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

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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!

Added by GCBrewingCo on 08-10-2006

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark ebony with just a hint of dark chocolate highlights. A creamy, thin, dark khaki head dissolves quickly.

S - Intense dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate syrup, roasted malts. Toffee.

T - Chocolate syrup with a boozy edge and sweetness dulled by a slightly toasted malt carbon essence. Nice cocoa aftertaste.

M - Slightly thinner bodied.

Notes - This was just a really delicious beer. I've been impressed with everything I've had from Duck-Rabbit. *fist bump*

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmrillo and Hodgin for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Label dated best before 11...I suppose it means November?

Pours a thin pitch black with some creamy tan head that settles down rather quickly. Nose is roasty and very leathery. Some smoke and a little mulch maybe? A hint of cream.

Palate is lighter than I expected it and is crisp, yet roasty. Coffee, toasted bread, dates (big time), and maybe blackberries? Round but light bodied.

Notes: Full of flavor yet with an elegant moutfeel. A nice example that is more classic than a lot of American attempts at the style. Well done!

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Another big thanks to GehenHerzog for this extra.

A- Pours black with a thin film of light brown head. Bubbles spread to the rim of the glass. Not much lacing or appearance of carbonation.

S- Smells of sweet, lightly roasted malt. I picked up on some chocolate and toffee. There seems to be a milky sweetness with a slight alcohol bite. Very interesting balance of aromas.

T- Tastes of chocolate with a sweet malt finish. Hints of toffee and even some caramel. Slightly bitter hop presence. Very well balanced. It's a bit warm at the end, but not hot.

M- Smooth, creamy and soft. Medium carbonation. It's on the lighter side, but not too watery. It's very close to the consistency of milk.

D- Drinks similar to an RIS. The smooth creaminess makes it easy to drink. It's warm and delightful. Perfect for a cold, rainy night such as this one.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From beermeX2.
12oz into dfh snifter

Color is solid, thick head, maybe 1/4" thich that sticks around and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma has a lot of grain and booze in it.

Taste is fruit, tart, there is a serious booze bite and again in the aftertaste. The body of this is almost sour but still rich.

Fullbodied, velvet smooth with the slight bite at the end.

Not as drinkable as many other baltic porters, but still an enjoyable and above average baltic porter.


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Photo of steve8robin
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a recent trade. 12oz bottle best by 11/2011...

A: Dark black with a nice 1/2 inch mocha colored head that fades quickly to a bubbly lace hovering above the brew. Very good.

S: A hint of creamy roastiness upfront with some roasted barley and raisin in the middle. A hint of chocolate and vanilla on the backend. Ok.

T: A creamy roastiness upfront with some nice vanilla and coffee blended in. Very good taste. A nice milky flavor in the middle with a faint chocolate on the backend. Very good.

M: Medium body with a fantastic carbonation. Has a nice creamy finish. Very good.

D: This goes down very easy. Good blend. Very good.

All in all, this one surprised me. Best brew I've had from DR so far. If you like baltic porters, this one is very well balanced and deserves a try. If you like dark brews in general, I'd recommend trying this too. This is almost like a Yoohoo / Nesquik taste. Bravo Duck Rabbit.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. A generous bottle from Sideswipe. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black body with light mocha-colored head. It doesn't rise very high or stay very long, but it deposits a little lace as I sip.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and a tart dark fruit / port aroma. My first impression was that this was infected, but a second bottle was the same way. It's unexpected, but it adds a nice, welcome nuance to the aroma.

T: Chocolate, coffee beans, and -- yep, that port is back again. Dark fruit for sure. I was initially unprepared for this portion of the flavor, but in the second (and, almost a year later, the third) bottle, I found that this added a welcome complexity to the flavor instead of detracting from it. I'm not sure it works perfectly with the strong milk chocolate flavor that follows, but it's hardly bad.

M: Medium-plus bodied, with low carbonation. No trace of the alcohol. Altogether pleasant.

D: I didn't like this when I first had it, but I'm coming around to its unique approach to the style. I prefer Smuttynose's Baltic Porter to this one, but that shouldn't be taken as a strong criticism of this beer.

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Photo of BZero007
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was from the '10-'11 winter release. Stored in beer fridge and kept away from light.

Poured in to my tulip glass to allow the aroma to run its course. Pours a extremly dark black with only the slightest of dark amber hue to it. Head formed with only little growth and remained small but was thick and hung around for a bit. Lace was also left threw out the glass which was appreciated.

