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 Wolfpack2005
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an opaque black with a one/two finger brown head.

S-Pretty powerful nose IMO. The roasted malts are definitely present but what stands out the most to me is the sweetness of the aroma. A sweetness the smells of candied sugar and dark chocolate.

T-The tastes opens up with a nice roasty flavor that you would expect and is followed by a subtle sweetness. Not as sweet as the nose lead on, but I am still picking up notes of dark chocolate and figs. No alcohol taste to speak of which is surprising considering it's 9% ABV.

M-Nice thick creamy mouthfeel with a mild amount of carbonation.

O-Exceptional beer, easily my favorite offering from Duck Rabbit. The smokey and roasted malts are balanced perfectly by a dark fruit/chocolate sweetness. Be careful though those ABV's will creep up on you since you cannot taste them in the beer you forget its strength. Will definitely be seeking this beer out in the future.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near total black into a sifter. A slight brown head quickly appears and lingers. Carbonation appears evident. If you told me this was a RIS I wouldn't question it.

Smell is relatively muted. A slight sense of sweetness is evident more than anything.... no real alcohol in the nose.... some very light notes of chocolate/toffee.

Taste is sweet upfront.... the malt really takes center stage and finishes with a kind of light lactic sourness. All in all a rich taste with no sense of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nicely creamy... very smooth, somewhat heavy, but the finish is a little harsh for me, and as a result drinkability is a little lower than it would be otherwise. A very solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BucketBoy for the generous extra. 12oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a quarter inch, loose, mocha-colored head embedded with tiny ringlets. Head quickly disperses towards the shoulders before dissipating into a thin band around the edges. No lacing on this one. Big bold nose - chocolate and dark fruit reminiscent of grape juice. There's also a slight bubblegum character. Taste is a bit more subdued than suggested by the nose and there is a slightly oxidized character and some acidity in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a prickly carbonation and a slight acidity. Definitely a solid Baltic Porter, but doesn't touch my go to BP - Smuttynose. I would, however, love the opportunity to try this on tap. Well worth your time if you have the opportunity to try this, but I would not recommend cellaring if this is a representative sampling.

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Photo of Verecund
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 12.28.2010.

Pours black with a luscious coffee-colored head. Lacing is thick, but quick to dissipate.

Rich malty sweetness combines with an umami earthiness. Somewhat vinous, but the prune and cherry profile takes a back seat to the toffee, molasses, and chocolate notes. Tastes of dried fruit esters combined with a smooth roasted flavor. It begins sweet (prunes, black currants), but finishes with the same umami character found in the nose - something like tobacco meets old coffee grounds meets a certain nuttiness. Ends dryly.

Fairly full-bodied, smooth, and slightly warming (though to a lesser extent than many of the DR seasonals in the 9-10% range). Medium carbonation.

Quite complex. I've enjoyed a few baltic porters this year, and this is one of the better ones. A nice blend of vinousness (without any sourness), restrained roast, and sweet, dark maltiness.

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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Catawba Valley pint glass

A- Pours a deep black with a dark brown head. Coffee color as w113af described

S- Smells of rich chocolate and a slight smell of fruit (maybe cherry?)

T- Taste is dark chocolate and some dark tart fruit (again I am thinking cherry).

M- Medium-Full. Very carbonated, too much for this style

D. For 9% it is very drinkable.

Other than the high carbonation, this is a very good beer. I will definitely drink this beer again

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours black with dark brown edges with a creamy coffee colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a swirl of foam on top.

S. Smells of dark roasted coffee with a creamy sweetness. There is also some dark fruit (figs and dates) as well as a bit of cherry-like tartness - the tartness is almost like some red wine character.

T. The wine/cherry tartness comes through in the flavor with dark chocolate, dark fruits, and a touch of coffee as accent notes. Ends fairly dry with a bit of residual bitterness.

M. Medium to full bodied with a fairly high carbonation - too high in my estimation.

D. A really interesting mix of dark beer complexity with vinous notes that I have only recognized in sours until now. This is an interesting style that I'll be on the look out for in the future.

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

Thanks to ubrewidrink for this beer!

