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

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very good

1,752 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 102
Gots: 167 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sour milk stout, highly lactic, yogurt. suggested improvement is to regain control over that. Beyond that aspect, a decent drinker of milk and coffee. So-so, Not one I would again.Dark brown with a thin creamy topping. Coffee aroma.Suitable carbonation. Thanks Ken.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel or toffee, and some coffee aromas. Taste is of toasted/roasted dark malt, coffee grounds, and some sweet lactose flavors. A roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a solid and tasty milk stout.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is very dark brown with a tan head. The nose is chocolate, roast, and a tiny bit of coffee. The taste brings on some roasted malt and chocolate, with the feel bringing on a pretty good dose of lactose. Drinks fairly well, but isn't too interesting.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to near black in color-traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose in the nose along hints of coffee beans.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are additional notes of chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down extremely easy and can be considered as a session able stout.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep deep brown almost indigo body with a tan head that quickly recedes to a slight froth. Nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasty elements as well as an over-riding milk chocolate aspect

Taste: Roasty black bread flavor up front, with an incipient arrival of milk chocolate, that winds up dominating throughout; a bit of hop bitterness arrives by mid-palate but fades after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice sipping stout that ultimately becomes just a bit too sweet for my palate

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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa: Poured a medium black color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some dark chocolate notes. Taste is a mix between slightly bitter roasted malt with some dark chocolate. Body is tad too light for the style but creamy texture was well enjoyed. Very well done overall and something I wouldn’t mind having again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque dark walnut with bright cranberry edges. The creamyfirm head is the color of toasted wheat bread and is a good match for the beer beneath. The deflation looks like it'll be a prolonged affair. Even so, I'm beginning to see small sheets and disordered spatters of sea foam lace. I prefer my stouts to be more light-rejecting than this, but it's dark enough for the sub-style.

Milk Stout's nose is both aromatic and good. Roasted coffee beans lead the olfactory parade, followed closely by dark chocolate and sweet vanilla. All elements that I believe should be present in a milk stout are present. Well done Duck, well done Rabbit.

Upon tasting... it isn't as stout as I'd like, but it nails the style with laser-like precision. The bold flavors (see 'aroma' above) dovetail beautifully and result in a delicious, relatively light-bodied, sweet stout. Vanilla is especially prominent and defines the flavor profile, as coffee defines the nose. Just the right amount of milk sugar was added, it seems.

Very little else finds its way to the palate other than the classic troika of chocolate, coffee and milk/vanilla, but I've managed to convince myself that citric, fruity hops are in the mix as well. Now that I'm looking for them, they're fairly easily appreciated. Bitter doesn't supercede sweet, or even equal it, though it does provide a needed counterpoint and keeps the beer from being overly sweet.

The mouthfeel, as alluded to above, isn't all that it could be. I have certain expectations when I see 'stout' on the label and this beer didn't quite reach them. On the positive side, it's perfectly smooth and would make a great session stout.

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery claims, on this label at least, to be "the dark beer specialists". Having tasted their porter and this milk stout, I'd say that they have every right to make that claim. This is a tasty offering from an up-and-comer from the great state of North Carolina. Thanks to NClifestyle, my Duck-Rabbit connection, for the bottle.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 womencantsail
2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is extremely overcarbonated and produces a massive off-white head with a very dark brown beer below.

S: Smells strangely metallic. Lots of roasted malts (maybe a bit ashy) with just a slight lactose sweetness underneath. Certainly some coffee notes too.

T: A decent enough lactose/sugar sweetness, but not all that impressive. Again, quite roasty with a slight acidity and definite metallic notes. Strong ash characteristics are also present.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is on the high end of medium.

D: Not something that I'd really care to have again. Mediocre or worse in just about all phases.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Milk Stout pours out of the bottle as a dark creamy looking black liquid. The head is a nice shade of brown that looks pretty thick as well. The smell of the beer was heavily roasted and had some sweet creamy malt aromas. The taste of the beer was rich with chocolate malts and some burnt toast flavors. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side leaving a creamy oily feeling in th mouth which I liked a lot. Overall this is a pretty good tasting stout. I would drink this one again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep chestnut drown with some dark garnet hues around the edges. During the brief time the beer's head and I spent together, it appeared off-white.

Smell: Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, with a touch of smoke. Additionally, there's a sour (but yummy) milk twang in the nose.

Taste: Starts with a smack of sweet cocoa. Secondary roasty and smokey flavors, too. Very minor hop character. All the while, milkiness, milkiness! Finishes with the roasted malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Milky! However, its a bit on the thinner side, just under medium-bodied and with just a trace of carbonation. Still, it could greatly benefit from a bit more body.

Drinkability: Its smooth dessert-like qualities make it rather enjoyable, as well as drinkable. Very Yoo-hoo-esque.

While not nearly as flashy or bold as other stouts, its still a good beer, that with a little tweaking, could make for a really great milk stout.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured out an opaque jet black color with a small, caramel colored head. Not much lace.

S-It smelled of roasted coffee, chocolate and some malt.

T-It had a nice sweet chocolate flavor with bitter coffee-like kick. It also had a smoky malt flavor,too.

M - It was fairly soft, smooth and creamy. A medium bodied beer.

D-This is a pretty good stout. I would like to try more from this brewery.

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