Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Duck-Rabbit Baltic PorterDuck-Rabbit Baltic Porter

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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: 478 | Ratings: 901
Photo of dawgontap
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at Melton's App and Tap in Decatur. Very, very spot on as far as style goes. A really, really big beer at 10%, and Melton's gives you a PINT of this stuff....incredible.

Very strong coffee notes with a little bitter chocolate in the background. A thinner mouthfeel which is exactly what you would expect from the style.

It's not my favorite style of beer, but I don't grade on what I like, instead on how the brewer fit the style. This IS a Baltic Porter.

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Photo of Catfishslayerdrew
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(A)When you pour this beer rite "I poured mine in a short tulip glass" it has about a half inch head. It will go away in about 20 seconds though. The beer is a rich black color that does not let light pass through.

(S) It has a crazy good smell that reminds me of strawberries, sassafras, and weak ass coffee.

(T) The taste delights me to no freaking end! It is like a sour beer with powerful notes of strawberry chocolate frappuccino LOL! Freaking incredible and so different! There is also that classic porter taste in the background that chills in your mouth and lets you know your drinking a dark beer. A flavor for the gods I assure you. Dont worry about the higher alcohol level in this beer. It is masked like a jello shot that only warms you once it is in the stomach.

(M) It is silky and wonderfully carbonated like a world class cream soda.

(O) I would buy this beer over and over again. It is one that is best enjoyed with the company of others. I don't normally rate beers; but this one has me wanting to shout reveries of its awesomeness from a mountain! Please try this beer so that you know im not crazy for my outlandish description.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a dimple mug)
Best before 10/08
thanks to SincereNc for this brew
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a dark tan head full of holes. The head fades to a thick ring and last. The body is too dense to see any sign of carbonation.

S- This beer has a big earthy vinous black roasted malt aroma with a slight sweetness to it. There is a perfume quality to the roasted malt that makes me want to sniff this beer for days.

T- The dark inky taste of black malt has flavors of dark raisins and some burnt notes with a slight sweetness to follow. The finish is a soft vinous flavor followed by a nice roasted bitterness that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. The finish has a soft astringency of black roasted malt but no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer is delicious with huge black malt flavors while staying smooth and complex aswell.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wide-mouth snifter, revealing a touch of cloudy in deep black body under a nice light crema head. Some delicate lacing. Very pretty porter. Smells deliciously sweet and malty with some nice acidity and roasted notes. I wish more porters could smell like this.

Tastes pretty much as amazing as it smells. Sweet with a touch of burnt caramel, vanilla and some nice earthy roasted undertones over a smooth watery finish. I concede that I've been out of country for a few weeks without access to craft brews, but this may be the tastiest porter I've ever had. Mouthfeel is silky light with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Body is almost medium in thickness, but the smoothness masks it well. A slightly prominent acidity makes each sip palate-cleansing for the next. Entirely drinkable.

I need to get myself more of this!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks to Robbeer for bringing this to Japan.
Beautiful rich brown head, with mid-night black body.
Rich aroma of charred cedar, espresso, walnuts, beautiful.
The rich fresh roasted coffee flavors, with molasses, and a huge carmel finished. This has an incredibly long charred chestnut finish.
Smooth mouthfeel on a medium body, minimal carbonation, incredibly mild for 9%.

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Photo of acsprouse
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: black, dark strong looking brew here. Held up to the light you see some ruby red tones around the edges.

S: sweet, alcohol is there. You get a creamy smell, mixed with alot of dark fruits. Chicolate an maybe some anise. Kinda odd dark fruit

T: chocolate, creamy, dark fruits straight forward. Malty sweet well balanced. Maybe some milkiness

M: thick, full bodied beer. Crramy, silky

O: great baltic. Well balanced. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of Daktah
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An almost perfect beer. Pours deep brown, almost black, with a tan head. Low carbonation and a little lacing. The smell is almost all dark fruit, with a touch of chocolate or something else sweet. Taste is more dark fruit and a richness that doesn't overwhelm. Delicious dark cherry notes. This beer is exactly why I love Duck-Rabbit. Intense flavor in perfect balance.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
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 AndyAvalanche
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. Beer comes out dark brown, like the color of dark roasted coffee when it's first brewed, before any other ingredients added. That's the best way to describe the color, but the texture looks thicker. Tan colored head about a half a finger thick sticks around a short time to leave a skimming and then just a small ring around the edges, not much lacing.

