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!

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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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 Ego
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of Deathpod
1.6/5  rDev -57.3%
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.

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Photo of fastrodney
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a dark brown almost black pour, 2 fingers of light tan head, great retention. smells of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted grains, slight hint of bourbon. very nice chocolate flavor, backbone is slightly odd.. very earthy taste of fresh green beans, coffee, tobacco, dirt. light-medium body... very watered down feel, yet creamy on lips. moderate carbonation. overall, an awesome porter. pretty heavy on the abv for the style, to boot!

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: very dark brown, close to black

S: caramel, chocolate, coffee.

T: just as it smells. caramel and dark, bittersweet chocolate tasting.

M: easy to drink but leaves something to be desired here.

O: good porter. not the best, not the worst. i wouldn't turn it down.

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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 IronLover
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with hints of reddish brown on the edges of the glass. Poured with a tall rocky foam with good staying power, that consisted of large soapy bubbles. Sweet chocolate and vanilla aromas with dark roasted malt and ground coffee in the background. Soda pop fizzy carbonation overwhelms the feel. Sweet chocolate flavor up front that ushers in dark roasted malt into the middle. Bitter hop bite through the middle with a ripe fruit flavor in tow. Sweet chocolate returns briefly toward the end but is overrun by bitter hops, burnt malt, and black coffee flavors at the finish. The aggressive carbonation hinders the flavor potential in this one.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a British Imp Pint

Pours a thin tan colored head, with no length and not lace
Black, opaque color

The aroma really has no hops but what it does have is malt. A very distinct, deep, rich malt with a roasted chocolate and cocoa smell. Some yeast and dark bread.

Nice crisp entry on the palate. Again no hop character or maybe just the faintest hint. This is followed by medium distinct, enjoyable, rich malt, refined, with a roasted character and hints of cocoa
The body is medium yet balanced with fine carbonation and a off dry sweetness.

Acceptable finish, medium length with no hops present but again nice rich cocoa tinged malt, lingering.

A very good and enjoyable Porter, typical, and a good example of the English style.
Very drinkable and recommended for a try.

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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 JCaweinstein
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter is black with a little red around the bottom and sides of the glass. A one finger light tan head clears to a thin cap. There are plenty of bubbles.
There is a robust aroma to this porter. I mostly smell coffee and toast.
Toasty type of bitterness like you get from dark toast and a very slight sweetness.
Crisp and bold up front followed by more bitterness. It's seems a little on the light side for a beer with strong flavored and aromas.
A tasty and good smelling brew. Not my favorite porter but glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Ruds
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a tulip style glass.

Pours a rich black colour with a good finger of thick beige head which soon begins to subside reducing to half a finger within a couple of minutes.

The aroma was of roasted malts, caramel and brown sugar. Not a 'big' smell to this beer.

The taste was more of a let down than the smell, a straight 'average' 3! I nearly gave the smell a 3.5, it would have got a 3.25 if it had existed! A little smokey tasting, roasted malts and little caramel in the background, pretty much mimicking the smell but weaker in actual flavour! A slightly sweet and dry aftertaste.

I didn't enjoy the mouthfeel at all. Prickly carbonation (sorry reviewer a couple down from me - I was trying to think of a way to describe it and you hit the nail on the head so post edit!) and far too much carbonation also too watery.

Overall a disappointing porter that got worse as the journey progressed. It looks good, but that's as good as it gets! Way too watery and too highly carbonated. Will not go near this again!

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black with ruby-mahogony edges...quickly disappearing head...spotty lacing...

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke...very nice aromas...

T - A kiss of crisp-clean bitterness...smooth creamy coca...dark roast coffee...smokey...and a hint of sweet caramel and toasted malts...

M - Medium bodied...subtle carbonation...creamy and smooth

Overall - - A very solid american porter...very balanced...nice subtle hop presence...and a beautifully orchestrated dark and roasted malt complexity...I will definitely revisit this brew! Give it a try!


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Photo of ONUMello
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a one-finger mocha head that slowly dissipates.
S: Some chocolate and roasted malt, but fairly muted and not much going on.
T: Bitter cocoa. Not bitter in a hoppy way, just like drinking cocoa powder. A bit of sweet roasted malt up front, but that disappears leaving the bitterness behind.
M: A bit lighter than I would expect. Not unpleasant but average.
O: No flaws with this beer, just nothing special happening.

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Photo of doucmehu
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black liquid and white-tan head with decent lace, minimized aroma with a hint of roastiness. The first thing I noticed in the taste was the burnt malt edge, which was well placed. A bit much carbonation for my taste, but overall a really satisfying brew.

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Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a reddish hue when held to the light. There's a mountain of dense, bubbly, creamy brown head that has great retention. The nose is predominantly roasted malts. The taste is also very roasty with some chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. There are some faint alcohol esters as well in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thin at times, well carbonated and smooth.

This is a pretty solid porter. The flavors are to style, but not very complex. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but otherwise I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is the same, chocolate, coffee,roasted malts, a bit of smoke, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Rogue pint and the brew is a very dark clear brown that light fails to penetrate (unless you hold it up to the light and tilt the pint).

The head is a foamy 1 finger dark tan with a splotchy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is minimal and is composed of dark malts, miniscual coffee, and bold sweetness.

The flavor is heavy sweetness that TO ME washes out the malt flavor. FOR ME, this is way to sweet and thin for an enjoyable Porter.

The mouthfeel is thin for this medium - heavy style of beer. I've had some great offering from Duck-Rabbit, but this is not one of them.

To me this is an average at best Porter.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Color is very dark brown to nearly black with a dense tan head. No lacing left behind. Scents of coffee and dark fruit are on the weak side. Dark fruit and a hint of cocoa are noted in the taste. There is a pleasant sweetness to it. But the thin mouthfeel really detracts from the experience.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into my spiffy Duck Rabbit snifter in the wee hours of 12/9/11

Enjoy by June 2011 (whoops)

Wooden, medium-hued brown pour; settles very dark brown. Foam isn't easy to rise, eventually hitting just shy of a finger; it's gone in a flash, leaving loose bubbles and a milky skim. Hardly any lace.

Dang, I like the smell of this one - grains interwoven with dusty cocoa and subtly sweet chocolate and a modest roasted twinge. It's very simple and proportioned perfectly for my liking. Tastes a bit drier than I had expected, at least on the finish (there is a touch of sweetness in the middle). Tangy roast hits up from, soothed by a chocolatey mid-section and moving on to a bitter coffee finish. A tad earthy, too. Hints of dark fruit as it warms. The feel disappoints - it leans to close to the thin side, carbonation overpowers the body and the finish is coasting; meh.

Overall impression - this one peaks with the aroma and trails off from there. Not altogether unenjoyable but a few tweaks might do it good.

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Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 618 ratings.
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