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

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Reviews: 731
Hads: 1,883
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 114
Gots: 274 | FT: 4
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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Photo of VT9091
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My 'go to' beer for almost 2 years. Sweet and bitter. Dark and a little smokey. Black. Some bad experiences with over-carbonation but generally consistent. Great to drink year-round. (182 characters)

Photo of KillerJigger
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not sure its thick enough or velvet like in the mouth for my taste. Just not quite rich enough. More roasted warmth to round it out a bit. Maybe a longer boil. (162 characters)

Photo of hopsgiveumoobs
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not exactly what I was expecting picking up a stout to enjoy tonight. Gave this a respectably hard pour but got virtually no head unfortunately. What head there was had a nice brown color like you would expect. Pours a deep black color. Smell is nice - sweet with a bit of coffee. It does have a surprising amount of carbonation which adds a bit of bite. Flavors aren't bad, but it is noticeably sweet, with a bitterness that follows later on and finishes dry. I would not pick this up if you are expecting a more traditional stout like Guinness. For a milk stout, I would recommend Nitro Milk Stout instead of this. (616 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with tall, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit and coffee. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, caramel, dark fruit and hint of hops. Finish is medium, unremarkable. Average brew. (276 characters)

Photo of lastmango
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick caramel colored head. The head is like a thick shake and stays on as you drink. Nose is a hint of chocolate milk. Tastes of chocolate malt followed by a slight sourness like in sourdough bread. Thinner feel than it looks. I thought this would be chewy but it is not. Another surprise for me is that it was very carbonated. Interesting, after several sips, the nose turns to a musty smell. Guess I am not a big fan of milk stouts. (461 characters)

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. (435 characters)

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. (204 characters)

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! (791 characters)

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! (155 characters)

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). (281 characters)

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. (891 characters)

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. (335 characters)

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) (553 characters)

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. (321 characters)

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. (1,524 characters)

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. (365 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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 (458 characters)

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. (229 characters)

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. (703 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance - After I wiped the runoff from overly excited carbonation, I observed a black stout with a massive amount of mocha colored bubbles.

Smell - The milk stout aroma was more grainy than sweet.

Taste - Dark chocolate begins the taste, with the lactose sugar sweetness hangning at a low level. The malts come through as more dusty and grainy than sweet. Bitter chocolate comes through in the after.

Mouthfeel - It seems to be that lactose sugar should stick to the tongue better than this.

Overall - As far as milk stouts go, this one can't touch my favorites. (574 characters)

Photo of jfhrtn92
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured as a dark brown with an almost caramel head. Very nice coffee aroma with a hint of cream. Has a upfront coffee taste with a nice creamy almost chocolate after taste. It is heavy on the mouth almost milky. Not too much on the hoppy side. Seems to be a great milk stout. Be one of my go to's for a milk stout (313 characters)

Photo of EHopkinsi
4/5  rDev +4.4%

What I got to drink was enjoyable. Too bad every attempt at pouring it resulted in an eruption of froth; almost entirely head blasting out of the bottle like a beer geyser. Will need to try again... (200 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from bottle to tulip glass

A- pours a nearly opaque black color with a small foamy off-white head that reduces to just a rainy around the glass, leaving a bit of lace behind 3.5

S- sweet creamy/milky lactose aroma up front, mixes with smoky and roasty malt, hints of coffee & chocolate, cloying with aromas of vanilla extract 4

T- sweet whipped cream mixes with pure vanilla extract up front, chocolate and sugar candy kick in mid-palate, the finish gives notes of coffee on the linger 4

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and creamy finish 4

O- this one has a nice mix of roasty malt and sweet sugary/lactose flavor that seems to compliment each other nicely, highly drinkable 4 (749 characters)

Photo of buzzedup
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

I would have to say that this beer would have ranked a lot higher if it would just fix its carbonation issues.
A. Looks very nice, dark with an off white head.
S. smells sweet , malty , some burnt coffee.
T. this is where I have a huge problem with this beer, this beer is so over carbonated that it actually burns the tongue , mouth and throat. I have had this beer many times over the past 7 years and always the same issue and I always go back saying to myself “wow I have not had Duckrabbit Milk Stout in a while maybe I should grab a case” only to be disappointed once again and saying yet again this will be the last time I buy this beer , way to carbonated. 10 times worse than coke a cola .
M. same issue no idea how the mouth feel is since all I get is tiny burning bubbles in my mouth every time I drink this .
O. this time I will stick to my guns and pass on the Duck Rabbit . There are so many other choices that offer the same taste profile but with more of a creamy lower carbonated beer. AKA left handed Nitro , Lancaster Milk Stout , Terrapin Moohoo to name a few… (1,091 characters)

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