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!

Added by GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006

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Photo of Capmech1
2/5  rDev -51%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duck rabbit baltic porter

Bottle sent by tobelerone, poured into my Bell’s tulip.

Burnt brown-black, with nary a ray of light visible. One inch of oaky head is fuzzy and dense, descending only slowly. When it gets to half an inch tall, it resembles a fleece blanket and would probably last as long as one if I let it.

There’s a reason Baltic porter is my favorite style, and it’s the complexity displayed here. Milk chocolate, prunes, yogurt raisins and smoke exist in perfect proportion and harmony.

The flavor begins a little too tangy for me, with the raisiny/pruny dark fruit character taking over the front of the flavor, along with a sweet cola note. As it warms up, however, savory chocolate and roast rises up and balances the tang. The swallow smooths things out, adding to the chocolate touches of vanilla and smoke.

The mouthfeel is, in a word, fluffy. It’s light and creamy as whipped cream, with a soft tingle of carbonation and a little alcohol burn in the nose. Very nice stuff.

Duck Rabbit has themselves a nice example of the style here. The flavor’s solid and the mouthfeel is out of this world. Glad I got to try it.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears black in color with a thin tan cap that quickly recedes. When held to the light, there is some faint redness and lighter brown clarity vaguely along the outer most edges. The small head hardly gets a half finger of froth when violently swirled but it does produces some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is dark and chocolate-like with some pleasant roasty quality. As the nose opens up, it gets very nutty with a hint of raisins and licorice. Towards the back is a faint note of citrus, minerals and sulfur. All in all a very pleasant and well rounded nose to this. I was surprised and enjoyed the dark nutty aspect that showed itself from time to time in this.

The taste is pleasantly roasty that immediately gives way to hints of fruity alcohol. Raisins, molasses, licorice, plums... a bit of tobacco and back to the roasty earthy elements. There is a hint of citrus and the 9% alcohol is felt with a warmth down the back of the throat and slight fusel to fruity alcohol hit. The aftertaste faintly showcases the nutty aspects that I liked so much from the aroma and really draws out with an earthen flavor that really contrasts the fruited qualities this brew displays upfront.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to light level of carbonation. For a 9% lager, this is fairly well tamed yet has its edges about it that are bold. It is fairly crisp and easily approachable but I dont think I could drink more than a single serving at a time. This is a fairly decent brew that is worth giving a try at least once.

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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Jet black with a thin cap of beige head which leave numerous thin fingers of lacing.

S: Strong coffee and chocolate notes early with broad dark maltiness and a faint hint of booze.

T: Big coffee and chocolate flavors with a tall wave of roast and dark maltiness and a dash of licorice. ALcohol adds some fruitiness which really fills this brew out.

M: Medium-full bodied with light carbonation and a strong chocolate and dark malt aftertaste.

O: Duck-Rabbit's best offering and just as good on-tap. Strong, slightly boozy, flavorful and a great pint for the winter.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently, this is the #15 ranked Baltic Porter here on BA. That may changed shortly since I honestly think that a lot of the ass clowns below my review don't know what they're talking about.

Served in a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Could that be any more perfect?

A: Not much head... rather anemic actually. The liquid is actually very dark, but not abysmally so.

S: Lots of dark, roasty malts on this sucker for sure! Also, I'm sure no coffee was used here, but I got some on my little snout.

T: Coffee, dark roastiness, and maybe a bit of dark fruit (figs). Some candy, caramel goodness was definitely in reach of my taste buds here also. Rock on!

M: I wish this were a tad thicker, but overall, this was thick enough. The carbonation was actually very prickly and cut through the ABV quite well. No lacing.

O: To be honest, I haven't tried many Baltic Porters in my life that I haven't liked. However, I'd rank this up there with the best of them.

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Photo of jegross2
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery.
Score: 83

Enjoy by December 2012. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/20/12.

Appearance: Pours an opaque deep brown color with less than a finger of creamy tan head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass and foggy cap that covers half the beer. Superior lacing, superior retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Huge notes of banana bread with a hint of roasted chocolate malt. Hint of barley, and a little yeasty funk. Not much else. 3/5

Taste: Roasted dark chocolate, milk chocolate, banana bread, banana and yeast. Some licorice and a moderate amount of Belgian-style fruit. There is a touch of dark fruit flavor and maybe a hint of oak. A little intensely flavored, especially as it warms. Tastes more like a Belgian-style beer with stout qualities than a porter. Lingering fruitiness and chocolatey banana flavor. Light booziness too. Definitely a sipper. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Near full bodied with high-medium carbonation. Creamy-ish mouthfeel. Sweet finish. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid, but uninspiring beer that is a little more intense than anticipated. Gets a bit unbalanced as the beer warms.

Recommendation: Worth trying, decently priced, but not worth seeking out.

Pairings: Banana bread.

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank to Peabody's for having the Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter.

A. Dark with medium dark foam, a really nice look.

S. Coffee with some sweetness. The anticipation of a big beer.

T. Again, coffee with some bitter sweet chocolate and oaky flavor which is nice.

M. Big mouthfeel, big coffee flavor with some sour and acidity to the feel. I was not sure what to think.

O. Great beer with good complexity and after reading about the style I would say this beer is spot on with the English Baltic Porter recipe. Nice job Duck Rabbit!

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Steasy66
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Opaque black, head fades almost instantly
S- Coffee, burnt/roasted malt
T- A lot of coffee, somewhat sweet, some roasted malt, fairly sour finish
M- Almost completely flat, decent consistency
O- I don't know if I got a bad bottle or not, but this one seemed a bit funky. The finish is quite sour, which I wasn't really expecting, and the coffee flavor is a bit overwhelming.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9 for a six pack from Green's Beverages in Atlanta, GA.

A: near opaque, poured with brown head that dissipated quickly, no lacing
S: full, roasted malt and intense nutty quality with cocoa
T: full flavored beer, deep roasted malt, right amount of hops in finish that don't dominate, chocolatey
M: full-bodied with very rich deep roasted malt quality, very drinkable for ABV, some heat
O: well-made beer but unusual deep nutty flavor doesn't fit for me

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a beer of the month 6 pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice black color with a one finger light brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells heavily of dark malt which is quite sweet, but not overly so. Tastes of very dark malt and slight hops, very well balanced. Carbonation is right and goes down extremely smooth. Overall, a very good beer, and one I am surprised about how good it is, as I am normally not a huge fan of porter.

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Photo of Fermenticusrex
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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