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!

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Photo of abuliarose
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wide-mouth snifter, revealing a touch of cloudy in deep black body under a nice light crema head. Some delicate lacing. Very pretty porter. Smells deliciously sweet and malty with some nice acidity and roasted notes. I wish more porters could smell like this.

Tastes pretty much as amazing as it smells. Sweet with a touch of burnt caramel, vanilla and some nice earthy roasted undertones over a smooth watery finish. I concede that I've been out of country for a few weeks without access to craft brews, but this may be the tastiest porter I've ever had. Mouthfeel is silky light with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Body is almost medium in thickness, but the smoothness masks it well. A slightly prominent acidity makes each sip palate-cleansing for the next. Entirely drinkable.

I need to get myself more of this!

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

Poured a dark cola brown with a nice tan head which quickly dissipated into a ring with nice lacing.
Aroma of malt and dark sweet fruits.
Mild coffee taste with some brown sugar, hint of licorice and alcohol.
Smooth, creamy medium body with light carbonation and the warmth of the alcohol.
Duck- Rabbit did well with this porter, keeping with their dark beer experts tag line.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle from the incredibly awesome Russ -- 2DogBrew. Thanks a lot my friend!

Poured into a snifter. (actually a snifter that Russ sent me as a birthday present! Thanks again!)

This beer is dark. Looks black until you look at the red hues in the edges and the creamy tan/brown hues in the legs. The head was a thick 2 finger beauty the color of Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix. Some spotty lace hangs but not much. The head becomes a wispy island of thin bubbles across the top. Still-- looks very nice.

Smell is roasty. Roasted dry barley, brown/dark/black malts and a smokey character come through nicely. All of those come across on the taste, but also some bitterness that is like cocoa and coffee together. The roasty/smokey notes are nice-- almost stale and acrid and acidic all at once. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost velvety. The finish has a surprising amount of sweetness that is spot on. It isn't over done at all. Just a great beer with this one. A perfect amount of carbonation.

Even at 9%, this thing drinks very easily. I could pour another one of these right now, but I'll use some restraint and save it for another day. This is a great beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into abbey glass july18 2010

A dark cola in color with a soapy tan head that left a few patches of lace

S some licorice with a little coffee and a fair bit of milk chocolate

T some dark candied fruit with molasses to go along with everything I could smell

M fairly thick almost syrupy and sticks to your lips just a bit

D solid beer without doubt, for a strong beer it's gone pretty quick

had at hoser's drunk by noon Sunday British Open tasting thanks presario for bringing this gem. I hadn't heard of this beer or brewery for that matter and feel like I've been missing out. drink this if you get the chance

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle notched for best freshness drink by 10/10. looks like a fairly fresh batch.

a- pours an opaque darkest of browns with some ruby tones on the outer edges when held to light. Thick light brown head reduced to a film and collar. a little better retention would be appreciated, but it is a high abv for the style.

s- rich sweetness reminiscent of dark fruit and port like character. moderate-strong alcohol accents the port/fruit profile, but it could be tamed back a bit. some roasted, toffee, chocolate, and molasses tones bounce around in the backround.

t- starts out on the roasty, chocolaty bitter side before a big hit of fruity esters that carry out through the sweet finish. the fruit tones are reminiscent of a complex mix of currants, plums, other dark fruits and some vinous qualities too. the alcohol that needed a bit of taming in the nose has really settled into a nice balance with the fruity esters. I'm really enjoying this one.

m- medium-full bodied. very smooth but it could have a bit more fullness. a welcomed low-medium carbonation level helps it fill the mouth a bit. a very subtle alcohol warming.

d- $12-$15/6pk of this extremely enjoyable brew of a style that doesn't have a big representation in the market. duck-rabbit has a long-term customer for this one. I'll pick it up every time I see it.

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

Another bottle shared by Matt last night. Thanks! Beer is black and forms a decent head of small brown bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is OK.

Beer's aroma is slightly sweet but has a definite smokiness to it. Nice.

