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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: 742
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 159
Gots: 65 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

01-19-2007 15:46:11 | More by mntlover
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

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!

01-15-2007 15:39:16 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of merlin48


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

01-15-2007 00:36:39 | More by merlin48
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

01-11-2007 21:30:38 | More by orfeu
Photo of Alkey


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

01-09-2007 06:56:37 | More by Alkey
Photo of bennetj17


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Hauntingly dark blackness, with a 1/4 inch brown/tan foam that holds well. Nose of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and alcohol. The taste is very sweet and milk chocolate-like, especially at first. After a few more sips this fades and a real roasty/smoked malt flavor becomes apparent towards the finish. All this plus a hint of cherry makes for a nice flavor overall. The carbonation is subtle, and the mouthfeel carries a nice whole milk-like thickness that really coats you palate. Yummy.

This is a beer one should definitely try, it might have been a little too sweet for my liking, but still excellent...

01-08-2007 19:24:54 | More by bennetj17
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

This is a great beer and I'm really liking the few examples I've had of the style. Poured a deep dark brown with minimal head that reduced to a ring. Smells of coffee with chocolate coming through as it warms. Slick mouthfeel and a touch of bitterness on the finish. A few minutes after finishing the glass a slight tast of black licorice seems to come through.
I have a tendency to enjoy stouts more than porters but the Baltic Porters I find very interesting and want to explore the style. Duckrabbit is also fairly local and a dark beer specialist so it feels good to be able to give kudos to a local brewer.

A great sipping beer.

01-07-2007 21:44:37 | More by srrn
Photo of blitz134


4/5  rDev -2.2%

This one appears almost pitch black to me in my glass. Good 1/2" of dark tan head to start with. Reduced to a layer of dense foam.

Aroma is really nice. Dark toasted malts and milk chocolate. Definately has a lactose type sweetness, and a bit of an acidic nose that is usually expected in a Baltic. Little flares of alcohol are sent up as well, but work in with the aroma nicely.

Definately a Baltic here, that lactose acidity is prevalent and almost a bit overpowering to me, but it seems to be balanced out in the finish as the acidity flees and gives way to the dark toasted malts again which show a bit of chocolate as well. Good overall flavor, still not my favorite style but I can enjoy this one.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, but I usually expect something just short of full in this style so this right around where my expectations were. Seems to have some level of carbonation in it to keep it from feeling too flat.

Overall a pretty drinkable Baltic for me, definately has the typical traits of one but the darker toasted flavors that I like more are there too. Good beer...another solid offering from Duck-Rabbit.

01-07-2007 05:09:08 | More by blitz134
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.78/5  rDev +16.9%

Just a fantastic beer. Pours a ruby highlighted dark brown with a tan head. Smell is a beautifully balanced roastiness, creaminess, touch of sour, and rich wineiness.Impressive. Taste is sublime- dark malt, winey complexity, super creamy, and a delicious tang. Hops on the finish as well.Just delicious and an impressive interpretation of the style. Very creamy mouthfeel with a great refreshing lactic sourness. Extremely drinkable.

01-01-2007 22:49:58 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of mentor


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

Bottle provided by GCBrewingCo. Thanks for sharing! Hard pours to get a very thin fiml of head that settles to a ring. Dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells rich and dark. Chocolate, some roast, and a nice creamy beneath. Fuggles wooly hops and a touch of alcohol.

Tastes rich chocolate, some soured malt, coffee roast, and toffee/caramel. Wet sweet with a mild alcohol sting. Licorice and molasses and some cottony fuggle flavor. Astringency mixed with the sour in an unpleasant way. Aftertaste is less than desirable. Thick body and mild, but sharp carb. First sip was wonderful, but the taste bagan to wear pretty quickly.

12-30-2006 04:15:57 | More by mentor
Photo of shbobdb


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

To those who can get this beer regularly, all I have to say is: You lucky bastards. I got this bottle in a face-to-face trade with Doppelmeup and I gotta say I am really happy I got to try this beer.

Let me kick off the review by clearly stating: this beer is no Okocim porter -- but it is not an Okocim porter in the same way that 'The Thinker' isn't 'David'. It is still pretty damned good. Easily the best Baltic porter I've had in a long time.

It pours a rich black, but upon further investigation it turns out that the beer is actually a deep, rich garnet.

The taste and smell are essentially the same, and it is a wonder to behold. The acidity of the black patent is balanced out by the sweetness of the caramel malts lending a pleasant burnt chocolate taste while managing to steer clear of a mouthfeel resembling motor oil. No, this beer goes down easy (at 9% that is no small task!) and leaves a crisp finish.

Wonderful wonderful beer.

