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

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Duck-Rabbit Baltic PorterDuck-Rabbit Baltic Porter

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 156
Gots: 70 | FT: 3
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006)
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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 Azurescens
2.45/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with best by date punch taken out of November, but no year punch, Poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/26/11

A: Pours near black with fizzy light brown head that dissipates very quickly leaving no film or lacing around glass.

S: Roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, dark chocolate and some dark fruits with hints of acidity. Really nice combination of aromas with some faint alcohol in the background. As it warms up the pleasant aromas described fade out and soy sauce and alcohol sting my nose.

T: Sharp and acidic, almost sour, roasty with dark malts, dark fruit and finishes with some smokiness.

M: My tongue tingles with the almost sour acidity. Not much carbonation, but its hard to tell for sure with the acids tingling my tongue like tiny bubbles. Medium body feels lighter with the high acidity.

O: Not a big fan of this one, if it tasted like it smelled it would be a lot more enjoyable but the acidic feel takes away from the taste and my overall opinion of the beer. Drinkable but not quite enjoyable.

Photo of Pellinore1
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to donManguno for sending this one.

Pours deep brown, nearly black, and produces about a finger of tan head. This fades slowly, leaving some lacing.

I smell roasty malt, a bit of smoke, some chocolate, and a light creamy note. A very interesting and enjoyable nose on this one.

Dark, subtly sweet malt hits the palate first, then I taste smoke and dark chocolate. Nice, bitter roastiness comes in for the finish.

Full bodied, with just enough carbonation. Quite smooth on the tongue.

This smells and tastes distinctively different from any other baltic porter I've tried, though I have a hard time pinning down exactly what makes it unique. In any case, very good overall, and it inspires me to hunt down and try some other Duck-Rabbit beers.

Photo of trappistlover
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of ewright!!). Pours near black-only some red hue is noticeable when held up to the light-with minimal khaki head. Aroma has dark chocolate, some cherry or strawberry and some light coffee. Taste has some roasty bitterness, but it is beautifully balanced by a sweet malt backbone. The bitter and sweet go back and forth on this beer. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Finish is a bit dry. What a great beer. It doesn’t drink like 9%abv either.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rock n roll to jahuneyc for tossing this extra my way!

a - Opened the bottle and poured into an oversized snifter. Watery black with a thin mocha colored head. Milky looking and sparse lacing. After a few minutes the top of the beer was a swamp of a few bubbles like lily pads.

s - Roasted malt, coffee, hint of chocolate and an acidic note. Quite nice for a porter.

t - Much like the nose, an acidic roasted coffee chocolate beer. Very tasty. Much more robust and rich in flavor than your average porter.

m - Thicker and richer than a porter. A bit of an acidic tingle which is really nice.

o - Overall, VERY impressed with this brew. Would definitely seek this out if it was readily available to me. Don't have a bad word to say about it.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duck Rabbit snifter with drink by 11 (but no year notched).

A: Deep dark brown, almost black in color. The head is a tan color and minimal even with a strong pour. It quickly fades to a slight ring around the glass, no lacing.

S: The smell is pretty sweet, dark fruits or cherries and maybe a hint of chocolate. Roasted malts are also present with some molasses and a bit of a boozy scent as well.

T: The taste is semi-sweet, the upfront flavor is a combination of the dark fruits and roasted malts. The sweetness of the flavor sticks around but isn't overpowering. The finish is a bit boozy and of course has a sweetness to it.

M: Full bodied with little carbonation. Very smooth and semi-sweet feel throughout.

D: This beer seems so complex, there are lots of flavor combining together and it's tough to really put your finger on them all, but they are very good and well balanced.

Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark brownish black body with a thin light tan head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Earthy, dark cocoa, some lighter notes of cherry, plum, raisin and prune along with dark roasted coffee, and hints of fresh ground walnuts.

T-Very complex and so inviting with notes of dark chocolate, dark cherry, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, leather and toasted caramel all wrapped up with a light sour twang kiss. A subtle, spicy herbal hop bite even pokes it's head through in the drying finish.

M-Medium-heavy bodies. Soft and quite creamy with a low carbonation level that helps this one go down very easy.

D-For an out of the bottle offering this one doesn't miss the mark of what this one can bring to you when on draft. An excellent offering and one of the finest domestic examples of the style that I have had the pleasure of drinking.

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

Pours dark brown almost black in color with a tan colored head that slowly died down. There was a bit of lacing found as it went down.

Again the smell of chocolate and roasted malts at play.

The taste is matches the nose, except that the flavors of chocolate and roasted malts are stronger. It has a slighty sweet but not overly so.

It's full-bodied, with good carbonation.

This is big beer. Needs to be sipped. It also helps to wait a minute or two to let the beer warm a bit to get all the flavors.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark ebony with just a hint of dark chocolate highlights. A creamy, thin, dark khaki head dissolves quickly.

S - Intense dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate syrup, roasted malts. Toffee.

T - Chocolate syrup with a boozy edge and sweetness dulled by a slightly toasted malt carbon essence. Nice cocoa aftertaste.