The aroma was sweet with a hint of spice to the background. The smell would of been lovely if it was a tad stronger, I felt that I had to struggle to get the aroma out. The taste was of a very sweet malty back ground with a hit of spice. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side which I feel fits this style appropriatly even though it is a Baltic Porter. Will pick up again during the winter as this was a great brew to have.

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Photo of engagechad
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased as a single from some store.. the wife got it for me.. thanks sugar! - poured into a tulip

This poured great with awesome mocha colored head. The brew was black as tar and mighty looking. Smelled of dark fruits and mint. Tasted like love. mmm.. Granted, this is the second baltic porter i've ever had, it is mighty good. I wish I could put it into words more but It is just fantastic. Very drinkable for a 9% as well which is impressive.

Get it!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a flared Pilsner glass. Poured a deep dark brown with a red hue around the edges in the light with a two finger dark tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasty malt, dark fruit, cream, dark chocolate, and very slight alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this is quite the excellent brew. If I'm honest it tasted slightly better out of the bottle I had in the past, but it is definitely no slouch on tap. The dark chocolate aspect was just more robust out the bottle from what I remember. Definitely a great flavor and aroma going on throughout this beer. An absolute must try without any doubt.

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

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetownn DC. In line with several other delicious porters/stouts I've had recently. Velvety smooth, it's a beer which begs to be sipped and enjoyed. Roasted flavors, chocolate stand out. Very little hop bite - delicious!

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Photo of robwestcott
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to cwguy5 for this extra.

poured cold from the bottle to a surly darkness 10oz goblet near pitch black with a full finger, foamy, mocha head with nice retention and lace to the rim of the glass.

aroma of smoke, dark fruits and bitter black coffee from grandma's house.

roasty, burnt malts, tobacco, smoke, and ripe plums.

light bodied, medium carbonation, medium sweet, no bitter.

drinkable - one and done.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

recieved as an extra from a very generous ba joe aka bucketboy, thanks joe

poured this beer from a 12 oz bottle into my southampton snifter. this beer pours a dark brown with a little bit of light making its way though on the edges. the smell is roasty and a little sweet. the taste is pretty similar mostly roasted malt character with a mild hop character to it. the mouthfeel is pretty good for the style, and the drinkability is good. if you trade with somebody from someone from north carolina try and work this one into the trade if you like dark beers.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to cwguy5 for this added extra ina recent trade. Poured from a 12 oz. into my "Crab House" pint glass.

This is my first beer ever from Rabbit duck or duck rabbit or whatever the hell their name is. They could call it the douche brewey as long as their beers are good.

A- This looks good. Really dark, kinda menacing for a porter. You never know what you are going to get in a porter so this starts out well. 1/2" head that recedes within a minute or so and not much lacing to speak of. I really don't give a shit about how it looks on the glass as long as it tastes good...let's see.

S- Smells fine...blah blah blah, roasty...like a porter should smell (as if anyone knows what a porter should really smell like...I've drank a shitload of them and never know what to expect as it is such a broad category).

T- Ahh, this is nice. Nice little bite, VERY creamy. Coffee notes are distinct as it warms. Nice carbonation and taste.

M- Like I said before, nice and rich and creamy but different from a stout.

D- Yeah, this beer is gone. In the time it took to write this I am typing faster at the end as the beer is close to gone when I am at taste portion of the review. I would love to have another one of these, but alas, this is my sole duck rabbit offering.

Anyone that I'm doing a trade with, make a note, SEND ME SOME OF THIS RABBIT DUCK STUFF. Very impressive for the first try of a brewery and even on a style that's hit or miss for me.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lighter black color with dark-leather colored highlights. The mocha colored head lasts for a little while, then falls to a thin covering. Modest lacing left behind.

S: Robust and huge. Dark rum-soaked fruit aromas predominate, with molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and toffee all making some contributions. Simply a marvelous aroma.

T&M: Black cherry, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, light espresso, and toffee flavors explode on the palate. The finish is tart and acidic, showcasing an interesting blend of fruitiness and coffee-like dryness. Mouthfeel is a touch light for my liking. A heavier body would make this more like a stout, but this feels ever so slightly too light for all the flavor packed in. Still, it's a great brew.

D: Very delicious, and although the feel could be better, it's not a fatal flaw. Yet another great beer from the dark-beer masters--Duck Rabbit!

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Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with about 3 fingers of milk-chocolate head. The head recedes into a thin brown cap with some decent lacing.

S: Some roasted, smoky malts up front followed by sweet chocolate. The finish has a tart cherry aroma to it.

