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

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Ratings: 1,652
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 103
Gots: 143 | 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 jculler82
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a black center and red/brown edges. Medium light tan head.

Sweetened coffee in the nose, with a bit of cool metal in the background. Some green tree fruits also along with some bubblegum.

Fruit, apple and pear, and bitterness up front. Roast is low, what roast is there is coffee. Milk sugar is there, but the sweetness is a bit hidden behind the apple/pear flavors and the bitterness also overshadows the sweetness a bit.

Overall, just too much fruit for me and it really takes away from the sweetened coffee/espresso flavors I expect in the style.

jculler82, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown body, Brick Brown around the edges. It has a velvety,rich,and creamy head, almost as if it was poured from nitro.

Roasty aroma, with hints of coffee and figs.

First sip is all roast, with a hint of dark fruit. Slightest flavor of fusel alcohol, mild tartness follows. A bit spicy, cinnamon and clove come to mind. The sweetness I anticipated is not here at all.

Mouthfeel is a little too pungent for the beer. The creamy mouthfeel parts to allow a highly carbonated beer to come to the forefront.

Overall, a good beer. Its lacking the sweetness normally associated with the style, and the carbonation is a bit too intense, but a good beer nonetheless.

RocPorterFanatic, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of sooty
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, cold from the bottle.

Appearance is exciting as the head forms then settles to a true brown color, no hints of red really. Quite a bit of lacing.
Smell is half of the taste here, lightly boozy but nothing crazy.
At first attacks your palate, then very quickly smoothes out with a roasty blanket of goodness.
Almost like bannana nut bread dipped in toffee.
Soothing aftertaste, dense mouthfeel.

Great beer!

sooty, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, great presentation nice tan head thats 1" thick and drips over the glass, color is deep dark brown.

Smell is very feint, sweet malt with hints of chocalate and lactose/milk notes.

Taste is well balanced mix of chocolate/toffee and sweet roasted malt, clean bitterness on the finish. Lactose sweetness is present and just right, not overpowering not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy on the tongue from the sweetness but finishes nicely; flavors linger well but not overpowering, nice milky/lactose feel to the sweetness.

Overall, nicely done presentation of this style. Flavors are solid and not overly sweet for the style.

mvanaskie13, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for this one.

A: The cap pops with quite the hiss, and a very cautious pour results in two inches of aggressive, super-fine tan froth atop a black body with clear brown highlights. Great retention, plenty of lace. Seems a bit overcarbonated, but it looks terrific.

S: Smells more like candy than beer. I'm getting milk chocolate, nougat, sugar cookie, m&m shell, marshmallow, malted milk ball. Crazy, enjoyable, and a little bit scary.

T: Chocolate yogurt. Tons of lactose, moderate malt. Way less distinctive than the nose, and a little too sweet - even for a milk stout. Still, it's pretty solid.

M: Hugely overcarbonated. I don't know if this bottle had some ongoing activity in the cellar over the past couple months, but it's one of the most painfully frothy brews I've encountered.

O: I loved this beer when I tried it at the ACBF a couple years ago, and was excited to experience a bottle. An experience it certainly was, but not a purely pleasant one. If the carbonation had been more appropriate I think I would have really liked it, but as it was the oppressive effervescence kept the beer from delivering its flavor as effectively as it could have. I still enjoyed it, but it's got so much more potential.


woosterbill, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a dark dark brown with lighter brown huesa along the edges. The creamy head is the color of toasted wheat bread and is a good match for the beer beneath. Slight lacing left on the glass.

The aromas begin with a hefty amount of roasted coffee beans, followed closely by dark chocolate and sweet vanilla. All elements that I believe should be present in a milk stout are present. Slighty sweetness potentially from the malts or the lactose added.

The tastes begin with bold roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and some bakers cocoa. As it warms the vanilla becomes more dominent and defines the flavor profile, as coffee defines the nose. Just the right amount of milk sugar was added, it seems, as the roasted malts are quite intense but balanced by the sweet vanilla/lactose flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing else really to say here. Finish is dry thanks to the roasted malts. Could be a little smoother and creamy for my tastes and this particular style On the positive side, it's perfectly smooth and would make a great session stout.

