Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Duck-Rabbit Porter
Well the last two days have been looking like dark beer days, cold cloudy and not so nice. But here is something to make those bad weather days better. The Duck-Rabbit Porter 5.70% ABV, from Farmville North Carolina, not far from the Outer Banks. The Duck-Rabbit brewery claims themselves to be dark beer specialist. The term Porter comes from old England in a time when the river cargo unloaders, delivery people, and doormen of various buildings enjoyed a dark heavier beer, so the name Porter from which they were called stuck. This Porter pours a dark black muddy color with a Khaki almost brown one finger head that dissipated quickly, and what was left formed around the sides, and had very faint lacing. No light was coming through at all and there is very very little to no carbonation on this. The Duck-Rabbit Porter has a strong roasted coffee aroma with a little tiny raisin scent. I didn't find any sweetness on the aroma or any real dark fruitiness there, just a roasted coffee scent seems to be the theme of the aroma. The taste of this porter is a fuller bodied big roasted coffee taste with a little booziness that really coats your tongue and kind of stays a while. The coffee flavor is not bitter at all. The aftertaste is still coffee like with a little alcoholic warming feeling going down, but not over or to intense. But after first the taste is somewhat okay, but after a few more it begins to grow on you and I found this porter to become a bit better. The taste is a bit on the stronger side so I would say this is a beer you sip and enjoy after dinner or on a dark cloudy or rainy day by the fire. It kind of made me feel a bit cozy and happy. I would rate this a B-. Not the best coffee like flavors on this but still good none the less. Got a little overly boozy towards the end of the glass. I don't think I could really drink more that a seventy-five percent of a twelve ounce bottle, much less a whole bottle. Good solid beer here, but I think it does have room for some improvement. I would have this again, and I do have on bottle left. This one did surprise me a little, I was think it was going to be at least a D to a D+. But no A good B-. So please go out and try this one and let me know how you like it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!