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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Photo of mcallister
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring I can easily say this is the best looking porter I've seen period. Hell I'm not too the aroma yet but I can smell it from 3 feet away so I may be saying the same thing about aroma. This pours more like a stout. Black midnight with a dark mocha head that fades quickly and leaves nay lace.

Aromas on this are simply huge and very complex. Layers of dark chocolates, thick and gooey from fudge, to bitter, to cocoa. Mollasses, vanilla, boozey whiskey phenols, black currant, caramel, and toffee, all intermingled with more sweet malt. Damn good smelling beer.

Ahhh there we go our first sign of a porter. The start and mid palate are again RIS but the finish has the rich roasty malt of a porter at it's finest. Finish isn't as long as expected yet still a damn near perfect beer. Again rolls of different chocolate goings on. All in the way of dark and roasted, with a toffee complex. A bittering hop integrates very well too bring out the chewy, roundness of the mid palate where caramel and oogles of dark fruit invade. A thick creamy, mollasses-y coating is left behind and makes you aspire for that next sip. Alcohol is pretty well hidden yet does leave a slight burn in the lower chest.

This beer is big, it's brute, it's complex, and I could drink it the rest of today, tomorrow, and this weekend.

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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 MaltyGoodness
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a used motor oil black with a cocoa head that thins. Mild, spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is slightly sweet and roasted with a bitter cocoa aroma.There is also an espresso smell with a slight smokiness.

Taste is mildly malty sweet immediately upfront that quickly leads into a bitter cocoa taste - like tasting bakers chocolate. This melts into a nice espresso flavor with a mild smoky taste. Rich and complex with no hint of the ABV.

Full body, creamy texture, solid carbonation.

This is one delicious brew, the complexities in the flavor keep luring me back for more. If you're able to, get some without haste!

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Photo of nase
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KilgoreTrout27! 12 oz. bottle w/ best before date of 6/07

Malt bomb is right. Incredibly sweet. First sip was delicious, a great change of pace but this is not a session brew as it turns out! High alcohol certainly comes through on the taste. Great mouthfeel and an interesting brew altogether.

App - 4, Smell - 4, Taste - 4, Mouthfeel - 4.5, Drinkability - 3.5

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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 granite
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into pint glass

A--- Poured Black with a thick tan head.

S---The aroma consisted only of chocolate malt.

T---Coffee, roast with a slight sour finish. Warming and more esters then I would expect from a lager.

M---Full bodied and creamy.

D---This is my first commercial Baltic porter but I have brewed the style before. I thought it was to style except it lacked a clean lager characteristic. I would like to try a few more commercial examples then go back to this and compare notes.

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Photo of llitsua
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, notches reveal best before 7/07. Reviewed on Super Bowl Eve, 2/3/07. Thanks to thimbledromefor picking this up in NC.

Aggressive pour into mug yields 1 ½ in frothy head, on top of opaque black body, that quickly dissipates to mm deep ring. Smell is quite strong, but well balanced, with roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, oats and coffee most prevalent, along with a hint of cola, and a light rice cake essence. In the taste up front there are the roasted malt and chocolate elements found in the smell, along with roasted coffee in the finish on the back of the tongue. Hints of vanilla found interlaced between the two as the beer warmed, and a pleasant alcohol tinge. Heavy body, with light carbonation on of tongue, with slick finish. For the style, this is a most
drinkable (and tasty) beer!

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Photo of malcontent
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jet black body with just a wisp of caramel-colored head. Dies down to provide for a “still” looking beer, but an attractive one to be sure.

Vanilla bean, toffee, mesquite and just a bit of alcohol form a massive and impressive nose. Formidable.

Dark bread, sour (mildly so) fruit, wonderful sweetness (not too chocolate or vanilla; just right) and great smoky aftertaste.

Not at all syrupy with a good, creamy consistency and still, a surprising amount of carbonation.

It IS a heavy beer with a 9% ABV to boot. I could only do 2 at most, but they would be sipped with the utmost enjoyment. Awesome beer!

Thanks Lhasa!

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Photo of hunteraw
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently had another Baltic Porter that I really liked, so I was excited to try this one. Received in the first package of No Name BIF from ipa2xs - thanks!

