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

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Reviews: 727
Hads: 1,866
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 111
Gots: 258 | 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

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 Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (547 characters)

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. (619 characters)

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. (482 characters)

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. (399 characters)

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. (2,019 characters)

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! (867 characters)

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. (396 characters)

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. (478 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -41.5%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Small, light brown head that leaves nice lace in its wake. The body is black with some ruby highlights.

S - Sweet and malty with convincing milk chocolate and a light nuttiness.

T - Sweet and satisfying milk chocolate that fades to coffee with some nutty notes and more, slightly darker chocolate notes in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A very nice milk stout. It has an excellent milk chocolate character and is dry enough to avoid becoming cloying in the way that some other sweet stouts can. This is not a style I am easily impressed by, but this is a very nice beer. (635 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a DEEP amber/just almost brown, with a 1/2 finger of mocha colored head. This hangs around with some thin bunching that flares up a bit, throwing some spotty lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is half and half dark chocolate roast and milky sweetness. Spicy hops jazz this up nicely in the nose, giving this some extra pop in the nostrils.

The taste has a big chocolaty and lactic sweetness to it, before giving way to a huge blackened flush of spicy hops and and dark roasted malt character. This gives the profile that same burnt intenseness that these darker DR beers are known for. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a larger prickly creaminess to it. An oily hop slickness is also present here, helping moving these heavier and aggressive flavors along.

I'm not quite sure that the intense burnt roastiness of this worked as well with this style as it does with some of the other beers from these guys, as I like my Milk Stouts a little more creamy and sweet. Not bad at all but I'll stick to some of the other Duck Rabbit offerings out there. (1,111 characters)

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

Acquired via trade from mymrnngjckt, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet up front with flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and touches of dark fruits. There's a very mild hops presence that is about the same as most beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style. (840 characters)

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. (1,219 characters)

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

poured chilled into a 1/2 pint from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A cola hued beverage w/ bone white cap of approx 1 1/2 fingers. Rocky at start, settles to a 1/4 inch of smoothness. Streamers of wispy lace cling and the clarity is good for a stout.

S - Very roasty and coffee-like in the aroma however has a creamy caramel edge which is sweet and milky like strong coffee with cream in it

M - Smooth sweet malt w/ an equal amount of roasted malt texture, moderate carbonation and relatively full bodied

T - A rich sweet dessert-like taste if you enjoy a coffee-infused dessert that tastes like beer. The flavor is roasted w/ a creamy accent w/ lots of caramel. The flavor of alcohol is moderate w/ a mild sweetness and hints of cocoa powder. The flavor of roasted malt is very taste in the nuance of the sweet stout w/ the lactose adding balance

D - A very fine milk stout-quite tasty for the style and rich w/ plenty of sweetness. I wouldn't say sessionable really at 5.7% buta quaffable quality is how I would describe it. The stout makes you want to come back for more (1,075 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a very thin tan head. Flavor is smooth with sweet malted tones and a slight roasted edge on it. A slight tang on there as well that seems almost fruit like. Very smooth. A bit too tangy though at times it seems. Feel is smooth on liquid. Lower carbonation. Nice to drink. Might be a bit too far on the tangy side for some people. But I enjoyed this one. And it's August. (399 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a 2 fingers deep mocha head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Coffe then toasted malt & slight iron notes

T: Iron taste up front then toasted malt & choclate. Hints of iron followFinishes slightly fruitty, choclatey & dry

MF: Rich & creamy with near perfect carbonation & balance

Very easy to drink, one of THE best milks stouts I've had! (372 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Standard milk stout, and I didn't care for it much. Poured dark brown to black with a small, tan head that dissipated about halfway through. Aroma was sweet and malty, as was the taste, with traces of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Somewhat thin and watery for a stout, despite the decent color, and a bit of a stale and bitter finish. It was kind of difficult to get all the way through this stout...perhaps I just wasn't in the mood, but it didn't make a good impression on me. (523 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears almost black with ruby highlights with a minimal tan head forming scant lacing as it dwindles. Aroma has some roasted malts with a creamy lactose mineral character, caramel and toffee edges. Flavor has a creamy milk chocolate with watered down coffee accents and minimal herbal hops. Seems very porterish, but has a super swet sugary note maybe from the addition of lactose? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied not as heavy or full of girth as some of their other offerings. I went in reverse trying Duck Rabbit beers, I had the Baltic Porter and Barleywine first and and just now I'm trying the Milk Stout. Carbonation was soft and even pretty tame in a matter of fact. Drinkability overall was quality and I will standby their claim of being the dark beer specialist (of the South). Here's to beer in the South I hope WV kicks it up a notch with the alcohol law change. (879 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep dark, brownish black, with ruby highlights...lush tan head. Nice.

Roasted nose, big bitterness. burnt caramel and toast.

More of the same in the mouth. Missing any kind of creaminess I'd expect from a milk stout. Smooth, but way too hoppy and fruity. Hmmm. Interesting.

Slight tartness, too...seems way overhopped for style. Just does not seem like a milk stout. If I hadn't looked at the bottle, I'd say "fine stout!" But, I did, so I'm going "milk stout"...maybe, but...huh...

...and everyone knows what I mean when I say that...

...you know what I mean...? (570 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown with about an inch of tan head, lots of carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a little vanilla.

t - Tastes of cream, vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee. Hints of toasted malts.

m - Thick and highly carbonated. Full bodied. Smooth and creamy.

d - I like this milk stout a lot. Very nice cream and roasted malts taste makes this a very smooth and enjoyable beer. High carbonation hurt this a little, but I will definitely have this again. (551 characters)

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