The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
American Porter
Ranked #403
Ranked #23,452
3.74 | pDev: 12.03%
Nov 04, 2021
Sep 05, 2004
Notes: The Duck-Rabbit Porter is very dark in color. This robust ale features a pronounced flavor of roasted grains reminiscent of dark chocolate. Also, we add oats to the grist for a round, silky mouthfeel. The malt is well balanced with hops to make this a fantastic choice for fans of traditional, robust, full-flavored beers. We're confident that you'll love this yummy porter!
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The result of a pull on a tap handle, with a clear pint glass beneath, there's now a very dark brown liquid inside. The head is a good one, biege, tight and enduring. There will always be something endearing about the looks of a stout/porter. There's no great pronouncement to the aroma, but what is there is one of mildly roasted malt. The typical review of hints of chocolate and coffee probably applies. The taste is fine, if not spectacular. It's best attribute is that it's dry, not sweet the way some porters may go. A little light in body for the style, but if that's the trade-off for the dryness, it's a good one. There's some pretty glass lacing, too. Overall, this is a well above average porter.
Nov 04, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Mar 28, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Feb 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Rschis16 from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Deep brown in color, nearly black be and a thin cappuccino colored head on top. Roasted malts and dark chocolate nibs on the nose, sweet bready notes under that. Roasted malts and some faint hints of unsweetened chocolate in the flavor. Just a hint at a strong coffee flavor in the back end. Bitterness from a piney hop lingers in the aftertaste as well. A little thin for the style, a touch more body would give this a little more character. That said, this is very drinkable and fairly enjoyable.
Nov 29, 2020
Rated: 3.88 by travelguy from Ohio

Nov 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Classic dark appearance, moderate lacing in pilsner glass. Aroma not my fortay, but seemed a bit shallow, leaning away from "roasty". Taste followed aroma, pleasant, mild. $9.99 + tax 6 pk. Good overall, about a middle of the pack porter. Cheers!
Oct 24, 2019
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle served in a nonic glass. Best before 12/2019.

Appearance: Very dark brown, approaching black. Some cola brown and ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Dense but thin tan head with some thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Woody/smoky, some metallic and molasses notes.

Taste: Tastes a lot like it smells, with roasted malt combined with some charred flavors, a bit of molasses, and a finish that is lightly sour/metallic/bitter all at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, sticky on the teeth, a bit astringent when cold, but mellows out a bit as it warms up and some of the carbonation dissipates.

Overall / Drinkability: This is one of those beers that needs to warm up quite a bit to even out. The metallic notes and sour/astringent nature is not so enjoyable when the beer is cold, but as the carbonation dissipates a bit and it warms up, the beer isn't quite as acidic and it becomes a charred malt forward porter, which works in its own way for the style. I can only have one per evening, but it paired well with food (meatballs and mashed potatoes) and would be something to enjoy again when fully warmed up.
Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 3.78 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Feb 11, 2019
Rated: 3.72 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

Dec 27, 2018
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Not my fav porter, but thin in fav for me.
Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Decent porter. I'd heard great things about duck rabbit & was expecting an amazing beer. It was a good porter but not not as exceptional as I expected.
Oct 22, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear dark, dark brown pour... nearly black. Thin tannish head falls fast. Modest lacing.

S: Sweet and roasty... toasted sugars and light cocoa.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet and grainy up front. Good roast character... notes of coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied... lighter than expected and smooth. Hopping for bitterness/balance. Well carbonated. The finish is more bittersweet roast.

O: A decent porter and spot-on for the style. Sweet and roasty... good flavor, and pretty much what I was expecting.
Jul 02, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by Gsquared12 from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by cyber_phoenix from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by MMOSNN from North Carolina

Nov 10, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by mltobin from Connecticut

Sep 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a jet black color with an off white one finger head that ended up having a light speckled lacing. The smell had a nice blend of roasty sweet coffee beans and chocolate malts. The taste followed the nose. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was fairly tame which made it really easy to put it down the ol’ hatch. Overall, this was a pretty good Porter to have again if I could get it.
Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Dec 06, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by oline73 from Maryland

Nov 30, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by allenson21 from New York

Sep 04, 2016
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Finally I gots my hands on a Duck Rabbit, the first one I try is their Porter - a long wait for a good beer.

Another beautifully black look, though with little head or lacing. The odor put out by this porter is classic - coffee notes and some chocolate. The beer was well carbonated, not as high as others. The taste was not necessarily memorable, but it was bold and "porter" all the way. I am looking forward to tasting what their other offerings will be like.
Aug 08, 2016
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Reviewed by tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
BBD not notched. Pours black. Below normal head volume, very poor lacing and poor retention of what little head there was.

Very good nose of dark chocolate, light roast, caramel notes and light molasses.

Slightly above light body, but not heavy light. The texture is smooth. World class carbonation / body balance. Effervescence begins with a nice mid palate burst and culminates in a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is good, but lacks the complexity to achieve very good. It begins with light roast then adds a bit of char. The middle has almost no bitterness. What there is char based. Just enough sweetness arrives to make the bitter chocolate noticeable. The finish is a slow fade of light bitter chocolate and char.
Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by Dayvcrocket from Florida

May 13, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by Budlum from Maryland

Apr 20, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by ZombiesAteMyDog from Indiana

Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 3 by dankjohn from Georgia

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jan 22, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Zylod from West Virginia

Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Oct 19, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2015
Rated: 3.09 by LeeEvolved from Virginia

Sep 22, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by 13tido from North Carolina

Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 3.51 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Jul 05, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by bcsbeer from Florida

Jul 02, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by George1005 from Connecticut

May 27, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by spw109 from New York

May 19, 2015
Rated: 4 by AngusOg from North Carolina

May 14, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by Chris-1911 from Illinois

May 13, 2015
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