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

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Ratings: 1,570
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 97
Gots: 111 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of tieffenbrucker

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is definitely among my favorite "wet" stouts around. Proud that it's brewed in NC only about 50 miles from my home!

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass.

A - Beautiful opaque ebony, black as night. If you like stouts, you'll appreciate this shade.

S - A lot more coffee than I'm used to in a milk stout. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this were marketed as a coffee stout.

T - Heavy on the coffee and roasted malts. Lactose and milk-based flavors hit in the finish, with a nice creamy sweetness. Almost like chasing a Guinness with a glass of milk.

M - Emphasis on creamy. Very smooth, little to no carbonation. The lactose finish really knocks out any bite you might be used to in a stout; just creamy sweetness. This may be a turn-off for some, but personally I enjoy it.

Overall - Definitely a go-to milk stout for me. I like to compare it to the Left Hand brewery's milk stout, with Duck Rabbit's being more coffee based while Left Hand's being more sweetness. Not exactly an educated opinion, but mine nonetheless :]

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:41:16 | More by tieffenbrucker
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad brought this back for me from south carolina. Thanks dad.

Poured into a shaker pint. Very nice thick tan head. Dissapated to a pretty thin one. Ok lacing. Very black.

Aroma has that classic milk stout aroma. Roasty and chocolaty. Caramel. Little bit of bread.

Taste kinda dissapoints. Too roasty and not sweet enough. Little too dry. Slight sweetness in the finish. Ok.

Mouthfeel is too dry. Good carb.

Overall an ok beer. Probably would have it again just won't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 08:14:42 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of RickS95


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid black, almost nothing else shines through. The head is off tan and kind of whispy, with only slight retention.

Scents of roasted malts, smoke, and coffee waft up from the glass.

The coffee and smoke carry over to the taste. The roasted malts are obviousy. In the finish, there is kind of an earthy, woody, dirt-like taste.

The mouthfeel isn't at all what I expected. It starts off creamy, but the sweetness (it's a milk stout after all) never really comes through. Instead, it's got more of a coffee bitterness that takes hold.

It's not a bad beer, it's actually pretty good, but it just didn't quite impress me as a milk stout. There is no sweetness whatsoever, it's nothing more than a regular stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:38:46 | More by RickS95
Photo of jbeerto1


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark small head dissipating very quicklu
S - Mainly hints of roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and cream
T - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and sweet cream mainly with a nice balance of malt and chocolate
M - Very light stout, but expected for a milk stout
O - Decent milk stout

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 04:05:17 | More by jbeerto1
Photo of AleWatcher


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that I totally thought I'd previously reviewed... Oh well, here we go.

Looks terrific. Dark brownish red looks almost black until backlit. Very nice ram head of two finger slowly subsides into a frothy cap with emphasis around the edges. Nice thick chunks of lacing hang fiercely to the side of my pint glass.

Smells a little muted, but certainly roasted malts with cocoa and coffee. The beer tastes very sweet (duh! Right?). Great malt presence with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a very strong roasted graininess that is only a smidgeon shy of being smoky.

The body is nice and full. It has perfect carbonation and a nice finish that comes across more dry than expected.

Just outstanding. This is one of, if not THE, best milkstouts I've ever had. I highly recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 20:09:54 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of tone77


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is the same, only more pronounced, lots of malty and chocolate flavor here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 14:59:44 | More by tone77
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of light tan head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Some smoky, roasted malts at first followed by lots of sweet, creamy chocolate and vanilla. Quite nice.

T: Bitter, roasted malts and char up front followed by sweet and creamy chocolate flavors.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly smooth but the carbonation keeps it from being as creamy as I'd like.

O: Overall, a good milk stout that suffers a bit from having too much carbonation in the body and bitter roasted malts present in the flavor profile. Still, it's definitely one of the better representations of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 12:25:25 | More by n2185
Photo of mdaschaf


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

A: Poured a very dark brown, almost black, but not quite. A tan off-white head formed and quickly dissolved, leaving behind a ring of foam around the top. Spotty lacing down the sides.

S: Rather simple, but nice aroma, chocolate dominates, with a hint of coffee and some light roast.

T: Lots of cocoa up front with an amazing sweetness on the back end. The lactose is very present and yields a really nice creaminess.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and very creamy. Has a slightly dry finish.

O: Overall, pretty good. It lost a little of its creaminess as it warmed, but there was a sweet chocolate flavor that worked well. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 01:47:39 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of bucklemyshoe


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

On-tap @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It is pitch black in color with a finger of light khaki cream that laces very well.

S: Roastiness, lots of chocolate, and some dark fruitiness.

T: Medium-roast coffee, chocolate, and a little lactic sugar - which is fortunately underplayed in this.

M: It has a smooth and creamy body as a good milk stout should.

