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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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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 159
Gots: 65 | FT: 5
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Pours pitch black with a small light mocha head that lingers for a little while and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is fantastic and much better than I remember from the tap version. There are big sweet chocolate notes mixed beautifully with dark roasted malts and dark fruits. Very sweet and aromatic for the style.

The taste is is also sweet up front with chocolate and dark fruits with the big roasted malt backbone. The finish has a slight hop and espresso bitterness on top of the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is decadent and super smooth with a little carbonation. It just coats the mouth as a great dessert drink.

I'm reviewing this one again as I enjoyed the bottle I had more than the tap version. This is a world class Baltic Porter and I'm glad I've got access to it!

11-24-2008 02:36:02 | More by gford217
Photo of DrJay


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Big thanks to ClockworkOrange for throwing this one my way!
This one's dark, edges were deep brown and the cap was dark tan. Looked like low carbonation off the pour and a thin collar formed. Spotty, sticky lacing. Rich malt aroma, lots of ripe fruits, roast and burnt grain, chocolate, plums, faint alcohol. The flavour was quite fruity throughout, lots of plums. Bitterness was restrained, roasted grains appeared later on. Light chocolate sweetness towards the end, with alcohol flavour kicking in right in the finish. Very fruity. Mild warmth, medium to full bodied, low carbonation, quite smooth and creamy. Slight astringency. Very drinkable and quite delicious.

11-23-2008 01:44:27 | More by DrJay
Photo of Poser


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Deep black pour with a healthy, frothy, tan top. Aroma of roasted malts with some vanilla. Very sweet front with a barely grainy texture. A little like a mild peppermint coffee (whatever that is). There's a sweet layer that sticks to you throughout like a muscadine wine. On another level it finishes with dark chocolate.

11-22-2008 06:25:52 | More by Poser
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

Appearance: Pours jet black

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee beans, chocolate, blackstrap molasses

Taste: Same as the smell + a metallic element.

Mouthfeel: Both taste & mouthfeel have a very unpleasant lactic acid / milk element. Also a little thin and watery

Drinkability: Not sure what the big deal is, not for me - didn't enjoy it.

11-20-2008 19:07:44 | More by craytonic
Photo of thethrone


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Pours a very dark ruby brown with thin tan head. Little retention, no lacing.

S - Smell is sweet, of dark malt and fruit. A bit of a roasted characteristic peeks through.

T - Chocolate taste, with lots of dark fruit. Primarily a sweet, malty brew, but there's a good balance on the back end so as not to be cloying.

M - Meduim bodied and smooth. Good carbonation. Goes down easy.

D - The 9% alcohol is very well hidden in this brew. Very enjoyable brew, and highly recommended for those who enjoy the style.

11-18-2008 04:58:32 | More by thethrone
Photo of Strix


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Pure black with chocolate head that gradually fades.

Roasted malt in the smell, along with dark berries and charred wood.

This is delicious. Tastes similar to Rabid Duck. I get Roasted malt, burnt toast, raisin, molasses, dark chocolate and even cherry in there somewhere. Warming alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel smooth.

A wonderful sipper.

11-17-2008 03:01:40 | More by Strix
Photo of Douglas88


4.5/5  rDev +10%

Bottle shared with, and thanks to Eric. Pours a dark brown with a decent light brown head. The aroma is nutty, burnt malt and smoke. The taste is amazing: dark fruits, maybe raisin, dark cherry, a tartness, some really deep burnt malts, maybe some soy sauce related flavors. Just amazing. Little to no hint of alcohol, a really smooth but substantial beer. I could drink this all day. This is what beer should be: unique, well made, and taking a stand.

11-11-2008 01:15:23 | More by Douglas88
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

I had the pleasure of sampling my first Baltic Porter from Duck-Rabbit at this year's rollout party at the brewery. Paul and Company tapped kegs from all three years ('06, '07, and '08) that this fantastic beer has been brewed in Farmville, and man were they tasty! Down to it...

