Baltic Porter
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #29
Ranked #3,293
4.11 | pDev: 11.19%
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Baltic PorterBaltic Porter
Notes: The Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter is deep, rich and velvety soft. A full blooded roasty character with almost no burnt flavor is balanced by complex alcohol notes. Strong (9% alcohol by volume) yet unfailingly subtle, this special brew rewards unhurried attention. Enjoy!
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's been a little while since I've had a Baltic Porter. It's a style that is supposed to be pretty funky, but I've had some great ones. This one is close but not quite what I would hope for in my old world blackness.

It pours really nice, with a big head that simmers down to a light fizz. The aroma is a weird kind of dirty. Nasty odd hops tastes plus funky yeast and malt. The taste takes that a step further, with a funky aftertaste too.

Not recommended. Seek other examples of the style. My sample could have been old - it tasted it - but the label markings did not indicate anything.

PS - A later sample (I can't believe I got sold another of these) showed that it is better to drink a bit colder than I had that first one. It is just too nasty otherwise.

May 24, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Khaki head left nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts complimented the dark fruit, raisins and raspberries. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, tobacco and a touch of coffee. Alcohol is enhancing, not overpowering.

Mar 30, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If it's dark it's Duck Rabbit. And keeping the traditional beer of the Baltic region alive, the brewery gives the Baltic Porter style a go.

Very dark, bark-brown, their simply named Baltic Porter pours with a slightly muddled appearance before crowning with a dense sepia cap. Its scent of toasted sweetness, dark fruit, cream and coffee comes with hints of chocolate, cola nut and vinous tartness. Stern sweetness of caramel and toffee glides onto the early palate with an earthy richness of sorghum.

The finer nuances of the porter open up on the middle palate, leading with chocolate, nuttiness and coffee. Medium in their intensity, the smoothness of the beer allows for the fruitier elements of red grape, raisin, dates and currant to add a pep of brightness that leads to a wine-like tartness with hints of pepper, peat and smoke for added complexity late on the palate.

Full bodied yet smooth and quite unassuming in finish, the stronger porter veers from the toasted intensity of standard porter and favoring a slightly more British stock ale character in a fruity, mulled spice aftertaste. A not-so-subtle measure of astringency plaques the finish to draw the beer's only true flaw.

Feb 18, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent little baltic
pours a deep brownish black with a thin cola highlight and a
nice head of dissipating foam that settles to a thin ring and light
dusty layer. Nose of cocoa, dark fruit notes of blackberry and
cherry, dark molasses, and light herbal notes. Flavors surpass
the nose with dark cocoa, subtle coffee, black berry, dark cherry,
raisin, and dark breaded notes with subtle herbal hops. Nice mouth
feel; medium full body, smooth, light carbonation, and a rich
cocoa and roasted malt finish that is faintly dry.

Overall, a solid little brew


Feb 02, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, label notches say best enjoyed by 1/21. Thanks to Brutaltruth for this one! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit (plum, raisin), cocoa and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some dark bread, molasses, cherry and herbal flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good Baltic Porter, certainly worth trying. I know I'd drink this again given the chance!

Jan 31, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; dark khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of smoke, cocoa and marshmallow. The flavors basically follow the nose. More cocoa and marshmallow notes. More smoke. This one is definitely on the sweeter side. Low to no bitterness. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid Baltic Porter. It's basically what you would expect from the style. There's a sweetness to this one, but it's not cloying or anything like that. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all. I like it.

Jan 20, 2020
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter at a music club. I had complained to him earlier about places serving stouts and porters too cold so he left one to warm up; it was still too cold but I appreciated the effort.

There was very little tan over an inky dark brown body. Complex malty, chocolate and coffee smell. Taste suffered initially from the chill but the char flavor had no harsh impact on the palate. As it warmed up near the end the flavors popped out more. Mouthfeel was fine for the style. A good Baltic Porter.

Oct 23, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this bottle! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Firestone-Walker goblet. 2012 vintage bottle, reviewed on 8/25/17.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with minimal visible carbonation. Forms a very thin tan head that recedes quickly.

S: A big aroma here – you can smell it while you're pouring. Equal parts dark chocolate and coffee, big maltiness with a fair amount of roast character and some moist tobacco. Some light fruity yeast esters are about the only hint this is a Baltic porter rather than a stout.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts. A good amount of fruity yeast esters – plums and currants, just a bit of cherry. Milder coffee, with some caramel and molasses in the malt bill as well. Mild roasted bitterness comes up in the end, but the sweet esters last longer.

M: An average body for style. Low carbonation sensation. Alcohol is very well-hidden; I wouldn't have guessed this to be nearly double-digits.