O: This is fantastic like all other Duck-Rabbit stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 15:14:15 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of jsanford


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a fizzy, 1-inch head of tan that quickly dissipates, leaving just the slightest of rings and some wispy haze.
S - Roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and cream. This has a very nice coffee-and-cream thing going on, nice smelling Milk Stout.
T - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and sweet cream stand out, with a bit of caramel and vanilla, too. Moderately sweet, the roastiness is very nice.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and low carbonation. A bit closer to an Oatmeal Stout if you ask me, but I'm not complaining.
O - Solid Milk Stout, probably the best year-round release from Duck-Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:37:38 | More by jsanford
Photo of katan


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a ruby brown color, pretty opaque. Little to no head formation, just a little off white color is retained.

S - Smooth and sweet chocolate scent, bittersweet with a little bit of a grainy background.

T - Starts off lightly malty. Not harsh, but doesn't have a high amount of milk smoothness. Mid-stream builds some bitterness, some roasted notes. Finishes with a chocolate note combined with some more sweet lactose. A roasty aftertaste hangs around.

M - Solid beer body, moderate to low carbonation. Feels a little bit flat at times. Finishes very clean.

O/D - Easy drinking, as a milk stout should be. The harsh roasting does start to add a little bit of a edge. ABV is very manageable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 23:28:28 | More by katan
Photo of EgadBananas


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for Bennettrox for the bottle!

A - Pours a very dark brown, near black, but not quite. Head was dark tan, and bubble. Didn't stick around too long, dissipating to a film, leaving trace amounts of lace.

S - Smell was very pleasant. Nice bits of roast, sweetness, and coffee. Light amounts of milk chocolate.

T - Beautiful notes of milk chocolate, though slightly bittersweet from a fairly bold coffee note. The bitter coffee notes linger slightly.

M - There's a slightly creamy texture to it, though a little stingy in the carbonation department. The finish is clean and smooth, and the body is medium.

D/O - Drinkability is very good: Easy to put away, and very satisfying. Overall, a great sweet stout. Not the best looking or feeling, but the taste will win you over easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 01:11:31 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark black color with some very light brownish hues on the sides. Provides a thick tan foam head with moderate retention. Not much lacing, kind of spotty.

S: Lots of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and sugar.

T: Starts off really creamy but the sweetness was not as great as expected which was a good thing in my opinion. The rich chocolate milk taste lasts throughout but is balanced by an undertone of lightly roasted coffee and vanilla in the middle and back end.

M: A nice medium body. Leaves a thick rich creamy taste on the palate.

O: I really enjoyed this beer as it was not overly sweet. Definitely a dessert type beer. Not sure if I could have more than one in a sitting but the one I did have was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 13:18:59 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Rifugium


2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 03:03:17 | More by Rifugium
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best by March 2011 served in pint glass. (Previously consumed, and much enjoyed, on tap).

Pours an opaque, but not cloudy, dark brown with dark mahogany highlights. Good amount of tan head nearly fills pint. It quickly settles, leaving a good covering and creamy tan lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Fine sweet aroma of toasted malts and baked bread. More similar to oatmeal stout than anticipated.

Flavor is very good, if ever so slightly too sweet for my taste. Don't take this wrong; this beer has noticeable bitterness and sourness too. Plenty of toasted malt, no burnt or other off-tastes, hint of coffee.

M - Creamy smooth but with some tingle from carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 23:34:47 | More by chinchill
Photo of GeoJ


5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours black as night, head drops down quickly. Aroma is pretty complex, changes (for the better) as it warms. Slightly burnt malts, semi-sweet chocolate bordering on cocoa.

Mouthfeel is just superb. Smooth, smooth, smooooth with a perfect amount of carbonation. Incredibly rich and creamy.

I don't want to go too overboard about the taste, but I can't help myself. Simply one of the most delicious brews I've ever had.

Wonderful malt segueing into chocolate, sweet but not cloying, the balance between them is perfect. Nice dry finish with a quick and pleasant aftertaste is the only clue that there is any alcohol involved.

It struck me around halfway though my glass: If you're from New York City (and Brooklyn in particular, as am I) you'll understand this - It reminded me of a perfect chocolate eggcream.

Sip, close your eyes, and savor.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:27:22 | More by GeoJ
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter. From notes

A - Pours a light black with brown edging. Pretty good mocha to light tan head formation. Medium retention and minor lacing.

S - A good roasty coffee and chocolate. Definitely smell the lactic sugars. Some vanilla and earth.

T - Semi sweet milk chocolate, roast coffee, and grassy hop bite in the back palate. This beer seems to lack a bit of depth, it just isn't deep enough in the flavour profile (i.e. needs more supporting flavours like vanilla, ice cream).

M - Found it sort of thin for a milk stout and a touch over carbed. ABV is not noticeable at all (even though it is only just over 5%), which is good.

O - Sort of underwhelming. I expect milk stouts to be a lot thicker and more lactic. The components are there but just seem not to be showcased.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 16:40:57 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of PolishSensation


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving-I poured it from the bottle with its oh-so-unique label into a pint glass.

Appearance-As expected, pours very dark in color, but not totally void of light. Brown hues throughout, with a thick beige head.

Smell-A sweet, rich smell. Almost has a chocolate character.

Taste-Creamy, well-balanced, and tied together. Not overwhelming, and does not have the bitter "bite" at the end.

