ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours an extremely dark ruby color. The head is a one finger khaki shade, and itís superbly creamy in texture even for the style. Retention is okay, too.
S: This seems to be very íwoodyí in its aroma, almost oaky, even. Thereís also a great element of cocoa powder here, along with some smoke and tart cherries. What dominates the aroma is roasted, slightly charred malts - and thatís a good thing. <3 roast. Really a nice aroma.
T: Like many good Baltic porters (the one Smuttynose makes, for instance), the predominant note is vaguely tart malt mixed with a charred roast. Meanwhile, the initial flavors are very chocolaty. Not quite a 4-level flavor profile, but it isnít far off from that mark, either.
M: It could use slightly more body, but otherwise, the crisp finish is very satisfying. Even still It seems designed more for drinkability than savorability, and itís successful in that regard. There isnít a hint of alcohol anywhere on the palate, and the carbonation is rather low.
O: A delicious and very worthy example of the style. While I did praise its drinkable nature, one is enough in a sitting. Iíd buy it again, thatís for damn sure.
Jamesthebrit (294) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big chocolate coffee and vanilla notes.
Looks like a porter. Pours a dark brown. nice head.
Very complex taste. Vanilla note is really big. Nice chocolate and coffee and roasty notes. But also stays true to the porter style having a nice metallic finish. I think this might have a bit more hops than other porters but thats ok.
Palate is nice and smooth. A little agressive on the back of the palate.
Overall this is a really solid beer. Nice flavor notes and stays true to the porter style while being robust. A little more metallicy and with some more hops than other porters or stouts.
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head and spots of lace. Aroma is roast, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate. Medium to full body, light carb. Taste of roast, spice, coffee, baking chocolate, notes of earth and faint smoke. Slightly warming. Top notch for a Baltic porter.
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown-black with little head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, and alcohol. Flavor has all of the expected elements of a baltic porter - coffee, dark fruits, chocolate, a hint of yeast. The finish is subtle and complex, with fruit, tobacco, and earth notes. Very nice.
smashedbrewer (10) - - FEB 10, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this beer was fantastic with hints of vanilla and roast character that was spot on not overdone for the style and not even a hint of 9% alcohol
brigg (521) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Growler from dívines) Opaque brown body with a thin brown bread. Nutty, chocolate, dark roasted aroma. Full bodied, velvety soft mouthful. Sweet, chocolate, dark fruity flavor.
Rando7 (750) - Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with thin very brief head. Aroma dark caramel, molasses. Taste does change quite a bit as you go, initially a little bit of oxidation and metallic flavor intrudes but fades out. Caramel, a bit of ash dark cherries, cocoa, licorice and molasses all appear. A touch of umami. palate a bit thin but decent, does coat the palate well. Pleasant roasty finish. Pretty good, let it warm up some.
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a jet black, with a small tan head that fades quickly. Nose is malt and caramel roast. Taste is layered and complex, but never harsh. Velvety smooth. Delicious.
Cantabrian (880) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beauty is a lot more complex than its Porter sister. Although they look virtually identical in the glass, nice and black with a mentionable but not unforgetable off-white head, the aroma here is dark chocolate, also very strong, plus dulce de leche, and a good dose of booze. The flavours open into a broader, multi-layered horizon, with bitter chocolates, caramels, salty fudge, chinese red vinegar, Dutch salty liquorice, plums, cranberries, molasses, kicap manis, vegemite... oh such a vast array, not sure whether a foreign stout or a baltic porter. The absence of roasts though confirm the style. This is a creamy, full-bodied beauty.
I should perhaps single out the detail on the Estonian (?) touque/knit cap placed on that misterious animal that figures on the labels of these great beers. The position of the touque reveals the true identity of this creature.
Prufrockstar (1139) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, thanks to fletchfighters. Served at cellar temperature. I had never heard of the Duck-Rabbit before this. Pours deep, dark brown with off-white head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles that sticks around for the duration of this drink. Aroma: First thing I smell is cherries. Thatís followed by some alcohol, which is followed by roast, which is followed by smoke (my wife immediately said "beef jerky," to which I replied "yeah! and band-aids!"). Taste: Moderately sweet, with surprisingly dry finish. Other flavors that come up once it gets in my mouth include marshmallow (full disclosure: I read a friendís review, but as soon as I went looking for it the marshmallow was unmistakably present) and roasted nuts. Initially I wasnít too keen on this, but it definitely grew on me as the glass went on. Palate: medium-full body, slick texture that fully coats the inside of my mouth. Overall: Iíve encountered a lot of beers that are awesome over the first few ounces but are hard to finish a full glass of. This one was the opposite -- the first 2-3 ounces were disappointing (I mean, not bad or anything, but the flavors didnít really seem to gel, and certainly didnít approach what the 796 people before me have averaged out to), but by the second half of the bottle it all sort of got there. At 2-3 ounces Iíd give this something like a 3.6. By the end itís a 4. Iím going to split the difference.