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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

756 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 159
Gots: 67 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Drunkasmonk. Gone too soon, a rich and dark full-mouthed stouty porter. Bittersweet cocoa. Very good brew and true to its style. Definitate smoke in the finish here. But I do think its style gets above average press compares to other, subtler styles.
Had again four months later at Atlanta Ale meeting, also not sour but more chocolate here and thick mouthfeel. Coffee at end.

Sammy, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2%

t0rin0, Sep 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The pour brings a dark brown body with a tan head. Nose is pretty complex with some dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, and a tad bit of booze. The taste is dark fruits and brown sugar as well as a bit of chocolate and roast. Good feel with a tad bit of booze. Good beer all around and a solid offering from them.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that slowly died down but left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the nose, except that the flavors of chocolate and roasted malts are stronger. There are some notes of burnt malts and licorice. It has a slight amount of sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and slightly viscous on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer needs to be sipped given its high alcohol content and full body.

metter98, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%

kjkinsey, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark as a stout, with a creamy tan head that lays upon the liquid, leaving a few strips of lace behind

Smell: Plum and black raspberry, with chocolate undertones

Taste: Dark fruit flavors forward, with the dried plum and black raspberry elements dominant; subtle chocolate tones add some depth, but the sugary malt flavors really take over in the middle and through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little too one-dimensional on the sweet fruity side; would prefer to see more chocolate and other flavors adding depth and balance

brentk56, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt is dominant and enjoyable. Taste is dominated by dry coffee notes as well as some light bitter roasted malt. I was expecting more chocolate notes then I could detect and the beer was a bit more dry then expected. Body was quite full with some medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall, while this was a very good beer I thought it was slightly too dry for the style and I can’t figure out why this rated so high but again I am probably not the biggest fan of the style to begin with.

Phyl21ca, May 16, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee bean black with a glimmer of ruby along the bottom edge of the glass. The creamy caramel colored lid is on the small side, which isn't surprising for a higher ABV ale that received a gentler than usual pour. It hold its own, for several minutes at least, and leaves just enough lace to be polite.

The nose could just as easily belong to a Russian Imperial stout as a Baltic porter. On second and third sniff, it's a dead ringer for an RIS. Roasted and black malts create nicely aromatic aromas of chocolate syrup, espresso and blackstrap molasses, in decreasing order of prominence. There's no way that this isn't going to be good beer.

The flavor is more impressive than the mouthfeel. The former is about what I expected (these guys can brew), but the latter isn't as big as it needs to be given the ABV and the style. With more of a heavy creaminess, that would have led to more flavor intensity and more flavor linger, Baltic Porter could have been something special.

Each mouthful is a delicious commingling of bittersweet chocolate, crushed coffee beans and tangy dark fruit. That last one is what makes Baltic Porter tastes like a Baltic porter rather than an RIS. The sourness is somewhat lactic acid-like, but is more fruity. Something along the lines of chocolate-covered figs and black currants.

The body/mouthfeel belongs on a 7%'er, not a 9%'er. It is hunkering down a bit as the beer warms, but I'm still not blown away. I wonder if age has anything to do with the less than full feel. The estimated age of this bottle is somewhere around 18 months, with a full year to go before the 'best by' date. At least the bubbles stay in the background.

Baltic Porter is my first high-gravity beer from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery. Even though it's at least as good as Brown Ale, Porter and Milk Stout, I expected more. Olfabrikken, Okocim and Sinebrychoff have nothing to worry about. However, if the brewers add more malt and can work on improving the mouthfeel, the Euros might get a little uneasy. This one has potential.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 10, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can you honestly believe I have never had one of these before? Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/25/2009.

The pour was fantastic. A rich dark brown in color, essentially black with a large tan head on top of it that only slightly faded into nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Aroma is full of dark fruits, rich, sweet and nearly perfectly done. Nice touches of boozy aroma and rich tobacco notes. Smooth and seductive flavor of rich dark chocolate, smooth dark cherry notes and a touch of sweet molasses and tobacco. A very big beer that hides its alcohol well, this made a fantastic night cap.

mikesgroove, May 26, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
2.28/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is almost black with a modestly sized tan/off-white head.

S: This is going to sound strange, but this beer smells strongly of powdered cheddar cheese (like on Cheese Chex Mix). There's also licorice, roasted malt, roast, and ash. Definitely a dark fruit aroma, too, like prunes.

