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 avalon07
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, tan-colored, foamy head and some good lacing.

S: A mild aroma mainly composed of malt and coffee.

T: An OK taste of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Not the most mind-blowing of flavors, but decent.

M: Decent amount of carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable example of American porter. It goes down easy and is pretty well made. Not overly complex, but decent.

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Dark, almost opaque brown with some amber highlights. The head is somewhat thin, and dissipates into a thin rim along the glass.

Strong roasted malt aromas giving off a little bit of creamy coffee and chocolate.

An abundance of the roasted malt in the flavor as well. Hop bitterness is very low. A little bit of dark coffee is in the flavor, a little more bitter and roasty than in the aroma. Full bodied.

A robust and very drinkable American Porter. Definitely recommended for those in the Southeast.

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Photo of tommy78
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Out of a cold bottle into a pint glass, the appearance of the Porter was very similar to a Coca-Cola being poured into a glass. The head was very thin, though it had a constant collection of bubbles.

S - Nice malty, coffee-like aroma.

T - The malts and coffee aromas translated well into the taste. In addition, I taste a hint of chocolate in the porter.

M - A good amount of carbonation was felt on the palate.

D - Good to have 2 or 3 in one sitting. IMO, the porter would pair well with a roasted chicken or turkey.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Incredibly deep, dark brown color. Verging on black. No light let through, even when held up to light. One finger brown head made up of tons of tiny little bubbles. Almost an espresso like head.

S - Rich aroma of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A light nuttiness in the background.

T - Very bitter chocolate up front. Hints of coffee come through as well. A little on the sweet side in the middle of the drink. Finishes bitter sweet.

M/D - Medium to full bodied but a little thinner than expected in a porter. A little too much carbonation and not quite as creamy as it looks.

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Photo of erratic
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6 pack on my last trip to NC. Poured almost black, just a sliver of coffee colored light gets through the bottom edge of the glass. half inch Tan head, fizzled quickly.

Smells like dark chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, and a nice overall beery smell.

Taste is good. roasted malts and coffee at first, then chocolate and molasses finish. Bitter and a little sweet

Mouthfeel exhibits light carbonation, thin texture. I would like something a little more robust, but this is quite good.

Drinkability is great. goes down easy, doesn't overpower. leaves me wanting more!

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

A nice porter. Pours a dense dark brown color. Medium size tan head. Average retention fading down to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

Smell and taste are both roasted malts and coffee with a little bitter dark chocolate thrown in. A little bitterness in the finish round it all off.

Mouthfeel is about average - not too watery but not that rich either. No unpleasant or metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a solid porter.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to spointon. Damn this one is overcarbonated though, I had to wait 20 minutes before I could drink it. It foamed up like crazy when I first cracked it and had to pour it into two glasses then I combined them about 10 minutes in. Now that it's normal...

Appears dark brown, near black, some reddish highlights with a centimeter thick tan head (which was one about 12 inches in combined glass height). A bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma is chocolately, with some dark fruit notes but particularly berries, and a very slight coffee. Not too interesting but pleasant.

The taste is similar to the aroma, but a bit better. Chocolate up front, and a light caramel sweetness. Midway the berry fruit character comes through and finishes up with a bit more chocolate and some light hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, but quite creamy and smooth drinking.

Carbonation aside, this was tasty porter. I don't know if I would drink it regularly if I had access to it but it's better than many of the options I have.

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Photo of burnstar
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally opaque black in the glass. Nice big tan head with excellent lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Smell if roasted malt with coffee notes and a touch of background sweetness. Taste is mostly roasted malt, a bit bitter but not too much so. Some light malt sweetness provides some balance. Coffee notes again. Lighter in body that you might expect given its very big appearance and big (for a porter) roasted malt character but then again this is a porter and not an imperial stout. Pretty drinkable and overall, a rather pleasant beer.

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Photo of k4df4l
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A/A: Bottle pours black w/ dark brown highlights and cola colored 1inch plus head that collapsed immediately to a few bubbles dotting the surface. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, bittersweet chocolate and molasses.

