Black Duck Porter
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #17
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,468
Avg:
4 | pDev: 10.5%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
265
From:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  13
Gots
  63
SCORE
89
Very Good
Black Duck PorterBlack Duck Porter
Notes: A black ale that puts the flavor of the malt front and center. It has a mild hop character that balances strong notes of cocoa and hints of coffee. A full-bodied roasty treat that finishes dry. Pairs well with chocolate, BBQ, as well as fresh shellfish.
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Nose is roasted malt, smoke, black coffee and dark chocolate. Great balance of flavors. Beer opens black coffee, roasted malt, and bitter dark chocolate. More smoke and some liquorice in the middle with a coffee tartness and smoke at the finish. A very solid representation of the style. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate and goes down accented with a rather clean aftertaste. I wish this was a touch more rich.

I'm overall pretty impressed by this beer. Just a really good representation of what a porter should be.

Sep 25, 2020
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johnreggie from New York

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a finger of coffee color lacing that sticks around nicely. Taste is of coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, some smoke. Mouthfeel is pleasant, slightly thin for the style. Very slight hop finish, but strong rich malt throughout. Long time enjoyable standard from this Noth Fork Long Island NY brewer.

Feb 29, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-ebony bottle pour with a thin foam cap and an aroma of toasted malt, a bit bitter. The flavor is very good, charred chocolate malt, espresso and a bit of woody hop. The finish is clean and flavor persists.

Jul 04, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Porter. Pours jet black. Good tan head.not sweet and just right for a summer drink on the roof deck. Some malt and some chocolate. Very tasty beer.

Jun 07, 2019
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John_C94 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown/black, minimal head ,Initial nose of fruity character, ideal amount of carbonation for the style, taste is of mild chocolate and with a malty finish that dosnt linger for too long. A good sessionable porter.

Feb 26, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very good, beige, tight-bubbled head. It never fades entirely. Some streaks on the glass. The liquid is dark brown where light doesn't pass.

Chalky, powdered cocoa nose. Semisweet.

Dry, nearly dark chocolate up front taste. A bit chalky. Enough hop bitterness to add complexity. Neutral body and elevated carbonation. Relatively short aftertaste. Overall, a middle-of-the-road Porter.

Nov 11, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a well retained two inch tan head that left some streaks of lacing. Smells and tastes of dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, slight nuttiness and some mild bitterness in the taste. Full bodied for the style, light to moderate bitterness, creamy mouth feel.

Aug 16, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Nearly pitch black with a hint of ruby red at the bottom of the glass. Small floaties near the bottom. A small tan head with medium retention. A thin film remains, leaving streaky lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, brownies, fudge, soy sauce, vanilla, cocoa, raisin.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa, and then sweet brownies/fudge upfront. Some soy sauce and burnt sugar in the middle, with a hardy pumpernickel bread backbone. Trails off into a moderate bitterness of cocoa powder and black coffee.

F: Creamy and well-rounded upfront, moderately carbonated, trailing off to a thinner finish, but still a big mouthfeel for 4.7%

O: A really good porter with the trappings of an imperial stout. Very well done.

Jul 02, 2018
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Mr-Beer from New York

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the taste of this wonderful beer is slightly nutty and dark chocolatey It's smooth easy to drink. A pretty close comparison in my opinion to a Guinness. If not better.

May 18, 2018
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mikeinportc from New York

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, almost black, with thin, light tan head .

Aroma : lightly nutty roasted malt, with hints of cocoa and coffee.

Taste : follows aroma , with flavors of black coffee, bitter chocolate, charred wood, and barely-sweet, nutty, malt. Finishes with a moderate,pleasant bitterness.

Feel : on the medium side of thin, finishing with moderate carbonation tingle.

Overall : Looks like a porter, smells like a porter, tastes like a porter. As someone else said, the sum is greater than the parts. Quite good, and don't imagine that I could ever get tired of it. Highly recommend it.

Dec 18, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a black color with a creamy colored thin foamy head that died off at a decent pace. Semi-foamy thin lace. The aroma took in portions of milk and dark chocolate over some subtle vanilla notes and then graces the underneath with a light roasty, some char and coffee beans. The flavor slightly brings together the previously mentioned aromas to blend decently between the roast and the sweet. Crisp sweet roasted aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderately carbonated, subtle roasty nuances slide over my tongue nicely in a nice semi-smooth wet sort of way. Overall, nicely done porter somewhat leaning to the English side. I could come back to this.