Appearance: Pours inky black, completely opaque. "That's not beer, it's mud" said my father. Khaki-colored head that was somewhat limited due to pouring into two glasses and (presumably) the alcohol content. Fair amounts of lacing.

Smell: Mochaccino kind of aroma, surprisingly sweet-smelling. No hints of burnt graint, just nice roast. Hints of dark fruit, but in the background. I'm searching for smoke and don't find any in the nose...

Taste: Lots of chocolate and roast flavors. Not as much coffee as in some porters. Cherries? Just the slightest hint of smoke at the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously thick, rich and creamy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Exceptional for so dark and rich of a beer. Thanks again, ipa2xs!

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Photo of mntlover
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black but ruby red showing thru when held to the light. Sports a nice thumb sized chocolate head that falls to scum doesn't leave much lace.

Aroma is deep rich roasted malts, liquorice, hints of chocolate along with deep fruity notes, good aroma but not a true indication of whats to come.

Taste is great rich roasted malts nice coffee mingled with chocolate. Big full bodied flavors mingled thru out with alcohol notes that belong and fruits. A rich big huge porter very favorable. Finish is light earthy hops along with whiffs of smoke.

Mouthfeel is big almost full nice mellow carbonation. Big fell for a big porter.

Drinkability is great a big enjoyable beer. Sorry I missed this one but many thanks to Enola for sharing with me. Will be looking and hoping I can get some of this next time around.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, duck rabbit. specialists in dark beers. Wow did you nail this one. acquired via trade - thanks guys!

A - Rich black, nice full tan head. takes a while to dissipate.
S - breathe in, exhale, drool. Rich moca smells, a hint of vanilla and espresso. Lightly sweet with just a tang of burnt underneath. wow!
T - Similar to the smell but softer if possible?
M - medium bodied, creamy smooth. Although 9% it shows no signs of the alcohol. It's all about the taste.
D - damn, I just finished that pint. Thought I just poured it. Oh, yeah it drinks really nicely.

If only this was in my market. I would snatch up as much of this seasonal as I could to stock the beer cellar and enjoy during the cold winters in NH. Lucky folks down south!

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Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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 orfeu
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mil gracias a oberon para la oportunidad de probar esta "cerveza oscura." Best before June 2007. Served at cellar temperature in a 17-ounce snifter, Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter pours as gorgeously as any of the best big stouts I've tried, all glisteningly pitch-colored with a huge, creamy mocha-froth head. Vinous dark berry and boozy raisin aromas. Many dark fruits appear in the flavor, with Bing cherry, prune juice, mashed currants, and blackberry being the most prominent among them. Overall, a largely vinous taste experience with a pleasant burnt-toast finish that lasts quite a long time as it rides out a noticeable alcohol sharpness in the aftertaste. Smooth-slick mouthfeel, with 9% abv readily apparent. This one seems spot-on for the style, and to top it off, it drinks like a dream. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Alkey
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured black with small brown head and a bit of lacing. Smell of malts and some kind of fruit. Taste is roasted malt, abit of sweetness to it, and some other flavors I'm having trouble picking up on.(mostly an acidic flavor I'm not used to) Mouth feel has a nice thickness to it. This brew is pretty easy to drink but is giving me one hard time in figuring out some weird but good flavors. I will visit this one again but mostly out of curiosity.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hauntingly dark blackness, with a 1/4 inch brown/tan foam that holds well. Nose of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and alcohol. The taste is very sweet and milk chocolate-like, especially at first. After a few more sips this fades and a real roasty/smoked malt flavor becomes apparent towards the finish. All this plus a hint of cherry makes for a nice flavor overall. The carbonation is subtle, and the mouthfeel carries a nice whole milk-like thickness that really coats you palate. Yummy.

This is a beer one should definitely try, it might have been a little too sweet for my liking, but still excellent...

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Photo of srrn
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer and I'm really liking the few examples I've had of the style. Poured a deep dark brown with minimal head that reduced to a ring. Smells of coffee with chocolate coming through as it warms. Slick mouthfeel and a touch of bitterness on the finish. A few minutes after finishing the glass a slight tast of black licorice seems to come through.
I have a tendency to enjoy stouts more than porters but the Baltic Porters I find very interesting and want to explore the style. Duckrabbit is also fairly local and a dark beer specialist so it feels good to be able to give kudos to a local brewer.

