Baltic Porter
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #27
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,980
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 11.19%
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
919
From:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Fall
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Gots
  105
SCORE
92
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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Photo of macrosmatic
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Nass
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-

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of BrewMaven
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!

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Photo of q33jeff
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
04/22/15
05/13/15
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.
**

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Photo of jjamadorphd
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.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
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.

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Photo of acmurphy696
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.

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Photo of chiefoaktree
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.

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Photo of sjdevel
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.

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Photo of drtth
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.

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Photo of Cigarlover
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

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Photo of Derek
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.

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Photo of JonCorbett
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
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.

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Photo of ordybill
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Bee in Pooler, GA. The appearance is black with a small tan head. The aroma is coffee with some cocoa. A really good porter.

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Photo of lastmango
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque pitch black with no head and minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and black licorice. Taste is sweet roasted malt with a hint of dark chocolate followed by black licorice at the end, with no bitterness. The beer is creamy and a bit oily. The 9% alcohol is not detectable. Very good brew.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that can't be seen through. There are aromas of malt, toffee, and - perhaps chocolate. It has a really malt-forward taste with caramel and brown sugar flavors. Mouth feel is nicely full but also syrupy (which I don't count as entirely pleasant).

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Photo of gerite
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaquely dark brown with mild carbonation.Taste is creamy roasted malts with a slight hoppyness. Undertones of dark fruit and rich chocolate. A very smooth ported that makes a fine after-dinner or evening drink.

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Photo of jancona
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany color - close to black. A quarter inch of mocha colored foam with moderate lacing. Nose is sweet malts, a bit of stickiness, dark fruit - very nice. Taste is sweet licorice (very pleasant) with toasted malts on the finish. Feel is a little thin, but not syrupy.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and smoke on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with smoke and roasted malt.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks normal.
Smell gives me what I expected from the label.
Taste had the bitter malt that I have come to expect from the style.
But this truly is a smooth porter.
And I will seek it out again when in Florida.
Reviewed on the "1001" and probably deserves to be there.

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Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 919 ratings