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 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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Photo of gford217
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown, not quite pitch black with a huge dense off-white head that shows fantastic retention and decent lacing. Smell is mostly sweet malts with a heavy toasted/burnt aroma to it. There is also a bit of dark chocolate and espresso in the nose as well. Taste is much like the aroma - burnt malt taste up front with some dark fruits and chocolate. There is a hint of espresso bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy but with high carbonation and pretty dry in the finish. This is a pretty simple yet good porter that is very drinkable.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a conical pint glass. First thing I noticed was the monstrous foamy tan head. Much of this lasted throughout the drink. Very thick opaque black. No light's coming through this one.

Smells like bittersweet cocoa, maybe a bit like a jam?

Taste of bitter cocoa and a little coffee. Tastes a little dry. Finishes bitter with a hint of nutty aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall, a pretty good beer from the local boys at Duck Rabbit.

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

Thanks to beachbum1975 for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours deep brown, nearly black. A big strong head forms mocha colored and holds very well. Some good lacing when the heads up.

S: Light coffee and chocolate notes. On the dry side.

T/M: Very dry and chalky with a bit of an aspirin taste. The chocolate outweighs the coffee by a bit and has a powdered chocolate milk mix taste to it. Body is medium full with a decent smoothness.

D: Easy enough to drink but nothing spectacular in the taste department. Too many other porters out there. Thanks for the taste, Shane!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost opaque, with a hint of light able to break through on the bottom and (barely) around the edges. Khaki head, full of big, bursting bubbles.

S: Toasted caramel malts, a touch of smokiness, a sweet, almost fruity note.

T + M + D: A little sweeter than some, with a bit of a raisin/grape flavour coming out in some ways along with fairly typical chocolate and coffee flavours. Quite a nice body, feeling creamy but not heavy. This could make for a good candidate for a couple on the patio on a cooler summer or autumn day.

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

Big thanks to witbier for bringing this one back from vacation.
Very dark, looks clear but it's pretty much opaque, brownish edges. A thin cap of fine tan foam reduced to a thin skim and thick collar within about a minute after the pour. Some spotty lacing. Lots of roast in the aroma, mild chocolate and a flash of grassy hops that dissipated after a few minutes. Same in the flavour, with moderate bitterness and a hint of fruit character from the yeast. Slightly grainy texture, average carbonation, medium bodied. Easy drinking, though there's a bit more roast present than I normally like in my porters. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: ill be honest, this could be a 4, but i expect a more sticky head with a porter style, there is a residual tan ring around the edge as it drops, but it does not stick

S: A slight roasted aroma, nothing too strong, i like the mild aroma.

T: let this puppy warm a bit. when i first started out it felt too carbonated like had a bite i did not like. as it warmed it became incredibly smooth. for the straight porter style this is very good. its smooth with a strong coffee taste with a hint of chocolate and a roasted malt finish. it is not too sweet but has an almost cocoa flavor, on the finish. the carbonation touch was still a tiny bit off puting, i wold easily come back to this beer again.

thanks everetends for the bottle

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields an opaque deep brown body topped with a soft fluffy tan cap of two fingers that retains at a sheet and leaves webby lacing.

Smell is of chocolate, dark coffee, toffee and caramel with a hint of oil-roasted pecans.

Taste is of rich dark roasted grains and malts, French roast, chocolate liqueur, hot cocoa and maybe even a little chocolate milk before a nice bitter finish.

Milky and smooth in the mouth; savory, with a nice sticky finish. Medium-bodied and very drinkable.

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

12oz bottle received from SaintNathaniel. Thanks a bunch! Poured into my Russian River pint glass

A: Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin brown head. A shade darker than usual but still good

S: The aroma leans heavily on the roasty side of things with a good amount of creamy sweetness thrown in for good measure. Hints of coffee with a good dose of dark malts. Very appealing.

