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Duck-Rabbit Porter | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit PorterDuck-Rabbit Porter

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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 objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque brown with a sizable tan head to start, shrinking slowly to a thin film, pretty good lacing along the glass. The aroma is bittersweet, mocha chocolate coffee, pretty nice. The taste follows the same lines, with a smooth velvety body to match the character. Chocolate, mocha, coffee, a bit of bitterness, all pretty nice, thought the end seems a bit thin, but not lacking for taste. In all, a pretty nice porter.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black with a tan head. Aromas of a sweet roasty malt. In the taste, a big roasty malt, and a tad sweet. A very smooth mouthfeel, and a sweet malty aftertaste. Easy to drink, nice roastiness, and big malt presence. A very nice porter.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured aggressively into my new Sam Adams glass, the Porter is dark brown/black in color with ruby hues when held up to light. A 3 finger thick tan head tops the beer and fades slowly to a sheer lacing. Sheets of sticky lacing line the glass.

Smell: Hints of bitter sweet chocolate, caramel along with a subtle fruitiness dominate the nose. Citrusy like hops try to poke thier way through the malty goodness of the beer.

Taste: Starts with a nice malty backbone. Bitter bakers chocolate, black licorice, brown sugar and caramel. The middle moves the along to a finish that is roasty in character and with a hint of hoppy bitterness. The roastiness lingers on the tongue long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full mouthfeel, pretty smooth and creamy. Dry in the finish. Really makes you take another sip. Carbonation right for the style.

Drinkability/Notes: Purchased in August when down on the OBX, this is my last bottle and wondering how this was going to hold up. I'm pleasantly surprised. No oxidation. DR Porter is very drinkable. Plenty of roasted malts along with a nice mix of chocolate, licorice, dark fruit with hints of caramel and brown sugar. A beer that I can definitely drink more than one at a sitting. A fine everyday offering from the "The Dark Beer Specialist". Glad they lived up to their motto. Definitely recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

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Photo of shivtim
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it a duck or a rabbit? Neither, it's a porter.
Looks like cola, dark, translucent and brown. Has a few bubbles and a huge frothy tan head that really sticks around. Nose is sweet roasted malts, and slight alcohol on warming. Taste is tangy burnt malts and oily chocolate. Bits of hops filter their way through the heavily roasted malts, giving a tiny touch of an almost grapefruit flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent. Drinkability is good. Nice brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very non-offensive and session-able, but at the sacrifice of depth and texture. The beer opens with a moderately low aroma of mild coffee and pecans with a medium not of chocolate and lactose sweetness. Looks lighter brown than usual for Porters, and with fair head formation and fleeting retention. Flavors are very clean and display the same mild coffee, nutty, chocolate characters found in the aroma, but with a cola-like flavor that follows up in the finish. Hops are light in flavor and bitterness, keeping in balance wiht the light texture, which edges very close to watering. A good drinking beer for folks who like something between a brown ale and porter flavors, but perhaps with a smaller body.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour leads to a 1/2 inch off white head. There isn't a lot there to smell. Some candy/fruity sweetness that's hard to define.
This is one carbonated porter!! Despite this there is a nice creaminess. Dark fruits, raisins, plums, a slight sourness that gives it a nice twang. No noticable alcohol.
Easy to drink and would be even easier without the heavy carbonation.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears deep dark black with ruby highlights large fizzy bubbling tan head forms a dimpled texture and dwindles relatively quick with light uneven lacing bands forming down the sides of my glass. Aromatics deep roasted chocolate malts dry powdered cocoa tone with a creamy milky air to it light herbal hops here but overall the roasted coffee bean and chocolate creamy tones rule the day. Flavor wise a rolling combo of fruit including raisin and plum notes with chocolate, and coffee highlights this brew is a well made porter from front to the back low grazed herbal hops provide a touch of grassy bitterness but nothing that induces hop burps really relies on the bitterness of the dark roasts. Mouthfeel this is definitely a fuller bodied porter carbonation is a tad bitey but the overall velvet texture the body has to offer is amazing great stuff I love the feel of it kind ask for much more as the label shoves in my face these people are dark beer specialists. Drinkability is great quaffable yet poundable I guess that means that not only does it taste great and I desire more but I am also able to put a few of these down smooth traditional yet complex porter that I will grab again the next time I get a chance.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pour produces a dark-brown bistre body below a dark tan, 2" thick head. Retention is impressive, despite the lackluste lacing. By the way, to the reviewer below me, "Garnet" is a deep red wine color, as seen in the mineral. Aroma hits the nostrils with roasted chocolate coffee grinds and a flowery touch characteristic of the "Duck Rabbit" malts. It's enjoyable, yet muted compared to some of their other brews (btw, this is the last on the DR list that I've reviewed).

