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Duck-Rabbit Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 589
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

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Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-05-2004

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Ratings: 589 | Reviews: 344
Photo of vandemonian
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Duck-Rabbit Porter has a black colour and an excellent foamy head. The smell is of coffee and caramel. It has a hoppy beginning into a flavour that is of smokey roasted coffee. In the mouth, it's like a chocolate milkshake. This is a pretty good Porter.

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

12. oz. bottle which was an extra in a trade w/ PDXhops.. thx!

- Rich super dark brownie brown brew.. quick fizzing off-white head down to a light dusting and a medium sized ring.. can't see through the beer in my short pint glass...

- Lots of sweet chocolate and sweet grains... oats... smells tasty.

- Nice roasty chocolate malt, dark malts, bready creamy oats and grain. Bitter hop, grassy....

- A rather dry porter which I like... medium to light bodied, slightly creamy... quite cloying...

- Overall a fantastic porter... why the bad reviews, I don't know. I wonder if many are too used to sweet stouts and porters, and have forgotten about the better, more dry selections of the true style. A very solid porter.

Photo of liamt07
2.03/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Picked up by my girlfriend while down in North Carolina. Into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with some subtle deep orange around the edges, tons of soapy tan/coca cola-esque head and some solid retention. No lace left behind. Nose is good too, some milk chocolate, roastieness and a hint of light coffee. Pleasant. I wish I had stopped here. Flavour is some mild chocolate and very, very metallic; feels like I'm sucking on a handful of pennies and this even bothers my fillings. Highly carbonated and very much resembling a soft drink in that respect. Metallic notes here are unbearable, had to pour out the second half of this. Maybe a function of date? But a huge let down in my eyes.

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a coffee black color with a 1 finger creamy tan head. Almost no lacing at all.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roasted malt and a light hint of coffee.

Taste: Caramel malt up front followed by espresso and dark chocolate in the middle and ending with toasted bread at the finish. Aftertaste is roasted malt and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few without much trouble on a cool evening.

Overall: Good porter overall. Another solid offering from The Duck-Rabbit.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black/dark brown, Monster 3 inch head

Smell - Burnt malts, chocolate, brown sugar. Some hops and spices

Taste - First taste was a smokey, hoppy bite. Really didnt expect it. The malts are sour mixed with the sweet sugar and spices, makes this a interesting drink. This is one of the most bitter porters ive ever had. Its unique in a good way.

Mouthfeel - The bitter smokey flavor takes control. Leaves the mouth a little dry and with a charcoal aftertaste like you just ate something from the grill.

Drinkabilty - Its different and i would enjoy this for a change from the normal porters out there. I guess i could handle 2-3 of theses. Pretty good, and smooth and easy to drink

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Coming from the self-proclaimed "Dark Beer Special- ists," this robust Porter has an addition of oats in the mash to smooth it out. They have also been known to sing softly to their yeast during fermentation. Whatever floats their duck.

Two fingers of a tight, tiny-bubbled head leaves a trail of tan lace down the glass after every sip. Smells of chocolaty roasted malt with yeast and a light fruitiness in the back. Very smooth in a dense medium body; creamy slick mouthfeel makes you go for another sip right away. Flavors of baker's chocolate, French Roast coffee and faint charcoal. Acrid, ghost-like twang and yeast flash past the taste buds. Dry, bready maltiness in the middle with a kiss of hop bitterness; both flavors end up overshadowed by a blanket of roasted grain in the drying finish.

A tasty Porter, with a good showing of balance and a sound, roasted flavor throughout. Above average for sure--largely because of its drinkability. A plate of pulled pork with a sweet molasses sauce and some black beans and rice would do well with this beer.

Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into glass

A - Dark with a nice head that quickly faded into large bubble lacing

s - Roasty chocolate with a hint of alcohol

T - Chocolate and coffee

M - higly carbonated, but still smooth

D - I really enjoyed this one. I plan on buying it regularly now.

Photo of grizzly700
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured dark like typical porter not a bad tasting beer at all.. Goes down pretty easy for a string beer not bitter at all like some Great Lakes beers I have sampled.. Could probably drink one or two of these not my style of beer but not bad overall..

Photo of Chaney
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours with a HUGE head that I had to let settle. Maybe I poured this one too fast - Oops! Dark brown, with a tinge of see-through around the edges.

S: Roasted (or even BBQed) chocolate with a bit of smokiness. However, right away, I got a bit of soured milk or food kind of nose. Ugh.

T: A bit on the thin side, and not much on the finish. It's kind of watery actually. Also, there is kind of a fake, dark fruit taste in general.

M: Watery, but with a fair amount of carbonation. It needs more creaminess.

D: I don't think I'll drink this one again.

Overall: I'm glad I tried it, because I respect this brewery very much. However, this is a bit of a disappointment.

