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Duck-Rabbit Baltic PorterDuck-Rabbit Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of HattedClassic
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark tan and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark brown that borders on black and opaque. The beer has a smell that demonstrates its funk but mixes well with the dark chocolate notes that also have some cocoa hints in it. The beer taste resembles the smell but with a stronger funk that mixes well with the cocoa and dark chocolate notes. The funk is a bit tarty and sour that might not appeal to some tastes. The mouthfeel is slick with biting carbonation. Overall, a pretty good Baltic Porter and worth getting again.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black. Some super dark brown at the edges when held to light. Head is tan, bubbly, and loose. Drops to a small bubbly cap and creamy collar. Some notches of lacing. Smooth and slightly heavy pour.

Smell: Roasted malts. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder bitterness. Massively sweet. Some light milk chocolate. Slightly oxidized with hints of sherry and tart cherry. Some leather in the back. Loaded with dark fruit, some fig and plum, and bittersweet chocolate. Caramel, like the real thing. Some underlying hints of citrus and herbal hops.

Taste: Roasted and slightly burnt. Leather and dark fruit. Slightly tart cherry and plum layered over bitter cocoa and dark chocolate. Rich chocolate hits chocolate malt, milk chocolate, baker's and semisweet chocolate, it's all there. Raisins and some backing smoky char...almost. Warming pushes the raisin aspect up a bit too high. Some flat burnt, almost soggy malts.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium to full body with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Relatively clean finish.

Overall: Impress me.

Not terrible. That's really where it stands.

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Photo of sommersb
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-27-2013
Freshness: There's an 'enjoy by' part of the label but the markings there are not clear
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Black and opaque beer, with a small tan head. Retention is low and lacing is almost non-existent. Aromas start with chocolate, then move on to cherries, with somewhat of a sour note to them. Other smells are roasted malts and oak.

The taste fortunately is not sour, but has a bittersweet chocolate flavor, plus cherry wood. It has an earthy character to it, perhaps from the hops, but there is no hop bitterness. Also features some alcohol warming. The mouthfeel is creamy, like a milk stout, with a body between medium and full. Finishes semi-sweet, with flavors of light toasted malt and cherries.

Overall a rich and flavorful beer that is easy to drink. I'd recommend this one.

Thanks to Treyliff for this!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown nearly black brew with a thick and creamy one finger tan colored head. The head has a nice level of retention, slowly fading over about 5 min to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of dark and roasty smells. A sweet dark fruit aroma of cherry and plum are mixed with dark chocolate and a good presence of a roasted malt smell. Along with these are some notes of a light caramel nature as well as a good presence of a boozy smell that overall creates a very warming smell.

Taste – The flavor begins with a relatively healthy amount of dark fruit and a roasted malt tastes. Cherry, prune and raisin are all present upfront and are quickly met with other flavors of a dark chocolate nature soon after the initial tastes. As the flavor advances further the fruit grows slightly less intense with other flavors of some more roasted malt taking its place. Toward the end the darker flavors of chocolate and roasted malt are now most potent and are joined by a complementing smoke and alcohol taste which in the end leave a nice dark but still sweeter more burnt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side of the scale. The thicker and creamier body are great for helping all the roasted, chocolate and smoky flavors of the brew to really stand out while the lighter carbonation, coupled with the creamy nature and the boozy taste at the end, make it a nice sipping beer.

Overall – A good sweeter Baltic porter that is nice to sit back with and sip over a nice cool evening. A rather enjoyable brew and one to try if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark almost black with one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a few minutes and left a nice film. Okay lacing.

S: Raisins and coffee and alcohol.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and moderate bitterness. Roasted malt, then sweetness and alcohol. Finishes with bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and dry and warm going down.

O: You really feel this Baltic Porter. Not much to look at, but smells and tastes pretty good, and has a smooth, warm, alcoholic feel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, with no notch on date strip, poured into a Avery nonic.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a moderate tan head that fades slowly. Thick lacing is left on the glass at first, but only spotty lacing after the head dies down.

The aroma has a very pronounced dark chocolate note, plenty of dark roasted malts, a little hops and coffee, and some dark fruit. It also has a hint of molasses.

T: The taste has a slight bit of sourness, but otherwise the off-note is much diminished. Otherwise, the aromatic components are repeated in the flavor, with the addition of a little smoky and earthy tint. The bitter-sweet and slightly smoky after-taste ;ingers for a good while and features chocolate, coffee and dark malts.

M: Full bodied and smooth, with somewhat high, medium carbonation. A light harshness and warming from the high ABV.

O: Rich and distinct version of this style may not appeal to all baltic porter fans.

(Review tweaked with better smelling 12 oz bottle on Halloween, 2014).

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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 inlimbo77
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz, enjoy 10/14
Riedel tulip

A: Pretty much pitch black. See some reddish hues on the edges and bottom of the glass. Initially some tan head. Fades into a ring around the edges.

S: Getting really dark chocolate in the nose along with some dark fruit. Strangely getting some dark raspberry. Roasted malts.

T: Tight dark fruit and chocolate on tip of the tongue. Pretty tasty. Creamy dark chocolate. Definitely some fruit character is there. Fairly dry finish.

M: Full bodied. Creamy. Some oxidation.

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Photo of Boski
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with minimal head that quickly dissipates. Not a lot of head retention either.

S: Smells sweet and rich. The alcohol is very present in the nose.

T: Very full bodied dark fruit flavors. Kind of a caramel sweetness from the malts. The alcohol is definitely not hidden.

M: Thick and syrupy... sticks around for a while.

O: I love this beer. I would say it is one of my top 2 I have tried from Duck Rabbit. It is a hot beer not for the faint of heart... but the complexity of it is fascinating. My only complaint is the alcohol is not well disguised... easier said than done though.

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