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Duck-Rabbit Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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566 Ratings

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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 pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

pwoods, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost opaque, with a hint of light able to break through on the bottom and (barely) around the edges. Khaki head, full of big, bursting bubbles.

S: Toasted caramel malts, a touch of smokiness, a sweet, almost fruity note.

T + M + D: A little sweeter than some, with a bit of a raisin/grape flavour coming out in some ways along with fairly typical chocolate and coffee flavours. Quite a nice body, feeling creamy but not heavy. This could make for a good candidate for a couple on the patio on a cooler summer or autumn day.

Proteus93, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to witbier for bringing this one back from vacation.
Very dark, looks clear but it's pretty much opaque, brownish edges. A thin cap of fine tan foam reduced to a thin skim and thick collar within about a minute after the pour. Some spotty lacing. Lots of roast in the aroma, mild chocolate and a flash of grassy hops that dissipated after a few minutes. Same in the flavour, with moderate bitterness and a hint of fruit character from the yeast. Slightly grainy texture, average carbonation, medium bodied. Easy drinking, though there's a bit more roast present than I normally like in my porters. Nicely balanced.

DrJay, May 25, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: ill be honest, this could be a 4, but i expect a more sticky head with a porter style, there is a residual tan ring around the edge as it drops, but it does not stick

S: A slight roasted aroma, nothing too strong, i like the mild aroma.

T: let this puppy warm a bit. when i first started out it felt too carbonated like had a bite i did not like. as it warmed it became incredibly smooth. for the straight porter style this is very good. its smooth with a strong coffee taste with a hint of chocolate and a roasted malt finish. it is not too sweet but has an almost cocoa flavor, on the finish. the carbonation touch was still a tiny bit off puting, i wold easily come back to this beer again.

thanks everetends for the bottle

Redwood21, May 21, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields an opaque deep brown body topped with a soft fluffy tan cap of two fingers that retains at a sheet and leaves webby lacing.

Smell is of chocolate, dark coffee, toffee and caramel with a hint of oil-roasted pecans.

Taste is of rich dark roasted grains and malts, French roast, chocolate liqueur, hot cocoa and maybe even a little chocolate milk before a nice bitter finish.

Milky and smooth in the mouth; savory, with a nice sticky finish. Medium-bodied and very drinkable.

cvstrickland, May 17, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from SaintNathaniel. Thanks a bunch! Poured into my Russian River pint glass

A: Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin brown head. A shade darker than usual but still good

S: The aroma leans heavily on the roasty side of things with a good amount of creamy sweetness thrown in for good measure. Hints of coffee with a good dose of dark malts. Very appealing.

T: A little thin in body, with a good roasted flavor coming through with a nice hint of coffee. Not much sweetness as would be suggested by the nose. Nice dry finish. Great stuff

M: In between the great burnt malt bitterness, dry finish and moderate carbonation, we have a winner

D: Easy drinking porter that i could drink more of.

DefenCorps, May 16, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh NC. Duck Rabbit doesn't distribute in OH so I'd been looking to try this for some time. The appearance was good, almost the same as the Duck-Rabbit milk stout I'd just had (dark brown and opaque in the center, ruby highlights at the edges). There was about and inch of tan foam after my pour, very appetizing. The aroma also had the same elements as the milk stout but possibly in different ratios (coffee, chocolate, roasted malts). Same with the flavor, although the sweetness is not as present in this beer as in the milk stout. The mouthfeel is about as thick as the average porter or maybe a little thicker, and this is maybe the most flavorful and drinkable porter I've had. I will easily buy this again if I see it. Next time I try the Baltic Porter.

TurdFurgison, May 14, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this is a sixer from Green's off Ponce in Atlanta. Poured into a pint.

A: Came out a deep brown with ruby highlights, almost black. Didn't get a huge head, but still a good looking pint.

S: Deeply roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, lactose, and a little hint of fruit.

T: Once again heavily roasted malt, a touch of caramel, nuts, and coffee.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a bit light for the style. Somewhat creamy, but doesn't coat the mouth.

