shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009
1/04/2007: I received a few bottles of The Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter through a trade from kenb. Thanks Ken! --
Let me start by saying that this is a truly great beer and is rich and complex in flavor. The flavor is wonderful and almost diffucult to even describe. All of that being said, here is my attempt to record some of my thoughts and observations of this beer... Color is black with a large, creamy brown head. The aroma reminds me of a well-aged port. The flavor is also has many port-like flavors as well as some creamy vanilla, chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a hint of candied anise. There is just the right amount of dark chocolate bitterness in the finish to balance everything out nicely. The alcohol is barely detectable until the beer warms up some. This beer is full bodied and rich creamy, and smooth on the palate. Overall this is one of the best porters I have had. Worth seeking out and savoring very slowly!
12 of bottle (Enjoy by 7/07). Rating: 7/4/9/5/18=4.3
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8/29/2009: The Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter... Aroma: Dark chocolate; hints of char, smoke, and licorice; very deep red wine/dark fruit notes. Appearance: Dark chocolate color/near black with a dense and lasting brown-colored head. Flavor: Very much like the aroma; more red wine and port than I remember from before; lots of chocolate; vanilla; espresso; cocoa. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; smooth and creamy; milky. Overall: Many say that this beer does not age well, but I completely disagree. I think that only the mouthfeel has suffered very slightly. The flavor may not be quite as rich or complex, but it is still extremely tasty and worthy of slow enjoyment!
Twelve fluid ounce bottle ( 9% alcohol by volume; Enjoy by 7/07) from kenb via trade in October 2006. Thanks again Ken. Rating: 8/4/8/4/17=4.1
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a thick light brown head that slowly fades over the course of consumption. Mocha, roasted malt, dark cherry and red wine in the nose. Pleasantly sweet and malty. Flavor has notes of dark chocolate, sweet caramel, cherry, dark fruit/figs, molasses, red wine, some bitter roastiness and lactic sourness at the end. I detected somewhat of an herbal hop note in there as well. Pretty complex. Alcohol character is present but very smooth. Creamy and lush on the palate with subtle, fine-beaded carbonation. Perfect for sipping and savoring. Overall, very impressive.
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle acquired in trades. Bottle labeled BB 7 ’07. Poured a dark black with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate, dark fruits, and roast. Tastes of dark fruits (raisins & plums), chocoalte and roast. Creamy and smooth body.
TomDecapolis (4591) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Thanks to hopdog for sharing this from my wants list. Pours a deep black with an average dark bubbly tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of rich sweet roasty malts, some dark fruits, hints of alcohol, cherry, vanilla, cappucino, chocolate and just a very complex nose. Flavor of sweet roasty malts, more vanilla, cherry, hints of hop bitterness, alcohol well hidden for the 9%. For sure one of the best Baltic Porters I have ever had. Very well done brew.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank goodness ended on an great note thanks eagle. Poured a dark brown small head almost no lacing. Aroma was of dark fruits smoke and coffee some chocolate. Flavor mmmmmmmm. sweet chocolate that melt finished with the perfect amount of bitterness to it. GOOD beer.
Goblincat (386) - Westland, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours near black with a thin light brown head. The nose is chocolaty and malty. Sweet chocolate taste that dissolves into a light creamy bitterness. Qiute interesting, and nicely complex.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown color with a small head. Wonderful aromas of chocolate malts,coffee and dark fruits with hints of vanilla hit you right away. Wonderful silky flavors of chocolate and coffee and some rasins hit you mouth followed by some alcohol flavor. Did I mention that this stuff is unbelieveably smooth as silk?Wonderful stuff!
breichow (17) - USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of bottle, tulip glass, nice color and head. Very roasty, multitude of flavors. Long finish. Excellent beer from the dark beer specialists.
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Bottled. Poured a very deep brown with a 1" cap of well-retained caramel head. Heavy dark and milk chocolates in the aroma department with dry, airy toffee and floral notes. Rather heavy flavor, again with the deeply-roasted chocolate blend.. grainy caramel, more chocolate, and a hit of alcohol at the finish. Little bit grainy on the palate and it could have been a tad heavier. Very good brew that I could use more of.
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Smooth ebony liquid topped with a huge foamy brown head that looks a bit like what you would get from a soda fountain. Head disapates quite quickly and no lacing to speak of. Wonderfully complex aroma. Strong toffee caramel slight floral/pine maybe even a little citrus hint. Creamy milky mouth feel with soft carbonation. Slight sweet taste followed by a startling bitter aftertaste. A thoroughly enjoyable and well crafted beer. Thanks to the folks at Peabody’s here in Boone for recomending this one.