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

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Ratings: 1,654
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 103
Gots: 145 | 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 TheDudeBeers
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very dark brown, a bit of visible mahogany tint on the edges. About a half inch of head.
S - It smells like a really sweet chocolaty stout. Reminds me of hot chocolate.
T - Tastes like hot chocolate. Really sweet and creamy chocolate taste. Not too intricate, no layers of flavor here.
M - Creamy with low carbonation.
D - All in all, i'm a little disappointed, but it's not bad. It's a creamy stout. I'd rather drink Duck Rabbit's Porter.

TheDudeBeers, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer with some brown on the edges. Decent head, although I did not get a very aggressive pour, with a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Chocolate, lactose, roasted malts, and a little bit of coffee.

T - Taste is a lot like the nose, and a pretty solid take on the sweet stout. Chocolate, coffee, little bit of vanilla, and a decently roasted malt backbone.

M - Smooth, creamy, full bodied.

D - Not a bad beer, didn't mind drinking it, and would have it again if offered.

AgentZero, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured into a chalice.

Dark brown with pretty ruby edges. A nice creamy tan head that leaves a near-solid ring of lacing on the glass.

Roasted malt in the aroma, maybe some bitter coffee notes and a mild astringency. Flavor starts with lightly roasted coffee, Sweetens up in the middle which balances the roast malts and then turns mostly sweet in the finish with only a mild bitter hop presence in the back. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish as well.

Smooth feel with a medium body and rather heavy on the carbonation.

ZimZamZoom, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, very dark brown, almost opaque in the glass. A big fluffy, long lasting, mocha head stand above the beer for some time. Very little lacing.

S - Chocolate and caramel malts, a little bready. Slight roast. Otherwise clean.

F/M - Moderately bitter baker's chocolate malt flavors, with a little bready and caramel malts too. Moderate bitterness with a medium-dry finish. Moderately high carbonation is a little detracting from the smooth creaminess of the beer. Lingering cocoa flavor.

D - This is a pretty good beer. Clean, dry, tasty, but after a couple pints Id probably like to switch it up a little.

domtronzero, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-Reviewing this, as I'm pretty sure I got a bad bottle the first time.

A-A gentle pour results in a glass full of rocky cola brown head.Reduces after a while, leaving thick soapy lacing.

S-Coca Cola syrup, milk chocolate, caramel.

T/M-The first bottle I had was definitely skunked. Glad to revisit this one. Milk chocolate and lightly roasted malts, with a condensed milk sweetness that resonates in the smooth body. Delicate fizzy carbonation holds it all together.

D-One of the only milk stouts I've ever enjoyed. Very nice stuff.

A 3.0 S 3.0 T 2.5 M 2.5 D 3.0
A-Pours cola brown with a small, thin, yellowish head that dissolves quickly.

S-Roasted malts, cocoa powder.

T/M-Thin, even for a milk stout.The lactic note comes across as unpleasantly sour against the one dimensional roasted malt flavor. Medium bodied with carbonation reminiscent of a half flat soda.


DaveHS, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black body with an ample tan head.

A - Oats, chocolate, sour notes that are interesting.

T - Sour cream, roasted malts, fruit.

M - A bit too sour for my tastes.

D - Something didn't feel balanced. This one didn't taste very smooth and I probably wouldn't have another. Still glad I got to try it. First beer from this brewery.

DNICE555, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into dfh snifter.

Pour dark, between evening and pitch black. With a full head that sticks to the sides of the glass a full 1" above the brew.

Lovely aroma of raw oat, malt and the sour creaminess of a milk stout.

A bit flat, a touch sour, full of cream with a slight catch of roasted malt right at the finish.

Smooth, creamy, a bit 'rich' but otherwise no complaints.

Absurdity sometimes enters into this whole process and today I feel there is something lacking here. The look of this brew is solid, the aroma is excellent and the flavor/mouthfeel are well made and weighted for the style. Still, I can't see having more than one of these every once in a while. A nice treat to be enjoyed as much for the novelty and the enjoyment of the chase are for the quality of the glass.


CooperEllis, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black as night with a fairly bubbly kahki colored head. it takes a little while to dissipate and leaves no lacing whatsoever.
smells like sweet chocolate and lactose. i love the way it smells, its just so pleasant and makes me excited to drink it.
ive let this beer warm up a little bit and i think its at a perfect temperature. its smooth and creamy with maybe cocoa and a decent amount of carbonation to make it stick to my tongue. a nice swish in my mouth brings out a bit of black coffee on the backend.
this beer is delicious. simply put. the finish is clean but leaves enough flavor to make you want more. i will gladly trade for more of this beer, definitely seek out!

