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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: 733
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 157
Gots: 66 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006)
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Photo of younger35


4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew a few weeks ago from Brent56K in a recent trade. So far I'm 1 for 2 with Duck-Rabbit brews so I really hope this one lives up to the hype. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours super dark copper brown with a decent half finger dark tan creamy head. The cap never recedes and maintains a deliciously creamy top that leaves a bit of spotty lacing down the glass (not as much as I'd expect from the seriously nice head, must be my glass).
Smell- Lots of dark roasted malt with hints of coffee and lightly chocolaty. Slightly woody with a almost smoky alcohol tone, something like a scotch maybe. Fairly fruity with dark luscious fruits providing a bit of pop.
Taste- Wow, ridiculously good! Milk chocolate mixed with a bit of vanilla woodiness is what springs to mind at the start. A bit of caramel adds some sweetness before a nice helping of hoppy goodness jumps in. Like the nose it's mostly slightly citrus/acidic dark fruits (plums mostly) before it gives way to a light smokiness. The alcohol shows briefly in the swallow along with a bitter raw cocoa taste.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that is on the verge of being thin but still maintains a really nice creamy feel. A tinge of warming is present on the way down along with the lightly zesty carbonation.
Drinkability- I really enjoyed this brew tremendously. I'm not 100% sure but I think this could be my first Baltic Porter. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting but I'm happy with the result. This is a different brew that is really nice that I'd like to drink on regular occasion, too bad that can't happen. Big thanks again to Brent for the opportunity to try this fantastic brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 01:01:23 | More by younger35
Photo of turbine2475


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to ATLbeerdog for the chance to try tis beer:
A - Pours used motor oil black that is completely opaque with a small dense mocha colored head that faded into a light ring.
S - Coffee and dark fruits with a faint malted alcohol hint that closely resembles whiskey.
T - Mocha Coffee and the expected dark chocolate that I did not find in the scent. Dark fruits that is heavy in prunes and raisons. With an ending bite that is sligtly hops but mostly the alcohol.
M - Smooth with a medium consistancy that is low in carbonation.
D - My first baltic porter did not disipoint. All the porter taste with that little extra kick that causes this to be a dangerous brew when having more then a couple.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 02:30:37 | More by turbine2475
Photo of Overlord


4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was blown away by this beer. Such an unassuming bottle ... wish we had this locally.

Pours a dark black. Dark tan head. Looks more like an RIS. Smells of chocolate/cocoa, hints of coffee, and ... ground figs/berries.

Taste is sublime. Wonderful acidic aftertaste, rich roasted malts and chocolate, just a hint of coffee. There's some molasses and licorice in here, for sure. Remarkably rich and well crafted, particularly for a "mere" porter.

One of my two or three favorite porters.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 08:14:12 | More by Overlord
Photo of seaoflament


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has a best buy date of 10/08

Pours a nice dark cola color with two inches of mocha colored foam. The head retains for a while and settles to a very thin layer.

This beer has a big baker's chocolate aroma. Very intense on the chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malts. It has a scent similar to a chocolate milkshake. In the background there seems to be a few hints of dark fruits and I'm also picking up aromas of chocolate covered raspberries. This beer has a really nice aroma, a delicious bouquet for chocolate lovers.

Tastes of dark fruits, berries, bitter chocolate, dry cocoa, and roasted barley. There's a hint of alcohol in the finish as well. The chocolate is still there but not as intense as the aroma. There are some notes of cola, chocolate and roasted barley in the finish. After a while there are some more flavors that come through like licorice root and anise. It has a tangy flavor as well which is something that has bothered me in most Baltic porters.

Mouth-feel is good, well carbonated.

Pretty good over all.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 02:11:41 | More by seaoflament
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from limesmut-thanks for the trade and hope that you enjoy the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.

Poured from a 120z bottle and is a dark amber black with a small tannish whie head that leaves a sticky ring at the top of the glass.

Very malty roasted aroma with some chocolate notes as expected.

Chocolate notes are strong upon first taste and have some raisin/fruitiness that comes through in the roasted malts. Very rich but smooth.

Not too overwhelming and has a nice body. The finish is nice and not too strong considering the 9% ABV. Unfortunately this isn't a session beer for me also because of the alcohol.

I'd like to try more of this if I can and enjoy this baltic porter style so I was quite happy with this beer and look forward to other Duck-Rabbit offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 19:51:59 | More by jspruit
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GODofALL for this brew.

