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 jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness info from yesac. thanks!

A- very dark brown colored body with ruby red along the edges when held up to the light. a small khaki colored head that quickly becomes no more than a crown and leaves very little lacing.

S- sweet and dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

T- the taste mimics the nose. lots of roasted malts and sweet chocolate upfront. coffee/hops at the end.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation

D- easy to finish, and i would reach for another if i had it available to me. thanks again for the trade!

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Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally reviewed this a few months ago and gave it a 3.35, but I'm pretty sure now that I had an old or otherwise bad bottle. I've been drinking it again from a mixed case and it's much better, and as such I'm re-reviewing it.

Pours a dark reddish brown, garnet hues at the light, with a creamy two fingers of tan head. Keeps a pretty full, solid lace and leaves some splashes of stick.

Smell is very chocolaty with a lot of cocoa on the nose in particular. Also some coffee, a bit of roasted malt and a fruity hop note.

Taste also consists of chocolate and coffee malt flavors, plus some roasted malt. Also some bitter, earthy hop flavor in the finish. Some fruit, as well.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body with good carbonation. This is quite smooth and overall a really nice porter. I will pick this up again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rocky layer of creamy slightly off-white head... Flat black color... Leaves some minor rings on the glass on the way down...

S - Lots of roasted malt... Espresso... Dark chocolate... Sweet banana... Hints of tobacco... Bold, straightforward, and assertive... There's nothing wrong with that...

T - Begins with a wonderful mix or roasted malt and espresso... There are also hints of dark chocolate and dark fruits... A faint hoppiness rises as part of the aftertaste...

M - Rich... Slight amount of fizzed carbonation on the tongue... Medium to full bodied... A tad on the side... Slightly dry at the finish... Consistent flavor with an assertive aftertaste and follow through...

D - A highly respectable American Porter... Doesn't disappoint in any area and excels in terms of aroma... Quite sessionable at a little over 5% ABV... Not best in class, but one that I would welcome the opportunity to encounter again...

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Photo of aubuc1
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured sort of flat in to a shaker pint glass at barleys

smell is sweet roasty maybe some licorice

tart roast taste with a cherry like sweetness. some slight sourness in the finish.

full mouthfeel and leaves me wanting more

very good beer from a good brewer.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: dark brown in color with a tan head

S: roasted grains, dark-roasted coffee, and dark chocolate

T: tastes like it smells. like you have a mixture of roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, and roasted grains in your mouth.

MF: a little thinnner body than what i would expect from a porter

Drinkability: it's a pretty good porter. it goes down pretty easy, so why not drink 2 or 3?

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Philadelphia Eagles pint glass.

Duck Rabbit Porter has a deep brown dirty look to itself with a semi full look. A thin sheet of tan foam stuck to the glass. Scents of roasted malts, chocolate/coffee mix and some nuts in the mix. Taste like your standard porter with the same taste as in smell but the nuttiness came out more. This porter also has more of a hop base than others in the style Mouthfeel is a step behind medium and is not as full as I would like it. The low abv makes it rather drinkable. Glad to have tried it but lacks that ummph that makes me want more.

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Photo of Buebie
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pilbe311 for this brew.

Poured from a brown 120z bottle into a pub glass. Forming a 1'' tan head. Receeding slowly to leave a very thin cap of retention and lace is thin also with smallish bits of it running down the glass. Head is almost cola like and very short lived.
Brown in color, with deep mahogony colored glowing when held to light.

Aroma of super burnt carmelised sugars, chocolate smokyness with a touch of grains, coffee and tobacco.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture, carbonation all the way through.
Robust chocolate grain flavors up front, lending to some sweetness midway through and sticking to it. Becoming smokier into the swallow with a good amount of bitter chocolate grains, more tobacco, mild fermented molasses, and bitter chocolate linger. Some mild hop bitters lingering along.
Easy drinker with some good flavors here. A bit too much carbonation, but still an extremely sessionable brew. Very happy with it and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks skeeordye

A- a deep cherry chocolate type of color. a light tan head but less than half a finger.

