ClarkVV (5559) - 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.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with Ty5592 and a gift from decaturstevo - Pours a thick black color with a one finger thick tan head. Not much lacing. Aroma is very nice and a little difficult to pin down. Aroma is chocolate, cherry, light coffee, and light molasses. Flavor is a bitter sweet chocolate with some light esters. Has a lingering bitter, roasted malt aftertaste. A smooth, full bodied beer. The alcohol isnít too noticeable. The mouthfeel almost has a fizz to it. I havenít had a beer like this before. An excellent beer. My other bottle should be just about perfect this summer. Thanks Ty and Steve.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The element of greatest surprise was that there wasnít one at all, I knew Duck Rabbit could pull this off after trying five of their other brews before this one. I did not, however, expect this to taste just like I had anticipated, that certainly is a rare occasion. But I had a feeling this would be a juicy and lively porter going into it, possibly with a subtle Americanized twist...nail it they did. This could be mistaken as a smoky, robust porter or a chocolatey imperial stout from Latvia, as it were. Courtesy of Jayg and Rayg1, thank you gentlemen. A dense dark brown head balances atop a jet black viscous body. Retention is subpar but the lacing remaining is thick and plentiful. Large roasted malt dominates the substantial aroma and would turn out to be less roasty in the flavor, more of a balancing agent off-setting hefty sweetness. Also noted in the nose are nuts(cashew, almond), coffee, chocolate, light caramel, vanilla, molasses and dates. Wow, what an aroma! Flavor is no joke either. A skillful blend of bigger chocolate and dark fruits with roast that is substantial but never bothersome. The palate is thick, chewy and at the same time so slick it feels like itís sliding down my throat faster than I can manage to swallow it. Mouthfeel is very lively and vibrant. Finishes with a looming alcohol warmth and a bittersweet chocolate composition. Beautiful; this breweriesí best effort and a testament to the skill of the brewer.
badgerben (4823) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to OldGrowth for shipping this out to me! Pours black as night with a thin, tan head. Wonderful smokey, roasted aroma. Almost reminded of mesquite. A very interesting blend of roasted bitterness and a malty sweetness taste. Slight chocolate and coffee. Very rich. Friggin tasty.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Boboski! Observe. Dark. Swirling. Forming galaxies. Smell. Coffee. Vanilla. Hint of spearmint. Dates. Molasses. Teriyaki. Sip. Sticky. Chocolate. Anise. Vinous. Savor. Velvety. Dry. Alcohol. Pleasant. Drunk. Happy.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick black with a hazy light tan head. Smells aof sweet toasty malts, dark fruit, light coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Alot sweeter than I was expecting which was a pleasant surprise. get a mixture of chocolate, coffee, and blackberries that adds the sweetness. It makes for an interesting combo for a porter and it is a welcomed difference from alot of the porters Ive had before. great job.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BIG thanks to IMMY and Magjayran for sending this one my way! pours thick black with a lovely dark brown head. aroma nice balanced mocha black currants raisins warm alcohol vanilla and a hint of wood. vinous aroma. flavor sweet chocolate tart black currants with light bitter coffee notes with a hint of spice. bitter/tart coffee/currant finish. dry finish. rich creamy mouth feel. this would make a very fantastic dessert beer. good substitute for port. very nice.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Bottle courtesy of Rayg1, thanks man!
This aroma was so good that it was close to a 5! Sweet roasted chocolate malt dominated this beer. Left a nice ring around the glass. Flavor was good but a little bitter at first and hoppy. Light mouthfeel but turned into a smooth beer. Great beer wish I could get this around my area. Update: New bottles are not tasting as good as my first experience. Hopefully they can get this beer back on track.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle via trade with CaptainCougar. Aroma: Lots of chocolate, cream, dark fruits, smoke, anise, molasses, and yeast. Appearance: Dark, oily looking black pour. Medium tan head was full and creamy with a slight reddish cast to it. Great retention and lacing. Flavor: Alot of the same from the aroma. Chocolate, cream, coffee, dark fruits, anise, and yeast. Coffee and smoke into the finish. Medium dry finish. Alcohol is certainly present and reminds me a bit of some high quality brandys. Finishes clean with just a little lingering malt and smoke. Palate: Full bodied and a little slick on the palate. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Great beer. Aroma was great, and flavor fell just short of matching it. A great beer to sip at the end of a cold evening.