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Duck-Rabbit Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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584 Ratings

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-05-2004

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Photo of imagineiii
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to brentk56 for this brew. bottles says "dark beer specialist", this one better live up.

A: Dark, darker than ther milk stout. light brown head is a finger thick.

S: Dark Chocolate and malt.

T: Dark chocolate, wonderfully thick, smooth and bitter at the end. Missing something... smoke???

M: Carbonation is right on for the style. Leaves a medicine like aftertaste by the end of the beer.

D: If drinkability is how badly I wanted a second one right after... not so much.

I would recommend this beer, just to have one tho.

Photo of rustan
2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

appearance: brims over with large foamy tan head. color is cola brown.

nose: nothing comes to mind

taste: bitter coffee, chocolate, faint smoke. finishes dry.

mouthfeel: thin but then again i had a higher gravity drink prior to this one.

much prefer the baltic porter.

Photo of craytonic
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass; produced an ENORMOUS sudsy head. There was about 1/4 an inch of beer, and the rest of the glass was head. Black with reddish-gold trim, no real lacing.

Smell: Coffee and dark bitter chocolate.

Taste. The same, it starts with an incredible and unbalanced bitterness, proceeds to black coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Watery and runny, not the body I would have liked, finish is bitter and unpleasant.

Drinkability: I did not finish more than half, won't be trying this one again.

Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter pours a dark black color. There is no head to speak of at all. I think maybe I poured it too easily, but it also seems a little too syrupy to make a nice full head. This beer has everything you're looking for in a porter. It has scent of chocolate, hint of coffee, a tiny hint of smokiness. The taste follows through with semi-sweet chocolate, and the bitter taste of coffee that ends it's flavor. It is slightly more carbonated than I generally prefer in a porter, but this is a very good porter.

Photo of HatTrick
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, like a cup of coffee. Had a large frothy head - eventually droped down to a smaller froth on top. Be careful when pouring as it tends to froth up quickly!

Smell: Heavy coffee smell with touches of sweet chocolate.

Taste: Strong coffee taste (yes I have said coffee many times but as I happen to like coffee it applies well here). A touch of sweetness or vanilla comes through after a drink.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation, much thicker than I thought it would be.

Drinkability: I happen to like this beer a lot. Its easy to drink. The strong coffee taste is appealing to me as well as the carbonation - though more than one or two would be a bit much. Overall I think this is a very nice porter.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- This poured like a Pepsi or Coke, the head looks very much like the head from a soda for sure, same color as well. The beer itself was dark brown almost black. The beer is very busy inside the glass.

S- There is definitely some Coffee and chocolate smell as well as some vanilla. This smells thick and syrupy.

T- Coffee for sure, small amount of chocolate, but definitely coffee, with a slight hop taste.

M- THIN, very thin and the carbination is too much for this beer. Its like a coffee flavored alka-seltzer on your tongue. I'm not too happy about this.

D- This is good, but I have had better porters, or at least ones that are more to my liking. This is like carbonated cold coffee.

Photo of spointon
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade (thanks Proteus93!). I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark blackish brown with a few caramel colored highlights around the edges. The sudsy tan head was out of control, rising 3-4 inches before I even had the whole bottle poured. Despite the intial size, the head quickly dropped to a skim and left zero lacing down the glass.

S= This porter was filled with aromas of malty sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, treacle, and an unexpected slight sourness.

T= A lot of sweet malt up front, followed by a small burst of bittersweet in the middle and a slightly tart and dry finish.

MF= Light bodied for the style...sort of watery actually. Carbonation was crisp, slightly overdone but still pleasant on the tongue.

D= Not the best porter I have had but certainly a worthy one. If the carbonation was a bit softer and the body a bit heavier, this would be a really great beer.

Photo of EPseja
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a SABL glass at just under cellar temperature. Thanks to BA brewfan and co. at BCTC for letting me take this freebie home.

A - Dark mahogany brown with hints of brick. Modest sand colored head. Sparse lacing, and only fair head retention.

S - Big oaty maltiness with chocolate and light molasses character. Some slight mustiness and wet cardboard, although I don't personally find that to be detrimental.

T - Subdued sweetness up front, with focus on the dark chocolate and cocoa-like flavors. Smooths out completely in the middle, letting in only a nuance of the alcohol, and turns quite dry in the finish. Notable hop bitterness, and trace amounts of tart residual yeast. A very nicely rounded taste profile.

M - A little watery at first, but instantly puffs into a creamy, satisfying mouthful. Swallow is sticky, foamy and slow, making sure to cover every nook and cranny. Very very nice.

D - This is an excellent porter, and resides on the chocolately end of the style's range. Perfect for evenings after summer gives up the ghost, but before winter gets a firm grip.

