Baltic Porter
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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From:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #65
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,477
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 11.3%
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
439
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 29, 2022
Added:
Aug 10, 2006
Wants:
  179
Gots:
  107
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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Rated: 5 by Greg_Eans from Kentucky

Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle best before date Aug 2022 into a 12oz glass.
L: Pours darkest brown w/a 3/4" creamy med-dark tan head w/good retention, no visible carbonation, moderate sheeting and lacing.
S: Molasses, dark rum, cherry, dark roasted malts, char, root beer, leather.
Taste follows nose exactly and includes chocolate, dates, mahogany, light smokiness, very woody w/an extremely long mellow citrus bitter finish that lingers on & on.
F: Robust, creamy, full bodied tawny mouth feel with an incredibly long linger that goes wide. Quite drying and firm at first then smooths over time.
O: A divine Baltic Porter. Earthy with a rather large taste that is warming in the chest. No taste or smell of alcohol. It is outstanding in it's style.
Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Drinking this at one of my favorite tap rooms, Tapped Craft and Drafts.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks dark brown almost black with a nice foamy tannish head that lasted.
Smells malty, sweet, chocolate, vanilla,
Taste follows the nose nicely and the high ABV not really detectable.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style with a nice creamy finish.
Overall a very nice example of the style that I would definitely order again.
Cheers!
Jan 13, 2022
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is chocolate, cherries, molasses, a hint of alcohol. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth trying.
Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming basically no head, which was a little surprising. Smell is almost raisin-like, kinda like it but not expected. Taste is an excellent baltic porter, malty and some fruit, kinda raisin/date like the smell. Light to medium bodied with very little carbonation. Simple but tasty!
May 03, 2021
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Reviewed by oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Extremely delicious, especially as it begins to warm. Lots to love with this beer as it's akin to a classic British Porter but pumped up. I'm picking it up on cinnamon, nutmeg, smoke, chocolate, coffee, cherry nyquil and a touch of earth & classic c-hop.
Apr 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.55 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Apr 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Maillard from Ohio

Mar 13, 2021
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Reviewed by freshwater_drum from Ohio

2.76/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Does anyone else taste fish in this? Maybe I got a bad batch, but this tastes like it was mashed with sardines. Almost threw it out, but just can't bring myself to do that. I was looking forward to it, but there's no way I can get this a good review.
Feb 23, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
5 oz pour at The Daily Growler Columbus:
L - dark, Head dissipated quickly
S - malt, notes of molasses and caramel
T - deep and full of malt, molasses, caramel and cocoa
F - dry with minimal carbonation and a full mouthfeel
O- great porter, full bodied and balanced
Oct 08, 2020
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.59 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Apr 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.61 by rangerred from Tennessee

Apr 02, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Cheers
Feb 02, 2020
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +1%
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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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.22 by Mike_ from Georgia

Aug 03, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jun 05, 2019
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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
 
Rated: 4.02 by sirspins from Florida

Feb 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.97 by MacStinson from Michigan

Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

1.45/5  rDev -64.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by sgregory from Connecticut

Apr 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.1 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.95 by nwhittin from Indiana

Dec 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by wjbent from Florida

Sep 25, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
2017-05-23
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
 
Rated: 4.21 by csurowiec from Maryland

May 17, 2017
 
Rated: 1.97 by joshautry from Pennsylvania

May 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Zaktcc from Maryland

May 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Narthax from Texas

Apr 30, 2017
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Reviewed by BrewMaven from New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 938 ratings