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

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 828
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 165
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Jet black with a thin cap of beige head which leave numerous thin fingers of lacing.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate notes early with broad dark maltiness and a faint hint of booze.

T: Big coffee and chocolate flavors with a tall wave of roast and dark maltiness and a dash of licorice. ALcohol adds some fruitiness which really fills this brew out.

M: Medium-full bodied with light carbonation and a strong chocolate and dark malt aftertaste.

O: Duck-Rabbit's best offering and just as good on-tap. Strong, slightly boozy, flavorful and a great pint for the winter.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently, this is the #15 ranked Baltic Porter here on BA. That may changed shortly since I honestly think that a lot of the ass clowns below my review don't know what they're talking about.

Served in a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Could that be any more perfect?

A: Not much head... rather anemic actually. The liquid is actually very dark, but not abysmally so.

S: Lots of dark, roasty malts on this sucker for sure! Also, I'm sure no coffee was used here, but I got some on my little snout.

T: Coffee, dark roastiness, and maybe a bit of dark fruit (figs). Some candy, caramel goodness was definitely in reach of my taste buds here also. Rock on!

M: I wish this were a tad thicker, but overall, this was thick enough. The carbonation was actually very prickly and cut through the ABV quite well. No lacing.

O: To be honest, I haven't tried many Baltic Porters in my life that I haven't liked. However, I'd rank this up there with the best of them.

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Photo of jegross2
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery.
Score: 83

Enjoy by December 2012. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/20/12.

Appearance: Pours an opaque deep brown color with less than a finger of creamy tan head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass and foggy cap that covers half the beer. Superior lacing, superior retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Huge notes of banana bread with a hint of roasted chocolate malt. Hint of barley, and a little yeasty funk. Not much else. 3/5

Taste: Roasted dark chocolate, milk chocolate, banana bread, banana and yeast. Some licorice and a moderate amount of Belgian-style fruit. There is a touch of dark fruit flavor and maybe a hint of oak. A little intensely flavored, especially as it warms. Tastes more like a Belgian-style beer with stout qualities than a porter. Lingering fruitiness and chocolatey banana flavor. Light booziness too. Definitely a sipper. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Near full bodied with high-medium carbonation. Creamy-ish mouthfeel. Sweet finish. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid, but uninspiring beer that is a little more intense than anticipated. Gets a bit unbalanced as the beer warms.

Recommendation: Worth trying, decently priced, but not worth seeking out.

Pairings: Banana bread.

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank to Peabody's for having the Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter.

A. Dark with medium dark foam, a really nice look.

S. Coffee with some sweetness. The anticipation of a big beer.

T. Again, coffee with some bitter sweet chocolate and oaky flavor which is nice.

M. Big mouthfeel, big coffee flavor with some sour and acidity to the feel. I was not sure what to think.

O. Great beer with good complexity and after reading about the style I would say this beer is spot on with the English Baltic Porter recipe. Nice job Duck Rabbit!

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Photo of Steasy66
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Opaque black, head fades almost instantly
S- Coffee, burnt/roasted malt
T- A lot of coffee, somewhat sweet, some roasted malt, fairly sour finish
M- Almost completely flat, decent consistency
O- I don't know if I got a bad bottle or not, but this one seemed a bit funky. The finish is quite sour, which I wasn't really expecting, and the coffee flavor is a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9 for a six pack from Green's Beverages in Atlanta, GA.

A: near opaque, poured with brown head that dissipated quickly, no lacing
S: full, roasted malt and intense nutty quality with cocoa
T: full flavored beer, deep roasted malt, right amount of hops in finish that don't dominate, chocolatey
M: full-bodied with very rich deep roasted malt quality, very drinkable for ABV, some heat
O: well-made beer but unusual deep nutty flavor doesn't fit for me

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a beer of the month 6 pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice black color with a one finger light brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells heavily of dark malt which is quite sweet, but not overly so. Tastes of very dark malt and slight hops, very well balanced. Carbonation is right and goes down extremely smooth. Overall, a very good beer, and one I am surprised about how good it is, as I am normally not a huge fan of porter.

