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Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit Baltic PorterDuck-Rabbit Baltic Porter

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750 Ratings
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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 159
Gots: 66 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006)
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Reviews by benpopper:
Photo of benpopper
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured on 4/18, thank you sincereNc

Poured a thin black with a little chocolate colored head that dissipates quickly. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells pretty great, very roasty, a little chocolate. Made me very excited to drink it.

Tastes better than I expected. Creamy almost, chocolate upfront and other things I'd expect from a milk stout.

Like the taste it was thicker, creamier and richer than I'd expect a porter to be, but I had no problem with it. Easy to drink, it went away too fast.

I really really enjoyed this one and would like to get more of it along with their milk stout to try side by side.

benpopper, May 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy hoppedup for this NC treat,poured a deep ink black no light showing thru this puppy a 1/2 finger mocha colored head atop wich is gone quite fast leaving a glass of oil-like fluid.Rich aromas I pick up some bitter chocolate and definent molasses hints along with some dark fruit,wow what a nice full but easy mouthfeel pretty much perfection it glides effortlessly down but is full bodied.Molasses and raisin/prune like dark fruit flavors abound with underlying chocolate and roasted nut flavors a great lingering dryness comes out in the finish as I drink more.Another great brew to come outta NC there are many and this is near the top for me.

oberon, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours extremely dark (black?) and syrupy into the glass. Practically no head. No lacing. just a few bubbles in a light brown ring around the glass.

S: Deep roasted coffee and chocolate smells. Pleasant on the nose, with just a bit of an alcohol smell.

T: Thinking this was going to be nice creamy chewy porter, I took a good long pull. Yikes! This stuff has bite! I have to say, you can taste the alcohol in this and that has always been something that I have personally considered "less than desirable" to my own tastes. Getting past that, the flavors are indeed good and chocolaty in nature. There is some decent bittering in the linger but more noticeable was the warming as it went down. This stuff honestly reminded me more of a barley wine than a porter.

M&D: Mouthfeel is heavy and sweet - tons of body and weight. Carbonation is light and spritely, but has to fight its way through the syrupy goodness. Drinkability? Well, it's good, but it's heavy. I don't think I could do more than one at a time and actually enjoy it, but the flavors really are quite good.

SIRIUS2, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of drumline
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark black with a head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell - Chocolate, dark fruits and caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy. Chocolate and caramel flavors, with a roasted coffee-like aftertaste.

Drinkability - Drinkability is rather high for a brew of this alcohol content. Very deceiving. I could have a couple of these in an evening, although it would knock me completely on my ass. The perfect nightcap for the evening. Easily my favorite NC brewed beer.

drumline, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -2%

Ben7773, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle into my glass an extremely dark brown bordering on black with a quarter inch of dark tan bubbly head on top. This one doesn't let much light through at all. Aromas begin with rich dark roasted malts filled with deep chocolate, molasses, raisins, figs and plenty of dark fruits. Maybe a touch of licorice in there as well. Really complex and very nice.

First sip brings big dark maltiness with caramel, deep chocolate, molasses and a touch of coffee. Dark fruits follow with some plum, raisin, fig and even strawberry. Its begins somewhat sweet and flows down with a nice mellow bitterness. Finishes with a touch of licorice and just a hint of hops. A big, rich, wonderful brew. Great stuff!

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and smooth. Good sturdy carbonation. This is really nice without becoming to heavy at any point and lends itself to easier drinking. A damn fine Baltic porter. I could probably only have two in a sitting, but I'd love to have this one again. Thanks to unclejedi for the chance to sample this one. I'm looking forward to the other Duck Rabbit brews I have yet to sample!

orbitalr0x, May 18, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one appears almost pitch black to me in my glass. Good 1/2" of dark tan head to start with. Reduced to a layer of dense foam.

Aroma is really nice. Dark toasted malts and milk chocolate. Definately has a lactose type sweetness, and a bit of an acidic nose that is usually expected in a Baltic. Little flares of alcohol are sent up as well, but work in with the aroma nicely.

