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

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Ratings: 1,671
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 103
Gots: 150 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears almost black with ruby highlights with a minimal tan head forming scant lacing as it dwindles. Aroma has some roasted malts with a creamy lactose mineral character, caramel and toffee edges. Flavor has a creamy milk chocolate with watered down coffee accents and minimal herbal hops. Seems very porterish, but has a super swet sugary note maybe from the addition of lactose? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied not as heavy or full of girth as some of their other offerings. I went in reverse trying Duck Rabbit beers, I had the Baltic Porter and Barleywine first and and just now I'm trying the Milk Stout. Carbonation was soft and even pretty tame in a matter of fact. Drinkability overall was quality and I will standby their claim of being the dark beer specialist (of the South). Here's to beer in the South I hope WV kicks it up a notch with the alcohol law change.

WVbeergeek, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of deanwilson
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack of 12 oz bottles at the Broadway Deli in Richmond, Va.

A. Very dark, muddy almost, with a very thin, creamy head.

S. Smelly was very earthy, in a farm house way

T. Chocolate malt is very balanced and prominent all over the front of the tongue. A nice hop taste to follow.

M. Smoothe and silky, very creamy

D. Very drinkable.

This is a surpisingly good stout considering this is not one of the major brewing areas of the country. I believe many of these lesser know brew companies may hold unknown great beers.

deanwilson, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I didn't review my first DR milk stout... it's taken four or five (separate nights, thank you) to start to really appreciate this... Much like most songs on the radio that don't start to get really catchy until after a few listens.

Pour is unimpressive - no head, no lacing, relatively clear ruby brown color.

Aroma starts with a sweet vanilla, balanced out by an iced mocha coffee.

Flavor adds to that with some toffee and a light, nutty bitterness to help balance the sweetness in the smell. Really well done.

Mouthfeel is like a heavily creamed iced coffee - very smooth with a finishing twang on the tongue, but with some light carbonation.

For a milk stout, there may be others with slightly more flavor, a little more alcohol, or a level more of thickness - but when it comes to drinkability, overall, this one is hard to beat.

BeerImmediately, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass. Acquired in a trade with the great BA everetends.

A= This stout poured a surprising clear (when held to a bright light) reddish brown color. The cream colored head rose just 1/2" and quickly settled to a broken skim. Zero lacing left down my glass.

S= Aromas of mild roasted grain and sweet smelling maltiness. Some faint chocolate and coffee, but the sweet smell took center stage.

T= Started off sweet and malty and just kept getting better. Mildly roasted coffee, toffee, and creamy chocolate all play a role. Just enough bitterness to take the sweet edge off. The finish dried just enough to make me want the next sip.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a fairly crisp but somehow still tongue-coating feel.

D= A very good example of a milk stout here. Very tasty and quite sessionable!

spointon, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 12oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with, contrary to a lot of other recent reviews, a billowing tan head that lasts and lasts. Sheet lacing. Aromas of toffee and chocolate milk. Nice dark roasted malt character. Tastes of light milk chocolate with a bit of coffee. Dark and creamy overall. Pretty nice. Creamy body. A sipper for sure, but quite pleasant.

philipquarles, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, reddish highlights, a one finger light tan head that decays rapidly.

Mild cafe au lait aroma.

Taste features mild roast coffee, begins black, then the milk appears and dominates, and eventually a dollop of chocolate at the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, could be a tinge fuller.

Easy, too easy, drinkability.

An easy going but somewhat disappointing milk stout. Could have used a bit more of something, anything.

RonfromJersey, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of gciccarelli
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into curved 20oz pint glass.

A - Pours a deep brown, nearly black. Virtually no head. No lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, sweet chocolate.

T - Sweet, as expected. Bitter roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Finishes milky and sweet. Very pleasant taste.

M - Medium body. Creamy, but very watery.

D - Great taste and creamy feel lead to high drinkability.

A solid beer - good taste, but watery and not very visually appealing.

gciccarelli, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Dark and clear, the color of black coffee. Minimal head formation, though I could have given it a harder pour.

Smells strongly of roasted malt. Maybe some chocolate and a little bit of coffee.

Starts off chocolatey, then burnt malt and coffee. Creamy.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. Not very much carbonation - maybe why not much head. Medium bodied.

Very easy to drink. I enjoyed this one and would definately get more.

KOPBeerDrinker, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with little head. The smell is a bit of coffee and chocolate, although not as much as I expected. The taste started off with some semi-sweet chocolate that gave way to a bit of toasted coffee taste. The mouthfeel was thick and rich with a minimal amount of carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, especially for a stout. I'm glad I grabbed a bottle while I was in North Carolina.

