Duck-Rabbit PorterMay 1, 2005 Farmville, NC
Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
The logo for this “dark ale specialist” brewery is borrowed from a philosophical text by Wittgenstein, to recall the brewer’s background as a philosophy teacher. The image appears to be either a silhouette of a duck’s head or a rabbit’s head, depending on the viewer’s perspective.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.5
Alcohol (vol.): 5.7
Beautiful head, great sound—almost a sigh, and nice roast-malt aromatics make a great invitation from this porter. Sure enough, the beer DOES deliver in a most welcome fashion. Smooth, well-balanced roastiness makes this beer a pure delight to imbibe.
- Fred Eckhardt
A very deep russet-brown beer with a fluffy head that lasts. The aroma shows light chocolate and coffee with some nice fruit and hop underneath. The palate is soft and well-balanced, with moderate hopping meeting just enough malt sweetness. The overall impression is dry. The finish is clean with a chocolate afterglow. Very nice. I laughed when the label announced “The Dark Beer Specialists”. Okay, I take back my chuckle. Now send out the porterhouse steak, please.
- Garrett Oliver
Which animal is it? Duck in orange sauce or rabbit in red wine? (With polenta, perhaps?) Maybe this medium-bodied, smooth, dryish porter would better accompany the latter. The aroma suggests black chocolate; the palate agrees, with treacle toffee and burnt flavors developing. The finish is bitter but well-rounded.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer and Sake (USA).
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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