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

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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 154
Gots: 75 | FT: 5
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seb for this one!

I wasn't sure what to expect having had a different DR brew that was disappointing.

A nice 1-2 finger head on this.

Booze and a thick mouthfeel. I was caught by surprise by this. Probably because I haven't had many Baltics. Every sip I is boozy and thick - bordering on an Imp Stout.


Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from my in-person trade with twiggamortis420, thanks Greg!! Also thanks to Ding for sending me one, I never figured out what happened to that one, my guess is accidentally thrown away in a fit of spring cleaning a year or 2 ago...

Pours mahogany/black with a finger of mocha colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, roasted malt & a bit of iron, raisins, booze & a touch of vanilla, dang near pulled a 5.0

T: Roastyness, some herbal hops & dark fruit up front. Roasty bitterness, dark chocolate, raisins & some booze surface once warm. Finishes dry, a bit pruney, with much roasty malt & nice dark chocolate

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & oilyness, a bit warm

Drinks pretty good, but the thickness & booze slow me down after a bit. Went great with brownies, another good'un from Duck Rabbit

Photo of abents
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to gford217 for this baby.
I'm not usually the hugest fan of baltic porters, but I'll defitely try anything once and since I have 2 bottle of this, probably twice.
Pours out a beautiful dark black brown with huge brown head. Starting off really well it smells like roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of sweet molasses. Does not smell like any baltic porter I've ever had. Taste is an explosion, burnt malts, bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, big in every way. Slight alcohol warming in the finish and leaves you lingering with that burnt bitterness that lingers. Almost has that milk stout texture but with this weird underlying belgian fruit flavor(raisons and something else can't pick it out). Very sticky and almost sweet after a while, but all around one of the best baltic porters i've had. Very interesting and big beer that drinks smooth and warms up on a cold night. Nice brew, will drink again.

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

Shout out to EE for the BP.

I like my beer like I like my men, black.

Smell of raisins, coffee, chocolate, dried dark fruits, alcohol. Like a fermented chunky candy bar dipped in brim filled to rim, without the peanuts.

If you could combine the rubics cube with Qbert, that's what this would taste like. Complex. Like MC escher on acid and cough syrup. Rainbow colors be in this cup.

Thin body but really good. Warming alcohol down the throat. My only complaint is it was a little to carbonated. Overall this is Grace Jones of the beer world. Hot, tall, dark and sexy, but too animal to control.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep, dark black, completely opaque. Two fingers of rich, dark brown head rise with decent retention considering the ABV. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of roastiness and coffee aromas, but more restrained than big stouts. Dark fruits abound equally as strong, prunes and currants come to mind and everything is topped off with a touch of anise.

T - Moderate sweetness starts things off with an onslaught of sweet/sour dark fruit juice. Lots of prunes, figs, and even black cherries. Roasted coffee flavors as well as a bit of chocolate start to dry things out eventually leading to a prevailing sourness and noticable, but pleasant, alcohol. Finish is full of roasted, coffee/chocolate tinted bitterness.

M - Full bodied, but stops short of being syrupy. Carbonation is moderate to low.

D - Duck Rabbit's finest beer out of what I've had so far. An excellent beer all around. There is an exceptional balance of fruity/malty sweetness and roasty/coffee dryness. Neither becomes overpowering and are in perfect harmony with each other. I will definitely have more of this around in the future. Great stuff.

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

A: Dark like a moonless night. Topped with a think off white head that was only the result of an aggressive pour.

S: Thick malt sweetness oozes from the glass. This smells like a thick beer. Sweet caramel and bread notes come forth as well.

T: Woah!! This is a flavorful beer for sure. Huge waves of malt sweetness and roasted malt pummel my tongue like the waves against a rocky shore. It lasts a short while and disappears a touch into the aftertaste. The very last bit of taste is a good pure roast character.

M: Thick heavy body. Even with the roast it maintains a somewhat creamy body though.

