Duck-Rabbit Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev -2.4%
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a tulip glass. The color is nearing on black with a thin mocha head and not too much in the way of lacing. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is mostly some roasted malt with a tad bit of coffee. Medium body and slightly dry. Drinks fairly well with a nice balance.
11-10-2010 01:49:06 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
Roasted coffee bean with reddish gold trim; almost opaque. The splendid looking crown of wheat toast brown has enough substance to drop no lower than two fingers for quite a while. The 'bubbles to pits' process is well underway, with no shortage of bubbles.
The nose features roasted black malt and is surprisingly bold. This is definitely one of the more aggressive American porters that I've run into in the past several months. Coffee and dark chocolate are present in roughly equal measure. Accessory aromas are at a minimum, but aren't really missed. If the flavor follows suit, we're in business.
Well done Duck-Rabbit. Porter is a delicious porter. Coffee is now clearly flavor king, but not to the extent that it tastes like a coffee bean brewed beer. Bittersweet chocolate is next in line and is the only other flavor that has much of a say. I don't think I'm imagining a hint of sugared vanilla bean. There's an undercurrent of sweetness in any case, trying to hold its own against a rather impressive amount of hoppy bitterness.
The brewery claims that their brown ale is significantly hoppy. No such claim is made for this beer, but it might as well be. Brightly citric hops are present in a 'just right' amount (too much for purists I'll bet) and add another facet to a flavor profile that wasn't really in dire need of another facet. The zigging and zagging of roasted barley and grapefruity hops, sweetness and bitterness, is keeping me interested (and happy) throughout the bottle.
The mouthfeel is perfectly in keeping with the rest of the beer. It isn't much more full than porter average and is rounded, smooth and beautifully carbonated. With this much flavor, a bigger, more chewy body would be preferable, but I'm finding it difficult to be too critical of such a well-crafted ale. Drinkability is up there. This is one of those beers that's gone before you're aware that the bottle is empty.
I love the dual perspective duck-rabbit thingie on the label, and I also love the malty-hoppy dual perspective beer inside. If you're going to call yourself "the dark beer specialist" you'd better come through with a quality porter. Duck-Rabbit has done just that. My thanks to NClifestyle for the first of several bottles from yet another solid, Tar Heel State brewery.
01-19-2006 16:31:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.43/5 rDev +18.4%
Appearance - Coffee brown, but still translucent, with a nice tan head; decent lacing
Smell - Lots of dark chocolate on the nose; just a wonderful smell
Taste - Just like the nose, a lot of chocolate and caramel flavors coat the tongue; after about 5 seconds of sweetness, bitter hoppy flavors emerge; plenty of bitter chocolate character at the end, along with undertones of sweet caramel
Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with a bit of creaminess; moderate carbonation
Drinkability - A very flavorful porter that ranks among the best, with its hop profile that makes for a nice balance against the sweeter elements
09-05-2004 20:30:35 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +7%
Bottle courtesy of Turdfurgeson: Poured a light clear black color porter with a huge foamy dirty brown color head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and roasted coffee with a dry ending with limited bitterness. Taste is also dominated by dry coffee and chocolate notes with a nice creamy texture. I really appreciated the creamy texture and the great carbonation. I thought this was a well balance take on the style and would enjoy having regular access to this beer.
11-15-2007 17:43:29 | More by Phyl21ca
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
Very non-offensive and session-able, but at the sacrifice of depth and texture. The beer opens with a moderately low aroma of mild coffee and pecans with a medium not of chocolate and lactose sweetness. Looks lighter brown than usual for Porters, and with fair head formation and fleeting retention. Flavors are very clean and display the same mild coffee, nutty, chocolate characters found in the aroma, but with a cola-like flavor that follows up in the finish. Hops are light in flavor and bitterness, keeping in balance wiht the light texture, which edges very close to watering. A good drinking beer for folks who like something between a brown ale and porter flavors, but perhaps with a smaller body.
10-17-2007 20:25:00 | More by BEERchitect
4.35/5 rDev +16.3%
Poured an opaque black with a big creamy head that stayed till the end. Deep creamy lace throught. Smell was of roasted malts, slightly smoked, with a hint of chocolate. The taste was very rich. Caramel, chocolate roasted together and smoked would probably be the best description. Thick and full, very nice. Great going down, and not too bad on the ABV makes this extremly drinkable, my favorite duck rabbit to date!
02-05-2007 01:33:42 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
A: This one pours nearly black in color with a thick, creamy, khaki colored head.
S: Fairly heavy on the roasted malts, but plenty of good dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee aromas. A light ash to it, but not enough to ruin the beer for me.
T: A light vanilla flavor to go along with the intense dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Plenty of roasted malts in there as well. Fairly smooth and enjoyable.
M: Medium in body with a creamy feel on the tongue.
O: Much better than expected, especially given my experiences with Duck Rabbit.
06-22-2011 07:29:59 | More by womencantsail
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown body with ruby-hued edges and a foamy, creamy-looking beige head.
Smell: Doughy, dark roasted malt aroma, with a good measure of chocolate and maybe even some sour black cherries in the distant background.
Taste: Full roasted malt flavor with well-rounded notes of chocolate and coffee. Some cola-like tastes midway. Faint fruitiness. A hint of sweet lemon juice on the otherwise roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Enjoyable and interesting enough for a relatively low-ABV porter. I'd certainly be willing to pick this one up again if Duck-Rabbit would ever make their way into the GA market.
