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

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 157
Gots: 78 | FT: 4
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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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Ratings: 808 | Reviews: 455
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.

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

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

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

Thanks to Beavers for this brew.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of bboven
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of kkipple
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from 2007.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of NCSUdo
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

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

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

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

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

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

12oz bottle received in a trade with limesmut. Thanks again

Poured a dark brown/black with a tan/brown head that disappeared gradually. Smell is roasty, figgy malts, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is roasty malt with a lactose type sweetness mixed in there. Thick mouthfeel that coats the taste buds after each sip. Respectable brew from Duck Rabbit, I wish I could get their stuff locally.

Received in trade from KarrHeel03 and Revisited 12/13/2009

Pours a solid black with a good sized tan head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top and minimal lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee up front, touch of hops and alcohol hidden underneath. Taste is rich with chocolate and dark fruits. I imagine sour cherries and black currant as I sip this one. It proves to be quite sweet but the burn of alcohol in the finish mixed with a distant hop bitterness keeps it from being cloying. Creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel, thick body, light carbonation. I think I enjoyed this a lot more this time around. I have another bottle that I think will age for a while and revisit in a few years. My score reflects this most recent tasting.

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with BeerTruth. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades gradually, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty grain and alcohol, although more rubbing than ethyl. Taste follows the nose, with the alcohol component quite hot. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, and drinkability is okay, both affected by my perception of the booziness being over-the-top. If this was cranked back just a little on the abv, this would be so different, since the dark malt flavors abound and please. They just get shouted down here.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee bean black with a glimmer of ruby along the bottom edge of the glass. The creamy caramel colored lid is on the small side, which isn't surprising for a higher ABV ale that received a gentler than usual pour. It hold its own, for several minutes at least, and leaves just enough lace to be polite.

The nose could just as easily belong to a Russian Imperial stout as a Baltic porter. On second and third sniff, it's a dead ringer for an RIS. Roasted and black malts create nicely aromatic aromas of chocolate syrup, espresso and blackstrap molasses, in decreasing order of prominence. There's no way that this isn't going to be good beer.

The flavor is more impressive than the mouthfeel. The former is about what I expected (these guys can brew), but the latter isn't as big as it needs to be given the ABV and the style. With more of a heavy creaminess, that would have led to more flavor intensity and more flavor linger, Baltic Porter could have been something special.

Each mouthful is a delicious commingling of bittersweet chocolate, crushed coffee beans and tangy dark fruit. That last one is what makes Baltic Porter tastes like a Baltic porter rather than an RIS. The sourness is somewhat lactic acid-like, but is more fruity. Something along the lines of chocolate-covered figs and black currants.

The body/mouthfeel belongs on a 7%'er, not a 9%'er. It is hunkering down a bit as the beer warms, but I'm still not blown away. I wonder if age has anything to do with the less than full feel. The estimated age of this bottle is somewhere around 18 months, with a full year to go before the 'best by' date. At least the bubbles stay in the background.

Baltic Porter is my first high-gravity beer from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery. Even though it's at least as good as Brown Ale, Porter and Milk Stout, I expected more. Olfabrikken, Okocim and Sinebrychoff have nothing to worry about. However, if the brewers add more malt and can work on improving the mouthfeel, the Euros might get a little uneasy. This one has potential.

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

12 oz. bottled best by 9/08. Big thanks to ncvbc!

Very dark brown with chocolate ruby edges. Finger of gauzy, cocoa brown head. Decent retention. Big dark chocolate and vanilla bean aromas mix with roasted coffee, caramel, sweet milk chocolate, and fresh tobacco.