Sep 07, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decanted from a tap into a tulip glass at brewery.
A: Dark mahogany to black with a quarter inch tan head. Little lacing or legs.
S: Aroma roasty , almost burnt black coffee more than unsweetened chocolate.
T: Black coffee that has burned in the pot, light pepperiness for bittering. Little aftertaste.
M: Light bodied, light carbonation.
O: Burnt flavor detracts from the sweetness that would characterize this style. Bitterness seems as much from burnt malt as from hops. Drinkable without being something I would return to.

Jul 06, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As good a session black as Baba. This is real porter. Bodega in Park Slope by the bottle.

A: Dark brown body with one finger tan head that sports retention and plenty of lace.

S: Sturdy roasted malt, cocoa, dankness, grass, and smoke.

T: Follows the aroma, roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, and dark chocolate. Surprising abundance of flavor (4) and fine bitterness at the finish.

M: Medium bodied with bitter and dry finish.

O: Great craft. This could be a regular in my fridge. Sum greater than it's parts, scores high for being session beer.

Apr 19, 2017
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours almost black with an ample tan head of dense bubbles that ever so slowly falls. The beautiful foam cap falls to chunky rafts that eventually drops to about an 1/8 inch layer. It really hangs in there nicely. This beer is also extremely clear - beautiful in the glass.

The aroma is rich with chocolate, coffee, and I swear I smell some marshmallow sweetness and vanilla. A little caramel, maybe just a little on the overcooked side. Not super intense, but a very pleasant and nicely rounded aroma.

Based on the aroma, I expected a bit of a jumble in the flavor department, but the taste is very tight and concise. There's "just enough" of what the aromas reveal. The sweetness is just a whisper and that highlights the darker notes of the coffee and chocolate. Just enough bitterness on the end to do the reset.

Clean feel with maybe a touch of chalkiness on the finish, but quite light and not overly carbonated. Mellow on the tongue. A refreshing porter? Yeah - I'm OK with it being a bit light on the body.

Overall, a clean, well-crafted beer that is a good representation of the style even though it is a touch on the thin side. Recommended.

Nov 29, 2016
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for a session porter. Pours grainy and speckled, dark brown with slim tan head. Smells of toasted malts an a bit of metal perhaps some prune. Taste is porterriffic Andy texture is medium-medium light. Slick sweet finish.

Nov 04, 2016
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What an excellent representation of the style. A jet black pour with Ringes of red around the edges and a 2-finger tan head, I'm waiting for the malt onslaught.

And I'm impressed as the aroma and taste carry huge amounts of cocoa and coffee. How the brewery gets all this flavor into a 4.7% ABV beer is beyond me, but I'm thankful they did.

Oct 24, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: [3.50] The beer is dark brown with red tinges when held to the light. It forms a really satisfying 2 finger tan head. The head is dense and looks like you could set the cap on there without it sinking. Unfortunately the bottle has no ABV listed and their is some date code that I can't translate.

S: [3.75] Toasted marshmallows, cherry cough syrup and some vanilla.

T: [4.25] Nice roasted notes up front then bittersweet chocolate and some vanilla.

M: [4.25] This has a great feel for a 4.7% beer (I had to look it up). Smooth and creamy. There is a bit of chalkiness on the finish - but it is not out of place. It is the same feeling that you get from bittersweet chocolate.

O: [4.00] The bottle says something about being sessionable - I totally agree. This packs a lot of flavor into a 4.7% package. I would definitely drink this again. I am going to seek out more of their beers.

May 17, 2016
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jrschaef from New York

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of 12 average oz. bottle. Decent pour with an average look and smell. Tasted a lot better than I thought it would. Very drinkable and a quite decent porter vs. some of the more expensive ones. Definitely worth picking up.

Feb 17, 2016
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black Duck isn't quite black all the way through; proper backlighting reveals this sooty, dark beer to have some clarity after all and, wouldn't you know it, even a little cassis-like colour in the form of highlights. Regardless, it looks as it should for a porter, especially with that appropriately foamy, grey-tinted head.

Once you lend the beer your nose don't expect it back. As long as there's liquid in the glass Black Duck owns both nostrils as well as your entire attention. The roasty, mocha-like maltiness is topped with evergreen needles - is it Christmas already? This porter has the fragrance of a balsam fir.

