Baltic Porter
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Baltic PorterBaltic Porter
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Style:
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #29
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,358
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 11.19%
Reviews:
493
Ratings:
929
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
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SCORE
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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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Reviews by thethrone:
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thethrone from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very dark ruby brown with thin tan head. Little retention, no lacing.

S - Smell is sweet, of dark malt and fruit. A bit of a roasted characteristic peeks through.

T - Chocolate taste, with lots of dark fruit. Primarily a sweet, malty brew, but there's a good balance on the back end so as not to be cloying.

M - Meduim bodied and smooth. Good carbonation. Goes down easy.

D - The 9% alcohol is very well hidden in this brew. Very enjoyable brew, and highly recommended for those who enjoy the style.

Nov 18, 2008
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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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unclederby from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an odd name for a brewery: whether you call it THE Duck-Rabbit or just Duck-Rabbit, it's nonetheless odd. But this reviews all about the beer and not the name, so i'll get to it:

The pour is pitch black and seems thick and creamy out of the bottle. A frothy, mocha-colored, one-finger head caps it off... but it's stay is short-lived. Very little lacing as i drink down.

Smell is of espresso, cocoa, molasses and vanilla with some underlying estery qualities.

Taste is big on coffee, like mocha java blended with french roast with the heavy addition of cream. There are also notes of dark chocolate and raisin compote. The finish is semi-sweet and long-lasting; alcohol becomes apparent only after repeated sippings. This ale is a bit rich, but that's a good thing here.

Mouthfeel is full - bigger than some imperial stouts i've tried - and leaves nothing to be desired. Creamy, viscous and silky all at the same time. Hell yeah.

I like this beer, i like it a lot... that being said two of these is probably my limit given this ales richness and its high abv. Two before bedtime would be just perfect.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for giving me the oppurtunity to sample this... great beer.

Oct 31, 2006
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ToasterChef from Maine

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes typed up during the recent BA server transition.

A: Dark brown, nearly black. Thins tan foam head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight smokiness give this beer an excellent aroma.

T: Hearty, smoky and roasted flavor. It has a slight bacon flavor! Bittering is mild, and there is a touch of alcohol at the finish.

M: Lots of carbonation and a body that is slightly heavier than average. Coating is thin, but has a lot of flavor.

O: I like this beer. The smokiness works really well. I would certainly order it again!

Feb 27, 2012
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crobinso from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 30, 2016
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ShepardCommander from Virginia

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

Mar 24, 2015
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2beerdogs from California

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Mar 13, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

4.0 A: Black color. One finger of thick creamy light brown head. Average retention and not really any lacing.

4.0 S: Oh boy is this nice. Lots of roasty and burnt aromas in this. Big chunk of roasted barley, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and molasses. Touch of raisin and prune fruitiness.

4.5 T: The first thing I notice is a tangy boozy sweetness, almost like lactose. Behind that there is again a good roasty toastiness, smoke, chocolate, and molasses. Some tobacco notes as well to complement raisin and plum fruitiness. Big bold flavors without being overdone.

4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very good creaminess and pretty smooth despite the tanginess.

4.5 D: DR's RIS disappointed me in how harsh it was. This could very well be an RIS and I enjoyed this one a hell of a lot more. Really good flavor profile and mouthfeel make this one good enough to come back to again and again. I wish I had another one.

Oct 01, 2010
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JRod1969 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

May 04, 2012
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paulish from New York

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

Mar 07, 2017
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bjohnson from Massachusetts

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

Big thanks to ChuckCook for treking this offering all the way up from Va. I swear I'm not following warriorsoul around...

A: Pours a very deep black color with merlot colored hues at the rim of the glass. Initial one finger deep caramel colored head dissipates rather quickly holding only a slight slight film on the edges of the glass.
S: Big chocolate with sweet caramel notes. Dark fruit aromas that have a slight spicy side are also present.
T/M: Ultra silky smooth with almost no carbonation as it makes it's way down. Milk chocolate flavors blend well with roasted coffee and sweet caramel. Thick in the begining but washes away rather easily--not a bad thing. Dry finish with a sweet roasty blend of chocolate and coffee in the aftertaste. Hops are noticeable but get drowned out by the intial thickness of the body.
D: Careful with this one...Abv goes completely masked. Extra silky and smooth makes this a wonderful sipping night cap beer. Very glad I got the chance to try this offering.

Nov 15, 2006
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coldmeat23 from Oklahoma

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLAS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to Deuane for this one!

