Black Duck Porter | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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88
very good
222 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
New York, United States
harborbrewing.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by bonbright7 on 08-24-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
222
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of eddiefl
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cheney6234
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattGrimley
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrschaef
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of westyrun
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jborg
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of therubicon
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grue_soda
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of thegerm87
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FBGordon
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CaptainHate
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Earlyedison
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mgm54
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MispeledStalion
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of datalager
2.82/5  rDev -28.8%
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".

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Photo of paulytasker
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NorseKaiser
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jacobob10
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Risenhower
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Duck Porter from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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