Photo of Nipitato
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Chip's Wine and Beer Market in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: Dark tan thin head with good retention. Black hue with some garnet highlights.

S: Subtle roast aroma. Also contains a toffee like sweet character. Burnt peanuts in the roast. Moderate perfumy hop character. Some bready notes. This is a pretty pleasant aroma. Quite complex.

T: A very nice slightly roasted malt flavor predominates. Some burnt character but very little. Finishes roasty and dry. Just a touch of seeminlgy noble hop flavor. No fruity esters.

MF: Very smooth with no astringency. A full beer that is quite mouthfilling.

D: Full body does not affect drinkability. Pretty darn good beer. Very well balanced.

Photo of Jwale73
2.43/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to unionturf for the opportunity to try this one. Best by 08/2008 notched on the label. Served in a nonic. Opened with a whoosh and poured all head; rocky and the color of sandstone. Residual spatters of lacing lingered as the head slowly dissipated. Took about 10 minutes to pour the bottle. Once the head settled, brew presented the appearance of cola; almost black and opaque. Scents of malt, chocolate and a tangy, fruity quality. Taste is consistent with nose, but tangy dark fruit overshadows the chocolate character (closer to a baltic porter) with a slightly metallic finish. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied, but way too carbonated. Drinkability is greatly compromised by the carbonation and flavors are not style consistent and out of balance. Hopefully it's just a bad bottle.

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

less than 1 finger head but ok lace, quite opaque even when held to the lamp
caramel and molasses on the nose, leather, and prunes. remarkably similar to the brewer's amber ale but with the dark side cranked up.
taste totally follows the smell. the amber is so obviously just a paler, less well rounded version of this one.
surprisingly adequate carbonation. medium body.
not a big fan of porters but this is good and clearly better than the amber.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uber-dark brown brew with a surprisingly light colored head that fades quickly.

I smell chocolate, raisins, light expresso, wet cardboard and marashino cherries.

Taste many of the same characteristics as the nose with more of a latte taste than expresso. Wet cardboard taste is a bit too prominent for me.

My first Duck-Rabbit and I must admit, I was a bit dissapointed. This one was just ok.

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

Appearance: deep dark brown with good head that stays

Smell: Roasted malt and choclate with undertones of sweet caramel.

Taste: Sweet initially then changing to the roasted malt balanced well with hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body slightly creamy.

Drinkability: A good beer and nice porter, I enjoyed the roasted malt. I would prefer it to be a bit more smooth.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to the generous everetends for this bottle.

A: Pours a lovely dark brown, nearly opaque with crimson edges, with a rather sizable milk-chocolate colored head that slowly settles to a good thick layer over the top. Minimal lacing, but still an above average appearance for a porter.

S: Loads of burnt chocolate malt with some coffee. Tender vanilla-like notes are also in the background. Top-notch aroma for a porter.

T&M: Taste is of dark choclate with some light earthy hoppiness and slight roast on the finish. Very smooth and drinkable, to boot. A light body with a silky mouthfeel. Quite nice.

D: This porter is a quaffer, for sure. One of the best straight-up porters I've had yet. Definitely very enjoyable.

Photo of AmishT
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with an awesome, creamy tan head with some great retention. A fair amount of lacing left behind.

S - Very strong aromas of chocolate and coffee make for a very inviting nose.

T&M - Tasty coffee and chocolate notes balance with some leafy hops for an overall very enjoyable porter. I'd like a fuller, creamier mouth, but the mouthfeel isn't bad: good carbonation allows the development of the rich roasted coffee and chocolate flavors and the flavors endure very well. The more I drink it, the more I really enjoy the flavor. Light to med body.

D - Although I'd prefer a heavier body, the lighter body of this porter definitely enhances its drinkability. Couple that with the great taste and low abv, and I have myself a porter that I feel like I could session all day long.

Photo of dashirey
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gford217
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown, not quite pitch black with a huge dense off-white head that shows fantastic retention and decent lacing. Smell is mostly sweet malts with a heavy toasted/burnt aroma to it. There is also a bit of dark chocolate and espresso in the nose as well. Taste is much like the aroma - burnt malt taste up front with some dark fruits and chocolate. There is a hint of espresso bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy but with high carbonation and pretty dry in the finish. This is a pretty simple yet good porter that is very drinkable.

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a conical pint glass. First thing I noticed was the monstrous foamy tan head. Much of this lasted throughout the drink. Very thick opaque black. No light's coming through this one.

Smells like bittersweet cocoa, maybe a bit like a jam?

Taste of bitter cocoa and a little coffee. Tastes a little dry. Finishes bitter with a hint of nutty aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall, a pretty good beer from the local boys at Duck Rabbit.

Photo of pwoods
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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!

Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Redwood21
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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.

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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