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Duck-Rabbit Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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554 Ratings

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 26 | 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 nickfl


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown head on top of a dark brown body with clear, ruby highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Nice bready malt with nutty brown caramel aromas. A hint of herbal coffee and some molasses.

T - Sweet malt up front with molasses and some toffee. More brown malty flavors in the middle with a cola like quality. Finishes with some light roast and toffee as well as a hint of hop flavor and mild bitterness. Lingering flavors of nutty malt and cola-like sweetness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is very sweet for a porter and very light on roasted character. I almost feel like this is a nutty brown ale more than a porter. I think it would benefit greatly from being a bit dryer as that would help with drinkability and perhaps reduce the strong cola characteristics to a more enjoyable level. By no means is this an undrinkable beer, it has some nice aroma qualities, but it is a little flat and anemic and in the end just doesn't do much for me.

01-05-2010 05:54:27 | More by nickfl
Photo of Popkas


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

A: Pours a deep dark brown with about a finger of head with some lacing retained.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts. Very nice.

T: Chocolate roasted an open fire with a bit of a metallic (coppery?) after taste.

M: Nice carbonation with the malt leads to a very nice feel.

D: Aside from the slightly metallic aftertaste this is a very drinkable brew.

12-27-2009 00:10:08 | More by Popkas
Photo of billab914


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a thick fluffy white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has chocolate along with other roasted malts. Taste also has a lot of chocolate present with a little coffee and slightly burnt flavor. Very good tasting porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good, a nice drinking porter that I could easily have a few of. Great flavors but not over bearing. This is probably my favorite of Duck Rabbit's regular offerings.

12-19-2009 00:39:15 | More by billab914
Photo of FenwaySquid


4.38/5  rDev +17.1%

Presentation: 12 oz. browqn bottle, BBD of August (2008 I think) poured into a pint glass. I know this one's well past the expiration but if it wasn't any good I wouldn't be typing this so bear with me.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque deep dark brown color, almost black. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick, very creamy, and retained nicely.

Aroma: Roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts up front, a little chocolate and coffee come through in the middle. Some hoppiness in the end before the roast bitterly takes over, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medioum bodied, smoooth and creamy. The carbonation balanced nicely.

Overall: In a word, excellent. The label advertises the brewery as "the dark beer specialists" and I'm sure not going to disagree.

12-15-2009 03:03:44 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of IndustrialCanine

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

A-Porter dark with a red glow. Excellent nilky brown head with good lacing hangs out for the duration of the glass.

S-Toasty chocolate and coffee. Hops are hanging about balancing the nose.

T-Kickin with the roasted malt espresso action. Bittering hops show up at the correct moment to balance out the taste.

M-Good CO2 and nearly rounded mouth feel. Just a touch bitter/astringent that lingers in the back my mouth aftewards.

D-A solid porter. I'm no Porter expert but I can dig this one again.

12-07-2009 23:01:59 | More by IndustrialCanine
Photo of JamesS


4.78/5  rDev +27.8%

Pours a fantastic dark brown, nearly black, with fantastic head and wonderful lacing. Excellent scent, deep and dark, very robust, with coffee aromas and a slight chocolate tinge; great burnt grain scents. Excellent taste, very deep with great burnt grains; no astringency; wonderful coffee undertones that don't take over. Goes down very well. This is a great higher ABV porter.

11-29-2009 13:30:29 | More by JamesS
Photo of mgbickel


3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured into a pint glass and developed a thick 2 inch caramel colored head. Nice deep brown/black color. Allows very little light through...

Nice aroma...roasted malt and toffee. Has some burnt chocolate undertones also.

Good first impression on the tongue. True to the American Porter style. Harsh aftertaste...bitter and coppery. Lingers on the palate...

Good creamy mouth feel. Very smooth and easy to drink...once again true to the style.

This is a pretty nice beer. Great color and head. Awesome aroma and mouth feel. My only complaint is the aftertaste.

11-24-2009 19:18:28 | More by mgbickel
Photo of FloppyDog

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +29.7%

Poured into a pint glass with a great ring of rocky tan head that will not go away! It sticks to the glass like nobody's business! Amazing! Color is deep inky black...very intriguing.

Aroma is really big. Chocolate malt and toastiness. I am a sucker for huge amounts of chocolate malt in a porter, so I am really excited. No noticeable hop aroma, but I prefer the malty dominance.

Taste is much like the aroma...chocolate malt! Great chocolate...much like the Dead Eye Jack Porter from LoneRider Brewing Company that I am crazy for.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth creaminess (apparently due to the use of oats in the mash). Very enjoyable! Overall one of my favorite porters! Duck-Rabbit does not disappoint. I highly recommend this one.

