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Duck-Rabbit Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. Notched "best by" date of what appears to be 12/04.

Poured an inky darkness...not quite black. A brownish-black with hints of amber at the edges. Bubbly tan-colored head lasts for a surprisingly long time and leaves minute rings of lace on the glass. Aromas of toasted grain and coffee predominately, but there's some caramel and raisin flowing underneath. Flavor is a mixture of chocolate and coffee. Had sort of a "Coca-Cola" character to it in the sweetness. Different, but not in a bad way. Thinner than expected but still drinkable. A solid first offering for me from Duck-Rabbit.

01-04-2005 12:30:16 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a deep brown with some red highlights thru out a slightly off white head that lingers for quite awhile,aroma is burnt with an odd lactic note (not a bad think)and a dark roast coffee note coming thru more as the beer as it warms.A really dry earthy beer bitter for the style not much sweetness a little more sweet as I drink more but very dry for the style.Pretty highly hopped porter here very earthy and nutty almost a nut brown character but more dry.Interesting to say the least I would love to try this on tap.

10-29-2004 00:35:59 | More by oberon
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass producing an abundant light brown foamy head. Very dark brown, nearly black. Head reduces to a thin film of bubbles relatively quickly with good lacing.

S: Light coffee malts, but there is something else... sort of fruity, like green apples... just under the coffee.

T: Interesting, relatively malty flavors toward the sweet at first and then a lightly roasted coffee taste combined with a tart apple skin flavor. That apply flavor leaves a relatively clean finish with a linger of that initial malt.

M&D: Full mouthfeel with lighter carbonation. The somewhat curious combination of flavors combined with the appropriate carbonation makes this rather enjoyable.

02-13-2008 01:42:06 | More by SIRIUS2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Coming from the self-proclaimed "Dark Beer Special- ists," this robust Porter has an addition of oats in the mash to smooth it out. They have also been known to sing softly to their yeast during fermentation. Whatever floats their duck.

Two fingers of a tight, tiny-bubbled head leaves a trail of tan lace down the glass after every sip. Smells of chocolaty roasted malt with yeast and a light fruitiness in the back. Very smooth in a dense medium body; creamy slick mouthfeel makes you go for another sip right away. Flavors of baker's chocolate, French Roast coffee and faint charcoal. Acrid, ghost-like twang and yeast flash past the taste buds. Dry, bready maltiness in the middle with a kiss of hop bitterness; both flavors end up overshadowed by a blanket of roasted grain in the drying finish.

A tasty Porter, with a good showing of balance and a sound, roasted flavor throughout. Above average for sure--largely because of its drinkability. A plate of pulled pork with a sweet molasses sauce and some black beans and rice would do well with this beer.

09-27-2010 18:16:47 | More by BeerAdvocate
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blitz134

California

4/5  rDev +7%

Pours a nice nearly black color with only bits of light wrapping around the corners. Head was thin and fleeting, but was a nice dark brown while it lasted before reducing to only a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell is heavy of coffee with hints of oatmeal. There is also a nice sweet malt backing to this. A nice smell which is relatively full.

Taste is full with a bit of spice on the back end with flavors that remind me of a stout. I detect a fair amount of coffee as was found in the nose. But there is also some bittersweet chocolate.

This coats the mouth well and is full bodied and makes for a very filling and easy drinking brew. High recommended. An easy porter to fall back to.

05-28-2005 03:41:22 | More by blitz134
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-08-2013 00:34:15 | More by iemailjack
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

12 oz bottle purchased at Peabody's in Boone, NC, on 3-5-05. Duck-Rabbit brews are a recent arrival in Boone, and this bottle is notched "best before 6-05". Pours a very dark brown body, almost opaque, with garnet tints around the edges when backlit. Cocoa head is small, but hangs around a few minutes before fading to a film. Some nice patchy lace is left on the glass. Aroma is dark toasted malts, mostly old coffee but with some chocolate and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, but a bit thin. Body is light medium with average carbonation. Taste has a predominant coffee flavor, with notes of chocolate, walnut nuttiness, and a hint of cherries toward the finish. Adequate hops bitterness is earthy and slightly herbal. Bitter coffee aftertaste is longlasting. Fresh tasting, and nicely drinkable. A decent porter from this small North Carolina brewery.