D: The sweetness adds up after a while but it's tasty.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with an gourgeous espresso like head. Head is a little thin and retention is poor, but sheets of the brown lace are left on the glass.

S - This beer packs a big punch of aroma for your nose. Lots of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee grounds, and a little sweetness. A very big smell on this one.

T - Big roasted malt tastes up front with lots of coffee and chocolate. A dark fruit sweetness lies underneath along with a vermy mild earthy/spicy hopiness.

M/D - Medium bodied, lacking just a little. Rather creamy with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Easily drinkable with a well masked alcohol profile depsite the 9%.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rwitter for the bottle.

Pours a very dark brown color, near black, with a small tan head and nice lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, coffee, hops, chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol. Sweet and bitter, very good scent.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Finishes with roasted malts lingering. A very good beer, but somewhat thin.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light bodied and smooth.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a mug. Thanks go out to kwakwhore for this bottle.

A = Viscous old engine oil color with a medium-dark brown head that quickly resolves into a foam covering over about half the surface.

S = Some salty sea breeze smells coupled with fresh milled grain, some sense of hops with a light bitter, floral smell.

T = Quite bitter, with a slight taste of bitter cocoa, burnt coffee (more emphasis on the light sour burnt taste than coffee though), some floral qualities, all still with a large amount of malt, just not sweet malt flavors, some rye bread perhaps.

M = Medium-heavy body, luxurious foamy, full feel, good mouthcoating.

D = Decent drinkability for a beer of this style and ABV, but a definite sipper all the same.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra in a trade. This is my second brew from Duck Rabbit. The first was their RIS, which I was not impressed with.

This brew pours great, just really dark and the head came to only one finger. The head, as small as it was, had a great chocolate mocha color that I really enjoyed.

The smell is great. Smells like a chocolate liquor. You can get a deff. liquor smell also that is aside from the chocolate liquor. Really great though.

The taste is good. You get that chocolate punch with a great smokey oak burnt taste also. It really attacks all of your tongue. Some brews just get the tip or sides of your tongue but this one just gets you from all angles. Really interesting also is the tastes that develope half way through the brew. I had a coffee flavor develope that came overwhelming around the finish of the beer. Really interesting brew overall, would buy it in the stores, but can't. This is a special occasion brew, meaning I would have to be in the mood for this one. Overall a good brew.


Photo of drgonzo3705
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from unclejedi, Thanks James!

A: Beautiful black with a small mocha head. Leaves a nice but short lasting lacing as I swirl it in my snifter.

S: Smells beautiful. Sweet chocolate and cocoa slightly toasted.

T: Like the nose, lightly chocolatey with some roastiness.

M: Nice full bodied with light enough carbonation.

D: I could easily drink a few in a sitting. Very enjoyable Porter. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try this great brew. Now I really want to try more offerings from Duck Rabbit!

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

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Oct 2008. Received from siriusAth.

Poured into a shaker pint. Very small dark tan head. Slightly carbonated. Almost black. Lots of sweet molasses, roasted coffee, burnt caramel and ethanol in the aroma. Tastes like dark bittersweet chocolate in liquid form. Lots of dark brown sugar, cocoa, molasses. Medium body. Nice deep slow warming alcohol. Enough roasty bitterness to keep it from becoming overly sweet. Bittersweet finish.

Need more of this beer.

Photo of beer2day
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, black, and thick. Two-finger tan head leaving excellent lacing behind.

Aroma has a lot going for it. There are hints of oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, and raspberries.

You taste some of the fruitiness when this one hits your tongue, but the the beer quickly dries out and leaves you with a slightly bitter roasted coffee finish.

A great way to end my day.

Photo of gorby16
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This porter looked like motor oil when poured out - a nice, opaque dark brown/black color. The foam was tan colored, thick, and lingered.

S - Chocolate, coffee, sweetness, and my wife picked up some fruit tones - maybe blueberry.

