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

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 708
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 100
Gots: 127 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of Khazadum


2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

Huge thanks to Bill for including this beer in a recent trade with him! Been waiting too long to try this bad boy. Poured into a snifter to enjoy.

A-Many little bubbles formed an average amount of head. Quickly dissipated down to a thin collar and singular lily pad of bubbles. Color of coffee grounds. Liquid is inky darkness with imaginable red hues. No lacing to speak of.

S- Heavily laced with roasted, burnt, and metallic grains. Very dark in terms of aroma, and I can detect pennies behind that. Faint coffee of the generic store brand variety.

T- Awfully oxidized. The opening notes are copper, iron, and nickel. Should a beer ever be that way to start? As the metals fade the grains come forward only momentarily with a hint of mocha for the finish. Minimal hops, and nothing else. This is almost unpalatable.

I'm forced to continue saturating the metal taste receptors to force myself to enjoy this beer. If I keep sipping at a more than comfortable pace, I'm left with what might be something half-decent. However, I fear that each drink will bring about the stabs of vomit-inducing molecules.

M- Full bodied, creamy, smooth, and velvet. The carbonation was along the lines of beneficial. This is actually well done in terms of feeling. If only the taste was as good.

Some of the residue is absolutely fantastic. I must note that. Sweet candies that remind me of cream and milk.

D- No. If this ever is opened in front of me again, I will only sip it if I'm promised these awful metal flavors are gone. There is something disgusting about this beer, and I hope it isn't intentional. If I had no taste buds, and relied on feeling alone I'd be happy. Sad for me I actually do.

10-11-2010 00:06:13 | More by Khazadum
Photo of nas5755


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

A dark beer with a massive head and lacing. A nice nose of roasted malts that is light on chocolate. Nice roasted malts, chocolate, and milk on the palate. High carbonation that takes away from the smoothness of the beer. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that is a bit high on carbonation so some of the flavors are gone before they need to be.

10-08-2010 00:05:02 | More by nas5755
Photo of SamuelJackson45


4/5  rDev +4.4%

A- A nice dark black color look.

S- sweet like milk and chocolate malts..

T- taste of the chocolate malts and milk even with a coffee background.

M- Very creamy and smooth chocolate malts and milk linger through out sip.

D- Very good beer. Very tasty good try.


10-06-2010 20:14:07 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of July2Nov


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: This one is dark, with a slight amount of light that can seep through. Had a slight head.

Smell: If i didn't know any better, i would have thought i just came down for sunday breakfast: Smells like burnt-bacon, chocolate, coffee and sweet milk.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Man this one is so sweet...but in a very good way (for me atleast). Smooth and easy with the sweet milk flavor on attraction. It then goes up a notch with a bit more sweetness of chocolate and sustains that till the end of the beer. . Chewy mouthfeel to it. It is oh so good!!!

Drinkability: Sometimes I wish i was back in North Carolina, just so i can taste all the offerings from Duck-Rabbit...guess i'll just have to visit more often. This was my first from them and being a milk stout fan, i can see why they've been garnering great reviews. Big ups to this beer and the people behind Duck-Rabbit.

09-16-2010 02:38:10 | More by July2Nov
Photo of clayrock81


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured a black body w/ a horribly slow receeding mountainous head that actually ticked me off a little. A large malt aroma in the nose with roasted malts that give off a little breadiness and there are hints of sweet malt. Taste is more of the same as a good mix of malts hit the tongue as roasted malts dominate but are balanced w/ dark chocolate, caramel a touch of biscuit. All this is in a sticky, medium body with some sweetness before a really dry backbite envelopes my taste buds. A good milk stout but a little less sweet than I prefer.

09-14-2010 10:11:16 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

I've had this one before, but never on tap. I went with my wife to the Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, VA and this was the last beer of my session:

A: Pours almost totally black, with slight hints of light shining through as the session progressed. It had about 1/6 inch of head and the carbonation was undetectable, due to the dark color of the beverage.

S: Roasted grains and coffee, but definitely not Maxwell House...something more gourmet.

