The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Porter - American
Ranked #834
Ranked #33,558
3.76 | pDev: 11.97%
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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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Rschis16 from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -8%
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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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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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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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark mahogany color with a huge reddish brown head. Delicious toasty malt aroma, with some dark fruits, chocolate and a little coffee in the background. Smooth, nutty taste that complements the smell, but less pronounced, with just a little warming alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking. If I ever want a session porter, this is it. Good stuff.

Jan 16, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark, almost opaque, but not quite, black color with a TON of caramel-colored head that slowly dissolved into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, at least compared to the Duck-Rabbit’s Milk Stout, but I do get a few faint notes of roasted malt, brown sugar and a little molasses.

Taste: Much more flavor than aroma. Nice notes of roasted malt and freshly baked dark bread, followed by some coffee, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, some slight dark chocolate-like bitterness and finally, some subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, but smooth, especially for a porter, as there’s practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good porter. It has some nice flavors of roasted malt, coffee and some caramel-like sweetness that I enjoyed. Definitely worth a try for porter fans.

Jan 14, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small starting head that settles to rim bubbles. There's decent streaky ring lace on the glass. The color is near black where no light shines through the edge.

Toasted dark bread and some nuttiness to the aroma.

The flavor features a stronger burnt element to the tongue. Comes across as chewy. Warm aftertaste of burnt bread, roasted nuts and unsweetened chocolate.

Oct 20, 2014
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hophugger from Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep brown with no light coming through. Head is tan, large and in charge with decent lacing. Aroma is light, with chocolate and creamed coffee. Taste is similar, but I am getting a metallic character that ruins the whole beer for me. The drink by date is 11/14(one month away) but not that great with its odd metallic taste. This beer has been sitting on a room temperature shelf for awhile in the store I am sure and do not know if that has something to with it. Little disappointed with this brew. After I left this review, I looked a t several others and I see a lot of people reporting this same metallic, tinny taste. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Oct 08, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Charleston Beer Exchange

Duck Rabbit's porter is black and easy to froth. No light comes through but the body didn't dump heavy enough to show much weight. The foam bubbled up quickly to a couple fingers in height. A tiny, microbubbled head that becomes ultra creamy, ultra fast. Sheet lacing is left behind in layers.

The nose is light, as in not rich or dense, but it has those qualities that huge stouts possess. Dark berries, blackberry and blue, a few underripe adding a slight vegetal note. Soft coffee with a sweetener added and a moderate roast. Deep pulls bring along some black licorice and a touch of alcohol. Unique.

Coffee and cream is first on the palate, a little bigger and bolder than the nose suggested. Macerated berries show themselves mid palate, some underripe, green berries, found their way into the bunch. A touch of anise again on the backend before coffee and cream take over on the swallow. The flavors are there but a little soft.

The body is moderate in weight, perhaps a touch lighter even. Carbonation is spritzy and tingles the tongue on its way through. A touch of roast bitterness gets left behind after each swallow. The lighter body and softer flavor profile make for an immensely easy drinker.

This isn't one of the best porters I have ever had but there are some unique touches and it's damn drinkable. The balance is spot on. I would pick this up occasionally if available in my area, unfortunately it is not.

Aug 23, 2014
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cottonkoozie from North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a small brown creamy head that dissipates quickly. Almost black with brownish hues around the edge of the glass.

S - chocolate and caramel malts dominate. Nicely roasted aromas.

T - Nice roasted flavor but not enough complexity for me. Needs something. Finishes with a metallic taste.

M - A little watery.

O - Disappointing, I was hoping for more from this being an NC brew. I'll stick with the milk stout.

Feb 04, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish black pour with a tan sudsy cap. Chocolate, espresso, and lighter malts in smell and taste, some hints of caramel emerges as it warms. Overall very light handed, even for style. Feel is malty, slightly earthy, and again somewhat watery as it warms.

Jan 19, 2014
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: tall 1" tan head, slowly collapsing, some scattered lace.... dark, coffee-brown hue

S: raisin, licorice, some mellow roasted barley and milky malt.... vague grape-like alcohol (as in the smell of alcohol coming off red wine or grappa)

T: immediate coffee-like roast and bitterness, with some milk chocolate trailing, cookie-like doughy malt flavor, shifting sharply through the finish to a vibrant herbal hop(?) bitterness with mild citrus-like acidity and a green onion-type sharpness (not at all off-putting, just power-packed)... the aggressive bitterness may, in part, be supplemented by judicious use of patent malt, who knows?.... dark, bitter cocoa long-lasting in the aftertaste

M: fullish up front and through the middle - flows back with a milky viscosity.... ultimately fairly dry with a slight residual worty film left in every nook in the mouth.... hearty and fulfilling

O: perhaps close to what the old English porters tasted like? - just my imagination.... this is an American porter through and through - similar to an Ed Fitz, etc, just a touch more oily.... I could do with another

Jan 10, 2014
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Chestnut brown with dark auburn highlights upon the bottles exit sits a dense black in the vessel with a glass consuming head that dominated the volume with a stubborn rate of retention. The head had a corkboard brownish tint, with a rocky and porous texture to it, providing a generous amount of lace coverage. The head built up almost instaneously even with the gentlest of pours.

S: For aroma there was freshly opened dark roast coffee, with dry chocolate powder and dark fruit of prunes. Light edges of burnt toast with an overall nice delivery, good strength for a porter.