F/P: Flavor has lots of bittersweet chocolate & cocoa with a faint touch of sour just before the lightly bitter finish. Body is medium and fairly silky w/ moderately low carb. Overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to brentk56 for this brew. bottles says "dark beer specialist", this one better live up.

A: Dark, darker than ther milk stout. light brown head is a finger thick.

S: Dark Chocolate and malt.

T: Dark chocolate, wonderfully thick, smooth and bitter at the end. Missing something... smoke???

M: Carbonation is right on for the style. Leaves a medicine like aftertaste by the end of the beer.

D: If drinkability is how badly I wanted a second one right after... not so much.

I would recommend this beer, just to have one tho.

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Photo of rustan
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

appearance: brims over with large foamy tan head. color is cola brown.

nose: nothing comes to mind

taste: bitter coffee, chocolate, faint smoke. finishes dry.

mouthfeel: thin but then again i had a higher gravity drink prior to this one.

much prefer the baltic porter.

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Photo of craytonic
2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass; produced an ENORMOUS sudsy head. There was about 1/4 an inch of beer, and the rest of the glass was head. Black with reddish-gold trim, no real lacing.

Smell: Coffee and dark bitter chocolate.

Taste. The same, it starts with an incredible and unbalanced bitterness, proceeds to black coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Watery and runny, not the body I would have liked, finish is bitter and unpleasant.

Drinkability: I did not finish more than half, won't be trying this one again.

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Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter pours a dark black color. There is no head to speak of at all. I think maybe I poured it too easily, but it also seems a little too syrupy to make a nice full head. This beer has everything you're looking for in a porter. It has scent of chocolate, hint of coffee, a tiny hint of smokiness. The taste follows through with semi-sweet chocolate, and the bitter taste of coffee that ends it's flavor. It is slightly more carbonated than I generally prefer in a porter, but this is a very good porter.

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Photo of HatTrick
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, like a cup of coffee. Had a large frothy head - eventually droped down to a smaller froth on top. Be careful when pouring as it tends to froth up quickly!

Smell: Heavy coffee smell with touches of sweet chocolate.

Taste: Strong coffee taste (yes I have said coffee many times but as I happen to like coffee it applies well here). A touch of sweetness or vanilla comes through after a drink.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation, much thicker than I thought it would be.

Drinkability: I happen to like this beer a lot. Its easy to drink. The strong coffee taste is appealing to me as well as the carbonation - though more than one or two would be a bit much. Overall I think this is a very nice porter.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- This poured like a Pepsi or Coke, the head looks very much like the head from a soda for sure, same color as well. The beer itself was dark brown almost black. The beer is very busy inside the glass.

S- There is definitely some Coffee and chocolate smell as well as some vanilla. This smells thick and syrupy.

T- Coffee for sure, small amount of chocolate, but definitely coffee, with a slight hop taste.

M- THIN, very thin and the carbination is too much for this beer. Its like a coffee flavored alka-seltzer on your tongue. I'm not too happy about this.

D- This is good, but I have had better porters, or at least ones that are more to my liking. This is like carbonated cold coffee.

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Photo of spointon
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade (thanks Proteus93!). I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark blackish brown with a few caramel colored highlights around the edges. The sudsy tan head was out of control, rising 3-4 inches before I even had the whole bottle poured. Despite the intial size, the head quickly dropped to a skim and left zero lacing down the glass.

S= This porter was filled with aromas of malty sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, treacle, and an unexpected slight sourness.

T= A lot of sweet malt up front, followed by a small burst of bittersweet in the middle and a slightly tart and dry finish.

MF= Light bodied for the style...sort of watery actually. Carbonation was crisp, slightly overdone but still pleasant on the tongue.

D= Not the best porter I have had but certainly a worthy one. If the carbonation was a bit softer and the body a bit heavier, this would be a really great beer.

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Photo of EPseja
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a SABL glass at just under cellar temperature. Thanks to BA brewfan and co. at BCTC for letting me take this freebie home.

A - Dark mahogany brown with hints of brick. Modest sand colored head. Sparse lacing, and only fair head retention.

