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

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Ratings: 1,775
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 103
Gots: 187 | 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

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Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004

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Photo of eclipse54
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from jyounger30; thank you! Into a Deschutes tulip glass...

Pours dark brown to the point of black, but has very little head (about a single layer of tan bubbles that dissipates quickly). A small amount of wet lacing clings to the glass. Smell is of white cane sugar, roasted malt, coffee grounds, and some chocolate. Taste is similar, with some sugar in the front, the coffee and chocolate in the middle, and some roastiness (almost a char flavor) on the finish. Perhaps a touch of vanilla on the exhale as well. Not very complex, as all the flavors seem to be right up front, but still enjoyable. Mouth is very smooth, with the carbonation dancing nicely off the tongue. Overall, a very quaffable milk stout that I'm happy to have tried. Thanks again Jay, looking forward to enjoying the other one you sent.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a shaker glass

A- Poured a pitch black with one finger of slightly fluffy and very creamy mocha head that left tons of thick chunky and creamy lace. Perfect looking stout

S- Big roasty notes and chocolate, really great aroma

T- Roasty notes but not quite as roasty as the aroma, lots of milk chocolate, some bitterness, and pretty strong mineral flavors

M- Creamiest beer I have ever had, very creamy, soft mouthfeel, very smooth. Perfect mouthfeel for a stout

O- A perfect looking stout with a perfect mouthfeel, just great. When comparing to Left Hand Milk Stout I think I like Left Hand's taste a little more, but Duck Rabbit as a whole gets the edge because of the incredible mouthfeel and drinkablity of this beer.

Photo of Klym
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a surly snifter. Big ups to kenm2118 for the bottle!

A: Black with a very mild head that dies off almost instantly. Not sure what else to say.

S: Big roasted malts, some oaky notes with a mild mix of chocolate/coffee. Honestly, no lactose or sweetness.

T: The nose. Just roast with the slightest tinge of coffee/chocolate. Really kind of a big disappointment, was hoping for a big surprise out of this beer but I'm not getting much milk-stout character, much less any good-beer character. Mediocre at best.

M: Watery with some tingling carbonation. Nothing else remarkable.

O: I feel bad reviewing this beer. I'm guessing my bottle may have been old or compromised in transportation (no dent on the trader, he's a great guy and bought this beer only a month or two ago). I'd be glad to retry this incredibly fresh but until then not touching this beer again.

Photo of GregSVT
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with a tiny tan head that fades to a ring and only leaves a bit of lacing when swirling.

S: The nose is really great. Big notes of chocolate milk, cocoa, sugar coated nuts, and sweet lactose with a bit of coffee in the background.

T: The taste is excellent as well. Loads of sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, nuts, and chocolate malts. There's some coffee on the finish as well.

M: The feel is on the heavier side of medium and very creamy. Great stuff.

O: This is an excellent Milk Stout and one I would be buying on a regular basis if it was in my area. Great flavors and aromas.

Photo of Dan3279
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Jeff who left this bottle at my house as an extra gift. I sat on it a bit and just finally cracked it open. I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find deep black body with a light tan head. The aroma was strong on the roasted malts, cocoa, and some sweetness.

This is the first milk stout that I remember trying and defiantly the first that I am reviewing, so I really didn't know what to expect with the taste. The sweetness was a bit more than I expected and the milk after taste caught me off guard, I expected it to be more balanced in the middle of the body and not at the end because the after taste stuck around a little too long.

This stout wasn't as thick as I expected it to be and the carbonation was lighter than I expected.

Overall a good stout, I would drink it again if it was sitting around but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gift from dakkon54! An NC beer to celebrate me moving to NC!

Pours pitch black. Initial 1 inch head that dissipates to a thin ring. Smells of rosaty malt reminiscent of KBS. The sweetness I'd expect from a Milk Stout is in the background, but is overshadowed by roasty, smokey malt.

Taste was about what the smell hinted toward. Roasty, smokey malts. A classic RIS flavor, with a smoothness I'd expect from a milk stout. What's lacking is really, I think, the addition of a backing flavor. It's true to style, but the roasty malt really takes over here. It lingers to the point when you want it to go away.

