Rabbit's Reserve #1: Chocolate Porter
Red Hare Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Porter
Ranked #181
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,966
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 15.8%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
35
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Red Hare Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
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Wants
  2
Gots
  5
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: Rabbit’s Reserve #1 released November 2011 and then again in 2012. A silky porter brewed with dark roasted malts and dark cocoa nibs for a perfect balance of sweet and bitter.

Returning to draught November 7th, 2015!
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 35
Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Atlanta. Revisited in January 2018.

Smooth, medium body with medium carbonation.

Near black body with a bubbly beige head that has poor retention.

Moderate strength but an exceptionally clear chocolate aspect in the finish. Slight sour note.

Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: chocolaty.

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Photo of richj1970
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz crowler into snifter.

A: Dark black with 2-3 finger dense tan head with crazy long retention and leaving lots of lacing.

S: Cocoa powder, vanilla, and light bourbon. Aroma is a little subtle and restrained.

T: Dark cocoa nibs, roasted malts with a touch of vanilla, bourbon, and oak.

M: Medium body with a silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O: Very nice chocolate porter. Easy drinking with an excellent flavor profile.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque, brownish sable with a very thick, fine-bubbled and rather persistent tan head. Aroma has an overtone of semi-sweet chocolate and roast coffee and licorice notes. Scrumptious flavor has chocolate, coffee, nutty and licorice notes and just a hint of - apple? Brandy? Smooth, firm-bodied texture has minimal fizz, but you feel it going all the way down. I hope that Red Hare makes it as an established microbrewery.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a firkin of the Chocolate Porter that had been aged on oak & hickory. On cask at The Freight (Woodstock, GA). Served in a snifter. 

Pours near black with virtually no head, just a tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass that never laced. It may not sound like it, but it looked very inviting. 

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla & wood. There was something else I couldn't quite identify that kind of held the aroma back. 

I've had the base beer at the brewery & enjoyed it but this was so much more. Nice smooth sweet malts, bakers chocolate, vanilla, woodsy goodness. It had one of the best blends of beer & wood aging that I've tried to-date. 

Pleasant, smooth, medium feel. Next to no carbonation but with a good sweet tongue-coating velvety texture. 

Too bad Red Hare is too young to be bottling (or, as is their plans, canning). This stuff is great & needs to be shared. This was a special firkin blend of a one-off seasonal so it'll be a while before I can have it again (IF Roger & Bobby even decide to brew it again). If you like sweet porters & see this at a bar around Atlanta, give it a try. 

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a basic black body with a very slim, beige head, due mainly to the high Taco Mac pour.

Smell: A moderate scent of chocolate on the nose with accompanying underlying dark, sensibly roasty malts. Very low ester profile.

Taste: Chocolate-toned malts, some sweet-tasting crystal malts secondary with a half shot of sweet southern tea. Slight, indistinct berry-esque fruitiness. Low hop character, very low bitterness. Particularly mild grain astringency from the dark malts, it's enough, with the alcohol, to give some counterbalance to the sweetness. Some alcohol encroaching on the chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's pretty decent and a little reassuring, as I'd worry Red Hare would go 0 for 4 with me.

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Rabbit's Reserve #1: Chocolate Porter from Red Hare Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 35 ratings