M - Slightly thinner bodied.

Notes - This was just a really delicious beer. I've been impressed with everything I've had from Duck-Rabbit. *fist bump*

Photo of SFLpunk
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmrillo and Hodgin for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Label dated best before 11...I suppose it means November?

Pours a thin pitch black with some creamy tan head that settles down rather quickly. Nose is roasty and very leathery. Some smoke and a little mulch maybe? A hint of cream.

Palate is lighter than I expected it and is crisp, yet roasty. Coffee, toasted bread, dates (big time), and maybe blackberries? Round but light bodied.

Notes: Full of flavor yet with an elegant moutfeel. A nice example that is more classic than a lot of American attempts at the style. Well done!

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Another big thanks to GehenHerzog for this extra.

A- Pours black with a thin film of light brown head. Bubbles spread to the rim of the glass. Not much lacing or appearance of carbonation.

S- Smells of sweet, lightly roasted malt. I picked up on some chocolate and toffee. There seems to be a milky sweetness with a slight alcohol bite. Very interesting balance of aromas.

T- Tastes of chocolate with a sweet malt finish. Hints of toffee and even some caramel. Slightly bitter hop presence. Very well balanced. It's a bit warm at the end, but not hot.

M- Smooth, creamy and soft. Medium carbonation. It's on the lighter side, but not too watery. It's very close to the consistency of milk.

D- Drinks similar to an RIS. The smooth creaminess makes it easy to drink. It's warm and delightful. Perfect for a cold, rainy night such as this one.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From beermeX2.
12oz into dfh snifter

Color is solid, thick head, maybe 1/4" thich that sticks around and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma has a lot of grain and booze in it.

Taste is fruit, tart, there is a serious booze bite and again in the aftertaste. The body of this is almost sour but still rich.

Fullbodied, velvet smooth with the slight bite at the end.

Not as drinkable as many other baltic porters, but still an enjoyable and above average baltic porter.


Photo of steve8robin
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a recent trade. 12oz bottle best by 11/2011...

A: Dark black with a nice 1/2 inch mocha colored head that fades quickly to a bubbly lace hovering above the brew. Very good.

S: A hint of creamy roastiness upfront with some roasted barley and raisin in the middle. A hint of chocolate and vanilla on the backend. Ok.

T: A creamy roastiness upfront with some nice vanilla and coffee blended in. Very good taste. A nice milky flavor in the middle with a faint chocolate on the backend. Very good.

M: Medium body with a fantastic carbonation. Has a nice creamy finish. Very good.

D: This goes down very easy. Good blend. Very good.

All in all, this one surprised me. Best brew I've had from DR so far. If you like baltic porters, this one is very well balanced and deserves a try. If you like dark brews in general, I'd recommend trying this too. This is almost like a Yoohoo / Nesquik taste. Bravo Duck Rabbit.

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

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. A generous bottle from Sideswipe. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black body with light mocha-colored head. It doesn't rise very high or stay very long, but it deposits a little lace as I sip.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and a tart dark fruit / port aroma. My first impression was that this was infected, but a second bottle was the same way. It's unexpected, but it adds a nice, welcome nuance to the aroma.

T: Chocolate, coffee beans, and -- yep, that port is back again. Dark fruit for sure. I was initially unprepared for this portion of the flavor, but in the second (and, almost a year later, the third) bottle, I found that this added a welcome complexity to the flavor instead of detracting from it. I'm not sure it works perfectly with the strong milk chocolate flavor that follows, but it's hardly bad.

M: Medium-plus bodied, with low carbonation. No trace of the alcohol. Altogether pleasant.

D: I didn't like this when I first had it, but I'm coming around to its unique approach to the style. I prefer Smuttynose's Baltic Porter to this one, but that shouldn't be taken as a strong criticism of this beer.

Photo of BZero007
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was from the '10-'11 winter release. Stored in beer fridge and kept away from light.

Poured in to my tulip glass to allow the aroma to run its course. Pours a extremly dark black with only the slightest of dark amber hue to it. Head formed with only little growth and remained small but was thick and hung around for a bit. Lace was also left threw out the glass which was appreciated.

The aroma was sweet with a hint of spice to the background. The smell would of been lovely if it was a tad stronger, I felt that I had to struggle to get the aroma out. The taste was of a very sweet malty back ground with a hit of spice. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side which I feel fits this style appropriatly even though it is a Baltic Porter. Will pick up again during the winter as this was a great brew to have.

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

This beer was purchased as a single from some store.. the wife got it for me.. thanks sugar! - poured into a tulip

This poured great with awesome mocha colored head. The brew was black as tar and mighty looking. Smelled of dark fruits and mint. Tasted like love. mmm.. Granted, this is the second baltic porter i've ever had, it is mighty good. I wish I could put it into words more but It is just fantastic. Very drinkable for a 9% as well which is impressive.

Get it!