T: Lots and lots of licorice and prune juice. It's overly sweet and sugary at points. I pick up some metal, and there are also fruit skins and quite a bit of roast and ash, which at least help to mitigate the sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium level of carbonation.

D: Not an enjoyable drinking experience here. Some really weird and off flavors.

womencantsail, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a thick looking black body. The head on top is a brownish tan color with a creamy feel to it. The smell of the beer is a roasted and sweet smelling. The taste of the beer is rich with bitter flavors and and sweet caramel flavors too. The mouthfeel of this is pretty thick, it could pass as a stout, it's creamy and oily feeling with an easy going carbonation. Overall I like this brew, I would buy it again.

Knapp85, Sep 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near black body with a smallish, light tan head.

Smell: An excellent, inviting aroma of dark unsweetened chocolate, mild dark fruits, coffee, and hints of nuts.

Taste: The taste is huge and dessert-like, with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits, and toasted caramel. A light, subtle herbal hop flavor brings you to the light, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Soft, creamy mouthfeel akin to melted chocolate.

Drinkability: I think its safe to say that its Duck-Rabbit's best!

*Sampled again at the 2007 Brewgrass Beer Festival. Still as great as ever, and still Duck-Rabbit's best!*

ChainGangGuy, Jun 18, 2007
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black, not much of a head forms, more a thick ring.

Smell: Very roasty, almost burnt. Some vinous notes, a bit of berry and coffee.

Taste & mouthfeel: Much like the nose; charred cereal grains, dry red wine, a touch of acidity. Coffee in the finish. More dry than sweet, though it's nicely balanced. Body is about medium, it's a tad heavier than average for the style but not overly viscous.

Drinkability: Split the bottle with my girlfriend and ended up wanting more.

Notes: Thanks to WeisGuy for tossing this one is as an extra, it was a very pleasant surprise.

largadeer, May 02, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

That duck-rabbit looks kinda funny in a winter hat. Tee hee. The beer pours a very dark brown, with the slimmest translucence possible, topped by a short, tan, foamy head. The nose comprises molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, spruce tips, roasted malts, plums, and a bit o' chocolate. The taste follows very closely, though the plums and spruce tips are swallowed alive by the brown sugar and molasses midstroke. Still, the spiciness mixes well with the syrups and roasted malts, which is what you're lookin' fer in a baltic porter. The body is a hefty medium, with a heavy-moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy feel. Overall, a solid baltic; I expected nothing less from the DR.

TMoney2591, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wilwfu for this one! Bottle dated "9246" on the bottom, so 246th day of '09...it's roughly 4 months old.

Into a kbs glass this pours a mahogany red tone in the light, but appears black in the glass. Nice arcs of lace form all around the glass. A wispy skim is left after a few minutes.

Lactic milk chocolate aroma, malted milk balls.

Rich and sweet, roasty and chocolatey taste. A little sticky, creamy but astringent in the first sips though it mellows as it warms. Pleasant aftertaste with roast malt, plum/raisin, and chocolate milk traces. A well balanced and flavorful porter, great for the cool winter months.

emerge077, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

JAHMUR, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly, thick foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of rich malts and a touch of booziness. It had a floral and fruity aroma, too.

T - This is a great Baltic Porter, great maltiness with a strong bitter hop kick. Just a touch of spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a fantastic Baltic Porter and yet another great dark beer from the brewers of Duck-Rabbit.

zeff80, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised by this one, I found the fruitiness to be almost irresistable; and the beer itself to be quite unique as Baltic porters are generally lagers, and fruitiness is limited. As expected, it poured an imperviable black body and frothy tan head. The retention was somewhat limited, but at 9% that's to be expected. Some nice rings of lace made up for that. The nose is rich and full, and you could easily while away a half hour or so just nosing it. Apart from the bright, juicy plum, it's also got notes of cherry and dark red berries. Beneath that a darkly toffeeish, coffee-accented maltiness rounds it out. Full-medium in body. Creamy smooth. Similar in flavor to the aroma, the fruitiness sings a siren-song that keeps you coming back sip after sip. A hint of chocolate appears, more low-key roastiness, caramel, and a spritz of alcohol; but based on my experience, a touch of alcohol is appropriate for the style. It doesn't appear particularly bitter, but it's there nonetheless, keeping watch and ready to dry the finish. Surprisingly, after such a massive flavor assault, it fades from the palate rather quickly... leaving you with no choice but to go back for another sip! I am most impressed!

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2006
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Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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