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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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Photo of Bunman3
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh boy. I LOVE this style o f beer and I am extra stoked to try a beer from North Carolina! This is a dark, dark beer that pours with a thin layer of brown fizz that disappears quickly. The overall odour and taste are dominated by cocoa, roasted malt and Nescafe. The finish is very dry, with a slow burn thanks to the high alcohol content. This is a gem - exactly the type of beer I hope for when I open the door on my Beer Advent Calendar.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 16 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar - glad am I to be able to try these sought-after brews from the south-eastern US, especially this one!

This beer pours a rather solid black abyss, with the scantest of basal mahogany edges, and one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly creamy brown head, which leaves but a few strands of dotted mitochondrial lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, grainy caramel malt, rich bittersweet chocolate, reduced brown sugar, a touch of those Scandinavian anise candies, cafe-au-lait, an indistinct dark fruitiness, and a wee hint of metallic alcohol warming. The taste is softly grainy and roasted caramel malt, subtle toffee, cherry and raisin-infused medium dark chocolate, muddled coffee grounds, a suggestion of soured milk, stale brown sugar, ethereal black licorice root, and a relatively respectful dose of booze astringency.

The bubbles are pretty weak in their tamped-down frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, only a bit of wayward alcohol heat picking away at my palate here. It finishes off-dry, but not by all that much, as the cocoa, licorice, and coffee have a sort of collective placating effect.

Well, I gotta say, this is pretty damned good, but not the game-changer or eye-opener that it might have been if I'd come into it a number of years ago. Anyways, very worthy, especially as a spreader of this somewhat esoteric style across the near deep American south, I'd imagine.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, reddish brown with nice two finger head and solid retention and lacing. Smells of malted chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, cakey. Tastes of sweet malt forward, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel – hint of non-specific dark fruits, very malty but not saccharine or syrupy. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, fair amount of carbonation, nice clean finish.
Overall, this is a great Baltic porter. Very complex but very drinkable. This is a solid beer, and easily the best Baltic porter I’ve had.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black. Has a thin tan head with barely any retention or lacing. The aroma is big roasted malt with hints of coffee, grain, and stronger alcohol notes. Taste-wise it is very similar to the aroma. The body is not overly heavy and has a nice smooth finish.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 12/2015, poured into a snifter glass. Got this from my friend in NC at Grapes & Grains in Clemmons, NC.

Appearance: Black with a hint of cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. Barest thin light tan ring of foam at the edge of the glass and nothing across the top. No lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, caramelized malt, brown sugar, licorice, molasses.

Taste: Roasted malt, char, licorice, molasses, burnt sugar, and just a hint of acidity and metallic at the finish. There is also a lingering spiciness on the tongue that lasts a bit at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very light carbonation, with a mild astringency at the finish, but not in a bad way.

Overall / Drinkability: Seems to hit the style pretty well. What it lacks in lacing and mouthfeel it more than makes up for in aroma and taste. While I enjoyed this, I cannot say I would want more than one an evening. Still, a solid example of the style and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(recent release - poured into a Teku glass)

L: about 1 cm of head forms, fizzles out to a thin, messy collar... very dark brown liquid, with brownish red highlights... very little lace

S: dark chocolate-covered raisins, no hops... very little presence of alcohol... pure malt muscle... overall, not overwhelming intensity

T: big hit of roast seemingly out of nowhere, takes on coffee tones later... fair amount of bitterness and dark toast... dark chocolate midway and through the finish, but perhaps begging for a touch of sweetness... slight note of caramel flashing before midway point... alcohol nicely muffled in the background, with a mellow fruity tone lingering with some chocolate raisin in the aftertaste... huge malt core

F: thickish (perhaps a tad too), medium-full body... round, rubbery feel with slight viscosity going down... some residual slickness, but the bitter and roast balance that out.... dry enough finish with a faint afterglow of booze

O: lovely richness and bold approach to the style... but it lacks a bit of depth in flavor/character... this beer may, however, be an excellent candidate for barrel-aging

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with little head and lace. A sweet aroma of chocolate mixed with roasted malt aromas. Beer is light to medium bodied, smooth, even a little oaky/woody, more sweet than roasted with a slight overbalance of chocolate (possible vanilla) sugary sweetness over roasted malts. Nonetheless, well crafted beer that controls itself, has a clean finish that complements rest of beer and the ABV is well-hidden (no idea it was this high).

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter finger of chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Tons of roasted malt aromas, imparting notes of freshly backed and toasted bread, some subtle coffee aromas, dark chocolate and a touch of smoke.

Taste: Wow! Lots of roasted malt up front, followed by lots of dark chocolate, some subtle smoke and licorice and a lot of brown sugar-like sweetness. Really, very good!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and pretty smooth, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9%, there’s a very nice alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! I like this beer! I really like the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors and the smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Certainly the best beer I’ve had from the Duck-Rabbit.