Smell is freaking wonderful, especially for the style. I feel like too many baltic porters that are tried to have huge flavors and aromas end up smelling like a fire that was just put out, not the case this time. Huge, super roasty, with aromas like chocolate syrup, dark/strong coffee, and molasses. In addition to these are also some aromas of nuttiness and even some natural dehydrated fruits. If I didn't already know the style I'd say maybe this was a Russian Imperial Stout, and I'm not saying that cause I had one earlier tonight. Very complex, but very good.

Taste is equally as outstanding, again it's super roasty. The smell made me think it was going to taste a little sweeter than it was, but it's still really good. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and fresh brewed coffee, pretty equally balanced. Also some subtle hints of dark dehydrate fruits, but the coffee/chocolate combination is the prevalent feature.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a good carbonation level and full bodied. Smooth mouthfeel from beginning to end, well maybe slightly clean and dry at the end. The 9% alcohol is not one you'd expect from the mouthfeel either, no hot bite at all, and it's nice and drinkable. You could use this as a sipper, but you certainly don't need to. Great representation of the style. Duck-Rabbit made it worth Drive of about 1,200 miles worth it!

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Photo of drumline
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just a fantastic beer. Pours a ruby highlighted dark brown with a tan head. Smell is a beautifully balanced roastiness, creaminess, touch of sour, and rich wineiness.Impressive. Taste is sublime- dark malt, winey complexity, super creamy, and a delicious tang. Hops on the finish as well.Just delicious and an impressive interpretation of the style. Very creamy mouthfeel with a great refreshing lactic sourness. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. Thanks to Brouche for this one!!

A - Pours a black hue with a ruby red top...mild head, but a small, beige ring sat atop the glass for awhile.

S - One of the most interesting aromas I've experienced. Smells almost like marinated meat on a grill - I kid you not. Once I got past that scent, I picked up traces of deeply-roasted cocoa and malt...altogether, the smokiest aroma I've breathed in. Excellent!

T - Smokey malt headlines the very complex taste. Raisins, plums, and a various assortment of dried fruits have a strong showing. Suddenly, I'm met with a huge blast of sweet chocolate, blended with raspberries and/or black cherries. Every sip leads to different flavors...wonderful!!

M - Very creamy with a bold, alcohol finish...fruity aftertaste lingers long afer the last sip.

D - The best porter I've ever had...I just can't drink more than one. Well, I probably could, but it's much more enjoyable when consumed in moderation ;-)

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Photo of scott
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unknown vintage, but indicates to consume before 09, thanks to AKSmokedPorter.

Unbelievable black pour with strong frothy head that laces beautifully.
Aroma of robust coffee, that delivers the same quality in taste, accompanied by raisin, soy, and mild chocolate and dare I say, spice?
Carbonated wonderfully, with a silky cream that is wet and juicy.
I would drink this everyday if I could. This is true craftsmanship that delivers an awesome product. I was saving quite a few different beers for a "30th" review, and I'm glad I had something this good to critique.
Shit, I'm overjoyed I had something this spectacular to drink!

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Photo of YankChef
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of my buddy at Brawley's beverage, thanks for the hook up man!!!

This beer pours an aggressive pitch black motor oil with a sinister looking dark head that is milk chocolate covered.

The aroma on this beer is incredible, smells rich and dark with heavy roasted coffee notes and even a touch of vanilla and banana, there is also a hint of lactose like aroma.

This beer tastes rich and full bodied, as it smells but so complex and so much more. Layers of velvety dark goodness that is beyond explanation...

Overall: Well it looks like the beer gods have blessed farmville, NC this beer is simply incredible. Judging by when its release is I'm drinking it with about 9 months of age on it so perhaps that is playing into the smoothness. One of the 10 best beers in the world that I have tried and ive tried a lot, lot more then I have reviewed. Seize this if you see it!

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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 gorby16
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This porter looked like motor oil when poured out - a nice, opaque dark brown/black color. The foam was tan colored, thick, and lingered.

S - Chocolate, coffee, sweetness, and my wife picked up some fruit tones - maybe blueberry.

T - Very smooth and well balanced. Tasted like deep roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavors. Has a smokiness to it as well as some sweet and tangy flavors.