Beer is medium bodied and mildly smokey. Forward a little sweet and the back is bitter with grains and roast. The smoke character is minimal but its really good. I enjoyed this beer a lot. Drinkability high.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly, thick foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of rich malts and a touch of booziness. It had a floral and fruity aroma, too.

T - This is a great Baltic Porter, great maltiness with a strong bitter hop kick. Just a touch of spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a fantastic Baltic Porter and yet another great dark beer from the brewers of Duck-Rabbit.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

That duck-rabbit looks kinda funny in a winter hat. Tee hee. The beer pours a very dark brown, with the slimmest translucence possible, topped by a short, tan, foamy head. The nose comprises molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, spruce tips, roasted malts, plums, and a bit o' chocolate. The taste follows very closely, though the plums and spruce tips are swallowed alive by the brown sugar and molasses midstroke. Still, the spiciness mixes well with the syrups and roasted malts, which is what you're lookin' fer in a baltic porter. The body is a hefty medium, with a heavy-moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy feel. Overall, a solid baltic; I expected nothing less from the DR.

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Photo of speter
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a completely opaque jet black with a three-finger tan head in my nonic. I get lots of nice lacing as the head dies down.

S: Chocolate, caramel, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, and booze. Overtones of prunes and raisins.

T: Much the same as the smell. The initial taste is very sweet, the roasts come to the fore in the center, with chocolate being most prominent. The finish is pure brown sugar.

M: This is one rich beer. Very creamy and luscious. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol, but overall it's well integrated.

D: Were it not for the big beer nature of this beast, it would beckon for for another sip and another, and another. Eventually, though, it's just too rich for more than one bottle at a sitting.

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

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Black as far as I can tell, not getting any highlights. Thin coating of head that's brown, almost pinkish, & disappears, leaving a collar. No lacing, but tides of foam slide the glass in an attractive way after each sip.

Smells of rich, stewed fruit (especially prunes) & a sweetness like Concord jelly. A little brown sugar & stiff caramel. Very nice.

The fruit aspects of the aroma carry through into the taste & gain sharpness & tartness; that plus the alcohol give this a very vinous quality. In comes a light roasty character that's also a little chalky. Slight chocolate, hot booze. Kind of overwhelming at first, everything blends & mellows a bit by the end of the glass.

Full-bodied, thick. Foams up nicely in the mouth, but also a little sharp at times.

This is not a "difficult" beer, but hard to rate its drinkability: so many good things going on, but each element has so much power to it that they kinda clash & wrestle with each other most of the time. Could maybe stand some aging, it was on the hot side when I tried it, booze-wise. Still, very good overall. I'd love to try it on tap.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate with a thick consistency and a mocha head.

Smell of cocoa nibs, sweet residual sugars, light coffee

Taste of cocoa and just like my Zywiec baltic porter.. True to style and deliciously creamy and rounded. Good hop presence mixed with cocoa, caramelized sugars and a light coffee presence. Aftertaste has the black patent signature ashiness.

Thick mouthfeel and a medium carbonation. A nice lagered baltic porter. Would purchase by the six pack if it was available in the area.

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

Picked up a bottle from Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven small snifter glass. Pours a dark black color, semi-thick looking. Absolutely dark as night in the glass, and provides a very small tan colored head, about half a finger. The head dissapated pretty quickly leaving minimal quick sliding lacing.

Aroma is decent but weak. A little malts, and a little coffee. Other than that, not much else.

Flavor is good! Malty, thicker than expected. Big cocoa and coffee notes through-out. Medium mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation. Slightly warming, but booze flavor is masked pretty well. An easy drinker to boot! A great porter.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in trade with mymnngjkt- thanks!

A: pours deep brown/black, opaque, tan head with very little retention- a collar on top is all that sticks around

S: picking up a lot of sweet molasses on the front, some caramel, oats, and some earthiness in there, almost like bark. Some cocoa in there as well.

T: the molasses and the sweetness dominate the palate, by the middle, the sweetness is nearly overwhelming, as it finishes, some of the roasty notes kick in

MF: the body is slightly sticky and deceptively thin

D: well I much prefer the Rabid Duck to this as it is just a bit too sweet for my liking. Would have loved to see the specialty grains balance this out a little bit.

