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

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Ratings: 1,813
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 105
Gots: 220 | 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

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Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004

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Ratings: 1,813 | Reviews: 736
Photo of codewarrior
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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.

Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of PDXHops
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of biglite351
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of dborginis
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of SovereignBCS
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass

A - Very dark, great head at first, but dissipated quickly. Almost not transparent, but great red hues as I drank became apparent

S - Thick, almost palatable smell. Sweet, chocolate and coffee hints.

T - This is where this beer became slightly disappointing. I expected a huge, full-flavored punch in the mouth, but the beer whimpered, being almost excessively sweet with no apparent hops to balance the sweetness of the malt and lactose added, but i suppose thats what you get with a milk stout.

M - Not as thick as I had expected

D - Smooth, not bad for a stout

Photo of Khazadum
2.32/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Huge thanks to Bill for including this beer in a recent trade with him! Been waiting too long to try this bad boy. Poured into a snifter to enjoy.

A-Many little bubbles formed an average amount of head. Quickly dissipated down to a thin collar and singular lily pad of bubbles. Color of coffee grounds. Liquid is inky darkness with imaginable red hues. No lacing to speak of.

S- Heavily laced with roasted, burnt, and metallic grains. Very dark in terms of aroma, and I can detect pennies behind that. Faint coffee of the generic store brand variety.

T- Awfully oxidized. The opening notes are copper, iron, and nickel. Should a beer ever be that way to start? As the metals fade the grains come forward only momentarily with a hint of mocha for the finish. Minimal hops, and nothing else. This is almost unpalatable.

I'm forced to continue saturating the metal taste receptors to force myself to enjoy this beer. If I keep sipping at a more than comfortable pace, I'm left with what might be something half-decent. However, I fear that each drink will bring about the stabs of vomit-inducing molecules.

M- Full bodied, creamy, smooth, and velvet. The carbonation was along the lines of beneficial. This is actually well done in terms of feeling. If only the taste was as good.

Some of the residue is absolutely fantastic. I must note that. Sweet candies that remind me of cream and milk.

D- No. If this ever is opened in front of me again, I will only sip it if I'm promised these awful metal flavors are gone. There is something disgusting about this beer, and I hope it isn't intentional. If I had no taste buds, and relied on feeling alone I'd be happy. Sad for me I actually do.

Photo of nas5755
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark beer with a massive head and lacing. A nice nose of roasted malts that is light on chocolate. Nice roasted malts, chocolate, and milk on the palate. High carbonation that takes away from the smoothness of the beer. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that is a bit high on carbonation so some of the flavors are gone before they need to be.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice dark black color look.

S- sweet like milk and chocolate malts..

T- taste of the chocolate malts and milk even with a coffee background.

M- Very creamy and smooth chocolate malts and milk linger through out sip.

D- Very good beer. Very tasty good try.


Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one is dark, with a slight amount of light that can seep through. Had a slight head.

Smell: If i didn't know any better, i would have thought i just came down for sunday breakfast: Smells like burnt-bacon, chocolate, coffee and sweet milk.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Man this one is so sweet...but in a very good way (for me atleast). Smooth and easy with the sweet milk flavor on attraction. It then goes up a notch with a bit more sweetness of chocolate and sustains that till the end of the beer. . Chewy mouthfeel to it. It is oh so good!!!

Drinkability: Sometimes I wish i was back in North Carolina, just so i can taste all the offerings from Duck-Rabbit...guess i'll just have to visit more often. This was my first from them and being a milk stout fan, i can see why they've been garnering great reviews. Big ups to this beer and the people behind Duck-Rabbit.

Photo of clayrock81
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body w/ a horribly slow receeding mountainous head that actually ticked me off a little. A large malt aroma in the nose with roasted malts that give off a little breadiness and there are hints of sweet malt. Taste is more of the same as a good mix of malts hit the tongue as roasted malts dominate but are balanced w/ dark chocolate, caramel a touch of biscuit. All this is in a sticky, medium body with some sweetness before a really dry backbite envelopes my taste buds. A good milk stout but a little less sweet than I prefer.

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.

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