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

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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 110
Gots: 245 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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

The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). Because lactose is unfermentable by brewer's yeast, it remains in the beer. The subtle sweetness and fullness of flavor imparted by this sugar balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains that give this delicious beer its black color. All year long, Milk Stout is our number one selling beer!
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Reviews by vtblackdog:
Photo of vtblackdog
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from 12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a clean dark caramel color. Little to no head and no lacing.

S - Roasty creamy sweet chocolate notes on the nose.

T - I get some roasted malts initially then a creamy alocholish finish.

M - Low end of carbonation and a thin feel to the mouth.

O - Overall a good beer to enjoy while cooking in the kitchen.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass from a good doctor of Psychology friend of mine from college. Thanks Chris! Pours a firm black with brownish red highlights, and a moderate head of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin layer and firm ring with light lacing. Nose of sweet lactose sugars, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavors surpass the nose with a nice milk flavor awash over layers of chocolate on all sides. a light coffee bitterness comes through on the back to round this out with minimal bittering hops. Creamy smooth mouth feel, very British, with moderate carbonation and a light chocolate and lactose aftertaste that is coating without being overly cloying. SOLID!

A great representation of the style and a first from this brewer!


Photo of mikesgroove
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice very dark brown, almost opaque if it were not for the slight amount of light to be seen on the sides and bottom. Big almost two inch tan headed receded very slowly leaving a big time lace oozing down the glass.

S - Smell was light, but very pleasant. Sweet chocalate and sugar with a hint of a hop nose to it. Very nice.

M & T - Right off the bat it feels very thick, creamy and smooth like a milk shake, very nice indeed. Very frothy and suagry sweet, even the aftertaste was very sugar like. Big flavors of chocolate and sugar. As it warmed a slight hoppiness started to come through in the back, but it was very slight.

D - Overall this was very good and I would score another one for the guys over a duck rabbit. They really seem to know wheat they are doing, and keep scoring round after round with their brews. Great sessionable beer!

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 jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one from a great brewery thanks to kkipple.

Even with a careful pour I get a huge 3 finger semi darker but fizzy head that fades at a medium pace, over very dark burnt molasses brown color, almost black. The head leaves a sticky lacing as it fades.

Nose brings some dark malts, a bit of black patent, hint of roast, creamy lactose, light caramel, bit of vanilla.

Taste starts a lot different than I expected, very bold flavor, lots of toasted malts, a bit of roast and black patent malt, some light coffee and espresso even, a bit of creamy lactose but not as much as I expected. It's drier than I thought it would be too, but not a bad thing. It has a lot of toasted flavors, even a bit of toasted almond. Hint of vanilla, and very light fruits. A drier finish as well, but leaves a creamy lactose feel in the mouth, with a bit more of the roast and espresso late. A bit of bitterness comes through as well, mostly from the charred malts.

Mouth is medium to heavier bodied, somewhat smooth and a little creamy, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, bold strong flavors, but light delivery, smooth, a little creamy, nice dry finish and overall drier feel, with just a hint of a sticky feel.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a lover of Milk Stouts, I had to try this one. It looks creamy and opaque black with a thin light tan head that accompanied the last sip. The aromas are of black and chocolate malt and a hint of lactose to add a complex souring. The flavors are strong bittersweet without being grainy. Light chocolate and coffee flavors rise out of the barley malt showing mild astringency and lactic sweetness and sourness. Light hops show in the finish. The body is firm and quite creamy. The finish is similar but shows a little graininess and harshness, albeit light. All in all, better than most, but I have had much better.

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 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 oberon
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black but with some deep red highlights with a slight off-white head that is gone in a flash leaving nothing behind,milk chocolate is very prevelant in the aroma with a little smokiness and a roasted coffee hint.Nice deeply roasted flavor with big doses of cocoa and smoke,alot of flavor melding going on but seemed a little light in the mouthfeel department otheriwise a top notch brew.A easy drinker with alot of flavor needs a little tweaking to be great in my opinion.