The drink is inky black with a sliver of impossibly-dark garnet at the extreme periphery of the glassware. An oily orangey-brown head a finger deep retains well and sticks to my pint glass in drippy rings.

The smell is sweet and darkly roasty, with notes of dark chocolate, light roasted coffee, buttery toffee, roasted nuts and dried figs.

The taste is rich and smoothly sweet, with notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit aplenty. In the vertical tasting, the '08 seemed much more aromatic with a more-detectable alcohol presence than its elder brethren, but even so, the booze was kept to a surprising minimum in all vintages of the drink. The '06 was soft, pudding-sweet and syrupy, the '07 probably my favorite in a nice compromise between the '08 slightly-raw and a bit overcooked '06... or, maybe "just right", Goldilocks.

The feel is soft and lightly carbonated with a quaffable medium body. Surprisingly drinkable given the potent, very well-hidden ABV.

11-09-2008 21:21:19 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of kasper

New York

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

A: Pours darkest of browns. Minimal dark tan head fades quickly to swirl. Tads of lacing.

S: Sweet Malts. Carmel. Vanilla. Slight roastyness. Dark ripe fruits. Dark chocolate and I believe some barrel aged aroma. Slight whisky. Wow lots going on.

T: Loads of dark overripe fruits. Maybe some chocolate in the background. Alcohol bite. Like a cross between a stout and old ale.

M: This is a thick, slightly chewy and sticky brew. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Close to consistency of BCS. Oily smooth.

D: Strong. One at a time but enjoyable.

10-21-2008 17:13:11 | More by kasper
Photo of Haybeerman


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

A: Deep black. Pours with a small creamy tan-colored head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Currants and prunes. Also liquorice and bitter cholcolate and burnt toffee. Finishes with some esters.

T: Big malty sweetness, dark fruits and spicy, burnt candies. Mellows to rich, bitter coffee and some spicy hops. The finish is rich adn earthywith some alcohol warming.

M: Medium body. Coating and oily. Bit of a dry astringent finish.

D: Pleasantly complex and better than an average porter.

10-15-2008 14:55:18 | More by Haybeerman
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Had at Melton's App and Tap in Decatur. Very, very spot on as far as style goes. A really, really big beer at 10%, and Melton's gives you a PINT of this stuff....incredible.

Very strong coffee notes with a little bitter chocolate in the background. A thinner mouthfeel which is exactly what you would expect from the style.

It's not my favorite style of beer, but I don't grade on what I like, instead on how the brewer fit the style. This IS a Baltic Porter.

10-15-2008 13:18:50 | More by dawgontap
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3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

Thanks gford217 for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Quite dark, with a faint reddish brown highlight, a small short lasting tan head.
Aroma is a sign of things to come; hot, even resembling a bourbon despite the lack of barrel aging. There are also notes of molasses, roasted malts.
Medium bodied, but even hotter than the aroma. Flavors of coffee, dark fruit, some bitterness could be quite pleasant, but the heat is still in the way.
A good brew, but Duck Rabbit has a lot of better stuff. Still worth a try.

10-15-2008 02:04:22 | More by brdc
Photo of tempest


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Received in a trade from brentk56. Pours pitch black with a short tan head.

Whoa man, this is a heck of an aroma - rich with milk and dark chocolate, smokey wood, raspberries, sweet cherries, java, and bubblegum. The flavor has a little trouble standing up to such a high standard, but it hangs in there with a predominantly smooth Swiss chocolate taste that reminds me of Southern Tier Choklat. Yum. There's also slight black pepper note, along with sour cherry (though not a big tart feel), and licorice. The body is a bit thick, but oh so smooth and tasty. This beer is a must-try for fans of big, dark beers.

10-14-2008 01:42:59 | More by tempest
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

One of my favorites from Duck Rabbit. I pick up bottles any time I see them in the south.

The beer is dark brown colored with a thin tan foam and an aroma of slightly smoked but still sweet malts. A nice intro to a delicious Baltic Porter, more of a smoked porter. The taste follows the nose, malt heavy and peat-like, more sweetness from the malts than roast, nearly bock-like. This is possibly my favorite Baltic Porter, highly recommended.

