llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2007
12 oz bottle. WOW! Pours a dark black with a full one+ finger mahogany head. The aroma is VERY complex! You can smell roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and some burnt wood. The taste of a burnt smokey roasted chocolate coffee. WOW! A really good beer. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2007
The aroma was roast and a bit of coffee with a notable presence of chocolate. Some higher alcohol was notable in the nose and a slightly vinous character. The black beer had a translucent ruby appearance when held to light and a brown head which retreated slowly to lace the glass. The flavor was roasty, toasty and slightly vinous with a fruity aspect and chocolate coupled with coffee. The roast and coffee also came with a caramel backbone and enough bittering to keep the malt presence in check. With a medium full body and a moderate carbonation level the beer exhibited a creamy mouthfeel. A good Baltic Porter, better when fresh and without the vinous characteristics that have come forth due to age. 12 ounce bottle. KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Dark color. Smell of smoke, hops, caramel, chocolate, malt, roasted coffee, vanilla. spice, blueberries and blackberries. Tastes the same but even better! Very creamy and smooth. Very nice balance of flavors. Wonderful bitterness. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Aroma of chocolate liquer, roasted malt, prunes. Appears a black color with a minimal frothu brown head that dissipates. Flavor is chocolate in the fore, roast malt in the middle, prunes and figs in the finish, and roast coffee in the aftertaste. Palate is medium to full in body, mildly carbonated, and ever so slightly alcoholic. Overall, a stunning example of the style and a truly enjoyable and well-balanced brew. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2007
12 oz bottle. Deep dark black in color with no head. Roasty chocolatety aroma. Malty and hoppy flavor. Roasty chocolate notes. Dark fruity flavors. Sweet tasting. Full bodied. Decent beer. No head retention though.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
12 oz bottle. Black with a quick dissapating head. Aroma is nicely roastyTaste has some burnt, butter chocolate. Sweetness is nicely offset by the perfect use of hops in a porter. Smoky bacon and cherry flavors as well. Terrible head retention. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 2006 bottle from some "Old" guy in North Carolina, drunk on 1/27/07axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Medium-light tan head is initially large, but recedes rather steadily to partial cover/ring, leaving minimal lacing. Despite the darkness of the liquid, it’s clear due to the filtration, with moderate carbonation apparent in it. Dark mahogany with light maroon hues on the edges.
I’ve got to say I was not expecting great things from this one, being very unimpressed thus far with their other offerings. That being said, I went in with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised. Dusty/grainy cocoa fills the nose, with strong lactic acid and roasted malts combining to produce a clean, vinous effect. Sweet pale and caramel malts emerge behind this, with warming and there’s even a touch of fudge. Chalky-smooth minerals from either their yeast or water, definitely a house character, are present, but contrasted nicely to a grainy, dry, almost flaked-barley-like flavor. Chocolate seems to grow stronger and is quite deep and sumptuous, or as much as it can be for being filtered. The vinousness trails off pleasantly in to the distance, on the finish. No alcohol vapors and a high strength of aroma finish out this very well-executed aroma.
Dry roast and medium-sweet chocolate, growing milky and lactic seem supported by sweet, if somewhat simplified pale/caramel sugars (simplified by filtration). The carbonation is done very well and could almost be mistaken for natural if I wasnt such a nazi about carbonation and texture. Attenuation is nearly spot-on, neither too dry nor syrupy-sweet. And of course the lactic notes. Two things I think about it. One, it is very clean and obviously intentionally introduced lactic acid. It would be fun to see some actual lactobacillus instead. But two, and more realistically, it’s done incredibly tastefully and that alone deserves credit. The level of lactic acid perfectly fits the beer without being dominant. Very drinkable stuff, but I’ll say it again, DR would be world class stuff if they would just lessen their filtration and start bottle conditioning.
And in summary, what is a duck-rabbit?
My readers wrote in to answer this question. Apparently: http://www.duckrabbitbrewery.com/huh.html
Pours black with some serious opacity. Foamy brown head fizzes out rather quick. Aroma is a strong chocolate cappucino. Flavor is more chocolate than coffee with a sweet whiskey soaked cherry finish. Also a lot of vanilla. Lingering dark chocolate cordial aftertaste. Very impressive. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with Ty5592 and a gift from decaturstevo - Pours a thick black color with a one finger thick tan head. Not much lacing. Aroma is very nice and a little difficult to pin down. Aroma is chocolate, cherry, light coffee, and light molasses. Flavor is a bitter sweet chocolate with some light esters. Has a lingering bitter, roasted malt aftertaste. A smooth, full bodied beer. The alcohol isn’t too noticeable. The mouthfeel almost has a fizz to it. I haven’t had a beer like this before. An excellent beer. My other bottle should be just about perfect this summer. Thanks Ty and Steve. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2007
The element of greatest surprise was that there wasn’t one at all, I knew Duck Rabbit could pull this off after trying five of their other brews before this one. I did not, however, expect this to taste just like I had anticipated, that certainly is a rare occasion. But I had a feeling this would be a juicy and lively porter going into it, possibly with a subtle Americanized twist...nail it they did. This could be mistaken as a smoky, robust porter or a chocolatey imperial stout from Latvia, as it were. Courtesy of Jayg and Rayg1, thank you gentlemen. A dense dark brown head balances atop a jet black viscous body. Retention is subpar but the lacing remaining is thick and plentiful. Large roasted malt dominates the substantial aroma and would turn out to be less roasty in the flavor, more of a balancing agent off-setting hefty sweetness. Also noted in the nose are nuts(cashew, almond), coffee, chocolate, light caramel, vanilla, molasses and dates. Wow, what an aroma! Flavor is no joke either. A skillful blend of bigger chocolate and dark fruits with roast that is substantial but never bothersome. The palate is thick, chewy and at the same time so slick it feels like it’s sliding down my throat faster than I can manage to swallow it. Mouthfeel is very lively and vibrant. Finishes with a looming alcohol warmth and a bittersweet chocolate composition. Beautiful; this breweries’ best effort and a testament to the skill of the brewer.