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Duck-Rabbit Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | 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

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Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-05-2004

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

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.

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

Big thanks to ChuckCook for the chance to try this offering from Duck-Rabbit.

A: Pours an almost black out black with a big milkshake like caramel colored two finger head. Great retention with coating lace that looks like prison garb.
S: Roasted coffee and chocolate notes combined with a slight fruity hop presence.
T/M; Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. Nice sour milky notes that follow the inital flavors. Slight hop bitterness combined with a fruity profile. Dryish finish with a coffee based finish and leafy, earthy, and sweet aftertaste. A bit overly carbonated. Nice medium body with a silky smooth mouthfeel.
D: Really happy I got to try this offering. A damn solid session porter. Worth a try if you can pick it up or score it in a trade.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The ale is a dark black with a cream colored head, with a consistency that looks like oil. The head never really develops into much.

S: The aroma is toffee-chocolate with a hint of sourness.

T: The first taste is a short-lived chocolate flavor. Grainy undertones follow the chocolate, cleansing the mouth a bit before the emergence of a toffee flavor that closes out the mouthfeel and finishes long.

M: The ale does very well mixing several flavors together and allowing each to shine.

D: The ale is very drinkable, another enjoyable dark beer from Duck-Rabbit.

Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like the cool if simplistic labels, with the silver animal of mystery. The brewery proclaims itself to be dark beer specialists, lets see if they can back it up..
Pours black to the bone with a nice head that unfortunately dies a quick death. Lacing is decent. Nose is a coffee and chocolate blast.

Taste is no nonsense barley malt, thick and dark and slightly toasted. Mouthfeel is key, with a sweet, velvety aftertaste. This is a well made brew. I'm not ready to hand Duck Rabbit any huge props yet but this is a quality start.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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.

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

This is, simply, a good porter. It has everything you're looking for in a porter: the chocolatey/semi-sweet/ hint of coffee/ smoky taste, the thick mouthfeel, the slightly bitter finish without a bite. It is not outstanding, but a very solid representation of the beer style. There are others I prefer,(Edmund Fitzgerald, Black Butte, St. Bridgit's to name a few) but if you found yourself somewhere, and this was the only porter on tap, you shouldn't hesitate to hoist a glass or two.

Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Beer Poker at the Flying Saucer Charlotte where for $2.50 they just give whatever bottle is next in line. Definitely worth the price but not one I would necessarily pick up. Nice color and balance of malts. Not as good as Duck Rabbit's Wee Heavy, but not bad at all.

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

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Labeled best by: 04/06 (I'm late). Opaque brown/black/red body with a thin cap of head.

Smelled of caramel and licorice root.

Tasted of raisin bread and molasses with a bitter finish. Nicely balanced. Alcohol well hidden. Better than I expected.

Smooth rich texture with a dry finish.

I will find this one again.

Photo of Graebner
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with barely visible ruby notes when held to a light. Develops a finger of caramel colored head, but this goes away very quickly.

Smells like blackberries and lots of sourdough bread. Hints of cilantro and smoky notes as well.

Tastes like bread dough, vegemite, blackberry jam, and noticable alcohol. Leaves some bitterness and smoke taste on the palate once you're done. The interesting and unexpected bit was the pronounced lack of chocolate and coffee and molasses. They're there, but not much, and much less so that I expected. Not a bad thing, just different.

The mouthfeel is quite good, probably the high point of the beer. It's smooth and a bit chewy as a porter should be, leaves a slight astringent feeling after each sip, but nothing terribly parching. Carbonation hits up front, but it's well balanced, and the overall sip is excellent.

This could be an all night beer for sure. In fact, I would much rather drink several in a row than only one, though I can't really put my finger on why. Maybe it's because the flavor seems strong enough to go all night, or all afternoon, or whenever you're going. Motor on!

Photo of Zorro
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed through the miracle of BIF 43 NC Lotto and BA hoppedup.

Pours a clear dark brown beer with a good light brown head.

Smell is sweet and smoky with a hint of citrus hops. Fair amount of chocolate scent.

Taste is neutral and fruity tasting at first. Very neutral tasting, this really only emphasizes the chocolate and a little bit of char in the after taste. Not a complex porter but a very well executed one. Good flavor and zero weird off tastes.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Quite a drinkable beer here. Nothing extra special about it except its adherence to the style and its clean flavor.

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

Dark maroon body when held up to light, tan creamy head fades slow, leaves moderate lacing. Roasted malt and chocolate, sweet like hazelnuts. Solid porter flavors are all there, chocolate and roasted malts, nothing mind-blowing but doesn't misstep. A solid go-to porter from an interesting brewery.

