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

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 159
Gots: 66 | FT: 4
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:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006)
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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich, opaque sable, nearly black, with a thick, dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Rich aroma has good coffee and smoky tones, and an overtone of miso or salted fish. Flavor has the same fishy/salty overtone, but is still pleasingly smoky with hints of roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and hops, and a nutty undertone. Texture is thick and smooth, leaving a whisper of sweetness in the lively aftertaste.

Cyberkedi, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours black with some dark ruby highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is good.

Smells equally of roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. Some mild tart fruit aromas poke out every now and then too.

Tastes very good. Like a very smooth RIS up front that seques into light sour fruit flavors - figs and cherries - but with roasted undertones. The ending is more bitter than sour but has a good amount of both flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a good thickness with subdued carbonation and goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I'd like to sourness to be turned down just a touch to make this really good.

Overall I enjoy this beer a lot and see it as a quintessential Baltic Porter. Give this one a shot.

glid02, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Amsterdam
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given this beer as a freebie when purchasing a lot of other beer from the amazing Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC. Let me be quite frank when I say that I was not expecting 'anything' from this ale. The label sucks. It looks like some paltry regional eastern European beer that usually has as it's main feature an overly watered down taste. As such, I left this as the last beer in my stash seemingly knowing it would taste like the piss from a stout drinker.

As it turns out, Duck-Rabbit is impressive.

The beer pours flat and black with a light malty smell. The flavor is reminiscent of a local micro brewed coffee porter. The flavor is quite malty and very bitter with a mono-dimensional flavor that packs a serious punch.

This sounds bad, but if, like me, you enjoy your stouts and porters to have a flavor you can stand a fork up in, this is a good beer to have on hand. It's just the thing to drink after an evening of Belgians kick your taste buds down to the level where everything starts to taste the same.

But beware, once you go black you can never go back. Save this for the end of the night, or only drink this beer. It's hoppy, malty power punch is like taking sandpaper to your taste buds. You know you love it.

On a scale of darkness ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to Nietzsche's anti-Christ, I give this beer a David Lynch sequel rating.

Amsterdam, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a good tan head. Nice roasty and earthy flavors. Malt, peat, coffee. Some creaminess in the mouth. Slight alcohol at the finish, but not too much. Not sure if I like it more than their standard porter, but it's close. Obviously can't drink quite as many of them as their standard.

Bung, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is almost pitch black except for some red highlights. Tan head of about a half inch sinks down to a skim quickly. Minimal lacing is left behind.

Aroma is very interesting and complex. Notes of chocolate, raisins, caramel, molasses, and interestingly enough something like cream cheese. A little bit of alcohol heat in the nose.

The taste follows the aroma very closely with chocolate flavors coming out initially then molasses and dark fruits like raisins and now what actually kind of tastes like berries. Finish is smooth with some milk chocolate, not harsh or roasty. Cream cheese is back again oddly enough but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is medium and extremely creamy and soft on the palate.

This was a very different but interesting Baltic Porter. It had lots of the traditional elements but there was just a strange flavor that I could only describe as cream cheese. I really like it for it's uniqueness though, good stuff.

roadhouse, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Likeburning
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first I would like to say that this is the first Baltic Porter that I have had, and I think that this is a wonderful introduction. The color as someone stated before me is such a dark brown that it does indeed almost appear black. The aroma is a little creamy with big doses of toasted malt. Despite the relatively high alcohol levels this tastes a bit lighter than many other porters that I have had, thus drastically upping the drinkablilty. Cheers to the boys a Duck Rabbit on this one. Very well done.

Likeburning, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a very deep, dark brown almost black with a coffee colored head. Strong malty aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee with hints of tofee, nut and sugar. Rich, malty flavor with dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, sugar cane, alcohol ad dark fruit. Very smooth and creamy up front with a warming alcohol snsation in the finish. Excellent.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

gford217, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Poser
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Poser, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

craytonic, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of thethrone
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

thethrone, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Strix, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Douglas88, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

cvstrickland, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of kasper
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

kasper, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Haybeerman, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of dawgontap
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

dawgontap, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

brdc, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tempest, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

TurdFurgison, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Lupe, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

JohnGalt1, Sep 03, 2008
Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.