It leaves a roasty flavor that sticks around way too long. This is the only real fault. A little more balance would go a LONG way on this one.

One last final note - It tastes like a lighter version of 2011 KBS. not real sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing.

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

Picked up a sixer of these at Weigmans in Wilksbarre PA while on vacation -

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint goblet -best by 10/11.

A: Poured translucent black with one finger head that dissapated into a thin lacing,moderate carbonation.

S: Slight coffee with vanilla hues,slight chocolate , roasted barley.

T: Bitter coffee with slight chocolate hints , vanilla cream , small amounts of burnt malt, roasted barley with slight sweetness.

O: Overall not a bad milk stout , a little thin and not very complex, easy drinking and could be considered a session stout, I would drink it again.

Photo of theghost3
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black with a 2-finger beige head that quickly dissipates and results in a ring throughout. Minimal lacing.

The smell is chocolate with a hint of roasted coffee. Taste is moderately sweet chocolate and vanilla with roasted coffee and a slight brown sugar flavor. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, but a little more crisp than I expected. Full-bodied.

This is a drinkable milk stout. I like the coffee and vanilla qualities. Very filling.

Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Black with reddish highlights when held in bright light. Thin off white head, not great retention or lacing.

Smell: Sweet, malty with bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet/sour milkiness. Very round and full aromas.

Taste: Lots of sweetness with fine balance of bitter roasty flavors. A touch of citrus hops towards the end rounds it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and reasonably full. Good carbonation. Nice finish.

Overall: This is a very solid beer with good availability in my area. I recommend trying it.

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

I was lucky enough to try this again, and this time enjoy it. The stout pours black with a hue of red. It also gives off an aroma of sweet milk, bready malt, and slight raisin. As for taste, it is extremely tasty. It has a dark chocolate, roast, sweet milk, and some nuttyness. For mouthfeel, it is extremely smooth with light carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, especially for a milk stout. It doesnt have an overpowering sweetness like most milk stouts, but a slight sweetness that accentuates sweetness of the malt. I would definitely love to try the Coffee infused version of this.

Photo of vande
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep dark blend of brownish-black. Very opaque and slightly viscous.

S: Mocha like blend of coco & coffee... a sweeter smell of candied sugars, maybe a slight touch of vanilla.

T: interesting presence of coffee. The mocha is definitely in the glass, something that I've enjoyed!! Roasted malts, but just cant get around that sweetness of chococoffee.

M: Nothing spectacular. Light to medium bodied w/ decent amount of carbonation.

O: A solid milk stout by a solid brewery. Very enjoyable. I'll have to try and snag some more in the cooler weather. I picture a fire pit and cigar.

Photo of vtblackdog
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from 12 oz bottle.

A - Pours a clean dark caramel color. Little to no head and no lacing.

S - Roasty creamy sweet chocolate notes on the nose.

T - I get some roasted malts initially then a creamy alocholish finish.

M - Low end of carbonation and a thin feel to the mouth.

O - Overall a good beer to enjoy while cooking in the kitchen.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Handle for including this in another great trade.

A: Pours a very dark, roasted brown with ruby red highlights. Finger or two of tan head that quickly fades and doesn't leave behind much of a cap. It does have some larger bubbles around the edges..very little lacing.

S: Very pleasant, sweet aroma. Chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and some coffee hanging out in the background. I'm not able to catch any hop from the nose.

T: Follows the nose with no big surprises except I can get a little hop flavor towards the end..seems to be citrusy. Semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, coffee with roasted finish.

M: For a smaller beer, this has a pretty decent mouthfeel. Actually leaves the lips a little sticky which isn't something I normally get with stouts.

O: This is a very solid beer and another winner from Duck Rabbit. I really hope they make their way to Middle Tennessee soon.

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

Picked up a 12oz bottle from Total Wine for $1.99. The label had a spot for a freshness month but none was notched.

