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 emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.4%
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 -4.9%
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 +5.1%
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 -17.2%
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 +7.8%
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 +9.1%
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 +6.6%
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 +12.3%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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%
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 -2.7%
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 +5.9%
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 +13.2%
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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Photo of coldmeat23
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLAS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to Deuane for this one!

This pours a dark ruby tinted, jet black color. A minimal head of brown foam forms and quickly fades. Lacing is fairly minimal.

The nose is full of sweet maltiness. Light notes of chocolates and coffee are present, along with some hints of dark fruits. A slight booziness is also detected.

This is a huge porter, as in flavor-wise it's almost more like a barleywine. It has a huge level of sweet malts. Very good presence of dark roasted coffee. Milk chocolates and dark chocolates combine with a lacto-like sweetness. This is all attempted to be balanced by the roastiness of the malts, but the sweetness is slightly more prominent.
This is very tasty!

This is medium-bodied with a light-to-medium level of carbonation. It is very smooth drinking, with little creaminess to speak of. This is fairly true to style though, so no real surprise.

This one is delicious and easy drinking. At the halfway point though, I'm already starting to feel the 9.00%abv. Not one for sessioning, but very tasty.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears an opaque black hue nice tan head that forms fine even lacing. Aromatics come correct with the malt sweetness and roasty qualities associated with a porter upfront with the plum, raisin, dark chocolate roasts and creamy milk chocolate malt balls with a touch of slightly burnt coffee roasts. Flavors bring out dark roasted malts with tart raisin fruitiness and brown sugar caramelized sweetness going on, more milk chocolate malted Whoppers coming in with toffee and strong bitter black roasts as well, finishes with a touch of fruity booziness and a herbal hop bouquet. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with even smooth carbonation. Drinkability is excellent

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

Got this one thanks to the generous, famous, and awesome Solomon420. Poured this guy into an Orval goblet because I can, wanna fight about it?!

A: Pours out very dark but semi thin, no motor oil in there. Swirled around the glass in a low viscosity dark looking black coffee like beverage. Its black, like my keyboard, but lets no light through, but at the same time doesn't look like the halls of death as some other stouts do. A very light brown head quickly dissipates to leave patches of swirling foam on the top making look swirling galaxies in space colliding.

N: Finally I can smell the damn thing, its got a nice chocolate porter malt nose with a slight rich caramel/toffee aroma, some roasted malt coffee adds to the typical porter nose of a good porter. No off aromas.

T: I can't wait to tast... mmm... lots of roasted coffee malts right out front with some chalky and milky chocolate. It almost makes me feel like a kid again adding chocolate and coffee syrups into my milk. The difference is the alcohol, although this one has a nice alcohol bite to it and hides it well until the finish, my milks as a kid had a few shots of rum in them. A slight raisin and earthy char build out the complexity.

M: Very creamy and slightly chocolatey, but still pretty light and smooth, not over thick, has a slight alcohol sting

F: Finishes somewhat sweet but dries quickly and adds a spicey alcohol bite. Its creamy as it runs down the back of the tongue and throat, then the alcohol bites nicely and surprisingly, except that it's 9% but you don't know it until the finish.

Final thoughts: This is a lip smacking, high octane dark porter. It doesn't overstretch the bounds or experiment much, but its still a great beer. Adds some nice roasted and charred as well as chocolate malts, creamy and slightly chalky, pretty robust as well as complex but smoothed well. The chocolate and alcohol finish linger for a little longer than necessary, but otherwise a good consistent beer, but similar to many other great strong porters.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(NOTE: this was mistakenly entered in as a review for their regular porter back in june 2009.)

thanks to jyounger30 for the trade

12oz bottle, notched for 11/09. tasted in mid-april 2009. (industrial strength bottle cap again ;-)

poured into tulip

almost opaque black, even under the light. 2-finger light brown head, foamy and rocky, fades to wisps and ring. some thin lacing here and there. much of it never sticks however.

aroma of fruity plums and figs, with caramel and molasses. gentle earthiness from both the light roast and hops, with hint of acidity. whiff of alcohol and slight phenols.

taste: combination of plum fruitiness and caramel are met by moderate roast and hop bitterness, but also a somewhat unexpected acidity, distracting slightly. some light alcohol booziness and phenols, distracting further. coffee notes in finish.

smooth, medium body, then moments of thinness, some acidic texture, but accentuated to quite a sour bite by the otherwise moderate, almost creamy carbonation.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Pours very dark black with an almost nonexistent light brown head. Very sweet nose with coffee and chocolate scents.

Very smooth taste, fairly light body for such a hardcore porter. Which is very welcome. Very toasty almost burnt flavor to it. I think ti's just awesome, the 9% abv adds a lot too it to, very warming and sharp. This beer would be perfect on a nice cold night, but it's still welcome in the middle of summer!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage. Poured into my DFH shaker glass. The porter appears an opaque dark brown color with about a finger of quickly fading ecru head. Nose and flavor consist of raisins soaking in molasses, bakers chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, sweet caramel, nice deep roastiness, more molasses, tobacco, a slight hint of red berries. The porter is approaching full bodied and is adequately carbonated. A very nice example of the style and I'm glad they (D-R) are in the PA market now.

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

Can you honestly believe I have never had one of these before? Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/25/2009.

The pour was fantastic. A rich dark brown in color, essentially black with a large tan head on top of it that only slightly faded into nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Aroma is full of dark fruits, rich, sweet and nearly perfectly done. Nice touches of boozy aroma and rich tobacco notes. Smooth and seductive flavor of rich dark chocolate, smooth dark cherry notes and a touch of sweet molasses and tobacco. A very big beer that hides its alcohol well, this made a fantastic night cap.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with one and a half fingers of tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Smell is chocolate, molasses, rum-soaked raisins, a hint of vanilla, and alcohol.

Taste begins with some sweet chocolate and molasses before a hint of alcohol. Rum-soaked raisins and vanilla lead back into some chocolate, burnt sugar, and a slightly hot, but sweet, finish.

Full-bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, despite the alcohol heat. I'm pretty glad I still have a couple of these in the cellar!

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

HUge head poured out of this into my tulip which quickly faded away leaving spiderweb lines of head along hte top of the glass. Huge raisin and malt aroma off of the beer before my first taste. It's an intense smell actually. Not bad, but very strong.

There is an intense amount of flavor. Raisins, Malts, Sugary Sweetness. Lots and lots of flavor. This seems to me to be a better version of raison dr etre. This makes the long line of locals that I wish were available in Ohio.

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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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