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

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Ratings: 1,756
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 102
Gots: 172 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of farrago
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large, two finger plus head of very fine dark tan foam, whipped up appearance with a good deal of dimpling as it dissolves, some lacing. Pure black in color, faint trace of yellow-brown at the outer edges. Well-stuffed nose of milk chocolate, caramel, licorice, the coffee has only a soft roast to it, plum, cherry and a liitle bit of apricot, no overt hoppiness, however, the breadiness has a whole grain, natural roughness to it. In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a wiry, wound-up carbonation which more or less keeps things from spreading too broadly. Dry cocoa powder, malt, caramel and coffee candy, vanilla bean, it offers a breadth of similar flavors without excess sweetness. Not roasty, at times perhaps some nuttiness. The fruit is basic cherry, blackberry, apricot, fig, not too "dark" in complexion. Put best thusly, easy to drink but not simple.

Photo of John1985
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted was best before 12/09.

Pour opaque black with a white dissipating head. Black malts dominate nose. Assertive roasted barley with a sweet malt licorice aftertaste. No bitterness on the finish which makes it true to style. Smooth, full bodied and very drinkable. Although this isn't my favorite style, I enjoyed this sample very much.

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

Sep 8, 2007

12oz bottle, best before 10/07.

Pours a dark brown with a very small light brown head that diminishes to a ring.

Aroma is primarily roasted malts.

Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Finish/aftertaste is a bit different and took me by surprise when I first had this. Might be the lactose/milk sugar. Took some getting used to, but I like it.

Medium body with little carbonation.

I do prefer their Porter, but this is a solid sweet stout.

EDIT 01/10/10. After sampling various Duck-Rabbit offerings over the past couple of years, there is unfortunately some quality-control issues with this brewery. It's a shame, as when the beers are good, they're really good. I've now seen the Porter, Milk Stout, and Brown Ale all pour 10% liquid, 90% head. They also have a tendency to go sour, Baltic Porter included, although nothing like I saw with the Milk Stout, it went COMPLETELY sour. Fresh is best with DR, and even then there is no guarantee.

Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like Duck Rabbit, very fun brewery with great beers.

Beer is served on draft in a local beer bar. Beer is black. Carbonation is a mystery but the thin white head leaves behind a lot of lacing.

Aroma is nutty and has a strong roast character to it.

Beer is much more bitter than I expected it to be. The nutty flavor I picked up in the aroma is also present as well as a slight sweetness, probably from the lactose. Drinkability is OK and mouthfeel is a little thin for the purposes of a beer like this. This wasn't my favorite milk stout and wouldn't be a repeat.

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

Pretty good milk stout. Nice pour, retains lacing. A little less of the coffee/chocolaty overtones but I actually like this so this is a plus. More of a dark fruit with slight coffee undertones. Not as thick as other milk stouts I've tried. Just a bit of carbonation.

Photo of swhite11
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased just a few miles from the brewery.

[Appearance] - Pours a viscous pitch black with a 3 finger creamy tan head. The head retains well and laces nicely.

[Aroma] - Roast, roast, and more roast barley. A symphony of smokey/bready/caramel notes with minimal to no hop profile. No alcohol in the nose.

[Taste] - Roasty malt presence followed by a biscuity breadiness. Lots of coffee and smoked malt notes grace the palate. Dextrous sweetness from lactose. Minimal hop bitterness finishes the beer.

[Mouthfeel] - Dry up front followed by a myriad of dextrous malt/lactose notes that greatly thicken the beer into a formidable milk stout. Thick and sweet yet never cloys the palate. Carbonation is medium-low.

[Drinkability] - A toutch heavy, but delightful. Low alcohol keeps this one sessionable for a sweet stout. Viscous texture does not allow for many to be consumed in a sitting.

[Overall] - I was greatly impressed. I did not know much about the brewery or their beers coming in to this one; they did not disappoint. I look forward to more from the "dark beer specialists'. A very complex milk stout with a high final gravity no doubt.

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

Beer provided by friends visiting from Kennett Square, PA.

The beer pours out a dark translucent brown with a huge beige root-beer-float-like head. The aroma contains roasted malts, sweet milk-chocolate, and a little bit of dark chocolate.

The taste has both dark and milk chocolate as the main flavors along with always present, lower-level roastiness. The beer leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. It is fairly smooth and somewhat creamy. This is a very easy drinking milk stout. In my opinion this is a very good example of the style.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with huge tan head.
Smells of chocolate, molasses, coffee, roasted malt. Big nose.
Taste is sweet dark malt up front. Dark fruit, cocoa. Licorice on the aftertaste.
The body is medium with a nice carbonation prickle.
Wonderful stuff - one of the best milk stouts that I've ever had the pleasure of tasting.

Photo of likethetaste
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this in Greensboro, NC. Was a good cream stout but nothing exceptional. Not as dark in appearance as it should be. Nothing special in it's smell. But this tasted good and went down nice. It is not a great stout but it is good and is worthy to be drunk again.

Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a dark brown color with a large one inch tan fluffy head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with some chocolate and coffee and roasted flavors. Taste has some roasted malts and chocolate flavors up front with a very sweet slightly tangy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it is a little sweet for me to have too many of these. One is probably enough. A very nice milk stout though if you like milk stouts.

Photo of steve8robin
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on a work trip...

A: Appearance is decent with not much head. Very dark.

S: Smells sweet and full of flavor, we'll see...

T: Not too bad. Nice walnut taste with a slight hint of caramel. Not a bad beer.

M: Nice amount of carbonation. Feels nice a syrup-like.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is a great NC brew. Haven't tried too much else from Duck Rabit, but this is a good first impression.

Photo of aaronh
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany body that looks more like a dark brown ale around the edges than a stout. No foam at all on the pour but a faint ring of larger bubbles gradually collects. I can smell a bit of malt sweetness as the beer sits on the table in front of me. Lifting it to my nose I get more of a bourbon and peat note. Alcohol, malt, caramel, vanilla, and smokiness intertwined. The initial sip is a bit edgy with almost a sour note on the finish. Subsequent sips reveal more peat flavor, almost like a wee heavy. The sweetness gradually builds, but the smoke-tinged malt remains. Just enough bitterness to cleanse the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth, but not heavy. Drinkability is ok, but this is more of a nightcap than a session beer in my book. Would drink it again, but not sure it cracks my current 30 or so beer rotation on the "buy a case" list.

Photo of bamadog
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous trader, Onenote81, for this one. Pour is from the bottle to a snifter. Review is from notes taken on 12/8/2009.

Appearance: Pour is a very deep coffee brown that is nearly opaque, it does allow some hints of ruby when held to the light; starts with a 2 finger head light tan head that fades very slowly; where I can see into the drink, the carbonation appears quite strong; spottly and loose lacing is left on the sides of the glass here and there, but mostly slides back into the beer.

Smell: Fair amounts of roastiness and a slightly bittersweet chocolate scent; I swear I detect a very earthy, almost dirt-like hop presence; almost smells a little "thin."

Taste: Dark and toasty malts, and I feel that I'm right about that dirt-like/earthy hoppy presrence that I referenced in the nose; a very nice roasty coffee flavor lingers in the aftertaste; I find that as it warms, there is a bit of a burst of a milky sweet/bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite strong and borders on sharp; body is pretty creamy and beyond taht, a pretty thick coating is left behind, specifically on teh roof of the mouth; belly is left pretty warm and the mouth is left a little tingly.

Drinkability: Overall, I find it to be a very solid stout -- nice roastiness and slightly bitter flavors; smell is a little "thin" and the carbonation is a bit much, but beyond those criticisms, it's a great beer and I would have no problem sipping on another. The ABV is also very do-able.

Photo of mgbickel
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown body with amber edges. Massive 6" tan head formed instantly and vanished almost as quickly down to a 1 finger head. Very little lacing present.

Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aromas present. Some sweet scents come through when at proper temp.

Strong roasted coffee flavors hit the mouth first. Creamy chocolate middle with a bitter metallic finish. This calms down a ton after sitting a bit.

Thin mouthfeel...moderate creaminess with lots of carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. A tad bit thin and acidic for me. Much better if served close to room temp.

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

Extra thrown in during a recent trade. I have had a couple other Duck Rabbits and was interested in trying this one as I do enjoy milk stouts.

Popped open a bottle and poured into a small snifter.

Dark chocolate brown pour with average head that diminishes fairly quickly. Closer to a brown ale to me than a motor oil black stout.

Smell is predominantly roasted malts, some chocolate, and some lactose with the taste which largely follows. The lactose serves to dampen down the richness of the taste.

Fairly high level of carbonation which diminishes the stout character of the beer. A tad spritzy if that makes any sense. Very much on the thin side.

Certainly, you are able to drink a # of these but to me, it is more of a 1 or 2 beer experience with time to then move on to bigger games and/or flavors.

Thanks again for the opportunity to have this one but I certainly like other milk stouts better. When compared to say Moloko Plus, I'll take the Moloko hands down.

Photo of cvfish
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a light tan head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were milk chocolate, vanilla, and coffee beans

T - The taste of this beer had a mix of milk chocolate and vanilla beans, iced coffee, very tasty and sessionable

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - I really don't know why Milk Stouts aren't more sought after, very flavorful, easy drinking, what more can you want?

Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great looking beer! It has a full dark tan head that is rocky. It has a deep opaque body. There is just the right amount of carbonation to the body. The aroma is a little bit adjunct with some coffee tones. It has a rough dark cocoa bitter taste that is not too roasty. Very smooth to drink it is a full bodied beer but not as heavy as one might think.

Photo of waileepai
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a keg of this from Hop City here in Atlanta. It;s in a taller keg than 'normal', so had to invest in a $55 low profile Sankey connector to get it flowing. Been waiting 2 weeks now but here I go!