Pours a super dark oil color. Brown head falls slowly to a wisp and ring. Smells of toffee, licorice and coffee - deeply rich. The taste follows smell. Starts off with rich, sweet malt then some dark fruit in the middle and ends with some char. Tons of molasses too...

The body is full and carbonation is fine in structure but active. Really nice mouthfeel. Overall a very nice beer that would be nice to have regular access to.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep black with dark brown hues in the light. Dark tan head that leaves nice thin lacing.

S- Strong roasted coffee with nice tones of chocolate and booze.

T- Coffee, maple, chocolate tones, woody characteristics with undertones of toffee. Dark fruits. Grapes, dates, black cherry and a hint of vanilla.

M- Heavy with a creamy feel. Slight burn.

D- Warm and heavy. Definitely a sipper. Strong. Alcohol not well hidden.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into my CCB tulip glass a dark brown color with what starts as a 1/4 inch dark tan head that quickly settles to form a tan collar around the glass. The first aroma I smell is that of roasty coffee mixed with milky chocolate, slight tobacco, but overall a very mellow smell. Swirling to get a better smell creates some nice lace around the glass. The alcohol is pretty apparent in teh first sip I take but also dark fruits, roast, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of leather. Medium/heavy mouthfeel and pretty creamy. Slightly dry finish. Nice sipper.

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

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an opaque dark reddish brown, very thin ring forms and settles down to a very thin ring around the glass, a few spots of lace stick to the side of the glass, looks alright.

Smell is neat, really sweet and malty, some caramel and a bit of brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit, a bit of raisin and date, some alcohol, a touch of vanilla, some cola/root beer notes, a bit of cherry, pretty nice aroma.

Taste is nice as well, pretty intense, very sweet and malty, intense brown sugar, very light sour fruit, big raisin, some alcohol, a bit of vanilla and wood, a touch of toffee, light cola herbal character, a bit of coffee roast in the finish, some chocolate milk, well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a touch of warmth. Light acidity going down but a pretty nice baltic porter. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of vacax
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle vintage 2009 poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to ptykozoon. Pours jet black with tobacco brown extremities and lless than a finger of oak barrel brown head. Retention is not high, though a ring of microbubbles remains, crowning the beer. Aroma of musty chocolate, cocoa powder, malt, tootsie rolls, slightly salty with hints of vinous port wine character.

Flavor is quite vinous and ripe with cocoa, umami and classically acidic for a Baltic Porter. Tart wine grapes and dark fruits on the midpalate and the finish is quite dry, ashy even, ending with a lot of breadiness and a a bit of leafiness. Alcohol is quite concealed.

Moderate to full in body with carbonation at the same level, too many bubbles for a dry beer that isn't too thick. More acidic and less malt dominated and thick than a typical Baltic Porter, a more historic variation on the style. Unique dry and acidic qualities make it easy to drink. Worth trying.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The pour brings a dark brown body with a tan head. Nose is pretty complex with some dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, and a tad bit of booze. The taste is dark fruits and brown sugar as well as a bit of chocolate and roast. Good feel with a tad bit of booze. Good beer all around and a solid offering from them.

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

Pours dark brown with a purple hue. No head but a ring of foam and lacing here and there.

Raisin, cherry, cranberry, chocolate and a splash of sweet honey.

Pleasing taste, there are these subtle coffee notes as well, a very rich, deep porter with a fruity zing that compliments it nicely.

Sharp carbonation and decent heat. Interesting mouthfeel as it is creamy, sharp, slightly bitter and sweet all at once. This is a new bottle that could use aging methinks.

This is a great little baltic porter.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours black with a half finger dark brown head. Gave it an aggressive pour and didn't get a strong head...not a huge fan of that. Head actually disappears pretty quickly and doesn't leave a ton of lacing. Disappointing

S- inviting chocolate and coffee aroma, with hints of roasted malts...smells great. A tad bit weak on the nose, but fantastic regardless

T- there's a decent bit of sweetness to this from the chocolate...the coffee isn't that bitter at all. Roasted malts come out nicely. Its a departure from what I'm used to drinking, but its not bad. Roasty and sweet...interesting combo

M- thick, without being syrupy. Perfect...with how sweet this is, I wouldn't want much more.

D- a little too sweet, this is definitely a sipper...I'd prefer a little less sweetness and a little more bitterness. The balance isn't the best

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Photo of biglite351
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - some read around the edges. Nice dark head.

