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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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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
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 RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of JDV
2.96/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of hrking
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
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!

Photo of yourefragile
2.92/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of dnichols
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of brantadid
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of shivtim
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of ruckzuck
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of joepais
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of sfoley333
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

Photo of ncvbc
4.44/5  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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Tilley4
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of bort11
2.81/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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