S - Big oaty maltiness with chocolate and light molasses character. Some slight mustiness and wet cardboard, although I don't personally find that to be detrimental.

T - Subdued sweetness up front, with focus on the dark chocolate and cocoa-like flavors. Smooths out completely in the middle, letting in only a nuance of the alcohol, and turns quite dry in the finish. Notable hop bitterness, and trace amounts of tart residual yeast. A very nicely rounded taste profile.

M - A little watery at first, but instantly puffs into a creamy, satisfying mouthful. Swallow is sticky, foamy and slow, making sure to cover every nook and cranny. Very very nice.

D - This is an excellent porter, and resides on the chocolately end of the style's range. Perfect for evenings after summer gives up the ghost, but before winter gets a firm grip.

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

Purchased a bottle at Chip's Wine and Beer Market in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: Dark tan thin head with good retention. Black hue with some garnet highlights.

S: Subtle roast aroma. Also contains a toffee like sweet character. Burnt peanuts in the roast. Moderate perfumy hop character. Some bready notes. This is a pretty pleasant aroma. Quite complex.

T: A very nice slightly roasted malt flavor predominates. Some burnt character but very little. Finishes roasty and dry. Just a touch of seeminlgy noble hop flavor. No fruity esters.

MF: Very smooth with no astringency. A full beer that is quite mouthfilling.

D: Full body does not affect drinkability. Pretty darn good beer. Very well balanced.

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Photo of Jwale73
2.43/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to unionturf for the opportunity to try this one. Best by 08/2008 notched on the label. Served in a nonic. Opened with a whoosh and poured all head; rocky and the color of sandstone. Residual spatters of lacing lingered as the head slowly dissipated. Took about 10 minutes to pour the bottle. Once the head settled, brew presented the appearance of cola; almost black and opaque. Scents of malt, chocolate and a tangy, fruity quality. Taste is consistent with nose, but tangy dark fruit overshadows the chocolate character (closer to a baltic porter) with a slightly metallic finish. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied, but way too carbonated. Drinkability is greatly compromised by the carbonation and flavors are not style consistent and out of balance. Hopefully it's just a bad bottle.

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

less than 1 finger head but ok lace, quite opaque even when held to the lamp
caramel and molasses on the nose, leather, and prunes. remarkably similar to the brewer's amber ale but with the dark side cranked up.
taste totally follows the smell. the amber is so obviously just a paler, less well rounded version of this one.
surprisingly adequate carbonation. medium body.
not a big fan of porters but this is good and clearly better than the amber.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uber-dark brown brew with a surprisingly light colored head that fades quickly.

I smell chocolate, raisins, light expresso, wet cardboard and marashino cherries.

Taste many of the same characteristics as the nose with more of a latte taste than expresso. Wet cardboard taste is a bit too prominent for me.

My first Duck-Rabbit and I must admit, I was a bit dissapointed. This one was just ok.

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

Appearance: deep dark brown with good head that stays

Smell: Roasted malt and choclate with undertones of sweet caramel.

Taste: Sweet initially then changing to the roasted malt balanced well with hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body slightly creamy.

Drinkability: A good beer and nice porter, I enjoyed the roasted malt. I would prefer it to be a bit more smooth.

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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 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 dashirey
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one must have gotten shuffled around the fridge and was overlooked. But thanks to Tayner for this in a trade a few months back.

A - Brown, cola color. The pour produces a HUGE tan colored head that eventually reduces to a thin layer but never really goes away. Not much in terms of lacing on this one.

S - Mild chocolate smell. Something fruity is present as well (raisins maybe). A deep inhale brings a faint metallic smell.

T - At first it comes of as a little harsh but mellows as it warms. A little sweet taste up front but not from the chocolate, more from the fruits. Also a little smoke coming from the roasted malts.

M - I thought it was a bit thin and over carbonated at first. The carbonation does calm as it warms.

D - In my opinion this beer gets a whole lot better as it warms. As I said earlier my first impression was that it was harsh and not very drinkable, but by the end it is nearly a different beer. Keep that in mind when drinking this one.

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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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