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 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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Photo of coldmeat23
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -6.6%
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 +4.4%
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 -18.9%
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 -12.8%
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 +2.5%
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 +10.6%
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 +2.5%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque black with a thin, mud brown head that is quick to collar and fade. Looks evil.

Smells of stinging dark fruit alcohol and Welch's grape jelly.

Tastes of smooth, roasty chocolate under plum flavored booze. Very hot, would probably have benefited from some time in the cellar. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy under boozey viscosity.

Overall, I probably should have left this in the cellar for awhile as greatness peeks out from all the alcohol in this beer but it's just too hot to handle.

via jyounger30

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black color with a course, fizzy light brown head that fades to a nice sheen and collar.

Big nose for a porter...nearly stout-like. Roasty malts and chocolate are there along with a healthy dose of ripe dark raspberries and blackberries. Not much in the way of hops, but overall a nicely complex smelling beer.

Taste is filled with roasty, toasty and fruit notes...pretty much parallels the nose with a bit more toasty and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is very full with a thick, tongue-scraping coffeeish residue left on the palate. This is a very good beer that I would easily buy again.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to joepais for this one. Received as a extra in the Naked BA BIF.

Aged for an unknown amount of time, but was told it has some age on it.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a thick, oily, India Ink black that shows barely any dark mahogany hues when its held to the light. Just a light ring of head remains after it was poured. The aroma is a dead ringer for an RIS. Huge Hershey's chocolate syrup notes with coffee, black patent malt and just a bit of toffee. The taste is just as big as the aroma. Chocolate and black patent malts dominate the flavors with hints of astringent espresso and molasses, bit of vanilla and toffee. This beer has a great flavor. The mouthfeel is the only thing that really reminds me more of a Baltic Porter rather then an Russian Imperial Stout. It's a bit thin and finishes exceptionally dry, for a big beer. There isn't much residual sugar in the mouthfeel. This is a damn fine beer. Damn fine.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from rhinos00, thanks buddy! 12oz bottle poured in a Ommegang small snifter. Poured a half glass to get a better idea of aroma.

A - dark brown to a near jet black. dark tan head that slowly emerges and dissipates to a thin lacing. they tell you to never judge a book by its cover but i can't help but to think viscous and bold, even before i take a sip.

S - Oh my... a sweet spiced rum aroma emerges, followed by aromas of figs, prunes, raisins and over ripened grapes then emerges a very rich, bready, melanoidin character that is very reminiscent of a bold dopplebock as well as dark cocoa aromas. no diacetyl, no esters.

T - The dark cocoa aromas that take a background note in the aroma come full force in the flavor. Flavors remind me of a quality, extremely dark chocolate mixed amongst dark fruits. This beer is without a doubt decadent. A rich bready note lingers in the background playing a secondary role.

M - Slightly higher then a medium bodied brew, the viscosity of this brew enhances its decadence allowing you to sip slow and savor. Carbonation is low and there is a mild astringency from the roasted grains but it does not take away from the beer at all.

D - sip slow my friends, dont just taste the flavors, listen to them. this beer tells a story from start to finish and feels like it could literally slow down time. I couldn't think of a better way to pair this on a cool night next to a warm fire, this beer truly is THE winter warmer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Bhalter8 for providing this in trade.

Wow, looks more like a big stout. The head erupts from within like an Imp Stout. Dark brown with a deep tan head. Some retention, but it eventually fades to a thin cap. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma was a little unexpected. Earthy and a bit of dark roasted notes.

Hmm, flavor is interesting. Not sure I really enjoy it to be honest. Smokey, earthy and a touch of sour... Not like it's bad, but just an off finish. Lots of prune and date flavors. Also some molasses. Fairly sweet.

Body is very thick and rich.

Not very drinkable for me as I am a bit put off by the flavor.

Sorry that I don't enjoy this more.

Oh well.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Total blackness sits in the glass. Small cocoa brown capping of firm, frothy foam sits a while before getting to a big collar and a broken skim. Lacing in one long thick stringy sheet all way around the glass.

Aroma is deeply seeded in dark realm of cherryness with hints to dark chocolate, prune, orange, mango, and a bit of darker caramel. Seemingly much like a nice fruit cake.

Taste is even nicer. Solid right from the get go with a wonderful balancing act of dark cocoa, darker cherry, and a super lofty dark sweet breadyness throughout. Nice touches to vanilla pods, prune pits, orangey mango, and an amazing creamy milken thickness thats gooey and a chocolate cherry enlightment.

Body is down right near perfect. Thick, creamy, milken, smooth, soft, succulant, fluffy, full, and very well rounded and balanced. Fills right in but somehow always leaves enough room for more to be encountered. The chocolateyness is insanely enveloped into its dark cherry center. Great lofty fifnish that you just don't want to end, which it barely does. As it always leaves that sweet dark cherry tang tanging for more on your palate.