11-21-2009 02:51:29 | More by FloppyDog
Photo of SFLpunk


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Label cut BB date 9-09. Purchased 11-09.

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown with thin tan lace.

Nose: Medium roast coffee notes and cola aromas.

Palate: Medium-bodied and sharp with nice hop edges. Dark roasted coffee and heavily toasted wood flavors. Dark caramel and bitter chocolate notes, but not rich or thick. The hops come in to bitter things up and keep the beer in check. Moderate length finish.

Notes: A great porter, nicely roasted and pleasantly bitter. Highly recommend!

11-12-2009 02:44:24 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of Anthony1


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing. The smell featured a slightly sweet caramel malt with a background burnt grain aroma. The taste was upfront coffee with a touch of sweet malts. There was a hefty burnt grain base malt as well. The mouthfeel was of average fullness and a bit creamy. Overall a tasty and somewhat mild porter. Very drinkable.

11-03-2009 16:22:55 | More by Anthony1
Photo of BeerBelcher


3/5  rDev -19.8%

Being a mid-westerner, I haven't had the opportunity to try Duck-Rabbit beers before, but have heard they are held in high regard. And I didn't find this one to be especially worthy of the praise I've heard for this brewery. It is a little light in color (more a red-brown than a black) and had a decent amount of off-white head. Aroma was decently roasty, although pretty light in roastiness for this style. Flavor was roasty, toffee-ish, and has a weird, slightly sour malted milkball note that I didn't especially enjoy. Mouthfeel was a little thin, and fairly dry.

Decent, but decidedly average. I wouldn't hesitate to try some other Duck-Rabbit beers, but I'd be reluctant to give this one another try.

11-02-2009 16:04:27 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev +7%

12 ounce bottle, best before December 2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is toffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a bit of raisins. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, with there being a good mix between the roasted and the sweet flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and rich, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good overall porter. I'll buy it again in the future when I come across it.

10-20-2009 22:15:14 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Kegatron


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark, brown, with several fingers of very foamy mocha colored head. Retains with a rich creamy layer, which throws a big frothy cascade of thick lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma starts with floral and citric hop tones, which mingle with some very assertive roasted malt and coffee character. Thick smelling chocolate and sticky caramel notes give this an extra layer of robustness in the nose.

The taste is deep and crunchy in the mouth with dark roast and rich java notes. An equally thick and chewy layer of sweet chocolate and toffeed sweetness nicely balances out the darker edges of this. There is also a fairly firm spicy hop presence to this as well, which really helps add to the the intensity of the bitter roast. Equal parts sweetness and sharpness in the finish, with some dry bitter notes and tang hanging around. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big sharpness to the carbonation (this actually feels like it might be a touch overcarbonated). A heavier thickness runs through this, keeping that rich sweetness moving. Generally, this goes down pretty good.

VERY dark and roasty for a Porter, I'd imagine that your enjoyment of this will probably depend on if that is the type of thing your looking for in the style. I personally liked it but this could have done with a little less sharpness to the carbonation (which seems to be an occassional problem with these guys).

10-18-2009 21:40:20 | More by Kegatron
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass starting at 48 degrees. Bottle says enjoy by 11/09.

Pours a deep dark brown with a hint of light coming through. Based on what does come through, it seems to have good clarity. The thick beige head settles quickly into a smaller but more durable covering. The aroma has hints of toast, raisins, chocolate and coffee. The flavor is complex with a balanced mix of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a hint of fruit. The consistency is very creamy with a nice low carbonation.

This is a tasty beer that I plan to have more regularly.

10-05-2009 21:32:09 | More by GJ40
Photo of mentor


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

Hard pour nets a thin layer of light brown head over a clear brown liquid. Smells chocolate and brown malt, bordering on roast. Macademia nut. Woody dry and cream.

Tastes wet chocolate with drying hop grassiness. Metallic tinge and mild roast. Clean of esters and missing american hop flavor. Roast is strong in the finish with a rising cream flavor inthe aftertaste. Medium body with some stickiness on the tongue. Modest carbonation at best, but it works nice by allowing the beer to stick.

10-01-2009 06:48:40 | More by mentor
Photo of smallbatchbrewer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

09-27-2009 05:37:30 | More by smallbatchbrewer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

09-24-2009 03:37:43 | More by mynie
Photo of Reagan1984


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

09-12-2009 18:01:06 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of jhu1995


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

09-11-2009 02:56:50 | More by jhu1995
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

09-09-2009 02:52:14 | More by dsa7783
Photo of theghost3


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

09-08-2009 02:32:02 | More by theghost3
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

09-01-2009 03:44:09 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.38/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

08-28-2009 10:52:04 | More by BeerImmediately
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