03-26-2005 17:17:13 | More by merlin48
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter...
Black in color with no light passing thru...a full finger of tan head sits on top, most of which remains for half the pint.
Sweet milk chocolate mainly in the nose...a slight nutty character as well.
The taste is decent...slight metallic flavor, but a generous chocolate flavor to overcome it. Slight coffee flavor as it warms to room temperature.
Subtle vanilla bean in the finish, along with some green hops.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin...carbonation is too high for the style, but goes down quite easily, regardless.
Would enjoy on tap nearby or at the source...another solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

08-07-2006 00:51:37 | More by warriorsoul
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

picked up a sixer of this beer on my vacation to the Outer Banks was in a lng neck brown bottle with a crimped cap seved in a nonic glass.

Brown/black with reddish hues letting some light pass through. Very generous tan head,very thick and creamy with good retention leaving thick lace curtians clinging down the glass.

Roasty,cocoa powder,nutty,milky and a very slight vinious aroma,moderate aromas and very pleasing.

Complex malty tastes,roasty,coffee.nutty,bakers chocolate with a slight vinious taste. Very nice balance with a clean.sharp,bitter finish,leaves a cocoa/chocolate aftertaste.

Very light and creamy. Great taste and a very light mouthfeel makes for great drinkability for a porter. Give this one a try if you happen to run across it.

08-21-2007 03:01:38 | More by jcdiflorio
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Received this one in the Bif across america, bottle has some sort of drink by date which looks like 4/04. Pours a deep black with tan head which had a great deal of lacing as I drank. Chocolate is the first thing I detect in the nose along with a roasted like coffee scent. Taste is similar with a light chocolate up front with a great deal of roasted taste. Mouthfeel is light and really smooth, leaving my mouth feel like nothing ever went down.

08-22-2006 21:51:53 | More by WeymouthMike
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-19-2014 17:25:37 | More by Mantooth
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-01-2013 03:15:25 | More by Cynic-ale
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far333

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Cap popped with a loud rush of air. I waited a few minutes to pour, but still ended up with a glass full of foam. Had to wait several more minutes for it to settle and then gradually fill the glass.

Deep mahogany colored with a huge foamy but tightly bubbled head, with whipped up lumps like meringue.

Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, a bit metallic, some molasses and brown sugar, a bit of smoke.

Flavor is intially cocoa, followed by some burnt wood and smoke, a currant/cherry tang, and a dark chocolate finish. A chalky talcy taste lingers. Noticed something similar in the brown ale, perhaps reminiscent of the yeast. Is this a ringwood brewer?

Full mouthfeel, finishes dry and tannnic.

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for sharing.

01-01-2008 20:09:41 | More by far333
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%

Appears deep dark black with ruby highlights large fizzy bubbling tan head forms a dimpled texture and dwindles relatively quick with light uneven lacing bands forming down the sides of my glass. Aromatics deep roasted chocolate malts dry powdered cocoa tone with a creamy milky air to it light herbal hops here but overall the roasted coffee bean and chocolate creamy tones rule the day. Flavor wise a rolling combo of fruit including raisin and plum notes with chocolate, and coffee highlights this brew is a well made porter from front to the back low grazed herbal hops provide a touch of grassy bitterness but nothing that induces hop burps really relies on the bitterness of the dark roasts. Mouthfeel this is definitely a fuller bodied porter carbonation is a tad bitey but the overall velvet texture the body has to offer is amazing great stuff I love the feel of it kind ask for much more as the label shoves in my face these people are dark beer specialists. Drinkability is great quaffable yet poundable I guess that means that not only does it taste great and I desire more but I am also able to put a few of these down smooth traditional yet complex porter that I will grab again the next time I get a chance.

