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

Beer pours a nice, super-dark brown. It is completely opaque, and the initial mocha-colored head fades from 2 foamy fingers to a spotty skim and a very soft, delicate ring along the walls of the glass. Slippery spots of lace cling to the walls of the glass before sliding back into the beer.

Aromas of dark, bitter chocolate and slightly smoky, rich roasted malts come through nicely.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly and refreshingly well-carbonated and bright, moderate overall. It leaves behind a nice, chalky skim throughout the palate that makes it almost chewy in the end. The bitterness of the roasted malts is the dominant flavor in the beer. It is like bittersweet chocolate coated coffee beans. There's a bit of sticky-sweet caramel in the aftertaste, and the hops come through just slightly in a tart apple kind of way. Alcohol is well-masked and blends nicely with the flavors of the beer.

Really drinkable beer for being 9%. The flavors are very rich and enjoyable without being unbalanced or harsh. Excellent Baltic porter.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Near black pour with a nice two fingers of brown head. Aroma is sweet and charred/peaty with noticeable alcohol. Pretty deep but not overly complex or inviting.

The flavor is sweet and has some port notes that don't come off as clean and complex as I would like. Not sure if it is the flavor profile or if there is the workings of an infection, but there is some sourness that is off putting.

Mouthfeel is good, but drinkability is low due to the creeping sourness and port notes that just don't work with the underlying flavor profile. This one is very unique and I could see how certain individuals may find it very appealing, so I would advise seeking it out for yourself and seeing if it is for you.

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

A: Black with a beige head that fades after a few moments, leaving a nice lace ringlet on the glass.

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark, ripe fruit (raisins, plums, prunes), alcohol

T: Robust, dark, with flavors of roasted malt, plums or prunes, bitter chocolate, and cocoa. This beer is pretty tasty :)

M: Medium feel. good carbonation level. a bit of a sticky, chewy aftertaste. ABV hidden pretty well.

D: I definitely recommend this beer, though one is plenty for me on any given occasion.

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Photo of farrago
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Close to a finger of dark brown foam, thick yet only moderate staying power, about average lacing left behind. Jet black with nary a hint of color anywhere to be found, of course, completely opaque. Toasted coconut, caramel, dark chocolate, whipped cream, cherries and plums, oatmeal in the nose, not much hoppiness but there is a sudden lift before it all disappears. Medium-bodied, the carbonation coils and leaps through the mouth to relieve any unwanted weight or pressure. You get both barrels of that coconut, vanilla, butterscotch, café con leche, dark chocolate right from the start. Cherry, strawberry, raspberry fruit as if slathered in chocolate. Grainy, if not bready, at all the right times, adroitly sidesteps extra sweetness. Manages to linger and clean up at once at the end, let's you choose how long it sticks around.

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

A: Half a pencil of head off a hard pour, pitch black with only a touch of light passing at the rim, no visible lacing - 4.00, S: Tons of coffee and ash, the specialty malts shine in this beer, very slight sweetness that reminds me of dates, faintest signs of alcohol - 4.00, T: Raisin juice, sturdy use of malts, chocolate frappuccino, alcohol is quite evident and maybe takes away a little from the palate, brandy soaked dates and prunes - 4.50, M: Medium bodied and creamy - 4.50, D: An exceptional example of the style, extremely enjoyable though the high alcohol would be a little limiting - 4.00

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5| drink: 4

Rich and tasty baltic porter

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.2%) Served in a beer tumbler.

A - Black pour with a small frothy brown head, short retention, minimal surface memory, and little to no lacing.

S - Roasted and fruity aroma. Lingering sweetness.

T - Dark roasted flavors, chocolate, and coffee,.. with a rich fruity sweetness. Faint smoked note in the finish.

M - Medium-full body with fair carbonation, not much but working very well for the offering. Creamy feel with a slightly dry finish.

D - Pleasing porter with a nice range that does not bore at all.

Notes: Hmmm, I think this is my first go at Duck-Rabbt. Having overheard often that it is typically hit or miss with them this one is surely on the hit column.

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Photo of JMac311
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great brew! Duck-Rabbit never disappoints.

Very nice, but extremely drinkable high gravity beer. Deep rich mahogany color, with hints of chocolate and a bit of roasted barley. Substantial body, with strong dark malt character, with just a hint of hops present.

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Photo of jekemp
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Malty, dark roasted with sweet caramel overtones.
The Mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side with no light passing through the beer. The burnt taste seems to overpower the rest of the flavors. I could imagine making this beer into some kind of milkshake. Feels like I am having some kind of decadent chocolate dessert of some sort..

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

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
appearance - black with a brown head.
smell - rich, chocolate, coffee.
taste - and creamy, easier going down than expected. nice brew.
drinkability - another big brew that goes down easy.

3/20/11 update:
With about 18 months on it, this is even better. Smells something like malted milk. More smooth, creamy and mellow. De-lish.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Fat Head's last night.

A-deep brown in color with a dark coffee colored head that has decent retention and leaves just a little lacing on the glass.

S-the nose brings roasted malts, molasses, and a hint of licorice. dark cherry and plum come in afterwards to sweeten up the aromas.

T/M-medium body and extremely smooth. the taste is great. it brings molasses that is followed by sweet dark fruits of ripe plum, raisins, and figs. the finish brings a slight hop bitterness and lots of carbonation.

D-this is so drinkable, big bold flavors with a nice complexity and a hint of balance. very sweet, just a bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black with a very thin tan head. The head all but disappeared after a few minutes and didn't leave much for lacing.

