kramer (5431) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 it’s place among Baltic Porters, and my current highest rated one at that.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black color with very little head. Aroma and taste of Malt, chocolate and coffee. Thanks Immy.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. I’d 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.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 12, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle from JCB. Thanks Jason! Deep deep brown - not quite black - with a thick hot chocolate colored head that reduces to a dense film. Roasty malt and dark chocolate nose, earthy, an odd fruity note. Flavor is semisweet chocolate, a little roasty coffee, and sweet malt that penetrates the deep parts of the mouth. While damn tasty, the star here is the body - not quite creamy, but the consistancy of half-n-half; dense, but not too thick. Smooth as wet ice on ice. Mildly dry chalkiness in the center of the tongue in the finish, while the sweet malt flavors tickle the sides of your tongue. Simply awesome. It simply does not get all that better than this.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Old Growth for the opportunity to try this. I love the philosophical identity of the Duck-Rabbit brewery. I think philosophy and beer go very well together. Ample dark roasted flavors and malty sweetness rise asymptotically towards an axis of pleasing sourness. Sometimes you drink a beer and you can tell a lot of thought and time went into its creation. The flavors work so well together you wouldn’t know that brewing involves unknown variables. Not as euphoric as the Perkuno’s Hammer I had on tap at the Falling Rock post GABF one year, but excellent nonetheless.
iowaherkeye (2699) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of NachlamSie, enjoy by 06/07. Pours a deep ruby brown with a 1/2 finger creamy tan head. Aroma is big roasty coffee, earthy and woody, a little alcohol, brown sugar, dusty figs, a little char as well. Taste is much the same with some light soy and a little acidity. Main flavors being roasty coffee, char and wood. A little ETOH tingle on the tongue with a light chalky finish. Full bodied with moderate carbonation--the carbonation is a little sharp and does distract a little from the very smooth mouthfeel. Delicious.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF ’06, 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 (584) - 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 (6835) - 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 isn’t really American-slanted. As with their porter and milk stout, Duck-Rabbit have made something that could be mistaken for originating elsewhere. Delicious.