Definately a Baltic here, that lactose acidity is prevalent and almost a bit overpowering to me, but it seems to be balanced out in the finish as the acidity flees and gives way to the dark toasted malts again which show a bit of chocolate as well. Good overall flavor, still not my favorite style but I can enjoy this one.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, but I usually expect something just short of full in this style so this right around where my expectations were. Seems to have some level of carbonation in it to keep it from feeling too flat.

Overall a pretty drinkable Baltic for me, definately has the typical traits of one but the darker toasted flavors that I like more are there too. Good beer...another solid offering from Duck-Rabbit.

blitz134, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

megamass, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of trade with mntlover. Pours like a stout, dark and opaque, with the consistency of three year old motor oil. Attractive khaki head is sturdy and is followed up by some attractive sheets of lace.

Aroma is milk chocolate, some roasty coffee, and a complex wave of mostly dark fruits like plums, figs, and cherries. Some grassy hops are noted, as well as some anise. Very nice!

Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation is ideal for the style.

Lovely taste of creamy milk chocolate enhanced by some bitter roasty notes of coffee. All kinds of dark fruits as well as some cherries. Plums, figs, dates, and a hint of prunes add a teasing complexity. Grassy hops add a bitter edge but are barely noticed. Alcohol is hidden beneath all the complexity of flavor.

Another winner from Duck-Rabbit. One of the best Baltic Porters on the planet here.

merlin48, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of warriorsoul
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChuckCook for this well-traveled brew.
Pours a deep, dark black color with a full finger and a half of milk chocolate head...sits on top like a rootbeer float, but fades after a few minutes.
Decent aroma...milk chocolate, vanilla, with a hint of carbonation.
The taste is why I am constantly impressed by these folks...dark chocolate with the perfect amount of sweetness. Has a nice addition of hops, which add some fruitiness I really dig...thick mouthfeel with a very well hidden 9%. The sweetness fades midway thru and finishes quite dry.
Goes down very easy, but more of a dessert beer for me...a couple of these and I'd be well on my way.
Definitely my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit, but a great beer among many others they produce.

warriorsoul, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for sending me this bottle. This is one I have been wanting to try for a while.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and some charred notes. The flavor is roasted and charred malt, with some chocolate, coffee and alcohol. The beer is fairly boozy, but very enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 02, 2011
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle served into a nonic glass

Extra thanks to Kwakwhore for the send,tried some Duck Rabbits while on vacation at the Outer Banks this summer,they were all exceptional beers. Glad i got to try this seasonal beer from Duck Rabbit.
Opaque,black looked stout-like. Slight amount of tan head,less than an 1" settled into a lasting creamy layer throughout the beer.No much lacing,just a spot or two.

Intense roasty aroma,very smokey,chard wood,dusty chocolate,black coffee/mocha. Great complex malty nose,lots of earthyness also. Has a creamy,vanallia extract aroma,just a tinge of alcohol.

Very roasty taste,strong burnt notes,chard wood,bittersweet chocloate,black coffee,thick layered carmellness,creamy mocha with a touch of vanallia.Lots of sweet dark fruityness,the alcohol is fairly well hidden with a nice,slight warming effect.Very good balance,finishes with a clean earthy/woody very sharp,pleasing bitterness.Fades into a tounge swelling drying bitterness,has a touch of sourness. Lots of complexity,very enjoyable taste.

Very smooth and creamy,medium bodied. The kind of beer that leaves you craving more. Exceptional drinkability for a 9% beer. If you like baltic porters this is a must try beer. Another great beer fron Duck Rabbit deservingly worthy of being the dark beer specialists.

jcdiflorio, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of wattoclone
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

wattoclone, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Pours very dark black with an almost nonexistent light brown head. Very sweet nose with coffee and chocolate scents.