S - great roasted malts and chocolate. Very inviting.

T - heavy roasted malts. Chocolate through the middle. Big weird bitter hit in the end, dark chocolate? But the after taste is fine.

M - good coating but lot much tingle.

D - only a couple before moving on.

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Photo of nas5755
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a nice head and lacing

N- Roasted malts, chocolate

T- Roasted malts without the burnt astringency, chocolates, some sweetness with licorice and a very slight tartness. Very interesting.

M- Full-bodied with a chewy, chalky like mouth-feel that I am not used to but enjoy. Carbonation is on the medium-low spectrum.

D- A very enjoyable beer that I will seek out again via trade, there is alot going on here and I would like to revisit. Baltic Porters are becoming one of my favorite styles and this is one of the best.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter, acquired as an extra in a trade with HopsBreath! Thanks!

A- Blacker then the void of space. Dark mocha colored head that lingers for some time. No apparent lacing.

S- Smokiness is there along with some burnt chocolate mixed with some type of burnt flesh. Did they put bacon grease in this? Interesting, just couldn't but my nose on it.

T- Very FIRST sip - Paint chips fried in grease then smoked. Strange.

The rest of the bottle- Rich smoked dark chocolate with a bitterness to it, maybe a little bit of hops coming through? Hints of vanilla. Some time tangy. Odd.

M- I thought I was drinking syrup, man is this a thick one! Decent carbonation. Slippery and creamy. Has a buttery texture.

D- I would say low. It is an odd tasting beer. The taste seems to be all over the place. Man was the first sip awful. I contemplated pouring it out right then and there.

Will probably not be seeking this out again.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Another fantastic addition to my reviewing repertoire courtesy of the great Bill.

A- Fantastic head generation to a full two fingers in my snifter. Very carbonated. This bad boy has tons of bubbles scratching and flying up the side of the glass. The retention on the head is better than I was expecting and there is only some short-lived lacing that develops.

In terms of colors, we have the jet black body with a milk chocolate cap and collar developed.

S- Campfire smokiness, charred oak, roasted grains, bacon, and a sharp edge to the last smoked notes. I can only assume this is the ethanol coming forth. Upon swirling some interesting aromatics were disturbed. Vanilla and sweet chocolates. Unusual.

T- Every Duck-Rabbit beer! I swear... its this awful metallic taste on the very first sip. Every subsequent sip is generally fantastic from there on out ( couple exceptions ), but what the hell is wrong with your beers if they all do this?

The opening is this fantastic mixture of dark fruits. Slowly morphing to allow the hops to come froward, tingle ever so lightly and make their presence known. Not much in terms of smokiness, unfortunately. The finish is heavily chocolate. No mistaking this lingering flavor that I absolutely love.

Lost points for the nagging metallic background that didn't fully leave the palate. I can only assume it is the alcohol, and I wish they didn't have it in such a way.

M- Absolutely creamy. One of the best examples of a creamy beer, and I had no idea. I couldn't even tell by looking at it how great it feels. Velvet, cream, and full body help support the better flavors. The carbonation is less than what I expected from appearance, but I'm not complaining.

D- I'd never drink this again. I fear that awful metallic taste stabbing me in my sleep. Nothing can compare to how shockingly disturbing it is to have every Duck-Rabbit beer lacerate your taste buds with copper flails. Least everything else went awesome.

I'd suggest it to others in hopes they don't have this possible defect in their taste buds. Creamy, feels great, and almost all the other flavors are great. Fix the alcohol and you have a nigh on perfect beer.

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Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this in a trade a while back and finally got around to drinking it. Review is from notes taken on 10/7/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is the black as fresh brewed coffee; starts with a nearly a full finger of creamy dark tan head that fades immediately to just a thin wisp, ring and one small island in the center; body is entirely opaque; only a few spots of lacing are left behind and they slip back into the drink.

Smell: Deep, very roasty/burnt coffee malts with a syrupy dark chocolate aspect; bit of a charred and woody presence; a strange, buttery scent as well; as it warms there is a bit of a meaty/salty/jerky presence too -- very interesting -- the only piece that seems a little off is that buttery thing going on.

