Baltic Porter | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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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 caresville
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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 -7.1%
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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Photo of Crittervision
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance is super dark. cant say black, but near. minimal to non-existent head.

smell is of smoked sugary meat and bubble gum. the meat may be hammy, but not outrightly so. meat... maybe ham.

taste is here quite a direct translation of the smell. i can taste a bit of hamminess, the bubblegum and smoke. its quirky for sure, but tasty nonetheless.

mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied. the low- to medium-carbonation is pleasant. the [non-explicit]alcohol/beer is warming. [to clarify, it isnt the alcohol that is perceived to be providing the warmth. yet, the beer itself provides a warmth that doesnt scream or even say "alcohol"]

drinkability is with ease. it is strange. its warm, without doubt. and while i know alcohol to be warming, i dont think the alcohol is obvious. a quirky beer no less. fun to experience, but one is enough.

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford217 for sending this in a memorable BIF fading into the history of time. This beer's time has come on yet another cold, January night in Minnesota in the driving...rain. Yes, rain.

Pours jet porter black into my Lost Abbey Chalice with a capital C. Smell is rich & nice, pouring out of the chalice & into my nostrils from several feet away.

This baltic porter has a lot more going on than its lesser brethren. The roastiness is present, but intermingled with all sorts of other goodness. Just a bite of coffee, which is about all I need, a generous helping of chocolate, & in the end a hop-charge that's still surprisingly sharp given that this beer must be nine months old. But the warmth of the roast comes back in the end & smooths everything over, giving it a warm-blanket-in-winter kind of feel to it. Very easy to knock back. I can think of some purported Imperial Stouts with this kind of ABV that aren't nearly as smooth, nor as easy to drink. They could learn something here.

Well, happily surprised to report this is an excellent beer. No knock on Duck-Rabbit, but baltic porters haven't been in my sweet spot & this is one fine brew. Recommended any time of the year.

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Photo of longdivision
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved as a gift.

A - poured a deep, opaque black with hints of espresso brown. A thin head quickly dissipates. What you'd expect.

S - Sweet and chocolatey.

T - Again, overall sweet. But it's expertly done and balanced with big tastes of raisins and chocolate. I'd also it's fruity and juicy towards the finish.
Plus, there's a very slight smoked aftertaste on subsequent burps.

M - So smooth. medium-heavy mouth feel. tiny bubbles in the carbonation. The carbonation is just an accent here.

O - I have to find this again. I don't think this could be improved upon. Cheers!

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Photo of steadydose
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Thanks to jay for hooking me up with this bottle.

Poured this one into my pint glass. Body was jet black w/ a 2 finger thick mocha cap. Head was frothy and composed of very tight CO2 bubbles. No lacing was left as I consumed this beer at cellar temp.

The aroma had a lot of smoke and roasted scents, with chocolate and cofee mixed in. As the beer warmed there was a subtle tanginess/ sourness in the nose.

The flavors were very good. This beer started with nice roasted coffee flavors, mixed with chocolate and finished with a bitterness similar to bitterness from eating good dark chocolate. This beer seemed like it was always about to deliver some sweet flavors, but throughout the entire flavor profile there was an underlying tangyness which prevented it from ever feeling sweet or heavy. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was low/medium carbonation. This beer had a full body with a nice creaminess to it.

Overall this beer is very good. The 9% limits its sessionabilty, but this beer offers a lot of flavor and complexity. Very interesting and I will definitely seek out other baltic porters, as I want to see how other brewers incoroporate the tangy/ sour aspects associated with this classic porter style.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lone 12oz bottle to my Sam Adams Chocolate Bock tulip glass. Nearly no carbonation is arouse upon serving. A simple, light tan ring presents around the glass. The body of this beer is a dark, dark brown to black.

I smell a strong chocolate malt presence at first attempt. Taste is also quite chocolatey. A mix between milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Faint hints of something slightly smoky linger at palate's end.

I found this one to be a great drinking beer. Very smooth and nearly decadent on the palate. Deliciously drinkable for the reported ABV. Another beer I'd like to have available more often. I would imagine I could use this one in a dessert of some sort, too. Maybe even reduce it in some time of sauce.

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Photo of beertooth
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wil for the bottle.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

This beer pours a turbid black with a finger of mocha head that
fades to a thin layer fast. There is some nice lacing left behind though.

