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RATINGS: 821   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter is deep, rich and velvety soft. A full blooded roasty character is balanced by complex alcohol notes. Strong (9% alcohol by volume) yet unfailingly subtle, this special brew warrants sipping and savoring.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a rich dark brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and molasses. Has an almost stout llike body but slighly thinner. Nicely balanced complex taste that lingers. Has a bit of fruity sweetness to it initially but it finishes dry with a mild bitterness. A very well rounded, satisfying brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Thanks to OldGrowth for this bottle. Pours black, with a light brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors are chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, wine, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Body is nice and creamy. Really a wonderfun porter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Bottle from original release sampled on 4/6/08: This oneís been in the cellar for about a year and a half. The aroma is quite nice, rich and loaded with dark caramel and chocolate. The body seems to thin out a little bit toward the finish and has a hint of light fruity tartness. Otherwise finishes bittersweet and lightly roasted.

Fall 2007 release sampled on 12/29/07: Similar appearance as the previous year, but the aroma is quite vinous and tart. Body follows suit with some mild sweetness, but the unintended? sourness seems out of place and is a big turn off for me. Iím hoping I just got a bad bottle of this, but I ended up dumping most of it. *This infected batch is not incorporated into my numerical rating for this beer, despite having multiple samples of it.

Original release bottle rated on 10/17/06 thanks to OldGrowth (8,4,8,4,16): Pours a fairly viscous opaque with a thin covering of dark tan head. Slightly vinous, complex dark chocolatey malty and sugar plum aroma has some metallic notes that seem to fade as it warms. Starts sweet and caramely malty wilth some lactose and brown sugar along with some raisins and dough. Finishes earthy and bittersweet with some smooth dark chocolate. Has plenty of carbonation, but thins some toward the finish. The yeast strain isnít quite as authentic, but the beer is still pretty true to style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2006
12oz bottle pre Knoxville Brewers Jam reception. An almost black pour. A nice chocoffee aroma with nice malt. A sharp espresso like flavor, semi sweet. Excellent full mouth feel and texture. An excellent growing bitter on the finish. Slightly warm. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is dark black with a dense brown head...smell is very sweet and yeasty with lots of chocolate...rich sweet caramel roasty flavor with some cocoa rounding out the finish....not mind blowing...

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours almost black with a dark brown head. Sweet aroma of chocloate and malt. It has chocolate and coffee flavors with a slight alcohol finish. Smooth mouthfeel with just a touch of carbonation. A very tasty brew from one of my favorite breweries.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2006
12 oz bottle, via ross. Poured a clear black colored body under a one inch foamy and firm chocolate brown head with amazing retention for a 9% beer. Aroma is very hefty. Deeply roasted malt with lots of bitter chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Lighter notes of chalk, tar, anise, and alcohol. Flavor hits you over the head with caramel first off, then dry roasted and burnt malts. Finishes with more caramel, espresso, and some light alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and oily with very nice soft carbonation. The carbonation was most impressive to me given that this was not bottle conditioned. Finishes a little sticky. This was a damn good Baltic Porter and very true to style in my experience. Deserving of itís place among Baltic Porters, and my current highest rated one at that.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2006
12oz bottle. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and molasses, like imperial stout minus the bitters. Taste is much the same with some fruit and vanilla. Creamy palate, slight alcohol finish. This stuff is wonderful.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours black color with very little head. Aroma and taste of Malt, chocolate and coffee. Thanks Immy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 12 oz sampled thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a dark chocolate color with a thin dark tan head. The nose has surpisingly little roast but otherwise very impy stout like: chocolate, molasses, and a little vanilla around the eges. Medium bodied and creamy on the palate, sweet chocolate flavors are the first to come across with just a little bit of coffee and bready flavors before going into this small hint of dark and sour fruit that almost goes unnoticed and thus barely makes this a baltic porter. Iíd like to see this beer get more complex and those undertones come out a lot more after a little aging. But overall a very tasty brew.


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