A great sipping beer.

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Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev -2%
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 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 mentor
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided by GCBrewingCo. Thanks for sharing! Hard pours to get a very thin fiml of head that settles to a ring. Dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells rich and dark. Chocolate, some roast, and a nice creamy beneath. Fuggles wooly hops and a touch of alcohol.

Tastes rich chocolate, some soured malt, coffee roast, and toffee/caramel. Wet sweet with a mild alcohol sting. Licorice and molasses and some cottony fuggle flavor. Astringency mixed with the sour in an unpleasant way. Aftertaste is less than desirable. Thick body and mild, but sharp carb. First sip was wonderful, but the taste bagan to wear pretty quickly.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To those who can get this beer regularly, all I have to say is: You lucky bastards. I got this bottle in a face-to-face trade with Doppelmeup and I gotta say I am really happy I got to try this beer.

Let me kick off the review by clearly stating: this beer is no Okocim porter -- but it is not an Okocim porter in the same way that 'The Thinker' isn't 'David'. It is still pretty damned good. Easily the best Baltic porter I've had in a long time.

It pours a rich black, but upon further investigation it turns out that the beer is actually a deep, rich garnet.

The taste and smell are essentially the same, and it is a wonder to behold. The acidity of the black patent is balanced out by the sweetness of the caramel malts lending a pleasant burnt chocolate taste while managing to steer clear of a mouthfeel resembling motor oil. No, this beer goes down easy (at 9% that is no small task!) and leaves a crisp finish.

Wonderful wonderful beer.

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

Pleasantly surprised by this one, I found the fruitiness to be almost irresistable; and the beer itself to be quite unique as Baltic porters are generally lagers, and fruitiness is limited. As expected, it poured an imperviable black body and frothy tan head. The retention was somewhat limited, but at 9% that's to be expected. Some nice rings of lace made up for that. The nose is rich and full, and you could easily while away a half hour or so just nosing it. Apart from the bright, juicy plum, it's also got notes of cherry and dark red berries. Beneath that a darkly toffeeish, coffee-accented maltiness rounds it out. Full-medium in body. Creamy smooth. Similar in flavor to the aroma, the fruitiness sings a siren-song that keeps you coming back sip after sip. A hint of chocolate appears, more low-key roastiness, caramel, and a spritz of alcohol; but based on my experience, a touch of alcohol is appropriate for the style. It doesn't appear particularly bitter, but it's there nonetheless, keeping watch and ready to dry the finish. Surprisingly, after such a massive flavor assault, it fades from the palate rather quickly... leaving you with no choice but to go back for another sip! I am most impressed!

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

A- About a 1/4" dark tan head. BLACK body, can't see any light through it even when held to light.
S- Some chocolate malts with a nice helping of grass hops. Some light yeast too.
T- Some big chocolate malts. Some roasted taste to them too. A underlying dry bitterness from the grass hops to help balance it out a bit. Maybe a bit of bread to it also. Also one or two others things I can't pin point.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation. Pretty dry too.
D- Very good porter. I would buy it if they sold this here. Must be one of my favorite porters I have tried.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freakin’ used engine oil is not this black, the 9% kills any chance of a head. Ton’s o’ sweet malts in the aroma, and then the sour ale, pops of anise, rich malt quaff takes over. Killer rich, thick and malty – this is no brew for those on a diet. Very nice sipper by the fire, watching football.

Good ol’ blackie sent this to me in the NoBSBIF Beta. Appreshit again!

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Photo of mattcrill
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this beer.

Bottle inspection: Label states to enjoy by 7/07. Sampled 12/06.

Aroma: Chocolate jumps out of the snifter. A pleasant dark fruit aroma upon closer inspection. A hint of warming alcohol on the nose as well.

Appearance: A leather brown pour with a sticky beige head.

Flavor: A smoked, meaty flavor up front. As the palate gets used to it, there is still a hint of beefy jerky and charcoal. Definite black patent notes on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, drying, and astringent.

Overall impression: Well done but probably not for me. I don't like too much smoked flavor going on and there was a lot of that here. I don't think it was intentional but it was hard to get through. Still, after I got used to it I enjoyed it. Recommended.

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