Duck-Rabbit Porter | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit PorterDuck-Rabbit Porter

Brewed by:
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 FloppyDog
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
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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Photo of JamesS
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
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 +23.2%
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 +23.2%
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 +22.7%
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 +21.3%
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 +20.8%
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 +20.5%
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 +20.5%
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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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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 +18.7%
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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Photo of TheDudeBeers
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint

A - Dark Brown, almost black. Nearly no light shines through

S - Heavy on Fresh Roasted Coffee and Chocolate

T - Coffee first and foremost with some Carmel and chocolate notes

M - Very Smooth and Full porter.

D - Really drinkable. This is a perfect example of a well executed porter. Cheers Duck-Rabbit!

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Coffee brown, but still translucent, with a nice tan head; decent lacing

Smell - Lots of dark chocolate on the nose; just a wonderful smell

Taste - Just like the nose, a lot of chocolate and caramel flavors coat the tongue; after about 5 seconds of sweetness, bitter hoppy flavors emerge; plenty of bitter chocolate character at the end, along with undertones of sweet caramel

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with a bit of creaminess; moderate carbonation

Drinkability - A very flavorful porter that ranks among the best, with its hop profile that makes for a nice balance against the sweeter elements

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Photo of nickss
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep dark brown with about 1/4" head on top that quickly subsides to a thin layer.... looks like black coffee... wonderful... would be a 5 if the head was a big more dominant.

Smells hugely of toffee, chocolate, nuts, and figs. Smells dark, musty and earthy. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. If the taste is anything like the smell, I think I may soil myself (does that compromise the quality of this review? I hope not).

OK... it doesnt quite match up with the smell... but damn... not a bad beer by any means. Lots of toffee in the taste, an acrid, acidic kind of lactose taste on the back of the tongue.. alot like coffee. Quite a bit of nuttiness in this one too, which was a bit unexpected.

In my mind, this is exactly how a porter should feel on the tongue. Heavy, yet not oppressively so. Mildly active, but really just a tingle on your tastebuds.

Very drinkable... I could easily make a session brew out of this one. I really cannot believe this brew hasn't been getting higher ratings. But then again, I have loved every D-R beer I've ever tasted.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you oldirtysurfer for this brew.
Pours deep dark amber...almost black with a full two finger off white head that melts very slowly to a very sticky lacing.
Aromas are all about coffee and chocolate with a touch of alcohol on the tale-end.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with lots of tiny smooth carbonation.
Taste is all espresso coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate finishing with bitter hops
Your mouth is left with the memory of bittersweet chocolate that becomes nicely drying.
This is a wonderfully satisfying Porter.
Few better.

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Photo of AmishT
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with an awesome, creamy tan head with some great retention. A fair amount of lacing left behind.

S - Very strong aromas of chocolate and coffee make for a very inviting nose.

T&M - Tasty coffee and chocolate notes balance with some leafy hops for an overall very enjoyable porter. I'd like a fuller, creamier mouth, but the mouthfeel isn't bad: good carbonation allows the development of the rich roasted coffee and chocolate flavors and the flavors endure very well. The more I drink it, the more I really enjoy the flavor. Light to med body.

D - Although I'd prefer a heavier body, the lighter body of this porter definitely enhances its drinkability. Couple that with the great taste and low abv, and I have myself a porter that I feel like I could session all day long.

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Photo of erosier
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep syrupy black color with barely no head, just a ring around the glass. This one has been sitting around for about a year and a half or so but I was still impressed with it.
S: Rich chocolate, malt, and a kick in the nose from the alcohol. Vinous fruits come through as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malt, caramel and chocolate flavors mixed throughout and a big vinous fruit and alcohol flavor are prevalent. Really nice taste.
M: Very rich, smooth, warming, could use more carbonation (but that one is my fault for letting it sit so long).
D: Very drinkable, I liked it a lot. I would like to try it fresher but it certainly ages well!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep burgundy, with billowing rootbeer-style head.

Incredibly rich, sweet smell of dark chocolate malty goodness. Quite dessert-like. Did not expect this from a regular porter <6% ABV.

Taste first struck me as malted milk balls, with the sweetness of the smell taking a step back to baker's chocolate. Great charred/roasted malt character.

Smooth, and relatively light mouthfeel - light smoke bite on the sides of the tongue.

Solid on the drinkability meter, and a top notch porter in my book.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to the generous everetends for this bottle.

A: Pours a lovely dark brown, nearly opaque with crimson edges, with a rather sizable milk-chocolate colored head that slowly settles to a good thick layer over the top. Minimal lacing, but still an above average appearance for a porter.

S: Loads of burnt chocolate malt with some coffee. Tender vanilla-like notes are also in the background. Top-notch aroma for a porter.

T&M: Taste is of dark choclate with some light earthy hoppiness and slight roast on the finish. Very smooth and drinkable, to boot. A light body with a silky mouthfeel. Quite nice.

D: This porter is a quaffer, for sure. One of the best straight-up porters I've had yet. Definitely very enjoyable.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. browqn bottle, BBD of August (2008 I think) poured into a pint glass. I know this one's well past the expiration but if it wasn't any good I wouldn't be typing this so bear with me.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque deep dark brown color, almost black. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick, very creamy, and retained nicely.

Aroma: Roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts up front, a little chocolate and coffee come through in the middle. Some hoppiness in the end before the roast bitterly takes over, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medioum bodied, smoooth and creamy. The carbonation balanced nicely.

Overall: In a word, excellent. The label advertises the brewery as "the dark beer specialists" and I'm sure not going to disagree.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It had been a couple years since trying this. I can now see that I need to purchase the Porter more often. Pour was a dark, near black with ruby highlights when held to light. Nice tan head and some lacing as well. Smell was of chocolate malts and roasted coffee underlying that. Taste is pretty close to smell. This one seems to have more flavor compared to other porters and less of the watery, lighter quality that I find often times in the usual porter. Chocolate again with hints of coffee and a fair amount of hops balance this well. Close to medium bodied, silky smooth and velvet-like to the tongue. I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting and find this to be one of my favorite porters, right up there with King Coconut.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours blackish-brown with a strong roasted malt aroma and a full, rich head. It goes down much smoother than I had previously expected with a nice, round clean aftertaste. The mouth-feel is big and due to its easy drinkability I only wish I could find it around my home state. Damn Good!

Recieved in a trade.

Thanks, man!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque black with a big creamy head that stayed till the end. Deep creamy lace throught. Smell was of roasted malts, slightly smoked, with a hint of chocolate. The taste was very rich. Caramel, chocolate roasted together and smoked would probably be the best description. Thick and full, very nice. Great going down, and not too bad on the ABV makes this extremly drinkable, my favorite duck rabbit to date!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger head which moved into a nice ring. Nice lacing.

Smell the dark fruit along with some dark chocolate.

Begins with chocolate , in fact very chocolaty. Some dark fruit. Nice.

Drinkability is pretty good. Could drink these on a regular.

Mouthfeel is ve

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Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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