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

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Ratings: 1,856
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 110
Gots: 247 | 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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Ratings: 1,856 | Reviews: 745
Photo of GrinkoN
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark, thin head leaves quickly

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel

T/F: Get the roasted malt and chocolate, some caramel and vanilla, slight coffee. Smooth feel, medium body, no carbonation.

O: Was a decent beer, could buy it if the local craft store is closed and i had to scoop something from the grocery store that wasn't PBR or a pale ale. Not something id go out of my way for but i would definitely have again.

Photo of entenduintransit
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious milk stout. The lower ABV makes it an easier to drink stout that emphasizes the coffee flavors and leaves a brilliant aftertaste that lingers for a long time after. One of my new favorite beers.

Photo of Crthurston33
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Overall its good but the taste is a bight to weak

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!

Cheers!

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.

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