Porter | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by brentk56 on 09-05-2004

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Photo of Oldmankeebler
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is a great porter. silkie smooth, slightly bitter. Overall an excellent porter.

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of FloppyDog
4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass with a great ring of rocky tan head that will not go away! It sticks to the glass like nobody's business! Amazing! Color is deep inky black...very intriguing.

Aroma is really big. Chocolate malt and toastiness. I am a sucker for huge amounts of chocolate malt in a porter, so I am really excited. No noticeable hop aroma, but I prefer the malty dominance.

Taste is much like the aroma...chocolate malt! Great chocolate...much like the Dead Eye Jack Porter from LoneRider Brewing Company that I am crazy for.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth creaminess (apparently due to the use of oats in the mash). Very enjoyable! Overall one of my favorite porters! Duck-Rabbit does not disappoint. I highly recommend this one.

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4.76/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of JamesS
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a fantastic dark brown, nearly black, with fantastic head and wonderful lacing. Excellent scent, deep and dark, very robust, with coffee aromas and a slight chocolate tinge; great burnt grain scents. Excellent taste, very deep with great burnt grains; no astringency; wonderful coffee undertones that don't take over. Goes down very well. This is a great higher ABV porter.

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Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From tasting notes when I back home in NC mid july

Pours dark mahogany/black with a 2 fingers mocha head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Supper strong choclate malt

T: Choclate, choclate & then toasted grains up front. Malt & fruittyness follow. Finishes fruitty & dry

MF: Rich & silky, great carbonation

Drinks too easy; a super porter

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Fairly dark brown in color with dark amber highlights. About a finger thick head that sticks around for a few minutes, not too long, just enough. After the head settles a bit it leaves a ring around the edges. There's some lacing, but pretty standard. Overall a good looking porter, status qua, doesn't really beat around the bush, sticks with what works.

The smell is quite good. Pretty bold aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and some caramel. Truly meets any malt lovers requirements. While maintaining all of this there is a slight hop presence that presents itself at the end. Very good smelling porter, it's bold without crossing the robust zone of porters.

The taste is really good too, about as good as the smell but not quite. Very sweet while maintaining a slight bitter bit at the end. Semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, dark coffee, and some vanilla. After the sweet flavors hit your tongue there's citrus hoppyness that finishes the balance smoothly. This is one really darn tasty porter. I love it!

Mouthfeel is good, strangely complex. Initially seems pretty light bodied, and it's probably lighter bodied than many porters I've had in the past, but still more medium bodied. Good carbonation level and reasonably smooth. This beer is crazy drinkable, I like porters as more of a cooler/colder weather beer but I could easily drink this in the summertime. Overall this is one really darn good porter. Another grand slam by Duck-Rabbit in my humble opinion. On of my new favorite porters!

*Edited on 10-29-2011*

Cellared oddly well. Taste picks up tones of licorice and molasses in the flavor profile now, certainly one of the best tasting porters I can think of.

*Edited again on 5-11-2012*

Still cellared awesome!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with mahogany hues, a nice creamy brown head, and decent lace rings. Roasty, coffee, and chocolate aromas. Similar robust flavors; maybe a bit tin-ish for some reason. Medium-light bodied with a nice dry roasty and chocolate finish.

Very nice Porter -- right up there with the D-R Brown Ale which is very Porter-like in it's own right.

Per D-R website: brewed with oats

Enjoy By: 11/06 (notched)
Tasted: 12/28/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of cgdogg
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally bought a six pack a couple of months ago, was impressed with the depth of flavor from a domestic, went ahead and bought a keg last week, and it blew me away, the chocolate and smoothness with hardly any after tase. It poured rick and dark, there is a strong alcohol smell at first, but soon the complexity took over and it became moot.

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Photo of Kinanik
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The other Duck-Rabbit beers have almost no head, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a two-finger, creamy head last quite a while on this. Very dark, almost like a root-beer.

Smell - Sweet and Malty.

Taste - Dark Chocolate lingers. Sweet to mildly roasted-bitter throughout, sweeter than some porters.

Feel - Fairly carbonated, but not enough to interfere with the taste or the feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, not too carbonated, and the only downside is a little bit of lingering dryness. Probably just light enough for a good night of drinking, but heavy enough to feel like a true porter.

Probably my second favorite porter, to the Black Butte Porter from Deschutes.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is no light getting through this baby. This head that doesn't want to hang around. Dark brown around the edges of the glass. If a nose could smile? Smells of sweet coffee with a very nice bitterness to it. My mouth can smile and is. Sweet malts at the beginning, coffee, with a bitterness on the back end. Pleasant dry aftertaste. Mmmm! Good mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated, thick but not too thick. Makes my mouth happy. Drinkability? I want another. I was suprised by this beer. Have been seeing it at my local store for awhile now and just got around to trying it. This will become one of my regulars because of it's great taste and regular availability in my area.

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the best porters I've had. I usually don't really drink porters, but I really like this a lot. Really fantastic deep roast-like flavor. Smokey and dark. Aroma is similar, with some sweet earthy undertones. Pours with a nice head that doesn't really last, but the feel remains creamy and smooth. Maybe a bit too carbonated for my tastes, but still good. I've only had two Duck Rabbit beers and they were both great (the other was the Barleywine). I definitely want to get ahold of some more of this stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into glass

A - Dark with a nice head that quickly faded into large bubble lacing

s - Roasty chocolate with a hint of alcohol

T - Chocolate and coffee

M - higly carbonated, but still smooth

D - I really enjoyed this one. I plan on buying it regularly now.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an annoyingly huge head with a very full dark color.

Smell is of chocolate with some toffeeish and coffeish notes.

Taste is of sweet chocolate with rounded coffeish and tofeeish notes with a low bitterness. Very well rounded and nicely balacned. Notes of oats.

Full mouthfeel. Slightly creamy. Carboatnion is spot on.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable. I believe BarefootBrewer gave me the sample.

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