Photo of MadScientist
2.09/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: Very dark brown with garnet highlights with with a cream tan head. The head settles to half a finger with a a decent retention period.

s: There is a mild roasted aroma and nearly an equal metallic off aroma. There are some dark fruit aromas in the background, mostly plum like and a slight diacetyl.

t: There are flavors of dark roasted malt and coffee and moderate levels with a moderate lemon cider off-flavor going on. The is a moderately low sweetness and a medium bitterness. the balance finishes off-dry and slightly roasty.

m: very slick and prickly, so I'm thinking more diacetyl, which is ok per style, and some astringency, is not ok per style.

o: I enjoy that this beer is leans towards the bitter and roast side but there are several flaws that should be corrected before I could appreciate the beer and raise the score. I'm not that great a describing the off flavors and aromas I sense but something isn't right with this one.

Photo of brownbeer
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with plenty of dark reddish hues coming through. It could be a shade darker.

Toasty chocolate malts come across in the aroma with hints of lactose and coffee. It smells good but lacks finesse.

Taste is a little different than the smell; the non-fermentable sugars come through in the taste with bitter chocolate and black licorice, a touch metallic, but not too much so. It has good, smooth carbonation and a velvety body, nothing to complain about there for sure.

Not a bad beer, and I'm not sure what I'm looking for to improve, maybe lose the metallic tinge that it has, and it could be quite good.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with little to no head with very
slight lace.

S: Sweet candy malt aromas with expected
touches of coffee and chocolate.

T: Rich coffee flavor with chocolaty notes.
A hop finish that I did not care too much
for. There was a mild rust twinge left at
the back of my tongue. This is was a
moderately sweet milk stout.

M/D: Smooth, rich/creamy while refreshing. An
all seasons milk stout for me.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, nearly black in color. Rough pour yielded a thin light brown head that dissipated quickly with very little lacing.

S: Light swirling liberates aromas of coffee and chocolate.

T: Creamy full bodied chocolate with coffee tones. Very little carbonation makes this smooth to drink. The complex and abundant malts linger after the swallow leaving a good amount of sweetness behind.

M&D: Full mouthfeel and an easy smoothness makes this highly enjoyable. Because of the fullness of this brew, I don't know how many I could take in a single sitting.

Overall I thought this is a very good milk stout. This is the first Duck-Rabbit product I have sampled and so far I'm impressed. There is a complexity of malty goodness that makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Photo of scott9890
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was given this beauty as a gift in a bottle. It was my first of The Duck Rabbit brews.

A-Dark Brown, but not the typical stout.

S-Devine coffee, roasty, and chocolatey hints.

T-Even better than the smell implies. A big roasted flavor, but not too much. Then the smooth coffee flavor with a chocolatety finish/resonation.

M-Thinner than expected for a milk stout, but oddly fitting.

O-Will definitely drink again.

Photo of blitz134
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small head formed on the not quite opaque black body. Redish highlights are quite prevalent. Head disappeared to nothing much too quickly. No lace formation either.

Aroma is all about the toasted/roasted malts. A bit of dirty ash tray with some strong wood smoke characteristics. Day old coffee hints as well.

Nice flavor though. A good toasted smokey flavor with subtle amounts of sweetness throughout. Finishes initially with a sweet bitter milk-like flavor which transitions into strong toasted notes. A good dose of sweet yeasty bread as well.

Mouthfeel is too thin. This has a crisp feel initially which I think might be due to too much carbonation. Drinkability is good though. Nothing offensive about this one, just a bit subtle overall.

Photo of tjthresh
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brown with garnet highlights. Head fades away very quickly.

Smell: Roasted grains. Sweet toffee and caramel notes. Maybe some fruity esters.

Taste: Coffee. Subtle sweetness. A touch of hop bitterness. Seems like most of the bitterness comes from dark grains.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Slik. Moderate carbonation. Med/Full bodied.

