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Duck-Rabbit Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit PorterDuck-Rabbit Porter

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544 Ratings

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of smallbatchbrewer

North Carolina

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

A- Dark rich brown color with 1 inch creamy tan head that sticks around for a good while. Random lace seems to "climb" the glass.

S- Thick aroma of coffee and roasty toasty malts with some nuttiness

T- Coffee, sweet bread, nuts. I rather like this beer, someone told me about it and how its brewed here in NC I haven't seen it on tap but then again I haven't been looking for it...I will now

M- Very thick, rich and creamy... like a dessert

D- Not a session beer for me, a little heavy on the stomach. I will say that for a style I find myself never buying, this stuff is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 05:37:30 | More by smallbatchbrewer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, great clarity when held to a bright light. One finger's worth of tan head. Head dissipates relatively quickly leaving behind a thin layer that hangs around a while. Very light/spotty lacing.

S: Nice. Sweet scent with chocolate, roasted, bready notes. Maybe a hint of coffee in there.

T: Decent. Chocolate, roasted, and sweet -- slightly malty -- flavors dominate. A little bit of a metallic taste.

M: A little on the thin side. Medium body, light carbonation. Smooth and slightly slick (oily).

D: Certainly a drinkable porter. Goes down easy, not too rich. Can easily put back a few. Kind of memorable and, in my opinion, a good deal for the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 01:47:43 | More by jmjackson6880
Photo of nickd717


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Brickskeller in DC.

A - Pours darkest brown in color with a lasting tan head.

S - Aroma is coffee, chocolate, tobacco, and roast. Really captures the Carolina essence with that tobacco in there. This might be a good pairing with a pinch of Copenhagen.

T - Really roasty with dark chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Very good porter overall with full flavor.

M - Palate fairly creamy with medium body.

D - Good for the style. Took this down quickly, and not just because I take everything down quickly.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 17:09:01 | More by nickd717
Photo of mynie


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark for a porter, nearly opaque with a big chocolate brown head.

Smells of rough, burnt grain and dry English hops. There's a bit of a yeasty fire mixed in there, too. I don't know whether that's from age or what but it's actually pretty nice.

Tastes like a straight-up solid American porter. Burnt grain, moving from bittersweet into bitter into a lingering bittersweet sourness. A little rough and raw but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:37:43 | More by mynie
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearing the end of the six pack I picked up in South Carolina. This has been a nice beer to enjoy.
2 finger head forms, is very creamy looking, then fades to an 1/8th inch cap. Beer is very dark and shows a lot of ruby highlights around the edges. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is really nice and has a lot of depth. Slightly sweet up front, Some milk chocolate..

Flavor is fairly deep and inviting. Roasted, malt, dark caramel, charcoal, burnt coffee. Some nice fruitiness in the background. Ends with a nice bitter lingering effect. Combination of hops and dark roasted malts.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth.

I enjoy this porter. Not incredible, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 18:01:06 | More by Reagan1984
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with reddish hues. Think, foamy head that lingers throughout the entire beer from first pour to final sip. Smell is hints of dark fruits and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet with a mild bitterness. Medium-bodied and a nice solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:56:50 | More by jhu1995
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a Dixie company specializing in darker beers, i wasn't blown away by this nonetheless solid depiction of a classic American genre beer... i would definitely be interested in sampling it again with the correct food pairings to accentuate and emphasize the various eclectic flavors that pour forth from the nuances of this outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 02:52:14 | More by dsa7783
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby hints. There's a 1/2-finger, beige head that sticks around for about 1/2 the session. No lacing.

Smell is roasted malts & caramel, very subtle. The taste is bitter from charcoal-like malts & there are hints of caramel & burnt coffee. Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium-bodied, just right.

This is quite sessionable. It would go great with a grilled pork loin or any smoked meat.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 02:32:02 | More by theghost3
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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to odiedog52 for providing this beer so generously.

A: Deep brown, almost black, with amber hues around the edges when held to light. Thin head composed of coarse bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S: Caramel and roasted malts are the big ones here. Also can make out some toffee in there too.

T: Light taste of coffee bean that gives way to caramel malts and a finish packed with nicely roasted grains.

M/D: Light and a bit watery for a porter, and well-carbonated, this is nonetheless a very enjoyable porter. The texture makes for easy drinking, and the flavor is good. If you are looking for a summertime porter, this is your best bet.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 03:44:09 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep burgundy, with billowing rootbeer-style head.