Mouthfeel- Not quite as thick and syrupy as I had anticipated. Just thick enough

Overall-A stout that boasts a well-balanced, not overwhelming bite. Perfect for year round, if you're into that kind of thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:44:40 | More by PolishSensation
Photo of rmalinowski4


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with small hints of light poking through when held up to the light. Big thick fluffy tan head recedes slowly leaving a thin tan crown on the beer.

Smell is of roasted malts, it really is that simple. Nice and simple.

The taste is roasted malt with that smooth lacto creaminess. The viscosity is good, not to thick, but definitely not thin. There is a roasted malt and hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The carbonation's good, not too lively, but definitely not flat. You can feel it's prescence.

Overall this is a good milk stout. Roasty, smooth, and creamy with good mouthfeel and a nice finish. Would be a good choice to have with some desert. Would be happy to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:13:48 | More by rmalinowski4
Photo of jamie2dope


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer as an extra from Alexfields, thanks for the opportunity. Poured in to a wine glass, Duck Rabbit Milk Stout pours out a black color, with brown hues at the top of the glass, towards the head, which is about an inch thick. The nose is soft, with notes of lactose, milk chocolate, aspirin, and a small hint of coffee bean. Smooth drinking here, the body is like silk, and goes down incredibly easy. Not too thick either, making it a beer you can put two to three back of. This is a style that I rarely buy, but when I do, I am reminded of what I am missing out on. This beer is right next to my other favorite within this style from Left Hand.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 01:44:05 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of Jeffo


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The 'rents picked this up in NC on their last trip to the States, and bro and sis flew it over to me on their last visit. Thanks guys!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a one finger, medium-thin looking, beige head with decent retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. A wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malt, cream, vanilla, milk sugar and some sweet milk chocolate. All the elements are there, but just a little too mild to be memorable.

TASTE: Sweet and milky for sure. Definitely a milk and lactose sugar forward stout. Some roasted malt and milk chocolate qualities in there, but lots of cream and vanilla flavors take the lead role. Quite sweet with plenty of lactose sugars. Aftertaste is mild and lingering with sweet vanilla cream and some slight bitter, roasted qualities for balance. Pretty good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes rather dry on the palate. Decent here.

OVERALL: Nothing to get excited over or to write home about, but a decent brew non-the-less. Much better than the porter I just had, which was nice. This brewery claims to be the dark beer specialist and the milk stout has slightly redeemed them after the abomination of a porter, so I’ll give it one more shot before blowing the whistle. Maybe something imperial next time. This one was decent, but nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 14:41:30 | More by Jeffo
Photo of KAP1356


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack to enjoy with family while in Southern Pines, NC. Poured from a bottle into a hotel rocks glass (I know, I know)...

A - Pours a deep dark brown color. I wanted to say black, but some light is able to get through and reveals a more deep rich brown than black. A nice, ceamy tan head forms about 1 finger thick.

S - Aromas of roasted malts mixed with milk chocolate. Some hints of coffee linger in the back as well. Not much in the way of lactose in the nose, unless I just associate it with the milk chocolate.

T - Nice heavy roasted malt flavor up front followed by roasted coffee. Finish is sweet showing the presence of the lactose sugars adding sweetness to the bitter flavors already mentioned. Quite nice.

M - Medium bodied and a smooth beer. Moderate carbonation adds nicely.

O - One of the better milk stouts I have had. These tend to be too sweet for me at times and can be rather off-putting. Not this one. Really nice and definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:16:04 | More by KAP1356
Photo of seeswo


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice head. Looks really inviting. Roasted malts and chocolate, along with that slight twinge of lactic sweetness. The taste is fantastic. A punch in the face of the lactic sweetness, roasted malts and chocolate. Quite a bit going on as it carries through, with hints of caramel, vanilla, coffee, cream... Finishes with a really clear, dead on flavor that is really pleasing. Best flavor and complexity of a milk stout I can recall having (assuming we don't count Surly 4). The mouthfeel is pretty creamy for a beer of this size. Overall, I am really impressed. I am always really impressed when beers under 6% can bring the flavor and this is definitely one of them. Pretty floored that I am giving this beer such a high grade.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 03:50:03 | More by seeswo
Photo of chilly460


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

A - Pours a very very dark brown, looks black until held in good light. Half a finger of tan head, retention was good as it took a while to fall into a wispy cap.

S - Roasted malts hit first, then plenty of pure sweet malts.

T - The taste initially hits with some solid roasted malts. From there, transfers to some very sweet, vanilla...with sweet chocolate notes. Actually fairly complex for the type.

M - Medium bodied and creamy, very good.

O - Very easy initial drinking, it's like a "dessert" beer. There are some interesting flavors there. After awhile, the sweetness takes over and it's time to move along, overall a nice introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 03:12:42 | More by chilly460
Photo of VMWhelan


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a thin tan head.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, caramel, cream, and some dark fruits.

Taste is very creamy and sweet, chocolatey and caramely, with some coffee and a bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick. Creamy with little carbonation. Very spot on to what I was looking for.

Drinkability is good. This is a great milk stout and drinks as such.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 17:07:40 | More by VMWhelan
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