This beer smells rich and roasty with twangy black malts, burnt marshmallow, chocolate.

The taste follows with notes of licorice, chocolate, roasted grains, burnt sugars, some bitter coffee as well. It finishes sticky and dry.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy with just the right levl of bubble bite.

I love a good baltic porter and this might be my new favorite. I
really wish I had more. Thanks again Wil, I guess I'll have to bug you for some more soon.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThorsHammer for this one.

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a thick 1/2 finger of tan head. Very good head retention, leaving splattered lace. Color is a dark brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts, chocolate with dark cherries, caramel, brown sugar. This is a very malty and sweet beer. I like it.

Taste: Again, lots of roasted malts of the top, but some heat shows here. A very sweet beer. Lots of dark dried fruit, tons of cherries. Caramel and chocolate. Dry hops in the background.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with some heat, very roasted. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends hot and malty.

Overall, this is one huge baltic porter. It is a little hot for me, but other than that it packs a lot of flavor. Fairly drinkable considering the abv, but would be a lot better if the heat wouldn't show so much. I wonder if this would do well with some years on it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wilwfu for this one! Bottle dated "9246" on the bottom, so 246th day of ''s roughly 4 months old.

Into a kbs glass this pours a mahogany red tone in the light, but appears black in the glass. Nice arcs of lace form all around the glass. A wispy skim is left after a few minutes.

Lactic milk chocolate aroma, malted milk balls.

Rich and sweet, roasty and chocolatey taste. A little sticky, creamy but astringent in the first sips though it mellows as it warms. Pleasant aftertaste with roast malt, plum/raisin, and chocolate milk traces. A well balanced and flavorful porter, great for the cool winter months.

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Photo of wilwfu
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

mmm, what an awesome marshmellowy, sweet malty smell. Poured straight into a tulip leaving about a 3 inch sticky and thick head. great retention that lasts the whole way down. The aroma is vanilla, graham cracker, chocolate and roasted coffee... just shouts "big beer". Taste is sweet, think dates, roasted toffee bars, chocalate and a very unique follow through of citrus.

Awesome, but dont want to drink more than 1 a night this thing is so big. glad I got a case from my parents for christmas this year to share with everyone! Every time I have a duck rabbit it reminds me of being back home in NC... grab some

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter has an extremely dark body that is opaque with about a finger of brown head perched on top of it. Retention is ok, and the lacing that is left behind is more a pattern of dots on my glass than anything else.

The aroma is fantastic, it is packed with a ton of dark malts. Burnt candied sugar, dark fruits, a bit of chocolate and coffee. It's really powerful also; when the waitress set the glass down on my table, someone sitting across the table remarked on the aroma immediately. Impressive.

The flavor is good also, but it doesn't quite live up to the aroma. The roasted malts are there, along with the taste of burnt sugar. Dark fruits come through, but just barely. Lots of sweet dark malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses. Lingering in the background is a touch of alcohol and a bit of warming.

The mouthfeel is full, creamy, and good.

The aroma of this beer is very impressive, and I would probably like it for that alone. Overall a pretty good Baltic Porter.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a very dark black, hardly shows any brown in the light. The head is avery dark brown, but only rises about a finger if that, and is gone quickly. While the head is there, for about 30 seconds, it is nice and creamy.
The lacing is very light.

The aroma is too light, wish it was more pungent. All that comes through is some smokey coffee, maybe a tiny bit of pork.

The taste shows off lots of malts on the front, kind of surprising after the aroma. There is chocolate and coffee on the front, and as it fades there is some bitter smoke. Its a unique taste, a lot more smokey than most baltic portes I've had.

The feel is medium, decent drinkability for 9%.

Overall, this beer is pretty good, but not a baltic porter to me, more like a smoked porter. To be a true bp should be a lot sweeter.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Obtained in trade from monsterfat (thanks!). Bottled in 2008? Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Bistre body (not quite opaque - there are ochre highlights visible once the glass is nearly drained) with a sandy brown head which recedes to a rich collar and a ghostly slick across the center of the glass. Lacing disintegrates slowly, leaving behind dozens of amoeba-shaped collections of bubbles suspended in the high gloss legs. Retention seems average, but a swirl brings the head back.

The most potent aroma of any baltic porter I've thus far encountered! Extremely rich malt - almost like I'm inhaling malt extract syrup, with chocolate gravy, duona, toasted bagels, and muscovado in the mix as well.

