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

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 105
Gots: 221 | 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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Ratings: 1,814 | Reviews: 737
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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.

Photo of jifigz
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Spider889
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
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!

Photo of mikul93
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep clear cola reddish brown, with a nice bubbly tan head building about one finger high. It dissipates after three minutes and leaves nice lacing.
The smell announces dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and roasted malt.
Tasting the beer, the sweet brown sugar and roasted malt flavors will build the front. The middle is mainly coffee and milk and the end mellows out with some dark chocolate notes.
A medium to light bodied Stout, but very enjoyable and drinkable. Interesting approach!

Photo of robwestcott
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to first time trader, Brambleman, for this one.

poured cold and pitch black to a foothills 12os pilsner with a seriously thin off white head leaving no lace whatsoever.

aroma of grandma's black coffee and smoke.

big smoke up front, smoke and char, burnt black coffee and tobacco following up.

thin for the style, light bodied, medium bitter, low carbonation.

overall - good enough, but not great.

Photo of vfgccp
2.31/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A – Light for a milk stout; almost lighter than Duck Rabbit’s brown ale. Dark brown body with cherry highlights. Bone white head settles into a light dusting, but leaves a nice sheet of lace.

S – Sweet milk layered with walnuts and light-roasted coffee. Touch of mulling spice.

T – Looks like this bottle took a turn for the worse. Sour throughout; almost oppressively so at the start. There’s a milky middle with some dark chocolate after the brunt of the funk fades, but there’s still enough sourness to overpower the rest of the action.

M – Medium/light body with low carbonation.

O – Clearly a bad bottle. I’ll have to come back and try this again next time I can find a bottle.

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

A - A burgundy/brown prune colored brew. Some glowing hues at the bottom of the glass only. One finger cream head.

S - A sweet mocha bouquet mixed with cocoa powder, sweet chocolatey malt and dry coffee grounds.

T - ALot of oily chocolat. Mild dry java with steamed milk and the lactose sweetness. Faintly soft, warm alcohol. Sweet coffee breath in a good way.

M - A buttery diacetyl body, very slick and slippery. A certain soft viscosity and a lubricated mouth in the finish. Good addition to balance the dry flavor profile in my opinion.

O - Strong flavored, slick bodied brew. Fairly deep flavors proportioned appropriately.

Photo of schwaeh
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shared by inebriatedjoker

A: Pours a dark cola color. It basically looks like cola sitting in the glass. It has a minimal head that fades fast. Unimpressive here.

S: Smells of chocolate, coffee, lactose, some light brown sugar, and roasted malt. Smells appropriately well.

T: The taste seems slightly watered down to me, not as good as the nose. I get coffee, milk sugar, roasted malt and some light cocoa. There is a slight hoppy twang. I get a smokey ash finish that adds some depth to the flavor profile.

M: Mouthfeel isn't as low as I would have expected from looking at it, but it still isn't full bodied. The carbonation is very low, that needs some work.

O: It isn't a bad beer but I was hoping for a little more from this company I've heard good things about. Seems like a middle of the road milk stout that doesn't really pull me towards liking it or hating it. Maybe with a few small tweaks this would be a bigger draw.

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.

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