badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
black body with minimal head...nutty, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and vanilla bean aroma that finishes with a slight cola nose...superb baltic flavor profile (huge in caramel, nuts, vanilla, molasses, and marshmallow)...perfect slick, oily mouthfeel..a top-rate beer for sure!
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006
Thanks to The_Epeeist for sending these for a tasting. I brought them along and popped them open at the close of the night. It was a good way to finish the tasting. Despite a few others opening things, my stomach could not handle any more. 25 beers in a night is quite a few, especially when they are of the caliber of everything we tasted. I would call this one a Top 100 but not quite Top 50. Perhaps it was the combination of everything else I tried but this was missing a little something. Still, kudos to the Duck Rabbit for an awesome beer.
Flavor / Palate - The body was deep black with an off white tannish head one finger high. It was so dark that almost no light escaped the glass. It was almost a black hole worthy of comparison to Expedition or Dark Lord. Aromas of smoke, cherries, malt, peaches and toffee formed an intruiging nose. Overall it was airy and vinous but still focused.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee and cajun blackened malt form a smoky mouthfeel. Roasted malt and dark chocolate create a nice followup which is then succeeded by smoke, cherry and salt free pretzels. The body was very complex and pleasing but hot quite all there. I couldn’t pin down what was missing but it just felt slightly off. It is on par with the Full Sail Imperial Porter though which is not a bad beer.
Terminus (3326) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-thanks to Ernest for this one-pours 90% black with a brown tinge around the rim of the glass. chocolate, anise, roast, toasted malt, lightly fussel notes, baking chocolate, light alcohol (the fussel) and some light smoke in there as well. WOW-nice flavors-char, sweet chocolate, light roast, milk chocolate with lots of complexity. Really hits the style very well-lots of sweetness, but lots of choclate with light roast to dry it out a little. nice complexity! Body is full with very subtle and gentle carbonation. Really a nice version of the style, but i dont know if its a top 50 contender. I think the full sail Imp porter is a little better.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to brigadier for sharing this one. Aroma is loaded with roasted coffee, vanilla and a touch of minerals. Dark, dark brown in color with a thin brown head. Flavor is more smoky than I expected. Also notes of chocolate and coffee and herbs but the smoke is more than I expected. Palate is fairly thick and creamy for a porter. Pretty good, but I’m not understanding why this is top 50.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 Sampled at the Falls Tasting: Clear black brown with a firm tan head collapsing slowly to lace. Roasted coffee aroma with a flavor to match, lingering roasty finish.
beastiefan2k (2762) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Ernest, damn crazy mutations between animals with their hats. Poured into a small goblet La Trappe goblet glass. Let it warm for about 20 minutes after the fridge. Pours black with a small brown head that quickly dissipates into an almost nothing lacing. Aroma is very present, light chocolate, good smokiness (thats what really wins me over), slight roastiness. There is a slighty fishiness that I usually see in wheat coming through that is a turn off to me. The description is right on with the velvety aspect on the mouthfeel. Nice low carbonation with a thick mouthfeel, not syrupy but velvety. Nice roast, chocolate, smokey taste. Leaves a heavy roast aftertaste.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Suttree. Deep opaque brown body with reddish highlights. Rich, complex aroma of burnt caramels, roasted malt, sour woody notes, licorice, and soy. Oily, smooth body revealing layers of chocolate, toffee, toasted marshmallow, soy, and even prune. Salty, leathery palate. Absolutely perfect finish on the back of the tongue, where burnt residual sugars and leathery notes linger long after the sip, just out of reach of the full array of tastebuds. This could be improved, still, by going easier on the carbonation...damn, Duck-Rabbit beers are carbonated. An excellent beer all around.
Kinz (3459) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this up without realizing it was a Top 50 beer. Saved it for the 4th Richmond Gathering. Actually lived up to the hype to my surprise. Deep black brown, slight head. Fruity plum liquor aroma, deep chocolate, very fruity, with coffee too. Great nose, actually preferred sniffing this one. Flavor matches the nose, but not as rich. Still, a really special beer.
kdawg (6) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent beer! Pours thick & dark black. ABV hidden very well... chocolate & coffee taste. One of my favorites beers
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a wonderful head. Aroma is vineous, dry, bready, a bit of lactic sourness. Flavor is a crazy mesh of flavors, sweet up front, dry in the finish... powdery dryness and wet sweetness... maybe some fruits, brown sugar... lots of stuff I can’t really pin down. This beer fits the bill of Baltic Porter much more than others which just come off as stouts... it has some of that weird funkiness and strange flavors usually found in its european bretheren.