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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: 750
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 159
Gots: 66 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006)
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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.

Imstillthegman, Aug 05, 2007
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!!

BeerTruth, Jul 26, 2007
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.

kwakwhore, Jul 18, 2007
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.

lackenhauser, Jul 16, 2007
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.

FtownThrowDown, Jun 22, 2007
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.

Goldorak, Jun 22, 2007
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!*

ChainGangGuy, Jun 18, 2007
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.

brewcrew76, Jun 04, 2007
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!

onehomesickalien, Jun 02, 2007
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.

flexabull, Jun 01, 2007
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.

akorsak, May 29, 2007
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%.

WesWes, May 19, 2007
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!

orbitalr0x, May 18, 2007
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.

Phyl21ca, May 16, 2007
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.

Wasatch, Apr 27, 2007
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).

Gueuzedude, Apr 24, 2007
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.

Luchman, Apr 20, 2007
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.

mortarit, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The dark amber liquid filling the glass is almost black....very little if any light penetrates it.
The head is a dark, creamed coffee colored layer of a half finger of foam that melts quickly to only a slightly sticky ring.
Heavenly porter aromas....nothing artifical like a coffee bean or vanilla bean added for aromas.
Lightly sweet dark malt and coffee...period.
A whole lot more going on in the taste however.
The malt sweetness is perfectly balance and a wonderful blend of vanilla, coffee, cream, and medium chocolate is the palette.
Mouthfeel is full but not sticky or cloying.
Aftertaste is coffee and chocolate.
If you belch, it's chocolate soda. (ok...strange, but that is exactly what I just got)
I can see why this is rated so highly.
It is the best Baltic Porter I have ever had to date.

IntriqKen, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Naerhu
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks to Robbeer for bringing this to Japan.
Beautiful rich brown head, with mid-night black body.
Rich aroma of charred cedar, espresso, walnuts, beautiful.
The rich fresh roasted coffee flavors, with molasses, and a huge carmel finished. This has an incredibly long charred chestnut finish.
Smooth mouthfeel on a medium body, minimal carbonation, incredibly mild for 9%.

Naerhu, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A dark tan head slowly fades into a small, creamy cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, caramel, cream, cocoa, and a blessing of piney hops found in the background, along with toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. Black grape aromas come out as it warms.
Taste is of molasses, melted caramel, cocoa, and vanilla goodness with an herbal and piney hoppiness that gently runs and compliments the sweetness of this well done brew.
Mouthfeel is of sweet molasses up front that runs slickly along the tongue with light roastiness grazing each tastebud with intense verocity that's fit for royalty.
Oh, yes. Believe the hype. If I can get a keg of this beauty, I will. If not, I'll gladly take a case. Any takers on a trade? I'll be passing through Fayeteville in August of 2007.

weeare138, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown color with better than a full finger stiff brown head that fades slowly. Sheets of sticky lace line the glass as this beverage is emptied.

The aroma is aggressive and intensely creamy coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and caramel.

The mouth feel is heavy without being syrupy. It's smooth, creamy and mild... the texture reminds me of a milkshake.

The flavor is a creamy mocha malt. The mouth feel, nose and flavor are complex and yet in perfect harmony. The flavor lingers faintly on the tongue. Happy endings.

The 9% ABV is no where to be found. Is this on the South Beach Diet?

Where would a person be without good trades like this?

jjayjaye, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I think this is the best porter I have ever had in my life! Thanks go to nflmvp for the bottle. The color was a dark black but a little reddish at the edges where the light hits. The taste was a little sweet, malty and very close to the regular Duck-Rabbit porter. I savored every drop of this awesome brew.

ArrogantB, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jhammerly for this bottle.

Pours pitch black, with a thick two finger tan head that fades extremely slowly to a thick cap. The lacing completely covers the inside of my glass. Very impressive.

Smell; lots of dark fruity aromas with plums and cherries. THe roasted aromas are powerful with coffee, dark roasted malts and a bit of sweetness comes out with cocoa and molasses.

Taste; the fruity flavors are first to hit just as the were in the aroma, with plums, cherries and I'm also getting some vanilla. Dark roasted coffee mixes very nicely with caramel and cocoa. The finish is very long on this, and provides a bit of a sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a very creamy texture, and the drinkability is really good, but not quite outstanding due to the higher abv, and the flavors are so intense I would have a hard time drinking a second one.

RedHaze, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring I can easily say this is the best looking porter I've seen period. Hell I'm not too the aroma yet but I can smell it from 3 feet away so I may be saying the same thing about aroma. This pours more like a stout. Black midnight with a dark mocha head that fades quickly and leaves nay lace.

Aromas on this are simply huge and very complex. Layers of dark chocolates, thick and gooey from fudge, to bitter, to cocoa. Mollasses, vanilla, boozey whiskey phenols, black currant, caramel, and toffee, all intermingled with more sweet malt. Damn good smelling beer.

Ahhh there we go our first sign of a porter. The start and mid palate are again RIS but the finish has the rich roasty malt of a porter at it's finest. Finish isn't as long as expected yet still a damn near perfect beer. Again rolls of different chocolate goings on. All in the way of dark and roasted, with a toffee complex. A bittering hop integrates very well too bring out the chewy, roundness of the mid palate where caramel and oogles of dark fruit invade. A thick creamy, mollasses-y coating is left behind and makes you aspire for that next sip. Alcohol is pretty well hidden yet does leave a slight burn in the lower chest.

This beer is big, it's brute, it's complex, and I could drink it the rest of today, tomorrow, and this weekend.

mcallister, Feb 21, 2007
Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.