10-06-2007 18:49:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

05-07-2012 23:31:39 | More by chinchill
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Picked up a single bottle from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown color with chestnut highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate. As it warms the roasted malt aromas lighten up a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front with hints of dark chocolate that linger until the roasted bitter ending. As it warms, tangy dark fruit flavors lurk in the background.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one off pretty quickly and buying a six-pack of this isn't a bad idea.

Overall this has everything I look for in a porter, just not with the right balance to make this a phenomenal beer. Still, it's very good and worth picking up.

03-09-2009 02:14:18 | More by glid02
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pwoods

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

Thanks to beachbum1975 for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours deep brown, nearly black. A big strong head forms mocha colored and holds very well. Some good lacing when the heads up.

S: Light coffee and chocolate notes. On the dry side.

T/M: Very dry and chalky with a bit of an aspirin taste. The chocolate outweighs the coffee by a bit and has a powdered chocolate milk mix taste to it. Body is medium full with a decent smoothness.

D: Easy enough to drink but nothing spectacular in the taste department. Too many other porters out there. Thanks for the taste, Shane!

06-14-2008 01:07:47 | More by pwoods
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-10-2012 15:45:43 | More by ltdantheman
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dashirey

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

This one must have gotten shuffled around the fridge and was overlooked. But thanks to Tayner for this in a trade a few months back.

A - Brown, cola color. The pour produces a HUGE tan colored head that eventually reduces to a thin layer but never really goes away. Not much in terms of lacing on this one.

S - Mild chocolate smell. Something fruity is present as well (raisins maybe). A deep inhale brings a faint metallic smell.

T - At first it comes of as a little harsh but mellows as it warms. A little sweet taste up front but not from the chocolate, more from the fruits. Also a little smoke coming from the roasted malts.

M - I thought it was a bit thin and over carbonated at first. The carbonation does calm as it warms.

D - In my opinion this beer gets a whole lot better as it warms. As I said earlier my first impression was that it was harsh and not very drinkable, but by the end it is nearly a different beer. Keep that in mind when drinking this one.

07-23-2008 00:25:17 | More by dashirey
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azorie

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-08-2014 17:17:31 | More by azorie
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IntriqKen

California

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

Thank you oldirtysurfer for this brew.
Pours deep dark amber...almost black with a full two finger off white head that melts very slowly to a very sticky lacing.
Aromas are all about coffee and chocolate with a touch of alcohol on the tale-end.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with lots of tiny smooth carbonation.
Taste is all espresso coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate finishing with bitter hops
Your mouth is left with the memory of bittersweet chocolate that becomes nicely drying.
This is a wonderfully satisfying Porter.
Few better.

12-05-2006 03:58:53 | More by IntriqKen
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black, with a small tan head on top that fades quickly. Some thin lacing forms on the glass.

S: Some lightly roasted coffee, cream, chocolate, and a little bit of hops.

T: Similar to the aroma with a little bit of coffee and chocolate with a heavier cream component. There is a hint of smoke on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and rather creamy.

O: A solid porter. The flavors are good, but I wish they were slightly bolder.

10-02-2011 00:56:40 | More by mdaschaf
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

Nearly back and slighty red. Creamy big rose tinted beige head is large and in charge. Straggly lacing and good soapy slick retention. Nose is big in size and heavy with roasty chocolate, coffee. Evenly bittersweet with a milky cream and toffee lightness. A good porter for the nose. Taste is sweet cocoa/dark chocolate initially then turns to a burnt coffee bitterness. Body is medium and mouth is smooth with prickly carbonation. Good drinkability.

Good porter across the board. Nothing insane, but well done and enjoyable.

11-19-2006 21:32:49 | More by tastybeer
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syntheticwings

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-25-2012 00:00:52 | More by syntheticwings
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

11-15-2011 18:34:27 | More by twowheelssoar
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Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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