Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF í06, first beer I went for: Dark and inviting, with a very complex nose. Texture was fabulous -- heavy, smooth, creamy, silky and velvety-soft. Malt flavors were intense yet pleasant at the same time. Rich, dark chocolate, fresh-baked bread, virgin earth, and a warm, soft roast (that was curiously scorched as well). Bitterness followed through gently and balanced. An even sourness surfaced and settled the minor disputes and leveled everything out tremendously well. I wish my "porter" friend was here to enjoy this one with me. Good stuff ... worthy of the hype, in my opinion.
rayg1 (537) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok so sampled this at the World Beer Festival in Durham. This is probably the best beer that has passed my lips yet. Pours black as coal with a dark brown head. Aroma is a heavy roasty smell that makes your mouth water. Taste is of coffee and dark chocolate at first but then you start to hit some hoppy flavors finishing with a light fruity flavor and a touch of sugar. Amazing beer talked to the guy from Duck-Rabbit about it for 20 minutes or so. He told me that they are very proud of this beer (and they should be) and that they have recieved much more positive feedback then expected, this of course is a seasonal and was only released a few weeks ago. There has been alot of interest in this beer lateley and for good reason. They told me that they hope to keep this on the shelves til around Thanksgiving so hop on it and get you some of this amazing brew.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, BB 12/09.
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, hazelnuts, chocolate), with notes of minerals, vanilla, date, alcohol, hint of grape.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Very malty, slightly vinous, very succulent/creamy in the mouth. Perhaps the best thing about it is that it isnít really American-slanted. As with their porter and milk stout, Duck-Rabbit have made something that could be mistaken for originating elsewhere. Delicious.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Draft... GABF í06... This beer rocks! ... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention. A whirlpool of rich, dark aromas; chocolate, espresso, molasses, vanilla and macadamia. Mocha, nutty flavor with no apparent residual sweetness thanks to plenty of burnt and bitter notes. Full-bodied and ultra-silky with medium carbonation. Lengthy, mocha, lightly bitter finish! World class brew!
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle via trade with ross! - Thanks! - Pours inky black with a fair mocha head that fades quickly to a ring but laces from there pretty well on the snifter that I served it in.. Aroma is dark chocolate, raisin, some smoke, lots of expresso, and a touch of toffee. Flavor is much like the aroma.. Big dark chocolate and expresso flavors dominate, but there is a lot of raisin there too and a fair amount of smoky notes with lots of roasted malt and a touch of toffee.. Good creamy mouthfeel that is divine. For a beer this big it is quite easy to drink.. Alcohol is completely covered.. Dry finish but a lingering chocolate aftertaste.. Unlike my fellow stoutie Degarth I donít rate to style so Iíll just say regardless of what this is it is really tasty and I need someone to send me more of it.. This one is great!
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Nov 15th 2006 re-rate from a 12 oz bottle courtesy of Boboski. Thanks Jason.
Aroma is sharp and tart with dark chocolate and espresso notes. Beneath that is an earth maltiness that is mildly smokey. Deep black body with a quickly diminishing mocha head. fore is espresso, black chocolate, fudge brownie and very faintly of stewed raisin. The finish is dusty and fudgey. I wanted to be wrong about this beer. I wanted it to be better than I it was when I first had it, because I love Duck-Rabbit....but folks this is just a decent Imperial Stout...itís not a Baltic Porter and there are better Imperial Stouts out there.
Original Rating also was 3.6
Draft at GABF. I drank damn near a pint of this trying to figure out what all the fuss was about. Itís a good beer, but not much of a Baltic Porter: Chocolate, esspresso, Dark Bakerís chocolate and while those are all well represented and concentrated they are more Imperial stouts aromas...didnít get any raisin, perfumey alcohol or dark fruit notes I expect from a BP. Deep black body with a firm mocha head that is lasting. Esspresso, dark chocolate, burnt malt, chalky cocoa and finally some faint burnt raisin notes, but not enough to define the style. Itís simply an Imperial Stout and a decent low abv one, but not a Baltic Porter. Itís good yes, but Iím still faulting it for getting my hopes up for a BP from a great brewery and not giving me one.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thx Turd for the trade. Aroma roasty, cocoa,coffee. Poured an almost black with a red chocolate head. Flavor was a nice blend, coffee,chocolate, smoke and a tad of fruit. Palate was nice and creamy but not overly thick. Overall, very well done.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark black. Very light traces of brown in the light. The head is thin and brown, and it dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, a bit of roast, and some alcohol. Flavor is more complex, smooth chocolate at first, with hints of a dark fruit flavor, followed by coffee, and finishing with a different darker, slightly bitter chocolate, and a nice warmth from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is huge and chewy throughout, and the finish lingers forever.
jimvy (131) - OíFallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2006. Deep black color, tan head. Aroma is hugely complex - chocolate, licorice, light alcohol. Flavor has layers of complexity - chocolate, licorice, hints of sour, some alcohol. Very creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. Overall, an awesome beer....lots of complexity, fantastic. Probably my favorite beer of the festival.
MIBRomeo (2484) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour thick tan head well laced. Light coffee nice roast malt aroma quite dry. Palate was thick creamy and well coated. Flavor is nice butter toffee light coffee notes roasted malts a touch of tobaco, nicely complex. Very good but I hear probably not really a true baltic.