Appearance: deep, deep darkeness with very slight bit of light through the glass. Head disappears rapidly with no head or lacing. Carbonation look reminds me of pouring a cola into a glass.

Smell: sweet and roasty grains

Mouthfeel: thinner than I expected. very sweet; no hop bitterness discernable.

Drinkability: good. I'm on my second and hopefully there are about 46 more in that keg :-)

I like it, but not as much as the Left Hand Milk Stout that I actually ordered. (Orderer got confused so I took this keg instead.)

Photo of NoLiberty
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black color with a frothy big head that builds and foams over the edges of the glass then settles into a solid creamy cap for the rest of the beer. Really nice appearance, totally enticing and delicious looking. Very rich and big.

Sweet roasty notes of vanilla, chocolate, toasted grain, subtle coffee and solid malt sweetness. The taste matches the aroma incredibly well. Starts sweet and roasty and moves to a slight bitter hopping, then vanilla middle which leads to creamy coco end and roasted bitterness in the finish. Nice all around with great flavor profiles that move pleasantly from one to the next.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth on a medium body that's not too big but just full enough to carry the full flavors in this beer. Solid carbonation, maybe slightly too high, though. I would definitely come back to this beer as an excellent milk stout example.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by December 2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is mostly sweet. The brew smells like roasted malt, milk chocolate, and some coffee and nuts. The taste is similar to the aroma, the sweetness from the lactose shows up in the beer well. It tastes like milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee and also a smoky flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it seems thin for a stout but it's a bit creamy and coating and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth, easy to drink and it wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these in a session. Overall I think it's a good beer, I'd buy it again in the future. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chcfan for this sweet extra! Thanks Chris!

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a very large pluming toffee colored head. Head has a very creamy consistency and absolutely excellent retention. Leaves tons of lacing all over. Great looking brew.

The nose is very muted, but I get lightly roasted malts, maybe a little bit of chocolate.

The taste starts out very smooth, and I get lightly toasted malts, chocolate, bitter coffee, a nice sweetness from the malts. Pretty good actually, definitely more than I was expecting from the nose. There is a nice bitter aftertaste that I attribute to the roasted malts, as this brew is void of all hops otherwise.

The mouthfeel, while admittedly lighter than I would have liked, packs a smooth and creamy punch that makes this brew extremely enjoyable going down the hatch. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is good, this could be a decent session brew if you ask me.

Overall, a solid offering from Duck-Rabbit. I would love to try some of their other brews, but this was a pretty good introductory brew. Thanks Chris for the chance!

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a DEEP amber/just almost brown, with a 1/2 finger of mocha colored head. This hangs around with some thin bunching that flares up a bit, throwing some spotty lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is half and half dark chocolate roast and milky sweetness. Spicy hops jazz this up nicely in the nose, giving this some extra pop in the nostrils.

The taste has a big chocolaty and lactic sweetness to it, before giving way to a huge blackened flush of spicy hops and and dark roasted malt character. This gives the profile that same burnt intenseness that these darker DR beers are known for. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a larger prickly creaminess to it. An oily hop slickness is also present here, helping moving these heavier and aggressive flavors along.

I'm not quite sure that the intense burnt roastiness of this worked as well with this style as it does with some of the other beers from these guys, as I like my Milk Stouts a little more creamy and sweet. Not bad at all but I'll stick to some of the other Duck Rabbit offerings out there.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into standard pint before 12/09

a-black with nice garnet highlights..little head that faded rather quick..slight lacing..

s-sweet..roasted chocolate and hops to speak of

t-roasted chocolate and coffee...lactose sweetness..fruity in the middle then waves of roast and chocolate at the end

m-smooth and creamy...could stand to be a bit thicker but spot on for me...prickly from the carb...coats the mouth well

d-could and will drink this all night...a stellar session stout for winter imo

cant believe ive never reviewed this before...i love all the beers from duck rabbit and this is a staple in my home..

Photo of lillitnn92
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to pint glass

Appearance is dark, almost a black, but brown hints on the edge.

Smell is very oaky with a sweet-bitter note. Strangely, when I smell this I think of a nice Shiraz (which I love), so automatically it's a good thing.

Taste has that same oak flavor, but smokey with hints of fruits. The taste even reminds me of Shiraz.

Feels smooth on the finish, with the bitterness sticking around.

Very drinkable, but not something I could sit down with all night. Would make a great 2-3 beer start moving to your usual drink.

Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic.

A - Pours black with a light tan-colored head. A semi-aggressive pour leaves a fingers-worth of head which disipitates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Lots of chocolate up front along with a smoked oak notes and roasted nuts. Not a lot of bitterness on the nose, mostly sweet and smokey characteristics. Very makes me want to dig into this beer.

T - Some dark choclate notes mixed with some dark fruits. A hint of smokey oak on the finish. Sweet malts in there as well.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, dry roasty finish.

D - Easy to drink and enjoyable. I like this milk stout.

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