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

Reviewed from notes typed up during the recent BA server transition.

A: Dark brown, nearly black. Thins tan foam head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight smokiness give this beer an excellent aroma.

T: Hearty, smoky and roasted flavor. It has a slight bacon flavor! Bittering is mild, and there is a touch of alcohol at the finish.

M: Lots of carbonation and a body that is slightly heavier than average. Coating is thin, but has a lot of flavor.

O: I like this beer. The smokiness works really well. I would certainly order it again!

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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.

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

This is the second bottle I've had...phenomenal beer. This bottle is approximately 1 year old.

Deep, rich looking body with a thin foam head. The beer smells like roastiness, candy, and alcohol...tastes incredible. There is a striking vanilla/coconut sweetness that hits the palate hard and lingers. The bite from the alcohol helps balance out this beer's seductive smoothness. Mouthfeel is sweet like a dessert, but dry at the end like a desert. Definitely worth drinking, sharing, obsessing over, and begging for more.


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Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at The Federal in Durham, into a pint glass
written from notes on 1/20/2012

A: Poured out black with 2 fingers of dense mocha colored head. Good rentention, but leaves effectively no lacing.

S: Strong roasted malt aroma, with some milk chocolate and coffee. Nothing crazy but pleasant.

T: Follows the nose. Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, plus a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. A good linger aftertaste consisting again of coffee and chocolate (both dark and milk). Alcohol subtlety comes out towards the end. Quite good.

M/D: Pretty smooth, low carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Moderately good drinkability. Had no clue this beer was 9% until I looked it up to rate it, so bonus points there.

O: Overall, very enjoyable. Not terribly complex, but quite taste with good drinkability and deceivingly strong. A good brew for sure.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black with almost no head.

Smells like I'm holding the grains in my hand. Burnt and roasted malt blended perfectly.

Big and bold flavors. Lots of burnt malt, nicely balanced by roasted malt and a sweet note of chocolate.

Crisp but smooth and creamy. Medium body. A joy to drink.

Dark and deep with a great balanced flavor and an amazing smell. Great job!

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

Pitch-black poor with minimal head. Vibrant nose with heavy smoke. The smoke follows on the taste, big malt flavor and carbonation - licorice and some dark chocolate notes. Nice finish, the alcohol is definitely there but not over-powering. Great beer, probably my favorite from Duck Rabbit.

Very, very good Porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin layer of soft, brown head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of alcohol, burnt sugar, roasted malts, and chocolate. The flavor is roasty, rich, and mildly chocolaty. The alcohol is ever present in each sip making this a little boozy, but the alcohol adds warmth and body so it's acceptable. The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, and smooth with a mild amount of carbonation.

This is a good beer. The flavor is similar to an Irish Dry Stout of sorts. The alcohol takes this one to a new dimension. Overall, it's a sipper but it's enjoyable. I'll take another.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours a shade away from black, an extremely dark brown with a finger of dense, medium tan head. Fades pretty quickly, but a ring stays on top of the beer with a small amount of foam in the middle of the beer. Agitation creates a dense tan foam.

S: Quite mild. Nice roasted character with a small amount of a mix of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Some spicy hop aroma.

T: Very similar to smell, but a bit stronger in flavor. Sweet caramel in the background helps balance the beer. Very little hop bitterness is present. Light licorice in the background. No hint of ABV whatsoever.

M: Slightly thicker than average with light to medium carbonation.

O: Pretty mild for a 9% ABV Baltic Porter. The flavors mix very well together, though, and there are no negative flavors present. A decent Baltic Porter.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Baltic porter eh?! Boy I don't get to have this style very often, I wonder why? Well this sucker is good till December 2012 she is ready to rip. In to a nonic pint glass you go!