Taste is a decent, standard porter flavor with notes of coffee, chocolate, carmel, and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is nothing special, it's semi-thick to medium with a low carbonation level and a chocolatey finish. This is definatley a drinkable beer, but not one of Duck Rabbit's better year-round beers. Go with their Brown Ale if you'e faced with a buying decision.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - uncapped with a violent rush of air, yowza. Six fingers of light mocha foam - no beer!! This beer must be added in parcels, with huge cakelike tops of foam forming up each time. I finally get this thing in the glass, it looks pretty nice! Good mocha cover, a garnet body, flecks of lace. Showy start.

Aroma - coffee aroma, deeply roasted malt. Settles down and puts forth some great chocolate syrup aroma. Wow.

Taste - plenty of malts in the fore, sweet and roasty. Flavor gets a little watery mid-palate, a touch of metal in there too. On the swallow, a light bitterness shows up and the roastiness returns. Not bad, but not my favorite from D-R.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness, nice body and weight.

Drinkability - easy enough for a few more I'd say.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy tannish head, lots of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, scents of toffee, chocolate, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, lots of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little porter, recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown body with ruby-hued edges and a foamy, creamy-looking beige head.

Smell: Doughy, dark roasted malt aroma, with a good measure of chocolate and maybe even some sour black cherries in the distant background.

Taste: Full roasted malt flavor with well-rounded notes of chocolate and coffee. Some cola-like tastes midway. Faint fruitiness. A hint of sweet lemon juice on the otherwise roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Enjoyable and interesting enough for a relatively low-ABV porter. I'd certainly be willing to pick this one up again if Duck-Rabbit would ever make their way into the GA market.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost but not quite opaque deep brown, with a small head that actually lasted a good long while in spite of its relatively small size.

The aroma was roasty and a bit chocolately, with not all that much hop in the nose. In other words, it smelled about like you'd expect a good robust porter to smell.

The taste, however, was a bit of a surprise. There's a good deal of hop bitterness up front, perhaps even more than one might expect for the style. The flavor then evolves into the more expected sharp bitterness of black malt, and a bit of chocolate flavors from the other darker malts. However, it doesn't take long to realize that in addition to those flavors, there's a hop flavor that persists throughout. Not only does the initial bitterness stay from beginning to end, but the hop flavor follows the drink from the first sip to the last exhale. There's a *lot* of hop flavor here. Much more than one would typically expect to find in a porter of any type. Oddly, it works. It isn't usual, but damned if it isn't pretty good.

The body is a tad thick for a porter, more mimicing a stout body than the usual watery feel of a good porter. It's perhaps just a bit too thick to be really good, although it isn't distracting.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer in the least. It's not what you may expect, though. It's a good porter in many ways, yet it also has a few surprises waiting for you, some of which you may find pleasant, others not so much. Because of the "wait, what?" aspect of the beer, I can't rate it as high as I might. But it's still good, and still well worth trying. Not bad, and recommended.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice dark brown pour with frothy cream colored head.

Smell - Just slight hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste - Slight coffee taste with hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and very carbonated.

Drinkability - This wasn't a bad beer at all. Overall it was great porter. It lacked just a bit in it's taste but was still good.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has to be the one of the most carbonated beers I've ever had. 5 minutes in and i can't get it all in the glass. Plus with about half the bottle in the glass, the head in the bottle is coming out the top of the bottle. The huge frothy head sinks into huge craters and drops slowly. Well almost 10 minutes in and I have most of the beer in the glass. If it didn't take so long to pour the ruby black color and tan collored head would make for a great looking beer. Even with the huge head it leaves minimal lacing behind.

Smell is agresively chocolatey and full of coffee smells. The roasted burnt porter smell is also present. Taste is full of flavors up front but mellows quickly and then finishes with some bitterness. Medium bodied. Overall a nice brew. If I lived in NC I could see drinking this on a fairly regular basis. Not world class but good. Despite the problems getting it into the glass, I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a sixer of this beer on my vacation to the Outer Banks was in a lng neck brown bottle with a crimped cap seved in a nonic glass.

Brown/black with reddish hues letting some light pass through. Very generous tan head,very thick and creamy with good retention leaving thick lace curtians clinging down the glass.

Roasty,cocoa powder,nutty,milky and a very slight vinious aroma,moderate aromas and very pleasing.

Complex malty tastes,roasty,coffee.nutty,bakers chocolate with a slight vinious taste. Very nice balance with a clean.sharp,bitter finish,leaves a cocoa/chocolate aftertaste.

Very light and creamy. Great taste and a very light mouthfeel makes for great drinkability for a porter. Give this one a try if you happen to run across it.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown/black with half an imperial pint of frothy brown foam.

S - Coffee, milk chocolate and a roasted graininess.

T - Bittersweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, touch of coffee and slight astringency.

M - Medium body but over carbonated.

D - A decent porter.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a Sam Adams style pint glass.

Pours a mocha brown/black color (almost opaque) with a hefty, billowy, bownish head, that tends to leave a lot of lacing on the glass. Head retention is quite nice.

