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

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 829
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 165
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
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:
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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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.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Fathead's in Pittsburgh. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown, almost black. There is a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet roast and warm alcohol. Hints of dark fruit and molasses as well.

Taste: Sweet and bitter from the roasted malt. Hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit with a bitter finish that is warm from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: On the thicker side of medium body with delicate carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: Nice smooth beer. The balance was very good and I would have it again.

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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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.26/5  rDev -44.6%
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.

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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!*

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one thanks to the generous, famous, and awesome Solomon420. Poured this guy into an Orval goblet because I can, wanna fight about it?!

A: Pours out very dark but semi thin, no motor oil in there. Swirled around the glass in a low viscosity dark looking black coffee like beverage. Its black, like my keyboard, but lets no light through, but at the same time doesn't look like the halls of death as some other stouts do. A very light brown head quickly dissipates to leave patches of swirling foam on the top making look swirling galaxies in space colliding.

N: Finally I can smell the damn thing, its got a nice chocolate porter malt nose with a slight rich caramel/toffee aroma, some roasted malt coffee adds to the typical porter nose of a good porter. No off aromas.

T: I can't wait to tast... mmm... lots of roasted coffee malts right out front with some chalky and milky chocolate. It almost makes me feel like a kid again adding chocolate and coffee syrups into my milk. The difference is the alcohol, although this one has a nice alcohol bite to it and hides it well until the finish, my milks as a kid had a few shots of rum in them. A slight raisin and earthy char build out the complexity.

M: Very creamy and slightly chocolatey, but still pretty light and smooth, not over thick, has a slight alcohol sting

F: Finishes somewhat sweet but dries quickly and adds a spicey alcohol bite. Its creamy as it runs down the back of the tongue and throat, then the alcohol bites nicely and surprisingly, except that it's 9% but you don't know it until the finish.

Final thoughts: This is a lip smacking, high octane dark porter. It doesn't overstretch the bounds or experiment much, but its still a great beer. Adds some nice roasted and charred as well as chocolate malts, creamy and slightly chalky, pretty robust as well as complex but smoothed well. The chocolate and alcohol finish linger for a little longer than necessary, but otherwise a good consistent beer, but similar to many other great strong porters.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, dark fruit, dark malts, dark chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little smoky and the hits with a heavy dark malt character and flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruit and black coffee. There's a very mild hops presence that bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time if your in the mood for a high-octane porter.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden - poured chilled into a Duvel tulip allowed to gradually increase toward cellar temp.

A - A deep coffee brown w/ translucent clarity and thin 1/2 inch of medium tan cream w/ a very tiny bead. A speckling of lace clings to the glass's interior

S - Aromas of malt - creamy vanilla and sweet caramel w/ cocoa(malted milk ball) and gentle scent of toffee w/ nuts and bits of toasted graham cracker odor. The mild cherry like aroma is there too -(thanks octopus87) and is more on the black cherry/currant side w/ mild dark toast tinge

M - The feel is full of sweet malt w/ a mix of roasted and dry grain notes and has a moderately high level of carbonation w/ subtle earthy notes of nuts and spice w/ a mild warmth of alcohol and mild bitterness

T - The tastes of caramel malt and sweetened walnuts w/ mild vanilla bean and slight dark cherry/currant notes w/ a light tannic flavor which gives a mild earthy tartness and blends well with the cocoa notes a mild dry coffee flavors. The acidity is there but layered in with the dark chocolate flavor with slight toffee notes and subtle hazelnut roastiness in the final sips

D - I was pleased, this is a decent baltic porter, a bit sweeter than some, but very drinkable and one I would be happy to try again. I like the complexity since it comes off as more ale, than lager-like but still smooth and not overly boozy either.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from my in-person trade with twiggamortis420, thanks Greg!! Also thanks to Ding for sending me one, I never figured out what happened to that one, my guess is accidentally thrown away in a fit of spring cleaning a year or 2 ago...

Pours mahogany/black with a finger of mocha colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, roasted malt & a bit of iron, raisins, booze & a touch of vanilla, dang near pulled a 5.0

T: Roastyness, some herbal hops & dark fruit up front. Roasty bitterness, dark chocolate, raisins & some booze surface once warm. Finishes dry, a bit pruney, with much roasty malt & nice dark chocolate

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & oilyness, a bit warm

Drinks pretty good, but the thickness & booze slow me down after a bit. Went great with brownies, another good'un from Duck Rabbit

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black. Thin dark tan head. Nose is a touch of alcohol and thick malts. Flavor is wow! Thick malty, tar, and minor molasses. After taste seems like a thinner molasses. A little too bright, but amazing all the same. Feel is great on the body with a low carbonation, but it feels really nice. This is an amazing interpretation of a Baltic Porter from an American producer. I have had a lot of Eastern European Baltic Porters, and this is easily as good a production as those from that region.

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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.

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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).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter

Blackness incarnate....nice brown head, drifts down...

Intriquing aroma, slightly smoky, meaty, smoked sausage...intense, heady...many things in the mix...some licorice, some whiskey, lotsa stuff.

Drinkin' it....sweet, slick, delicious, big, beefy...thick, substantial...there's a metallic sheen in there as well.

Hangs well in the mouth, floods you ...medicinal...not what I was looking for, not quite what I expect for a Baltic Porter.
I wanted to like this, I looked forward to it, but in the end...eh....sorry...

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Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.