T - Very smooth and well balanced. Tasted like deep roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavors. Has a smokiness to it as well as some sweet and tangy flavors.

I agree with a previous post that this is a beer to sip. It is a great porter, but the powerful sweet taste makes it a beer I would like to enjoy less frequently than some others. Duck Rabbit never disappoints.

Photo of jimsimply
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Like used motor oil, black as midnight. The head was a good finger thick, toffee-colored. Head lingered, as did the lacing.

S: A lot going on here: plums, raisins, dates, toasted undertones.

T: Wow. Very complex; some of the same flavors as smells. A bit of a bite from the alcohol (9%). Definitely has the roasted taste, along with dark fruits, some coffee notes as well. Definitely enjoyed the aroma more than the taste.

MF: Very robust body, active in my mouth.

D: Definitely a sipper, but not unpleasant. I was trying side-by-side, so difficult not to compare to a much easier to drink porter.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sample from shigadeyo.

Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced excellent lacing.

Heavy roasted chocolate and nutty aroma.

Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

Heavy complex roasted port flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration.

Complex standout brew that is one of my top rated active bottled beers for the Baltic Porter style.

Photo of mrandypandy
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Green's in Atlanta.
22oz bottle.

A- Pours a midnight black with a puffy tan head. Head recedes to a thin whisp around the rim of the glass, but still manages to leave some lace. Pretty.
S- Very faint aroma, not strong at all. A little bit of roast, some currants, and almost some malty sweetness. There's just not too much there.
T- Wow. This is a delicious baltic porter. Just a little bit of roast with a nice punch of sweetness. Not cloyingly sweet, but surprising for this style and high ABV. Just a hint of licorice and currants/figs at the end.
M- Mostly smooth, and little bit thick with a bit of bite at the finish. Very creamy. It almost feels like it's coating your mouth.
D- Excellent drinkability, even for the high ABV. I wouldn't have know this was 9% at all. I could have a few of these quite easily.

Overall, one of the better baltic porters out there and my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit. I might have to go back and get a second sixer...

Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dark, dark. Holding the glass to the light reveals nothing but a liquid dark as pitch. Head is thin but bubbly with some wispy foam left as it quickly disappears. Wow, this looks like one potent porter that's dark as midnight.

Smell is an initial blast of sweet dark malt. Black licorice, anise, bitter chocolate, espresso and brown sugar are quick to follow. What an intense roasty aroma. Love it.

Taste is bitter chocolate, burnt toast, licorice, sweetened coffee and over ripe fruits. Very strong flavors that are intense and equally complex. Aftertaste is bitter and sweet.

Carbonation level is noticeable as their is some action on the tongue and in the glass.

This is an excellent Baltic Porter and I continue my search for examples of this style. I can't get enough. Another great beer from Duck-Rabbit.

Photo of everetends
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew at the Brickstore Pub in Atlanta last night. A pint offering served up in, well, a nonic pint.

A: The pour was a pretty damned black that only had a touch of brown around the edges when held to the light. Had a little over half a finger of thick, tan head resting on top. For so little head, it really had some good retention. Lacing was minimal, nothing really sticky here with the foam always sliding quickly back into the liquid.

S: Smell was mostly of some deeply roasted, chocolate malts. Dark chocolate comes out as well. Dark, roasted coffee notes as well. There is also a trace of some dark fruit in the background, maybe black cherries? Pretty nice.

T: Pretty much matches the nose. Lots of deep roasted malts with a very nice and subtle dark chocolate flavor. All of that is sitting on a nice and light coffee presence. There is also a touch nuttiness coming from this as well, could be a creamy cashew flavor. Yet again a touch of dark fruit, but I can't put my finger on it. Slight alcohol flavor coming in on the finish. Damned tasty indeed.

