin, licorice, some mellow roasted barley and milky malt.... vague grape-like alcohol (as in the smell of alcohol coming off red wine or grappa)

T: immediate coffee-like roast and bitterness, with some milk chocolate trailing, cookie-like doughy malt flavor, shifting sharply through the finish to a vibrant herbal hop(?) bitterness with mild citrus-like acidity and a green onion-type sharpness (not at all off-putting, just power-packed)... the aggressive bitterness may, in part, be supplemented by judicious use of patent malt, who knows?.... dark, bitter cocoa long-lasting in the aftertaste

M: fullish up front and through the middle - flows back with a milky viscosity.... ultimately fairly dry with a slight residual worty film left in every nook in the mouth.... hearty and fulfilling

O: perhaps close to what the old English porters tasted like? - just my imagination.... this is an American porter through and through - similar to an Ed Fitz, etc, just a touch more oily.... I could do with another

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 05:52:51 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Chestnut brown with dark auburn highlights upon the bottles exit sits a dense black in the vessel with a glass consuming head that dominated the volume with a stubborn rate of retention. The head had a corkboard brownish tint, with a rocky and porous texture to it, providing a generous amount of lace coverage. The head built up almost instaneously even with the gentlest of pours.

S: For aroma there was freshly opened dark roast coffee, with dry chocolate powder and dark fruit of prunes. Light edges of burnt toast with an overall nice delivery, good strength for a porter.

T: Flavor of dark fruit, the plums clearly show with edges of fresh roast coffee. Sweetly bitter, raisins with burnt cake breadiness that was lightly dry with an earthy campfire minearlity leave.

M: The mouthful was frothy, roasty, lightly bitter and dry, perfect substance wise with a nice feel and slight milky creaminess.

O: Overall was extremely smooth, roasty and fresh and flavorful for a porter bordering on stout character. Feels sessionable the silky way it just slides down even at its current abv% of 5.7%. Refined, polished around the edges show a gentle refined craftsmenship providing for an very smooth drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:05:17 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of WanderingFool


3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Duck Rabbit Porter pours black into the glass with a small creamy head. The foam leaves a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of chocolate, dark fruits, roast malt and an earthy nuttiness.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is velvety smooth with light carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, chocolate, roast malt, caramel, and an earthy nuttiness. It finishes mildly bitter and grassy. Once gone the roast malt and nuts linger on the palate.

This is a full flavored, easy drinking beer. However, the body seemed a little thin to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:50:42 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew boarding on black. Upon serving there was a small tan colored head floating on the top of the brew. The head faded rather fast to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The brew smells sweet and roasty. The roasted aromas were a nice mix of coffee and chocolate with the sweet being largely of a caramel nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and caramel sweetness. While the nose suggested a chocolate taste somewhere in the taste, there was is only a very little cocoa/chocolate present. While not much cocoa, a coffee flavor does start developing more toward the middle of the taste. As this occurs, the caramel sweetness begins fading some vanilla comes to the tongue and still keeps a nice sweetness to the brew. Also when the coffee comes to the tongue, so too does a light bitterness of some earthy and herbal hop. The hop and coffee when combined with the roasted flavors and the slight lessening of the caramel sweetness leave a nicely roasted and semi-sweet bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the rather average side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. It is a little light in body and a little too high in carbonation for my taste, as both really don’t complement the nice roasted and earthy/herbal hop flavors of the brew very well.

Overall – Besides the just moderate body, it was a quite nice porter. It was sweeter upfront and slightly more bitter at the end with some nice coffee flavors streaked throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 00:21:51 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this duck rabbit porter is pretty good. i have to say that i dont typically like porters... i like stouts better b/c there thends to be more on the market that have been jazzed up with spices and chocolate and things of that nature. this is a nice porter however. the taste has a bit of smoke and chocolate. and a nice bitter finish that is far from harsh but gives enough to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 21:54:43 | More by mattkoon
Photo of Mojo


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip glass

This beer pours up a deep black with a one finger caramel colored head, no retention, and medium amounts of lacing. The nose is very minimal with some roasted notes. Taste is very sweet and caramel malty followed by a mild roasted coffee finish. Mouthfeel isn't bad, but nothing too great either. Overall, it's okay. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 04:24:55 | More by Mojo
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black in color with dark amber highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and coffee - light hints of ash but not enough to take away from the enjoyment of the aroma.