12oz bottle, best by 2/08, served in a standard pint glass.

A - pitch black with a small tan head that completely disappeared after a little while.

S - dark fruit (date, raisin) and slight chocolate aroma.

T - sweet flavor of raisins and/or dates with a little bit of bite, finishing sweet.

M - medium/full bodied brew with low carbonation feel.

D - not an all night beer by any means.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 00:23:15 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RustyDiamond for knocking this want off my list!

Pours very dark, almost virtually jet black, can make out only the faintest of dark red hues when held up to the light, should have had a higher appearance rating but there was very little head and no lacing.

Smell is roasted malt with a strong dark fruit presence, some other spices as well but can't make out exactly what, some alcohol notes but hardly noticeable and doesn't distract.

Alcohol presence is much stronger in the taste department that I feel it takes away from the subtle aspects, coffee is evident and possibly some chocolate tones but it is basically overwhelmed, pretty good creaminess to it though, just needs to be toned down a notch or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 00:39:40 | More by deltatauhobbit
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pours extremely dark (black?) and syrupy into the glass. Practically no head. No lacing. just a few bubbles in a light brown ring around the glass.

S: Deep roasted coffee and chocolate smells. Pleasant on the nose, with just a bit of an alcohol smell.

T: Thinking this was going to be nice creamy chewy porter, I took a good long pull. Yikes! This stuff has bite! I have to say, you can taste the alcohol in this and that has always been something that I have personally considered "less than desirable" to my own tastes. Getting past that, the flavors are indeed good and chocolaty in nature. There is some decent bittering in the linger but more noticeable was the warming as it went down. This stuff honestly reminded me more of a barley wine than a porter.

M&D: Mouthfeel is heavy and sweet - tons of body and weight. Carbonation is light and spritely, but has to fight its way through the syrupy goodness. Drinkability? Well, it's good, but it's heavy. I don't think I could do more than one at a time and actually enjoy it, but the flavors really are quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 02:19:40 | More by SIRIUS2
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A_Pours a jet black with zero head, zilch. A tiny dollop of bubbles swirls in the center.

S_Sweet roasted malt, alcohol soaked prunes and a twinge of yeast. A nice smokey quality as well.

T_Sweet in the front, slightly bitter in the middle and very sour at the end. The sweetnesss is quite fruity which is followed up by a very roasted bitterness. The sourness is hard to place but is definitely there and not so pleasing. The aftertaste is almost like liquid smoke. Kind of seems like a mess to be honest.

M_Syrupy and lightly carbonated.

T_Not digging this one too much. The sour aftertaste and syrup feel make this hard to swallow. Literally. I would rather go to the bodega down the street and drink whichever Polish Porter they have.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 04:30:00 | More by sleazo
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i drank this beer tonight out of a tremens tulip.

the beer poured an opaque black chocolate color with very little head or lacing. the beer has an oily appearance.

the smell on this beer is bold. i'm picking up chocolate and coffee and some pitted fruit i can't put a finger on. it actually smells a good bit like a russian imperial stout to me.

the taste of this beer is consistant with the nose, but there is a sterile taste to it as well. not sure why on that one. it tastes real good, but is not quite an attention grabber.

i've only had a few baltic porters, and i'd say the mouthfeel of this is at least on the same level as them. it's full, but not heavy. the oiliness in the appearances doesn't translate into the mouthfeel, rather the sterileness of the taste.

i consider this a very drinkable baltic porter that i'd love to keep a few of around to sip on every once in a while.

i revisited this one last night, 03/04/2009 and i won't adjust my numbers, but suffice to say that this beer would rate an entire point lower than when i rated it a year ago. the taste is fruity and metallic. it was nearly a complete drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 02:30:15 | More by deepsouth
Photo of tpd975


3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will preface this by saying it's not my favorite style.

A: Pours dark and fairly opaque. Three finger khaki head that billows and lasts and lasts. Nice sheets of lacing is noted.

A: Sweet milk chocolate, roasted coffee, with noted of dark fruits like plums, figs, and cherries. A tinge of hops can be detected.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Not my favorite style but as drinkable as this one can be for me.