09-24-2007 05:31:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.23/5 rDev -13.6%
This porter is pretty standard when it comes to the style. There isn't a whole lot of special stuff happening here. The beer pours out as a dark brown, nearly black with a tan colored head on it. The aromas are mostly roasted malts with just a hint of hops. The beer tasted like roasted malts and just that pretty much. I honestly couldn't come up with too much about this beer. The flavors were a little boring in my opinion. The mouthfeel was decent.
04-16-2011 01:38:16 | More by Knapp85
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
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a huge, light brown colored head of foam. There were big bubbles in the long lasting head that left some nice lace.
S - It smelled super roasty with great coffee and espresso aroma. There are some nice chocolate notes, too.
T - It tasted of strong roasted malts with chocolate, caramel and coffee flavors.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
D - This is a fabulous porter. Robust and delicious.
08-16-2010 01:37:09 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +7%
Extra from craytonic. Thanks!
Mocha brown, nearly opaque in the pour with some visible yeast from bottle conditioning. A spotty leather-hued head tops it, showing some decent retention.
Pretty nice aroma. Nutty and roasty, biscuit sweetness, licorice, malt balls - on the sweet side for the style but very pleasant.
Full bodied despite the low ABV, the bitter dark malts take a back seat to flavors of roasted peanuts, butter toffee, whole grain bread and malt balls. It's over-carbonated and fizzy on the tongue, but this dissipates with some vigorous swirling. There's a touch of tart dark fruit and licorice toward the finish, which enhances the complexity without overwhelming the initial richness. Nuttiness lingers throughout the finish, melding with the licorice and roast.
This is a great beer, I could see myself buying it with some regularity if it were local. If they fixed the carbonation issues it would be nearly on par with porters from Anchor or Deschutes.
08-03-2010 02:47:10 | More by largadeer
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
Acquired via trade from WeisGuy, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, creamy milk chocolate, dark malt and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is creamy and malty with strong flavors black coffee & chocolate up front. There is a mild but complimentary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to sit down and knock a few back when you're in the mood for a good Porter.
01-28-2008 05:06:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.55/5 rDev -5.1%
A - One and a half fingers of medium brown head on top of a dark brown body with clear, ruby highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.
S - Nice bready malt with nutty brown caramel aromas. A hint of herbal coffee and some molasses.
T - Sweet malt up front with molasses and some toffee. More brown malty flavors in the middle with a cola like quality. Finishes with some light roast and toffee as well as a hint of hop flavor and mild bitterness. Lingering flavors of nutty malt and cola-like sweetness.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - This is very sweet for a porter and very light on roasted character. I almost feel like this is a nutty brown ale more than a porter. I think it would benefit greatly from being a bit dryer as that would help with drinkability and perhaps reduce the strong cola characteristics to a more enjoyable level. By no means is this an undrinkable beer, it has some nice aroma qualities, but it is a little flat and anemic and in the end just doesn't do much for me.
01-05-2010 05:54:27 | More by nickfl
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
4.63/5 rDev +23.8%
From tasting notes when I back home in NC mid july
Pours dark mahogany/black with a 2 fingers mocha head. Good lacing & head retention
S: Supper strong choclate malt
T: Choclate, choclate & then toasted grains up front. Malt & fruittyness follow. Finishes fruitty & dry
MF: Rich & silky, great carbonation
Drinks too easy; a super porter
08-22-2006 03:52:32 | More by russpowell
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a deep, dark, brown, with several fingers of very foamy mocha colored head. Retains with a rich creamy layer, which throws a big frothy cascade of thick lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma starts with floral and citric hop tones, which mingle with some very assertive roasted malt and coffee character. Thick smelling chocolate and sticky caramel notes give this an extra layer of robustness in the nose.
The taste is deep and crunchy in the mouth with dark roast and rich java notes. An equally thick and chewy layer of sweet chocolate and toffeed sweetness nicely balances out the darker edges of this. There is also a fairly firm spicy hop presence to this as well, which really helps add to the the intensity of the bitter roast. Equal parts sweetness and sharpness in the finish, with some dry bitter notes and tang hanging around. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big sharpness to the carbonation (this actually feels like it might be a touch overcarbonated). A heavier thickness runs through this, keeping that rich sweetness moving. Generally, this goes down pretty good.
VERY dark and roasty for a Porter, I'd imagine that your enjoyment of this will probably depend on if that is the type of thing your looking for in the style. I personally liked it but this could have done with a little less sharpness to the carbonation (which seems to be an occassional problem with these guys).
10-18-2009 21:40:20 | More by Kegatron
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
The duck-Rabbit Porter pours a murky, muddy brown, with small traces of crimson creeping out the edges, topped with a light tan/cocoa head, a slim ring, though lasting (but not long!).
Bittersweet aroma, medium roasty, creamy, rich mocha suggestions, getting sweeter as it goes...nice.
Very nicely met in the mouth, big flavor, full texture, with dark chocolate, coffee, a bit of tar and tobacco, too...a complex character, and easily drinkable. Medium to full in body, long, thick finish, hangs thickly and happily on the palate.
Quite a nice little porter they've brewed up, there at the Duck-Rabbit.
Funny name, nice beer.
10-29-2004 09:58:15 | More by feloniousmonk
Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.