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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: 158
Gots: 65 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006)
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Photo of dnichols


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

02-17-2008 01:59:53 | More by dnichols
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

02-16-2008 03:51:29 | More by brantadid
Photo of shivtim


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

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!

02-15-2008 14:36:36 | More by shivtim
Photo of ruckzuck


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

02-14-2008 22:28:56 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of joepais


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

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

02-08-2008 01:18:26 | More by joepais
Photo of sfoley333


3.68/5  rDev -10%

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.

02-06-2008 07:27:02 | More by sfoley333
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

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...

01-30-2008 06:27:20 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

01-30-2008 02:13:37 | More by ncvbc
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Reviewed from notes during Sunday's Boston/Rangers game. Way to go B's. Big thanks to kkipple for the trade.

Response to first sip: hell yeah that's good. This is terribly smooth, a big beer without being aggressive on any front. The taste is coffee beans and smokey, toasted malt up front, a vinous, dark fruit taste to follow. More dark cherries than the typical fig and prune flavors I usually pick up from the style. Make that cherries wrapped in bitter chocolate, with a touch of vanilla. There's a lactic sweetness throught that the hot alcohol keeps from overwhelming the brew. Nice balance, minimal hop presence noticed. Minor points deducted for not picking up much on the nose. The mouthfeel is milky and leaves an oily coating in the mouth in a way I've not encountered since last popping a Perkuno's Hammer.

A damn fine beer. Gotta be a favorite if not THE favorite Baltic Porter.

I tried a 2007 of this back to back with a 2006 and don't feel like this keeps too well. The alcohol burn has warn off in the elder version, leaving a bit too much of that aforementioned sweetness.

01-24-2008 23:31:35 | More by grandq
Photo of TheodorHerzl


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to JoshWow for this one.

This beer pours a nearly black hue with brown highlights when held up to the light. A very small light mocha head quickly dissipated and left a small blanket of head. The scent is big and malty with highlights of brown sugar, dark chocolate, and rum soaked dark fruits (plums and raisins). I think this smells more like a Russian Imperial stout than a porter, but that doesn't bother me at all. The taste is heavy on roasted grain and bitter chocolate. Secondary in the flavor profile are tastes of coffee, toffee, and dark fruits. This is a damn well crafted beer. The mouthfeel is so very smooth and full bodied with the alcohol very well hidden. The drink ability is very good on this for several beers.

01-22-2008 23:18:47 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of jbphoto88


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours very dark, motor oil like, very subtle carbonation. There is no height to the head just a fine brown fizz that forms on top of the black liquid. It dissipates quickly leaving the only trace as a thin light brown circle where the liquid meets the glass.
The smell is more malty then anything else, there is some hops there but I can't place the profile. Even further past the malt scent is a sweet fruit smell. Not crisp summer fruits like citrus but more like a dried dark plum or raisins and a less then moderate licorice.
The taste is very good, initially there is a sweet malty flavor but its followed quickly by a slight fruity (raisin) taste with that tiny bit of licorice. Finally the hop bite kicks in and you are left with a bitterness that massages the sides of your tongue. This beer has a very solid heavy taste but not in a bad way. The sweetness is balanced nicely with the bitterness and leaves you with a nice mouth feel. A very fine beverage well worth looking for.

01-22-2008 00:30:57 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is close to black with subdued carbonation. The head is thin tan and leaves no lace.

The smell is of chared mallt, with some nice hopy notes.

The taste is very good and complex, The char hits first, then a coffee note that gives way to chocolate and nuts. The finish has some nice nutty flavores ending in a licorice after taste.

The mouthfeel is good but could use some more crackle with the snap and pop. The body is very good.

The drinkability is very good as taste is the bottom line.

Prosit, MK

01-18-2008 07:20:07 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of rallison


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks limesmut for this one!

A: Nice dark black color with a 1/2 finger tan head that mostly dies.

S: Delicious. Lots of dark chocolate and some tasty espresso. Smell leans toward the sweet with the chocolate notes in a delicious way. I haven't even tasted this yet, but so far this is doing great!

T: Nice! Lots of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Possibly some hops back there to provide a bittering balance. Aftertaste is wonderfully espresso like. Again, the chocolate here is great. Maybe a touch of vinous dark fruits (I could see this coming out more with some aging). Touch of alcohol is present, but definitely not overpowering. After submitting this review, I looked at other reviews - saw cocoa powder as a descriptive word and would have to agree with that.

M: Rich, thick - but not at all syrupy. Low to medium (tending closer to low) carbonation that works nicely with this beer. Somewhat creamy.

