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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 coachdonovan
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is not quite black. Very dark but there is some ruby around the edges. I can't figure out exactly what, but something seems off with the head. The color is fine, but it's not as pillowy as I'd like to see.

Aroma is chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, and, is that, soap??? I would like less carbonation and more creaminess. There is definitely a sweetness to distinguish this from traditional American stouts, but not enough of it, especially in the finish. I had high hopes for my (non-fest) first sample of the "dark beer specialists." This one leaves me a little disappointed.

Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. This is from a mixed case I bought on a road trip to PA.
A) Pours with a fizzy quick settling head. Once settled turns creamy and tan with thin sticky lacing. The body is pretty dark, but some light gets through and shows the clarity. Deep, dark mahogany.
S) Sweet chocolate. Hints of caramel and hints of yeast / bread.
T) Creamy caramel up front then transforms revealing smoky and roasted malt notes. Subtle hop tones in the finish. The aftertaste leaves a sweet caramel taste.
M) Pretty fizzy with some creaminess mixed in. Medium to full body.
D) A well crafted brew. The unfermentable sugars are noticeable and make this milk stout quite tasty.

Photo of brownbeer
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with plenty of dark reddish hues coming through. It could be a shade darker.

Toasty chocolate malts come across in the aroma with hints of lactose and coffee. It smells good but lacks finesse.

Taste is a little different than the smell; the non-fermentable sugars come through in the taste with bitter chocolate and black licorice, a touch metallic, but not too much so. It has good, smooth carbonation and a velvety body, nothing to complain about there for sure.

Not a bad beer, and I'm not sure what I'm looking for to improve, maybe lose the metallic tinge that it has, and it could be quite good.

Photo of Thur123
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark, nearly opaque, reddish brown with minimal off-white head and moderate steady carbonation. The smell is coffee, cocoa and cream, with just a slight hoppiness perhaps. A very sweet smelling malt profile indeed.

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The flavor is big coffee and cocoa with the hops showing up towards the beginning of the profile and become thinner later. The milk/crème flavor rides the tail end and provides sweetness throughout. The cocoa/ chocolate flavor seems to be on the bitter side, which isn't bad with the milk flavor to balance it. Also a bit of stale black coffee involved. Overall the mouth feel is a little thin of r a stout IMO, but this is a session able and tasty brew, although not exceedingly special.

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

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a flared pint glass.

Pours a deep mahogany-brown showing ruby highlights when held to the light. Not quite opaque, but certainly rather inky at first glance. A decent inch of tan foam recedes rather quickly and fails to leave more than a few wisps of stick on the walls of the glass.

A mild but tempting nose, displaying notes of roasted barley, sweet lactose and a little brown sugar and toffee.

Medium in body with a mild carbonation, and very smooth on the palate. Sweet malt and sweetness from the lactose sugar combine up front before moving smoothly into a mildly roasty middle along with some faint coffeeish notes and more sweet milk and a little chocolate around the edges, sliding effortlessly into a finish that combines all of the traits and leaves behind a little lingering roasty bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Sweetness is a little too high to keep this one from being all too drinkable, though it's quite nice and a couple could go down rather effortlessly. The overall impression is reminiscent of a coffee-tinged milkshake; a nice dessert stout, or even a decent aperitif, but not really a session beer. A nice stylistic representation, though. Very enjoyable, and a great way to finish off St. Patrick's Day.

Photo of vdread
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duck Rabbit Milk Stout

prying off the cap caused this beer to foam uncontrollably, causing massive overflow onto the table. then, as the duck turns to a rabbit, the same thing happens in my glass. one inch of liquid with four inches of foam. ten minutes later, it's not a horrible looking beer. brown in the glass, red with light behind it, with still seething foam. the head eventually winds down to a little collar.

smells of sweet malts, sour milk.

tastes of light cola, with some dark and chocolate tasting malts. coffee and vanilla follow, ending with a sweet/sour milk taste and a slight hoppiness.

creamy from the high carbonation, with a medium body.

this beer was hard to drink at first. i like the sour milk and sweetness in this type of stout, but this one is too cola-like. the carbonation is off the charts. i would still give it another chance. maybe i got a bad bottle. that seems to be the case with some duck rabbit beers.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into snifter...