Very sweet palate entry just barely balanced by a touch of lemon from the hops. A cascade of esters arrive mid-palate suggesting dates, orange zest, tart cherry, currant, green grapes - all the while intermingling with wave after wave of lightly roasted malt. Sweet, licorice-like, bready finish with a hint of pepper and coffee.

Medium-full bodied with mild astringency and moderate carbonation.

Overall, the sweetness damages the drinkability a bit, but the flavor profile is still a revelation - the same could be said about a lot of Southern food in my opinion. This is a distinctly regional concoction that is superior to a lot of the originators of the style. Really impressive - I hope to try more from this brewery someday.

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Photo of morimech
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark with a large tan head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma was a little unusual in that the dominant aroma was the acidity. I thought we might be onto something with this beer. The dark malt lends hints of chocolate and some smoke. Unfortunately the taste does not live up to the aroma. Seems to be a very middle of the road porter with a high ABV. The only thing that makes this rememberable is the slight acidity in the finish. The malt just does not seem to be there. There are hints of chocolate and smoke but I want much more especially with this ABV. The body is just better than average and that is saved by the nice carbonation. Just seems a very average Baltic Porter. It definately would not offend anyone.

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Photo of Popkas
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Lovely dark brown pour with a huge creamy head. Head reduces fairly quickly leaving little evidence other than a thin tan line.

S: Hint of chocolate, plums and molasses. Outstanding.

T: Roasted malt shines through with dark chocolate sweetness and fruit and touch of the alcohol.

M: Nice medium creamy body.

D: This one is highly drinkable which could be cause for concern with abv!

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Photo of Stigs
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour at Fat Heads, mini-snifter

A - poured like a stout, dark black (might be a bit lighter, but hard to tell in the dark bar lights), thin khaki colored foam floating on top through most of the drink.

S - equal amounts of chocolate, dark fruit (plums), toasted malts and a small amount of (good) stale coffee. a little boozy but in that awakening kind of way.

T - wow. not my favorite style but this is spot on. the baltic porter sweetness is there but not overdone and doesn't dominate - really lets the other flavors develop. tons of stuff going on here, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, nuts, honey, brown sugar, could go on and on. cant imagine being any better for the style, just perfect.

M - medium bodied with a nice creamy thickness to it, but still quite a bit of carbonation. let it sit for a few minutes to die down and warm up, and then it was much better.

D - much respect for Duck-Rabbit, but i was a bit cautious coming into it because of previous experiences with the style. not anymore, downright delicious. never seen it in bottles anywhere around here but would definitely pick up some more.

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Photo of scifan
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a thick mocha head. This is one awesome looking beer, the head just doesn't stick around for very long. If the rest of the beer is as good as it looks it should be winner. First couple of whiffs reveal some dark chocolates, nice dark roasty malts. There's some nice sweet dark fruitiness as well, with a slight alcohol presence. No hops to speak of but this one is all about the malts. First few sips reveal a nice sweet dark fruit flavors, hints of raisin and maybe some grape as well. Along with some nice dark chocolates. There's a nice roastiness lying in the background. Feels so smooth and creamy in the mouth with perfect carbonation. This one goes down nice, smooth and easy perfect for sipping on a cold winter nights.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the snifter a completely viscous, opaque oil-black with a creamy dirty bronze head that makes this thing look nothing short of majestic. Too-rapid disappearance of the head makes the appearance less than perfect, but still, it's gorgeous.

Aroma is light mineral, dark chocolate, dark fruit and a little flare from the alcohol.

Flavor is incredible. Awesome balance between plum, raisin, Concord grape, dark chocolate (lots of that), graham cracker, anise and alcohol warmth. One might imagine some rind/resin spikiness from the hops, but I can't decide if that's hops or alcohol spiciness talking. Nevertheless, this is hardly a hop-centric beer; it's all about the magic taking place between malt and alcohol.

Big purple grape, chocolate and alcohol mingle in the finish--a specter of citrus flies by too--and the overall wonderful flavor is enhanced by a chewy, creamy, lightly coating mouthfeel. Not overly thick, and pretty much spot-on.

A total comfort beer...and Duck-Rabbit's best? Maybe so. Certainly a must-try if you're a fan of the style, of dark beers, of beer in general, of putting things in your mouth that taste amazing, of living the good life, or of, um, about anything!