I agree with a previous post that this is a beer to sip. It is a great porter, but the powerful sweet taste makes it a beer I would like to enjoy less frequently than some others. Duck Rabbit never disappoints.

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Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a very deep, dark brown almost black with a coffee colored head. Strong malty aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee with hints of tofee, nut and sugar. Rich, malty flavor with dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, sugar cane, alcohol ad dark fruit. Very smooth and creamy up front with a warming alcohol snsation in the finish. Excellent.

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Photo of onehomesickalien
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer.

THANK YOU Mike Brawley for letting this slip on to your shelf.

a - Poors a dark brown/black with nice tan head. Looks more carbonated than it actually is.

s - Typical porter smell (coffee, dark fruits, malts) but more sweet notes than most.

t - This one impresses from the first sip. Perfect balance of burnt coffee, sweet fruit, malt, light hops, and slight bite at the end.

m - Both carbonated and reasonably thick feel on the tongue, but this one goes down very easy.

d - Stout 9% ABV is the only area of concern. Besides that, these are thoroughly enjoyable sip after sip!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I think this is the best porter I have ever had in my life! Thanks go to nflmvp for the bottle. The color was a dark black but a little reddish at the edges where the light hits. The taste was a little sweet, malty and very close to the regular Duck-Rabbit porter. I savored every drop of this awesome brew.

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Photo of genog
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, sludge, black color that reminds me of draining the oil from my car. Creamy, thick brown head sits on top of this one only to slowly die down. With every swirl of the glass more head returns and builds. Smell is of coffee, caramel, toasted malt, doughy cookies, smells awesome. Taste is sweet and sugary with dried fruit, some molasses, bitter with creamy coffee notes. Sticky, and creamy mouthfeeling that makes you smack your lips with every sip. Absolutely awesome beer, glad I was able to try it!

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Photo of Friskybeerrapist
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to start and say this is a very good beer from Duck-Rabbit, like most of the other reviews this brew is true to style and all the flavor notes are there. This beer is so well balanced and drinkable than lesser baltic porters, it deserves to be cherished. Saying you're "The dark beer specialist" is a bold statement but, they get it right with this one!

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an opaque black with a one/two finger brown head.

S-Pretty powerful nose IMO. The roasted malts are definitely present but what stands out the most to me is the sweetness of the aroma. A sweetness the smells of candied sugar and dark chocolate.

T-The tastes opens up with a nice roasty flavor that you would expect and is followed by a subtle sweetness. Not as sweet as the nose lead on, but I am still picking up notes of dark chocolate and figs. No alcohol taste to speak of which is surprising considering it's 9% ABV.

M-Nice thick creamy mouthfeel with a mild amount of carbonation.

O-Exceptional beer, easily my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit. The smokey and roasted malts are balanced perfectly by a dark fruit/chocolate sweetness. Be careful though those ABV's will creep up on you since you cannot taste them in the beer you forget its strength. Will definitely be seeking this beer out in the future.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every once in awhile you have a beer that changes your perception of beer. This is one of those times. For a moment until the glass was empty I felt as though I was taken to another place. A better place. The kind of place where even the worst farts smell like roses.
Pours a pitch black. Large brown head that recedes and holds at 1/2". Lace cascades down the glass as I tip to sip.
Lot's of fruit in the aroma. Cherries. Chocolate. Faint whiff of alcohol.
The flavor has it all. Roasted chocolate malts forms a solid backbone that is enhanced by lot's of fruit flavors and some bitterness. This taste so good you don't want to swallow.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy, not syrupy. Thick and filling. The alcohol burns a bit and it's interesting how it's noticable in the mouthfeel and not in the taste.
One sip leaves you longing for another.
I'm very proud that this beer is from my home state.

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Photo of brantadid
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with no head into a snifter. A thin tan film formed around the edge of the glass. Good lacing inspite of the lack of head.

Wow, really complex aroma. Sweet smelling with chocolate or cocoa notes. Some spice and/or licorice. Faint pepper in the nose.

This is just an insanely flavorable beer. Malty, sweet front palate that is followed by vegetable/earthy flavors on the mid palate. The taste is rounded out by cocoa and espresso flavors. Slight bitterness is present but it isn't overpowering. Somer berry flavor as the beer warms. Some tobacco notes also.

Alcohol is totally masked. This beer has near perfect mouthfeel. It is rich and thick without being viscous or syrupy.

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