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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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342 Reviews

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Reviews: 342
Hads: 606
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 20
Gots: 38 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 09-05-2004

The Duck-Rabbit Porter is very dark in color. This robust ale features a pronounced flavor of roasted grains reminiscent of dark chocolate. Also, we add oats to the grist for a round, silky mouthfeel. The malt is well balanced with hops to make this a fantastic choice for fans of traditional, robust, full-flavored beers. We're confident that you'll love this yummy porter!
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Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the duck rabbit porter looking for the locals at the mostly belgian menu of the Eulogy Bar in Philadelphia. Noce one, too.

The pour is very dark toned, although with a rather dim lighting i couldn't tell whether this was rather brownish or fully black. The head was perhaps medium sized at best and fairly compact, and also very long lasting. tan-ish.

Smell is noticeably boozy. It has a dark chocolate feel at some point but it overall felt sort of pungent; like a truffle of sorts.

Taste wise, instead, it is very mi-point. initially it is seemingly roast-malt sweetness but the overcoming bitter taste makes it tend towards a dark cacao feel. There's also somewhat of a metallic sensation at some point, it can even in fact resemble a red wine of sorts. the drier ones, definetly. End bitterness is very discrete as well, rather than overwhelming. Slightly fizzy throughout and the alcohol, although not high, isn't hidden, making it even palatable. Tasty beer overall.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Fairly dark brown in color with dark amber highlights. About a finger thick head that sticks around for a few minutes, not too long, just enough. After the head settles a bit it leaves a ring around the edges. There's some lacing, but pretty standard. Overall a good looking porter, status qua, doesn't really beat around the bush, sticks with what works.

The smell is quite good. Pretty bold aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and some caramel. Truly meets any malt lovers requirements. While maintaining all of this there is a slight hop presence that presents itself at the end. Very good smelling porter, it's bold without crossing the robust zone of porters.

The taste is really good too, about as good as the smell but not quite. Very sweet while maintaining a slight bitter bit at the end. Semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, dark coffee, and some vanilla. After the sweet flavors hit your tongue there's citrus hoppyness that finishes the balance smoothly. This is one really darn tasty porter. I love it!

Mouthfeel is good, strangely complex. Initially seems pretty light bodied, and it's probably lighter bodied than many porters I've had in the past, but still more medium bodied. Good carbonation level and reasonably smooth. This beer is crazy drinkable, I like porters as more of a cooler/colder weather beer but I could easily drink this in the summertime. Overall this is one really darn good porter. Another grand slam by Duck-Rabbit in my humble opinion. On of my new favorite porters!

*Edited on 10-29-2011*

Cellared oddly well. Taste picks up tones of licorice and molasses in the flavor profile now, certainly one of the best tasting porters I can think of.

*Edited again on 5-11-2012*

Still cellared awesome!

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Photo of bum732
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Roasty dryness, herbal, maybe some grassiness.

L: Black, tan head, huge head, very carbonated, very good retention, good lacing.

T: Dry roasty coffee like malt, some herbalness. some dark cocoa dryness with an herbal medium low bitterness. Finishes dry with some dry cocoa and touch of ash.

M: Medium high carbonation, prickly.

Why are all Duck-Rabbit's beers overcarbonated? Not so much that it kills the beers, but really takes away from the flavors. That said, this is a very dry porter and not too shabby.

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Photo of Chaz
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cola-brown in color, flecked with plenty of yeast held in suspension. The pour was fairly gentle, but the result was a massive, frothy medium-tan head which took quite a while to drop, leaving behind a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Altogether an impressive first impression for any beer.

Nose is packed with sweet malt as well as notes of bitter and milk chocolate, an strikes me as just above average for the style. There are lighter notes of dark rum, dark-skinned fruit and berries (esp. tart cherry), and a touch of acidic tang, but not enough to give me the impression that this is off-style. Lastly, there's just a very light whiff of alcohol.

Sweet, chocolatey, biting-tang and roast malt bitterness all at once -- WOW!~ This one goes all the way to Eleven! It's a little bit like popping a couple of chocolate-covered cherries into your mouth and washing it all down with some Black Seal.

Although the mouthfeel is on the light end for the style, there's a lightly scrubbing sensation going on that works. Roast malt character lingers throughout, very nice indeed. Plum and sweet cherry glide over the roast and bittering malt character, and there's very little hop bitterness. A dessert beer, or perhaps an apertif, and a bottle which I'd prefer to split with a friend or perhaps just share with myself with a good book and a better cigar.