T: A little thin in body, with a good roasted flavor coming through with a nice hint of coffee. Not much sweetness as would be suggested by the nose. Nice dry finish. Great stuff

M: In between the great burnt malt bitterness, dry finish and moderate carbonation, we have a winner

D: Easy drinking porter that i could drink more of.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh NC. Duck Rabbit doesn't distribute in OH so I'd been looking to try this for some time. The appearance was good, almost the same as the Duck-Rabbit milk stout I'd just had (dark brown and opaque in the center, ruby highlights at the edges). There was about and inch of tan foam after my pour, very appetizing. The aroma also had the same elements as the milk stout but possibly in different ratios (coffee, chocolate, roasted malts). Same with the flavor, although the sweetness is not as present in this beer as in the milk stout. The mouthfeel is about as thick as the average porter or maybe a little thicker, and this is maybe the most flavorful and drinkable porter I've had. I will easily buy this again if I see it. Next time I try the Baltic Porter.

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

Got this is a sixer from Green's off Ponce in Atlanta. Poured into a pint.

A: Came out a deep brown with ruby highlights, almost black. Didn't get a huge head, but still a good looking pint.

S: Deeply roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, lactose, and a little hint of fruit.

T: Once again heavily roasted malt, a touch of caramel, nuts, and coffee.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a bit light for the style. Somewhat creamy, but doesn't coat the mouth.

D: Because it feels so light, it is very drinkable.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer poured a clear brownish read with two fingers of head.

the beer smells like oats and cherries and caramel. also a bit toasty smelling.

the taste is bittersweet chocolate and coffee with a metallic background.

the carbonation is moderate, decent for the style. it's a good bit light.

this is easy to drink, but the worst duck rabbit offering i have had. a real letdown from their baltic porter.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body looked like a blackened ruby depending on the angle of the light shining down or through. The head was quite large at first but faded to a manageable size in a couple of minutes allowing me to fully empty the bottle into a pint glass. The smell was clean and down the line for a Porter. The usual check list of chocolate, toffee, and coffee smells was crossed out. The Taste was better than what was suggested by the smell. The roasty burnt grain taste was quite prominent, as was the sweet toffee, and a sour follow up. The mouthfeel was grainy and the finish had some coffee like bitterness. Quite a complete Porter that hits the right notes.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tayner for throwing this one in a recent trade..

Pours out black, black, black, black, black with a huge billowing creamy tan head... this may be the best looking porter that I've ever had....

Aroma of sweet roasted malt, perhaps a hint of chocolate and maybe some Saaz...

Very rich dark roasted malt flavor... not much else to say...

An OK porter... sort of middle of the road to me... Their Baltic porter blows this one away...

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

Many thanks to marcpal for this one.

Poured from a bottle a dark, clear ruby red with a skyscraping tan head.

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark ripe fruits, and vanilla.

The taste hits you first with a sour dark fruitiness followed by a roasted malt/coffee note. Finish is surprisingly clean and light.

Lighter, wet mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A solid porter from Duck-Rabbit that drinks easy. Also, pour with care...this is one foamy beast.

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

Pours a dark brown colour with ruby highlights to it. Head is big and foamy with a tan colour and leaves spotty, minimal residue.

Aroma consists of burnt malt and a bit of coffee and has a general hotness to it (not that hot is a smell, much as cold is not a taste, but that's the vibe I got from it).

The flavour is similar with burnt malt and coffee providing a bit of harshness here, although a bit of creamy somewhat sweet chocolate seems to be in the mix a bit more so here than in the aroma. mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and is perhaps a bit thin even for a porter.

This is a nice beer overall. I wouldn't call it a top shelf porter but is still very good. Maybe a second tier type porter. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Deep maple in color with a hue of burgundy; semi-opaque. A faint, off-white head filled with carbonation that leaves traces of condensed lacing.

Roasted malts with notes of chocolate and dry toffee. Musty astringency that takes away from the true sweetness. Dried peanut and almond.