TheTrevor, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish black color, looking just a bit light in color for what I normally expect in a stout. There is very little head rentention or lacing, and initially I was a bit concerned that my particular bottle was under carbonnated. However, upon closer inspection (I drank it), it seemed fine. The nose is also pretty subtle, though I did get some light coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. On the palate, however, I thought this beer pretty delicious. The beer has almost a buttery mouthfeel, with some nice flavors of milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and burnt toast. The beer is smooth and pretty long on the finish, and drinkability is very good. Alcohol is not at all noticeable, which is what I would expect in a 5.7% abv. beer.

While nothing earth shattering, I thought this a very nice, uncomplicated, easy to enjoy stout.

John_M, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of RobH
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle.

A: Poured into a traditional pint glass. Dark brown with small, disappearng head.

S: The aroma was less "sweet" and had more malt bitterness than I was expecting. I was anticipating (hoping for) more of a balance.

T: The flavor matched the smell, with bitter malts coming through, only slightly tamped down by a hint of sweetness from the milk sugars. That was not my expectation going into this beer, so I was admittedly disappointed.

M: Light to medium-bodied. Smooth on the palate.

D: Certainly a drinkable Stout. I won't be rushing back to this one when there's Samuel Adam's Cream Stout out there which for me tastes and smells much more inviting.

RobH, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Gish
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown. Nice head with good lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate and roasted coffee dominate the smell.

T - Toasted bread, coffee and cream. Has a moderate sweetness that compliments it well. Very enjoyable!

M - Medium bodied, balanced carbonation.

D - A bit too sweet to drink a lot of, but overall very delicious!

Gish, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of SuperSpy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a pint glass.

This beer has beautiful ruby hues and is exceptionally clear when held up to the light. There is a decent head but it is less than I like to see on my stouts. There is a little bit of lacing but it could be much better.

The aroma is chocolaty roasted malt, but isn't very strong. There is a hint of sweet creaminess but overall the aroma is pretty weak.

Medium bodied and a bit creamy. The flavor is a little sweet with hints of dark chocolate and a sweet coffee like finish. The flavor lingers but the overall aftertaste is weaker than I expected. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. With a great overall flavor this beer is definitely worth having another but could use a few improvements.

SuperSpy, May 31, 2009
Photo of nem2006
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Octane in Atlanta, GA. Is a very dark brown, clear, head did not last long at all. Almost no carbonation.

Smells of sweet malts with some coffee.

Some smooth coffee notes at the start followed by some milky smoothness. But not as milky as I expected. Smooth, medium bodied. Well balanced.

nem2006, May 31, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Thin black with lots of carbonation and no head. Looks like Coca Cola.

S - Sweet roastiness

T - Slight roastiness and maltiness accompanied by a sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium-high carbonation and medium in body

D - Very drinkable, a very light stout, but with considerable stout flavor. A little too much carbonation for my taste, but still a phenomenal tasting beer.

Martin2D, May 30, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great black color with awesome tan head and nice lacing. Excellent scent, a great burnt grain/coffee combination with a wonderful sweet lacing from the milk sugars. Awesome taste, a great stout flavor with some nice coffee/cocoa tones and a wonderful sweet milk flavor to smooth it out, with just the tiniest of hop bites to keep it from being unbalanced. A wonderful beer.

JamesS, May 20, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- DR Milk Stout poured flat as can be. A very hard pour yielded nothing which is surprising. Is this intentional?, because this looked like iced tea or pepsi after it's been sitting for hours. A dirty brown color.

S- Nothing to special, just a small dose of roasted malt with some cocco, light chocolate and some milk/cream. This one just does not smell too lively for me.

T- Not my thing. The feel does not help things but the flavors do not mesh well together. getting more milk/vanilla cream taste then in smell. The malt addition is what I think is putting a off flavor in this.

M- Was not expecting any feel based on the look and did not get any. This one is flat, bland and boring. The taste does not help either putting this on the verge of the drain. Less than a medium body, pretty thin with no carbonation, needs alot of work.

D- Low abv works for me, the taste does not so I won't be going back for this one. Perhaps this was a off batch, either way not a good look in my book.

BARFLYB, May 19, 2009
Photo of treyrab
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see Duck Rabbit finally make its way to Pittsburgh. Grabbed about four different kinds and poured the milk stout into my perfect pint glass tonight...

A: Pours dead flat basically with absolutely no head. A few minor bubbles creep up and then they go to nothing. Nada. Zip. Very still look and when held to the light this is a clear brown, very translucent.

S: Smell is a bit better. Some creamy caramel and bitter toffee blended with some roast and an interesting bourbony smell. Pretty nice.

T: The taste is a bit light with some nice bitter roast and bitter chocolate with some light caramel and again, a rather nice bourbony. The taste and mouthfeel is light however and is lacking some character.

Overall, not a bad milk stout, but not great. Definitely worth trying, and I look forward to the other stuff Duck Rabbit has to offer.

treyrab, May 19, 2009
Photo of number1bum
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a variety case of Duck Rabbit. Best by 7/09. I find that odd right off the bat because Duck Rabbit has only been in PA for a month tops, which means this beer was brewed 3 months before it was rolled out in the state. What, brand new market and they couldn't send super fresh beer? Lame.

