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

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Duck-Rabbit Baltic PorterDuck-Rabbit Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.38/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours black with a small tan head fading into just the edges.

Smells of roasted malts, a bit of smoke and raisin.

Some roasted malt up front along with a touch of smoke. Intense dark fruit flavors on the back end create a horrible clash of tastes.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This one went to the sink. There were some good things up front, but the dark fruit flavor at the back end did not mesh well with the other flavors at all and ruined it for me.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz botte. Served in a Founders snifter. Bottling info is vague on Duck Rabbit's offerings but my brother said this was from 2010. 

Pours near black brown with a thin half finger tan head. No lacing to speak of. 

Smells of subdued raisins, malt and smoke. 

Dark fruits are the dominant flavor. Figs and raisin followed by bitter cocoa, leather, smoke and an almost coffee creamer note. 

Medium bodied with a a nice zest of carbonation. Only a tiny alcohol burn at the end of each swallow to remind me that this is 9% abv. Long bittersweet aftertaste. 

This was an enjoyable brew. I'll need to try a fresh one for comparison but this drinks like a "light" Russian imperial stout. Many of those same dark fruit and cocoa flavors but with a smaller body and still pretty high alcohol. Well done. 

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Photo of Dope
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a bubbly light brown head. Leaves just a smattering of lacing after a quick fade.

S: Dark fruit and anise. Hints of roasted malt.

T: More dark fruit. I get prunes, raisin, fig, grape, you name it. Fairly tart too. A little bit of chocolate afterwards. Leather and a little smoke.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Huh, I wonder if I got a bad bottle. Almost no roasted malt, just tart fruits. I'm unsure as I've never had this before. Some of the descriptions list similar aspects though so I really can't discount this. Odd beer and not that tasty.

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

Another fine offering from this underappreciated brewery. Very dark brown, nearly black body; totally opaque. One finger tan head that settles slowly, lots of creamy lace.

Rich and complex in both aroma and taste. Ample roasted malt character with a trace of subtle smokiness. Dark fruits; plums and raisins; brown sugar and toffee; bittersweet chocolate. Hints of floral hoppiness noticed in the aftertaste, which lingers a bit with a pleasant mix of sticky sweetness and bitterness.

Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth and creamy overall feel. A delicious and nuanced brew with a ton of flavor; one of the very best of the style.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Completely black as far as I can see. Pours a rich and thick, lively head, with a brownish tint.

Aroma: Interesting mixture of alcohol, light chocolate, and cream. But there's also a not so nice side aroma that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: Whoah, pretty rich stuff, chocolate, malt, alcohol. There's not much in depth to it though, and the aftertaste is disappointing. Initially very promising though.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, heavy bodied.

Overall: Not quite to my taste. It's a little bit different, but it's lacking in the roast department, and the high ABV comes through too much.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. best before either 05/12 or 12/12.

A: definitely opaque. definitely dark brown. head is tan and comprised of tiny bubbles. starts big, retreats to a rim. lacing is minimal.

S: caramel, toffee. lots of toffee. cigar wrapper. port. dark fruits include prunes and currants. a little bit of alcohol comes out at the tail end of a deep wiff.

T: grapes. black cherries. the bulk of the body is more dark fruit sweet, rather than roast. a lingering blend of tobacco, roast, and coffee comprises the finish. i cant get over this finish, very unique, very tobacco. i can almost a hint of smoke.

M: a fine carbonation on a full body.

D: big, without being RIS big. and the abv/flavor certainly could play with the RIS's. glad i was able to try this brew from duck rabbit as it can be a little more difficult to find than some of there other offerings.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge, three-inch, dark chestnut foam glistens as it slowly turns to seafoam over a dark brown, almost black, beer with brown highlights. The cascading action on pouring is long lasting in a Harp pint glass.

The aroma is rather muted with roasted malt and fusil alcohol and some coffee.

Black coffee with some light chocolate and well balanced. This is a nice beer with no “wow” factor.

A light body that is almost flat with well-controlled alcohol.

An easy drinking beer, reminiscent of a brown ale.

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Photo of Friskybeerrapist
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to start and say this is a very good beer from Duck-Rabbit, like most of the other reviews this brew is true to style and all the flavor notes are there. This beer is so well balanced and drinkable than lesser baltic porters, it deserves to be cherished. Saying you're "The dark beer specialist" is a bold statement but, they get it right with this one!

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored head that didn't last very long. Average lacing.

S: Interesting aroma of dark fruit, malt, and some coffee.

T: There's a lot going on here: Coffee, chocolate, malt, dark fruit (plums, figs), and a slight hoppiness in the finish. A big flavor that's almost more like something in a stout. A complex taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of Duck-Rabbit's best creations. Very tasty, very likeable.

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

Duck rabbit baltic porter

Bottle sent by tobelerone, poured into my Bell’s tulip.

Burnt brown-black, with nary a ray of light visible. One inch of oaky head is fuzzy and dense, descending only slowly. When it gets to half an inch tall, it resembles a fleece blanket and would probably last as long as one if I let it.

There’s a reason Baltic porter is my favorite style, and it’s the complexity displayed here. Milk chocolate, prunes, yogurt raisins and smoke exist in perfect proportion and harmony.

The flavor begins a little too tangy for me, with the raisiny/pruny dark fruit character taking over the front of the flavor, along with a sweet cola note. As it warms up, however, savory chocolate and roast rises up and balances the tang. The swallow smooths things out, adding to the chocolate touches of vanilla and smoke.

The mouthfeel is, in a word, fluffy. It’s light and creamy as whipped cream, with a soft tingle of carbonation and a little alcohol burn in the nose. Very nice stuff.

Duck Rabbit has themselves a nice example of the style here. The flavor’s solid and the mouthfeel is out of this world. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears black in color with a thin tan cap that quickly recedes. When held to the light, there is some faint redness and lighter brown clarity vaguely along the outer most edges. The small head hardly gets a half finger of froth when violently swirled but it does produces some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is dark and chocolate-like with some pleasant roasty quality. As the nose opens up, it gets very nutty with a hint of raisins and licorice. Towards the back is a faint note of citrus, minerals and sulfur. All in all a very pleasant and well rounded nose to this. I was surprised and enjoyed the dark nutty aspect that showed itself from time to time in this.

The taste is pleasantly roasty that immediately gives way to hints of fruity alcohol. Raisins, molasses, licorice, plums... a bit of tobacco and back to the roasty earthy elements. There is a hint of citrus and the 9% alcohol is felt with a warmth down the back of the throat and slight fusel to fruity alcohol hit. The aftertaste faintly showcases the nutty aspects that I liked so much from the aroma and really draws out with an earthen flavor that really contrasts the fruited qualities this brew displays upfront.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to light level of carbonation. For a 9% lager, this is fairly well tamed yet has its edges about it that are bold. It is fairly crisp and easily approachable but I dont think I could drink more than a single serving at a time. This is a fairly decent brew that is worth giving a try at least once.

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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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Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.