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Photo of CheapHysterics
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse

A: Dark, almost no head even with an aggressive pour. A few bits of lacing.

S: Dark dried fruit, malt, alcohol.

T: Tart fruit, a bit of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Very little of the malt backbone I expect from a porter could be tasted through the din of the other flavors, which, while interesting, did not meld well at all. The lingering tartness just didn't work in this beer.

M: A bit watery, nothing exceptional.

D: Feh. Unpleasantly surprised by this one because I had heard good things about it.

Edit: Had a chance to try it again recently and it was much tastier than I remembered.

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

I picked this bottle up at Al's of Hampden - poured chilled into a Duvel tulip allowed to gradually increase toward cellar temp.

A - A deep coffee brown w/ translucent clarity and thin 1/2 inch of medium tan cream w/ a very tiny bead. A speckling of lace clings to the glass's interior

S - Aromas of malt - creamy vanilla and sweet caramel w/ cocoa(malted milk ball) and gentle scent of toffee w/ nuts and bits of toasted graham cracker odor. The mild cherry like aroma is there too -(thanks octopus87) and is more on the black cherry/currant side w/ mild dark toast tinge

M - The feel is full of sweet malt w/ a mix of roasted and dry grain notes and has a moderately high level of carbonation w/ subtle earthy notes of nuts and spice w/ a mild warmth of alcohol and mild bitterness

T - The tastes of caramel malt and sweetened walnuts w/ mild vanilla bean and slight dark cherry/currant notes w/ a light tannic flavor which gives a mild earthy tartness and blends well with the cocoa notes a mild dry coffee flavors. The acidity is there but layered in with the dark chocolate flavor with slight toffee notes and subtle hazelnut roastiness in the final sips

D - I was pleased, this is a decent baltic porter, a bit sweeter than some, but very drinkable and one I would be happy to try again. I like the complexity since it comes off as more ale, than lager-like but still smooth and not overly boozy either.

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

Thanks to gford217 for this one.

A: Pitch black, impervious to light. Three finger dark brown mocha head.

S: Dark malt, some smoke. Hints of sweet chocolate and slight booze.

T: Sweet. Tons of dark fruit! Theres just a really deep fruit element to this that plays on the standard dark malt, smoke, and chcocolate porter flavors. Raisins, plums, really interesting flavor profile. Somewhat bitter, lingers on the palate. Flavor is pretty rich and "big" compared to many American porters.

M: Follows the rich flavor profile...thick and velvety.

D: Dangerously smooth at 9%, full flavored but well balanced. An interesting porter, in a good way. Yum.

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Photo of waltonc
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to a generous trader, whose identity I have now forgotten, for this tasty extra. Pours oily dark brown without a great deal of head, but a ring of bubbles around the glass assuages any concern with carbonation. Smells of lots of milk chocolate, dark fruits, and port. Interesting mix. Flavor follows with a little more emphasis on the fruit than chocolate but they're both still quite prominent. A dash of toffee floats around on the palate as well, along with brown sugar and molasses. Body is medium/thick with moderate carbonation. I'll have no difficulty downing this 12 ounce bottle, but one's enough for a session.

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

a sweet bottle from the beerman777. been wanting to try this.

very dark pour but a translucent body reveals the thin(ish) body within. it breathes firewater, touches of smoke, a roastiness and chocolate astringency. There is a sweetness in the front of every swallow that submerges beneath the roast and chocolate with the thin veneer of smoke clouding all from above. the body is thin, like the women from the TV. Lust crowds my head for my mouth is filled with good cheer.

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Photo of therica
2.64/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Smokin' Joe's Saloon, East Carson, Pittsburgh's South Side.

It looked great, near-black, but with little head and not much evidence of carbonation.

It smelled like a wet smelly dog or really nasty wet socks when they first brought it to the table. Eventually I found some nice scents but not enough to rescue the overall enjoyment or lack thereof. There were 3 of us beer-fanatics and no one liked it at all. Apparently the wet-dog scent comes from fruits and sour mash but it really stunk at first. Later the scent improved but nothing close to any great Baltic Porter that I've ever had, and I'm a fan of the style.