12-26-2006 19:30:50 | More by shbobdb
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.5/5  rDev +10%

Pleasantly surprised by this one, I found the fruitiness to be almost irresistable; and the beer itself to be quite unique as Baltic porters are generally lagers, and fruitiness is limited. As expected, it poured an imperviable black body and frothy tan head. The retention was somewhat limited, but at 9% that's to be expected. Some nice rings of lace made up for that. The nose is rich and full, and you could easily while away a half hour or so just nosing it. Apart from the bright, juicy plum, it's also got notes of cherry and dark red berries. Beneath that a darkly toffeeish, coffee-accented maltiness rounds it out. Full-medium in body. Creamy smooth. Similar in flavor to the aroma, the fruitiness sings a siren-song that keeps you coming back sip after sip. A hint of chocolate appears, more low-key roastiness, caramel, and a spritz of alcohol; but based on my experience, a touch of alcohol is appropriate for the style. It doesn't appear particularly bitter, but it's there nonetheless, keeping watch and ready to dry the finish. Surprisingly, after such a massive flavor assault, it fades from the palate rather quickly... leaving you with no choice but to go back for another sip! I am most impressed!

12-25-2006 00:25:54 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of BlindPig


4.5/5  rDev +10%

A- About a 1/4" dark tan head. BLACK body, can't see any light through it even when held to light.
S- Some chocolate malts with a nice helping of grass hops. Some light yeast too.
T- Some big chocolate malts. Some roasted taste to them too. A underlying dry bitterness from the grass hops to help balance it out a bit. Maybe a bit of bread to it also. Also one or two others things I can't pin point.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation. Pretty dry too.
D- Very good porter. I would buy it if they sold this here. Must be one of my favorite porters I have tried.

12-19-2006 07:22:02 | More by BlindPig
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to my buddy hoppedup for this NC treat,poured a deep ink black no light showing thru this puppy a 1/2 finger mocha colored head atop wich is gone quite fast leaving a glass of oil-like fluid.Rich aromas I pick up some bitter chocolate and definent molasses hints along with some dark fruit,wow what a nice full but easy mouthfeel pretty much perfection it glides effortlessly down but is full bodied.Molasses and raisin/prune like dark fruit flavors abound with underlying chocolate and roasted nut flavors a great lingering dryness comes out in the finish as I drink more.Another great brew to come outta NC there are many and this is near the top for me.

12-13-2006 02:18:47 | More by oberon
Photo of Vancer


4.13/5  rDev +1%

Freakin’ used engine oil is not this black, the 9% kills any chance of a head. Ton’s o’ sweet malts in the aroma, and then the sour ale, pops of anise, rich malt quaff takes over. Killer rich, thick and malty – this is no brew for those on a diet. Very nice sipper by the fire, watching football.

Good ol’ blackie sent this to me in the NoBSBIF Beta. Appreshit again!

12-03-2006 19:55:56 | More by Vancer
Photo of mattcrill


3.63/5  rDev -11.2%

Thanks to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this beer.

Bottle inspection: Label states to enjoy by 7/07. Sampled 12/06.

Aroma: Chocolate jumps out of the snifter. A pleasant dark fruit aroma upon closer inspection. A hint of warming alcohol on the nose as well.

Appearance: A leather brown pour with a sticky beige head.

Flavor: A smoked, meaty flavor up front. As the palate gets used to it, there is still a hint of beefy jerky and charcoal. Definite black patent notes on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, drying, and astringent.

Overall impression: Well done but probably not for me. I don't like too much smoked flavor going on and there was a lot of that here. I don't think it was intentional but it was hard to get through. Still, after I got used to it I enjoyed it. Recommended.

12-01-2006 20:54:34 | More by mattcrill
Photo of wagenvolks


4.13/5  rDev +1%

Poured from tap at Raleigh Times bar in Raleigh, NC. Presents a small, light mocha head that dissipated quickly atop a dark, opaque body. Aromas were not overpowering, but rather pleasant and included hints of coffee, chocolate, and fruit (apples?).

Turned out to be quite tasty, especially for a reviewer who is not a huge fan of baltic porters. Felt fairly smooth and a bit dry on the mouth, and went down well. Not something I could drink in succession, but a surprisingly good beer with which to start off the night.

11-21-2006 07:18:32 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of drumline

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%

Appearance - Pours a very dark black with a head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell - Chocolate, dark fruits and caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy. Chocolate and caramel flavors, with a roasted coffee-like aftertaste.

Drinkability - Drinkability is rather high for a brew of this alcohol content. Very deceiving. I could have a couple of these in an evening, although it would knock me completely on my ass. The perfect nightcap for the evening. Easily my favorite NC brewed beer.

11-18-2006 06:42:01 | More by drumline
Photo of scott


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Unknown vintage, but indicates to consume before 09, thanks to AKSmokedPorter.

Unbelievable black pour with strong frothy head that laces beautifully.
Aroma of robust coffee, that delivers the same quality in taste, accompanied by raisin, soy, and mild chocolate and dare I say, spice?
Carbonated wonderfully, with a silky cream that is wet and juicy.
I would drink this everyday if I could. This is true craftsmanship that delivers an awesome product. I was saving quite a few different beers for a "30th" review, and I'm glad I had something this good to critique.
Shit, I'm overjoyed I had something this spectacular to drink!

