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

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Ratings: 1,648
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 102
Gots: 142 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of jamie2dope
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

jamie2dope, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

Jeffo, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

KAP1356, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

seeswo, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of chilly460
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

chilly460, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of VMWhelan
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

VMWhelan, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Color is black with some brown around the edges. The tan head is pretty thin and fades quickly, and there is not much lacing down the glass. The scent is really sweet chocolate. The taste is sweet as well, but overpowering - more of a bitter-sweet cocoa, with a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel felt a bit on the thin side to me. I enjoyed this stout more as I emptied the glass and it warmed a bit.

DeltaGolfSierra, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

This is the 500th review for this beer...thanks to SamuelJackson45 for the extra!

A - pours a nice dark roasted color with a frothy chocolate 2 finger head

S - smells of really sweet milk chocolate and a bit of cocoa

T - taste starts off with a nice chocolate flavor that fades to some cocoa. Big milky lactoseness to it as well that smooths this out and adds some sweetness. Identical to the nose. It is a very rich chocolate flavor that isn't uber complex, but is very delicious for what it is.

M - decent mouthfeel. Medium bodied that goes down smoothly

D - really nice mil stout here. As previously mentioned, not uber complex, but what is there is rich and delicious. This is my introduction to this brewery...can't wait to try some more.

birchstick, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of LittleOtts
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

A- Deep, dark coffee color w/ 3/4" head that lasted the entire glass.

S- Roasted malts and sugar. Smells like a dessert.

T- Vanilla sweetness with a big malted milk flavor (from the lactose I'm guessing).

M- Full bodied but on the lighter end of full. Slightly grainy finish. light carbonation.

D- Medium/High. It's very sweet which is typical of the style. Duck Rabbit is one of the best representations of a milk stout I've tried.

LittleOtts, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Deep dark brown in color with a finger thick, light tan colored head that slowly dissipates.

S: The nose has a very roasted scent from the malts. There is also coffee hints as well.

T: The up front flavor has some really aggressive roasted characteristics which is then followed by the coffee beans. The finish is very sweet, not sure if it's sweet chocolates or something else but it's tasty.

M: It's not light, but it's also not medium, somewhere in between with average carbonation.

D: This is solid stout, has some nice flavor, a little sweetness in the finish. It's a very easy drink, just about a session beer. Definitely a solid beer overall.

mavbrew, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

appearance: Dark brown. Tan head with big bubbles.Thick lacing that recedes quickly.
smell: Roasty and sweet.
taste: pretty thin. Not bad, but bland.
mouthfeel: More full than the taste. Pretty high carbonation.
overall: a little disappointed. Won't be a go to for me when hankerin for a milk stout.

cindyjeffsmith, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of AleEvangelist
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance: Pours dark, with a caramel head, which doesn't stick around much, nor does it leave much lacing. Sunlight will pass through the glass, resonating with a deep red glow. Gorgeous when poured in the light of the setting sun. (Overly poetic? Maybe, but the color really is fantastic...not just black.)

Smell: Slightly metallic, but mostly roasty, rich coffee. No hops, not much malt in the nose.

Taste: Dark coffee, significant lingering sweetness, reminiscent of chocolate cupcakes, but blessedly not cloying. Excellent paired with chocolate cake. Worth savoring. A slight metallic note sticks around through the finish, marring what would otherwise be a perfect example of the style.

Mouthfeel: With a milk stout, you expect a thick, creamy mouthfeel, and this beer delivers. I've had more creamy milk or cream stouts, but this one still is quite excellent.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the beers in North Carolina, and this one did not disappoint. Eager to try the other beers from this brewery. A sweet, but not at all syrupy stout, excellent for your after dinner dessert. When tasting this excellent example of a cream/milk stout, you don't get the sense that the brewer used cheap tricks to obtain the flavors and results. An excellent example of the style.

AleEvangelist, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%


A: Dark brown with crimson highlights. Pockets of effervescence emanate from the depths of the beer and ascend out of sight into the nearly opaque body. The head is 3/4" thick and fades slowly and methodically, leaving a healthy coat of lacing in its wake.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, chocolate covered raisins, chocolate milk. My nose is working hard here, but everything I come up with is somehow related to chocolate.