A two finger mocha coffee brown like head, foamy and settles slowly. Gets into swiss cheese like character, and the body is really really dark, almost black, but basically a brown/black walnut

Bouquet on this nose is ripping roast, tobacco, big SALTY chocolate and jerky. WOAH! This nose is unbelievable, just about every great thing you could have on a dark beer, to smell, it's here. I am floored. I hope this makes great waves on taste.

Taste is at first seems very licorice black dominant. It settles down with some very playful unexpected carbonation. Bitter roast and chocolate finish on the aftertaste. Almost a very faint banana strangely but not quite. Hints of thick palate with the flavors, but not a velvety texture that you would expect (just a good one).

Overall even though the feel on this doesn't seem to match the taste and the smell especially really hits it out of the park. 9% abv barely even hard to taste.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. Beer comes out dark brown, like the color of dark roasted coffee when it's first brewed, before any other ingredients added. That's the best way to describe the color, but the texture looks thicker. Tan colored head about a half a finger thick sticks around a short time to leave a skimming and then just a small ring around the edges, not much lacing.

Smell is freaking wonderful, especially for the style. I feel like too many baltic porters that are tried to have huge flavors and aromas end up smelling like a fire that was just put out, not the case this time. Huge, super roasty, with aromas like chocolate syrup, dark/strong coffee, and molasses. In addition to these are also some aromas of nuttiness and even some natural dehydrated fruits. If I didn't already know the style I'd say maybe this was a Russian Imperial Stout, and I'm not saying that cause I had one earlier tonight. Very complex, but very good.

Taste is equally as outstanding, again it's super roasty. The smell made me think it was going to taste a little sweeter than it was, but it's still really good. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and fresh brewed coffee, pretty equally balanced. Also some subtle hints of dark dehydrate fruits, but the coffee/chocolate combination is the prevalent feature.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a good carbonation level and full bodied. Smooth mouthfeel from beginning to end, well maybe slightly clean and dry at the end. The 9% alcohol is not one you'd expect from the mouthfeel either, no hot bite at all, and it's nice and drinkable. You could use this as a sipper, but you certainly don't need to. Great representation of the style. Duck-Rabbit made it worth Drive of about 1,200 miles worth it!

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Photo of jsanford
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duck-Rabbit Snifter.

A - Pours a very dark black with a dense, khaki-colored head that fades to a hefty ring and some patchy haze.
S - Big, bold aromas of prunes, molasses, scorched chocolate, and dried cherries. Really nice.
T - Dark and "roasty", loaded with flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, dried stone fruits, and a bit of peaty smoke. Finish is moderately bitter and long-lasting. I'm pretty surprised to see the 9% ABV, it's masterfully hidden.
M - Creamy and smooth, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.
O - Probably the best Baltic Porter I've had, and darn near the top of my favorite Duck-Rabbit list.

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

Thanks to eyeenjoybeer for this extra. The only thing notched on the label is the year 11? Date on the bottom says 0313, so I guess that means this was bottled in late 2010. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - A finger of dark tan foam settles to partial cap and thick collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Body is a very dark brown with a lighter brown glint at the bottom of the glass.

S - Quite sweet, with tons of dark fruit and molasses, as well as caramel and malted milk chocolate in the periphery. There's also a honey cake-like character and a hint of licorice. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, and only peaks out when the beer reaches room temperature.

T - The taste has more of the roasted and smokey character I expect from a Baltic Porter mingling with the aforementioned tart dark fruit, chocolate, and molasses sweetness. Some moderate bitterness and char in finish, as well as some mild acidity.

M - Carbonation is a bit too zesty for the style, but the body is a nice chewy medium-full, with stickiness lingering long into the finish. Perhaps the faintest touch of alcohol warmth after half of a glass.

D - It's a spot-on Baltic Porter that's vaguely reminiscent of Flossmoor's Killer Kowalski or Smuttynose's offering in terms of sweetness and flavor profile. Not as smokey or brine-heavy as Scandinavian takes on the style, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I appreciate that this comes in 12oz bottles, as that seems like the appropriate serving size - I think more would become fatiguing and burdensome for one person.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to 67couple for this.

