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

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Ratings: 1,800
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 105
Gots: 206 | 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 Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Metuo
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of devilben02
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sk8man121
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mothman
2.66/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of nukem5
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of olmatty
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Rhettbuck
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of 828beagle
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerman207
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Naugros
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Rhynes2
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dmamiano
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Steelcurtain
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of clickpush
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Spica66
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass.

A: Very dark brown. Nice tan head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Not much going on here. I am not getting any special notes or especially strong smells.

T: Medium strength stout taste. Typical coffee and roastiness.

M: Very thin mouthfeel. I expect milk stout to definitely have more body than this!

D: Overall, nothing powerful, so you can really drink as many as you would like.

This is a decent beer.

Photo of Greencoat
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC. A nearly pitch black pour, hints of reddish brown come through the edge of the glass when held to a light. Minimal, fast tan head. Nose is coffee beans and dark chocolate with a hint of sweet toffee in the back. Beautiful. This beer tastes great - very flavorful while remaining non-abrasive in any aspect. It starts off with a bit of piney flavor but mostly a great grain-founded bitterness that is well met with a smooth texture from the lactose. It finishes with a perfect blend of sweet and roast. This is very well made stout. Buy this beer.

Photo of schoolboy
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second trip to Tennessee in less than a year but this time it's a different part of the state. It seems that Knoxville has little local flavor that is bottled (there is some,I'm sure). But I found this jem at a krogers.

What sets this apart is a creamy drinkability that few stouts can match. It is very pleasant to sip these babys. I hadto have two right away.

Missing is any semblance of harshness. There is almost no alcohol taste. It's all very pleasant.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth large snifter/tulip style glass. Pours a dark brownish color, with some light coming through...so not really all that dark. On the other hand, when the glass is filled, the appearance is a lot darker, with no light coming through...and provides a wonderful huge creamy tan head with decent retention. Head dissipates into a creamy ring around the outside surface, providing a nice creamy lace, slightly fizzy, and semi-quick sliding.

Aroma is decent, not strong, and overall pretty average. Theres a decent amount of coffee aroma present, toasted malts, chocolates, and overall...semi-sweet.

Flavor is solid, but mouthfeel lacks a little, as it's slightly on the lighter side, and high carbonation. The flavors are milk chocolate, chocolate milk, toasted malts, light-roasted coffee beans...and really no booze at all. Overall, another decent beer in the Duck Rabbit line-up!

Photo of Phillyphilms
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- Very dark brown, almost black with a two finger tan creamy head that dips
into a smaller head but with a nice layer on top with decent lacing.

S- Nose is a nice roasty malt with chocolate, cream and nibs of coffee.

T- Malty milk chocolate and creamy with a sweetness from the lactate sugars that serves nicely. Sweeter up front into a malt roast with the coffee and alcohol in the finish. Very well balanced and quite easy drinking for an almost 6% stout.

M- Medium yet thinner than most dark stouts, good carbination and nice finish with little linger.

D- Amazingly well balanced stout between sweet and malt with a good bite that makes you want that next sweet sip. I could drink much more than one of these with no regrets. One of the better milk stouts I have had.

Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,800 ratings.