T: Starts out with some moderate flavors of dark roasted malts followed by some light to moderate flavors of semi-sweet dark chocolate and freshly brewed coffee. Light hints of vanilla. Light amounts of sweetness at first and some light to moderate bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I think this is a very nice example of an American Porter and one that I have enjoyed for several years while living in NC - picked it up over the holidays when visiting family. Definitely one that I could enjoy regularly and wish that it got distributed to where I now live.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:41:27 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap a few times in my travels in the OBX, enjoyed it then, let's see how it stacks up packed up...

pretty dark but not completely black, one finger of cocoa head on the initial pour that settles down pretty quickly, pretty good lacing, nothing too exciting and nothing out of place here, your average porter

strong molasses with malt heft, roasted notes with an almost burnt tinge under the malt blanket, some milk chocolate, a touch of alcohol and cocoa powder as well, certainly sparks up the senses on this wintery night

taste etc...
the finish is just like the nose.. except weaker (unfortunately), there is a nice ashen flavor that lingers for some time though.
the start ? (why I started with the finish I have no idea...) on the first sip this really seems to light, upon further review it isn't as bad as I thought but does lack some body over all. you get a mild bitterness with coffee tone on the initial tongue blast and that fades into the darker more euro chocolate notes that linger into that ashen glow. The carbonation is really nice and molds well with the brew, the bubbles are not in the way but are there enough to carry the day.

man, this is like a 'just miss' beer, if it was just a little better in certain places it would be killer. it is definitely worth trying if you see it

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 05:14:00 | More by Ego
Photo of Deathpod


1.5/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Probably in the top 3 worst beers I've ever drank. I am a big dark beer fan, and was excited to try something from the self proclaimed "dark beer specialists", but was really let down on this one.

The aroma while so so, appearance was ok, taste was really disappointing. It had metallic tones throughout, very irony taste which turned me off from actually enjoying my beer, which is the point no?

I suppose its possible i got a bad batch or something, because from the reviews seen here and then actually drinking this beer, i am left wondering, what happened?

Will most likely never buy again, first impressions go a long way, just to many offerings out there to try , sorry Duck-Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 23:03:30 | More by Deathpod
Photo of fastrodney

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass bottle poured into my trusty Sam glass.

A: Dark as night. Light brown head dissipated quickly.

S: Smell is sweet with a caramel note.

T: Sweet and malty with a touch of hops.

M: Medium carbonation; thin to medium texture.

O: Not a bad porter. Mouthfeel seemed a little off - thin and carbonated. Flavor itself was pleasant with a rich molasses.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 13:08:05 | More by fastrodney
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a dark brown almost black pour, 2 fingers of light tan head, great retention. smells of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted grains, slight hint of bourbon. very nice chocolate flavor, backbone is slightly odd.. very earthy taste of fresh green beans, coffee, tobacco, dirt. light-medium body... very watered down feel, yet creamy on lips. moderate carbonation. overall, an awesome porter. pretty heavy on the abv for the style, to boot!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 21:16:06 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: very dark brown, close to black

S: caramel, chocolate, coffee.

T: just as it smells. caramel and dark, bittersweet chocolate tasting.

M: easy to drink but leaves something to be desired here.

O: good porter. not the best, not the worst. i wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 22:47:32 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of woodychandler


2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yet another of tone77's many drop-offs as my local trader that became a backlog of inventory. I will soon have run through all of the bottles so that I may return to The CANQuest (TM).

From the bottle: "Proudly hand made in small batches"; "The Dark Beer Specialist".

My pour netted me a solid finger of dense deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with very little light penetration, revealing cola highlights at the edges. Nose smelled of coffee and milk chocolate and I was looking forward to the first sip. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of dark chocolate with a powderiness like over saturating chocolate milk with the powder. Interesting. Finish had a slightly burnt quality as though the malt was kilned too deeply which may account for that chalky powderiness noted earlier. This needs some work.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 01:34:48 | More by woodychandler
Photo of IronLover


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with hints of reddish brown on the edges of the glass. Poured with a tall rocky foam with good staying power, that consisted of large soapy bubbles. Sweet chocolate and vanilla aromas with dark roasted malt and ground coffee in the background. Soda pop fizzy carbonation overwhelms the feel. Sweet chocolate flavor up front that ushers in dark roasted malt into the middle. Bitter hop bite through the middle with a ripe fruit flavor in tow. Sweet chocolate returns briefly toward the end but is overrun by bitter hops, burnt malt, and black coffee flavors at the finish. The aggressive carbonation hinders the flavor potential in this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:08:18 | More by IronLover
Photo of JTSbeerislife


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a British Imp Pint

Pours a thin tan colored head, with no length and not lace
Black, opaque color

The aroma really has no hops but what it does have is malt. A very distinct, deep, rich malt with a roasted chocolate and cocoa smell. Some yeast and dark bread.

Nice crisp entry on the palate. Again no hop character or maybe just the faintest hint. This is followed by medium distinct, enjoyable, rich malt, refined, with a roasted character and hints of cocoa
The body is medium yet balanced with fine carbonation and a off dry sweetness.

Acceptable finish, medium length with no hops present but again nice rich cocoa tinged malt, lingering.