D: Very drinkable!

Highly recommended. This is an excellent Baltic Porter - lots of strong flavors going on here that complement themselves nicely. I may save a bottle to see what age does to it.

01-12-2008 08:01:13 | More by rallison
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

THis year's vintage pours near opaque black-brown with a small but tight head of mocha. The head retains as a thin veil, steadily fed by pinpoint carbonation.

The aroma is rich and malty with heavy scorched caramel, chocolate, roasty bread crusts, and raisin stewed in booze. It has some dark fruit and traces of vinious, earthy hops.

The flavor is a rich blend of creamy chocolate pudding, caramel, and dark, chewy fruits. It has hints of vanilla and wood with a delicate smokey undertone. Warm is develops milk chocolate and toffee with a nice finish of tangy herbal and earthy hops with hints of light floral.

Body is big, silky, and very smooth. Rich and mouthcoating with an oily, slick texture. Probably couldn't drink more than one per sitting due to the richness. A solid example of the style.

01-12-2008 00:01:43 | More by AlexJ
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter

Thanks go out to BarefootBrewer for this 1.

A- Dark reddish back with a small sticky head.
S- Sweet sugary candy and fruit like cherries and grapes.
T- Sweet caramel malt with a nice touch of vanilla, brown sugar, lightly roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, dried cherries and fresh grapes. A touch of alc. in the end.
M- Sweet and malty, with a smooth fruity finish. Alc. is present on the tongue.

Overall- A nice sipper. A few of these on a cold night would do the trick.

01-11-2008 21:28:42 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Tilley4


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Jet black pour with no head to speak of at all.

Smells rich and chocolatey and loaded with alcohol. Ordinarily, I wouldn't like that but it adds a certain something to this.

Very dark rich taste with a fairly prevalent taste of alcohol. Started drinking this a bit too cold and had to let it warm some. Glad I did. The character and taste changed so much at room temp. Unbelievably smooth even with the alcohol.

Great example of the style. Probably my second favorite behind the Olfabrikken.

01-11-2008 00:41:23 | More by Tilley4
Photo of bort11


2.78/5  rDev -32%

12 oz bottle obtained as part of the BA Secret Santa '07. Thanks BRoss242.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The head is more of a cap that sits right on the surface than a head. Nick stickage on the lacing. Color is pure black.

Smell is a charred wood with some anise spicing. Taste is very acrid, almost like spoiled milk. This is the first time I've had this beer, so I'm not sure that is the desired flavor. There is more charred flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and thick. This one didn't go over very well with me. I would like to try other Duck-Rabbit beers though.

12-31-2007 19:07:01 | More by bort11
Photo of Zorro


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Obtained in trade from WeisGuy.

Black colored beer that is essentially light proof. Smallish brown head.

Strong aroma of chocolate and patent malt. Slightly acrid smell from a little too much patent malt.

The taste begins sweat with chocolate and vanilla and a fairly strong patent malt flavor. Quite a mix of sweet and bitter flavors a lot like the taste of Starbucks coffee liqueur. Would have expected a more complicated flavor.

Mouthfeel is Good.

Well not really what I expect from a Baltic Porter. Basically what we have here is an Imperial Milk Stout with a fairly sharp patent malt taste. Meh don't think I need any more of these.

12-30-2007 23:44:48 | More by Zorro
Photo of jmalex


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Many thanks go out to ipa2xs for bringing this up from North Carolina for a trade. I've been wanting to get some of these for quite awhile.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass completely black. A dark tan head quickly forms but stays fairly low in height. It immediately drops to a small collar and a few bubbly patches that are no doubt helped by the nucleation sites in the glass.

SMELL: The aroma is a balanced blend of chocolate, black malt, alcohol, and dark fruits, pretty much in that order. The smell as a whole is nice and strong, but it doesn't quite measure up to the authentic versions of the style from eastern Europe.

TASTE: The taste comes much closer to its European counterparts. Heavy chocolaty notes coupled with a raisiny licorice quality come out strong. Alcohol is heavy in the front, but smooths out tremendously.

MOUTHFEEL: It's got a nice medium-full body, but that's not good enough here. It should require a knife and fork to get through it, but that's not quite the case here. It is close, however, and does go down silky smooth.

DRINKABILITY: Alcohol gets in the way somewhat, and by their nature, Baltic porters are not the most drinkable beers. But this one does quite well all things considered, and another one could not be ruled out.

