Baltic Porter
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #28
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,044
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 11.19%
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
919
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Fall
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  105
SCORE
92
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Baltic PorterBaltic Porter
Notes: 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: 484 | Ratings: 919
Photo of wedge
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a large, soft looking tan head that retains well...beautifully lush looking. Smells as dark as it looks...rich chocolate and smooth dark fruit - nutty with only the slightest boozy hint. The flavor has considerably more depth than the aroma. Big dark malty sweetness, creamy, fruity alcoholic esters. Some lingering warmth in the throat. Roasted chocolate flavors persist after each sip. Mouthfeel is milky smooth...appropriate carbonation.

Well done...get it while you can!

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a red hue. Nice fluffy tan head with minimal lace.
Subdued aroma. Mostly cocoa and dark malts.
Dark malt, and a nice fruity element in the flavor. A light grassy hop presence in there as well.
Full bodied. Well carbonated. Gives a slight tingling sensation on the tounge.
Pretty good. Couldn't even tell the alcohol. Reminds me almost of some black lagers I've had.

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Photo of rodrot
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured totally black with a quarter inch tan head. Aroma reminded me of espresso coffee, roasted malts, burnt grain and ripe fruit. Nice. Taste was quite complex. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and tobacco combine with warming alcohol and bitter hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was full bodied and very rich on the palate. This is one assertive brew. Not a beer for wussies. Another winner from the dark beer specialists.

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Photo of CWiggins
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The sight of this beer being poured into my Duvel glass is a thing of great beauty. I've been waiting for DuckRabbit's next seasonal since their Wee Heavy came out back in the spring. The latter was an amazing drink, and I have big expectations for the Baltic Porter.

Black as night, the Baltic Porter looks like thick coffee while pouring. No real head formed, as I poured it very slowly, but the bubbles that did appear were dark tan. It's completely opaque. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, and burnt malts. Simply irresistible. I almost wanted to just sniff it for several minutes and let the aroma permeate my entire being, but there's tasting to be done!

As another reviewer noted, the taste echos the smell, but the fruity sweetnesses are greatly pronounced. Dark coffee, chocolate, a bit of milkiness, and toasted malts fill the taste buds with layer upon layer of flavor. I wish I could easily discern the fruits I'm tasting, but my palate isn't up to it quite yet!

The mouthfeel is very nice. It's thick without being sticky. A spot of bitterness comes through as the aftertaste lingers, and I'm still tasting it a few minutes after the final sip.

An incredible beer! I hope the supply doesn't run out before I get some more! (It's already gone from taps, according to the waiter at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh.)

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Photo of blackie
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pours a lovely 1" mocha colored head. After slowly falling back a thin layer nice layer and chunky ring remain. The beer is a very deep brown in color, pretty much black.

smell: Ahhh. Wonderful aromas of milk and dark chocolates, deeply roasted barley,, espresso, and American hops with just a touch of alcohol pricking the nose. I find notes of smoky charcoal, fresh peanut butter, and dried figs and dates. The ethanol note is just perfect. The malts are big and full of rich aromas. Smells awesome.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is light, almost just right. The body is heavy, but not overbearing. A nice, thick malty syrup lingers for awhile on the tongue.

taste: Huge flavors of milky espresso and dark chocolate all over the place. The considerable sweetness is well balanced by the rich roasts and a moderate hop flavor. A lip smacking deep roasted malt syrup lingers with some roasted flavors for quite awhile, while a moderate bitterness helps clean things up a little.

drinkability: A pleasure to drink...The bottle made much more of an impression on me than the tap did.

Purchased a couple six packs at Grapes & Hops in Fayetteville, first bottled sampling. The label is notched as best by 06/07 Consumed pretty warm.

The aroma was an easy 5, and the flavor sooo close. A little better retention or some lacing would make the appearance perfect. The mouthfeel, just a touch more creamy. In my opinion, this one is miles ahead of the #1 BP, Flying Dog Gonzo.

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Photo of numenor1
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as pitch, only letting a bit of light through at the edges when backlit. Huge tan head. Enormous powerful nose of chocolate and fruity esters. Initially hitting the palate is a whack of dark fruits, currants, dried figs, dates, prunes, brown sugar, then gradually chocolate emerges along with an earthy hoppy character. Lots of deeply caramelized toffee. Ends somewhat dry with roasted barley notes. A definite vinous character througout as well as some acidity, which does well to balance the weight of this. This treads the line between being deliciousy malty while not becoming cloying. Mouthfeel is medium full with vibrant, yet smooth carbonation. There's some warming in the throat through the finish, yet this is the only hint of alcohol whatsoever. Yet the sheer weight of flavor makes it not a poundable beer, and certainly not worse for it. Duck rabbit's best big beer yet imo. Though the fruitiness may be a tad excessive for my tastes.

Second best baltic porter i've had to date, losing out to Southampton's. Not by much though.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle today, the first day it is for sale. Woohoo!!

This is an awesome looking brew poured into a tulip glass.

Dark, dark, dark. No light whatsoever escapes. A rich, cocoa colored head slowly builds as I pour this. I end up with about a half inch thick of creamy, milkshake like foam, which slowly settles and leaves a ring around the edges. As I swirl the beer, tiny bits of foam stick to the glass, and you can see the legs slowly slip down the side of the glass. Very impressive!!

Aroma is fantastic. Espresso, toffee, chocolate milk, slightly alcoholic, a bit of fruitiness, almost like a dark chocolate covered cherry cordial.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Milk chocolate, cappucino, slightly bitter from alcohol and coffee flavors.

Rich, smooth, velvety mouthfeel, with a definite alcohol burn. Lingering bitter aftertaste leaving you with a nice warmth all the way down.

Overall this beer completely lived up to my high expectations. A bit rich for more than one at a time, but slow down and savor this one. Delicious. Don't pass it by if you see it on the shelves.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh.

Appearance- Black, with a dark head (the color of rye bread). My curiosity was aroused.

Nose- Rich with coffee, cocoa, malt and toasty goodness.

Palate- Big, deep and delicious. Lots of coffee, mocha and toast flavors. Some notes of molasses and peat with enough bitterness for balance. A French roast coffee sort of bitterness. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, and the finish was quite long.

Not a session beer by any stretch, but I loved every sip of this one.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the bar pitch black with a low dark brown head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong cherry presence at first, but those aromas were quickly overshadowed by coffee and chocolate. The aroma was lightly roasty and also contained a caramel presence.

The flavor was smooth and silky with chocolate and a low roasty presence. The caramel in the flavor was more than subtle, and the coffee worked well in concert with the caramel.The flavor was fruity, similar to the aroma, with an estery cherry presence.

The finish was dry with lasting chocolate and coffee long and strong into the aftertaste. The body was full, but not viscous, with a creamy mouthfeel. The warming from alcohol was fairly strong, but was the only presence of alcohol in the beer. A bit fruity, but a nice smooth baltic porter.

Pint at the Flying Saucer celebrating the Duck-Rabbit Second Anniversary.

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Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 919 ratings