ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Bottle via drewbeerme and TURDFERGUSON, I don’t know who’s I drank. Pours a opaque dark brown almost black with a substantial creamy brown head. Aroma is wonderful, nutty, sweet chocolate, some coffee notes. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, nuts. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, rich, sticky, creamy, semi-dry finish. Out-friggin-standing! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2007
12-oz., courtesy the kind hand of BitBucket. Deep black opaque pour; thick moussy head falls to swirls and some lace. Huge thick fruity chocolate nose; there’s even some dustiness of bitter baking chocolate there. A little booze hangs around the nose as well. Big sharp attack: full body, tangible carb, big flavor. Lots of coffee shot through the mid-palate--tasting it brings that note to life in the nose. Dry, slightly sticky finish. Borderline refreshing, and beautifully drinkable. Fantastic stuff. DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
trade with JCB - let me just say...WOW. what a fantastic beer. poured pitch black with a small chocolate brown head. aroma was nutty with some milk chocolate. taste...well. what can i say. delicious. flavor of chocolate, molasses, strong sweet malts, with a litle roast. mouthfeel was full bodied and satisfying. one of the more enjoyable beers ive had lately. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Pour was slightly aggressive produced a HUGE darkish brown head, like 3 + fingers. Big roasted chocolate and coffee nose, This baby smells thick. The complex aromas take a few minutes to decipher, Let’s see. I got coffee, smoke, vanilla, some earth yeast(?) and chocolate, whiffs of both dark bitter sweet and milk chocolate. Now for the taste. Huge roasted malt with a strong background of anise/licorice. Mouth feel was thick and full. I am also getting some dark fruit and maybe cherries. I don’t know, this has a hole in it somewhere. The ABV is present at the first taste, right on thru. This feels like A whole six pack smashed in one glass, A sipper this is. buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2007
BIG BIG thanks to Ty5592 for this. Pours black with a small tan head. Beautiful. Aromas of fermented malts and grains (silage), dark ripened fruits, and light smoke. I got a pretty big toffee and molasses flavor along with light roast and smoke also. Mouthfeel is big, rich and creamy. Outstanding !!!!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 12oz bottle...this was one very satisfying brew! poured a deep black with an impressive light brown head with some nice lacing going on....aroma was of roasted malts and dark fruits...the taste was much of the same while maintaining a nice level of sweetness. mouthfeel was excellent. not too much could detract away from the quality i got out of this one.
Rerate based on 2007 bottle which had a little more lactose and sourness than i would have liked. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Pours pitch black, with a thick two finger tan head that fades extremely slowly to a thick cap. The lacing completely covers the inside of my glass. Very impressive.
Smell; lots of dark fruity aromas with plums and cherries. THe roasted aromas are powerful with coffee, dark roasted malts and a bit of sweetness comes out with cocoa and molasses.
Taste; the fruity flavors are first to hit just as the were in the aroma, with plums, cherries and I’m also getting some vanilla. Dark roasted coffee mixes very nicely with caramel and cocoa. The finish is very long on this, and provides a bit of a sourness.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a very creamy texture, and the drinkability is really good, but not quite outstanding due to the higher abv, and the flavors are so intense I would have a hard time drinking a second one. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2007
What strikes me first about the aroma is its strong, full-nosed dose of roastiness and vanilla, with some oatmeal. It is also very heavy - even more so than I expected for a Baltic Porter. There is too much sweetness in the flavor, almost chemically, like aspartame, and this really detracts from the tastiness of the beer for me. Not as much cocoa as I would have liked, and instead this is replaced by prunes. The finish is syrupy and heavy. notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Bottle from a trade with Ughsmash (thanks, Jason!) - nice black pour, with a brown head that sinks quickly to a small ring of lace - semi-sweet, lightly bitter aroma of baker’s chocolate, light tartness, cocoa, vanilla, a hint of rolled oats - creamy mouthfeel, with a medium body - quite bitter and tart up front, with notes of bitter espresso and cherry and raisins - this is followed by a mild, milky sweetness, adding a cream quality to the already apparent coffee notes - mild floral hints and a slight vinous character - quite well-balanced and tasty, but a 4.21 overall? - it’s good, but not that good. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Rating #200! Bottle - thanks to DrBayern! Pours a dark black color with a nice frothy brown head on top. The head however dissipates quickly leaving it into a small ring. Aroma is full of intense malts. Many different aromas are coming out of this beer. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits, and hints of hops. Flavor is very complex with a number of different dark fruits touching the palate first. Followed up by intense roasted malts, smoke, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and hops. Finishes with a nice dry roasted malt taste. Quite a smooth beer with no hints of alcohol seeping in at all. I think I am in love with Duck-Rabbit! Thank you very much DrBayern for sharing this!