Kkottonmouthkngz, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of nickthegun12
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this stout is black as night with a fading tan head...

smells like chocolate malts....a slight coffee smell....

doesn't not taste like any other milk stout ive had....although it is smooth....its a little edgy like any other stout....i think there is a hop presence there as well....also a small fruitiness....

a little dry for a milk stout...not much lacing...

drinkability is not bad....with the low abv and all...and this beer is def not repulsive...

nickthegun12, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of nmoreilly
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife's sister brought a six of this up to us from Charlotte over Thanksgiving.

A- A dark, murky color almost like a very dark, strong tea. Off white, foamy head with less than a finger of height on initial pour. Initially, not much in the way of lacing but becomes slightly more adherent as it warms

S - Coffee, Smokey brown sugar, malt, vanilla, heavy cream, milk chocolate. A slight bitter / sour smell after its been swirled in the glass

T - It's one of the sweeter milk stouts that I have had. Tiny bit of bitterness on the back. Bitter component intensifies as it warms up

M - Firm carbonation. Not as creamy or as choclatey as some of the others of the same style. Reminds of the McEwans XXX a bit

D - All in all I would say its not bad. Quite drinkable but probably would not have more than two in one sitting.

nmoreilly, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark root beer color with ruby tones. Brown head with thin creamy rings of lace.

S- Roasted coffee, spices, peppery, hints of molasis in the background.

T- Sweet tones of belgian chocolate and coffee. Dark molasis, sweet cream and hints of spice.

M- Smooth, creamy and medium bodied.

D- Very easy to drink. Nice balance between bitter coffee and sweet chocolates. Creamy but not thick. Good stout.

JayS2629, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Dark, near black, root beer color with caramel and ruby highlights when held in the light. No clarity to speak of, but carbonation is quite ample from the looks of things. Huge, gushing, three-finger head of tan, bubbly foam built up and left little lacing, but retained throughout the brew.

S: Smoked, peppery tobacco and burnt molasses aroma with subtle, herbal and roasted coffee bitterness.

T: Bits of sweet, dark roasted cocoa and molasses up front, followed by an earthy, coffee, herbal hop bitterness that carries throughout the finish. Not a real milky or lactose quality that I can pick up, but more like an herbal, roasted black malt bittersweetness.

M: Medium-full bodied, which is nice as the brew doesn't overpower with its maltiness, but the carbonation gets a little fizzy at times.

D: The 5.7% ABV and relative lack of lactose flavoring make this an unconventional milk stout for me. I would even consider it to be more bitter than sweet, but at the least, its a nice, roasted, bitter and drinkable stout. Somewhere between a true American and specialty stout, I'd give the Duck-Rabbit another try, maybe on-tap or cask though.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Chadpaq
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, tri-fingered head. Poured her fairly aggressively, but I really wanted to open her up. Recedes with a fair amount of lacing, taking its time as it ebbs away to reveal a glorious brew. Hardly a ray of light penetrates the glass, save for slight tinges at the bottom of my tapered pint glass. The color's pure Belgian Dark Choco.

Smell: The lactose (milk sugar) hits the nose fast, along witha nice, roasty malt odor. I also notice huge elements of coffee and dark chocolate. All the essentials for a beer like this.

Taste: Sweet, but not overly so. The name's a bit deceiving in that department; alas, it is only a name. I sense that this beer wouldn't be very sessionable for a normal beer drinker. Granted, I'm a different breed.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly balanced carbonation. Really couldn't ask for more in this department. Taste stays on the palate well after each sip is swallowed.

Drinkability: As I said: Most probably wouldn't drink more than a couple of these. But that's fine: More Milk Stout for tomorrow.

***I don't typically drink Stouts, but this one puts me right where I need to be. You'd think it would be a little heavier, alcohol-wise. But it ain't a prob; I'm not trying to get wasted while I'm drinking some this good. Spot on, Duck Rabbit.

Chadpaq, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The dark color, almost like an untainted cup of freshly brewed coffee, was very appealing. It poured about a two finger wide head that had a toffee-ish hue to it. The aroma was strong with a roasted coffee smell. On first taste it was a blast of flavors. You definitely get the coffee flavor at first, followed by a rich caramel, and ending with a slightly bitter semi-sweet dark chocolate. Throughout the whole experience, the beer had a medium body with decent carbonation to it. I definitely recommend this stout.