Overall, this is one that I'd revisit, and perhaps cellar for a while.

Served chilled, in a bulb.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This porter is pretty standard when it comes to the style. There isn't a whole lot of special stuff happening here. The beer pours out as a dark brown, nearly black with a tan colored head on it. The aromas are mostly roasted malts with just a hint of hops. The beer tasted like roasted malts and just that pretty much. I honestly couldn't come up with too much about this beer. The flavors were a little boring in my opinion. The mouthfeel was decent.

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Photo of Jeffo
1.99/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The 'rents picked this up on their last trip to NC and bro and sis flew it over. Thanks for doing the legwork on this crappy brew. =)

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Foam starts creeping up the neck after opening. Brown pour makes a huge, three finger, thinner looking, chunky, crackly, light brown head. Chunky with lots of pot holes like Swiss cheese. Very noisy too. Black body and higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head eventually fades to a thin foam cap and leaves some lacing down the sides. That's its only saving grace. Other than that, it's nasty looking.

SMELL: Roasted and dark malts with some cocoa powder and ashy aromas. Notes of burnt coffee, but mostly dark malts and cocoa. A little too ashy, but alright.

TASTE: Roasted and dark malts with some cocoa powder and light, roasted coffee. The ash is still here, which is a little off-putting. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is roasted with cocoa and a touch of bitterness. Okay, but it’s a little lack luster and the ash a little off putting. The lousy body doesn’t help either.

PALATE: Lousy body. Light and airy. Somewhat creamy, but far too heavily carbonated to be useful. Goes down airy and watery, finishing pretty dry on the palate. Way too carbonated and too light bodied overall. Give you some good burps too.

OVERALL: Far below par for the course. I don’t know if something was wrong with the bottle, but this wasn’t good at all. I slugged my way through this one. On the label they claim to be the dark beer specialists, but if this is the case, I’ll skip whatever else they make. Avoid.

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Photo of babaracas
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown-black with brown edges, thin khaki colored head fades quickly to a thin ring. A few blobs of lace left behind. Smell: toasted grain, toffee + butter, mild roasted coffee note, relaxed earthy hopping. Taste: toast, caramelized sugar and mild baker's chocolate - both fleeting, earthy hopping, and finishing with a tangy yeast note. Medium body, drying, earthy finish. Nothing special here. Best by end of 3/11.

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in an English Pint]

Poured black in color with a large frothy medium brown head that was fully lasting and had good lacing.

The aroma was of roasted bread malts and a leathery yeast with notes of dark roasted coffee and molasses.

It tasted very strong of coffee and quite bitter from the start and the finish was about the same with a nice hint of sweetness and note of molasses at the end that left the flavor lasting an average duration on the taste buds after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was nice and creamy in texture and full in body with a very soft carbonation.

Overall a very flavorful Porter that was so smooth and inviting that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by "10/10" I guess this is four months past best by date?

A - Had no real sediment and an explosion of carbonation that flows over the glass so yea solid three inches of head, not good. Color is a nice deep dark brown.

S - Smells like a light porter roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate.

T - Wow very creamy. I got a nice bit of roast not too heavy along with a bit of cocoa and a hop finish that fades rather quickly. Pretty good.

M - I found this to be pretty light to medium bodied. Easy drinking for a porter.

D - Nice rep of the style and would consider more. Creamy yet not as roasty as I hoped still very drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately bought a bottle past its prime, no good to me. Now we got a good till April 2011. I loved their milk stout and Scotch Ale so let's hope for some good things here!

Pours out of the bottle incredibly dark walnut brown almost black. Body is dark brown with a three finger light cocoa brown head. Fairly uniform bubbles but descends quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell is a very muted roast and missing much aroma associated with a porter, cream, malt, if you're lucky chocolate and/or coffee none of that here. It's really a sort of detergent mild soap but not offensive strangely. I am passing this off as average, but this on the nose is kind of a disappointment.

Sheepish as to how this turns into taste, and the answer is slightly better than average. The best thing about the beer seems to be it's solid mouthfeel with body. Taste though is missing, it's a weak roast and malt and nothing lingers in the palate after you swallow. Strange bitter carbonation on this as well and not hop bitter feeling... something else kind of soapy.