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Photo of SFNC
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I usually find the Duck Rabbit dark brews to be quite satisfying, but this one underwhelmed.
Look; Pours dark brwon/black with almost no head despite an agreesive pour. Some reddish tints around the edge.
Smell, Nice, molasses, coffee and roasted malts are quite enticing.
Taste; Falls short of matching the smell. A little bit of an over-ripe fruit taste. Sweet, but not too sweet some some other Baltic Porters, but it seems a tad off balance. Little trace of he 9% alchohol.
Feel; A tad thin, very low, to no carbonation. A sticky feeling afterwards.
Overall; Not bad, but suffers in comparison with some other Baltic Porters that I've sampled. If the taste matched the smell, we'd be talking about a winner. I'm not sure I would seek it out again with other options available.

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Photo of OpaqueBrew
2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It pains me to write an unfavorable review, because I normally appreciate Duck Rabbit's offerings. This just doesn't seem like any Baltic Porter I've ever had... It's nicely colored, but its plum, cherry, and raisin flavors are - to my palate - truly excessive, almost resulting in a cough-syrupy sweetness. I'll come back to it again in a week to give it another chance, but for now, I think it's a miss.

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Photo of Ri0
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled in fall of 2014.

A - Dark chocolate brown with a 1.5 finger tan head. Retention is fair as it forms into a collar. Small spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, burnt caramel, sweet wood smoke and roasted malts.

T - Starts out with roasted malt, nice dark chocolate, along with hints of dates, and charred wood. Caramel, light almonds and cocoa add to the sweetness. The finish is a problem as it turns slightly tart. I would have have given a 4.25, but the tart finish ruins it for me.

M - A bit thin, but smooth and creamy. Good amount of carbonation.

O - I think this would typically be an excellent Baltic Porter, but something made it turn a bit tart.

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Photo of Gotti311
1.25/5  rDev -69.4%

Not sure I get this beer. Sharp and prickly sour, which thins it out and gives big thin head. Huge burst of competing sweetness. The added roasty flavors don't help. I tried to let it warm and nothing helped. Couldn't drink more than 2oz. Infected?

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Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (I think it says fresh by 1/ a little late if I am accurate) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with an apparent thinnish body, super dark brown in color with a very short cap of foam that falls quickly leaving only a faint collar of tannish foam.

S - Super caramelly, lighter in the molasses end of the sugary spectrum, but definitely there. Lots of chocolate, lightly buttery/butterscotchy, a bit boozy.

T - Chocolatey - milky/creamy chocolate, toffee, molasses, a bit of ethanol, dry hoppy bitterness, lightly roasty, butterscotch.

M - Medium body with a light carbonation that shows little life. Plenty of toffee and caramelly flavors, neutrally roasty, milk chocolatey, a bit of tobacco, burnt sugar, brown sugar.

O - Overall, not bad but isn't really doing it for me. A bit too much sweet, sugary and not enough roastiness. Not that the beer is done poorly, but perhaps, just isn't my thing.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a nonic pint, the beer is a jet black, slick and oil-like coloring with a halo of light tan head. Nose of rich date, molasses, and bittersweet baker's chocolate. Flavors are rich and roasted, with bitter chocolate and black strap molasses forward, with hints of smoke and charred wood character. Rich and perfectly balanced on a smooth, robust body. The aftertaste is richly sweet, with hints of smoke throughout. Slick finish, with a roasted linger. This is a fantastic beer!

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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, dark, dark brown color with just a thin cap of tan head that fades quickly.

Aroma: Just a lot of roasted goodness - roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Mildly sweet, with the roasted notes building - chocolate, chalky, a little nutty. A small bite of bitterness towards the finish along with a fair amount of carbonation livens up the tongue, then finishes with lingering chalky, roasted notes.

The Rest: Medium bodied, highly drinkable, balanced and well-hidden alcohol make this a great brew.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: A black abyss capped with a full inch of frothy cappuccino head. Thick sexy garter lacing around the edge like hugging a succulent thigh coaxing you closer to the sweet treat that awaits you.

S: Bitter chocolate, almond butter, smoky wood, charred grains and burnt molasses.

T/M: Charred malts, stale coffee, bitter sweet chocolate covered berries, smoke, hints of cardboard, black pepper, black strap molasses and almond butter. Medium feel and vivacious.

O: I have chosen wisely for my first Baltic porter. Sweet, smoky, semi bitter and prickly on the tongue. I will have to grab a six of this next time in our. Cheers!

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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 BWED
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. into tumbler pint.

A- Very deep brown. Faint light gleams through. Brown head looks creamy, but falls to a ring.

S- Dark chocolate. Some roasted malts and dark fruit. A little booze.

T- Rich dark chocolate. Bittersweet. Slight roast. A little caramel.

M- Super creamy and rich. Bittersweet finish.

O- Yummy, rich and creamy. Awesome.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, Schlafly can glass, no best by date even though there is a 1-14 scale on the label.

It's the opaque dark brown of the big, dark beer. The darkest I've had in some time. Take that sentence out of context. Head was initially quite good, color dark brown, and it fades to a nice ring of small bubbles.

