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Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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86
very good

1,824 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 106
Gots: 226 | FT: 3
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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004

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Ratings: 1,824 | Reviews: 740
Photo of Mikus
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredible balance of sweetness and caramel notes, depth of malt profile, faint tobacco, and appropriate bitterness. DR are definite dark beer specialists!

Photo of BStreets
2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Perhaps I had a bad batch but it just seemed rancid. Hated it.

Photo of Griffin2
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal tan head. Tastes delicious. I really liked this stout.

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't have it fresh and was slightly oxidized but still enjoyable.

Photo of Pukstopper
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bitter taste from bottle
Expectation date not marked
Left some lacing and some head
Wasn't a big fan compared to others

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was not a huge fan of it

Photo of Oldmankeebler
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent milk stout that is really the benchmark that all other milk stouts should be judged.

Photo of Jim_Gillespie
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love milk stouts ever since I gave them a try for curiosities sake. It was, at first, the brewer who drew me to the beer (Wittgenstein's infamous duck-rabbit). Nonetheless, the flavour struck me as rather soothing for a beer. It is dark and a tad-bit heavy (though not too much).

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Velvety smooth stout with cheerwine, tobacco & coco puff flavors. Very nice.

Photo of Alehorn
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good regional beer, not the best, but a good way to introduce yourself to the style.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with an eighth of a finger of a caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong notes of roasted malt, dark bread, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla and some coffee.

Taste: Very good! Lots of roasted malt up front, imparting flavors of freshly baked dark bread, followed by some bitterness of dark chocolate and caramel-like sweetness, accented with some vanilla and a slight hint of coffee. Quite good!

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. No carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really good milk stout. I really like the flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla and malt that this beer imparts. Really good.

Photo of EvoRich
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours bitch black with about one finger of head.

Smell: Vanilla chocolate blend. Has a hint of roasted peanuts.

Taste: Has a roasted peanut flavor, along with chocolate.

Feel: Medium bodied and smooth

Overall: Pretty good Milk Stout. It's a bit different from most milk/sweet stouts I've had before. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of waltc21
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pruod to have this as a regional beer. Full flavor,great on the palate.

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time having a milk stout, wasn't too sure what to expect

Poured dark brown with fair amount of tan foamy head resolving to a faint lacing. Minimal effervescence.
Smells oddly smokey, burnt, vague sourdough like aroma, some carob/cocoa
Taste sweet malty with middle flavor of sourness akin to milk that's just starting to sour.
Mouthfeel light to medium bodies, a little more carbonation than your standard stout. Mild sourness to finish.
Overall, not a bad introduction to the style though I think I prefer other stout varieties (coffee, RIS etc)

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Toasted marshmallow nose with cream, Graham cracker, chocolate malts, light embers and maybe maple.

Very good flavor of cream, chocolate malt, nutty pecan, maple, light char and toasted malt. Feels a bit thin but not too brash or detracting.

It's not the best Milk Stout I've ever had but it's well done and very tasty.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the growler with an extremely dark brown tar-like color, verging on pitch black. The spongy, mocha head falls quickly, leaving a resilient thin layer on the surface and an appetizing collar around the glass. Pronounced cocoa powder smell with nondescript fruity esters. Faint sour breads and mild smoke in the nose. Now the first sip. Surprisingly sweet milk sugars in the front, and an equally surprising tart, sour cream taste in the finish. The aftertaste is ashy, with lingering burnt malts. The lactose imparts a distinctive table sugar sweetness and near spoiled, sour milk tang. Any semblance of cocoa is quickly overshadowed by this competing dynamic. The ABV is modest, but I detect a small amount of fusel alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, with snappy, crisp carbonation. Perhaps too spritzy for the style. I seem to recall this having a much creamier texture and milder carbonation when I had it from a bottle. My companions arrived at the same independent conclusion. The last time I had this (late 2013) I couldn't wait to grab another one. This time, not so much. It's possible that my palate has evolved, but I'm fairly certain this has much more to do with the carbonation. Overall, this is an ideal selection for lovers of sweet beer. I can see where the surprising tartness could throw some people for a loop, but without it, this would quickly become too sugary. I'll stick with Westbrook or Left Hand, but wouldn't pass this up if offered. I just hope it's offered in a bottle instead of a growler.

Photo of snilsen13
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes (2009): The best sweet stout, or milk stouts, I've ever tasted. The impressive thing to me about this was the slight sourness to the flavor like near spoiling milk. Real genuine milkiness from a beer. This is a real work of art. The mouthfeel and carbonation are also prefect. The craving to drink another and another, just doesn't quit.

Photo of RichWray
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can't really taste the lactose but it has a very smooth creamy feel and a great finish

Photo of beercirone
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good. Wish I had tested before tasting a better stout.

Photo of bigalsd
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite milk stouts out there. Great overall!

Photo of carrwoo
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Great sweet dark flavor. Right up my alley.

Photo of witster18
4/5  rDev +4.4%

great brew. manages to be extremely flavorful, and slightly earthy, yet sublimely drinkable. pours near black with some red/clear highlights. The beer is a bit thin, and well-carbed, but it's all made up for in the taste with the lactose and and the smooth dark malt flavors. This is about the only stout that I can literally pound a whole bottle in one slow motion and be happy. Not because I can, but because it's just freakin tasty and drinkably thin.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated BB 11/14, $1.00/12 oz from Whole Foods at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of roasted malt and lactose
Head enormous (>8 cm), light brown, frothy, verrrry slooooowly diminishing to 1 cm layer
Lacing none to poor
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly sweet with a touch of roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, watery, very aggressive carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

Photo of riversider76
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Pours black with a fluffy tan head that did not disappear. Aroma is of malted chocolate, and roasted coffee. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is of roasted coffee up front, with hints of chocolate through out. Not bad.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Pours pitch black with a mocha head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Smells sweet-consisting of chocolate, some coffee, and a hint of roasted malts. Tastes somewhat sweet with some roast/coffee bitterness balancing it out. Flavors that stand out are creamy coffee, chocolate, and a hint of roast. I got some Belgian yeast like flavor which seemed odd to me because I have had this beer before and didn't get this flavor. It tastes great and has a slick, yet creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is great. The drinkability is high because its not too sweet and has a relatively low abv. This is a very, very good beer and I'm a little ashamed I haven't drank more of it since its so readily available in NC.

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Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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