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

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 156
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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

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.

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%.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Photo of wcudwight
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every once in awhile you have a beer that changes your perception of beer. This is one of those times. For a moment until the glass was empty I felt as though I was taken to another place. A better place. The kind of place where even the worst farts smell like roses.
Pours a pitch black. Large brown head that recedes and holds at 1/2". Lace cascades down the glass as I tip to sip.
Lot's of fruit in the aroma. Cherries. Chocolate. Faint whiff of alcohol.
The flavor has it all. Roasted chocolate malts forms a solid backbone that is enhanced by lot's of fruit flavors and some bitterness. This taste so good you don't want to swallow.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy, not syrupy. Thick and filling. The alcohol burns a bit and it's interesting how it's noticable in the mouthfeel and not in the taste.
One sip leaves you longing for another.
I'm very proud that this beer is from my home state.

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

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a used motor oil black with a cocoa head that thins. Mild, spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is slightly sweet and roasted with a bitter cocoa aroma.There is also an espresso smell with a slight smokiness.

Taste is mildly malty sweet immediately upfront that quickly leads into a bitter cocoa taste - like tasting bakers chocolate. This melts into a nice espresso flavor with a mild smoky taste. Rich and complex with no hint of the ABV.

Full body, creamy texture, solid carbonation.

This is one delicious brew, the complexities in the flavor keep luring me back for more. If you're able to, get some without haste!

Photo of nase
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KilgoreTrout27! 12 oz. bottle w/ best before date of 6/07

Malt bomb is right. Incredibly sweet. First sip was delicious, a great change of pace but this is not a session brew as it turns out! High alcohol certainly comes through on the taste. Great mouthfeel and an interesting brew altogether.

App - 4, Smell - 4, Taste - 4, Mouthfeel - 4.5, Drinkability - 3.5

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. Thanks to Brouche for this one!!

A - Pours a black hue with a ruby red top...mild head, but a small, beige ring sat atop the glass for awhile.

S - One of the most interesting aromas I've experienced. Smells almost like marinated meat on a grill - I kid you not. Once I got past that scent, I picked up traces of deeply-roasted cocoa and malt...altogether, the smokiest aroma I've breathed in. Excellent!

T - Smokey malt headlines the very complex taste. Raisins, plums, and a various assortment of dried fruits have a strong showing. Suddenly, I'm met with a huge blast of sweet chocolate, blended with raspberries and/or black cherries. Every sip leads to different flavors...wonderful!!

M - Very creamy with a bold, alcohol finish...fruity aftertaste lingers long afer the last sip.

D - The best porter I've ever had...I just can't drink more than one. Well, I probably could, but it's much more enjoyable when consumed in moderation ;-)

Photo of granite
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into pint glass

A--- Poured Black with a thick tan head.

S---The aroma consisted only of chocolate malt.

T---Coffee, roast with a slight sour finish. Warming and more esters then I would expect from a lager.

M---Full bodied and creamy.

D---This is my first commercial Baltic porter but I have brewed the style before. I thought it was to style except it lacked a clean lager characteristic. I would like to try a few more commercial examples then go back to this and compare notes.

Photo of llitsua
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, notches reveal best before 7/07. Reviewed on Super Bowl Eve, 2/3/07. Thanks to thimbledromefor picking this up in NC.

Aggressive pour into mug yields 1 ½ in frothy head, on top of opaque black body, that quickly dissipates to mm deep ring. Smell is quite strong, but well balanced, with roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, oats and coffee most prevalent, along with a hint of cola, and a light rice cake essence. In the taste up front there are the roasted malt and chocolate elements found in the smell, along with roasted coffee in the finish on the back of the tongue. Hints of vanilla found interlaced between the two as the beer warmed, and a pleasant alcohol tinge. Heavy body, with light carbonation on of tongue, with slick finish. For the style, this is a most
drinkable (and tasty) beer!

Photo of malcontent
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jet black body with just a wisp of caramel-colored head. Dies down to provide for a “still” looking beer, but an attractive one to be sure.

Vanilla bean, toffee, mesquite and just a bit of alcohol form a massive and impressive nose. Formidable.

Dark bread, sour (mildly so) fruit, wonderful sweetness (not too chocolate or vanilla; just right) and great smoky aftertaste.

Not at all syrupy with a good, creamy consistency and still, a surprising amount of carbonation.