Flavor was a bit odd, again I suppose the over-abundance of the fruits which gave a sort of fruitcake effect that didn't seem to fit with the chocolate-coffee Porter base. Maybe it would have come across better if they'd called it a Holiday Porter or something.

It was one of the few 8-ounce sampler glasses out of 16 that we tried that never got finished between 3 of us beer-fanatics.

Maybe I'll try it again next time I'm there and try to think of it more as a Holiday Beer and see if I like it a little better.

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

Pours a deep black. Very viscous looking. Thin brown head dissapated to a ring. No lacing.

Aroma of dark fruitsand bitter sweet chocolate. I smell some alcohol boozyness.

Tastes similar to the smell but without the boozyness. Lots of dark fruits to the point it lends some tartness. Lots of dark sugars and burnt sugars. Little bit of roastyness.

Mouthfeel is sort of thick but has good carb.

Overall a tasty brew. I need to try some more of their stuff.

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Photo of j37geogaddi
2.36/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a thick, mildly carbonated motot oil appearance. No lacing.

Smells of sour raisins, cherries and chocolate malts.

The taste is more of chocolate, cherry and more sour fruit. Too syrupy and sweet. Just not my thing at all.

Mouthfeel is OK, a little too heavy, although carbonation is good.

Drinkability is honestly pretty bad, I can't see drinking more than 1 of these and even that I'm not enjoying very much.

Just too syrupy sweet and thick for me. I haven't had too many Baltic Porters, so maybe I'm just not a fan of this style. On the positive side, the labeling is cool! :)

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

To be honest I have never been a big fan of Porters until this moment. I only picked up a single of this because I like to support regional brewers.

The pour yielded a black liquid with a tan head. This is almost solid black which is not always the case in my experience with porters. A finger of tan head sits atop. Good looking.

The smell is very good. Rich sugars, roasty goodness and chocolate really shine through.

Taste is brilliant! Raisins, milk chocolate and burnt sugars abound! I have never had a porter like this!

Mouthfeel is thick with some light prickling. I love it!

I pounded this so fast I really wanted another.

Wow! I was NOT expecting to like this so much. Now that I have tried it, I intend to buy more in the future. Fantastic showing Duck-Rabbit. I will be paying closer attention now.

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Photo of sholland119
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with ruby red highlights, a thin cherry mocha head and a little bit of lacing.

S-Toffee, raisin, brown sugar, some roasted malt. Rich and deep.

T-Sweet caramel, rum soaked raisins, brown sugar and some dark cherry undertones. A bit of pleasant booziness.

M-Medium bodied but remarkably light for the style and complexity for the flavor.

D-Very tasty indeed. A very fine baltic porter.


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Photo of wchesak
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just bought this today, poured into an Allagash chalice

A - almost black until you look at it in the light and it has a brownness to it, about a fingers worth of very tan head, leaves thick rim of head but no lacing

S - freshly roasted coffee mixed with hot caramel chocolate bar, slight hop smell, piney/woody

T - more chocolate than coffee in the taste, caramel is also more present, some port flavors towards the end, also the alcohol leaves a nice bit of hotness at the back of the throat and continues to the chest

M - almost velvety like warm caramel, good carbo, sticky at the finish, flavors linger and continue to build

D - not a huge fan at the beginning but this beer grew on me at the end i was sold on it, duck rabbit pulls out another dark beer that is great

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Photo of parkeak0
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up last spring and kept it in the cellar for a year to see how it would change.

A: Pours nearly pitch black - even held up to a lamp, very little light passes through this beer. Very little head despite a pretty hard pour.

S: There is a lot going on in this glass. Toffee, treacle, milk chocolate, dark fruit come through as most prominent.

T: Starts very sweet, with toffee, chocolate, and the fruit hitting the palate hard. Has a nice, lingering finish... coffee bitterness and warming alcohol.

M: Thick and chewy. This beer slides across the palate. Very nice.

D: Not sessionable... sip and savor.

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Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
4.08 out of 5 based on 904 ratings.
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