NCbeerpirate, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass...A dark brown with a light tan head, ok retention but really poor lacing...A light roasted aroma, laced with creamy, can just tell its milky...The taste is also very creamy, but a stale bitter old coffee presents which is really distracting. It was probably meant to balance the sweetness but needs to be brought down by half. Prety boring drinker.

jrallen34, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of BigB415
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured black into my glass. I get hints of cream when I take a big whiff. Tastes like a stout with more hints of cream, like I can taste the lactose. With the way it's carbonated though I sometimes feel like I'm drinking a soda. The concept of a milk stout is very intriguing though and I feel like "The-Duck-Rabbit" has pulled it off very well since I do get hints of a milk like flavor.

BigB415, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black, with a great creamy beige head. Great retention.

Fresh roast coffee, with cream in the nose. Some dark fruit and alcohol. Some bitter dark chocolate.

Fresh coffee with some sweet cream, as the nose suggests. Almost a bit charred. Minimal dark fruit. Sweetness is there, but is balanced well by bitter roasty and chocolate flavors.

Medium body, a bit creamy. Good carbonation. So easy to drink. Great example of the style.

Bierguy5, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz singleton from a trade, poured into a Snifter. Freshness bar is marked at the 12 hash ... as the freshness bar goes from 1 through 14 ... I'm not really sure what to make of that hash mark. Let's call it 2012.

Many thanks to Handle for this bottle.

L: Deep black with huge amounts of thick creamy head. Sloshing looks a touch thin.

S: Smells like fresh cream, fading into a bitterness. Milky sweetness has a goodly amount of booze to it, smelling ultimately like Irish Cream.

T: Sweet and milky, with a slight touch of funk in the middle. Fades into a burnt dulce de leche bitterness.

F: A touch thin, but overall pretty good.

D: Damn good sweet stout here. Would be an everyday winter staple were I inside of Duck-Rabbit's extremely limited distribution range.

codewarrior, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - I could mistake the brew for a root beer, once the head settles. Still, it looks respectable.

S - The nose is perplexing; it smells like green grass or pool water or just about anything other than a Stout. There is obviously a strong hop addition, but it comes across in a strange manner (needless to say...)

T - The taste is sorta green-hoppy at first, yielding to an oat-like flavor that is surprisingly dry (given the lactose addition), but with a huge roasty Stout finish that is quite redeeming. The lingering charred grain flavors are actually probably better than the spontaneous sensation of the full taste of the beer.

M - The feel is pretty good, but perhaps a bit thin.

D - I like this beer, but it doesn't score well. Tastes pretty good.

ktrillionaire, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a nearly black molasses color with dark cherry edges. A huge tan head nearly foams over on pouring; even after a few minutes it is quite substantial.

Smell: Roasted malt still dominates the smell, with a touch of coffee present. Some sweet vanilla provide the foil to the more bitter aromas.

Taste: The sweetness is more dominant in the flavor than in the aroma, with a vanilla sweetness coming through right away. Coffee and chocolate come through later, leaving a somewhat bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little bit lighter than what I would have hoped for, but it still represents the style well. Quite smooth, and it does not really leave much residual oil on the tongue. Creamy.

Drinkability: A basic combination of flavors and the style is a bit sweet for me, but overall I found this to be rather enjoyable.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a very dark red/brown colour and very good carbonation. The head died of quickly in mine... that was unexpected. The smell is very strong of roasty chocolate and coffee. The initial flavour is strong and tastes of roasted coffee. There is some hop flavour in the middle. The aftertaste is milky with a hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel is disappointing.

vandemonian, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. The tan head is somewhat soapy/big bubbled in appearance. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is a nice marriage of roasty and sweet, plentiful dark malts with chocoalte milk and malted milk balls. The flavor scale tips more toward the roasted end of things; plentiful dry dark malts up front and lingering at the finish. Chocolate sweetness is controlled and challenged by a fairly stinging dose of bitterness. Fluffy and fairly thick. Could perhaps could use a touch more sweetness to fit more neatly into the style, but there's no doubt it's tasty. Recommended.

PDXHops, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of biglite351
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light through center of glass. Off white head that leaves nice lacing.

S - something like a hazelnut ice cream. Toasted malts and overall goodness

T - toasted malts or hazelnut flavor. Very nice.

M - good coating and the entire front half of your tongue tingles.

D - certain all-nighter. Would be good alone or with food.

biglite351, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of dborginis
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black, but under the light is almost ruby. Great sweet and roasted smell. The taste doesn't let down...I can't get enough of this one. I want to call it "sharp": each aspect is very pronounced. The roasted malt flavor is very strong, still it has a sweetness. The carbonation hits hard as well. What a great stout. Comes across as a little stronger than 5.7%. I'd probably only be able to rock 2 of these at a time.

dborginis, Oct 22, 2010
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,654 ratings.