Overall this was a very good beer. It borderlines on beging too coffee and roasted malt dominiant for my tastes but the milk sugar definitely helps to temper and add the right amount of sweetness. I enjoyed this beer the Saturday morning of homecoming weekend and it made the perfect breakfest beer to start out the day.

claspada, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of DearthVader. Thanks for this Brian!

A- Pours a translucent dark brown with a one finger head that dissipates into a thin cap that leaves some spots of lacing

S- Coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and some cream

T- Similar to the nose with bitter coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and some vanilla extract.

M- Medium carbonation and thin body. The body is very thin and watered down. The most disappointing aspect of the beer.

O- It was an OK beer, but the mouthfeel really just hurt the drinkability. Glad I got to try it, but there are better ones out there.

Thanks again Brian.

iadler, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with quickly fading egg shell head.

The smell is very sweet. Slightly hoppy and lots of chocolate.

The taste is similar to the smell but more complex. At first you get a creamy mouth fee, followed up by some chocolate, and then a ton of bitter coffee roast.

It is an awesome beer all around and will be one of my new go to Stouts.

Eriktheipaman, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ a sliver of a cocoa head. Head quickly disappears. Decent lacing on this brew. Nose is that of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, milk and some mild hops. Not bad- and pretty much on point for the style. Taste is exactly the same as the nose. Full bodied feel for the style- smooth like silk w/ a mild hop bitterness/coffee bitterness in the background. Not bad. Overall, this is a good beer for the style, and I would drink this again.

jayhawk73, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to woolyb for this wonderfully delicious extra from 3x As Nice Cans BIF.

Pours a darkestbrownalmostblack, topped by a light brown whipped cream head that wallpapers some serious slathery lace on the glass..

MMmm chocolate, vanilla and candy sweet front the aroma. Inside the delicious bouquet also reside some fruity notes, delicate like the other aromas, and some deeper floral scents of seduction. A saliva gland activator for sure.

Being a Keegan Ales homeboy (Mothers MIlk, Joe Mamas),and milk stout lover,(most of top 10)I know this style, and let me say this is the finest taste. The flavors are so closely linked to the mouthfeel that I will add now that this is silky and sensuous in the mouth, like the best sex feels to ones lower "taste buds". It is full of sweet, clean chocolate sweet, wonderful light caramel sweet, mid sip some light fruitiness enters, not like any specific fruit, more a juicy and tart delicious fruitiness that lightly guides the sip to the harbor of clean chocolate, coffee hints, and just a tease of bitter hops, almost an after thought to fully perfect what is nearly perfect.

How does one make a beer with beautiful head that is perfectly low/med. carb.? Creamy and light with a clean flavor that really stays in mouth? Light/medium bodied but a full flavor attack of deliciosity? IDK, ask DuckRabbit.

Can't remember the last time I had the feeling I would never drink a finer beer in a certain style. This is possibly the finest possible achievement in this style. If you love your taste buds treat them to this.

cavedave, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured to my Duck Rabbit snifter.

Thanks for these both Jebediahscooter!

Pours an opaque brown with a khaki head that never seems to leave the beer. You can slightly see carbonation bubbles when you bring the glass to the light. Very nice lacing.

Smell has a slightly burnt coffee hue to it with a sweet fudge based body.

Taste is upfront with the sweetness and finished with the coffee. Really, not much to it, but it's still decent.

I really could not stand the mouthfeel on this one. It was like watered down milk. Extremely thin with slight carbonation. Completely opposite of what I was expecting.

It is what it is. It's decent, I didn't enjoy it much, but I wouldn't be against having another bottle.

DearthVader, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a small tan head that leaves light lace.

Smell is roasted malts, a little wood, peanut butter, caramel when it warms opens up a bit.

Taste is intense, roasty, some lactose, lots of bitter chocolate - exactly like that cheap kind my grandma pushed on me as a kid that was stale as hell and covered in a white oxidized film. Not a good taste memory trigger for me! Still, I like that it's not as brutally sweet as many instances of the style, which I admittedly don't like, so that's a win. There's a nuttiness to it as well, kind of like a candied almond, chocolate coated - with cheap chocolate!