09-26-2008 11:00:42 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.93/5  rDev +20.5%

(Served in a dimple mug)
Best before 10/08
thanks to SincereNc for this brew
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a dark tan head full of holes. The head fades to a thick ring and last. The body is too dense to see any sign of carbonation.

S- This beer has a big earthy vinous black roasted malt aroma with a slight sweetness to it. There is a perfume quality to the roasted malt that makes me want to sniff this beer for days.

T- The dark inky taste of black malt has flavors of dark raisins and some burnt notes with a slight sweetness to follow. The finish is a soft vinous flavor followed by a nice roasted bitterness that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. The finish has a soft astringency of black roasted malt but no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer is delicious with huge black malt flavors while staying smooth and complex aswell.

09-25-2008 17:45:31 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours just about black with a brown hue at the bottom when held to the light. Just about no head with the little latte colored collar falling to a thin sheet. No lacing at all.

Dark malt aroma -brown sugar and toffee. Faint fruitiness comes in before fusel alcohol carries it all away.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, but seriously amped up. Brown sugar, toffee, and chocolate and dark caramel. Lots of cherries and plums. Fruitiness is pretty dominate with a nice chocolate covered cherry mingling. Just as the malt start getting sweet and the fruit taking over, a blast of roasted acidity shows up. Espresso mixes in before the alcohol carries it away. Finishes dry with little aftertaste. Complex with a great mix of flavors.

Medium bodied and smooth. Starts getting a little sticky before the roasted malts kick in some crisp bitterness. A big beer that begs you to take another sip. Very nice.

09-09-2008 00:38:41 | More by Lupe
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

12 oz from MMAJYK .. I've been sitting on this for a while and decided tonight to give it a go.... poured into my Smokestack goblet.

Nearly no head.. 1 finger dies back immediately .. no collar and no lace.

Aroma is nutty and chocolate.. minor caramel.. quite a bit of fruitiness.. dried sweet cherries and plum..

Flavor is HUGE... way more than the nose.. big dark malts.. chocolate and dark caramel.. dried fruit.. sweet but the dark malt essence helps .. coffee acidity with a shot of dried cherry and plum thrown in.... Amazingly complex... Body is fairly big and carbonation is smoth.. more chocolate as it warms.. very very smooth and very drinkable as long as I sip... just keep on sipping.. This is a fantastic brew.. I wish I had more than just what's left in my glass...

09-03-2008 09:08:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz bottle received as extra from goRideYourBike. Thanks, Mike! 2007 release so it's coming on 10 months now. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Pretty much black with dark brown highlights. 1/4" thick dark brown head that recedes fairly quickly to a ring.

S: Deep and rich with plums, bitter chocolate and almost some spice (anise?). Pleasant mix of roasted malts with a hint of burnt notes.

T: The DR Baltic porter is a medium bodied that starts off pretty heavy on the fruity/plum/raisin notes - i guess this is oxidized a bit but I enjoy it. Behind the plum is bitter chocolate mixed with a bit of lactose sweetness. Finishes dry and mildly bitter

M: Carbonation is maybe a little bit high but it feels right. The bitterness on the finish contrasts well with the sweetness up front

D: This is definitely good stuff - I'm enjoying sipping on it.

08-30-2008 01:52:40 | More by DefenCorps
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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Thanks to wagenvolks for the bottle! Poured into a snifter. Black with slight brown highlights. Minute brown head that fades almost immediately and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is rich boozy chocolate with soy sauce, molasses, and sweet cream.

Flavor is considerably more complex than the aroma. Sweet chocolate graham cracker up front, with accents of licorice and molasses that carry it to a beautiful finish with just the right amount of roast. Perfect balance of sweet and roasted/bitter. A little smokiness and a subtle booziness.

Medium-full body with lowish carbonation. Very chewy and a little sticky. Finish is long and fulfilling. Great beer.