Chocolate hits the nose, along with a roasty malt aroma. A bit of bitter hops also hit my nose along with maybe just a bit of alcohol phenols. Nothing too exciting but suits the style well.

I expected lots of chocolate malts up front, but instead I get a roast flavor (burnt a little) along with sweet toffee. Carbonation is medium, and body is also medium-light. Finish is quite plain and a bit watery, but some flavor holds through the finish.

Fairly drinkable porter for any time of year. It would be a nice mid-fall/winter drinker.

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Photo of grub
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

got this one in an unplanned trade with MuenchenerKindl at dark lord day. thanks tom!

12oz bottle.

pours deep brown, not quite black, and nearly opaque. the huge fluffy tan head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. roast. dark chocolate. a bit of baltic sourness. huge bready malt. touch of toffee and caramel.

taste is great. bittersweet and milk chocolates. coffee. caramel. big bready malt. toasty. low bitterness level. hint of anise. very light fruity character that works well. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. initially the carbonation level was a bit high, but i got side tracked for about 25min between the pour and the review. the result was much better, with a smooth medium carbonation level. nice medium to big body.

drinkability (once settled) is great. well balanced and very enjoyable an excellent porter that i would surely drink a lot of were it available locally.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good black with a thin head and some lacing. Almost more stout like in appearance. The smell has a light roastiness, dry malt, and a slight whiff of cocoa. Taste is similar, but the malt seems sweeter than the smell let on and there is a not unpleasant note of tar as well. Also somewhat stout like, but dryer and slightly lighter bodied than many stouts. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy, but dry. Really a nice job for quite a drinkable porter. Their Baltic porter is sublime, but this is a good everyday porter.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It had been a couple years since trying this. I can now see that I need to purchase the Porter more often. Pour was a dark, near black with ruby highlights when held to light. Nice tan head and some lacing as well. Smell was of chocolate malts and roasted coffee underlying that. Taste is pretty close to smell. This one seems to have more flavor compared to other porters and less of the watery, lighter quality that I find often times in the usual porter. Chocolate again with hints of coffee and a fair amount of hops balance this well. Close to medium bodied, silky smooth and velvet-like to the tongue. I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting and find this to be one of my favorite porters, right up there with King Coconut.

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Photo of arizcards
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in late May with the May MicroBeerClub shioment.

Beer poured black with ruby undertones. Initial tan head was very good. As the beer warms the nose is very much dominated by the chocolate malts. Taste is roasted dark chocolate up front finely balanced by a fair amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky smooth going down - it would be perfect if it was a tad bit heavier bodied. Drinkability is near perfect. This is one awesome porter! Too bad it is not distributed to Arizona. Definitely a must try if you are a porter fan!

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Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color, fleeting tan head, and a lot of carbonation. I can actually hear it bubbling.

Smells like light roasted coffee, with a roasted grain and malt like character as well.

Flavor is crisp and dry. Some grainy malt flavors, a bit of coffee, and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is ok, but this seems over carbonated and a touch too lean.

All in all... a pretty nice Porter. Above average, and worth a try.

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks again Mike!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a very nice, Very dark Brown to Black, with good carbonation. The head is small, one finger, dark tan ans leaves some lace.

The smell is good slightly burnt toast and some dark fruit.

The taste is good as well. The dark fruit and toast theme continues. Taste is also dry and mild, not very pronounced. The hops are nice and add a good finish.

The mouthfeel is good a nice porter, good carbonation maybe too much and better then medium body. Dry and chalky over the tung.

The drinkability is good. A fine brew to be sure. Glad I tried it.
Prosit MK

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Photo of Alkey
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured very dark brown with a small brown head that leaves some spots of lace around the glass.

Smell - some dark roasted malt, a hint of coffee and chocolate.
Taste - a slight bitterness with lots of dark malt and a bit of unsweetened chocolate.
Feel - light, almost borderline watery.
Drinkability - another very good beer from Duck-Rabbit. The rich, robust flavors keep me interested and the low alcohol, light feel make for a good session brew.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Stout-like black coffee color with a huge head of light textured brown foam. Nice retention, and lots of lacing inside the glass. Medium to medium high levels of carbonation.

S: Aromas of sweet dark cocoa and chocolate, some earthy woods and cooked grains. A vinous smoke element mixed with dark malt scents. Very unique and enjoyable.

T: Light flavors of roasted malt and unsweetened cocoa. Light notes of tea and tobacco. Smooth grains. Not bad. Kind of one sided, flavorwise. Average.

M: Although I like highly carbonated brews, this one has a touch too much carbonation, and a lack of depth and density. Quite thin. Almost watery. Still acceptable.

D: Not bad. One of the more innovative American Porters i've had. I like the creativity. Worth trying.

Notes: From No Name BIF, courtesy of mikesgroove. Cheers!

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Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 620 ratings
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