Dark boozy chocolate, latent baking cocoa, liqueur. The dark berry does show up as it warms.

Dark boozy chocolate that starts to run to the dark berry thing that big dark beers do, but snaps back to heady chocolate liqueur. Alcohol in the finish for sure. A wee bit of charcoal hovering. It's sweet through and through.

Thin, a little fizzy at first. This is what makes it different from an Imperial Stout.

It is a great Baltic Porter that fits the mold. Not too boozy, not too sweet.

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Photo of NCalement
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a bitch black with a thin tan head that holds for a little bit then dissipates leaving a thin ring of lacing. Looks like a dark lager.

S- Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit form the front end of the nose. Honey and molasses are found in the back end. A little hop bitterness. Smells very good.

T- Chocolate, fudge, vanilla, roasted coffee and dark malt. Has a sweet finish.

M- Perfect for the style. Light carbonation heavy body. Finishes clean, with a silky mouthfeel. Nice and creamy.

O- By far one of the best Baltic Porters I have ever had. Mouthfeel and flavor are the highlights of this beer. Who new a lager could taste so good.

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Photo of Paincane
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost black body with khaki head and good head retention and lace.
S: Dark roasted malt, nutty and smoky aromas produce an interesting nose.
T: Coffee, burned toast, smoke and nut flavors with an underlying boozy presence.
M: Medium bodied and full flavored.
O: A good brew for a cold winter's day.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade, and it's superbly creamy in texture even for the style. Retention is okay, too.

S: This seems to be very 'woody' in its aroma, almost oaky, even. There's also a great element of cocoa powder here, along with some smoke and tart cherries. What dominates the aroma is roasted, slightly charred malts - and that's a good thing. <3 roast. Really a nice aroma.

T: Like many good Baltic porters (the one Smuttynose makes, for instance), the predominant note is vaguely tart malt mixed with a charred roast. Meanwhile, the initial flavors are very chocolaty. Not quite a 4-level flavor profile, but it isn't far off from that mark, either.

M: It could use slightly more body, but otherwise, the crisp finish is very satisfying. Even still It seems designed more for drinkability than savorability, and it's successful in that regard. There isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere on the palate, and the carbonation is rather low.

O: A delicious and very worthy example of the style. While I did praise its drinkable nature, one is enough in a sitting. I'd buy it again, that's for damn sure.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As usual with Duck-Rabbit, the bottle date is totally illegible. Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. Tasted 27 September 2013.

Pours black and thick, a tiny bit of brown at the edges with light behind it. Opaque. About a half finger of medium-tan coffee-hued head that relaxes quickly to lots of big bubbles around the rim. An unusual remnant, like a string of pearls around the rim.

Smell is chocolatey. Chocolatey and roasty. Cocoa, not sweet like actual chocolate, I guess. A fair amount of roast, a little bit woody.

Taste is similar. Full of cocoa and coffee. Very dark, and lightly bitter from the coffee and the malts. A slight, delicate char.

Feel is thick and rich. Medium-low carbonation, sort of flat-flat-flat-low, then pops up. That little spike of carbonation late really helps it come to life.

Really tasty stuff. I love the interplay of roasted malt flavors in the taste. Yummy.

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Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a deep dark brown with a half finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Roasted notes are present in the nose. The body is hearty and the roast profile is good for a straight-up porter. That said it is a tad thin for a Baltic. There is a light hint of dark fruit and a mildly roasted finish. Also, the alcohol pokes through on the finish and burns a bit.

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Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Recieved this long sought after beer from my Secret Santa, thanks again Tayner. Duck-Rabbit's Baltic Porter pours as black as the ace of spades. There's a hint of light peeking through if directly backlit. A one-plus dark brown head rose on the pour but fell rather quickly to a skimming. The head could have stuck around a little longer but besides that it's a really good looking porter.

This beer smells big of freshly brewed black coffee. It's the most coffee I've come across from a porter. Dark chocolate plays a big part in the aroma as well. The maltiness present is some dark doughy bread. The coffee dominates. If you ask me this turns out to be a great combo.

Big coffee upfront fades slightly and combines with the dark chocolate to create a great flavor combination. The doughy malts join the coffee and chocolate mid-palate and while all these flavors work through to the swallow dark fruit makes it's appearence. This is one of best, if not the best, Baltic style porters I have ever had.

Mouthfeel has just the right amount of heft for the heavy flavors. Good viscosity as it coats the tongue with each sip. The carbonation is sluggish and lets the beer works its way through slowly. The alcohol will leave your cheeks feeling a little arm.

This is a perfect beer with which to sip away these cold Winter evenings. This beer is a sipper for sure and the abv won't let you drink too many but I'd drink these till I couldn't anymore.

This is my second offering from Duck-Rabbit and one of the best Baltic style porters I have yet to sample. This is a beer not to be missed. If you see it pick some up.

Reviewed: 12/16/07

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