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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 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.

Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice dark brown with a medium sized and medium bodied head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some coffee aromas, chocolate, sweet brown sugar sweetness at the end.
T: A big dose of roasted and toasted malts, big flavors of chocolate, coffee, a very sweet taste like brown sugar but closer to lactose at the end.
M: Very smooth, rich, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, good amounts of mixing of all the flavors. Very nice considering it's a nice abv.

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

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Dark brown, completely opaque. A Brownish head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring around the beer. No lacing.

S: A strong, sweet, syrup smell with chocolate roasted grain notes. Notes of the profound and complex aroma of maple syrup.

T: Roasted grains dominate the flavor. The balance between the bitterness of the roasted malts and sugary sweetness leans toward the latter but is not cloying.

M: Full-bodied and creamy feeling with low carbonation. The high level of unfermented sugar adds to the thickness.

Notes: While the sweetness was not cloying, this is still a little sweet for my taste. Good.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a tinge of brown on the bottom with a one finger light brown head. Nice lacing, though, not outstanding.

S- holy chocolate! It smells exactly like a good milk chocolate bar..getting some roasted malts as well. Maybe the best smelling milk stout I've taken a whiff of.

T- slightly bitter yet sweet milk chocolate. Maybe a slight bite of coffee. Really good, though maybe a little boring for some.

M- good feel...very creamy. Really has that milky texture to it.

D- really drinkable. The alcohol taste is nonexistent, the flavor is amazing, it smells wonderful...pretty much a perfect milk stout

Photo of semibaked
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Unibroue Tulip.

A - Pours a pitch black with about a half an inch of tan head.

S - Sweet Roasted Malts up front, then a little sourness like spoiled milk, and coffee.

T - Good amount of sweetness from the roasted malts, also tastes like coffee with sugar and a bit of cream.

M - Very creamy and rich, with a tad of oiliness.

D - This is a winner, great mix of flavors, great mouthfeel, and easy drinking.

Photo of ujsplace
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

Pours a near black brew with a thin, whispy head that leaves some off-white lacing.

Smells of deep roasted malts, dark bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso that leaves a mildly bitter finish. A very well balanced brew. Just a notch under that "big brew" flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

A good milk stout. Not the most robust, but definitely holds its own - pick some up if you see this...

Photo of magine
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a coffee dark brown, near black. Has a tan head, with a lace island head that very little lace.

Brew smells sweet, roasted and smokey. Chocolate, caramel, coffee. Very good smell.

This brew is smooth and sweet. Has a roasted, near smoked malt flavor as well. Finishes dry and very slightly bitter. Has an incredible smooth creamy mouthfeel. Has a nutty, carmel coffee taste as well.

This is a very drinkable brew. Very, very good mouthfeel. The brew doesnt look great but it sure does taste and feel like a great brew. Very good brew from The Duck-Rabbit.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours opaque black with a 1/2 inch pale brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin but persistent remnant, leaves no lacing at all, like it's repelled by glass.
Smells of caramel and roasty chocolate and a little bit of milkiness and brown sugar.
The taste is all creamy, roasty chocolate and caramel that comes on with a pleasant dark chocolate bitterness and ends with just a little sweetness, with a silky, creamy texture that goes on forever and gets better as it warms up and flattens a little bit. For a stout I could drink several of these and keep going.
I have had this before with chocolate cake and it was amazing.

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

Brown bottle with no indication of freshness. Pours a very dark brown color with a fairly dark tanned head. When held up to the light it is fairly clear around the edges with a lighter brown hue. Not much head retension and minimal lacing on the glass. Nose has a pleasant roasty character of dark malt similar to coffee and chocolate. Taste has flavors in line with what the aroma led on. Very minimal sweetness which is what I like with this style opposed to the overly lactose impregnated messes of sweetness that distracts from the other flavors. Somewhat of a mineral character throughout the flavor along with a touch of hops and a bit of yeast. Medium to light feel with a moderate amount of carb. Overall not bad, the flavor and sweetness of the lactose come out as it warms and also are more noticable in the aftertaste.

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

Acquired this from svosie so a big THANK YOU goes out to her!
Consumed 4/25

A: This beer pours a deep dark opaque brown with a one finger of light brown head. Head retains nicely leaving spotty, wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of roasted malts, cream, and espresso.

T: Taste starts with a nice milk chocolate, cream, and milky flavoring. Rich roasted and toasted malts fill out the middle. Finish is where the espresso flavoring comes in.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean body.

D: Goes down far too easily, very tasty, this is a beer that I would drink all evening.

Photo of DerekP
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I almost had an accident. No, not that kind of accident. This beer drilled its way to the top of my glass before I could say "oh, shit!" and forced me to swallow up some of the nice soda-beige head that was willing to barrel out of the glass if I didn't do something about it.

The brew is black as night, save a few dark brown mahogany spots down below when I hold the glass in front of my lamp. It smells sweet: blackberries, brown sugar, concord grapes, maybe even some brown raisins. As it warms up I smell some coffee mixed in with the rest of the aromas.

The taste is a bit more gritty. Black malts, spent coffee. Still, this being a milk stout, it's gritty on a sugar high. Almost makes my mouth pucker.

The mouthfeel is very appealing; a sweet kiss, and a citric quality follows through like I sucked a lime.

I found this brew to be a pretty tasty milk stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery.

Photo of SmasNadroj
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my stand by beers, bout time I do a review of it.

Poured into my duck rabbit pint glass. Yep. Got one. Looks tasty- very dark with a brown head and pretty good lacing. I wish the head had a little more staying power though...

The nose is deep and alluring- smells of dark chocolate and espresso with hints of smoky... Bacon? Call me crazy, its definitely smoky though.

The first time I had this beer, I didn't exactly know what to think because its pretty complex and different for a stout. Up front it has a tangy and somewhat sweet/sour twang to it, but the flavor turns into an enjoyably rich smoky stout with a chocolatey and somewhat smoky backbone. It feels a little tangy and sour on the tongue, gives it some unique character for sure

This is pretty much the beer that got my friend into craft beer, or else I might say it may not be good for beginners. Overall- a great beer from duck rabbit, I'd highly recommend it

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