T: Great balance. The detectable lactose smooths out the coffee, adding sweetness, body, and thick texture. I tasted this right after the pour in which the beer may be colder than craft beer drinkers like it to be. This stout (and milk stouts in general) actually taste good that way - sort like a milkshake.

M: I already mentioned thick texture, but perhaps a better word would be creamy.

D: If I'm really in the mood for stouts and this one is available, I could drink this all day.

Overall: This is the best beer in Duck Rabbit's standard lineup.

09-13-2010 02:07:06 | More by Chaney
Photo of Metuo


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Pours black with some brown/ amber hints. The head is dark cream and about 1 inch tall. The head retains nicely and laces well.

S: Dark malts, milk, milk chocolate, and some coffe.

T: Similar to the smells, cream and malt, with a notable coffe bitterness that comes in on the back end of the palette. Sugary hints to it as well. Very pleasant, especially as it warms.

M: Slight flat, but otherwise velvety and enjoyable.

D: Very easy to drink, had this at 10 o'clock in the morning before a football game and could have kept drinking these all day.

09-12-2010 19:14:08 | More by Metuo
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Deep brown color with a creamy cappuccino-foam kind of head that unfortunately doesn't last long. The aroma is mostly light and clean, but it does have a little bit of milk-chocolate, some nuttiness, and a bit of what seems like a clean mineral character. The flavor has much of the same nutty chocolate from the aroma, some milk sweetness, and a (very) subtle undercurrent of earthiness that keeps this one from getting too sweet. A fine carbonation makes the texture quite silky. Overall, this beer is smooth yet flavorful, but I wish it was just a little less sweet.

09-10-2010 03:04:19 | More by devilben02
Photo of sk8man121


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

355 ml bottle poured into Caracole tulip.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with copper highlights; very little head to speak of.

S: A hint of coffee, cream vanilla and cocoa. There's also a slight smell of alcohol, surprising given the ABV.

T: Sweet off the bat; you can certainly taste the lactose. Aroma flavors, plus a nice hop backbone. The aftertaste, however, is bitter and somewhat astringent. The bitter aftertaste kicks the score way down if you ask me.

M: Mouthfeel is where this one wins out, as the lactose and medium carbonation turn this beer into pure cream when it hits the tongue.

D: This is definitely a good, even sessionable sweet-stout. I'm not sure I'd want more than one at a time, but I can see why some people would.

A respectable attempt at a very under-appreciated style.

09-07-2010 17:58:23 | More by sk8man121
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter. Enjoy by 09/2010.

Pours one finger of light brown head. Decent retention with some lace rings. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Heavy lactose flavor up front followed by some roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is a sharp flavor that I can't determine. It could be unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Again lactose up front followed by smokey, almost burnt, malts. It has a sour taste to it, maybe it is the unsweetened chocolate I picked up in the nose. Some creamy flavors near the end.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and crisp. Medium bodied with a surprising high amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, I just wasn't a big fan of this one. Bottle was drank before sept, but maybe something was wrong with it. The flavors just didn't match up really well. Not something I want to drink a lot of.

09-01-2010 02:48:30 | More by mothman
Photo of nukem5


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Great rick blackness with dark cherry edges, almost like a Coke same head.

S: Dark roasted coffee, dark malt, light mocha.

T: Big roasted malt heavy in the front and a very small touch of burbon in the back.

M: Medium body no lacing or any lasting head.

D: A very palatable beer but not my first choice out of the fridge or cellar.

Aroma of rich roasted malt, mocha, and briny, peaty smokiness. Medium body is slightly chewy. Palate is dominated by roasted malt up front, mellowing into a marginally malty sweetness typical of a milk stout. Decent and sturdy, although something is missing for this to be a great beer.

08-25-2010 00:42:26 | More by nukem5
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

A- Pours black with caramel color foam on top that goes down at a medium pace. No lacing, but still looks good.

S- Smells awesome! Very sweet and coffee-y with strong roasted aroma. Molasses and a bit of fig pop to me at some points also.

