notalush (5645) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with Ughsmash (thanks, Jason!) - nice black pour, with a brown head that sinks quickly to a small ring of lace - semi-sweet, lightly bitter aroma of bakerís chocolate, light tartness, cocoa, vanilla, a hint of rolled oats - creamy mouthfeel, with a medium body - quite bitter and tart up front, with notes of bitter espresso and cherry and raisins - this is followed by a mild, milky sweetness, adding a cream quality to the already apparent coffee notes - mild floral hints and a slight vinous character - quite well-balanced and tasty, but a 4.21 overall? - itís good, but not that good.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #200! Bottle - thanks to DrBayern! Pours a dark black color with a nice frothy brown head on top. The head however dissipates quickly leaving it into a small ring. Aroma is full of intense malts. Many different aromas are coming out of this beer. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, and hints of hops. Flavor is very complex with a number of different dark fruits touching the palate first. Followed up by intense roasted malts, smoke, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and hops. Finishes with a nice dry roasted malt taste. Quite a smooth beer with no hints of alcohol seeping in at all. I think I am in love with Duck-Rabbit! Thank you very much DrBayern for sharing this!
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. WOW! Pours a dark black with a full one+ finger mahogany head. The aroma is VERY complex! You can smell roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and some burnt wood. The taste of a burnt smokey roasted chocolate coffee. WOW! A really good beer.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was roast and a bit of coffee with a notable presence of chocolate. Some higher alcohol was notable in the nose and a slightly vinous character. The black beer had a translucent ruby appearance when held to light and a brown head which retreated slowly to lace the glass. The flavor was roasty, toasty and slightly vinous with a fruity aspect and chocolate coupled with coffee. The roast and coffee also came with a caramel backbone and enough bittering to keep the malt presence in check. With a medium full body and a moderate carbonation level the beer exhibited a creamy mouthfeel. A good Baltic Porter, better when fresh and without the vinous characteristics that have come forth due to age. 12 ounce bottle.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark color. Smell of smoke, hops, caramel, chocolate, malt, roasted coffee, vanilla. spice, blueberries and blackberries. Tastes the same but even better! Very creamy and smooth. Very nice balance of flavors. Wonderful bitterness.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of chocolate liquer, roasted malt, prunes. Appears a black color with a minimal frothu brown head that dissipates. Flavor is chocolate in the fore, roast malt in the middle, prunes and figs in the finish, and roast coffee in the aftertaste. Palate is medium to full in body, mildly carbonated, and ever so slightly alcoholic. Overall, a stunning example of the style and a truly enjoyable and well-balanced brew.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Deep dark black in color with no head. Roasty chocolatety aroma. Malty and hoppy flavor. Roasty chocolate notes. Dark fruity flavors. Sweet tasting. Full bodied. Decent beer. No head retention though.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Black with a quick dissapating head. Aroma is nicely roastyTaste has some burnt, butter chocolate. Sweetness is nicely offset by the perfect use of hops in a porter. Smoky bacon and cherry flavors as well. Terrible head retention.
ClarkVV (5250) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 2006 bottle from some "Old" guy in North Carolina, drunk on 1/27/07
Medium-light tan head is initially large, but recedes rather steadily to partial cover/ring, leaving minimal lacing. Despite the darkness of the liquid, itís clear due to the filtration, with moderate carbonation apparent in it. Dark mahogany with light maroon hues on the edges.
Iíve got to say I was not expecting great things from this one, being very unimpressed thus far with their other offerings. That being said, I went in with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised. Dusty/grainy cocoa fills the nose, with strong lactic acid and roasted malts combining to produce a clean, vinous effect. Sweet pale and caramel malts emerge behind this, with warming and thereís even a touch of fudge. Chalky-smooth minerals from either their yeast or water, definitely a house character, are present, but contrasted nicely to a grainy, dry, almost flaked-barley-like flavor. Chocolate seems to grow stronger and is quite deep and sumptuous, or as much as it can be for being filtered. The vinousness trails off pleasantly in to the distance, on the finish. No alcohol vapors and a high strength of aroma finish out this very well-executed aroma.
Dry roast and medium-sweet chocolate, growing milky and lactic seem supported by sweet, if somewhat simplified pale/caramel sugars (simplified by filtration). The carbonation is done very well and could almost be mistaken for natural if I wasnt such a nazi about carbonation and texture. Attenuation is nearly spot-on, neither too dry nor syrupy-sweet. And of course the lactic notes. Two things I think about it. One, it is very clean and obviously intentionally introduced lactic acid. It would be fun to see some actual lactobacillus instead. But two, and more realistically, itís done incredibly tastefully and that alone deserves credit. The level of lactic acid perfectly fits the beer without being dominant. Very drinkable stuff, but Iíll say it again, DR would be world class stuff if they would just lessen their filtration and start bottle conditioning.
And in summary, what is a duck-rabbit?
My readers wrote in to answer this question. Apparently: http://www.duckrabbitbrewery.com/huh.html
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with some serious opacity. Foamy brown head fizzes out rather quick. Aroma is a strong chocolate cappucino. Flavor is more chocolate than coffee with a sweet whiskey soaked cherry finish. Also a lot of vanilla. Lingering dark chocolate cordial aftertaste. Very impressive.