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a DFH snifter. Purchased at Apex Beverage Co. Best by date had notches for 10 and 14 (Oct 2014?).

A - A deep dark color with no light coming through except at the very edges. There's a small tan head but it doesn't stick around very long.

S - Lots of complexity here with molasses, chocolate, licorice and a touch of coffee.

T - A rich, sweet blend of molasses, chocolate and honey. I get hints of different kinds of candy throughout (there's definitely some ground up Fifth Avenue bar in there). It's very smooth with none of the roasted flavors you'd get from an Imperial Stout. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

M - A slick consistency but not especially thick (certainly not as thick as it looks). A very low carbonation. Overall it's very interesting and just slides right down your throat.

D - This is a great one to sip slowly and explore all of the flavors.

This is another solid offering from Duck Rabbit!

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Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a deep opaque black with a nice frothy dark tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of dark malts with slight cocoa. The taste is a very enjoyable amount of dark malts and lingering bitter cocoa flavor. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence. While this one has shown to get better with age, it's very enjoyable fresh as well.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my pint glass. Pours a very thick deep endless black. There's a thin tan head on top at the pour, but this disappears quickly. No lace whatsoever. Scents of alcohol, roasted malts, nuts, molasses, and warm syrup.

The mouth is very creamy. Nice thick, slightly chewy body. Alcohol presence makes itself know right away in the flavor. Slight astringent zip there, but this dissipates. Flavors of syrupy pancakes, pumpernickel bread, dark chocolate, and even a touch of cold coffee in there. This has been one of the more elusive DR offerings for me, as I see to keep missing its release. Not this year. This is really good. Definitely one of their best beers. Recommend.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of this North Carolina brewery, courtesy of gford217. Because they are the dark beer specialists, I expect good things from this one. On to the beer:

Into a snifter it goes, the beer features the usual obsidian black color with a tanned head, though this one dies down little faster. The aroma is pleasant. There's a bit of smoked malt floating around. Sweet alcohol, dark fruits, a kick of chocolate syrup.

When the beer enters your mouth, it enters with a powerful force at the door. A little astringent dark malt hits at first with a punch of alcohol. Things start to mellow out from there. It becomes grapey for brief moments. In comes the charcoal flavor...oh boy, do I miss that flavor....and a healthy sqeeze of Hershey's chocolate syrup. The carbonation hits the palate and acts as a "neutralizer". The medium-heavy body is acceptable, and it leaves a tasty brown sugar flavor as it dries around my lips. The alcohol is buried well, and it goes down pretty easy for its size.

A very respectable baltic porter, to say the least. I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to experiment with this beer, and my first beer from Duck-Rabbit gets a thumbs up.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, vintage 2006, poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours black with a very thin light chocolate-colored head which quickly vanishes leaving only a few random bubbles here and there and a thin chocolate ring around the glass.

S - Sweet dark fruits chocolate, roasted malts, caramel. The time has made this one very balanced, almost perfectly for the style. Lots of sweetness but a nice roasted background that melds well together.

T - Sweet raisins and plums up front followed by some milk chocolate and caramel notes. The finish is slightly bitter, but moreso, it's like toasted dark chocolate.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation, very smooth.

D - Almost 4 years of age, this beer still has a nice amount of "oomph", but the 9% ABV is really hidden well and the age has helped contribute to this. A top-notch BP and with almost 4 years of age, it's really shining.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle 09' secured at the Duck Rabbit dinner tonight...cheers and big thanks to all was truly special light...khaki colored two finger head...little carb but is quite nice for this style..collar last throughout the beer..decent lacing

s-roast, coffee, chocolate cherries, prunes and figs...hops balance it out...sweet

t-coffee,toffee and chocolate cherries dominate up front..figs and a little raisin...hops in the middle to hold it together...finishes semi dry but sweet??

m-thick and chewy with such a creamy multi texture complexity to it its just hard to describe....not overly but enough to satisfy....carb is excellent... abv is a little up front...phenols and such..warms a tad as it goes down...

d-if it werent for the abv i would have given it a 5....this stuff is delicious and i look forward to it every year..thank god its in my back yard...

overall i greatly look forward to this treat every year....its still a little green around the edges in its current state this year but it hasnt even hit store shelves yet usual this brew will age quite well man i cant wait to secure my case or two..

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Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 913 ratings