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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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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 35 | 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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Ratings: 588 | Reviews: 344
Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with some ruby color visible when held up to the light. The head was thin and diminishing but left some lacing. The aroma was on the malty side with both chocolate and brown malts noticeable. The taste was definitely very robust. There was a great taste of chocolate with some molasses and coffee. There was even a bit of dried fruit, certainly a lot to it. The mouthfeel had a very tolerable level of carbonation. The alcohol was also well hidden. This is a very enjoyable beer, quite possibly the best porter on regular release brewed in North Carolina.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a black beer with a very thick (>1”) tan head. The smell was initially sweet – perhaps caramel aroma. The smell faded quickly to that of faint sour. The taste is roasted, but not rough. It is malty and well balanced. The mouthfeel was full, but thinner than I would have hoped for. Overall, this is a tasty beer and I would recommend giving it a shot.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

Thanks again to oldirtysurfer for sending this bottle my way. Best before March 2007. Pours a dusky but transparent chocolate color with an initially substantial but quickly receding khaki-brown head with some respectable lacing. Smells doughy at first, with a few notes of baking cocoa and some husky grain scents. A bit of the ol' sour black patent malt aroma is present as well. Big bready flavor, with some chocolate and coffee swirling in midway through. Finishes strong with toasted grains, earthy hop flavors, and some subtle mineral sharpness. Medium to full in body with a smoothish, almost creamy mouthfeel with understated but noticeable carbonation. Satisfying and truly sessionable -- what more can one ask for in a porter?

Photo of Vancer
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid porter, not much on the sour ale taste, but the full body and fine drinkability would put this on my everyday drinker, if this was around here.

Black, tan head, malty quaff, this one has it all – my only bitch is that it’s just a smidgen wimpy. Maybe my palate has become too hardened and I need more, a la a junkie. Still, very enjoyable and be sure to have one whenever possible.

Gotta luv the blackie for another fine sample!

Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with mahogany hues, a nice creamy brown head, and decent lace rings. Roasty, coffee, and chocolate aromas. Similar robust flavors; maybe a bit tin-ish for some reason. Medium-light bodied with a nice dry roasty and chocolate finish.

Very nice Porter -- right up there with the D-R Brown Ale which is very Porter-like in it's own right.

Per D-R website: brewed with oats

Enjoy By: 11/06 (notched)
Tasted: 12/28/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you oldirtysurfer for this brew.
Pours deep dark amber...almost black with a full two finger off white head that melts very slowly to a very sticky lacing.
Aromas are all about coffee and chocolate with a touch of alcohol on the tale-end.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with lots of tiny smooth carbonation.
Taste is all espresso coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate finishing with bitter hops
Your mouth is left with the memory of bittersweet chocolate that becomes nicely drying.
This is a wonderfully satisfying Porter.
Few better.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last bottle I brought back from a trip to Tennessee. For some reason when I look at the logo I always see the duck and almost never the rabbit. The head on this beer was a light brown and the bubbles were tightly packed together. The color is dark, dark brown almost black. The smell is hard to detect and very faint. The taste is very nice and reminds me a little of raisins. The mouthfeel is not heavy or thin, very nice. This is a really good porter that I would recommend to anyone who likes the style.

Photo of cgdogg
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally bought a six pack a couple of months ago, was impressed with the depth of flavor from a domestic, went ahead and bought a keg last week, and it blew me away, the chocolate and smoothness with hardly any after tase. It poured rick and dark, there is a strong alcohol smell at first, but soon the complexity took over and it became moot.

Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, clear crimson when held to the light. A small, creamy tan head on top lingers for most of the time as a soapy covering. The aroma is obviously malty: nutty, coffee sweetness, and a subtle creaminess. The flavor follows the aroma seemlessly adding a noticeable roasted / burnt touch to the nutty side of the malts. A dry apple sense adds another dimension to it as it smoothly transitions to bittersweet chocolate. Medium bodied, smooth, and dry in the finish.

Theres a certain charred maltiness to this porter that's a bit different. Maybe a little too dry and roasted (I really don't want to say "acrid") to be super drinkable, yet its still another solid, well-crafted beer from the Duck-Rabbit.

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.

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