S- roasted coffee and chocolate smell. an earthy hop aroma as well that is hidden but comes out faintly.

T- chocolate and coffee dominate the forefront of the flavor. A sweet malt flavor as complements the other flavors quite well. Taste is that of a dark chocolate coffee.

M- creamy and chewy. Very flavorful with the coffee and malt. Smooth as well.

D- a nice beer that would be better for the fall or winter but an easy brew to polish back. It can weigh heavy in the stomach but its too tasty to let up.

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Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched Aug 2009. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Polished dark brown with pillowy 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and plenty of lace.

S: Lush aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, dark malts, and earthy hops.

T: Delicious full-flavored porter that champions hefty maltloads with a crisp hops snap in the finish. Chocolate and coffee are the strongest early and middle flavors, with dark malts and a light earthy and floral hops finish. It is a complete porter that emphasizes sweetness, but it doesn't completely forget hops.

M: A smidge thin but so drinkable due to the low-medium carbonation and the crispness of the hops.

D: An exceptional porter. I like Founders Porter a little bit more, but this is a strong contender due to its completeness and well-rounded character. A great first Duck-Rabbit offering!

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

Another interesting Duck Rabbit offering.

Pours deep black with a thin, off white head that falls quickly with little lacing. The aroma is strong and woody, with an almost cherry-like edge. The flavor follows suit, but even more strongly there is a deep, woody bitterness, with a finish that suggests sour cherries and tobacco and coffee. The mouthfeel is robust for a porter with a good sting of carbonation.

This is not a conventional porter at all - it is stronger tasting and more assertive than the style would suggest. But it is good.

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Photo of matty
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is cocoa,coffee and smoked malts.Overall a very good tasting beer that I think could be great if it wasn't a little thin and watery.However I would buy again and recommend highly!!

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Photo of deapokid
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So excited to see this beer for sale in my area (Philly).

Poured a big, brown and white head that was really foamy and milky. Beer was black in color, resembling the depth of an imperial stout. Head didn't recede and stayed quite large throughout consumption.

The scent of cinnamon, caramel and nutmeg were present, backed by a syrupy aroma.

Beer's flavor was of a light nuttiness that was overshadowed a bit by a highly-carbonated finish that contrasted the smooth porter flavor. Fortunately, this abrasive carbonation disappears as the beer warms, allowing a buttery richness to come out, along with a hint of lacto.

Athough a dryness is evident early on, the beer coats the tongue like a liqueur if you give it a chance to warm.

All in all, this is a good porter and it's enough to make me very interested in the rest of this brewery's output.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown-black, with a thin, fizzy tan head.

Nose is roasty, a bit of acidity and coffee.

Taste is quite roasty - dark roasted coffee and and some acidity, almost burnt, with a bit of a smokey presence way down underneath.

Fairly dry finish. medium-light in body, finish is maybe a bit watery.

Decent porter, but I prefer the excellent milk stout.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown color with chestnut highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate. As it warms the roasted malt aromas lighten up a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front with hints of dark chocolate that linger until the roasted bitter ending. As it warms, tangy dark fruit flavors lurk in the background.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished one off pretty quickly and buying a six-pack of this isn't a bad idea.

Overall this has everything I look for in a porter, just not with the right balance to make this a phenomenal beer. Still, it's very good and worth picking up.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to erikeifert for this top notch porter.

Ping!ping!PING! Richochet Rabbit! This beer jumps out of the bottle a 1/2 finger khaki head that sticks with it all the way down. Dark black, brown highlights.

Smells of faint licorice, dark malts, brown sugar, sweet smell, not a droop-a-long.

A bullet of taste shoots from this gun, no tricks, no dastardly deeds, just chocolate, toasty sweetness, some coffee.

Perfect body, creamy, excellent. PING!ping!Ping!

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark mahogany brown with hints of red. There was a large rocky off-white head that settled to a thin layer. The aroma was sweet roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The taste was an explosion of coffee and roasted malts with a dark chocolate finish. The carbonation was a little high on this one which detracted from the smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The drinkability could have been better if the carbonation was tamed. Overall a very decent porter with a great flavor profile.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep shade of brown, only a little light gets in, and what does make it through is a rich burgundy color. Long lasting light brown head rests up top. A deeply inviting look to this one.

Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malts. My mouth is watering.

Taste is full and deep, with intermingling flavors of deep rich chocolates, roasted barley, and some zesty citric hops. An enjoyable taste to be sure. The end of every drink has my mouth watering for another sip, and that's always a good sign. Some toasted bread flavor coming in now, this is a rich and hearty beer. No alcohol detected.

About the only problem I have with this beer, is the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. A bit more robust, and this would be absolutely world class. As it stands, this is still miles above most others. Nothing too bad here, but it could be a little fuller. Semi-sweet finish that lingers about for awhile.

Drinkability would be pretty high for me, if I could get this at my local stores. A really good beer, and I can't wait to try their Milk Stout that I also got in a trade. (Thanks for both, Merlin48!)


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

Pours a nice murky dark dark brown. a fair finger-thick tan head has fair retention and leaves a decent bit of lacing.

fierce roasty grain, toasty, coffee aroma. Strong on the toast, with some lighter bready notes. nutty, caramel, coffee with cream.

Taste is part black malt, part coffee and part chocolate. The malt dominates... with chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, and another helping of coffee. Folgers and ovaltine. Fairly complex, but not quite enough to really captivate.

a touch thin, a touch under-carbonated. smooth and a bit creamy, but all in all a fairly nice mouthfeel. a pleasant slighty drying note cuts through the hints of sugary slickness.

This one, while a nice take on a porter, just doesn't quite grab me. Not bad, and I'm sure it would make it into my regular rotation, but just doesn't quite sing with the richness that I'm looking for in a porter. Definitely worth a shot for porter fans, but nothing to really sing praise for.

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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 joepais
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brentk56 for sending this want along in his black booty package. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a two finger tan head that trailed of to a thick lace. The body of the ale was black in color no light getting thru at all.

Aromas' of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate filled my head flavors are true to form heavy towards the roastiness but still enough sweetness to keep it drinkable. The mouthfeel is a tad light for my liking but it dose have good carbonation.

This is a good drinking porter rather average in a lot of ways but good flavors in it as well. I would drink it again but have had better.

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Photo of remllof
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into my favorite glass I got from duck-rabbit. Poured a beautiful thick head that just said take a picture and body was pure black. Smelled the roasted malts a bit, but not too strong. Taste is quite good, no too overly strong and evened out. Mouthfeel has a bit of substinece but not overbearing. Overall a fine brew that I wouldnt mind every once in a while

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Photo of nick76
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is very toasty with heavily toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, plastic, licorice, and a certain offness. The appearance is Dark dark brown with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with the plastic chemical offness ruing everything else that you get from the malt. The palate is thin for a stout. I am not sold on this one. However there is a nice nuttiness to the finish. Still, it has too much in the off department to really enjoy.

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Photo of farrago
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just about black core surrounded by ominously red rims, close to two finger head, very slow to dissolve. Nose forged from smoky kindling, chicory, bitter dark chocolate and a smidge of carob coated raisin, subdued but ever-present malts, overall soft presence while perpetually grinding forward. Medium-bodied, based off of the nose a bit surprising it is not heavier. The bitter, sour profile apparent from the first and welcome as it furthers the liveliness, Dark chocolate, coffee bean, bitters, less chicory here. The roasted notes help it lift into inner mouth perfume. Carbonation just high enough to kick it in the rear when needed. The berry and cherry fruit manages to break the surface during the aftertaste. Very solid.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin, tan head the quickly evaporates. Smells like dark roast malt, and caramel/vanilla.

Tastes of dark roast malt with heavy charcoal. Some wine barrel dark fruit. Smooth mouthfeel that becomes boulder and more expansive with swallow. Good balance between a heavy, flavorfull porter, and a highly drinkable porter.

via brentk56

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

I got this brew from Auslander, Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a tan head that fell to a light layer leaving spotty lacing.

S - roasted coffee beans with hints of dark chocolate.

T - rich roasted taste with a little bitterness mixed in for good balance.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy feel.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

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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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