11-15-2006 23:52:22 | More by scott
Photo of bjohnson


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Big thanks to ChuckCook for treking this offering all the way up from Va. I swear I'm not following warriorsoul around...

A: Pours a very deep black color with merlot colored hues at the rim of the glass. Initial one finger deep caramel colored head dissipates rather quickly holding only a slight slight film on the edges of the glass.
S: Big chocolate with sweet caramel notes. Dark fruit aromas that have a slight spicy side are also present.
T/M: Ultra silky smooth with almost no carbonation as it makes it's way down. Milk chocolate flavors blend well with roasted coffee and sweet caramel. Thick in the begining but washes away rather easily--not a bad thing. Dry finish with a sweet roasty blend of chocolate and coffee in the aftertaste. Hops are noticeable but get drowned out by the intial thickness of the body.
D: Careful with this one...Abv goes completely masked. Extra silky and smooth makes this a wonderful sipping night cap beer. Very glad I got the chance to try this offering.

11-15-2006 03:17:56 | More by bjohnson
Photo of warriorsoul


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to ChuckCook for this well-traveled brew.
Pours a deep, dark black color with a full finger and a half of milk chocolate head...sits on top like a rootbeer float, but fades after a few minutes.
Decent aroma...milk chocolate, vanilla, with a hint of carbonation.
The taste is why I am constantly impressed by these folks...dark chocolate with the perfect amount of sweetness. Has a nice addition of hops, which add some fruitiness I really dig...thick mouthfeel with a very well hidden 9%. The sweetness fades midway thru and finishes quite dry.
Goes down very easy, but more of a dessert beer for me...a couple of these and I'd be well on my way.
Definitely my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit, but a great beer among many others they produce.

11-14-2006 01:10:51 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of hoppymeal


4.05/5  rDev -1%

Pours inky black with a small caramel colored head. Roasted malts mix with a nice boozy bourbon aroma, a rich sweet cola-y matiness also mixes nicely in the aroma. Roasted malts hit up front in the taste and then drop to the background as the sweet malts come forward. There is a nice tanginess in the finish that blends well with the strong sweetness. Medium to heavy in body, fairly thick with a tingle on the tongue and throat from the carbonation, finishes with a light dryness. Very good beer, the sweetness was somewhat cloying at times and strong for me, I'd like to see if a little age might thin that out. Nice aroma and excellent mouthfeel.

11-07-2006 03:00:55 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of unclederby


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

What an odd name for a brewery: whether you call it THE Duck-Rabbit or just Duck-Rabbit, it's nonetheless odd. But this reviews all about the beer and not the name, so i'll get to it:

The pour is pitch black and seems thick and creamy out of the bottle. A frothy, mocha-colored, one-finger head caps it off... but it's stay is short-lived. Very little lacing as i drink down.

Smell is of espresso, cocoa, molasses and vanilla with some underlying estery qualities.

Taste is big on coffee, like mocha java blended with french roast with the heavy addition of cream. There are also notes of dark chocolate and raisin compote. The finish is semi-sweet and long-lasting; alcohol becomes apparent only after repeated sippings. This ale is a bit rich, but that's a good thing here.

Mouthfeel is full - bigger than some imperial stouts i've tried - and leaves nothing to be desired. Creamy, viscous and silky all at the same time. Hell yeah.

I like this beer, i like it a lot... that being said two of these is probably my limit given this ales richness and its high abv. Two before bedtime would be just perfect.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for giving me the oppurtunity to sample this... great beer.

10-31-2006 07:33:48 | More by unclederby
Photo of Umbra


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Presented in a 12oz. brown bottle. Purchased from Sam's Blue Light in Durham. Strange duck/rabbit logo on the label, like some hand puppet someone would cast on a wall. Best by July 2005 clearly marked on the side.
Appearance - Dark roasted coffee brown with auburn highlights when placed up at the light. Initially receives a nice tan head that quickly reduced, no lacing and very limited carbonation.
Smell - Very nice smell of chocolate and coffee
Taste - Chocolate coffee with a slight bitterness in the middle and finish. Bitterness definitely came from the malts, little to no hops, but tasty.
Mouthfeel - Okay body, a bit thin, but nice.
Drinkability - I could have another.

10-30-2006 18:16:33 | More by Umbra
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a very dark brown--almost midnight-- in color. Thickish brown head that essentially receded to just ring the edges of the glass and a few dots in the middle of the glass. A few carbonation streamers running to the top. Nose is bitter with dark roasted coffee and sweet with malted chocolate.

Flavor is strong but not overpowering. Actually fairly mellow for the style but still keeps the boldness necessary for a baltic porter. A fair amount of bitterness both in the flavor and the feel from the coffee tones. Hopes come through as a slight evergreen. Also picking out some dark chocoalte and overly ripe cherries (covered in chocolate, of course). Full bosy that really holds itself up throughout each pint. A dangerously drinkable beer.

10-21-2006 19:24:38 | More by MuddyFeet
Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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