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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Reviews: 344 | Ratings: 618
Photo of ppoitras
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" beige head above the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head is gone in a flash, leaving film and a couple of bubbles, with average lacing, at best. Aroma is dark grains, with coffee easily apparent. Taste is semi-sweet coffee grounds, without the crunch. Mouthfeel is hurt by the minimal carbonation, and drinkability is hindered a bit by the unbridled coffee bitterness. Just couldn't settle down with this one myself.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by Sept. '05. The beer has a black body with ruby on the edges and a 1 finger tan head that leaves a ring of bubbles on the surface but doesn't lace the glass. It smells very earthy with green hops and some coffee. The flavor has this plus bitter chocolate, hops (citric?) that leave a medium bitterness, and raisins that show up toward the end. It has a medium body and carbonation and is overall a very tasty porter.

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Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of September 2005 is notched on the label.

The pour produces a small, dark khaki head that eventually recedes leaving only a ring and an island of bubbles. The color of the beer is almost black with just a slight hint of brown showing through.

The initial smell is of roasted, smoky malts...plenty of woody, earth aromas. Hints of coffee and dark, bitter chocolate abound. There is also a moderate hop aroma.

Carbonation is medium, and the body is almost medium. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but only slightly so.

As in the smell, the first flavors I notice are those of toasted, roasted malts. After some of those flavors subside, the hop bitterness first reveals itself...and lingers on into the finish accompanied by a coffee like malt flavor.

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Photo of KoG
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of hoppedup in BIF 21.

Dark body with some deep red highlights that are tough to pick out. Tan head leaves a nice lace on the glass and keeps a light dusting on the surface.

Smell is grainy. Chocolate, coffee, and toasted barley character with some light citric hop. Faint apple and must smell can be found on occasion.

Rich taste is full of roasted barley, coffee, and some light chocolate. Hops seem lightly citric along with a light fruity taste. Finishes lightly dry with a flare of bitterness. A bit thinner than expected.

A pretty good porter with some different flavor profiles than I've had. Is there that much difference between East and West? I intend to find out.

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Photo of cracgor
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Completely black. Small tan light head with beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell: a little grassy to the nose. A bit coffee like.

Taste: grassy standsout at start--tastes a little like raw almonds. Aftertaste is a strong bitter coffee-like flavor from the roasted malts. A nice mix of malts in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full to medium body. Nothing very special here--just seems standard.

Drinkability: Not my favorite in their offerings, but an intersting enjough brew, and not too overwhelming to drink several.

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

Love the label, its a duck, no, no, no, wait, its a eyes are now crossed...

Deep tar brown, not completely opaque though, some muddled dark ruby crimson is cloaked within when put up to a bright enough light. Like the sun. That worked. Tan cocoa cap of light medium stature sits with a smooth creamyness. Fades down to a firm collar and a light broken mist. Thin and minimal stringy lace sticks.

Aroma has a nice dry dark chocolate tone. Partially roasty. Sminting of oat flakes and barley sweetness. Light flat coffee bitterness. A smearing of molasses tang emerges shortly after sitting taking away from the intial chocolate.

Taste is smooth with well balanced tang, roast, and bitter all rolled in along the way. Darkly sweet and roastifyingly tangy with coffee bitterness, chocolate, and oats. Some briskly brief burnt black malts bring some darker flavors of char, also, baked molasses cookies seep in across the middle fading into the finish as it drys off leaving a good amount of coffee bitterness and roasty dryness.

Solid medium body with a creamy smooth interior, yet keeps its roasty, tangy character on top. Pretty solid porter, starts swiftly, middles out strongly and finishes with a good porter character. Quite the drinker too. Goes down with convincing ease.

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Photo of mntlover
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish dark red but looks black unless you take the time to stare at it. Nice big fluffy tan head that doesn't lace as well as it looked like it would.

Aroma is light roasted malt with some chocolate in the nose little fruity with some hops mixed in, very light coffee hints. Overall the smell is ok not the best but decent.

Taste is nice roasted malt good coffee flavors mixed with light chocolate sweetness that tries to balance out the coffee bittterness but loses. Some fruit hints show up in the middle the finish is lingering coffee bitterness mixed with earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is on the light side for a porter nice roasted flavor but no much heavier roasted feel.

Drinkability is good goes down smooth and easy. Flavor is nice enough debated 3.5 for taste but its pretty decent brew not the greatest porter but pretty damn drinkable anyway.

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

Poured an impenetrable black with a bigbubbled tan head. The head pulled a houdini pretty quickly and there isnt any noticable lacing.

The smell is heavy on coffee and chocolate aroma creating a sweet mocha nose. There is a pronounced roasted smell, but overall it is all somewhat understated.

Rides in prickly on the tongue with alot of effervescence. Its not too rich, with flavors of chocolate and coffee, the roasted malts really kick around and the hop bitterness mingles with the roasted bitterness in the finish. I swear to god it tastes like Reisen chocolate chews right as its about to go down.

This is not the richest porter around, but it isnt too light either. It is a fine brew for a cold night, but it could stand to have more body. Thanks to blitz134 for the bottle!

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Photo of AlexJ
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep russet brown in color with a long lasting beige head that laces nicely.

Aroma is bitter coffee, chocolate, some dark malts and red fruit, with a delicate floral hop character underneath.

Flavor is similar with roasted coffee and chocolate upfront, a touch of jammy dark fruit, and a moderate hoppy finish.

Body is medium, with a soft palate and somewhat dry mouthfeel.