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

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Poured a opaque dark brown/black with maybe a quarter inch of bubbly head that dissipated pretty fast. No visible lacing left on the glass after having consumed about half of it.

S: Smells of coffee and chocolate and roasted malt.

T: On the drier side, also tastes of coffee and chocolate. Not overpowering, pretty smooth with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness.

M: Nothing remarkable on the mouthfeel but nothing bad either.

D: While porters aren't really my favorite this isn't bad at all. I would drink it again. The girlfriend says this would be best served at 55 degrees and with most of the fizziness gone.

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

Brewery Brew Version Size Sampled ABV IBU's Rating Style Remarks Date Left The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery--The Dark Beer Specialist--The Duck-Rabbit Porter--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Beer of the Month Club Selection May 2007. Tight sediment. Foamy thin mild lace coffee head. Clear dark black color-copper red edge. Mild fruit roasted coffee hop front. Zesty mellow creamy mild sweet black bread fruit crisp roasted caramel mild cocao coffee body. Dry mild hop aged fruity end. Sampled 9/3/2009.

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a huge, light brown colored head of foam. There were big bubbles in the long lasting head that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled super roasty with great coffee and espresso aroma. There are some nice chocolate notes, too.

T - It tasted of strong roasted malts with chocolate, caramel and coffee flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a fabulous porter. Robust and delicious.

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

Extra from craytonic. Thanks!

Mocha brown, nearly opaque in the pour with some visible yeast from bottle conditioning. A spotty leather-hued head tops it, showing some decent retention.

Pretty nice aroma. Nutty and roasty, biscuit sweetness, licorice, malt balls - on the sweet side for the style but very pleasant.

Full bodied despite the low ABV, the bitter dark malts take a back seat to flavors of roasted peanuts, butter toffee, whole grain bread and malt balls. It's over-carbonated and fizzy on the tongue, but this dissipates with some vigorous swirling. There's a touch of tart dark fruit and licorice toward the finish, which enhances the complexity without overwhelming the initial richness. Nuttiness lingers throughout the finish, melding with the licorice and roast.

This is a great beer, I could see myself buying it with some regularity if it were local. If they fixed the carbonation issues it would be nearly on par with porters from Anchor or Deschutes.

Photo of Kinanik
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The other Duck-Rabbit beers have almost no head, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a two-finger, creamy head last quite a while on this. Very dark, almost like a root-beer.

Smell - Sweet and Malty.

Taste - Dark Chocolate lingers. Sweet to mildly roasted-bitter throughout, sweeter than some porters.

Feel - Fairly carbonated, but not enough to interfere with the taste or the feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, not too carbonated, and the only downside is a little bit of lingering dryness. Probably just light enough for a good night of drinking, but heavy enough to feel like a true porter.

Probably my second favorite porter, to the Black Butte Porter from Deschutes.

Photo of fear025
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MCLK for this extra!

Aroma:Sweet caramel, chocolate, and malt in the aroma.

Appearance:Huge amount of carbonation and head when I poured this one. Dark reddish brown in color.

Taste:Dark malts, and a little dark chocolate are evident in the first sip. I get some toffee flavor in the mid-taste.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability:I really enjoyed this beer, it's got a fair amount of complexity, and is quite drinkable.

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a decent dark brown, syrup-like and a bit murky. Seems pretty good.

Smell: Dark-roasted toffee scent along with a strong malt-mash and it doesn't seem at all too heavy.

Taste: Clean roasted to full body taste among the plate and does bring a coffee, vanilla and cocoa flavor and it does go over well I must say.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that does down with a nice fullness. I do enjoy the caramel-like taste

Drinkability: This brew was something special because I'm not the biggest fan of porters and it was sweet but had some nice bitterness to it that balanced out well for this type. Will recommend to my friends.

Photo of stakem
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with lighter brown and red highlights around the edges. Head appears more than 2 fingers strong with a mocha brown fluff composed of some fairly large bubbles that slowly fade. Some patchy lacing sticks to the glassware. Aroma includes some mineral qualities blended with citrus hops upfront that blends to some dark grain character smelling like a touch of chocolate. The flavor is like coffee upfront with the minerals and citrus hops as suggested by the aroma. Some dark chocolate comes through the back and finishes with a somewhat metallic flavor like you have a nickel sitting on your tongue. Medium body/feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. As it warms there are some sour qualities that were not readily apparent when it was tasted at a colder than ideal temperature.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with some red highlights and a nice big tan head.

Smells of deep roast with some dark chocolate, caramel, and light coffee.

The taste follows the nose, but in reverse. The coffee and caramel lead the show while the chocolate and roast take up the rear.

The feel is a little light, actually.

This is a prett damn dribkable brew with a great aftertaste that elaves you wanting more. Too bad I don't have any more.

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

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, near black color. Has a dark tan head that is think and chunky. The head fades to a lace island, with minimal lace.