Drinkability: Kind of reminds me of the latte I got from Starbucks this weekend. Not too keen on stouts, but I was given this one by a friend. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hickory Hops Fest on April 9, 2005. Had a couple of sampler glasses of this one, which I really enjoyed. Appearance is deep brown, essentially opaque, with a quickly vanishing beige head. Some patchy lace is left on the glass, but it's a bit difficult to judge overall appearance from the small glasses. Aroma is nice, with lots of burnt roast malt character tempered by carob and some sweet smelling lacto aromas. Mouthfeel is light bodied for a stout, but carbonation is good. Taste mirrors the aroma, with bitter dark roasted malts, a hint of nuttiness, and some sweet lactose. Hops are difficult to discern, and a more assertive hops profile would benefit this one quite a bit. Finishes with a dark roasty malt bitterness that lasts several minutes. Very well done for a sweet stout. I look forward to sampling the bottled version of this, as it's this small brewery's biggest seller.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one...
Pitch black in color with no light penetrating thru...1/8 of a finger of light tan head forms for seconds and fades as quick as it is created. No lacing hanging on to the sides of the snifter.
Real nice in the nose...earthy, nutty, dark chocolate with a subtle sweetness due to the roasted malt.
The taste is just as enjoyable...mildly sweet with a slight addition of lactose. A nice dose of hops dry out the finish and the chocolate profile is perfect for the style.
A bit over carbonated and quite thin in the mouthfeel...goes down easily and makes a nice nightcap for me...not something I'd comsume as a session brew.
Another solid offering from Duck-Rabbit.

Photo of nem2006
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Octane in Atlanta, GA. Is a very dark brown, clear, head did not last long at all. Almost no carbonation.

Smells of sweet malts with some coffee.

Some smooth coffee notes at the start followed by some milky smoothness. But not as milky as I expected. Smooth, medium bodied. Well balanced.

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark black with no head

Smell: cocoa and coffee dominate

Taste: expresso, small chocolate taste towards the middle, small sugary finish

Mouthfeel: bitter harsh start with a slightly sweet end. Medium heavy body that is slick, with a sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: I think this is ok for a milk stout. The sweetness I found was more subtle that others. I would have another, but almost would drink it more like a regular stout.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me a handful of beers from Duck-Rabbit.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee, with some lactose and cream notes thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. The coffee and cream notes are front and center, with some chocolate and light to medium roasted malt also thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sweet stout.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up while vacationing at the Outer Banks was in a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap poured into a large wide mouthed mug.

Opaque,black poured with nothing but head,tan colored thick and velvety leaving a pillow of foam with good retention leaving curtians of lace turning spotty down the glass very sticky.

Very roasty,chocolaty,some coffee notes has a creamer-like aroma smells a lot like a Milky Way bar. Moderate aromas and very pleasing.

Very deep roasty taste,dark chocolate,black coffee,burnt tones. Strong complex malty taste has a hint of vanallia. Very good balance with a clean,very sharp, slightly spicy, hop bitterness with a burnt chocolate fade.

Creamy,slightly grainy edge,some smoothness not as smooth as most of the milk stouts i've tasted. Great mouthwatering taste making me crave more, lots of drinkability,a little more body than other mils stouts i've tried. Very nice beer. Like the label states "the dark beer specialists" Had a few of the darks beers from Duck Rabbit all were excellent beer. wish I could get these beers in my area. Give these beers a trt if you can enjoyed them all so far.

Photo of deanwilson
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack of 12 oz bottles at the Broadway Deli in Richmond, Va.

A. Very dark, muddy almost, with a very thin, creamy head.

S. Smelly was very earthy, in a farm house way

T. Chocolate malt is very balanced and prominent all over the front of the tongue. A nice hop taste to follow.

M. Smoothe and silky, very creamy

D. Very drinkable.

This is a surpisingly good stout considering this is not one of the major brewing areas of the country. I believe many of these lesser know brew companies may hold unknown great beers.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown hue and is only letting a bit of light through when held up to light. A quarter inch of tightly woven khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Aroma of cocoa powder and lactose greets my nose. The body is silky smooth and creamy. I get cocoa and lactose quickly fading away when I take a taste.

Photo of kmw-swirl
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, almost black in appearance. Minimal head formed on the pour, but a persistent foamy ring formed on the edges and maintained throughout.

On the nose, immediate aromas of burnt cream and char rose from the glass. After a few minutes of warming and settling, a profile of light coffee with creamer developed.

On the palate, light chocolate and mocha notes with creamer. The cream flavors were almost buttery as they lingered. As the beer rested, traditional stout flavors of roast coffee became more pronounced.

The mouthfeel was influenced by the low carbonation, giving the beer a smooth, silky, creamy feel. The mouthfeel did overlinger a bit too much for my liking, and the creaminess became almost sticky in the mouth. I feel this is probably more a matter of preference than a statement of quality about the beer, though.

Overall a good, solid milk stout from the Philosopher. A bit too much char up front and a bit sticky of a mouthfeel at the end, but all in all an enjoyable beer.

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