Very smooth taste, fairly light body for such a hardcore porter. Which is very welcome. Very toasty almost burnt flavor to it. I think ti's just awesome, the 9% abv adds a lot too it to, very warming and sharp. This beer would be perfect on a nice cold night, but it's still welcome in the middle of summer!

kingcrowing, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -26.5%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of juicebox
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

juicebox, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Mantooth, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2%

Cynic-ale, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

amstokesdb9, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of mondegreen
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duck Rabbit Snifter.

Pours pitch black with a dense tan head. Sweet roasty aroma. Dark fruits linger in the background.

Taste is lightly bitter, moderately roasty, and sweet dark fruits. Finishes with a tart touch. A very interesting balance of flavors, and it all works very well together.

Mouthfeel is dead on. Rich and creamy without being heavy.

This is one of the best regularly available beers coming out of the Southeast. Duck Rabbit does great things, and Baltic Porter is at the forefront as one of thier top achievements.

mondegreen, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an opaque black hue nice tan head that forms fine even lacing all the way through my sample, btw thanks jcdiflorio for a nice taste of this rare brew. Aromatics come correct with the malt sweetness and roasty qualities associated with a porter upfront with the plum, raisin, dark chocolate roasts and creamy milk chocolate malt balls with a touch of slightly burnt coffee roasts. Flavors bring out dark roasted malts with tart raisin fruitiness and brown sugar caramelized sweetness going on, more milk chocolate malted Whoppers coming in with toffee and strong bitter black roasts as well, finishes with a touch of fruity booziness and a herbal hop bouquet. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with even smooth carbonation really velvet like in texture on the palate didn't weight me down in any way. Drinkability is excellent one of the better Baltic porters out there in today's market, I'm a fan but it still doesn't compare to my memories of Perkuno's.

WVbeergeek, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, with no notch on date strip, poured into a Avery nonic.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a moderate tan head that fades slowly. Thick lacing is left on the glass at first, but only spotty lacing after the head dies down.

The aroma has a very pronounced dark chocolate note, plenty of dark roasted malts, a little hops and coffee, and some dark fruit. It also has a faint but unfortunate hint of something like a cross between sour milk and rotten fruit; I suspect this could be an unfortunate artifact of the particular hop-malt combination.

T: The taste has a slight bit of sourness, but otherwise the off-note is much diminished. Otherwise, the aromatic components are repeated in the flavor, with the addition of a little smoky and earthy tint. The bitter-sweet and slightly smoky after-taste ;ingers for a good while and features chocolate, coffee and dark malts.

M: Full bodied and smooth, with somewhat high, medium carbonation. A light harshness and warming from the high ABV.

O: Rich and distinct version of this style will not appeal to all baltic porter fans.

chinchill, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours black with some dark ruby highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is good.

Smells equally of roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. Some mild tart fruit aromas poke out every now and then too.

Tastes very good. Like a very smooth RIS up front that seques into light sour fruit flavors - figs and cherries - but with roasted undertones. The ending is more bitter than sour but has a good amount of both flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a good thickness with subdued carbonation and goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I'd like to sourness to be turned down just a touch to make this really good.

Overall I enjoy this beer a lot and see it as a quintessential Baltic Porter. Give this one a shot.

glid02, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of kevwcamp
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

kevwcamp, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a dimple mug)
Best before 10/08
thanks to SincereNc for this brew
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a dark tan head full of holes. The head fades to a thick ring and last. The body is too dense to see any sign of carbonation.

S- This beer has a big earthy vinous black roasted malt aroma with a slight sweetness to it. There is a perfume quality to the roasted malt that makes me want to sniff this beer for days.

T- The dark inky taste of black malt has flavors of dark raisins and some burnt notes with a slight sweetness to follow. The finish is a soft vinous flavor followed by a nice roasted bitterness that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. The finish has a soft astringency of black roasted malt but no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer is delicious with huge black malt flavors while staying smooth and complex aswell.

rhoadsrage, Sep 25, 2008
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Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.