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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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BA SCORE
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757 Ratings
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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 158
Gots: 67 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Drunkasmonk. Gone too soon, a rich and dark full-mouthed stouty porter. Bittersweet cocoa. Very good brew and true to its style. Definitate smoke in the finish here. But I do think its style gets above average press compares to other, subtler styles.
Had again four months later at Atlanta Ale meeting, also not sour but more chocolate here and thick mouthfeel. Coffee at end.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottomless brown with a magenta kicker, this beer is adorned with a briar-colored head, which at first pour spans the breadth of the glass. Soon the head begins to drop, spotting the face until finally a simple but tenacious atmospheric ring remains clinging on the perimeter.

The nose is astounding, leading with full sweet fruits drizzled in chocolate and caramel. Molasses and sweet alcohol notes brandish in turn. Brown sugar can be found cavorting with hints of floral hops and dried apricots.

The prodigious quality of this beer is continued in the flavor arena. Within the viscid weight is bound up cola, cane and booze. This heady potion backs up the hints we found inside the nose. Darker fruits they rear their heads these plums, currants and goose. ‘Till once again in brew review, my way I've come to lose. When not rhyming but describing notes is what I have to choose, (I know I'll cringe on reading this once waking from my snooze.)

As my manner of verse is more Dre than Dickinson, I hereby return this review to a more palatable format. It concludes in less than poetic fashion with the following statements:

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter is syrupy and sweet with a warming alcohol presence. The nose is sweet and dark and full, and the delightful flavors follow suit. This beer is outlandishly drinkable.

It be some truly moby hooch.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like motor oil with a thin mocha head that dies pretty quick. Smells of big chocolate, dried fruits, fig and molassas. Tastes as it smells. Delicious. Porter name is decieving as this is thick and big just like an RIS. Full in the mouth and silky smooth. Extremely drinkable and a damn delight to drink. Seek this one out.

Photo of Enola
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one aging for a little over a year. The beer is black as coal and there is a thick brown head. The smell is chocolate and coffee. Tha taste is oatmeal, coffee, chocolate. There is a nice roasted taste to this brew. The mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a little too smooth for a brew that rings in at 9%. A nice malty treat to sip on. Another home run from the east side of the Tarheel State.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The brew is deep deep deep brown in color with just small islands of head over top. There is a nice ring of tan head that is maintained by a nice stream of very fine bubbles. Clarity appears to be very good, but it is very dark and hard to see through. The aroma on this is sublime: chocolate and raisins abound, with a deeper molasses and even a bit of spicy anise playing in there as well. This one is beyond great smelling. The flavor is even better than expected. It starts with chocolate and light raisin. This makes a strong turn towards coffee and deep roast with chocolate melted in. The finish has a nice undertone of anise and coffee grounds. The sweet, fruity, roast notes all come together to make a fantastic beer. The mouthfeel is thick, almost a bit creamy as well, with a rather small to absent carbonation. Overall, I am enamored with this brew. I love how the coffee aspect of this one seems to just come out of nowhere in the flavor and then fall back behind the fruityness, with a crescendo back up on the tail. I also like how the coffee is not present in the aroma, and does a sneak attack in the flavor. There is absolutely no hint of the alcohol in this one anywhere, which makes this extremely dangerous in the long run. I have not had a beer this good in quite a while.

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

Received this as an extra in a trade with Enola. Many thanks, friend.
This is absolutely amazing! It poured absolutely black with a medium brown coloured head. Even when held up directly to a light bulb, there is no light at all passing through; not even the edges. This looks fantastic by my standards. This even "smells" heavy with some very rich notes of thick, creamy chocolate, coffee beans, some dark fruit in the background, and a bit of lactic sourness. Lactic sourness is a bit more noticeable in the taste, along with a bit of booze, but not even close to what one would expect from a 9% brew. Rich, dark roasted grains and semi-sweet chocolate are also very detectable. Mouthfeel is wonderful. Very thick and heavy with a consistency nearly like warm maple syrup. A very, very solid beer. This is a wonderful representation of the style and an offering I will certainly seek out in the future. Thanks again Enola!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inspired by Don Russell's Baltic Porter article in the August BA, I decided to veer away from a summer-y, lighter-bodied beer this evening and go for this Baltic Porter. It's been biding its sweet time in the cellar til just last week, when upon noting an "enjoy by" date notching of "6/07", I decided it best be tasted ASAP. Thanks to whomever sent this to me back in the spring...