Photo of MattBrooks
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours blackish-brown with a strong roasted malt aroma and a full, rich head. It goes down much smoother than I had previously expected with a nice, round clean aftertaste. The mouth-feel is big and due to its easy drinkability I only wish I could find it around my home state. Damn Good!

Recieved in a trade.

Thanks, man!

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, best by 5/06 notched on label.

Cordovan highlighted obsidian. Crackling head of slowly settling latte colored bubbles that are loosely packed and eventually becomes a smattering of fine bubbles. No visible carbonation streams. Cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate, French roast coffee, and plum jam dominate the nose as well as a slight rubbing alcohol note that becomes detectable the more it warms. Starts with a light roasted note that gains strength becoming rich and full. The roasted chocolate notes fill out the finish along with a soft hop bitterness. There is a slightly sweet character that come through in the finish and compliments nicely. Medium body with a slightly slack mouthfeel, the carbonation is a bit fuzzy, but this fades as it warms. Not a bad drinker, but a touch more body would have been nice.

Photo of Brian700
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours dark black with a think tan head that covers my beer.

The aroma is of mild chocolate and molasses.

The flavor follows the nose, mild chocolate with a molasses presence. There is almost a cola flavor there. similar to the flavor of a glass of flat coke that has sat out overnight.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation

The drinkability of this one is decent.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Used motor oil black with spotty lace from a dense tan cap.

Some perfume scents with a roasted malt burnt aroma.

First swigs: Toasted and mixed burnt malts. A touch of red grape fruityness with the toasted malts and a bit of black coffee. Dry lingering flour aftertaste.

Restrained carbonation. Medium bodied.

Photo of bubrewer
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bottle was served at about 55F, which accentuated the aroma and flavor IMHO. Tobacco and ash shows up in both aroma and flavor, but I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just more of a dry stout experience than a porter I think.

Lovely stuff; glad to have a tankard full, but a bit off the porter style I think.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque black with a nice tan head that retains well. The aroma has some roasted malt, chocolate, metal, and some slight hops. The taste has a big roasted malt character, some smokiness, chocolate, slight metallic edge and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to light with light carbonation...spot on of the style and the drinkability is descent. Overall a nice porter, another winner from DR.

Photo of Jredner
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is somewhat sharp and slightly tinny along with coffe and roasted nalt notes. Deep black with a pinky thin tan head. Fore is full of roasty flavors with notes of tobacco and tobacco ash. It’s also a bit metallic which is off putting. Finish is mildly chocolate tinged and touches lightly on fruity/raisin notes. Very good mouthfeel the oatmeal definitely adds a creamy element.

Photo of Brent
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice beer courtesy of NClifestyle. This really is a very "classic" porter in that the focus is on a roasted malt flavor that is full without need to venture into the "robust" more hopped category, while at the same time playing the roast flavors pretty straight - not a lot of chocolate, coffee or smoke in the malt, just deeply roasted flavors that are nicely satisfying.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is a dry black patent malt and just a hint of cardboard.

Taste is a robust, roasty, dry patent malt blended with a bit of chocolate malt. A light coffee flavor with just a brush of lactic sweetness. I wouldn't characterize any bitterness or hops, just an exceptional dryness. Chocolate and coffee emerge more distinctly as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, but not too lively. Could be an older bottle, still very well-rounded and tasty. I could session this one.

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

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.

Photo of Enola
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first from Duck-Rabbit and I must say I am impressed. A very dark beer that lets little light in around the edges. A sweet smell. It has a strong taste of roasted grain. I will certainly have to try more from this brewer. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both high. If you have a chance to try this beer you should. I spoke with the owner of Duck-Rabbit at Brewgrass Festival and he was a very freindly person.

Photo of beergeek279
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. The color is dark brown with a wispy head and a nicely lingering beige head. The smell is chocolate sweet with not much roastiness. The taste is quite chocolate sweet, almost like a semi-sweet chocolate, with a touch of a roasted barley in the aftertaste with a mixed aftertaste lingering. Mouthfeel is about what I'd expect. Drinkability-wise, this would be quite the nice sessioner.

Thanks to SmokedPorter for the bottle. I love this label....the continuous morphing from a duck to a rabbit is such a real kick, and a good way to keep entertained for a while! As for the beer inside, if you like a sweeter porter than you'd love this one. Very strong chocolate flavor through and through...would be a nice apterif. I'd enjoy this one again, and also the imperial cousin too if there was one!

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