Mouthfeel is fairly creamily carbonated, and medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good for the style, which I really don't care for.

ccrida, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of jsdunlop
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour, nice light tan head forms up and lingers around with some decent lacing. Lots of roasted malt and some coffee in the nose, milk chocolate makes its presence as well. Robust, rich and roasty taste, coffee, chocolate malts, and ginger root merge together nicely. Nice mild and creamy sweetness, not too overwhelming like many other milk stouts out there. Bit of tobacco as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. Overall, one of my favorites time and time again. A great example of the style and a prime offering from the great state of NC!

jsdunlop, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that's marked best by October/November 2011, and was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Duck Rabbit Milk Stout pours jet black, with just under two fingers of caramel colored foam crowning it. Retention is alright, the head cuts itself in half pretty quickly, but lingers for a long time. The ring of lacing left around the top of the glass isn't quite solid, but it's pretty full and nice looking nonetheless. The nose is very heavy on coffee and vanilla, with those two coming together to smell like coffee that's had a healthy bit of cream added to it. The flavor is again centered around coffee and vanilla, but they don't integrate and fill my palate as well as they do in the aroma. The flavor comes across as a little too dry, and there's a spot mid palate that's just begging for a little bit of chocolate that never comes. Despite the somewhat dry flavor, the body itself is nice and full. The carbonation's just a little too active for it's own good though, taking away from the malty center of the beer at times. In general I've really liked the Duck Rabbit beers I've had, and while the Milk Stout is good, the high expectations I have for their beers now weren't quite met.

axeman9182, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of TheDinger
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Served around 50 degrees.

A- Dark brown, almost black with small 1 finger off-white head. Weak lacing.

S- Strong coffee with some notes of roasted malt. Nothing sweet or milky.

T- A bit weak and watery for a stout. Too much coffee and not enough sweet/milk. A bit of hop at the end which was nice. Adequate but not spectacular.

M- A touch on the thin side but had a little silk/cream feel.

O- Was wanting more of a sweet/milky taste and it didn't happen for me. A little too much coffee flavor. More like a watered down stout than a milk stout. While it was okay, I'm not sure I will pick up anymore-

TheDinger, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. Bottle notched (poorly) Best by 10/11.

Appearance - Black body. High pour resulted in light-medium brown frothy head with low retention.

Smell - Coffee. Cream. Milk. Sweet. Basically a cappuccino. Mild and smooth, with no off smells.

Taste - Very roasty coffee. Astringency in the finish only and vanishes almost instantly.

Mouthfeel - A little too watery. Could use a little more fullnes in the body and more creaminess in the head, which is too thin and has no integrity. Collapses on the lip. No stick whatsoever.

Overall Drinkability - A little too thin bodied and one dimensional in the taste. Has the skeleton of a mmilk stout but doesn't flesh it out with the desired characters.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrived a deep black with a thin lacing of off white head. Smells of roasted malt, a hint of coffee, and a sugary sweetness. Taste is sweet up front followed by roasted, chocolaty malts and a hint of coffee in the finish. There are just enough hops here for balance and a slight bitterness to the finish. Full bodied, rich, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This is a solid milk stout. A solid offering from Duck Rabbit.

tdm168, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head. In fact, if I hadn't opened it myself, I'd swear it was a glass of root beer. Same color, same head, same slight light penetration. Head even settles just like root beer. No lace at all.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, light hops, a somewhat ashy note and a very light toffee note. Balance could be better. Coffee and ash standout quite a bit.
Taste is the same as the smell. Same notes with the same prevalence. Coffee and ash stronger than malt and toffee. Not sweet. In fact, if the label didn't say so I would not know this was a milk stout at all, more of a coffee-infused stout.
Medium-bodied start with a light effervescence. Slight wateriness. Finishes lighter than it starts. Aftertaste is like a cup of coffee with a cigarette in it and I hate both of those things. Won't be having this again.

PorterLambic, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade with n2185. Much appreciated, as I love milk stouts.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. When held up to the light there is some great ruby highlights throughout. About 1" of khaki head forms, with has some excellent lacing and good retention. Looks good so far.

Smell: Mainly I get a lot of roasty sweetness. Perhaps a bit of coffee, but that is pretty light. Not a lot else to be honest, but it's what a milk stout should be.

