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

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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 159
Gots: 77 | FT: 4
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006

The Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter is deep, rich and velvety soft. A full blooded roasty character with almost no burnt flavor is balanced by complex alcohol notes. Strong (9% alcohol by volume) yet unfailingly subtle, this special brew rewards unhurried attention. Enjoy!
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Reviews by numenor1:
Photo of numenor1
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as pitch, only letting a bit of light through at the edges when backlit. Huge tan head. Enormous powerful nose of chocolate and fruity esters. Initially hitting the palate is a whack of dark fruits, currants, dried figs, dates, prunes, brown sugar, then gradually chocolate emerges along with an earthy hoppy character. Lots of deeply caramelized toffee. Ends somewhat dry with roasted barley notes. A definite vinous character througout as well as some acidity, which does well to balance the weight of this. This treads the line between being deliciousy malty while not becoming cloying. Mouthfeel is medium full with vibrant, yet smooth carbonation. There's some warming in the throat through the finish, yet this is the only hint of alcohol whatsoever. Yet the sheer weight of flavor makes it not a poundable beer, and certainly not worse for it. Duck rabbit's best big beer yet imo. Though the fruitiness may be a tad excessive for my tastes.

Second best baltic porter i've had to date, losing out to Southampton's. Not by much though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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.

Photo of drumline
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.55/5  rDev -13%
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!

Photo of mondegreen
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | 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 hint of molasses.

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 may not appeal to all baltic porter fans.

(Review tweaked with better smelling 12 oz bottle on Halloween, 2014).

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of lanamj
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle served in a tulip.

A- Pours a nice bitch black with a dark brown head. The head is thin upon a moderately aggressive pour and dissipates rather quickly, to maintain a small ring of decent lacing on the outer edge of the glass.

S- Lots of sweet and roasted aromas. Roasted malt, sweet lactose, prunes, roasted coffee, sweet dark molasses, and some sweet alcohol. Nice and smooth with strong aroma.

T- Lots of roasted malts and coffee followed by sweet milk and dark fruits. It finishes kinda heavy for a porter with a warming effect from the higher then normal abv. I like it!!

M- Smooth and milky. Kinda thin but still easy drinking. Carbonation is spot on.

O- I have always loved this offering from Duck-Rabbit and will continue to. I feel for the style it is truly one of the best. It has a abv content that makes me curious to see what time will do for this one.

Photo of pwoods
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beavers for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best buy 10/08.

A: Pours a complete black with a much thicker viscosity than I had expected. 1/2 finger of tan head struggles to form even after compensating halfway through the pour with more aggressiveness. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Fresh bananas and some starchiness. Light cola and sweet milk chocolate.

T/M: Light chocolaty taste with some coffee in the back. Alcoholic body with interesting phenolic. More bananas. I've never had a Baltic porter and it's kind of hard to describe. Medium heavy body with low carbonation.

D: Very tasty but I'd probably only have one in a sitting. The remaining 5 shouldn't have trouble getting drank.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, motor oil like, very subtle carbonation. There is no height to the head just a fine brown fizz that forms on top of the black liquid. It dissipates quickly leaving the only trace as a thin light brown circle where the liquid meets the glass.
The smell is more malty then anything else, there is some hops there but I can't place the profile. Even further past the malt scent is a sweet fruit smell. Not crisp summer fruits like citrus but more like a dried dark plum or raisins and a less then moderate licorice.
The taste is very good, initially there is a sweet malty flavor but its followed quickly by a slight fruity (raisin) taste with that tiny bit of licorice. Finally the hop bite kicks in and you are left with a bitterness that massages the sides of your tongue. This beer has a very solid heavy taste but not in a bad way. The sweetness is balanced nicely with the bitterness and leaves you with a nice mouth feel. A very fine beverage well worth looking for.

Photo of degerbah
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

HUge head poured out of this into my tulip which quickly faded away leaving spiderweb lines of head along hte top of the glass. Huge raisin and malt aroma off of the beer before my first taste. It's an intense smell actually. Not bad, but very strong.

There is an intense amount of flavor. Raisins, Malts, Sugary Sweetness. Lots and lots of flavor. This seems to me to be a better version of raison dr etre. This makes the long line of locals that I wish were available in Ohio.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter finger of chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Tons of roasted malt aromas, imparting notes of freshly backed and toasted bread, some subtle coffee aromas, dark chocolate and a touch of smoke.

Taste: Wow! Lots of roasted malt up front, followed by lots of dark chocolate, some subtle smoke and licorice and a lot of brown sugar-like sweetness. Really, very good!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and pretty smooth, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9%, there’s a very nice alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! I like this beer! I really like the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors and the smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Certainly the best beer I’ve had from the Duck-Rabbit.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The dark amber liquid filling the glass is almost black....very little if any light penetrates it.
The head is a dark, creamed coffee colored layer of a half finger of foam that melts quickly to only a slightly sticky ring.
Heavenly porter aromas....nothing artifical like a coffee bean or vanilla bean added for aromas.
Lightly sweet dark malt and coffee...period.
A whole lot more going on in the taste however.
The malt sweetness is perfectly balance and a wonderful blend of vanilla, coffee, cream, and medium chocolate is the palette.
Mouthfeel is full but not sticky or cloying.
Aftertaste is coffee and chocolate.
If you belch, it's chocolate soda. (ok...strange, but that is exactly what I just got)
I can see why this is rated so highly.
It is the best Baltic Porter I have ever had to date.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes:

A: Pours a very deep, dark brown with a small tan head that has decent retention and little bits of lace here and there.

S: Nice dark chocolate with dark fruits - some cherries and plums. Some roasted malt and a touch of coffee.

T: Lots of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and dark fruit. It has a nice sweetness as well as a bit of smoke. Bittersweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very smooth.

O: A very good beer with a great flavor profile. Only thing I would have liked, was for it to be a bit creamier. Easy drinking for the abv as well.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter

Thanks go out to BarefootBrewer for this 1.

A- Dark reddish back with a small sticky head.
S- Sweet sugary candy and fruit like cherries and grapes.
T- Sweet caramel malt with a nice touch of vanilla, brown sugar, lightly roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, dried cherries and fresh grapes. A touch of alc. in the end.
M- Sweet and malty, with a smooth fruity finish. Alc. is present on the tongue.

Overall- A nice sipper. A few of these on a cold night would do the trick.

Photo of tastybeer
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fully opaque, purple redish tinted black and a medium-light brown fluffy head. Lasting retention and bits of lace hang around. Smells fully roasted with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, a fruity tanginess, milk, and sweet toffee. Taste is extensive with all the above in larger quantity. The fruitiness adds a kick to the roasty flavors. Mouthfeel is very nice. The full body is smooth and slick while nicely coating, with tingly carbonation Quite drinkable despite how filling it feels.

The more baltic porters I have, the more I like them. This one definitely affirms that.

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