This pours a dark ruby tinted, jet black color. A minimal head of brown foam forms and quickly fades. Lacing is fairly minimal.

The nose is full of sweet maltiness. Light notes of chocolates and coffee are present, along with some hints of dark fruits. A slight booziness is also detected.

This is a huge porter, as in flavor-wise it's almost more like a barleywine. It has a huge level of sweet malts. Very good presence of dark roasted coffee. Milk chocolates and dark chocolates combine with a lacto-like sweetness. This is all attempted to be balanced by the roastiness of the malts, but the sweetness is slightly more prominent.
This is very tasty!

This is medium-bodied with a light-to-medium level of carbonation. It is very smooth drinking, with little creaminess to speak of. This is fairly true to style though, so no real surprise.

This one is delicious and easy drinking. At the halfway point though, I'm already starting to feel the 9.00%abv. Not one for sessioning, but very tasty.

Nov 12, 2009
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NCbeerpirate from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Jan 22, 2012
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JKWBMH from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Feb 14, 2014
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froggyfrog from Pennsylvania

4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottomless brown with a magenta kicker, this beer is adorned with a briar-colored head, which at first pour spans the breadth of the glass. Soon the head begins to drop, spotting the face until finally a simple but tenacious atmospheric ring remains clinging on the perimeter.

The nose is astounding, leading with full sweet fruits drizzled in chocolate and caramel. Molasses and sweet alcohol notes brandish in turn. Brown sugar can be found cavorting with hints of floral hops and dried apricots.

The prodigious quality of this beer is continued in the flavor arena. Within the viscid weight is bound up cola, cane and booze. This heady potion backs up the hints we found inside the nose. Darker fruits they rear their heads these plums, currants and goose. ‘Till once again in brew review, my way I've come to lose. When not rhyming but describing notes is what I have to choose, (I know I'll cringe on reading this once waking from my snooze.)

As my manner of verse is more Dre than Dickinson, I hereby return this review to a more palatable format. It concludes in less than poetic fashion with the following statements:

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter is syrupy and sweet with a warming alcohol presence. The nose is sweet and dark and full, and the delightful flavors follow suit. This beer is outlandishly drinkable.

It be some truly moby hooch.

Oct 03, 2007
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BamaBeerBuff from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lighter black color with dark-leather colored highlights. The mocha colored head lasts for a little while, then falls to a thin covering. Modest lacing left behind.

S: Robust and huge. Dark rum-soaked fruit aromas predominate, with molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and toffee all making some contributions. Simply a marvelous aroma.

T&M: Black cherry, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, light espresso, and toffee flavors explode on the palate. The finish is tart and acidic, showcasing an interesting blend of fruitiness and coffee-like dryness. Mouthfeel is a touch light for my liking. A heavier body would make this more like a stout, but this feels ever so slightly too light for all the flavor packed in. Still, it's a great brew.

D: Very delicious, and although the feel could be better, it's not a fatal flaw. Yet another great beer from the dark-beer masters--Duck Rabbit!

Feb 18, 2011
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BierBliss from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Mar 01, 2012
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burkesquires from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Feb 09, 2014
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FtownThrowDown from Ohio

3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with slight froth. Smell is a little soft, not much going on there. Taste is roasted coffee and cocoa. It also has a sense of fruit going on that is pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth but a tad too carbonated. This is a easy drinking beer that slightly shows the 9% abv. It’s not very sessionable, after one, I think I’ve had enough.

Jun 22, 2007
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dprophet from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Jan 22, 2012
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travelguy from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 05, 2016
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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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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of toffee, chocolate, graham cracker, and has a mellow astringency. The taste is like the aroma, but more astringent. The finish has a lingering alcohol presents. The mouthfeel is full bodied with appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Baltic Porter. I could easily drink this beer again.

May 07, 2008
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

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

A: Pours black with about 3 fingers of milk-chocolate head. The head recedes into a thin brown cap with some decent lacing.

S: Some roasted, smoky malts up front followed by sweet chocolate. The finish has a tart cherry aroma to it.

T: Very similar to the aroma, there is some roasted malt and sweet chocolate up front. The slight tart cherry flavor shows up in the finish, providing a nice tart bitterness on the finish.

M: Surprisingly medium body with medium carbonation. The body isn't too light and watery, but not too heavy like an imperial stout as well. Quite good.

D: With the medium body and not too much bitterness or sweetness, this beer goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall, definitely one of the best Baltic porters out there.

Feb 16, 2011
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Mpenders from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Jun 29, 2014
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