I poured it into a pint glass at 43 degrees. It was a deep brown, nearly black with bright garnet highlights throughout. There was a beige bubbly 1.5 inch head with some lacing.

The smell was a very deep roasted malt, some hops, and chocolate.

The flavors were semi-sweet chocolate up front with some hops moving in to the middle and some french roast coffee dominating the finish. It was a nice procession of flavors.

The mouthfeel was what you would expect from a milk stout, creamy, silky, full - very nice.

Overall, a solid example of a milk stout at a decent price.

I personally love the milk stouts for the mouthfeel and texture. I just wish they had more alcohol to give a fuller body. I also love the imperial stouts because of the fuller body but they lack the mouthfeel of a good milk stout.

Anybody know of a great imperial stout with the texture and mouthfeel of a milk stout?

Photo of output01x
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Best By July 2011) into a pint glass. Thanks to Dan3279 for yet another great beer.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades to a thin, even dusting. The body is a deep reddish brown that nears black. Some lacing can be seen throughout consumption, but not much.

Roasted malt, sweet caramel, and creamy mocha all blend together to create a very appetizing nose. There is a good amount of complexity without being any of the aromas being overly powerful.

Very light and creamy, flavors of roasted malt, watery coffee, and sugary cream all come together nicely with a slight spiciness also apparent. Just like the nose, the flavors are well balanced, giving a complex and enjoyable overall taste.

Medium to full bodied with a strong amount of carbonation, this beer coats your mouth well but vanishes somewhat quickly. The carbonation is not prickly at all, but instead adds a creaminess that combines nicely with the flavors.

Photo of sendsilk
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this while on vacation in NC, cost $10.

I've had several of the Duck Rabbit offering and have been fairly impressed by all of them, particularly the Baltic Porter.

A- Nice and dark, a thick dark cream colored head that takes several minutes to dissipate.

S- All of the Duck Rabbit beers that I have tried all have a somewhat similar smell of dark roast, cocoa and coffee.

T- Just like the smell makes you anticipate. Fairly sweet candy, coffee, chocolate and malts, pretty good. A little roasty and burnt malt comes through in a second taste. I would put this up with Moloko or any nice milk stout easily.

M- A little light, but what should I expect from a sweet stout?

O- Very solid offering. I believe they do know how to make their dark beers.

Photo of gatorbreath
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very dark with minimal head and retention.

Smell is chocolate, milkiness, maltiness, breadiness and it all is very well-balanced and intriguing on the nose..

The taste is lots of milk chocolatiness, possibly dark fruits, some bready maltiness for balance; a very good taste here..

The mouthfeel is full-bodied, modestly carbonated, and feels good across the palate.

Overall - solid Stout here, enjoyed it, would drink more. No criticism on this guy.


Photo of zeledonia
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to n2185 for the extra. I can't decipher the notching on the side of the label, so I don't know the age of the bottle.

Pours surprisingly black for how thin it looks, with brown at the edges. An enormous coffee-colored head flows up and almost out of my Duvel tulip. Whoa. Had to wait minutes for that to draw down, and even then a coaster of foam stayed around for the remainder. Excellent lacing as well.

Smells of dark roasted malts and smoky bitterness. Nice, though I don't expect this kind of smoke in a milk stout. Interesting twist, which works for me.

Taste is very much as expected for a milk stout, except for that added smoky flavor. Lots of very dark roasted malts, some slick sweetness. And the punch of smoke and slight bitterness that comes through late. Finish is a mix of milky sweetness and bitter.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it has that great milky coating feeling that holds the flavors in the mouth so well.

A very nice, smoky milk stout. One of the better ones I've had. Main complaint is the thin mouthfeel. I like how the smoked flavors combine well with the dark malts and the sweetness.

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

Aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malts....a bit of smoke as well.

Definitely full of chocolate malts, but also a good roasted contingent as well. There is a small sweetness, presumably from the lactose, but it's in the back. Finishes with a bit of a roasted grain and a somewhat burnt note, along with a small bitterness.