M: Full bodied beer that has a touch of weight to it. Creamy in texture and has a light carbonation to it. Goes down with a light coffee aftertaste resting on the palate. The ABV is noticable. Drank this one outside on a chilly night while waiting for a table, and I must say it warmed me up a bit.

D: This is another solid brew from a brewery I am falling in love with. I haven't had a bad or mediocre beer from the yet, and I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeves as they get bigger. This beer is solid in all categories and is a pleasure to drink. I could waste a day while putting away a six pack of these and be a happy camper. Great beer.

Photo of bhalter8
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color, no light whatsoever getting through this one. There is a hint of red to it, but black is the operative word here. A very thin, caramel head that quickly disappears. Definitely smell the malt backbone to this brew, with some chocolate hints, as well as the alcohol. A very nice blend in the aroma, and I sometimes am not a fan of detecting the alcohol in the scent. Taste is what made this for me. Love the robust flavor that mixes the obvious malts, but also a mix of a coffee flavor, and the alcohol, with a sour bite after you take a sip. Sweet to sour flavor as you drink is awesome. That bite is there when you take a nice full swill. The alcohol is warming and nice. For me, an excellent beer, but not one I could have many of. It stands out as an excellent beer to simply have one of, as it is so distinct.

Photo of Buebie
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford for this bottle.

Poured from a 12 oz bron bottle into my Surly tulip. Super dark black with no glowing. Head crowns over the rim of the glass, but does not spill over. 3 finger dark brown fluffy head.
Leaves great thick drapes of lace.

Aroma is a chocolate oatmeal sandwhich whith rich creamy sweet chocolate aroma. No alcahol warming.
Some nutty cocoa nib aroma and a bit of lactose creamyness at the knose.

Mmmm, that is creamy! Rich thick velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel, with onlu hints of perfectly balanced carbonation. One of the most delicious mouthfeels in a bar that I've had the pleasure of consuming.
Its chocolaty, with a sweetness that is present, but not overly done. Perfect balance of bitter and sweet chocolate.
This is one of the best beers I've had in a long time.
I want to say I taste coconut in this, but then its beat out by chocolate and anything coconut is now gone.
Somthing black licorice with more nuttieness. Dark chocolate creal grains.
Finishing with a chocolate bittering and huge nib nuttienes that lingers a long time with semi sweet chocolate and a cocoa powder dusting.

Thanks Grant, you really sent me a great beer.

I wish I had more of these.

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

Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, on tap at the Flying Saucer, Charlotte, NC. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep black bodied beer - though its faintly, faintly dark brown around the edges - with a one-finger tan head that has decent retention but leaves little lacing. An average start at best for this one, though it could have been the pour.

Aroma: Dark malts, toast and cocoa being the two that come through most prominently, and though they're somewhat faint and balanced by an equal amount of fruity notes, it's a pleasant smell. The first instant of Duck Rabbit's trademark "whoa, why is this beer so fruity smelling/tasting?" I noticed comes across as sour apple, though it morphs through a number of other light fruit esters as the experience continued.

Taste: Very nice. That traditional Duck Rabbit fruityness melded with heavily roasted malts, very sweet across the board but nondescript. Hints of coffee peak their head through. It doesn't taste dark at all, and the sweetness and fruitiness cut through a lot of the roasted astringencies, lending an almost Belgian-esque taste to the flavor profile. In fact, it's VERY Belgian-like, becoming more so as it warms - tons of yeasty fruits, truly. It works well enough, though Lord only knows why.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied, with even, equally distributed carbonation that's largely fine-bubbled.

Drinkability: Another solid brew from Duck Rabbit, though what's really holding me back seems to be their yeast strain (either that, or every beer I've ever had from them has been slightly infected). It adds interesting dimensions to most of them, but oftentimes just seems to dominate what otherwise would be a stylistically accurate, tasty brew. Other than that, sure, it's interesting, and with a well-hidden amount of alcohol. Give it a try.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Amsterdam
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 797 ratings.