O: A more-than-solid Baltic Porter. Not always my #1 style, but this is quite well done and has aged beautifully.

Mar 21, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter; not sure on bottle dating, but has the 12 notched out on the label. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, nuttiness, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, cherry, sherry, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, nuttiness, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, cherry, sherry, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very minimal herbal/roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, nuttiness, toasted dark/brown bread, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Light carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is an awesome Baltic porter! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV, with minimally bitter/drying finish. Very rich malt complexity, and complementing restrained dark fruity yeast notes. A very enjoyable and spot on style example. Not sure of the age, but likely has a couple years on it. Very impressive.

Jun 02, 2018
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Nass from Florida

1.45/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I love the cute label design of the black ducks with the winter hats. Whoa! this is way too bold & sweet for me to handle. I am not tasting anything exceptional or outstanding about this black beverage. Am I drinking a baltic porter or a really old bottle of Doppelbock? This is a drain pour for me. I am extremely disappointed with porter. Cheers! D-

Apr 02, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – Thanks Michael!
12 oz bottle BB 11/17, Stored in 42 degree reefer, served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Roasted malt – fades but is still noticeable at the end.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive pour), tan, somewhat fizzy, lasts only a moment, diminishing to a partial ring one mm wide and no layer.
Lacing – None.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Begins slightly sweet with mostly roasted malt taste. Allowing it to warm in my mouth frees the alcohol. Ends slightly sweet with an ephemeral hit of chocolate darting by. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – Full, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: A decent example of a Baltic Porter. The head and lacing are typical of the high alcohol Baltic Porter/Russian Imperial Stout type of brews, as is the body. Both the aroma and the flavor seem to be rather limited for the style. I’ve definitely had worse.
Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4. Overall 3.75.

Dec 22, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into shaker pint glass

pours very dark black color, with tan colored head. nice big aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, a touch of fruit. taste is roasty but not dry or acidic - like dark cocoa. nice smooth soft mouthfeel.

Sep 24, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tulip. I don't see a date on it. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours black with almost no head, and only a little very fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is roasty, anise, coffee.

Taste is very roasty, without tasting burnt. Moderate sweetness. This is a really nice example of a porter, well balanced in all dimensions.

Mouthfeel is thickish but a bit too still. Overall, definitely a recommendable porter.

May 24, 2017
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BrewMaven from New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up while vacationing in NC.

Poured near black with a slight hint of garnet showing at the base of the glass. Minimal head that dissipated to a ring quickly.

I got a bit of roasted malt and cocoa on the nose.

Same thing when I took a sip...with a slightly sweet dry finish. Medium bodied with subtle carbonation.

This would make an excellent cigar beer on a Saturday evening!

Apr 24, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark black with small tannish head.
Aroma is all toasted malt.
Taste is malt, with little hints of coffee and chocolate.
Smooth feel.
A very solid porter.

Apr 01, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am becoming a true believer in the "Dark Beer Specialist" brewer...

Another DR offering, another one from their small-batch series, and another one that just blew me away. Though it had no head or lacing to speak of, it was a beautifully dark beer - no denying that. The smell was special - a perfect mix of booziness, sweet tang, and a nutty base I just can't put my finger on. This is the same I can say for the taste - a definite nutty taste, slightly sweet, and quite possibly the best porter I have had to date. Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated but astringent - no big deal, but it's definitely there. Overall, a truly special beer from a brewer that might be pushing its way on to my top-5.

Mar 31, 2017
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

9-3-2017 Update: This is an amazing beer. Increasing smell and overall.

12oz bottle, I couldn't find a bottled on date. I had side-by-side with a Zywiec Porter (at 9.1%?)

This was a great beer, and, although the Zywiec was really good, the Duck-Rabbit out-shined it in about every respect.

Mar 28, 2017
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter is as pleasantly suprising and stunning as Olivia Munn in the opening of Magic Mike.
Ironically, there's a thin line between porters and stouts; it's ironic because both styles are delightfully rich. The nose on this porter smells chocolatety and rich, and there's definitely a rich cocoa bath on the tongue. Okay, I need to calm down. Because this Duck-Rabbit is so rich that its roasted chocolate tone lingers. I will need a moment.

Mar 25, 2017
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chiefoaktree from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought on recommendation. A great compromise for my imperial stout wife and my porter palate. Pours beautifully dark and thick and (for us) is the perfect combination of smooth malt and mild hoppiness. It is fairly expensive at $12.99/6 pack but it is so darn tasty we bought the last three sixers at our area "spirits warehouse." Unfortunately in our county I believe I have only one retailer carrying it. I sent a complimentary email to the brewer with a couple of questions about the beer but I have not had a reply in over 3 weeks. I also left a voicemail asking about distribution in east Central Florida (along with bountiful praise) and also did not receive a reply. My take: awesome beer and horrible consumer response. This old marketing guy never understands why businesses fail to communicate with happy buyers.