Incredibly rich, sweet smell of dark chocolate malty goodness. Quite dessert-like. Did not expect this from a regular porter <6% ABV.

Taste first struck me as malted milk balls, with the sweetness of the smell taking a step back to baker's chocolate. Great charred/roasted malt character.

Smooth, and relatively light mouthfeel - light smoke bite on the sides of the tongue.

Solid on the drinkability meter, and a top notch porter in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 10:52:04 | More by BeerImmediately
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Poured deep brown/black. Fairly sturdy dark brown head. Very roasty aromas, malt coffee. Some peaty, tobacco. There is a nice crispness in the mouth, on the border of too much carbonation. Typical mocha/coffee of a good porter, a bit more carbonation. Finish very clean bitterness. Solid all around, carbonation reminds me a bit of Fullers London Porter, but not quite as good as that overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 02:14:42 | More by Bung
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Picked this up on my way down to South Carolina about a month ago.

Pours a nice dark, dark brown...almost black. Very little head. I could hear the carbonation fizz as I poured, but there is little to no head retention on this pour.

Smells sweet...milk chocolate, vanilla...kind of smells like cream soda. Maybe cherries in there somewhere, sugar...something along the line of Cocoa Pebbles...for some reason that smell is coming to mind.

Taste is much more bitter than the aroma would lead me to believe. Very metallic on the tongue, and bubbly...which seems strange considering the lack of any significant head on this beer. The aftertaste is very sweet...caramel, cocoa powder, molasses...

The beer is dark, yes..so Porter seems about right. But, the beer feels like it's lacking something. It's drinkable, but nothing outstanding here. The mouthfeel is the killer for me...very effervescent...and leaves a tingle on the tongue...but not one that really helps to impart the flavors that reside in the beer.

I'm glad I picked this one up, because it's not something that is easy to find around here. But, it' not a beer that I would probably seek out again unless I was hanging out at a bar in North Carolina and they had it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 03:09:02 | More by movingtrain
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a wispy shallow light tan colored head that fades quickly to surface with light spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is nice and strong...like a glass of toast and iced coffee, moderately roasted with a touch of sweetness. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel has a lively tang to it, yet classically singular. Full flavored, the toast and coffee tastes are repeated from the nose and supported nicely by the mouth feel. A real nice drinker. Thanks out to brentk56 for the opportunity to consider this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 22:02:27 | More by jjayjaye
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the many samples of beer that I picked up at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburgh, VA, I'm quite excited to try this one as it's my first Duck-Rabbit offering. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep dark cola brown with a head that is just over one finger deep and is a solid tan; head fades into a thin, but full skim that covers the whole service and as it fades, it leaves a pretty full lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very nice, very interesting - a bit of a sweet/syrupy cola scent to it (which is ironic becuase I just described the appearance as cola brown - but that scent is definitely there); some strong roasty coffee aspects as well as some dark, bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Much like the smell, this is a very nice tasting porter -- it does have a slightly sweet cola presence, but I feel the dominant flavor that I pick up is a toasty and roasty coffee ground flavor; there is also some hints of chocolate buried in there -- overall, it's a well-blended beer with several prominent flavors.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little light, loose and watery -- a very "moist" feeling beer that finishes pretty wet and doesn't have any drying effect and not much of a stickiness or coating -- typically I would like something a little thicker in the body and a bit more of a presence on the palate.

Drinkability: Moderate to high -- I really like the smell and flavors that this beer provides, and really I think I could get behind it a bit more if it just had a bit more body to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 02:44:56 | More by bamadog
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate covered pretzels. Flavor of nice roasted malt and bitter chocolate with some vegetal notes. Nice sturdy palate. It wore a little on me...on the whole it is a decent beer though.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 17:43:12 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
notched 8-09 on the label

Pours a mostly dark brown with some scarlet highlights in the light. A 2 inch tan tight head, recedes slowly and deposits only sporadic gobs of sticky lace. Carbonation is intense.

Nose: Chocolate malt a bit burnt, some coffee, some faint licorice

Classic porter taste, a tad less toastiness then expected. Chocolate, coffee, and sugar candy, followed by a burst of bitterness, that didn't linger. Clean smooth mouthfeel, albeit a tad over carbonated.