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

A good friend from college brought this NC treat to New England for me to enjoy.
I am drinking a chilled bottle in a pint glass.
The beer pours a very dark brown color with some ruby tints showing through when held to the light.
A creamy .5 cm tan head foams up and remains through the sampling. aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with a lite coffee bean aroma as well.
First sip reveals a very lite carbonation level that is very spaced out in feel on my palate, and slightly thin body.
Flavor is sweet chocolate up front and some molasses mixed with a roasty malt finish. No hops that I can find anywhere inside. A tasty brew that I found very easy to drink.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark brown beer, light can just barely make it through. The head was small, and disappeared almost immediately. The smell is very nice, very chocolaty, some dark malt aroma. The taste is OK. There is not a lot of flavor. The mouthfeel is way to thin and watery for my taste. This is problem with me for some porters. Drinkability is good, it may not be a great beer but it is drinkable.

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Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice nearly black color with only bits of light wrapping around the corners. Head was thin and fleeting, but was a nice dark brown while it lasted before reducing to only a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell is heavy of coffee with hints of oatmeal. There is also a nice sweet malt backing to this. A nice smell which is relatively full.

Taste is full with a bit of spice on the back end with flavors that remind me of a stout. I detect a fair amount of coffee as was found in the nose. But there is also some bittersweet chocolate.

This coats the mouth well and is full bodied and makes for a very filling and easy drinking brew. High recommended. An easy porter to fall back to.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Peabody's in Boone, NC, on 3-5-05. Duck-Rabbit brews are a recent arrival in Boone, and this bottle is notched "best before 6-05". Pours a very dark brown body, almost opaque, with garnet tints around the edges when backlit. Cocoa head is small, but hangs around a few minutes before fading to a film. Some nice patchy lace is left on the glass. Aroma is dark toasted malts, mostly old coffee but with some chocolate and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, but a bit thin. Body is light medium with average carbonation. Taste has a predominant coffee flavor, with notes of chocolate, walnut nuttiness, and a hint of cherries toward the finish. Adequate hops bitterness is earthy and slightly herbal. Bitter coffee aftertaste is longlasting. Fresh tasting, and nicely drinkable. A decent porter from this small North Carolina brewery.

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

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. Notched "best by" date of what appears to be 12/04.

Poured an inky darkness...not quite black. A brownish-black with hints of amber at the edges. Bubbly tan-colored head lasts for a surprisingly long time and leaves minute rings of lace on the glass. Aromas of toasted grain and coffee predominately, but there's some caramel and raisin flowing underneath. Flavor is a mixture of chocolate and coffee. Had sort of a "Coca-Cola" character to it in the sweetness. Different, but not in a bad way. Thinner than expected but still drinkable. A solid first offering for me from Duck-Rabbit.

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

The duck-Rabbit Porter pours a murky, muddy brown, with small traces of crimson creeping out the edges, topped with a light tan/cocoa head, a slim ring, though lasting (but not long!).

Bittersweet aroma, medium roasty, creamy, rich mocha suggestions, getting sweeter as it goes...nice.

Very nicely met in the mouth, big flavor, full texture, with dark chocolate, coffee, a bit of tar and tobacco, too...a complex character, and easily drinkable. Medium to full in body, long, thick finish, hangs thickly and happily on the palate.

Quite a nice little porter they've brewed up, there at the Duck-Rabbit.
Funny name, nice beer.

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

Pours a deep brown with some red highlights thru out a slightly off white head that lingers for quite awhile,aroma is burnt with an odd lactic note (not a bad think)and a dark roast coffee note coming thru more as the beer as it warms.A really dry earthy beer bitter for the style not much sweetness a little more sweet as I drink more but very dry for the style.Pretty highly hopped porter here very earthy and nutty almost a nut brown character but more dry.Interesting to say the least I would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of Skidz
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this interesting beer.

12 ounce, no freshness date. A regular style cap was used to seal this screw-type bottle. I found that a bit odd. Some glass was chipped off on the theadings, but the beer was still sealed in tight.

Pours out a dark reddish-brown and sits deep, dark mahogony in the glass and achieves a small tan head that fades to a light skim.

Smells of roasted grain, rasins, chocolate and caramel. Aromas of apple skins and flesh sweeten the nose. A dose of roasted coffee bean as well.

Tastes sweet and malty up front with nice roasty flavors. Some fruity flavors of apples and raspberries (faint), and intensifying roastedness. Finish is bitter and lingering flavors of fresh roasted coffee are found well after swallowing.

Nice and smooth, creamy body with faint and delicate carbonation. Well built.

A solid porter and makes for good, easy drinking. All of these NC beers have been quite pleasing, I need to make a trip out East.

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

Apperance: Large bubbles in a brownish cream head with some lacing.

Smell: Coffee finishing with chocolate.

Taste: Slight roasted and caramel flavor though a fairly light porter-like body.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but very good.

Drinkability: Good session beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Coffee brown, but still translucent, with a nice tan head; decent lacing

Smell - Lots of dark chocolate on the nose; just a wonderful smell

Taste - Just like the nose, a lot of chocolate and caramel flavors coat the tongue; after about 5 seconds of sweetness, bitter hoppy flavors emerge; plenty of bitter chocolate character at the end, along with undertones of sweet caramel

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with a bit of creaminess; moderate carbonation

Drinkability - A very flavorful porter that ranks among the best, with its hop profile that makes for a nice balance against the sweeter elements

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Duck-Rabbit Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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