A: Deep, deep brown with just the faintest burgundy tint at the edges. Topped with a full finger of dusty tan-orange head, identical to the faded cedar on the arms of the deck chair in which I'm sitting; head dwindles to a thin bubbly cream that never goes away. Though it really can't be seen through the darkness, I know there's a lot of carbonation down inside, due to the busily fizzing pockmarks in the otherwise still head.

S: A dose of powdery chocolate shavings, a light vanilla, small amounts of sugary toffee maltiness, traces of tartness and oxidation with a nice puff of smokiness. Pleasant but not powerful.

T: Oh my! Lots of cocoa/milk chocolate and a souring, papery oxidation that's not detrimental at all. Tasty toasted caramel, a burnt nuttiness, more hints of vanilla and smoke(d meat?). Some not-so-subtle fruity tartness, like reduced cherries or figs. Wonderfully complex. Contrary to any worries over holding this beer too long, it's pretty outstanding several months pasts its supposed "expiration".

M: Medium-full thickness, viscous and oily as it slides down the tongue. Long clinging syrupy thickness with a modest amount of chocolate bittering and a twinge of lactic sourness. Just a little cloying. Hardly seems carbonated, despite what I can see. Could be convinced to give a '4.5' on a different day...

D: Excellent porter, loved the flavor and mouthfeel. Hoping to try this again next winter/spring once the next batch is released. Recommended, especially with some cellaring.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Let me tell you a story 'bout a man named Jed..."

That's the first thing that popped into my head when I started pouring this one. It looked like I struck oil. Thick, viscous, dark, opaque...just some of the adjectives I could use to describe it. I guess you get the picture by now. It's black, with an inch high dark tan (think caramel sauce) head. The head fades to mainly a ring and only leaves minimal lacing.

Smelling this one brings out scents of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, molasses, and burnt toast.

The flavor starts with the chocolate and coffee before the dark fruits and some sourdough bread come out. Taste is sweeter than expected. If not for that almost sharp sweetness this would have gotten at least a 4.5 for taste. It's still damn tasty, though.

Super creamy, full bodied brew. Lightly carbonated. This is one highly enjoyable beer, but for me one would be it for the day. I will look for this again next year when it returns.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the one and only, barleywinebrewer, for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a completely opaque black with a dark brown two finger head that quickly dies down to a thin lacing. Stickiness isn't really there. Smell is almost like an Old Ale. Powerful licorice dominates the scent with dark fruits joining. Molasses mixes into the nose as well as a tingle of alcohol. Taste is so sweet. Starts with a strong chocolate/caramel malt. Hops find themselves a bit in the middle while it finishes with a nice coffee long lasting flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with subtle but noticable carbonation. I really like the dinkability of this, I didn't look at the abv until after I drank it. So for 9%, it does an amazing job. I'm still looking for the Wee Heavy!!

Photo of kwakwhore
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black color, it pours like high viscosity motor oil with an ample dark tan head. Some chocolate, coffeelike scents. Chocolate,caramel, espresso notes in the flavor with just enough of an understated hop presence. A little bit thinner in the mouth than an imperial stout but still smooth and silky. High gravity beers are what this brewery does best and this one is the best of those. A really great beer, one which easily stands along side any of the more famous Eastern European brands.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark in color-nice coffeish head on top. Nice aroma of burnt currants with a mild espresso backround. Great roasted flavor-has a burnt, thick viscuous flavor to it. Quite bready and yeasty. Dark, bitter chocolate flavors. Great body-very full but still quaffable. This is one of the few beers I find I am gulping it is so enjoyable-and trust me it slides right down. Great, great beer all around-very drinkable. I didnt know they bill themselves as "dark beer specialists". In this day and age thats a good thing to find one's niche. I am heading to NC in October and will be stocking up. RIP Perkuno-theres a new Duck-Rabbit in town.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with slight froth. Smell is a little soft, not much going on there. Taste is roasted coffee and cocoa. It also has a sense of fruit going on that is pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth but a tad too carbonated. This is a easy drinking beer that slightly shows the 9% abv. It’s not very sessionable, after one, I think I’ve had enough.

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

Appearance: Not 100% black, when you look at it really close you can see a bit of brownish hues near the café au lait head bobbling on top. But I certainly wont hold this against it.

Smell: Great roasted aromas, it was more nutty at first, then developped more of a smoked almond nose later on. Hops were firm and cheesy - in the good way, and all of a sudden they went all strawberry fruity and I just love that (Galena?).

Taste: Huge flavor and absolutely creamy mouthfeel, this is a real malt bomb with a side of chocolate slivers and a roasty finale like a well made expresso, with no residual harshness that you sometimes find even in some of the most classic examples of the style. I didn't find the alcohol very obtrusive, in fact it sort of only played a supportive role in what I thought was a great ensemble cast. Fantastic.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near black body with a smallish, light tan head.