Mar 08, 2017
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark black with a deep tan head. 1 finger head from the 12 oz. bottle. Decent retention... for a porter. Smells of charred grains, roasted nuts, and coffee. Tastes rich and chocolatey. Slight coffee and tobacco. Some nutty flavors. Really dry roasted. Not much sweetness. Nice mouthfeel. Pretty thick and oily. Overall it is a really good porter. I like my Baltic Porters a bit more sweet and chocolatey. I feel that if a Porter gets really dry and "burnt" tasting, then it is more Stout like or more like a Robust Porter. Great beer none the less.

Mar 06, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The black beer is served in a small tulip with a 1/4" tan head that slowly recedes to the surface leaving a ring and some small patches of lacing that never entirely disappear. Sipping creates scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas include chocolate and roasted malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the chocolate and dark roasted malt in charge. There is not even a hint of burnt character in this one and the sweetness and bitterness are noticeable and well balanced but not at all unpleasant. The alcohol is well concealed.

The mouth feel is on the full side of medium-bodied and smooth with the gentle carbonation. The finish begins as the chocolate and sweetness recede into the background first to then be followed by the roasted malt and hop bitterness as the whole turns into that dryness that invites another ship.

This is a really nice beer that is well worth sipping both for its complexity and the high ABV. Not only would I like to have a second but I intend to keep an eye open the bottled version to add to my list of occasional treats.

Feb 01, 2017
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Cigarlover from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good looking dark beer with that peanut butter colored head. Great nose with the smell of coffee and a little dark chocolate coming behind it. With a ABV of 9% the alcohol is hidden well in the beer with no strong boozy taste. This beer is a hidden treasure. With a beer of this ABV and flavor that comes with a cheap retail price ? I'm glad I tried it for the first time. It will not be my last !!!!!! Good beer and reminds me of an Old Rasputin

Jan 20, 2017
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Derek from Canada

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This has been on my wants list for 8 years. It just turned up at a local store, unfortunately it's best by 7/16. But it's 9%, so it should be good, no?

Very little carbonation or head.

Aroma of black strap molasses, licorice, dark raisins, rye bread.

Showing a little oxidation, but some nice flavour... Molasses, licorice, bakers chocolate, rye bread, raisin, dark rum. Restrained bitterness.

Moderate to full body has a light residual sweetness, with a drying finish. A bit flat.

Oct 17, 2016
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JonCorbett from Canada

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured in to a chalice. Nice cola black. Carbonation is good and bubbly with an aggressive pour. Medium sized bubbles develop a loose, frothy caramel coloured head with a relatively moderate to low retention (moderate dissipation). Nicely settled thin ring of lace and faint surface carbonation

Aromatics: Nose is full of dark fruits - dates/plums, with hints of sweet nuts like almond/cashew and even a touch of vanilla, caramelized brown sugar, and mellow roasted coffee.

Taste: Starts very fruity and sweet, then mellows into a molasses+dark cacao flavour with those dark fruits staying present. A nice coffee bitter that doesn’t near espresso, and plenty of nicely roasted malts that finishes in an almost sweetened bitter anise/fennel/licorice.

Feel: Bitter but not earthy, and moderately to heavy body, the settled out carbonation lets it swirl smoothly across the palate with a creamy and light coffee texture. Just a pang of alcohol vapour at the very end, and finishes off pretty cleanly, with memories of the coffee float away.

Overall: A wonderful fruity porter that is well balanced between it’s roasted malts and rich bitter and creaminess - I would easily add this as a enjoyable porter anytime.

Paring: I would definitely use this as an after dinner digestif, as fruity as it is it would compliment almost all fruit tarts or pies. It’s sweet bitter combo would also play very well with something more rich like a volcano brownie or red velvet cake.

Jul 28, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BBD 2016. Pours black. Normal head volume, poor lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of light roast, dark chocolate, raisins with plum notes, caramel and light molasses with a bit of caramel.

Light full bodied with a smooth texture that has a bit of creaminess. Slightly below normal carbonation level and is a bit low for the body. Light effervescence in the middle and prickly in the finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. The 9% ABV is very well covered by the rich complex flavors. All the flavors of the nose appear, but mostly in blended fashion. Sweet molasses and caramel form the base with roast on the top. Bitterness is a hint in the middle and mostly roast based. The finish is a slow sweet fade with notes of chocolate, raisin and plum.

Jul 14, 2016
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