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 Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very non-offensive and session-able, but at the sacrifice of depth and texture. The beer opens with a moderately low aroma of mild coffee and pecans with a medium not of chocolate and lactose sweetness. Looks lighter brown than usual for Porters, and with fair head formation and fleeting retention. Flavors are very clean and display the same mild coffee, nutty, chocolate characters found in the aroma, but with a cola-like flavor that follows up in the finish. Hops are light in flavor and bitterness, keeping in balance wiht the light texture, which edges very close to watering. A good drinking beer for folks who like something between a brown ale and porter flavors, but perhaps with a smaller body.

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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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from craytonic. Thanks!

Mocha brown, nearly opaque in the pour with some visible yeast from bottle conditioning. A spotty leather-hued head tops it, showing some decent retention.

Pretty nice aroma. Nutty and roasty, biscuit sweetness, licorice, malt balls - on the sweet side for the style but very pleasant.

Full bodied despite the low ABV, the bitter dark malts take a back seat to flavors of roasted peanuts, butter toffee, whole grain bread and malt balls. It's over-carbonated and fizzy on the tongue, but this dissipates with some vigorous swirling. There's a touch of tart dark fruit and licorice toward the finish, which enhances the complexity without overwhelming the initial richness. Nuttiness lingers throughout the finish, melding with the licorice and roast.

This is a great beer, I could see myself buying it with some regularity if it were local. If they fixed the carbonation issues it would be nearly on par with porters from Anchor or Deschutes.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Turdfurgeson: Poured a light clear black color porter with a huge foamy dirty brown color head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and roasted coffee with a dry ending with limited bitterness. Taste is also dominated by dry coffee and chocolate notes with a nice creamy texture. I really appreciated the creamy texture and the great carbonation. I thought this was a well balance take on the style and would enjoy having regular access to this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a huge, light brown colored head of foam. There were big bubbles in the long lasting head that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled super roasty with great coffee and espresso aroma. There are some nice chocolate notes, too.

T - It tasted of strong roasted malts with chocolate, caramel and coffee flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a fabulous porter. Robust and delicious.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is nearing on black with a thin mocha head and not too much in the way of lacing. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is mostly some roasted malt with a tad bit of coffee. Medium body and slightly dry. Drinks fairly well with a nice balance.

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown head on top of a dark brown body with clear, ruby highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Nice bready malt with nutty brown caramel aromas. A hint of herbal coffee and some molasses.

T - Sweet malt up front with molasses and some toffee. More brown malty flavors in the middle with a cola like quality. Finishes with some light roast and toffee as well as a hint of hop flavor and mild bitterness. Lingering flavors of nutty malt and cola-like sweetness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is very sweet for a porter and very light on roasted character. I almost feel like this is a nutty brown ale more than a porter. I think it would benefit greatly from being a bit dryer as that would help with drinkability and perhaps reduce the strong cola characteristics to a more enjoyable level. By no means is this an undrinkable beer, it has some nice aroma qualities, but it is a little flat and anemic and in the end just doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some red highlights thru out a slightly off white head that lingers for quite awhile,aroma is burnt with an odd lactic note (not a bad think)and a dark roast coffee note coming thru more as the beer as it warms.A really dry earthy beer bitter for the style not much sweetness a little more sweet as I drink more but very dry for the style.Pretty highly hopped porter here very earthy and nutty almost a nut brown character but more dry.Interesting to say the least I would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with lacing over pitch black beer.

nose is dark, dark bitter scorched malts, some roast, hint of bakers choc, caramel, coffee grinds, black patent malt and hint of earthy hops.

Taste has more dark malts, bit of roast and coffee, fresh ground coffee, then a bit of bakers chocolate, bitter very dark choc, creamy oats and chocolate milk, bit of earthy hops, and even gets just slightly acrid over roasted flavor. Finishes creamy with dark roast and coffee as well as some bitterness more from the roast than the hops, and a long chocolate finish.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent but lower carb, creamy.

Overall good, creamy oats and milk chocolate, lots of nice choc, bitterness is not too much at first but start to get a little overwhelming, just a slight acrid over roasted flavor considering how much they packed in.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated (despite code area on label) 12oz bottle served in a snifter.

A: nearly black in color with a thick, creamy, khaki colored head.

S: dark roasted malts with a surprising amount of roasted coffee in the aroma, as well as hints of dark chocolate and raisins.

T: Dominated, as it should be, by a rich dark malt flavor. Again, a surprising amount of roasted coffee, yet without the pronounced bitterness of actual expresso. Fine lingering, dark malt aftertaste.

M: Medium body; smooth. Slightly dry finish.

O: a delightful porter; unique without any radical departures from style.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark, brown, with several fingers of very foamy mocha colored head. Retains with a rich creamy layer, which throws a big frothy cascade of thick lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma starts with floral and citric hop tones, which mingle with some very assertive roasted malt and coffee character. Thick smelling chocolate and sticky caramel notes give this an extra layer of robustness in the nose.

The taste is deep and crunchy in the mouth with dark roast and rich java notes. An equally thick and chewy layer of sweet chocolate and toffeed sweetness nicely balances out the darker edges of this. There is also a fairly firm spicy hop presence to this as well, which really helps add to the the intensity of the bitter roast. Equal parts sweetness and sharpness in the finish, with some dry bitter notes and tang hanging around. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big sharpness to the carbonation (this actually feels like it might be a touch overcarbonated). A heavier thickness runs through this, keeping that rich sweetness moving. Generally, this goes down pretty good.

