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 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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Photo of Bendurgin
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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

Best by 08/2011

A: dark finger of mocha falls to a central cap of the same. Excellent clarity where allowed. No lace.
S: soily coffee and nuts with toasty malts. Dry smell.
T nice beer. Nuts, coffee, soil, hints of bitter hops.
M: creamy and a little high carb.
O: great stuff.

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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 troysoy2
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is dark, opaquely so. A decent head, not much retention really. Smells faintly of bready malt, with a background of chocolate and the faintest hint of raisins... or maybe I'm crazy.

The taste is interesting, a bitterness which is augmented by a pretty well carbonated mouthfeel, trailing off with a bit of smokiness. Though I appreciate that the taste is certainly interesting, it seems to me that it doesn't really match this beer's smell as closely as I would expect. Odd. Not very well balanced.

Definitely not bad, but it's not my favorite porter in the world. The smokiness is nice, but I perceive it as being just a bit one-dimensional. I probably won't be going out of my way to get this one again, but if it was there, I would not mind drinking it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a smallish head the color of latte foam. Dissipates to a thick film that lingers forever. Great retention and truly amazing lacing.
Smell is roasted malt, hops, cardboard and a hint of coffee. Well balanced.
Taste is toasty, malt, coffee, cardboard, hops and a light molasses note. A metallic presence, too. Warming in the chest and low in back of the throat. Balance is pretty good.
Medium-bodied to start with a watery finish. Slightly dry Medium effervescence with a tangy aspect to it. Ashy, almost burnt toast note to the aftertaste. A reasonably decent beer that needs some body and to lose the edge on the roasted/burnt malt.

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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 kbuzz
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pour into a snifter - bottle date has the "12" and "09" notched out. So Dec '09? Or Sept '12?

A: Very dark brown, with lighter brown around the brim and base of the glass. Plenty of fizzy bubbles poking up through the beer. One finger head that faded pretty fast.

S: Lots of sweet chocolate. A faint magic marker smell that faded as it warmed. Some fruity hop notes. Some roastiness with a touch of coffee.

T: That marker taste hits in the taste again. Maybe even a touch of a vinegar. I suppose that could be vanilla gone awry. Plenty of chocolate. An ashy bitter roasty char on the back of the pallet as it goes down.

M: On the thinner side of a medium bodied beer. Easy to drink. Well-carbed.

O: I can't over the marker/vinegar taste that I first noticed in the smell. The more I think about it, I think it might be vanilla...and it just doesn't work in this beer. Everything else on this is just okay. I would have to say it's average at best.

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

I am really becoming a fan of this brewery. I have enjoyed all the beers I have tried and feel they are making solid, drinkable brews and don't feel like they have to go over the top to impress. This beer fits right in with that line of thinking.

A nice creamy tan head sits on a black beer and settles very slowly..lace clings nicely. Good aroma of roasted malt; mildly chocolatey. Flavor follows suit; roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and mild coffee notes appear; hint of vanilla maybe; moderately low in hop bitterness, but it's there and keeps this an easy drinking, nicely balanced beer. As it warms the flavors and aroma intensify a bit and become more vivid.

Lively carbonation, moderately creamy, decently full mouthfeel. Faintly spritzy and bubbly. Not the biggest in anything, be it aroma, flavor, or creaminess...all of these aspects are good but not profound. Tasty porter.

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Photo of fltmedic
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I gave this mahogany brown porter a relatively easy pour into a large snifter and the creamy light brown head immediately rose four fingers tall and stuck around for a long time.

There is a little sweetness in the nose and a bit of alcohol. Hmmm, not much to smell here.

Bitter dark chocolate up front yields to some toffee and ripe cherry in the body. There is a warming of alcohol and a little bit at the end.

Slightly silky, smooth and medium bodied for a porter, the mouthfeel is decent.

I do love a good porter. This is a good porter. There are better out there, but there are definitely more that are worse.

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Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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