T: Flavor of dark fruit, the plums clearly show with edges of fresh roast coffee. Sweetly bitter, raisins with burnt cake breadiness that was lightly dry with an earthy campfire minearlity leave.

M: The mouthful was frothy, roasty, lightly bitter and dry, perfect substance wise with a nice feel and slight milky creaminess.

O: Overall was extremely smooth, roasty and fresh and flavorful for a porter bordering on stout character. Feels sessionable the silky way it just slides down even at its current abv% of 5.7%. Refined, polished around the edges show a gentle refined craftsmenship providing for an very smooth drinking experience.

May 29, 2013
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Duck Rabbit Porter pours black into the glass with a small creamy head. The foam leaves a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of chocolate, dark fruits, roast malt and an earthy nuttiness.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is velvety smooth with light carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, chocolate, roast malt, caramel, and an earthy nuttiness. It finishes mildly bitter and grassy. Once gone the roast malt and nuts linger on the palate.

This is a full flavored, easy drinking beer. However, the body seemed a little thin to me.

Apr 07, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew boarding on black. Upon serving there was a small tan colored head floating on the top of the brew. The head faded rather fast to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The brew smells sweet and roasty. The roasted aromas were a nice mix of coffee and chocolate with the sweet being largely of a caramel nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and caramel sweetness. While the nose suggested a chocolate taste somewhere in the taste, there was is only a very little cocoa/chocolate present. While not much cocoa, a coffee flavor does start developing more toward the middle of the taste. As this occurs, the caramel sweetness begins fading some vanilla comes to the tongue and still keeps a nice sweetness to the brew. Also when the coffee comes to the tongue, so too does a light bitterness of some earthy and herbal hop. The hop and coffee when combined with the roasted flavors and the slight lessening of the caramel sweetness leave a nicely roasted and semi-sweet bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the rather average side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. It is a little light in body and a little too high in carbonation for my taste, as both really don’t complement the nice roasted and earthy/herbal hop flavors of the brew very well.

Overall – Besides the just moderate body, it was a quite nice porter. It was sweeter upfront and slightly more bitter at the end with some nice coffee flavors streaked throughout.

Mar 26, 2013
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mattkoon from South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this duck rabbit porter is pretty good. i have to say that i dont typically like porters... i like stouts better b/c there thends to be more on the market that have been jazzed up with spices and chocolate and things of that nature. this is a nice porter however. the taste has a bit of smoke and chocolate. and a nice bitter finish that is far from harsh but gives enough to satisfy.

Mar 17, 2013
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Mojo from Alabama

3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip glass

This beer pours up a deep black with a one finger caramel colored head, no retention, and medium amounts of lacing. The nose is very minimal with some roasted notes. Taste is very sweet and caramel malty followed by a mild roasted coffee finish. Mouthfeel isn't bad, but nothing too great either. Overall, it's okay. I'd drink it again.

Feb 12, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black in color with dark amber highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and coffee - light hints of ash but not enough to take away from the enjoyment of the aroma.

T: Starts out with some moderate flavors of dark roasted malts followed by some light to moderate flavors of semi-sweet dark chocolate and freshly brewed coffee. Light hints of vanilla. Light amounts of sweetness at first and some light to moderate bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: I think this is a very nice example of an American Porter and one that I have enjoyed for several years while living in NC - picked it up over the holidays when visiting family. Definitely one that I could enjoy regularly and wish that it got distributed to where I now live.

Jan 06, 2013
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Ego from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap a few times in my travels in the OBX, enjoyed it then, let's see how it stacks up packed up...

pretty dark but not completely black, one finger of cocoa head on the initial pour that settles down pretty quickly, pretty good lacing, nothing too exciting and nothing out of place here, your average porter

strong molasses with malt heft, roasted notes with an almost burnt tinge under the malt blanket, some milk chocolate, a touch of alcohol and cocoa powder as well, certainly sparks up the senses on this wintery night

taste etc...
the finish is just like the nose.. except weaker (unfortunately), there is a nice ashen flavor that lingers for some time though.
the start ? (why I started with the finish I have no idea...) on the first sip this really seems to light, upon further review it isn't as bad as I thought but does lack some body over all. you get a mild bitterness with coffee tone on the initial tongue blast and that fades into the darker more euro chocolate notes that linger into that ashen glow. The carbonation is really nice and molds well with the brew, the bubbles are not in the way but are there enough to carry the day.

man, this is like a 'just miss' beer, if it was just a little better in certain places it would be killer. it is definitely worth trying if you see it

Dec 30, 2012
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Deathpod from Pennsylvania

1.6/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Probably in the top 3 worst beers I've ever drank. I am a big dark beer fan, and was excited to try something from the self proclaimed "dark beer specialists", but was really let down on this one.

The aroma while so so, appearance was ok, taste was really disappointing. It had metallic tones throughout, very irony taste which turned me off from actually enjoying my beer, which is the point no?

I suppose its possible i got a bad batch or something, because from the reviews seen here and then actually drinking this beer, i am left wondering, what happened?

Will most likely never buy again, first impressions go a long way, just to many offerings out there to try , sorry Duck-Rabbit.

Dec 22, 2012
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fastrodney from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass bottle poured into my trusty Sam glass.

A: Dark as night. Light brown head dissipated quickly.

S: Smell is sweet with a caramel note.

T: Sweet and malty with a touch of hops.

M: Medium carbonation; thin to medium texture.

O: Not a bad porter. Mouthfeel seemed a little off - thin and carbonated. Flavor itself was pleasant with a rich molasses.

Aug 31, 2012
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