08-21-2008 07:09:25 | More by illidurit
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

a: pours a very viscous oily black color with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears very quickly leaving a pencil thin ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: deep roasted malts hints of alcohol as well as caramel
t: deep roasted cocoa, hints of the alcohol and a caramely sweetness
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this a really good brew

08-10-2008 02:04:33 | More by happygnome
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4.05/5  rDev -1%

Got this in a trade from JDV back in December, and I am only now getting around to trying it. It was worth the wait - damn tasty brew. Thanks Deniz!

Appearance - It produces a 2 finger tannish head with a rocky foamy texture. It quickly dissipates to a thin halo across the surface of the beer with moderate to low head retention. Doesn't appear to be very thick as it pours from the bottle. It is very dark colored almost opaque with reddish garnet hues as it is held to the light.

Smell - It smells of dark chocolate malts with hints of dark fruit. There is a hint of cherry and plum. There is a bit of sweetness in the scent that can be attributed to fruit. Booze comes through the scent as it warms, but doesn't detract from the overall scent.

Taste - The flavor is extremely similar to the scent. There is a significant chocolate component. The fruit smells that were present in the scent are much more prevalent in the flavor. There is a huge dose of cherry while still maintaining it's style as a porter and definitely not a fruit beer. The booze is present in the flavor but doesn't detract from it - it melds quite nicely bridging the chocolate and the fruit flavors together.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel us probably my favorite part of this beer. It is velvety and smooth as it runs over the tongue. The carbonation level is moderate to low, but suits this beer amazingly. Slightly sticky and leaves a nice coating over the surface area of the mouth.

Drinkability - This is a great porter. It is very easy drinking and it tastes awesome. This is my second offering from Duck-Rabbit, and their beers have been fantastic. I definitely look forward to acquiring some more.

07-29-2008 04:09:55 | More by MiguelMandingo
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Duck Rabbit makes great beer, and the darker the better. This is one of the darkest, and my favorite seasonal from them.

This is a super malty beer, almost no hops to be found, but its definitely a porter, and not a stout or old ale.

Sweet malt comes off the pitch black beer, with a dark khaki head, that drops and is gone soon enough.
Taste is richness, if that makes sense. I found a hint of dates or raisin in there as well.

Can not have too many of these, but buy it every year.


07-11-2008 20:30:11 | More by NClifestyle
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours pitch black with small tan head. Very impy stout looking.

Smells of sweet maltiness with some chocolate, coffee, and booze. Is this an impy stout? Can't wait to taste.

Flavors follow the nose, although even better. Smokiness, rich chocolate, licorice, expresso, and a nice bitterness. has a fruity character as well, plum or cherry. fantastic.

Feels silky smooth, rich, & full.

Drinkability is high, as it's delicious.

If this was available where I live I would immediately go buy a case. Glad I had the opportunity to try. Seek this out. It's delicious.

07-09-2008 00:07:08 | More by bbothen
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Sample via piscator- been wanting to try this for awhile- thanks Kris! Pours very dark, little head or lacing. Nose- powerful nose with many flavours hitting the nose- spice and plums , smoke and roast. Taste- full bodied and vinous. Little bit boozy in a good way. Black licorce, oak and roasty malts. Smooth drinkiing that coats the mouth on the way down. nice stuff

07-04-2008 02:31:55 | More by oakbluff


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours to a jet black sexy body. Head is one inch of carmel dark tan fuzz that quickly fades to a skim in minutes. Nose has a sharp spices character that is invigorating and carries ssome dark fruit sweetness as well. Creamy smooth dark maltiness coats the mouth on first sip. Silky dark chocolate is matched with ripe plum and raisen pie notes. Rich biscuit like tones are also there mixed in with the dark fruit. This is a very well made baltic porter. Brandy like alchol notes show briefly on the palate then warm the belly. Mouthfeel may be a little to thick but still nice. Drinkability is solid.

06-18-2008 00:49:39 | More by SPLITGRIN
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