Overall: Not my favorite sytle or beer, but it is pretty nice nonetheless. Baltic porters are my least favorite porter but so far, for me this is the best of the bunch. Duck Rabbit knows how to do it no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 20:06:24 | More by tpd975
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black. Thin dark tan head. Nose is a touch of alcohol and thick malts. Flavor is wow! Thick malty, tar, and minor molasses. After taste seems like a thinner molasses. A little too bright, but amazing all the same. Feel is great on the body with a low carbonation, but it feels really nice. This is an amazing interpretation of a Baltic Porter from an American producer. I have had a lot of Eastern European Baltic Porters, and this is easily as good a production as those from that region.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 11:51:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DrBayern for this one - Pours a lovely oily, heavy looking black color with a big fluffy lasting brown head. Looks amazing. Smell is a deep roasty, sticky, teriyaki/soy like sweetness. I got pretty much only hearty smells and no dried fruity sweet aromas from this one. As it warms it smells more and more smoky, soy-like and like liquified smoked beef jerky. Reminds me a lot of Flying Dog Gonzo Porter. Taste is rich, with similar smoky roasty mildly tart/sweet soy flavors. Mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonated lightly, and the body is rich, thick, creamy and velvety smooth. The alcohol is also extremely well hidden for 9 %, but the almost "savory" like heartiness and the smoky, meaty flavor I got from it would keep this from being a beer I personally could drink again and again. Still a well made beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 17:59:16 | More by JDV
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3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I must admit I was somewhat disappointed in this brew after high expectations. trying to figure out what the funky almost bacon grease nose is to this brew. The alcohol is a little to up front on the palette and bitter on the backside. After seeing the prior reviews I can see i'm not in the majority on this one..I think i'll stick to the stouts! I think I figured out this funky smell it's almost like pork rinds..None the less this might be better with a bag of pork rinds!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 02:09:30 | More by hrking
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District of Columbia

2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best by date of 10/08 notched on label. This isn't my first sample of this and unfortunately I've had the same experience each time.

A: Pours a rather still dark brown, nearly black opaque liquid. Hard pour produces a thin bubbly tan head that has very little retention and lacing.
S: Best part of beer, first detect a sweet milk chocolate followed by roasted malt, slightly burnt, a little fruit, then finishes with a little alcohol.
T: There is something I like hiding in this beer every time I try it but unfortunately it always gets overwhelmed by a finish of alcohol, slightly medicinal and metallic that destroys any of the coffee/milk chocolate like flavors. First time I wanted to assume it was a bad bottle but I've consistently had the same experience
M: Very creamy, smooth, almost syrup like, with surprising amount of carbonation for how flat the beer looks.
D: The aftertaste kills any of the drink ability in this for me. I can barely get through a single bottle without wanting to pour it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 22:10:07 | More by yourefragile
Photo of Beertracker


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter pours up intrepidly tantalizingly with a wispy tawny colored head that barely tops the nearly opaque dark brown-black body. The rich malty aroma is reminiscent of malted milk balls with some sweet caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee character. The underlying fruitiness carries some earthy black currant, dates, and fig notes along with some nuances of rum, treacle, and licorice. Alcohol warmth is noted, but cloaked well. The satisfying flavor is bold, rich, and roasty with plenty of chocolate, cocoa nib, & espresso notes that stops short of being burnt. In addition, there's some earthiness, fruitiness, and toastiness that drive the complexity. The silky smooth chocolate finish is bittersweet with some nice warmth for the soul. This medium-full bodied Baltic Porter is finely crafted and makes for an enjoyable fireside sipper. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, I would call it a duck. Is it a Duck or a Rabbit? You decide.

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to nflmvp for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 04:52:34 | More by Beertracker
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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I secured this from my first BA trade with Bonezx86. It was a great first trade with a new beer buddy. I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a tulip.

A: It poured a dark, almost opeque black body with a slight dark chocolate head that barely reached a quarter finger after an aggressive pour. The head receded fast leaving a few scatter bubbles on the surface and a modest ring around the collar that did not support any lacing.

S: It burst with dark brown roasted malts, sweet milk and burnt chocolate, and whiffs of nuts and dark fruits.

T: It had a wonderfully rich roasted malty taste, complemented by milk chocolate, toffee, as well as hints of plum and raisins. It warms the palate and leaves a pleasant clean aftertaste.

M: It was medium to full bodied with a bite from the burnt chocolate malts and hefty ABV. Very warming and clean finish.

D: It was an easy creamy rich brew that was a joy to drink. It strained the line between a porter and a stout making this a cross bread wonder that I'd love to have more of.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 01:59:53 | More by dnichols
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New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with no head into a snifter. A thin tan film formed around the edge of the glass. Good lacing inspite of the lack of head.