Definitely a fantastic beer and I'm glad I was able to acquire a six pack. Now I just need to somehow make it last, because I don't know when I'm going to be able to get any more.

12-29-2007 01:27:26 | More by jmalex
Photo of davidt


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours black. That’s about all there is to say about the color, this stuff is dark. There’s a beige head that fades pretty rapidly leaving just a thin ring. The initial aroma of dark, bittersweet chocolate is noticeable as soon as I opened the bottle. The mouth feel is thick and quite smooth. There’s a moderate about of carbonation to tingle the tongue as well. Initially the flavor is that of dark chocolate. The alcohol provides a warming sensation on the way down. The alcohol is well played in this one. It is not overbearing nor unpleasant. As the beer warms, roasted coffee flavors begin to emerge, along with some dark fruit. There are some faint bitter hops detected in the aftertaste, along with roasted coffee.

12-24-2007 18:51:08 | More by davidt
Photo of pwoods


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

Thanks to Beavers for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best buy 10/08.

A: Pours a complete black with a much thicker viscosity than I had expected. 1/2 finger of tan head struggles to form even after compensating halfway through the pour with more aggressiveness. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Fresh bananas and some starchiness. Light cola and sweet milk chocolate.

T/M: Light chocolaty taste with some coffee in the back. Alcoholic body with interesting phenolic. More bananas. I've never had a Baltic porter and it's kind of hard to describe. Medium heavy body with low carbonation.

D: Very tasty but I'd probably only have one in a sitting. The remaining 5 shouldn't have trouble getting drank.

12-23-2007 05:24:30 | More by pwoods
Photo of bboven


3.3/5  rDev -19.3%

The body on this one is so brown its almost black. The head is almost nil with no lacing.

Smells roasty with butterscotch notes that could be diacytal. (sp?) Also a strong aroma of raisins. A lot of alcohol as well.

Lots of roast and port-like flavors. Sharp bite of alcohol could be hidden better, but it's forgivable. Lots of great chocolaty bitterness at the end. Mediocre start, great finish.

Smooth and coating with subtle but sharp carbonation. It serves to cut the high ABV and keep it at just the right stickiness for the style.

It's got some not-so-great characteristics, but I would try it again. Letting this one age a year might help as well.

12-22-2007 02:34:32 | More by bboven
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -25.4%

Bottle from 2007.

A pour from 5 inches above my glass results in a beautiful rust-tan head three fingers high, but it quickly reduces itself to several centimeters worth of fine bubbles. The beer itself is sheer black. No lacing to speak of.

I let the brew sit and warm a bit while I continue to smell it. My first thought is how incredibly sweet this smells. Loads of dark chocolate cake and espresso aromas lurk in here, along with molasses and alcohol. Sugary is a good start describing this.

I take a sip and blink a few times. This is intense. And it's not all good either... Big bold burnt / charred grain flavor upfront, bitter and roasty and would be over the top if not balanced with an equally absurd mix of sweet, sweet, dark chocolate and molasses. There's a bit of dark fruit back in there somewhere, and a mild sourness that I'm not sure was desired. The alcohol is hot and aggressive, and lends an eye opening kick as you swallow it as it warms your throat immediately. Lots of fusels here which I don't like. It finishes bitter and espresso-like with some lingering nuttiness and sweetness which coat the mouth and a graininess that's not helping things out. Seems like they may have gone overboard with the chocolate malt and / or black patent malt in the recipe. The extreme burnt flavor and maltiness constantly fight for command of your taste buds. It's just too much.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating, and the carbonation is too lively for this sort of thing. It's a little hard to drink as each sip is such an explosion of intense flavor -- reminds one of World Wide Stout for sheer audacity.

There is a good beer buried here, but as it stands now it's quite tough to drink. I'm going to cellar the remainder of my 6 pack because I really believe this will be heaps better in a year or... three. Just now it's too young and wild and needs to sit in the corner till it learns to behave.

12-20-2007 22:24:20 | More by kkipple
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: Black body under a small brown head, no lacing, some retention.

S: A lot going on here. Some smoke, chocolate, creamy sweetness, roasted malt, hints of nut and dark fruit. A very rich character.

T: Sweet maltiness mixed with the slighest hint of smoke, finishes with a roasted bitterness that settles into a dark chocolate character. Slight hint of nut again, alcohol is apparent and adds a little "umph" and slight drying quality to the middle and end. Much like the nose, this one has a very rich quality.

M/D: Thick on the tongue and more carbonation then I expected. This one is a sipper but one that I would definately reach for second of.

12-17-2007 00:38:23 | More by NCSUdo
Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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