What is a duck-rabbit? This one starts oily with roasted barley and coffee notes. Bitter dark chocolate leads to sweeter dark fruits, light vanilla, whiskey/bourbon oak, and peat. Herbal, bitter hops build quickly into the finish. Big coffee/dark chocolate/hop bitterness lasts along with warming bourbon-ish alcohol. Complex and delicious. Full bodied, with velvety smooth carbonation. Very nice.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle served into a nonic glass

Extra thanks to Kwakwhore for the send,tried some Duck Rabbits while on vacation at the Outer Banks this summer,they were all exceptional beers. Glad i got to try this seasonal beer from Duck Rabbit.
Opaque,black looked stout-like. Slight amount of tan head,less than an 1" settled into a lasting creamy layer throughout the beer.No much lacing,just a spot or two.

Intense roasty aroma,very smokey,chard wood,dusty chocolate,black coffee/mocha. Great complex malty nose,lots of earthyness also. Has a creamy,vanallia extract aroma,just a tinge of alcohol.

Very roasty taste,strong burnt notes,chard wood,bittersweet chocloate,black coffee,thick layered carmellness,creamy mocha with a touch of vanallia.Lots of sweet dark fruityness,the alcohol is fairly well hidden with a nice,slight warming effect.Very good balance,finishes with a clean earthy/woody very sharp,pleasing bitterness.Fades into a tounge swelling drying bitterness,has a touch of sourness. Lots of complexity,very enjoyable taste.

Very smooth and creamy,medium bodied. The kind of beer that leaves you craving more. Exceptional drinkability for a 9% beer. If you like baltic porters this is a must try beer. Another great beer fron Duck Rabbit deservingly worthy of being the dark beer specialists.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This pours a dark black color with one finger of browish orange head. It is totally black which lets no light through.

S- A ton of aroma here. This is what I pick up: Chocolate, mocha, nuts, alcohol, dark dried raisins and prunes, malt and a sweet cream smell.

T- Burnt/smoked raisins. Rich and creamy smoky dark chocolate. Alcohol is prominent in the finish.

M- Creamy and thick. Carbonation is perfect though. The carbonation stings a little on the end, enhancing the alcohol in the finish.

D- Strong and rich as heck. One, maybe two on a good day, will definitely do the trick.

Thanks to my friend hurleymanvw for picking me up this sixer. I like this beer although this is by far not my favorite beer style. I can appreciate it though. Very nice!

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

2007 bottling. Poured very dark brown. Light only gets through around the edges. Paper thin dark tan head that swirls around a bit and fades into a ring in less than a minute. Sweet and rich smell of dark fruits and licorice, but roasted maltiness is there as well. Taste is complex. Flavors dance around on your tongue and battle it out for dominance. It starts out similar to how it smells but leaves with a bitter chocolate taste. Lingering roasted barley and alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel and the 9% abv is fairly well covered. I could drink another one. I am holding onto several of these, as I can already see the aging doing wonders for this brew.

Photo of tayner
2.36/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

okay, here it goes. I hate to rate such a loved brew so low, but i did not enjoy this one at all. 2007 12 ounce bottle received in a trade.

it poured black with little head, just a ring of tan foam.

it smelled of dark fruits and black licorice.

taste? i can only say black licorice and grape soda. those are the only flavors i can taste, and i tasted it at all temps from cold from the fridge all the way to room temp, still grape soda and licorice. not a pleasing combination for me.

thick for a porter, oily which coated my mouth, which is good in most cases, if you like the flavor.

I cant drink this again, not like this. I am hoping that the remaining bottles i have will change over time. I will hold on to them for 6-12 months and see if the flavor changes. i will revisit this one eventually to make sure of what im tasting, but i will not be in any hurry to do so.

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

Pours a thick, sludge, black color that reminds me of draining the oil from my car. Creamy, thick brown head sits on top of this one only to slowly die down. With every swirl of the glass more head returns and builds. Smell is of coffee, caramel, toasted malt, doughy cookies, smells awesome. Taste is sweet and sugary with dried fruit, some molasses, bitter with creamy coffee notes. Sticky, and creamy mouthfeeling that makes you smack your lips with every sip. Absolutely awesome beer, glad I was able to try it!

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