Wow, really complex aroma. Sweet smelling with chocolate or cocoa notes. Some spice and/or licorice. Faint pepper in the nose.

This is just an insanely flavorable beer. Malty, sweet front palate that is followed by vegetable/earthy flavors on the mid palate. The taste is rounded out by cocoa and espresso flavors. Slight bitterness is present but it isn't overpowering. Somer berry flavor as the beer warms. Some tobacco notes also.

Alcohol is totally masked. This beer has near perfect mouthfeel. It is rich and thick without being viscous or syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 03:51:29 | More by brantadid
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.
Served in a pint, it's a beautiful deep brown/black with slight ruby red hints around the edges when held up to light. An inch thick dark tan/brown head sits on top, and gradually fades to a maintained ring.
Nose is strong sweet roasted malts. As simple and good as that.
Taste is smoky fired malts, sweet plums, sugary coffee, with a nice spicy tang on the end. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is great, it matches what the beer looks like and how it tastes. Full and rich.
Drinkability is above average, but this is certainly not a session beer.
Probably the best porter I've ever had. Nice!

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2008 14:36:36 | More by shivtim
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the BSP launch event. Loved it!

A - dark, hints of red when held up to light, tan head

S - roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of ABV

T - same as smell, in addition to some alcohol

M - terrific! solid, warming, smooth

D - I really, really wanted to try this beer and I really, really liked it! Would definitely order again. Do try if you get a chance! Duck Rabbit are doing great things.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 22:28:56 | More by ruckzuck
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks MuenchenerKindl for the opportunity to sample this one
12 oz poured into the Duvel tulip produced a finger of tan head on top of a jet black body. The head subsides to a beautiful lace and a nice film around the glass

The aromas of sweet malts and roasted coffee as well as some smoke

Sweet, malt, cream dark fruits and anise very complex flavors a nice balance for your taste buds

Mouthfeel is full and smooth; yes it could use a little more carbonation

Great beer to sit, sip and enjoy slowly. Filling so I don't think I do more than one in a sitting but I do want more. First beer I had from Duck Rabbit can't wait to try some more of their brews

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 01:18:26 | More by joepais
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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to weisguy for a 12oz bottle. Poured into a Duvel snifter. Poured a black color with a tan head that foamed up to a finger thickness. Smell is a bit medicnal with hints of chocolate, smoke, and alcohol. Taste is very similar to the smell with some coffee and dark fruit added to the mix and a strong liquorice and alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full body with a low creamy carbonation level that suits the beers flavors. While a good beer the medicinal and alcohol flavors made it a little hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 07:27:02 | More by sfoley333
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter

Blackness incarnate....nice brown head, drifts down...

Intriquing aroma, slightly smoky, meaty, smoked sausage...intense, heady...many things in the mix...some licorice, some whiskey, lotsa stuff.

Drinkin' it....sweet, slick, delicious, big, beefy...thick, substantial...there's a metallic sheen in there as well.

Hangs well in the mouth, floods you ...medicinal...not what I was looking for, not quite what I expect for a Baltic Porter.
I wanted to like this, I looked forward to it, but in the end...eh....sorry...

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 06:27:20 | More by feloniousmonk
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black, brownish ruby edges. Thin tan head soon leaves a ring with no lacing. Dark fruits, licorice, molasses, a light smoked scent. Caramel and coffee. Spicy burn compliments taste. A little sour pear/green apple flavor underneath all along. Nice and creamy full body up front and somewhat bitter approaching dry finish. A unique beer, very complex. Makes me wonder how the Rabid Duck will be this year, though I think this is my favorite seasonal from DR.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 02:13:37 | More by ncvbc
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West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an opaque black hue nice tan head that forms fine even lacing all the way through my sample, btw thanks jcdiflorio for a nice taste of this rare brew. Aromatics come correct with the malt sweetness and roasty qualities associated with a porter upfront with the plum, raisin, dark chocolate roasts and creamy milk chocolate malt balls with a touch of slightly burnt coffee roasts. Flavors bring out dark roasted malts with tart raisin fruitiness and brown sugar caramelized sweetness going on, more milk chocolate malted Whoppers coming in with toffee and strong bitter black roasts as well, finishes with a touch of fruity booziness and a herbal hop bouquet. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with even smooth carbonation really velvet like in texture on the palate didn't weight me down in any way. Drinkability is excellent one of the better Baltic porters out there in today's market, I'm a fan but it still doesn't compare to my memories of Perkuno's.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 14:39:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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