If the nose was just a bit bolder this would have been alright but this isn't really that bad. However you can do much better than this for this style.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks bro-in-law for bringing me some NC locals on your last visit!

a - Poured a watery black with a finger full bubbly head into a duvel tasting tulip. Somewhat milk stout looking...but with tons of carbonation. You could really see the bubbles jump up the side of the glass. Left soda-like lacing.

s - Chocolate powder, little ashy, little milky and a touch roasted.

t - At fist a wonderful burst of roasted chocolate malts, followed by a somewhat tangy take over.

m - In a word...weird. Tingly and almost a bit sour. Somewhat watery (even for a porter) but heavy carbonation. Left a somewhat nice chocolatey aftertaste.

d - I'm hit or miss on most porters...some I love, some...not so much. This was a very drinkable beer, but not one I'm dying to drink. There was something weird about it...that was a bit sour, watery, and over carbonated. Somewhat BMC-ish even.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Both 10s are notched on the side of this label, calling for a best by date of 10/10. Quite a bit past that but I dont think much harm will be done.

I received this in the Birthday BIF, I cant recall who sent it but I wanna say jyounger30. Duck-Rabbit is from down in Jay's territory anyhow. (If this came from one of you other gents in the Bday go-round I apologize, but Jay is getting your credit).

A- God damn it I dropped this getting it out of the fridge. I thought it wasnt too bad as an empty 6 pack carrier broke its fall. I was mistaken as I opened it anyway. It got a little bit of gushing and a lot bit of head. A super elongated pour is all she needed to settle down though.

Right, as for the looks proper this beer does seem to naturally support a finger tall khaki head that has strong staying power and healthy lacing, at least for the beginning of the glass. The beer is a super rich black looking thing but it keeps its porter about itself with highlights of deep red around the collar.

S- The aroma certainly isn't bashful and perhaps I've awoken the beast, but for the better. At times this beer's bouquet carries a strong similarity to tootsie rolls. It has a rich cocoa powdery type smell. I know a lot of people will tell you that you cant smell oats when added to a beer. Well those guys probably haven't smelled Duck-Rabbit Porter. There's a dry oatmealy type of base below the cocoa and roasted barley.

T- I'm saddened by what has befronted my taste buds. The aroma has built me up, ready for something tasty, but I'm just not getting it (please direct all that's what she said jokes to the inbox of Ryan011235). The roasted malts are there but they are a chalky essence of what good roasted barley should be. There is a minor fringe of grassy hops and a dusting of cocoa powder but overall the taste is watered down. Perhaps I need to try a fresh bottle.

M- Nothing out of the ordinary to report here. In fact it has a pretty solid feel. Its slightly dry with a powdery feel and light, fluffy carbonation.

D- I wouldnt mind calling this my local porter since I have a feeling the taste department is dependent on the date indicator on the label. But still, Im glad my local porter is Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of moz9!). Pours cola color with creamy khaki head. Small carbonation bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate and molasses. Smells absolutely delicious! Taste is semi-sweet chocolate with a pleasant roasty bitterness. The sweetness builds a little bit again to bring the beer into nice balance. Light to medium bodied and creamy texture. Finish is slightly bitter from roasted malts. A really nice beer that would probably be my go to porter if it were distributed in Arizona. Thanks James!

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, but glows a fiery ruby when held to the light. An inch of light tan head puts up a noble fight, hanging on for awhile as it creates some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell has deep notes of raisins, slightly burnt toast and maple.

Mouthfeel is spot on: medium full with only light amounts of carbonation. A bit silkier than some in the style.

The taste is disappointing. Not as deep or complex as the smell. Roast coffee and toast flavors come to the fore, but the flavor seems to peter out just when it's getting interesting. Moreover, the dark fruit flavors are almost non-existant. This beer definitely has more in store for your nose than for your taste buds.

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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Black colored beer with faint ruby highlights. Head was tan colored with 2 fingers of height. Seemed to be clear, but this was difficult to tell since it was so dark. Did not get much lacing in the glass.

The aromas were of roasted and bready malts, with some chocolate as well. No hop aromas. Taste dominated by black malts, with coffee-like roasted grains. The bitterness was balanced well with the malts by just enough sweetness. The taste improved as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was creamy and full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste from the roasted flavors.

Drinkability was good - a fine porter that seemed in line with the style and was enjoyable.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark with auburn hues. It has a nice mocha colored head.

S-Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.

T-Very much like the nose as coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt dominate the flavor profile. It seemed to have more hops than I expected for some reason.

M-Nicely carbonated.

D-Definitely sessionable.