Ummm...Yum! Duck-Rabbit has a big time winner with this one! A total package of enjoyment for any Baltic Porter out there. Drinkable by as many as you can handle as that 9% ain't anywhere to be found.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of JCB. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt and a touch of booze and smokey meats. Flavor of sweet malt and some smokiness in the background. A touch of vegetal notes. Pretty tasty, slightly on the syrupy/heavy side. This is pretty decent, but I don't think it's a 4+ beer. A little on the sweet side.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seb for this one!

I wasn't sure what to expect having had a different DR brew that was disappointing.

A nice 1-2 finger head on this.

Booze and a thick mouthfeel. I was caught by surprise by this. Probably because I haven't had many Baltics. Every sip I is boozy and thick - bordering on an Imp Stout.


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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from my in-person trade with twiggamortis420, thanks Greg!! Also thanks to Ding for sending me one, I never figured out what happened to that one, my guess is accidentally thrown away in a fit of spring cleaning a year or 2 ago...

Pours mahogany/black with a finger of mocha colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, roasted malt & a bit of iron, raisins, booze & a touch of vanilla, dang near pulled a 5.0

T: Roastyness, some herbal hops & dark fruit up front. Roasty bitterness, dark chocolate, raisins & some booze surface once warm. Finishes dry, a bit pruney, with much roasty malt & nice dark chocolate

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & oilyness, a bit warm

Drinks pretty good, but the thickness & booze slow me down after a bit. Went great with brownies, another good'un from Duck Rabbit

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

12oz bottle thanks to gford217 for this baby.
I'm not usually the hugest fan of baltic porters, but I'll defitely try anything once and since I have 2 bottle of this, probably twice.
Pours out a beautiful dark black brown with huge brown head. Starting off really well it smells like roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of sweet molasses. Does not smell like any baltic porter I've ever had. Taste is an explosion, burnt malts, bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, big in every way. Slight alcohol warming in the finish and leaves you lingering with that burnt bitterness that lingers. Almost has that milk stout texture but with this weird underlying belgian fruit flavor(raisons and something else can't pick it out). Very sticky and almost sweet after a while, but all around one of the best baltic porters i've had. Very interesting and big beer that drinks smooth and warms up on a cold night. Nice brew, will drink again.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to EE for the BP.

I like my beer like I like my men, black.

Smell of raisins, coffee, chocolate, dried dark fruits, alcohol. Like a fermented chunky candy bar dipped in brim filled to rim, without the peanuts.

If you could combine the rubics cube with Qbert, that's what this would taste like. Complex. Like MC escher on acid and cough syrup. Rainbow colors be in this cup.

Thin body but really good. Warming alcohol down the throat. My only complaint is it was a little to carbonated. Overall this is Grace Jones of the beer world. Hot, tall, dark and sexy, but too animal to control.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep, dark black, completely opaque. Two fingers of rich, dark brown head rise with decent retention considering the ABV. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of roastiness and coffee aromas, but more restrained than big stouts. Dark fruits abound equally as strong, prunes and currants come to mind and everything is topped off with a touch of anise.

T - Moderate sweetness starts things off with an onslaught of sweet/sour dark fruit juice. Lots of prunes, figs, and even black cherries. Roasted coffee flavors as well as a bit of chocolate start to dry things out eventually leading to a prevailing sourness and noticable, but pleasant, alcohol. Finish is full of roasted, coffee/chocolate tinted bitterness.

M - Full bodied, but stops short of being syrupy. Carbonation is moderate to low.

D - Duck Rabbit's finest beer out of what I've had so far. An excellent beer all around. There is an exceptional balance of fruity/malty sweetness and roasty/coffee dryness. Neither becomes overpowering and are in perfect harmony with each other. I will definitely have more of this around in the future. Great stuff.

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Photo of drseamus
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark like a moonless night. Topped with a think off white head that was only the result of an aggressive pour.

S: Thick malt sweetness oozes from the glass. This smells like a thick beer. Sweet caramel and bread notes come forth as well.

T: Woah!! This is a flavorful beer for sure. Huge waves of malt sweetness and roasted malt pummel my tongue like the waves against a rocky shore. It lasts a short while and disappears a touch into the aftertaste. The very last bit of taste is a good pure roast character.

M: Thick heavy body. Even with the roast it maintains a somewhat creamy body though.

D: The sweetness adds up after a while but it's tasty.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with an gourgeous espresso like head. Head is a little thin and retention is poor, but sheets of the brown lace are left on the glass.

S - This beer packs a big punch of aroma for your nose. Lots of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee grounds, and a little sweetness. A very big smell on this one.

T - Big roasted malt tastes up front with lots of coffee and chocolate. A dark fruit sweetness lies underneath along with a vermy mild earthy/spicy hopiness.

M/D - Medium bodied, lacking just a little. Rather creamy with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Easily drinkable with a well masked alcohol profile depsite the 9%.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rwitter for the bottle.

Pours a very dark brown color, near black, with a small tan head and nice lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, coffee, hops, chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol. Sweet and bitter, very good scent.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Finishes with roasted malts lingering. A very good beer, but somewhat thin.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light bodied and smooth.

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Baltic Porter from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 914 ratings