Smell: An excellent, inviting aroma of dark unsweetened chocolate, mild dark fruits, coffee, and hints of nuts.

Taste: The taste is huge and dessert-like, with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits, and toasted caramel. A light, subtle herbal hop flavor brings you to the light, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Soft, creamy mouthfeel akin to melted chocolate.

Drinkability: I think its safe to say that its Duck-Rabbit's best!

*Sampled again at the 2007 Brewgrass Beer Festival. Still as great as ever, and still Duck-Rabbit's best!*

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown/black with ruby highlights and a brown creamy head.

S - Chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, figs, licorice.

T - Roasted malt with a load of dark fruit, raisins, figs, plums, molasses and licorice. Complex.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.

D - Good porter with a lot of different dark fruits.

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

This is an exceptional beer.

THANK YOU Mike Brawley for letting this slip on to your shelf.


a - Poors a dark brown/black with nice tan head. Looks more carbonated than it actually is.

s - Typical porter smell (coffee, dark fruits, malts) but more sweet notes than most.

t - This one impresses from the first sip. Perfect balance of burnt coffee, sweet fruit, malt, light hops, and slight bite at the end.

m - Both carbonated and reasonably thick feel on the tongue, but this one goes down very easy.

d - Stout 9% ABV is the only area of concern. Besides that, these are thoroughly enjoyable sip after sip!

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

Bottle courtesy of unclejedi. Thanks again!

Best by June 07.

It's Friday afternoon, a wild week of work is over, time to relax with a good (edit : GREAT) beer.

This is very nice to look at. Pours from the bottle a deep dark brown, borderline black color and with a great big thick tan head.

Smells of dark fruits stewed in whiskey, very wild coffee, and a bit of dark sugar sprinkled on some oatmeal. This one has a very complex nose. Wow! Very nice!

Creamy and with brown sugary sweet malts up front. Settles into crisp bright flavors, some dark fruits, and a touch of bitterness on the finish. Excellent flavors, and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is top notch. Especially full and rounded on the front of the mouth, and finishes with a lingering warmth.

Drinkability is great. This is an exceptional Baltic Porter. Smooth, sweet, biting, and very complex. This one stays on the want list.

Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with unclejedi.

A: The beer pours with the thick consistency of motor oil. Pitch black, nothing gets through it. The head measured in near 2 fingers of this coffee-and-cream color on pour but quickly dissapated to a small foam.

S: The nose is more of an imperial stout that an baltic porter. The deliciousness includes chocolate, caramel and lots and lots of malty bread-like depth. What it lacks in sweetness, it makes up for in boldness.

T: The taste is right in line with the nose, it is big and bad and downright bold. The first flavors to register are chocolate and brown sugar, adding a sweet dry flavor. They are augmented by some bread-like graininess that only serves to enhance the sweetness. Some caramel rounds out the body, providing that certain je ne sais quoi that a good baltic porter needs. A blind testing would easily confuse this beer with a Russian imperial stout, the flavor is that deep and strong.

M: At 9%, the abv is nearly a whopper, but you never taste it in the beer. This is a truly transcendant beer.

D: The big malty mouth is a very easy drink, sweet and smooth with an abundance of flavor. This beer is a sipper, but one that you'll enjoy every sip of.

Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm burnt toffee scent along with some black malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich, black malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes smooth and a bit warm. It has an earthy, burnt toffee flavor that is quite enjoyable. There are loads of crystal malts here. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer with lots of flavor; an easy drink even at 9%.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle into my glass an extremely dark brown bordering on black with a quarter inch of dark tan bubbly head on top. This one doesn't let much light through at all. Aromas begin with rich dark roasted malts filled with deep chocolate, molasses, raisins, figs and plenty of dark fruits. Maybe a touch of licorice in there as well. Really complex and very nice.

First sip brings big dark maltiness with caramel, deep chocolate, molasses and a touch of coffee. Dark fruits follow with some plum, raisin, fig and even strawberry. Its begins somewhat sweet and flows down with a nice mellow bitterness. Finishes with a touch of licorice and just a hint of hops. A big, rich, wonderful brew. Great stuff!