T: Not surprisingly, the beer is chocolaty. Not similar to a chocolate or double stout, but like melted Heath candy bars with a roasted malt bitterness. Fabulous flavor, well balanced. The roast character is done so very well, and the beer lacks the lactic sourness that often turns me away from this style.

M: Carbonation is spot on. The beer is creamy and smooth with a great feel all around.

D: My favorite milk stout. That about sums it up.

Huhzubendah, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

I've had this beer so many times I can't even count, but I just realized I've never reviewed this on-tap. Let's remedy this. Got this at this new sub joint in town. Came out a ruby-tinted dark brownish/black, with a thick beige head on top. Fair retention; left bits of lace on the glass. The nose is sweet with notes of sugar cookies, chocolate, light hops.

Good moderate mouth. Light carbonation bite on the back end, but nothing that draws too much away from the creamy feel. Good roasted malts, sweet dairy sugars, light vanilla. This isn't as bold as I would expect coming from a fresh keg, but it's still good. Easy drinking stout. One that I never have a problem with ordering. Good stuff.

Onenote81, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%

Thanks to Desaparecido for this extra, cheers Ed!
Bb: 05/2011

A: Pours a dark brown beer with greather than one finger light latte head which dissipates over a couple minutes, little/no lacing. The beer has little light penetration, and where it does, you have mahogany.

S: Smells of cream, cocoa, coffee, earthy hops. Very nice nose. Hints of fig, mint, raisins. Good. Faintest touches of licorice.

T: Plenty of dry, malted, oaty profiles here. I can't imagine what the coffee infusion does to other versions of this beer - it's got a dry enough taste for me. A bit sweet, banana, nougat in the background. Nice, but too sweet IMO. Finish has more raisin on it.

M: Medium to heavy body feel with medium to high carb. Would prefer just a hint less carb. The beer coats and palate while leaving the tongue a little dry.

D: This beer is not bad, but not particularly good either. I imagine imperialized, this beer is very nice. As it stands, the beer tastes a little off balance and lacking in some more substantial interweaving of profiles.

harrymel, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of jampics2
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Fresh 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Sent as an extra from a kind trader, so I wanted to finally review this beer after enjoying it many times in the past few years.

A: dark brown to black with some lighter touches around the edges, off-white head subsides to a film and leaves some lace. This is a nice looking beer for the style, but I've seen a few better.

S: really nice mix of lightly roasted malt and lactose sugar. Some caramel and milk chocolate. Cream and molasses, with just a touch of hops. Outstanding expression and consistent, eloquent smell.

T: really, really good milk stout. Nice sweet base of caramel and lactose, and just enough roast and hops to make it a beer and not a chocolate milk shake. Luscious milk chocolate notes and a mild bitterness. Just a hair short of perfection.

M: the carb is low to medium, the body is medium to thick due to the lactose. So, physically the beer is right where it should be, but the finish is a bit watery and just a touch less toasty than I'd like.

D: nicely drinkable and enjoyable.

jampics2, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

A- Pours a deep brown, but noticably not black. Well tanned foamy head lasts well. A couple rings of lacing as the beer goes down.
S- Coffee grounds, a touch of chocolate and vanilla. Smells a bit like a Starbucks.
T- Sweet, as the style would dictate, but the sweetness is layered on top of coffee. I find a number of milk stouts overemphasize chocolate flavors over coffee, which is, appreciably, not the case here. A touch of hoppy bitterness, but just a touch.
M- I think I would like more body out of the style, but all in all it's not egregiously underweighted. Spot on carbonation.
D- A sound and solid milk stout. Not a perfect one, but a decent measuring stick for the style.

jsprain1, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured a nice rich black in color with a small medium brown creamy head that was mostly lasting and produced some good lacing.

The aroma was of a strong dose of roasted grain malts and a moderate sweet doughy yeast with notes of molasses, chocolate and coffee.

It tasted slightly sweet and rather malty with a hint of chocolate initially and the became a mildly bitter-sweet with a coffee-molasses flavor at the finish that left the flavor hanging around on the taste buds for a decent amount of time.