Aroma has some chocolate and roasted grains coming through along with a little caramel sweetness. The taste is big and roasty with bitter chocolate, coffee and roasted grains. there is a nice caramel sweetness to it that helps balance it out. A very delicious tasting beer for sure.

Mouthfeel is thick with moderate to low carbonation. I usually enjoy DR's darker beers and this is no exception. I very good drinking and tasty Baltic porter for a cold winter night. It might not be the prettiest, or the best smelling but it is thick and delicious which matter most to me for the style.

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Photo of devilben02
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pours is deep and dark, similar to any good imperial stout. I try to identify any hint of color, but it is as black as can be. The thin head that sits on top is a medium chocolate brown, like the foam on top of a vigorously poured glass of chocolate milk. The aroma is unremarkable, with just a bit of crisp sweetness and just the slightest touch of booze. Where this one stands out is in the flavor and texture. Richly sweet, with flavors of bittersweet chocolate and molasses, and an underlying bitterness akin to a lightly roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is silky smooth. If it were any sweeter, it would almost seem syrupy with how little carbonation it has, but the smoothness works with the flavor to create a rich, decadent, but smooth drinking experience.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. Rated 08/09/2009. Big thanks to Duck Rabbit for bringing this to Georgia! Pours pure black with a small tan head. Light lacing.

Big roasted aroma...malts, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

Big flavor that follows with more of the same roasted coffee, chocolate, and tons of dark fruits. Sour and tart note on the finish.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

An amazing brew, amazing baltic porter. Not sure if I like this or the Sinebrychoff more. Gonna have to do a side-by-side comparison in the near future. Can't go wrong with either. One of my favorite beers!

2009 bottles. Fresh is best with Duck-Rabbit, don't worry about aging. No sourness when fresh, last bottle I'm having here in early February is picking up a tartness in the taste. There is also some consistency issues with this beer...I've had a few over the years that were off, even beyond the sourness it picks up over time, as well as one that was completely flat and not very good at all (guessing it wasn't capped properly). This loses a lot of its luster as you get to the bottom of the glass. Overall incredibly flavorful, and packs quite a punch, feels like 11%, but I think it's a little over-rated. I do prefer Sinebrychoff Porter, but this is also an excellent example of a Baltic Porter, and one I will enjoy each year it comes out.

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

2007 vintage///
Poured a very deep brown with good carbonation and a tan head. Nose is chocolate, roasted and coffee. Taste is oh so smooth, milk chocolate, coffee, booze and roasted malts, oats perhaps. Mouthfeel is smooth, coating and sweet with cocoa. Drinkability is very, very good.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review is for the Winter '09 vintage (1 year old) of this beer although I did a side by side with the fresh Winter '10 vintage.

A: Stone black that pours with a tan head that quickly recedes into a ring around the inside of the glass.

S: Malty, dark brown sugar, barley, and a slight hint of coffee.

T: Sweet at the front, turns into roasted malts, then some bitterness, and finishes with a little sour tinge (probably from the age).

M: Nice and creamy and not too chewy. The carbonation is just right.

D: A little heavy for 9% ABV. I didn't like this part of the beer.

I think I like the aged one a little better than the fresh because the the malts haven't really worked in yet in the fresh one. Also, the mouthfeel is a little too creamy with the fresh one.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to scifan for this in a recent trade.

A: By far the darkest Baltic Porter that I have ever seen. This is black. A finger of mocha colored head with a touch of lacing.

S: I think all Baltic Porters sort of have a tight nose and this one falls in line. I served this at cellar tempature but it really got going once it warmed from there. Rich dark chocolate. A really complex roast. They must use quite a few different malts in here. It almost has a milk stout smell then goes into a deep roast and chocolate smell. Really nice.

T: This is a great rich and complex beer. All the chocolate and roast you could ever want and then some. It finishes with a mix of bittersweet chocolate and a bitterness from all the roasted malt.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Very nice.

D: First time I have reviewed any of their beers but I have had a few and have always enjoyed them. Really great Baltic porter. Thanks again.

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Photo of caresville
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

received this one in RIS BIF from jyounger30, big thanks to sending me this one from '08!!

i seem to be either hit or miss on baltic porters i have ever had the chance to try. i either love them or cant stand them, this one seems to be right in the middle.

a- jet black, little brown head. little to no lacing present.

s- i cant pick up too much, i have a stuffy nose BUT... i smell some blackberries, dried fruits, coffee beans, nuts, etc.

t&m- very bitter, leaves my mouth dry. black coffee, deep dark dried fruits, raisins, i know this may sound strange but i keep getting this hint of horseradish with the last few sips. for 9% it seems real boozy like something double its abv.

d- i would actually love to have a fresh bottle of this to re-review this seeing as this is an '08. i now notice it is notched best before 11/09. this is very bitter and not many tastes compliment the bitterness and booziness here.

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Photo of ThoughtPolice
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got at Peabody's in Boone. Dude told me to not have anything to do after I start drinking these.

App: Looks good. Jet black. Nice tan-brown head, lingered a bit. Head had "rainbowy" soapy looking deal going on.

Aroma: Smells light. Primarily smoky, with some sweetness, toasty coffee aroma is present as well.

Taste: Tastes niiice. Sweet start, I get coffee and a little vanilla, then it fades to big smokiness and a bit of bitterness. It's a good tasting brew. Smokiness/toasty coffee thing really lingers in the back end. Bitterness is just like dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Good. Not heavy, not light, IMO perfect carbo for the style.

Drinkability: I could drink a 6-pack except it's too much alcohol for that.

I really want to get another couple and age them and see how that goes in about 6 months and a year to see how the flavors meld.

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