It IS a heavy beer with a 9% ABV to boot. I could only do 2 at most, but they would be sipped with the utmost enjoyment. Awesome beer!

Thanks Lhasa!

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

Recently had another Baltic Porter that I really liked, so I was excited to try this one. Received in the first package of No Name BIF from ipa2xs - thanks!

Appearance: Pours inky black, completely opaque. "That's not beer, it's mud" said my father. Khaki-colored head that was somewhat limited due to pouring into two glasses and (presumably) the alcohol content. Fair amounts of lacing.

Smell: Mochaccino kind of aroma, surprisingly sweet-smelling. No hints of burnt graint, just nice roast. Hints of dark fruit, but in the background. I'm searching for smoke and don't find any in the nose...

Taste: Lots of chocolate and roast flavors. Not as much coffee as in some porters. Cherries? Just the slightest hint of smoke at the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously thick, rich and creamy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Exceptional for so dark and rich of a beer. Thanks again, ipa2xs!

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

Pours a deep dark black but ruby red showing thru when held to the light. Sports a nice thumb sized chocolate head that falls to scum doesn't leave much lace.

Aroma is deep rich roasted malts, liquorice, hints of chocolate along with deep fruity notes, good aroma but not a true indication of whats to come.

Taste is great rich roasted malts nice coffee mingled with chocolate. Big full bodied flavors mingled thru out with alcohol notes that belong and fruits. A rich big huge porter very favorable. Finish is light earthy hops along with whiffs of smoke.

Mouthfeel is big almost full nice mellow carbonation. Big fell for a big porter.

Drinkability is great a big enjoyable beer. Sorry I missed this one but many thanks to Enola for sharing with me. Will be looking and hoping I can get some of this next time around.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, duck rabbit. specialists in dark beers. Wow did you nail this one. acquired via trade - thanks guys!

A - Rich black, nice full tan head. takes a while to dissipate.
S - breathe in, exhale, drool. Rich moca smells, a hint of vanilla and espresso. Lightly sweet with just a tang of burnt underneath. wow!
T - Similar to the smell but softer if possible?
M - medium bodied, creamy smooth. Although 9% it shows no signs of the alcohol. It's all about the taste.
D - damn, I just finished that pint. Thought I just poured it. Oh, yeah it drinks really nicely.

If only this was in my market. I would snatch up as much of this seasonal as I could to stock the beer cellar and enjoy during the cold winters in NH. Lucky folks down south!

Photo of merlin48
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of trade with mntlover. Pours like a stout, dark and opaque, with the consistency of three year old motor oil. Attractive khaki head is sturdy and is followed up by some attractive sheets of lace.

Aroma is milk chocolate, some roasty coffee, and a complex wave of mostly dark fruits like plums, figs, and cherries. Some grassy hops are noted, as well as some anise. Very nice!

Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation is ideal for the style.

Lovely taste of creamy milk chocolate enhanced by some bitter roasty notes of coffee. All kinds of dark fruits as well as some cherries. Plums, figs, dates, and a hint of prunes add a teasing complexity. Grassy hops add a bitter edge but are barely noticed. Alcohol is hidden beneath all the complexity of flavor.

Another winner from Duck-Rabbit. One of the best Baltic Porters on the planet here.

Photo of orfeu
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mil gracias a oberon para la oportunidad de probar esta "cerveza oscura." Best before June 2007. Served at cellar temperature in a 17-ounce snifter, Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter pours as gorgeously as any of the best big stouts I've tried, all glisteningly pitch-colored with a huge, creamy mocha-froth head. Vinous dark berry and boozy raisin aromas. Many dark fruits appear in the flavor, with Bing cherry, prune juice, mashed currants, and blackberry being the most prominent among them. Overall, a largely vinous taste experience with a pleasant burnt-toast finish that lasts quite a long time as it rides out a noticeable alcohol sharpness in the aftertaste. Smooth-slick mouthfeel, with 9% abv readily apparent. This one seems spot-on for the style, and to top it off, it drinks like a dream. Highly recommended.

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

12oz. bottle poured black with small brown head and a bit of lacing. Smell of malts and some kind of fruit. Taste is roasted malt, abit of sweetness to it, and some other flavors I'm having trouble picking up on.(mostly an acidic flavor I'm not used to) Mouth feel has a nice thickness to it. This brew is pretty easy to drink but is giving me one hard time in figuring out some weird but good flavors. I will visit this one again but mostly out of curiosity.

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