All in all, pretty good. Not aggressively roasted like some others, this is a pretty easy drinking stout.

Photo of projectflam86
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really nice deep brown color with a 2 finger off-white head that leaves solid lacing.

S- Coco nibs and sweet milk chocolate along with a touch of smoke in the nose.

T- Rich bold roasted flavor initially with a semi-sweet finish. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, and maybe just a hint of metallic twang buried in there.

M- Medium bodied and maybe a touch thinner than I would have expected. Very carbonated given the style.

O- Overall a very nice milk stout that I wish was distributed to OH. Glad I got the chance to try this while visiting a friend in GA.

Photo of scinerd3000
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a samule smiths british pint glass. No freshness date. From notes....

A: Raised a solid 3 finger light brown head on pouring fairly hard. Devoid of light although dark red highlights can be seens slightly when held to the light. Retention is good.

S: Chocolate, roast, coffee, light alcohol. No hop aroma.

T: Reminds me vaguely of a chocolate egg cream. Very smooth with dark malt complexities that keep me coming back. Bitterness is there but not overwhelming and balances out the lactose nicely. Biscuty but with no burnt flavor...roast comes through. I can drink this like a session ale. Awesome.

M: Nice carbonation, medium body although lighter than i was thnking. Leaves cocao around my pallet on swallowing.

O: Solid stout.... I would drink this again. Well brewed fellows.

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Bier Baron in Dupont Circle. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Mine lacked the satisfying blackness of most stouts. It's a dark and translucent reddish-brown, almost like an Irish red ale. Other reviewers seem to have generally found theirs darker than mine, so I'm willing to give the brewers the benefit of the doubt.

There's a centimeter-thick tan head that retains throughout. It leaves bits of lacing.

Smell: It's a battle of hops and malt, without a clear winner. The most dominant scent from the malt is a sweetish chocolate. The aromas are not intense, but still pretty decent. Tiny bit of booze.

Taste: Boy, this really puts the "milk" in "milk stout." The lactose is very present, creating a taste that strongly mimics a mocha. It's also pretty hoppy up front for the style, but the balance is maintained throughout. Personally, I prefer a lower hop profile, but those who like balanced tastes will love this brew. (The hop presence does seem to diminish with time.) The flavors are bolder than a Guinness, but they're not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. It's very smooth drinking, with only modest carbonation. (I can only imagine what this would be like with added nitrogen.) Medium-bodied.

Overall: A worthy contender, especially if you like a bolder hop profile in your stouts. I wish I could replicate the mouthfeel of this beer in some others!

Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch very dark brown with billowing tan head, slowly settles leaving a whole bunch of styrofoamy lace on the glass. Smell: sweet, very mild roast and coffee, edging towards brown bread and raisins. Taste: milk chocolate with raisins, mild roast, grainy twang. Feel is a little bit more carbonated that I'd like; medium bodied, earthy and sweet but unexpectedly drying finish. Pretty nice beer overall. Notched as best by 12. 2012? Dec 2011?

Photo of ADTaber
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz btl poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: pours a very dark brown with some copper hues at the edges and a ½ finger cream colored head that dissolves to a thin layer and leaves only a hint of lacing

S: roasted coffee, chocolate syrup, less than fresh milk, dark malts

T: very similar to smell, chocolate syrup, dark malts, brown sugar, roasted coffee

MF: medium-light bodied, light carbonation, smooth and silky

O: a good milk stout but not my favorite, a little thin for the style

Photo of GallowsThief
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip.

A – Big, dark ruby brown pour that came gushing out. One inch tan white head that stays around.

S – Sweet vanilla. Roasty malts. Just a light coffee.

T – Has a great roasted flavor right up front followed by a sweet creamy vanilla taste. Coffee is present but lightly almost like a heavy sugar, heavy cream infused espresso.

M – Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Gives off that tingly tongue feel. Creamy indeed!

O – My favorite milk stout to date. Has a great flavor with a fantastic mouthfeel. I could session this all night thought it certainly is not what is thought of as a session beer.

Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.