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and smooth. Good sturdy carbonation. This is really nice without becoming to heavy at any point and lends itself to easier drinking. A damn fine Baltic porter. I could probably only have two in a sitting, but I'd love to have this one again. Thanks to unclejedi for the chance to sample this one. I'm looking forward to the other Duck Rabbit brews I have yet to sample!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt is dominant and enjoyable. Taste is dominated by dry coffee notes as well as some light bitter roasted malt. I was expecting more chocolate notes then I could detect and the beer was a bit more dry then expected. Body was quite full with some medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall, while this was a very good beer I thought it was slightly too dry for the style and I can’t figure out why this rated so high but again I am probably not the biggest fan of the style to begin with.

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to slcbrewer for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear black color, nice carbonation, nice litte tannish fizzy head, only a couple of islands left behind, no sticky lacing at all. The nose is of slightly roasted malts, plenty of toffee, chocolate, and caramel. The taste is of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, slight vanilla, and caramel. There is a slight bitterness to this brew, with a nice slightly dry finish. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty well. Very drinkable, I believe this is my first Baltic Porter, maybe not, but it is my first Duck-Rabbit brew, but I also have another bottle of this plus other Duck-Rabbit's. Thanks again Steve.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best By Date June 2007, Sampled March 2007
Pours with a two-finger thick, creamy, light brown colored head. The beer shows a clear, rich, dark chocolate color as I look at it streaming into my glass, but otherwise it is an opaque black color as it sits in my glass. Hints of burnt raisin aromatics greet my nose at first and in fact a strong burnt fruit character is very evident in the nose (notes of prune, fig, cherry and rum-like notes as well). Underlying this burnt fruit character is a dusty chocolate note as well as a hint of burnt grain acidity and some light, yet clearly dark roasted coffee aromatics. There is a touch of alcohol towards the end (part of that rum aroma) and there also seems to be a touch of green apple here as well. I really like how this beer projects the aroma of burnt fruit; yes there is lots of char-character, but it reminds me of charred, concentrated fruit and there is still some bright fruit aromatics here as well.

Sweet up front and it still maintains that fruitiness in the flavor as well. It finishes with a stronger, dusty chocolate note than was in the aroma, which is coupled by lots of toasty malt flavors. This does not have a whole lot of perceptible hop character; the finish is quite smooth with only a touch of burnt grain derived bitterness. This beer has been served lightly chilled (58ºF / 14ºC), which seems to accentuate a soft creamy character. This beer rests with a soft thickness on the palate, it is not syrupy, but is certainly approaching thick and juicy. Burnt fruit notes of raisins, prunes are most notable, but there are also notes of burnt figs, burnt dried berries and even something evocative of burnt, concentrated tropical fruit (perhaps some charred papaya notes). This beer is fairly low on roast-derived acidity, in fact the roast malt character is quite a bit less than one would expect from something like a stout. My guess is that the brewer used a light hand with the darkest most heavily roasted malts.

This is an interesting beer, I don't know if I would want this on a regular basis, but it has certainly shown a mix / balance of flavors that are not usual for the darker American brews; it is almost something that I would characterize as a fresh English Imperial Stout. Too bad this is not bottle conditioned, it might have been quite interesting in 20 years. There is something about this beer that does not allow me to shake the idea that I am drinking burnt prune juice (of course an exaggeration, but still). In the end this is very interesting, even a bit education, definitely good, but still not quite something I would want a big bottle of (certainly the 12oz format is more than enough, even almost too much).

Photo of Luchman
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours like dark cola and looks black in the glass with a smooth and dark cocoa colored head. Head piles up on the sides and leaves faint mounds on the surface.

S: Niiice. I love beers you can smell from a distance. Chocolate and currants rush to the nose first. A little bit of coffee and a little bit of roastiness is found as well. As for hops, I get a tad, tad bit of some grassy notes, but those dark malts are winning. I get some sort of metallic smell as well.. Is that the glass? Who knows, it doesn’t take away from the awesome smell.

T: Chocolate, currants, coffee, roasted dark malts, and tad hint of alcohol hit all at once. The chocolate notes end the taste with, again, just a tad bit of hop to go with it, ending with a very subtle bitterness and hints of roasted malts. For 9%, the alcohol shows up very minimally; almost undetected. Damn good.

M: Medium/full body with smoooth texture. Great.

D: Loved this beer. Complex, tasty, and smooth. Duck Rabbit definitely know how to brew. Definitely on the “Seek Again” list.

Photo of mortarit
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Baltic Porter and I really got attached to this one. Pours pitch black with a reddish head. Less head.
Smells as dark as it looks...rich chocolate and smooth dark fruit.
The flavor has considerably more depth than the aroma. Big dark malty sweetness, creamy, fruity alcoholic esters. Roasted chocolate flavors persist after each sip.
Mouth feel is milky smooth...appropriate carbonation.

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.