Baltic Porter | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by LostInTheFlood:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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Photo of chiefoaktree
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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 oberon
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy hoppedup for this NC treat,poured a deep ink black no light showing thru this puppy a 1/2 finger mocha colored head atop wich is gone quite fast leaving a glass of oil-like fluid.Rich aromas I pick up some bitter chocolate and definent molasses hints along with some dark fruit,wow what a nice full but easy mouthfeel pretty much perfection it glides effortlessly down but is full bodied.Molasses and raisin/prune like dark fruit flavors abound with underlying chocolate and roasted nut flavors a great lingering dryness comes out in the finish as I drink more.Another great brew to come outta NC there are many and this is near the top for me.

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

Photo of JW_WNC
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours extremely dark (black?) and syrupy into the glass. Practically no head. No lacing. just a few bubbles in a light brown ring around the glass.

S: Deep roasted coffee and chocolate smells. Pleasant on the nose, with just a bit of an alcohol smell.

T: Thinking this was going to be nice creamy chewy porter, I took a good long pull. Yikes! This stuff has bite! I have to say, you can taste the alcohol in this and that has always been something that I have personally considered "less than desirable" to my own tastes. Getting past that, the flavors are indeed good and chocolaty in nature. There is some decent bittering in the linger but more noticeable was the warming as it went down. This stuff honestly reminded me more of a barley wine than a porter.

M&D: Mouthfeel is heavy and sweet - tons of body and weight. Carbonation is light and spritely, but has to fight its way through the syrupy goodness. Drinkability? Well, it's good, but it's heavy. I don't think I could do more than one at a time and actually enjoy it, but the flavors really are quite good.

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Photo of drumline
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark black with a head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell - Chocolate, dark fruits and caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy. Chocolate and caramel flavors, with a roasted coffee-like aftertaste.

Drinkability - Drinkability is rather high for a brew of this alcohol content. Very deceiving. I could have a couple of these in an evening, although it would knock me completely on my ass. The perfect nightcap for the evening. Easily my favorite NC brewed beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle into my glass an extremely dark brown bordering on black with a quarter inch of dark tan bubbly head on top. This one doesn't let much light through at all. Aromas begin with rich dark roasted malts filled with deep chocolate, molasses, raisins, figs and plenty of dark fruits. Maybe a touch of licorice in there as well. Really complex and very nice.

First sip brings big dark maltiness with caramel, deep chocolate, molasses and a touch of coffee. Dark fruits follow with some plum, raisin, fig and even strawberry. Its begins somewhat sweet and flows down with a nice mellow bitterness. Finishes with a touch of licorice and just a hint of hops. A big, rich, wonderful brew. Great stuff!

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and smooth. Good sturdy carbonation. This is really nice without becoming to heavy at any point and lends itself to easier drinking. A damn fine Baltic porter. I could probably only have two in a sitting, but I'd love to have this one again. Thanks to unclejedi for the chance to sample this one. I'm looking forward to the other Duck Rabbit brews I have yet to sample!

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Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one appears almost pitch black to me in my glass. Good 1/2" of dark tan head to start with. Reduced to a layer of dense foam.

Aroma is really nice. Dark toasted malts and milk chocolate. Definately has a lactose type sweetness, and a bit of an acidic nose that is usually expected in a Baltic. Little flares of alcohol are sent up as well, but work in with the aroma nicely.

Definately a Baltic here, that lactose acidity is prevalent and almost a bit overpowering to me, but it seems to be balanced out in the finish as the acidity flees and gives way to the dark toasted malts again which show a bit of chocolate as well. Good overall flavor, still not my favorite style but I can enjoy this one.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, but I usually expect something just short of full in this style so this right around where my expectations were. Seems to have some level of carbonation in it to keep it from feeling too flat.

Overall a pretty drinkable Baltic for me, definately has the typical traits of one but the darker toasted flavors that I like more are there too. Good beer...another solid offering from Duck-Rabbit.

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Photo of heddar33
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of trade with mntlover. Pours like a stout, dark and opaque, with the consistency of three year old motor oil. Attractive khaki head is sturdy and is followed up by some attractive sheets of lace.

Aroma is milk chocolate, some roasty coffee, and a complex wave of mostly dark fruits like plums, figs, and cherries. Some grassy hops are noted, as well as some anise. Very nice!

Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. Moderate carbonation is ideal for the style.

Lovely taste of creamy milk chocolate enhanced by some bitter roasty notes of coffee. All kinds of dark fruits as well as some cherries. Plums, figs, dates, and a hint of prunes add a teasing complexity. Grassy hops add a bitter edge but are barely noticed. Alcohol is hidden beneath all the complexity of flavor.

Another winner from Duck-Rabbit. One of the best Baltic Porters on the planet here.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChuckCook for this well-traveled brew.
Pours a deep, dark black color with a full finger and a half of milk chocolate head...sits on top like a rootbeer float, but fades after a few minutes.
Decent aroma...milk chocolate, vanilla, with a hint of carbonation.
The taste is why I am constantly impressed by these folks...dark chocolate with the perfect amount of sweetness. Has a nice addition of hops, which add some fruitiness I really dig...thick mouthfeel with a very well hidden 9%. The sweetness fades midway thru and finishes quite dry.
Goes down very easy, but more of a dessert beer for me...a couple of these and I'd be well on my way.
Definitely my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit, but a great beer among many others they produce.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for sending me this bottle. This is one I have been wanting to try for a while.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and some charred notes. The flavor is roasted and charred malt, with some chocolate, coffee and alcohol. The beer is fairly boozy, but very enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle served into a nonic glass

Extra thanks to Kwakwhore for the send,tried some Duck Rabbits while on vacation at the Outer Banks this summer,they were all exceptional beers. Glad i got to try this seasonal beer from Duck Rabbit.
Opaque,black looked stout-like. Slight amount of tan head,less than an 1" settled into a lasting creamy layer throughout the beer.No much lacing,just a spot or two.

Intense roasty aroma,very smokey,chard wood,dusty chocolate,black coffee/mocha. Great complex malty nose,lots of earthyness also. Has a creamy,vanallia extract aroma,just a tinge of alcohol.

Very roasty taste,strong burnt notes,chard wood,bittersweet chocloate,black coffee,thick layered carmellness,creamy mocha with a touch of vanallia.Lots of sweet dark fruityness,the alcohol is fairly well hidden with a nice,slight warming effect.Very good balance,finishes with a clean earthy/woody very sharp,pleasing bitterness.Fades into a tounge swelling drying bitterness,has a touch of sourness. Lots of complexity,very enjoyable taste.

Very smooth and creamy,medium bodied. The kind of beer that leaves you craving more. Exceptional drinkability for a 9% beer. If you like baltic porters this is a must try beer. Another great beer fron Duck Rabbit deservingly worthy of being the dark beer specialists.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Pours very dark black with an almost nonexistent light brown head. Very sweet nose with coffee and chocolate scents.

Very smooth taste, fairly light body for such a hardcore porter. Which is very welcome. Very toasty almost burnt flavor to it. I think ti's just awesome, the 9% abv adds a lot too it to, very warming and sharp. This beer would be perfect on a nice cold night, but it's still welcome in the middle of summer!

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Photo of mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Nass
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-

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 916 ratings