Brew smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Some hops there as well.

Brew tastes crisp initially then finishes smooth. The brew has a dry bittersweet finish. Almost a smoked taste. Dark, roasted chocolate, nutty and some mild hops. Dark fruits maybe even in there as well. Citrus hops maybe.

This is another very good brew from The Duck Rabbit. Very sessionable brew.

Photo of gory4d
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick tan head, lots of lacing, a dense cap all the way down. It looks dark brown; held to the light, it's blood-red.

The smell is tree bark, cocoa, coffee grounds, clay, dense vegetation.

The taste is more cocoa and coffee, very earthy in the middle; the aftertaste is a little saccharine. Some good roasted notes.

Low in carbonation, medium body, a slight oiliness in the finish.

Some off notes, but a good and interesting beer.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, goblet, enjoy by 4/10. I am enjoying this generous and much appreciated extra from farrago.

Duck-Rabbit's label design is some of the best with its simplicity. Fizzy, fuzzy stout brown head rises an inch or more and then steadily subsides to an active quarter inch cap. Ruby studded dark brown body.

Dark chocolate, cherries, roast, toast, molasses, and graham cracker. There is a slight dryness from the roasty malt and a dark grape note develops.

Very big fresh juicy cherry presence which becomes a little alcoholic with warming and, so like liquored fruit that might even be chocolate covered. Dark rum, minimal roast, and only bittering hops are evident.

The most obvious issue with this beer is the carbonation. It works, but I haven't run across any brews with such large feeling, explosive, and physically imposing carbonation. The effect is an overly filling beer that requires patience to taste fully.

I'm not quite sure what the price point is, but I find this a complex and enticing malty porter. I would return to Duck-Rabbit Porter.

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

L: Pours a deep syrupy black color with barely no head, just a ring around the glass. This one has been sitting around for about a year and a half or so but I was still impressed with it.
S: Rich chocolate, malt, and a kick in the nose from the alcohol. Vinous fruits come through as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malt, caramel and chocolate flavors mixed throughout and a big vinous fruit and alcohol flavor are prevalent. Really nice taste.
M: Very rich, smooth, warming, could use more carbonation (but that one is my fault for letting it sit so long).
D: Very drinkable, I liked it a lot. I would like to try it fresher but it certainly ages well!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. "Fresh beer, refrigerate." Enjoy by 4 10 notched on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for this beer!

A - Completely black with tiny slivers of clear dark amber color at the bottom. A rich, thick head of tan foam rose to two-fingers and dropped slowly leaving no lace.

S - I'm picking up a small metallic coldness to the nose. Quite roasted too but the aroma is more set back than in-you-face. Dry cocoa and bitter chocolate combine with a mild hop nose that makes it distinct but not necessarily in a good way.

T - Deep cocoa and bitter chocolate surrounds the extremely roasted malt flavor. A kiss of hops mixes it up a bit but the biggest player in the flavor is a poorly tasting metallic tinny component.

M - The metallic finish lingers for a while leaving a poor lasting impression and feel. Dry and roasted bitterness is overshadowed. Full-bodied.

D - I know I'm pushing the limit on the bottled date here but it almost seems more stout-like than a porter. The metallic problem really overshadows everything else for the most part. I wish I would have jumped on this fresher. I'll have to rereview one if I can get one.

Photo of u2carew
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz Long neck. This is from a mixed case I picked up in PA on a road trip.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tan head. Creamy and thin after the settling. Lacing is thin and sticky. The body is nearly opaque, letting some light through to show that the contents have great clarity.
S) Roasted grain. Coffee bean. Earthy - dirt. Subtle sweetness of the malts.
T) Initial blast is slightly sour and the taste overall is a bit thin. Once the sour nip resides the taste is a coffee and malt sweetness concoction that seems like it is watered down and lacking girth. Lingering roasted grain and coffee in the aftertaste.
M) Medium body but thin at first. Crisp and fizzy. A slick tongue feel ... maybe tannin?
D) This is a the third beer in the case that I bought in PA that has something a little off. Unfortunately the "off-ness" is consistently the same type flavor/taste so I can't determine if it is a "skunked" beer or if it is the hop or the based malt combination or the yeast.
This looks great, but beyond that, I wouldn't drink it again if this is it's consistent nature.

Photo of trbergman
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Obtained in trade with OldStyleCubFan. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark chocolate black with one finger of tan foam.

S - Some roasted grain and chocolate with a hint of dark fruit.

T - Dark chocolate and coffee with a bit of acrid char. An initial sweet chocolate fruitiness is met by some acidity and hop bitterness. Hops lend an earthy flavor. Great example of the robust porter style.

M - Medium-full body with a pleasant, silky texture to counter the roast and hop bitterness.

D - Spot on. I only wish I had more of this to drink. This would be great for some food pairings.

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