The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Porter - American
Ranked #827
Ranked #34,087
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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Reviews by cfinch2:
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cfinch2 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dec 16, 2012
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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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chris1919 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Oct 07, 2012
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MCDub from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.2%

May 10, 2013
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from WeisGuy, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, creamy milk chocolate, dark malt and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is creamy and malty with strong flavors black coffee & chocolate up front. There is a mild but complimentary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to sit down and knock a few back when you're in the mood for a good Porter.

Jan 28, 2008
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This porter is pretty standard when it comes to the style. There isn't a whole lot of special stuff happening here. The beer pours out as a dark brown, nearly black with a tan colored head on it. The aromas are mostly roasted malts with just a hint of hops. The beer tasted like roasted malts and just that pretty much. I honestly couldn't come up with too much about this beer. The flavors were a little boring in my opinion. The mouthfeel was decent.

Apr 16, 2011
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shivtim from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it a duck or a rabbit? Neither, it's a porter.
Looks like cola, dark, translucent and brown. Has a few bubbles and a huge frothy tan head that really sticks around. Nose is sweet roasted malts, and slight alcohol on warming. Taste is tangy burnt malts and oily chocolate. Bits of hops filter their way through the heavily roasted malts, giving a tiny touch of an almost grapefruit flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent. Drinkability is good. Nice brew.

Oct 23, 2007
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NCLorax from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dec 05, 2011
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mryoshi33 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Oct 16, 2012
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ALLISON01 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Nov 26, 2011
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wagenvolks from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pour produces a dark-brown bistre body below a dark tan, 2" thick head. Retention is impressive, despite the lackluste lacing. By the way, to the reviewer below me, "Garnet" is a deep red wine color, as seen in the mineral. Aroma hits the nostrils with roasted chocolate coffee grinds and a flowery touch characteristic of the "Duck Rabbit" malts. It's enjoyable, yet muted compared to some of their other brews (btw, this is the last on the DR list that I've reviewed).

Taste is a decent, standard porter flavor with notes of coffee, chocolate, carmel, and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is nothing special, it's semi-thick to medium with a low carbonation level and a chocolatey finish. This is definatley a drinkable beer, but not one of Duck Rabbit's better year-round beers. Go with their Brown Ale if you'e faced with a buying decision.

Oct 06, 2007
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Aug 31, 2013
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objectivemonkey from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque brown with a sizable tan head to start, shrinking slowly to a thin film, pretty good lacing along the glass. The aroma is bittersweet, mocha chocolate coffee, pretty nice. The taste follows the same lines, with a smooth velvety body to match the character. Chocolate, mocha, coffee, a bit of bitterness, all pretty nice, thought the end seems a bit thin, but not lacking for taste. In all, a pretty nice porter.

Nov 08, 2007
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Bendurgin from Maine

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Brent. Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown with two fingers of light khaki colored head. Nice retention with some spotty lace.

A bit of an acidic coffee aroma with hints of cocoa and some toffee sweetness in the background. Good roasted malt aroma here with some char. Bready yeast flavor; kind of like a dark German bread. with some toffee sweetness in the finish. Hints of bitter acidic coffee with an artificial chocolate flavor rounding it out.

The body is a bit on the lighter side with some soft carbonation. Overall not a bad brew, but not worth seeking out in my opinion. I'm sure there is something local for anyone that would do the trick.

Nov 26, 2011
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +33%

Nov 22, 2011
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HRamz3 from Pitcairn

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Oct 14, 2013
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jak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dec 11, 2011
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CooperEllis from New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into american pint, from Al's of Hampden which I still haven't gotten around to reviewing, so instead more free advertising for Al!

Pour is deep brown, with tan carbonation running up to fill in the top 1/2" with carmel foam. Very little lacing, tight tight bubbles around half the glass.

Honey, cocoa, carmel and malt in the smell. That all sort of mingles to smell like carnival cotton candy/candied nuts, but in a nice way.

A little bit of hoppyness at the end or with a bit of chewing. Otherwise this is all on the 'darker' end of the spectrum. A little roasty, a little malty, and a flavor that reminds me of eating carob coated raisins from my macrobiotic teachers snacktime. So, oddly nostalgic. No taste of booze, but it is there on the exhale.

This is a little watery - for a porter.

I orgininally scored this a 4 for drinkability. I'm not arguing with the rating system but man, how day-to-day is a 'drinkability' category? I'm leaving it a 4 despite the fact that I think I might well pass this over for other porters at a later date.


Dec 16, 2010
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carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a coffee black color with a 1 finger creamy tan head. Almost no lacing at all.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roasted malt and a light hint of coffee.

Taste: Caramel malt up front followed by espresso and dark chocolate in the middle and ending with toasted bread at the finish. Aftertaste is roasted malt and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few without much trouble on a cool evening.

Overall: Good porter overall. Another solid offering from The Duck-Rabbit.

Oct 24, 2010
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

May 08, 2012
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thegodfather2701 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark with auburn hues. It has a nice mocha colored head.

S-Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.

T-Very much like the nose as coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt dominate the flavor profile. It seemed to have more hops than I expected for some reason.

M-Nicely carbonated.

D-Definitely sessionable.

Overall, this beer didn't really floor me or anything, but its just a solid American Porter.

Jan 16, 2011
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doucmehu from Oregon

2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received as extra in trade with Jpvw.

A: Poured into a long-stemmed tulip, very feminine. Some light penetrates through the pour, in the glass it's nearly black with light peaking through on the edges. Head is big and bubbly, this looks and sounds like a cola. Does not look like a nice Porter.

S: Smells good, though quite mild. Some roasted and smoked malt, bitterness. Smells like it could be more like a baltic porter.

T: Smoky ashtray flavors are most prevalent, followed by a hint of chocolate roasted malt. Significant bitterness is excessive for this style. Aftertaste is quite smoky, and not really in a good way.

M: Very thin and watery for the style with prickly carbonation. Lacking body and silkiness that defines a good porter.

O: This is a poor example of an American porter in my opinion. There is too much smoke, not enough smoothness or body, and drinkability is average at best. For a "dark beer specialist", I am surprised Duck Rabbit would sell this.

Jan 22, 2012
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Dec 15, 2013
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mdaschaf from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black, with a small tan head on top that fades quickly. Some thin lacing forms on the glass.

S: Some lightly roasted coffee, cream, chocolate, and a little bit of hops.

T: Similar to the aroma with a little bit of coffee and chocolate with a heavier cream component. There is a hint of smoke on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and rather creamy.

O: A solid porter. The flavors are good, but I wish they were slightly bolder.

Oct 02, 2011
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is just right, maybe a shade too dark for porter but nice dark brown with amber hues, tan head that presents well and clings.

Smell is mild roasted and light caramel malt, hints of coffee, chocolate, but very feint.

Taste is sweeter than expected, chocolate and coffee flavors with solid roasted malt, hint caramel and decent bitterness. Something is just a touch off for me on a porter, a touch sweet or something. Still very tasty, just not my ideal porter.

Mouthfeel is a touch sweet and cloying for a porter, one of the drawbacks on this brew.

Overall, a good beer, not my type of porter, maybe a sweet porter or chocalate porter type of beer.

Oct 07, 2011
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