Hops can deceivingly pass for so many other things - in this case it's not tropical fruit or green tea but instead great big northern climate trees: spruce, pine, cedar, oak. It has not just the outdoors-y forest character of the foliage but the dry woodiness of the bark as well as the resinous nectar qualities as well.

Even the faint smokiness seems loosely reminiscent of a campfire or barbecue wood chips (think alder or hickory). The combination of these features, along with a considerably light body, makes this American Porter taste like a borderline Black IPA (impressive considering this bottle isn't exactly fresh).

All this talk about hops isn't to say there's no maltiness; conventional tastes of coffee or dark chocolate can certainly be appreciated. But given it's 4.7% at fighting weight don't expect a heavy-pounding porter. This has bold New World character but is Old World in terms of being approachable and sessionable.

There's also a little dark rum-like sweetness and spice, perhaps an ode to the rum running boat after Black Duck named. Mixing it with cola and bitters is doing the beer a disservice but probably makes a decent cocktail. However you wish to enjoy this beer I'm confident you'll do just that. It's real good stuff.

Nov 11, 2015
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datalager from Connecticut

2.82/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I'm drinking a different beer??? Not sure how this rates so highly. My best guess is one of two things: either my olfactory glands are missing something, or they brewed my particular batch with bad water. This is more like a sour. I mean, REALLY sour! So bad I'm not sure how to pass on the rest of the beers in my six pack. I tried the first one cold, and it tasted like an unsweetened, fermented cranberry juice. I gave a day of rest and picked up another bottle at room temp to give myself a fair change of scenery...nope, still a really bad taste, like the bitter you get at the back of your tongue after vomiting. On a positive note it is a beautiful browned head upon pour, and smell has a hint of coffee like malt. I hope my batch is bad, because of my tastebuds are this far off from the average reviewer I wonder how many other beers I'm tasting "incorrectly".

Oct 27, 2015
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Fools Gold in New York, NY.

Dark brown, almost black color with a creamy tan head. Roasted malt aroma with milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. Great flavor with big roasted malt overtones and some earthy hops to balance things out. Medium-full body and smooth with a dry finish. Really a quite enjoyable porter.

Oct 14, 2015
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CHickman from New York

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown which almost looks black except at the edge of the pint glass where light hits the brew and gives a reddish mahogany brown color; nice 1-2 finger creamy/foamy tan head that had a lot of bubbles in it and faded slowly and left decent lacing.

Smells of dark fruit, syrup, earthy notes, oats, lightly roasted malts, piney hops, herbs, rye bread, yeast and a sweetness like brown sugar or cocoa powder. The fruity notes were the most surprising part and a very nice change of pace; it's almost like a lingering floral hop sweetness hangs around for nice balance.

Tastes like it smells with dark fruit, syrup, lightly roasted malts, cocoa powder, earthy notes, oats, cold coffee, piney hops, herbs, rye bread, chocolate malt, chalky yeast and a sugary sweetness. The bitterness is mild, but just enough to snap the sweetness and get back towards the porter basics. The hoppy sweetness makes it sessionable.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with mild carbonation, a light body and a slightly bitter finish. It flows down with ease as the hop sweetness brings out nice fruit to balance the malts and mask the low ABV.

Not a traditional malt bomb with a ton of roasted malt flavors, but I've always found this beer very enjoyable and easy to drink. It's a great year round option.

Sep 04, 2015
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KWolf from New York

4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally clean and drinkable session Porter. Nice and malty in all the right places. Super fine and thick Lacey tan head yields to a smoother than silk coffee and dark chocolate finish.
Very well done.

Aug 23, 2015
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Off aromas with mollasses. Somewhat thin porter. Good looking retained head. Bitterness in finish and malt.Thx americo.Its quaffable ("quakable") beer.

Aug 17, 2015
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Kendo from New York

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black, with a small tannish/light-brown head on top that settles quickly to a thin film. Some rings of lace

S: Nice nose - chocolate and coffee and roasted barley and maybe even molasses. Good porter scents, and a strong nose at that.

T: On that first sip, the first impression is more about the feel than the taste - it's a bit thin. Flavors include roasted barley, some generic fruity-ness and a touch of char. Good for a porter, but the taste doesn't live up to the nose. Finishes a bit sweet.

M: As noted above, a bit thin and watery in feel, makes the body seem light overall. Carbonation is a bit too active as well.

O: Started out well, with a nice look and good porter nose, but loses steam in the taste and mouthfeel.

Aug 15, 2015
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