Taste: The lightly roasted malts hit first, followed by the malt sweetness. Just a hint of coffee flavor on the finish, with maybe the lightest bit of hops. Very tasty and easy drinking. Not overly sweet but not lacking either.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is medium, with very fine carbonation. Starts out a bit less than creamy when cold, but as it warms does obtain that creaminess. Excellent. Overall, I was very pleased to try this beer. Milk stouts are one of my under the radar favorites, and this is a great example. Would definitely have again.

zhanson88, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of jifigz
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Goblet.

A: The beer poured a solid black with no evident head or lacing. I even poured the beer quite vigorously trying to generate a head and got nothing. So it looks pretty average.

S: The smell is a light burnt grain and toasty smell with the sweet lactose also present in the aroma.

T: It is very sweet right from the get-go and then turns slightly toasty. The finish is very light and refreshing for a stout. There is a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: The MF is pretty light and thin for a stout.

O: This is a quality beer and I like it better, as I do with many beers, as it begins to warm a bit. The flavors become richer and much more noticeable as the temperature rises.

jifigz, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Good head, great lacing, moderate retention. Very dark brown with reddish glints in the light. Goodish looking beer.

S: Milk chocolate. Vague hops.

T: Sweet, smoky, sweet, and chocolatey. The aftertaste is not dry, but full of huge coffee flavours; loads of coffee beans dominate. The maintaste is full of dry malts. Great beer.

M: Dryingly perfect. Robust and delicious. I dig it.

O: Really nice stout! Recommended. Very drinkable, if a bit bitter. I'd love to have another.

AgentMunky, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this while in SC. My first Duck-Rabbit beer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Black with a short mocha head. Some meager legs of lace follow each sip. Nothing substantial.

Smells nice and sweet, as a good milk stout ought to. Chocolate and some dark fruit esters are there.

Tastes wonderful. Cocoa powder is really apparent. This is the chocolate milk shake of beers. Malted milk balls and sweet french vanilla coffee infuse the palate, while the beer finishes with a mild malty/ashy bitterness.

Light body on a stout, I'd really like to try this on nitro.

Overall an excellent beer. Sorry this isn't available in the Midwest.

Spider889, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd beer by this brewery and I'm liking what I've had so far. The milk stout doesn't have much of head; what is there dissipates quickly, leaving just a thin band on top. Lacing is very nice and clings to the glass. Very dark brown, nearly black beer; very close to opaque.

Aroma is fairly mild, with faint notes of roastiness. While the beer lacks somewhat in that department, it makes up for it nicely in flavor. Here, immediate roastiness combines with subtle coffee notes, and later, minor hop bitterness and the faintest metallic twang.

Mouthfeel is nice, slightly sticky; good carbonation gives it definition and aids in drinkability. Finishes fairly dry.

A really nice beer..not a huge, booming stout by any means but a bit of an easy drinker for the style. Mouthfeel is good but perhaps lacking in the creaminess you'd expect from a milk stout. Solid, though.

tobelerone, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep and dark... not much of a head on the pour. Little whisps of tan lacing line the rim of my Ithaca Excelsior tulip. Kinda flat!

S- Sweet iced coffee, roasted coffee, toasted cashews and macadamia nuts. It has a creamy sweetness that dominates. Not alot of depth on the nose. No citrus or hoppiness, just lots of sweet malts.

T- Sweet lactose, sugar and coffee... It has a nice bitter cocoa/coffee front end, back end and everything in-between! No real balance, just a bit of hops, but mostly sweetness and coffee bitterness that fill your mouth brilliantly!

M- Sweet and creamy... nice coffee bitterness... barely a trace of carbonation. Not sticky enough to be a stout, yet... such great flavor! Yum-Yum!!!

O- The lack of carbonation is so underwhelming!!! Tons of coffee... not a whole lot else going on here! Creamy mouthfeel, not really that much to write or brag about here! Average at best!

Thickfreakness, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of mikul93
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very very very dark black/brown color with a nice head. Minimal lacing. Poured very thin

S chocolate, some coffee, a sweet smelling beer.

T A creamy chocolaty roasted delight.

M What a luxurious beer. It's creamy and smooth. Very easy drinking beer

O Very impressed with this beer. This is my first milk stout and I loved it. Will be seeking more of this beer and of the style.

mikul93, Sep 01, 2011
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.