T/M- Little disappointed in the flavor after the smell. Not a strong sweetness as perceived in the smell or much coffee for that matter. Its more of a light roasty beer that lacking a substantial flavor that jumps out to me. Also, I get a strong astringency that really stings the tongue on the aftertaste. The mouth is way way too light. I want that full body you get from the lactose in a milk stout, but this doesn't have it...

D- It's not the most drinkable stout I have had, but I could still put em down. I would like a more full body, but it is still decent.

08-24-2010 01:58:00 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +4.4%

On-tap at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of lactose and hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth and somewhat muted roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of lactose, adding body and a touch of sourness to the beer. Midway through the sip hints of mildly bitter unsweetened chocolate and vanilla work their way into things, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this isn't a terribly complex beer but what's done is done very well. An easy-drinking and flavorful example of the style that's worth a shot.

08-11-2010 01:19:05 | More by glid02
Photo of DrDemento456


4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

A - Pours a great black color maybe semi brown with no head.

S - Smells of slight cocoa with light cream smell and semi roasted coffee smell. Wonderful!

T - Starts off with a coffee then leans toward a refreshing chocolate then sort of floral with the hops and finishes semi smoky.

M - Medium bodied and drinkable for the ABV

D - Very nice durability overall. Liked the flavors and moderate ABV. Does really deserve to be a B at least an A worthy beer. Love it.

08-10-2010 23:46:16 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of olmatty


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

Appearance- Deep brown to black with a tall, loose, three finger head with large bubbles.

Smell- Slightly sweet, cocoa, cream, roasted malts and orange peel.

Taste- Creamy cocoa, sweet and unexpected orange rind and citrus flavor lurking among a roasty body. Finish is all roast and some hop bitterness and both hang in there for a bit. Not a pleasant aftertaste though.

Mouthfeel- Velvety smooth, low carbonation, chunky and mouth filling.

Drinkability- Up front flavors are quite nice, but the finish is a bit too roasty bitter and instills regret rather than fond memories.

08-07-2010 05:17:35 | More by olmatty
Photo of Rhettbuck


4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

Perhaps the best beer of my recent trip to Georgetown, DC. This is a stout beer drinkers dream. Really has a snap to it that makes it better than other microbrew stouts. Plus the price of this beer was quite reasonable even in Georgetown. Only six dollars for a pint! If you've ever been to Georgetown you'll know that this is a deal.

08-01-2010 21:14:08 | More by Rhettbuck
Photo of Kinanik


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

I love this brewery. Finally found some of their beers nearby.

Appearance - Dark-black, almost no head.

Spell - Sweet, you can definitely smell the lactose.

Taste - Again, the light sweetness of the lactose rounds out the malts quite nicely. Not too much bitterness to be found.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and heavy, true to the milk stout style.

Drinkability - It's too heavy to have more than one at a time. Make it a starter beer, or one with a meal.

07-29-2010 01:14:58 | More by Kinanik
Photo of 828beagle

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a pint glass with a very thin head and minimal lacing. Dark brown almost black. Smells like a creamy cappucino with a hint of licorice. Tastes much better than it looks. Nice mixture of bitter-sweet. A bit heavy with light carbonation. Can't drink more than a few. A bit overpriced in my opinion although I love this brewery overall. If you have the opportunity to buy it per beer, it is worth a try. If only by six pack, there are better milk stouts for the price.

07-25-2010 05:58:09 | More by 828beagle
Photo of beerman207


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

A: Dark but not black - can see through it up to the light - pour was unimpressive - really no head to speak of from a bottle - No lace - nothing - looks like coke in a glass

S: chocolate, vanilla, malt, milk

T: Very strong bitter in here with the malt, vanilla - Seems like they put too many hops in this for it to be a milk/sweet stout. Lactose is present.

M: Strange - it's heavily carbonated. I like it but not sure that it works in the end.

D: Can't say I'd try this again unless I could get it on tap. My sister loved this beer but I have to say it was just ok.