A good solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 19:02:53 | More by beerphan
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color. Color is deeper than a coffee color. The head is small and quickly gives way. A little lacing is left on the glass. The smell is of slight chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is chocolate notes and malt. The beer has a good mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall a very solid beer with a dark rich taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 17:14:39 | More by goblue3509
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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a perfect pitch black with 1/2 inch of tan foam that slowly disappeared

S - slight aroma of roasted malt, some coffee

T - roasted malt backbone with hints of chocolate, coffee and cola

M/D - good carbonation and smooth mouth feel. very drinkable for a poerter with good flavor

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 15:34:02 | More by mikereaser
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours out pitch black with a nice creamy tan head, although not very large. Aroma is not very apparent. Taste is full of roasted barley with a hint of coffee and oats. Mouthfeel is very nice, silky and smooth. The drinkability is incredible, not filling like most porters and stouts. Rings last throughout the beer compliments the small head. Overall, this is a very drinkable porter, one of my favorites. Has the taste of a dark stout with the drinkability of a dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 02:58:12 | More by cpmau11
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Middle of the road brown body, topped by a level four finger slabo of slighty darkened tan micro bubbles. Good lacing.

Light roast coffee aroma. Pull a bit harder and some chocolate arrives.

Taste has some coffee at first sip. Then some chocolate syrup. Followed by earthy hops at the swallow.

Light-to-full mouthfeel. Easy drinkability.

A "not bad" kind of porter. Nice to have it available, but not a classic.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 03:02:32 | More by RonfromJersey
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh the Duck Rabbit Porter...one of my favorite American porters!

Pours a coal black with some very faint amber hues when held to the light. Head is bubbly like pancake batter and slowly slinks away.

Smell is rich and roasty. Lots of fresh brewed coffee notes, some hot chocolate and a bit of a metallic scent. Reminds me a bit of some of the Baltic porters I've had lately.

Taste is a lot of those roasty and toasty malt flavors. Oh so delicious on a cool rainy night here in New England. Coffee and chocolate flavors shine through and make this a very satisfying <6% porter. Has a nice cocoa powder finish to it.

A very versatile beer that I could end a night with or drink 2-3 in a sitting before moving on to something else. Great stuff from the "dark beer specialists".

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:38:49 | More by indiapaleale
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness info from yesac. thanks!

A- very dark brown colored body with ruby red along the edges when held up to the light. a small khaki colored head that quickly becomes no more than a crown and leaves very little lacing.

S- sweet and dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

T- the taste mimics the nose. lots of roasted malts and sweet chocolate upfront. coffee/hops at the end.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation

D- easy to finish, and i would reach for another if i had it available to me. thanks again for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 03:39:04 | More by jwinship83
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally reviewed this a few months ago and gave it a 3.35, but I'm pretty sure now that I had an old or otherwise bad bottle. I've been drinking it again from a mixed case and it's much better, and as such I'm re-reviewing it.

Pours a dark reddish brown, garnet hues at the light, with a creamy two fingers of tan head. Keeps a pretty full, solid lace and leaves some splashes of stick.

Smell is very chocolaty with a lot of cocoa on the nose in particular. Also some coffee, a bit of roasted malt and a fruity hop note.

Taste also consists of chocolate and coffee malt flavors, plus some roasted malt. Also some bitter, earthy hop flavor in the finish. Some fruit, as well.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body with good carbonation. This is quite smooth and overall a really nice porter. I will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 21:16:17 | More by number1bum
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rocky layer of creamy slightly off-white head... Flat black color... Leaves some minor rings on the glass on the way down...

S - Lots of roasted malt... Espresso... Dark chocolate... Sweet banana... Hints of tobacco... Bold, straightforward, and assertive... There's nothing wrong with that...

T - Begins with a wonderful mix or roasted malt and espresso... There are also hints of dark chocolate and dark fruits... A faint hoppiness rises as part of the aftertaste...

M - Rich... Slight amount of fizzed carbonation on the tongue... Medium to full bodied... A tad on the side... Slightly dry at the finish... Consistent flavor with an assertive aftertaste and follow through...

D - A highly respectable American Porter... Doesn't disappoint in any area and excels in terms of aroma... Quite sessionable at a little over 5% ABV... Not best in class, but one that I would welcome the opportunity to encounter again...

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 02:13:24 | More by philbe311
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured sort of flat in to a shaker pint glass at barleys

smell is sweet roasty maybe some licorice

tart roast taste with a cherry like sweetness. some slight sourness in the finish.

full mouthfeel and leaves me wanting more

very good beer from a good brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 16:50:34 | More by aubuc1
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