Mouthfeel was full in body and smooth & creamy in texture with a flat carbonation.

Overall this stout is superb, one of the best I have tasted up to this point. It is very easy to drink and will leave you wanting another.

KajII, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours almost black with 1 1/2 half fingers of brown foamy head. It smells like coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Great mouth feel for a stout, no sour mucky after taste. The flavor is dark and toasty with a fair amount of sweetness, but not so complex that it's hard to drink. This is great beer that leaves a creaminess on your tongue.

beerdown77, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a slightly translucent at the edges brown / chocolate colored in the middle. Lacing heavy at the top of the glass and additional lacing through the rest but not as heavy.

Smell of roasted malts, some sweetness and a bit of brown sugar with caramel.

Taste of a dry milk stout, some residual sweetness along with light caramel and a good roasty flavor. Definitely a good coffee roast flavor in here mixed with a light ashy finish.

Light mouthfeel which I would prefer a little thicker, but good carbonation and very easy to drink.

alpinebryant, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Amalak
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.

A. It is the color of black cherry. Very limited head and lace. Basically black with some light on the bottom.

S. Some alcohol kick and sweet caramel blend.

T. Typical stout. There's a hint of alcohol. Bubbly on the tongue. Nice, even if pedantic.

Amalak, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%

This bottle was purchased as a six pack from Kroger in Richmond, VA - drink by may freshness notch - poured into various glasses, snifter, tulip, pint.

This beer. yes.

Poured great with decent head. I have to force myself to be critical of this beer because I don't want to give it all fives unless it's perfect so.. they head was a bit lackluster in color and height. Smelled incredible, chocolate and malt, not much coffee. Taste follows the smell.. wow. Chocolate and malt. The mouthfeel is what makes it though, the lactose used in this stout hits a home run on mouthfeel and this beer is incredibly drinkable.

You must find this beer and drink it.

At the moment - My #1 Stout

engagechad, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.83/5  rDev 0%

While I was on vacation visiting family in Woodbridge Virginia, I got a chance to go to a Total Wine in Springfield to pick up some local beers, or any that are distributed there that are not sent to California. Picked up one bottle of this as part of a make your own six pack. Had this one back here in CA recently after getting back, review from notes.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

The beer pours near black with deep mahogany brown highlights. A dark tan colored head rose like cream about an inch with some initial fading of the head that settled to about a quarter inch, but that retained fairly well throughout. Some light lacing.

The Aromas are of light brown sugar, roasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark malts and a bit of hops actually.

The flavors in the taste have a mix of a bitterness like a porter, and the roasted notes of a coffee stout. This is followed up by bitter dark chocolates notes, roasty malts, a hint of coffee, finishing with hints of sugar and cream. Not sure if this one has peaked in terms of freshness, but it's a not as creamy as I like a milk stout to be.

The mouth feel was light to medium body, smooth, but lighter and dryer then I like.

Overall, a good easy drinking beer, goes down smooth, and would be good with desert.

Retsinis, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of JMforman
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

I've been waiting to try this for a while. A little disappointing, but not bad.

A- Solid black body with a nice tan head and good retention.

S- Not as much here as I hoped. Espresso, some chocolate, toasted malt. All pretty faint.

T- Espresso, chocolate, toasted malt. A coffee-like bitter finish. Something a bit off about it.

M- Very nice medium to full with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue.

D- Of course, its a milk stout!

JMforman, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a huge tan head that lasts for a long time, evolving into a small foam cap on top of the beer. Lacing is a little above average.

Nose is lots of dark roasted malts, some chocolate, and some coffee.

Taste is predominantly chocolate with the roasted grains coming through in the end, along with some coffee. There is also a lot of lactose presence, giving it a very mild sourness. Nice roasted aftertaste.

Body is medium to light (for the style). It definitely has a lot of flavor but the mouthfeel is quite thin with lots of carbonation. It works well to boost the drinkability but I like my stouts a little heavier.

Overall this is an above average milk stout but nothing exceptional.

paulozanello, Feb 18, 2011
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.