T: Very similar to the aroma, there is some roasted malt and sweet chocolate up front. The slight tart cherry flavor shows up in the finish, providing a nice tart bitterness on the finish.

M: Surprisingly medium body with medium carbonation. The body isn't too light and watery, but not too heavy like an imperial stout as well. Quite good.

D: With the medium body and not too much bitterness or sweetness, this beer goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall, definitely one of the best Baltic porters out there.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with mondegreen and Poured from a 12oz bottle into my C&B Bruges Glass.

A - Pours a complete jet black with a one finger burnt caramel head that doesn't stick around long enough for me to type this up. Swirling it up a bit brings the head right back and again it just slides off the sides of the glass.

S - Wonderful aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. I get a slight alcohol smell but its not out of place at all, and with a fairly high ABV i would expect it.

T - Wow, this is an awesome beer. Off the bat i think of cherry coke for some reason, but as the flavor lingers, i'm tasting that coffee and chocolate that i smelled earlier. Some sweetness present with a nice hint of licorice and a very slight tartness.

M - Full Bodied with great, smooth carbonation.

D - I really enjoy this beer, so much so that i sought it out in this trade after i received it as an extra in a previous trade. Its very drinkable and i wish i was able to get it here in California.

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

12oz bottle into a Duck Rabbit Snifter.

Pours pitch black with a dense tan head. Sweet roasty aroma. Dark fruits linger in the background.

Taste is lightly bitter, moderately roasty, and sweet dark fruits. Finishes with a tart touch. A very interesting balance of flavors, and it all works very well together.

Mouthfeel is dead on. Rich and creamy without being heavy.

This is one of the best regularly available beers coming out of the Southeast. Duck Rabbit does great things, and Baltic Porter is at the forefront as one of thier top achievements.

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

A bottle poured into my trusty duvel tulip. God I love this glass.

A- I poured this super hard and the head that came up was amazing four fingers of creamy mocha colored froth that held for a good bit before settling to a thick foamy ring and a small smattering of lace. Opaque dark brown black with just a bit of a mahogany glow at the edges.

S- coffee and dark fruits. I'm getting some plums and black berries. Sweet dark bread and some anise.

T- dark chocolate liquor and blackberry preserves. Espresso and some molasses. Brandy soaked fudge cake. Long roasty sweet finish.

M- almost full bodied and lightly carbed giving this brew a silky smooth slightly chewy feel that I totally dig. A nice warming in the belly and mouth with a touch of heat but it works real well with the sweetness.

D- this one get ya feelin right on a cold night. All the stuff I look for in a baltic porter. Maybe a bit sweeter then my ideal but it works nicely here. I'm having no problem drinking this glass but I'm trying to savor it. Its going down to easy.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that slowly died down but left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the nose, except that the flavors of chocolate and roasted malts are stronger. There are some notes of burnt malts and licorice. It has a slight amount of sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and slightly viscous on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer needs to be sipped given its high alcohol content and full body.

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

A superior winter warmer. Most definitely a sipper that reveals its flavor notes as the beer warms. Nice creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste notes are heavy on licorice with some coffee. I also detected some metallic taste, but that seemed to go away as the beer warmed. Overall a very good beer and solid example of the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.26/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is almost black with a modestly sized tan/off-white head.

S: This is going to sound strange, but this beer smells strongly of powdered cheddar cheese (like on Cheese Chex Mix). There's also licorice, roasted malt, roast, and ash. Definitely a dark fruit aroma, too, like prunes.

T: Lots and lots of licorice and prune juice. It's overly sweet and sugary at points. I pick up some metal, and there are also fruit skins and quite a bit of roast and ash, which at least help to mitigate the sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium level of carbonation.

D: Not an enjoyable drinking experience here. Some really weird and off flavors.

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Photo of stimulus
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (6 pack) into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black with a one finger tan head that disappears within a few minutes.
S: Bitter coffee, roastiness, and chocolate.
T: Much more emphasis on creamy chocolate here, but the coffee notes are still present with some nuttiness and licorice in the background.
M: Medium to heavy body, good carbonation (unexpectedly after the head disappeared), and relatively smooth, creamy finish with a light alcohol burn.
D: Well, this would go down much easier if the body was a bit lighter and the alcohol was more deceptive (perhaps at 7-8% abv), but the flavor this brew packs is certainly worth being full after one or two bottles.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#73. My first in a long string of Duck Rabbit products to come.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy two finger-depth head of multiple tone colors, ranging from tannish in the center to a medium brown ring at the edge. Understandably, retention isn't very good, and this beer's head shrinks to a thickening layer of foam rather rapidly following the pour, likely a product of the above average ABV. Color is pretty much solid black; light can barely penetrate this beer with an exception of orange-ruby glares that can only be seen from the surface. It looks solid and incredibly dense. I can't make out much about the carbonation levels, but there is some slight action around the edges. The beer doesn't look too bad for its style but could maintain itself somewhat better. After a few minutes drinking, this beer has little wow factor distinguishing it from looking like a very dark, very flat cola. 3.5