A very good and enjoyable Porter, typical, and a good example of the English style.
Very drinkable and recommended for a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 00:42:19 | More by JTSbeerislife
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated (despite code area on label) 12oz bottle served in a snifter.

A: nearly black in color with a thick, creamy, khaki colored head.

S: dark roasted malts with a surprising amount of roasted coffee in the aroma, as well as hints of dark chocolate and raisins.

T: Dominated, as it should be, by a rich dark malt flavor. Again, a surprising amount of roasted coffee, yet without the pronounced bitterness of actual expresso. Fine lingering, dark malt aftertaste.

M: Medium body; smooth. Slightly dry finish.

O: a delightful porter; unique without any radical departures from style.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:31:39 | More by chinchill
Photo of JCaweinstein


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter is black with a little red around the bottom and sides of the glass. A one finger light tan head clears to a thin cap. There are plenty of bubbles.
There is a robust aroma to this porter. I mostly smell coffee and toast.
Toasty type of bitterness like you get from dark toast and a very slight sweetness.
Crisp and bold up front followed by more bitterness. It's seems a little on the light side for a beer with strong flavored and aromas.
A tasty and good smelling brew. Not my favorite porter but glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:44:23 | More by JCaweinstein
Photo of Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a tulip style glass.

Pours a rich black colour with a good finger of thick beige head which soon begins to subside reducing to half a finger within a couple of minutes.

The aroma was of roasted malts, caramel and brown sugar. Not a 'big' smell to this beer.

The taste was more of a let down than the smell, a straight 'average' 3! I nearly gave the smell a 3.5, it would have got a 3.25 if it had existed! A little smokey tasting, roasted malts and little caramel in the background, pretty much mimicking the smell but weaker in actual flavour! A slightly sweet and dry aftertaste.

I didn't enjoy the mouthfeel at all. Prickly carbonation (sorry reviewer a couple down from me - I was trying to think of a way to describe it and you hit the nail on the head so post edit!) and far too much carbonation also too watery.

Overall a disappointing porter that got worse as the journey progressed. It looks good, but that's as good as it gets! Way too watery and too highly carbonated. Will not go near this again!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 20:33:10 | More by Ruds
Photo of HopHeadRyan


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black with ruby-mahogony edges...quickly disappearing head...spotty lacing...

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke...very nice aromas...

T - A kiss of crisp-clean bitterness...smooth creamy coca...dark roast coffee...smokey...and a hint of sweet caramel and toasted malts...

M - Medium bodied...subtle carbonation...creamy and smooth

Overall - - A very solid american porter...very balanced...nice subtle hop presence...and a beautifully orchestrated dark and roasted malt complexity...I will definitely revisit this brew! Give it a try!


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:45:45 | More by HopHeadRyan
Photo of ONUMello


3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a one-finger mocha head that slowly dissipates.
S: Some chocolate and roasted malt, but fairly muted and not much going on.
T: Bitter cocoa. Not bitter in a hoppy way, just like drinking cocoa powder. A bit of sweet roasted malt up front, but that disappears leaving the bitterness behind.
M: A bit lighter than I would expect. Not unpleasant but average.
O: No flaws with this beer, just nothing special happening.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 05:41:05 | More by ONUMello
Photo of doucmehu


2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received as extra in trade with Jpvw.

A: Poured into a long-stemmed tulip, very feminine. Some light penetrates through the pour, in the glass it's nearly black with light peaking through on the edges. Head is big and bubbly, this looks and sounds like a cola. Does not look like a nice Porter.

S: Smells good, though quite mild. Some roasted and smoked malt, bitterness. Smells like it could be more like a baltic porter.

T: Smoky ashtray flavors are most prevalent, followed by a hint of chocolate roasted malt. Significant bitterness is excessive for this style. Aftertaste is quite smoky, and not really in a good way.

M: Very thin and watery for the style with prickly carbonation. Lacking body and silkiness that defines a good porter.

O: This is a poor example of an American porter in my opinion. There is too much smoke, not enough smoothness or body, and drinkability is average at best. For a "dark beer specialist", I am surprised Duck Rabbit would sell this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:29:51 | More by doucmehu
Photo of Wegomlegging


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black liquid and white-tan head with decent lace, minimized aroma with a hint of roastiness. The first thing I noticed in the taste was the burnt malt edge, which was well placed. A bit much carbonation for my taste, but overall a really satisfying brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:59:43 | More by Wegomlegging
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a reddish hue when held to the light. There's a mountain of dense, bubbly, creamy brown head that has great retention. The nose is predominantly roasted malts. The taste is also very roasty with some chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. There are some faint alcohol esters as well in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thin at times, well carbonated and smooth.

This is a pretty solid porter. The flavors are to style, but not very complex. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but otherwise I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 01:11:30 | More by tdm168
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is the same, chocolate, coffee,roasted malts, a bit of smoke, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 14:46:41 | More by tone77
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