Overall, this beer didn't really floor me or anything, but its just a solid American Porter.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a thin brown head and a tiny bit of lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and a little smoke. Tastes a little smoky, with a little roasted malts, a little chocolate, and a ton of coffee. Mouthfeel is medium and has a tiny bit of carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

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Photo of errantnight
2.31/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A disappointment, sadly. Pours a deep brown dimly black color with a reasonable head and ok retention... but that's as good as it gets.

Aroma is punctuated by a stale refrigerator smell, a bit of of green apple, and only then does some burnt chocolate note slips in.

On the palate this is just in the drinkable range, body is moderately full if a touch prickly, however the flavor is overwhelmed by uncomfortable off notes, turning even the chocolate and roast in the back palate into harsh, unpleasant versions.

This beer is showcasing poor process, and is bad enough that I can't even properly tell if the recipe was even good to start with.

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Photo of thain709
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured a deep, dark brown body that bordered on black...the head stood about one finger and it was off white in color...not much retention as it fell to a thin bead...not much lacing either

S - I'm not getting too much from the nose...there's a sweetness and I'd say it's from the chocolate and the other malt...not very prominate

T - The flavors are a step up from the aroma...they come together more and make the beer enjoyable...there is an initial sweetness but that fades quickly and the flavors of dark fruit covered in chocloate come through...the roasted malt is a nice flavor in the beer and it pairs well with the other flavors...the end is chocolate and coffee blended together

M - Medium bodied...bordering on being light...a touch too thin and watery for a porter

D - This was an okay porter for me...the flavor was the only thing I enjoyed...everything else was just okay...I'm trying to like Duck Rabbit but it isn't working so far

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Photo of Verecund
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap on 12.28.2010.

Dark brown bordering on black. Half inch of tanned head leaves light lacing.

Nose is somewhat nutty, with notes of cocoa and caramel malts. Not much to it, but it's fine for the style. Taste is one step better: light roastiness; sweet, dark maltiness; a tiny bit of that DR dark-beer cherry fruitiness; sweetened coffee; a small amount of earthy hop bitterness and heat on the finish.

Medium carbonation, somewhat creamy.

A fine beer, but a bit one-note, particularly in the nose, falling short of other DR "dark" beers. It also drinks a shade hotter than its ABV, in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, little to no head.

S - Chocolate flavors and roasted malt dominate. Very nice.

T - It tastes like a smoked porter to me. A lot of malts. Don't really taste any hops.

M - Medium carbonation.

D - It is smooth, but there is nothing that pulls me in and makes me want another.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ 12 oz bottle

It pours dark brown with a gigantic creamy head that settles down after a while, but manages to stay until the end.

As I let this beer warm up, I'm rewarded by a huge roasted malt aroma. Some chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit also make their way into the mix.

The taste pretty much mirrors the smell. Roasted and toasted malt continues to dominate.

This porter has such a wonderful feel to it. It's medium-bodied, creamy, smooth, and very easy to drink.

The Duck-Rabbit Brewing Company calls themselves "the dark beer specialist", and I have to agree - this is great stuff! ~

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Photo of TheDudeBeers
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint

A - Dark Brown, almost black. Nearly no light shines through

S - Heavy on Fresh Roasted Coffee and Chocolate

T - Coffee first and foremost with some Carmel and chocolate notes

M - Very Smooth and Full porter.

D - Really drinkable. This is a perfect example of a well executed porter. Cheers Duck-Rabbit!

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into american pint, from Al's of Hampden which I still haven't gotten around to reviewing, so instead more free advertising for Al!

Pour is deep brown, with tan carbonation running up to fill in the top 1/2" with carmel foam. Very little lacing, tight tight bubbles around half the glass.

Honey, cocoa, carmel and malt in the smell. That all sort of mingles to smell like carnival cotton candy/candied nuts, but in a nice way.

A little bit of hoppyness at the end or with a bit of chewing. Otherwise this is all on the 'darker' end of the spectrum. A little roasty, a little malty, and a flavor that reminds me of eating carob coated raisins from my macrobiotic teachers snacktime. So, oddly nostalgic. No taste of booze, but it is there on the exhale.

This is a little watery - for a porter.

I orgininally scored this a 4 for drinkability. I'm not arguing with the rating system but man, how day-to-day is a 'drinkability' category? I'm leaving it a 4 despite the fact that I think I might well pass this over for other porters at a later date.


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Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with hints of ruby. Thin tan head with milky lacing.

S- Raosted malt, Strong coffee and hints of chocolate.

T- Faint caramel notes hidden behind a dominate coffee. Hints of dark chocolate and dates in the background.

M- Rich, creamy and medium bodied.

D- very easy to drink. Very nice porter.

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Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.