Taste: Very nice deep dark/roasty and burnt malts; the malts blend really well with the sweet and syrupy dark chocolate presence; a faint charred woody aspect; oddly, there is that strange buttery flavor to match its presence in the nose lingering on the breath and aftertaste -- again, it's a little off, but overall the beer is really still quite good.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick, heavy and smooth, albeit just a bit slippery; carbonation is quite soft and fitting of the style; a thick coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it holds that strange buttery presence well into the aftertaste; the belly is left a little warm from the 9% ABV.

Drinkability: It's only moderate due to the weight and ABV -- I may be able to see past this just a little bit too if it wasn't for that slight off-scent and flavor of the butter, but it's still really good and I would love to have some more. One per sitting would suffice.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for donating one of his extras of this to me

This beer pours a nice deep dark brown color to the point that unless held directly to light it has the appearance of black. The tan foam on the surface is fading, but at a moderate rate. The aroma is of some nice smoked malts and coffee, dark chocolate notes are also prominent. Due to the higher ABV a sweet alcohol aroma can be smelled as well it gives a honey whiskey aroma to the mix. The taste is both a bit boozy and smokey. Both of those flavors in balance really make up the brew. The coffee essence is mild. This beer is a lot sweeter than I would have assumed the baltic porter would be. The mouthfeel is a bit all over the place. It's not nearly as thick as it seems to have poured and I feel that it could be carbonated a little bit more, but overall it's not that bad. The overt sweetness in comparison to the smoke is not as in balance as I would like. This however is a rather nice brew.

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

Poured into a mug.

4.0 A: Black color. One finger of thick creamy light brown head. Average retention and not really any lacing.

4.0 S: Oh boy is this nice. Lots of roasty and burnt aromas in this. Big chunk of roasted barley, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and molasses. Touch of raisin and prune fruitiness.

4.5 T: The first thing I notice is a tangy boozy sweetness, almost like lactose. Behind that there is again a good roasty toastiness, smoke, chocolate, and molasses. Some tobacco notes as well to complement raisin and plum fruitiness. Big bold flavors without being overdone.

4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very good creaminess and pretty smooth despite the tanginess.

4.5 D: DR's RIS disappointed me in how harsh it was. This could very well be an RIS and I enjoyed this one a hell of a lot more. Really good flavor profile and mouthfeel make this one good enough to come back to again and again. I wish I had another one.

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Photo of crossovert
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

It pours a dense, dark brown bordering on black. The head is big and multi colored tan. It looks very nice.

The smell is fruity, sweet, and roasty, very typical of the style.

The flavor is perhaps a bit too sweet, even for the style, though it's taste is more or less spot on. Big roasty notes accent the dark fruit flavors and the heavy sweetness. There is a slight tartness that could be a bit more subdued.

A sweet example of the style, but a decent one.

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Photo of JAXSON
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, pours black with a beige head. Nose is sweet, some powdered chocolate, vanilla. A bit thin in the mouth, of course chocolate, some mild coffee, and a thoroughly unpleasant sour component that clashes horribly with the bitter coffee and light malt. I do not get this style.

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Photo of tim9887
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black, with about one inch of khaki-colored fluffy head. Smells very boozy right off the bat. Cinnamon and other sugary-sweet aromas as well. Sweet dark fruit character gives way to bitter/roasty dark chocolate and molasses that finishes dry. Very soft carbonation but a full, chewy body. Alcohol warms the chest.

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

Thanks to glid02 for this one.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Nice, big, foamy, tan head on top of a dark, dark, brown body. Ample lacing left behind.

Malty, cherry-chocolate notes on the nose. A touch of alcohol and roasty malts. Hint of vanilla.

Dark, roasted malts with a bit of wood on the tongue. Cherry and darker fruit mix with some alcohol warmth. Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. A bit of syrupy sweetness on the finish that leaves an off flavor that I'm not overly fond of, but overall this is pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth with small prickly carbonation. Decent amount of warming alcohol.

Drinkability is good. You can tell the alcohol is in there, but it isn't overpowering. Great for a cool night. Overall, this is a well done Baltic Porter. My only gripe is the sweet fruity off flavor on the finish, but beyond that there isn't much to complain about. A good example of the style and worth checking out.

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