A: Very black. One finger darker mocha head with great retention but very unimpressive lacing.

S: Big molasses. Big burnt malts. A big mix of dark fruits, roasted espresso, and dark chocolate.

T: Big sweet dark chocolate upfront. Burnt/roasted espresso and hints of burnt dark fruits. Awesome charred flavors in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Lighter carbonation. Very creamy.

O: The best Baltic Porter I've had. Big awesome flavors and aromas from this.

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Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a tulip pint. Label notched 3/11? the body was dark brown and the spritzy tan head faded to nothing.

The smell was molasses, metal, and brown sugar. Dark wheat bread.

The taste was medicinal? Molasses and a roast char. Fruit and brown sugar.

The mouthfeel was creamy with a mouth filling full carbonation. Classic Baltic Porter.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an inky black opaque with a nice tan head that receded quickly leaving some lacing down glass.

Roasty grain and chocolate chip cookies, some light booze and sour mash style nose, Hmmmah.

Creamy roasty goodness here, The milk shake type feel is right on and the choco chip cookies continues. Hint of licorice on the finish.

Nice to the just right deal, creamy and nice. spot on carbonation. could have more body, but highly drinkable.

Well done well done

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

Special review for #200! Mini vertical 10 and 11 both on yap at milltown in carrboro.

Both pour deep black with blood red hues. Light caramel head head floats atop.

The 11 smells sweet like dried sweetened cherries. Roasted, almost charred malts are felt in the background. Smells light for the style. The 10 smells dry and full of caramelized burnt sugar. Dark candied fruits are felt in the background.

Hm, the 11 is very unique. There is a charred wood feeling, like roasted cherry wood. Syrupy unsweetened cherry juice is noticeable. All the flavors explode at once then fade, leaving the smoke and charred wood in it's wake.

The 10 - burnt sugar is what I get out of it. All the amazing complexity is gone, leaving a subdued caramel, dry feeling. I prefer fresh.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stoutfiend27 for this. I have had these for a little while now...but finally getting around to drinking and reviewing. Looks like the age hasn't hurt it one bit.

An opaque black body gives way to creamy hot-chocolate colored foam that churns up as I pour directly down the middle of my snifter. It reaches about 1 cm in height with a meniscus above the rim of the glass before it recedes rather quickly leaving nary a trace of its existence. A swirl kicks up an oily film and spotty clumps of bubbles, but these also sink back into the beer without a trace...no legs, nothing.

The aroma is that of a Russian Imperial Stout, and dare I say even more Imperial Stout-y than Rabid Duck. This is one of the highlights of the beer for me. Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, dates, and chocolate are all present and well-integrated. The dates and molasses really steal the show as they add some depth. The flavor is similar, though the roast is more prominent and tends to drown out some of the nuances that I so enjoyed in the aroma. No alcohol flavor at all, though there is a hint of warm astringency (in the good wine sense) that prickles in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a beer of this proportion. At 9%, I would have liked something creamier and chewier, but it is not to the point of watery. It could just use a little more body. Overall, this is easily one of the best Baltic Porters that I can get easily. I am really looking forward to drinking more of this.

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Photo of chilly460
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is a clear black with brown at the edges. Loosely bubbled mocha head boiled up, but settled quickly with minimal lacing.

S: Really nice. Roasted barley, coffee, some dark chocolate. Dark fruit, carrants in there too. This thing started to remind me of a port.

T: Very nice again, plenty of the roast malts and that chocolate flavor that I picked in the smell. Deeper fruit flavor, ripe plums or prunes I'd say. Nice varying flavors here.

M: Medium to full, the dark fruit gave it a "zing" on the palate.

O: Baltic porters are becoming a favorite style of mine, and this is one of the reasons. Easy to find locally, fairly complex without being too heavy, great beer.

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