07-24-2010 00:33:47 | More by beerman207
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

The head was slow to build and very quick to disappear, leaving just a ring of light foam. Really dark, opaque brown in color.

The smell is toasty, almost burnt, and a little sweet. Nice balance in the nose.

More smoky than sweet up front, but the sweetness wins out in the end. There are hints at strong Italian coffee and the sweetness pulls out a little chocolate. Nicely complex with a nice finish.

Clean and consistent from one sip to the other, perhaps a little light in mouthfeel than I like for a regular stout. This is my first milk stout and this might be what they're supposed to feel like. Still, I like the satiny flow.

A nice stout from a bottle with a very simple label based on a classic optical illusion.

07-21-2010 02:04:57 | More by Naugros
Photo of Rhynes2


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Great malt flavors off the bat. Poured from the bottle a nice and rich brown. Thick head with excellent retention and a smell that draws you in. My first sip was very creamy with a nice malt character. A very nutty beer with some chocolate notes. After taste is a little bitter but does not take away from the enjoyability of this fine brew. This is one beer I'll be grabbing more of when I get the chance.

07-18-2010 00:25:17 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

had this one at "Closed For Business" in Charleston, SC. Actually a kick the keg chalkboard special for $3.00 a pint....not bad
poured a black night with a nice one finger, tan head. slowly fades to a nice lace
smell of roastiness, bakers chocolate and molassis.
Mouthfeel was very nice as expected. Taste was ok, but nothing great. Roasted grains mixed with a nice choco reminder.

07-17-2010 13:20:37 | More by dmamiano
Photo of Steelcurtain

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

I came across this beer by random in a bar a few hours from where I live. Later I found out the this brewery was from my state. That aside, I really liked this beer.

A- Typical stout look

S- Again typical, but being a fan of stouts I loved it

T- Smooth finish is what really stands out. Not as bitter as other stouts which is either good or bad depending.

M- Nice smooth feel

D- IMHO, great. If you are just getting into stouts I would deff try this one (if you can find it)

I've had this beer several times on both tap and bottle. Its actually on of my top five "go-to" beers. Tap is better but bottle is still good.

07-15-2010 02:20:22 | More by Steelcurtain
Photo of MikeBrandman


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Looks just as good as any other stout I've seen. Black, ruby tones in the light, and just about completely opaque. Very little head on this one though. I noticed it was a bit low so I poured more vigorously and still only have a thin rim a minute afterwards.

S - Again, very much like any other stout, not a bad thing. Coffee and chocolate notes, burnt malts, very nice roasted flavor. However, it's a bit weak. Strong smell, but weak execution.

T - First sip reminds me of Moo Thunder by Butternut. Very burnt, astringent flavor. Not bitter, just smooth roasted flavor. Lactose sugar gives a slight sweetness at the end of it, reminding you this is definitely a milk stout. Carbonation puts a nice bite on this too.

MF - Carbonation helps the flavor out. However, it's still smooth and refreshing.

D - For a stout, this is one of the most drinkable beers I've had. Strong, but forgiving. Flavor changes well throughout the beer, keeps things interesting.

07-13-2010 02:36:08 | More by MikeBrandman
Photo of clickpush


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Pour 12oz bottle marked 7/07 to tulip glass. Producing huge head, tan, chunky & pock marked. Beer is black, allowing just the slightest hint of light through along the periphery of the glass. Streams of tiny bubbles visible inside the beer. Head is sticky and lasts the whole time.

Nose: Sweet, chocolate, tannic, caramel, malt-ball, lactic.

Mouth: Flavors are all there. Everything from the aroma plus a nice burnt-toast, roasted malt finish. Body is a little thin but nothing to complain about... just not creamy. Crisp. Lingering chocolate & roasty finish. Significant astringent, sweet-sour flavors all over the tongue. Delicious.

Great beer. I am curious if it's a little thin due to aging, or if this is how the beer always is, but for a three year old bottle this is fantastic.

07-09-2010 23:06:10 | More by clickpush
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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