Chewy, roasted malts with somewhat rich flavors: dark chocolate, burnt caramel. Airy, mustiness that is even more intense as it is joined with the dry, nutty character. Finish is bitter and dry.

Medium in body; airy and carbonated moreso than rich and chewy.

This Porter doesn't display major flaws; however, there are many pleasantries either. Decent, but nothing special regarding flavor.

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

12 ounce standard brown bottle. Notched best-before May 2008. Attractive, if simple label. The brewery's motto is a little silly ("The Dark Beer Specialist").

Pours slightly transparent dark brown. A quarter-inch of tan head quickly disappears, leaving sparse lace. Smells strongly lactic, with cross-currents of burnt coffee and chocolate malt. The flavor displays better balance. Deep-roasted coffee and burnt toast dominate. Becomes a bit sweeter, more caramelized in the center. Finishes with a touch of bitter pine hop. The beer feels light in the mouth. Not especially rich and with far too much carbonation. Not bad., but won't set the world on fire.

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Photo of jackorain
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed-4/3/08 enter from notes.

A-Pours a little thick out of the bottle. Almost pitch black but some light gets through showing brown highlights. Nice tan head with good retention and good lace.

S-Roasted grain, dark bread, coffee and chocolate.

T-quite smoky and roasty upfront. There is a hint of coffee and choclate in the middle and it finished with a sweetness and slight sour twang.

M-Medium body, creamy, great carbonation-not too fizzy like some porters can be.

D-I could have a few of these.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ATLbeerDog for this bottle.

This one pours a very dark brown with half of an inch of tan head. The head disappeared kinda quick and there really isn't any lacing.

The aroma is fairly subdued, but I do pick up some roasted malts, sweet toffee, and just the faintest bit of coffee.

The flavor isn't much better, not that it's horrible or anything. The flavors just seem to be light. I get the roasted malts and sweet toffee and, again, just a hint of coffee.

The mouthfeel is too thin for a porter, imho. A bit watery and a tad too carbonated. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but there is room for improvement.

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Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks!
Pours mostly black with some light coming through in the edges. Tan head that doesn't last. Somewhat thin looking. Smell is roasty malt, some cardboard like notes and coffee. Taste is tart at first sip, and roasty character beyond that with a lingering sourness. Tastes like a watery cherry porter. A bit thin and the tartness seems really out of place, but not spoiled. I'm continually let down by this brewery, and can not understand the hype. Especially unimpressed by this one. Blah.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From my notes during my road trip of summer 07.

Pours a dark brown, close to black color, large sized head that fades at a slow rate, oddly enough it doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell is roasted malt with a strong presence of licorice, hint of caramel and a stronger hint of chocolate.

Taste has a decent balance between sweetness and bitterness, bit much for carbonation though since it just explodes in the mouth, bitterness from the dark chocolate aspect of the beer, this beer finishes incredibly dry and chalky which does not fit.

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Photo of Pencible
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a very dark ruby color with very little tan head. It smelled like bitter coffee mixed with chocolate and a hint of cherry. It tasted delicious, like sweet chocolate covered cherries and rich coffee. It was thin with slight carbonation, with a mild aftertaste of coffee bitterness. Overall this started out a very tasty and distinctive beer. But unfortunately, the flavor became fairly bland after the first few sips, turning what would have been an excellent beer sipping into a boring gulper.

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

Black with a good head.

Nice roasted smell to it.

Roasted flavors dominate, with coffee and chocolate. A very pleasant taste to this one, with just a bit of a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel could be thicker, but as it is, it keeps it from getting too dense.

Overall, I really liked this, and will be back.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich sable brown, almost opaque, with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Smoky aroma has some maltiness and coffee undertones. Flavor is rich, strongly of burnt coffee with hints of molasses and some hoppy bitterness. It leaves a hoppy and smoky aftertaste.

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Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 619 ratings.
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