D: Because it feels so light, it is very drinkable.

everetends, May 09, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer poured a clear brownish read with two fingers of head.

the beer smells like oats and cherries and caramel. also a bit toasty smelling.

the taste is bittersweet chocolate and coffee with a metallic background.

the carbonation is moderate, decent for the style. it's a good bit light.

this is easy to drink, but the worst duck rabbit offering i have had. a real letdown from their baltic porter.

deepsouth, May 08, 2008
Photo of rajendra82
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body looked like a blackened ruby depending on the angle of the light shining down or through. The head was quite large at first but faded to a manageable size in a couple of minutes allowing me to fully empty the bottle into a pint glass. The smell was clean and down the line for a Porter. The usual check list of chocolate, toffee, and coffee smells was crossed out. The Taste was better than what was suggested by the smell. The roasty burnt grain taste was quite prominent, as was the sweet toffee, and a sour follow up. The mouthfeel was grainy and the finish had some coffee like bitterness. Quite a complete Porter that hits the right notes.

rajendra82, May 06, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tayner for throwing this one in a recent trade..

Pours out black, black, black, black, black with a huge billowing creamy tan head... this may be the best looking porter that I've ever had....

Aroma of sweet roasted malt, perhaps a hint of chocolate and maybe some Saaz...

Very rich dark roasted malt flavor... not much else to say...

An OK porter... sort of middle of the road to me... Their Baltic porter blows this one away...

Tilley4, May 04, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to marcpal for this one.

Poured from a bottle a dark, clear ruby red with a skyscraping tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark ripe fruits, and vanilla.

The taste hits you first with a sour dark fruitiness followed by a roasted malt/coffee note. Finish is surprisingly clean and light.

Lighter, wet mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A solid porter from Duck-Rabbit that drinks easy. Also, pour with care...this is one foamy beast.

Monkeyknife, May 02, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown colour with ruby highlights to it. Head is big and foamy with a tan colour and leaves spotty, minimal residue.

Aroma consists of burnt malt and a bit of coffee and has a general hotness to it (not that hot is a smell, much as cold is not a taste, but that's the vibe I got from it).

The flavour is similar with burnt malt and coffee providing a bit of harshness here, although a bit of creamy somewhat sweet chocolate seems to be in the mix a bit more so here than in the aroma. mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and is perhaps a bit thin even for a porter.

This is a nice beer overall. I wouldn't call it a top shelf porter but is still very good. Maybe a second tier type porter. Certainly worth a try.

SixpointJMH, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Deep maple in color with a hue of burgundy; semi-opaque. A faint, off-white head filled with carbonation that leaves traces of condensed lacing.

Roasted malts with notes of chocolate and dry toffee. Musty astringency that takes away from the true sweetness. Dried peanut and almond.

Chewy, roasted malts with somewhat rich flavors: dark chocolate, burnt caramel. Airy, mustiness that is even more intense as it is joined with the dry, nutty character. Finish is bitter and dry.

Medium in body; airy and carbonated moreso than rich and chewy.

This Porter doesn't display major flaws; however, there are many pleasantries either. Decent, but nothing special regarding flavor.

NEhophead, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of dgallina
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce standard brown bottle. Notched best-before May 2008. Attractive, if simple label. The brewery's motto is a little silly ("The Dark Beer Specialist").

Pours slightly transparent dark brown. A quarter-inch of tan head quickly disappears, leaving sparse lace. Smells strongly lactic, with cross-currents of burnt coffee and chocolate malt. The flavor displays better balance. Deep-roasted coffee and burnt toast dominate. Becomes a bit sweeter, more caramelized in the center. Finishes with a touch of bitter pine hop. The beer feels light in the mouth. Not especially rich and with far too much carbonation. Not bad., but won't set the world on fire.

dgallina, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed-4/3/08 enter from notes.

A-Pours a little thick out of the bottle. Almost pitch black but some light gets through showing brown highlights. Nice tan head with good retention and good lace.

S-Roasted grain, dark bread, coffee and chocolate.

T-quite smoky and roasty upfront. There is a hint of coffee and choclate in the middle and it finished with a sweetness and slight sour twang.