I want to start off by saying plainly that this beer clearly has some major QC issues. However, I have decided to review it because it is also clearly not an isolated incidence. Reading other reviews it is apparent that this is a widespread problem and therefore people need to know about it. I have consumed 3 of the 6 bottles in this variety case and they all have the same problem: almost nonexistent carbonation. That being said, on to the review.

Cracking the cap reveals no hiss whatsoever, and even a very vigorous pour reveals only a flat beer with a little fizzle on top that quickly vanishes. No lace, no stick, nothing. Where's the carbonation?

Smell reveals that this is probably quite a good beer if it weren't for the carbonation issue. Bold coffee and cocoa on the nose, with a nice espresso/mocha sort of quality to it. A bit of roasted malt, as well.

Taste also has some nice coffee and cocoa flavor, but it also has a cola like quality to it and feels quite thin. Also has a slightly astringent, metallic bite to it. It's moderately sweet with some roasted malt joining the coffee flavor, but it's just a mess. There are some redeeming qualities and it's not awful, but it's not good either.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body with very sparse carbonation. It's a bit on the watery side and begs for some carbonation and some sense of creaminess. Its begs go unheeded.

Sadly I find this to be a complete and utter dud. This was very nearly a drainpour. Once again, I am reviewing this knowing that there is something not right with this batch (carbonation for the umpteenth time). However, it's not limited to just a single or even a couple of bottles, but clearly is pretty widespread given other reviews I've read. Unfortunately I'm not going to come back to this beer, at least not in bottles, for some time, until I have some confidence that maybe Duck Rabbit has thoroughly fixed its QC problem.

number1bum, May 18, 2009
Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a very dark apperance with crimson hues at the bottom of the glass. Mucho Lace, average head. The main smell is the alchol but also coffe and burntness. Full bodied choco-coffe taste and is somewhat creamy as well. This beer is very smooth and velvety and somewhat creamy, hence the milk. Tingles the back of the mouth. Went down fast and smooth, i could drink this till the sun came up.

FrothyBeverage, May 15, 2009
Photo of Sperzel
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours very dark with a slight dark red hue, tan head, a little spotty lacing that falls slowly back to the beer.

S - sweet vanilla-ish coffee, roasted chocolaty aroma

T - Alcohol is present right away with a coffee and cream, followed by a hoppy and chocolate bitterness

M - Kinda chewy, low carbonation.

D - A little strong up front, but finishes nicely. I'll put this in my rotation when the weather gets a little cooler.

I'm a rookie with stouts and this was a great beer to try outside the "Guiness" box. A great one to get if you are in a dark beer kinda mood.

Sperzel, May 15, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a light-bodied stout. Dark auburn, nearly translucent, with a decent head.

Smells pretty light, for room temp. Roasted coffee, surprisingly tart and unsurprisingly bitter dark grain. No hop presence. Nice, but maybe a wee bit old.

Tastes more firm and lively than it smells. Smooth coffee up front, moving into an excessively silky middle of chocolate and bittersour grain, ending on a maltodextrinous bitterness of light stout hops.

mynie, May 13, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This little beauty survived the flight back from NC safely inside my suitcase.

Pours a nice dark chestnut brown with some nice ruby hues when held to the light. Head was about an inch of thick off-white fluff before it dissipated quickly leaving only a ring around the top.

Smells are coffee grounds, dark/bitter chocolate, roasted malt, burnt toast and just a hint of vanilla.

Taste is more of the roasty notes, I'm thinking some dark roast coffee. There is also some caramel sweetness, brown bready notes and lots of malty goodness. Not cloying in anyway and by far my favorite of the milk stouts I've had...which isn't many.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and the carbonation levels are low. Easy drinking and delicious.

indiapaleale, May 13, 2009
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by Aug 2009 date notched on label. Purchased as 6-pack at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Not-quite-black dark brown with a tiny wisp of a tan head that materializes with some delay but doesn't stick around long and leaves a few dots of lace.

S: Dense aromas of chocolate are mixed with softer scents of coffee, metal, and sweet dark malts with light toasting. A very inviting profile.

T: Chocolate leads the way with coffee in the aftertaste and sweet dark malty flavors through the middle. There is plenty of additional milky sweetness.

M: A bit thin with low carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet milky with chocolate/mocha overtones.

D: Exceedingly drinkable with low carbonaiton and a light-than-medium body makes afor a mighty drinkable brew. A good beer but a bit uneven. The lack of head made me wonder about packaging issues, although the flavor was excellent.

argock, May 11, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass.
Very dark oily in nature.

Smells of roasted coffee with cocoa nibs.

Taste is something I can barely ascertain. Just a robustness and fullness of stout flavors, coupled with a slight lactic twang. Chocolate malt. Coffee. Smoke. Just great flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied.

This beer is great. A very well crafted Milk Stout.

Stinkypuss, May 11, 2009
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.