VERY dark and roasty for a Porter, I'd imagine that your enjoyment of this will probably depend on if that is the type of thing your looking for in the style. I personally liked it but this could have done with a little less sharpness to the carbonation (which seems to be an occassional problem with these guys).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown body with ruby-hued edges and a foamy, creamy-looking beige head.

Smell: Doughy, dark roasted malt aroma, with a good measure of chocolate and maybe even some sour black cherries in the distant background.

Taste: Full roasted malt flavor with well-rounded notes of chocolate and coffee. Some cola-like tastes midway. Faint fruitiness. A hint of sweet lemon juice on the otherwise roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Enjoyable and interesting enough for a relatively low-ABV porter. I'd certainly be willing to pick this one up again if Duck-Rabbit would ever make their way into the GA market.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted coffee bean with reddish gold trim; almost opaque. The splendid looking crown of wheat toast brown has enough substance to drop no lower than two fingers for quite a while. The 'bubbles to pits' process is well underway, with no shortage of bubbles.

The nose features roasted black malt and is surprisingly bold. This is definitely one of the more aggressive American porters that I've run into in the past several months. Coffee and dark chocolate are present in roughly equal measure. Accessory aromas are at a minimum, but aren't really missed. If the flavor follows suit, we're in business.

Well done Duck-Rabbit. Porter is a delicious porter. Coffee is now clearly flavor king, but not to the extent that it tastes like a coffee bean brewed beer. Bittersweet chocolate is next in line and is the only other flavor that has much of a say. I don't think I'm imagining a hint of sugared vanilla bean. There's an undercurrent of sweetness in any case, trying to hold its own against a rather impressive amount of hoppy bitterness.

The brewery claims that their brown ale is significantly hoppy. No such claim is made for this beer, but it might as well be. Brightly citric hops are present in a 'just right' amount (too much for purists I'll bet) and add another facet to a flavor profile that wasn't really in dire need of another facet. The zigging and zagging of roasted barley and grapefruity hops, sweetness and bitterness, is keeping me interested (and happy) throughout the bottle.

The mouthfeel is perfectly in keeping with the rest of the beer. It isn't much more full than porter average and is rounded, smooth and beautifully carbonated. With this much flavor, a bigger, more chewy body would be preferable, but I'm finding it difficult to be too critical of such a well-crafted ale. Drinkability is up there. This is one of those beers that's gone before you're aware that the bottle is empty.

I love the dual perspective duck-rabbit thingie on the label, and I also love the malty-hoppy dual perspective beer inside. If you're going to call yourself "the dark beer specialist" you'd better come through with a quality porter. Duck-Rabbit has done just that. My thanks to NClifestyle for the first of several bottles from yet another solid, Tar Heel State brewery.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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 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 billab914
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a thick fluffy white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has chocolate along with other roasted malts. Taste also has a lot of chocolate present with a little coffee and slightly burnt flavor. Very good tasting porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good, a nice drinking porter that I could easily have a few of. Great flavors but not over bearing. This is probably my favorite of Duck Rabbit's regular offerings.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This one pours nearly black in color with a thick, creamy, khaki colored head.

S: Fairly heavy on the roasted malts, but plenty of good dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee aromas. A light ash to it, but not enough to ruin the beer for me.

T: A light vanilla flavor to go along with the intense dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Plenty of roasted malts in there as well. Fairly smooth and enjoyable.

M: Medium in body with a creamy feel on the tongue.

O: Much better than expected, especially given my experiences with Duck Rabbit.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yet another of tone77's many drop-offs as my local trader that became a backlog of inventory. I will soon have run through all of the bottles so that I may return to The CANQuest (TM).

From the bottle: "Proudly hand made in small batches"; "The Dark Beer Specialist".

My pour netted me a solid finger of dense deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with very little light penetration, revealing cola highlights at the edges. Nose smelled of coffee and milk chocolate and I was looking forward to the first sip. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of dark chocolate with a powderiness like over saturating chocolate milk with the powder. Interesting. Finish had a slightly burnt quality as though the malt was kilned too deeply which may account for that chalky powderiness noted earlier. This needs some work.

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Photo of stakem
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with lighter brown and red highlights around the edges. Head appears more than 2 fingers strong with a mocha brown fluff composed of some fairly large bubbles that slowly fade. Some patchy lacing sticks to the glassware. Aroma includes some mineral qualities blended with citrus hops upfront that blends to some dark grain character smelling like a touch of chocolate. The flavor is like coffee upfront with the minerals and citrus hops as suggested by the aroma. Some dark chocolate comes through the back and finishes with a somewhat metallic flavor like you have a nickel sitting on your tongue. Medium body/feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. As it warms there are some sour qualities that were not readily apparent when it was tasted at a colder than ideal temperature.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears deep dark black with ruby highlights large fizzy bubbling tan head forms a dimpled texture and dwindles relatively quick with light uneven lacing bands forming down the sides of my glass. Aromatics deep roasted chocolate malts dry powdered cocoa tone with a creamy milky air to it light herbal hops here but overall the roasted coffee bean and chocolate creamy tones rule the day. Flavor wise a rolling combo of fruit including raisin and plum notes with chocolate, and coffee highlights this brew is a well made porter from front to the back low grazed herbal hops provide a touch of grassy bitterness but nothing that induces hop burps really relies on the bitterness of the dark roasts. Mouthfeel this is definitely a fuller bodied porter carbonation is a tad bitey but the overall velvet texture the body has to offer is amazing great stuff I love the feel of it kind ask for much more as the label shoves in my face these people are dark beer specialists. Drinkability is great quaffable yet poundable I guess that means that not only does it taste great and I desire more but I am also able to put a few of these down smooth traditional yet complex porter that I will grab again the next time I get a chance.

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