(Smell) Nice N' potent! This porter exclaims lots of deep dark roasted ground fresh coffee bean flavors, cocoa bean and toffee upon layers of thick grains. Smell is complex and thick and the beer smells wonderful, granted an interest in very strong smelling beer. Emphasis on the coffee aroma is most dominant; almost espresso-like, it gives this beer a balance of sweet and bitter aromas. Tough to distinguish from some similar drinks I have had (Bell's Java Stout is ringing a bell here), but if anything that only excites the potential this beer has to shine more. 4.5

(Taste) Espresso and unsweetened chocolate really emphasize both the bitter and sweet components of this beer, but the bitter parts ultimately come out on top, paired with some smoky tastes, some roasted flavor and a slightly boozy taste understandable for the high gravity alcohol content. Dark fruit and possibly licorice are also squeezed in here. Some bitter high tones come through in the finish and do a decent job masking the alcohol. Some slight spiciness peeks in through the beer at times. A really good flavor dominant Baltic Porter, tough distinguishing it from RIS and other regular stouts based on the characteristic flavors that are definitely in here, but the end result is well balanced and intrepid with taste. 4

(Mouthfeel) Slightly creamy and thick-bodied. There's plenty of substance and the beer comes through as heavy through both taste and texture. Thin, slightly watery in parts, especially noticeable in the finish which lacks much flavor diversity, and therefore is where the bitter tastes are most outgoing. Slightly sticky like an RIS but thinner texture keeps this from being too much for the beer. Sometimes a muddled and confused mouthfeel, but nothing alienating is in here. 3.5

(Drinkability) A pretty slow drinker but enjoyable one as far as beers go. The bitter component in this porter will slow drinking to a sluggish rate as the flavors take their toll on the refining palate, but this beer is a one shot drink for me. I couldn't imagine opening more than the one I have here. It does a good job at being a filling and thorough brew. 3.5

Verdict: Quite nice. I'm tempted to make this one a winter regular as it does a good job at finding the boldness I seek in a porter and at balancing complementary flavors. Worth it should you find a place that carries this brewery's selections. Get some. B+ (3.9)

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As close to black as I've seen in a beer, no red hues, unless I hold it up to the light and use some imagination. This is my first taste of The Duck-Wabbit, the dark beer specialists. The head was virtually non existent. Warmed to a black surface with a ring of white around the edges.

An in your face aroma of roasted malts, some booze and another dominant flavor, probably smoke, but it's very alluring. The flavor is much more of the same with welcome bitter coffee flavors and it gets smokier as it warms. A great balanced porter, yet highly complex. Super rich and thick on the palate. Almost no carbonation. You know you're drinking something substantial and you know it's a Baltic porter. A lot went into this effort and it's going to take time to get a full appreciation. I'm sipping with only the occasional gulp, swishing in my mouth before swallowing, trying to figure this one out. I've got to admit this beer is going to take more than one bottle to understand. The booze shows itself about half way down as the beer warms and gives a spicy finish that will probably separate those who like this from those who may not. The spicy alcohol mixes well with the smokiness and I'm enjoying it.

The mouth feel is thick, but different than a stout. Drinkability falls on how you feel about the flavor. Some may find it drinkable, others not so much. It's a big boy beer, that's for sure. Kinda like Left Hand Fade to Black on steroids. My ass has been kicked this early on Sunday morning. It challenged me on many levels. Here's where I'll tip my hat in appreciation of a fine ale and say good day.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH glass...

Appearance: A rough pour yields a dark purple-y black beer with about a half inch worth of coffee colored head. Retention isn't that great, the head quickly fades leaving behind only a thin ring of soapy foam around the edge of the beer.

Smell: Lightly roasted and sweet, with a bit of milk chocolate and a very slight hint of coffee.

Taste: Moderately smokey and roasty, sweet chocolate, and mild nutty sort of quality, and even some dark fruit. Pretty robust in the flavor department, I'm liking it.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, night medium body. Pretty much nailed it here.

Drinkability: A very good beer, one that I have enjoyed in the past and will continue to enjoy. Definitely recommend.

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Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 909 ratings
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