M-Medium body, creamy, great carbonation-not too fizzy like some porters can be.

D-I could have a few of these.

jackorain, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ATLbeerDog for this bottle.

This one pours a very dark brown with half of an inch of tan head. The head disappeared kinda quick and there really isn't any lacing.

The aroma is fairly subdued, but I do pick up some roasted malts, sweet toffee, and just the faintest bit of coffee.

The flavor isn't much better, not that it's horrible or anything. The flavors just seem to be light. I get the roasted malts and sweet toffee and, again, just a hint of coffee.

The mouthfeel is too thin for a porter, imho. A bit watery and a tad too carbonated. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but there is room for improvement.

Imstillthegman, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks!
Pours mostly black with some light coming through in the edges. Tan head that doesn't last. Somewhat thin looking. Smell is roasty malt, some cardboard like notes and coffee. Taste is tart at first sip, and roasty character beyond that with a lingering sourness. Tastes like a watery cherry porter. A bit thin and the tartness seems really out of place, but not spoiled. I'm continually let down by this brewery, and can not understand the hype. Especially unimpressed by this one. Blah.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From my notes during my road trip of summer 07.

Pours a dark brown, close to black color, large sized head that fades at a slow rate, oddly enough it doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell is roasted malt with a strong presence of licorice, hint of caramel and a stronger hint of chocolate.

Taste has a decent balance between sweetness and bitterness, bit much for carbonation though since it just explodes in the mouth, bitterness from the dark chocolate aspect of the beer, this beer finishes incredibly dry and chalky which does not fit.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a very dark ruby color with very little tan head. It smelled like bitter coffee mixed with chocolate and a hint of cherry. It tasted delicious, like sweet chocolate covered cherries and rich coffee. It was thin with slight carbonation, with a mild aftertaste of coffee bitterness. Overall this started out a very tasty and distinctive beer. But unfortunately, the flavor became fairly bland after the first few sips, turning what would have been an excellent beer sipping into a boring gulper.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of Strix
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a good head.

Nice roasted smell to it.

Roasted flavors dominate, with coffee and chocolate. A very pleasant taste to this one, with just a bit of a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel could be thicker, but as it is, it keeps it from getting too dense.

Overall, I really liked this, and will be back.

Strix, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich sable brown, almost opaque, with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Smoky aroma has some maltiness and coffee undertones. Flavor is rich, strongly of burnt coffee with hints of molasses and some hoppy bitterness. It leaves a hoppy and smoky aftertaste.

Cyberkedi, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for this brew!
Pours a dark, dark brown with a red hue on the bottom of my sam adams ultimate glass. good size, long lasting tan head that finally leaves tons of lacing. Sweet chocolate malty aroma. nice slight chocolate, extremely mellow malt flavor. Slight bitterness to finish. light aftertaste. Medium/full body but extremely drinkable. I love porters, and I really like this beer.

DrDogbeer, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Very dark brown, not quite black. Against light it's not quite opaque either, barely translucent with amber/velvety tones with a little carbonation. Quickly dissipating light brown head that reduces to a ring and splotchy film, not very retentive and not much lacing.
S: My favorite part of the beer. Not quite what I expected from a porter, but very rich, sweet. Caramel, chocolate, malt but also an undertone of hops.
T: Sweet and slightly bitter, milk chocolate, cocoa followed by a deeper roasted, dark flavor. Hops make an appearance in the bitterness but something just seems off here and out of balance. Actually reminds me of the Duck Rabbit Brown which I was also on the fence with.
M: Again, like the brown, slightly too thin, watery at times, very active carbonation. Very creamy but for lack of better description there is a soda like effect going on for me.
D: Nice strong flavors for a porter, but something here is out of whack and I'm starting to develop a profile of what I expect a Duck Rabbit beer to taste like, regardless of a style and I'm not too crazy about it. I had and enjoyed Milk Stout and the RIS last season, but this time around the batch of bottles I picked up at Sam's in Durham have been all slightly off. Not sure if they were mistreated or if my expectations are just too high but so far not impressed by this, brown and baltic porter.

yourefragile, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SIRIUS2, Feb 13, 2008
Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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