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a flared Pilsner glass. Poured a deep dark brown with a red hue around the edges in the light with a two finger dark tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasty malt, dark fruit, cream, dark chocolate, and very slight alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this is quite the excellent brew. If I'm honest it tasted slightly better out of the bottle I had in the past, but it is definitely no slouch on tap. The dark chocolate aspect was just more robust out the bottle from what I remember. Definitely a great flavor and aroma going on throughout this beer. An absolute must try without any doubt.

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

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetownn DC. In line with several other delicious porters/stouts I've had recently. Velvety smooth, it's a beer which begs to be sipped and enjoyed. Roasted flavors, chocolate stand out. Very little hop bite - delicious!

Photo of robwestcott
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to cwguy5 for this extra.

poured cold from the bottle to a surly darkness 10oz goblet near pitch black with a full finger, foamy, mocha head with nice retention and lace to the rim of the glass.

aroma of smoke, dark fruits and bitter black coffee from grandma's house.

roasty, burnt malts, tobacco, smoke, and ripe plums.

light bodied, medium carbonation, medium sweet, no bitter.

drinkable - one and done.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

recieved as an extra from a very generous ba joe aka bucketboy, thanks joe

poured this beer from a 12 oz bottle into my southampton snifter. this beer pours a dark brown with a little bit of light making its way though on the edges. the smell is roasty and a little sweet. the taste is pretty similar mostly roasted malt character with a mild hop character to it. the mouthfeel is pretty good for the style, and the drinkability is good. if you trade with somebody from someone from north carolina try and work this one into the trade if you like dark beers.

Photo of sendsilk
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to cwguy5 for this added extra ina recent trade. Poured from a 12 oz. into my "Crab House" pint glass.

This is my first beer ever from Rabbit duck or duck rabbit or whatever the hell their name is. They could call it the douche brewey as long as their beers are good.

A- This looks good. Really dark, kinda menacing for a porter. You never know what you are going to get in a porter so this starts out well. 1/2" head that recedes within a minute or so and not much lacing to speak of. I really don't give a shit about how it looks on the glass as long as it tastes good...let's see.

S- Smells fine...blah blah blah, a porter should smell (as if anyone knows what a porter should really smell like...I've drank a shitload of them and never know what to expect as it is such a broad category).

T- Ahh, this is nice. Nice little bite, VERY creamy. Coffee notes are distinct as it warms. Nice carbonation and taste.

M- Like I said before, nice and rich and creamy but different from a stout.

D- Yeah, this beer is gone. In the time it took to write this I am typing faster at the end as the beer is close to gone when I am at taste portion of the review. I would love to have another one of these, but alas, this is my sole duck rabbit offering.

Anyone that I'm doing a trade with, make a note, SEND ME SOME OF THIS RABBIT DUCK STUFF. Very impressive for the first try of a brewery and even on a style that's hit or miss for me.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lighter black color with dark-leather colored highlights. The mocha colored head lasts for a little while, then falls to a thin covering. Modest lacing left behind.

S: Robust and huge. Dark rum-soaked fruit aromas predominate, with molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and toffee all making some contributions. Simply a marvelous aroma.

T&M: Black cherry, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, light espresso, and toffee flavors explode on the palate. The finish is tart and acidic, showcasing an interesting blend of fruitiness and coffee-like dryness. Mouthfeel is a touch light for my liking. A heavier body would make this more like a stout, but this feels ever so slightly too light for all the flavor packed in. Still, it's a great brew.

D: Very delicious, and although the feel could be better, it's not a fatal flaw. Yet another great beer from the dark-beer masters--Duck Rabbit!

Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with about 3 fingers of milk-chocolate head. The head recedes into a thin brown cap with some decent lacing.

S: Some roasted, smoky malts up front followed by sweet chocolate. The finish has a tart cherry aroma to it.

T: Very similar to the aroma, there is some roasted malt and sweet chocolate up front. The slight tart cherry flavor shows up in the finish, providing a nice tart bitterness on the finish.

M: Surprisingly medium body with medium carbonation. The body isn't too light and watery, but not too heavy like an imperial stout as well. Quite good.

D: With the medium body and not too much bitterness or sweetness, this beer goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall, definitely one of the best Baltic porters out there.

Photo of dubinsky
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with mondegreen and Poured from a 12oz bottle into my C&B Bruges Glass.

A - Pours a complete jet black with a one finger burnt caramel head that doesn't stick around long enough for me to type this up. Swirling it up a bit brings the head right back and again it just slides off the sides of the glass.

S - Wonderful aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. I get a slight alcohol smell but its not out of place at all, and with a fairly high ABV i would expect it.

T - Wow, this is an awesome beer. Off the bat i think of cherry coke for some reason, but as the flavor lingers, i'm tasting that coffee and chocolate that i smelled earlier. Some sweetness present with a nice hint of licorice and a very slight tartness.

M - Full Bodied with great, smooth carbonation.

D - I really enjoy this beer, so much so that i sought it out in this trade after i received it as an extra in a previous trade. Its very drinkable and i wish i was able to get it here in California.

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.

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