A: Pours a dark black body with a small one finger head that is creamy off white and falls fairly quickly to a thin foam on top of the beer.

S: Sweet caramel malt, milk chocolate and hint of roasted coffee, but very malty.

T: Follows the nose with some added dark fruit, plum maybe, but lots of sweet caramel with some milk chocolate and some faint hints of coffee. A roasty flavor in the finish that lingers nicely.

M: Medium body with some smooth but active carbonation and a clean dry finish.

D: Smooth and drinkable with solid flavors and a nice mouthfeel.

Photo of zoso493
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guiness tuliped pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep cola color that reveals some ruby highlights when held to the light. Atop the beer is a bubbly, sudsy one-finger head that subsides quickly, leaving little lacing on the glass.

Smell: A nice scent of some dark malts and a surprising whiff of oak are the first things to stand out. There is also a alcohol-like sweetness somewhere in the back, but other than that, there's not a whole lot going on in the nose.

Taste: The oakiness and the dark malts are still present in the taste, as well as a fair amount of sweetness, though not quite as alcoholic as in the nose. It's a nice beer, but it's just lacking something, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice and crisp as the beer is highly carbonated, but it's just a touch too thin for what the style calls for.

Drinkability: This is a light, low ABV beer that is very drinkable. Especially given the thinness of the mouthfeel and the high carbonation, this is a beer that will go down quickly.

Overall, this is a decent beer from a brewery that has never done anything to impress me. It's got a lot of the ingredients right, but there's just something missing. Still, it's not a bad beer by any means and is worth trying.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. From a trade with chcfan. Thanks Chris!

A: Pours a dark, translucent brown that is nearly opaque in the center. Half-finger of mocha head. Almost no retention.

S: Cocoa, roast, vanilla, light anise, and a slight milky sourness.

T: Follows the nose quite well. Starts off with a milk-chocolate sweetness with some anise and vanilla to give it character. The finish is a bit weird, though; the milk sourness doesn't blend well with roast, and the end result is harsh.

M: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation. I guess I expected this to be fuller, though I don't know why (I'm note hugely familiar with milk stouts). It's pretty flavorful for being under 6%, though.

D: It was decent. I'm not in love with it. I'd have it again.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown with about an inch of tan head, lots of carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a little vanilla.

t - Tastes of cream, vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee. Hints of toasted malts.

m - Thick and highly carbonated. Full bodied. Smooth and creamy.

d - I like this milk stout a lot. Very nice cream and roasted malts taste makes this a very smooth and enjoyable beer. High carbonation hurt this a little, but I will definitely have this again.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep mahogany red color, large creamy tan colored head, with medium amount of carbonation.

Smells of deep dark roasted malts, expresso, picking up alittle bit of the milk in the aroma, but not much.

Tastes like a cup of expresso with some milk in it. Roasted malt is prevalent, and bitter sweet chocolate comes to mind in the finish, as does a little bit of vanilla. There is a very slight hint of hop presence but it's way buried in the back ground.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy to heavy body, very smooth,and a little sticky. One thing I did notice is the carbonation, very different for a stout. The beer is filling but drinkability is pretty darn good, though.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice rich dark brown/black color with a thin coffee colored head that disappears quickly.
Smell: Toasted malt flavor with a slight sweetness or creaminess at the end.
Taste: roasted malt with a little tang from the other ingredients and almost finishes with a coffee aftertaste.
Drinkability and mouthfeel: Very tight carbonation which made it harder to drink but gave a very interesting sensation tickling the tongue.

Photo of Kwak
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it poured deep and dark with a nice thick head wick stuck to the glass most of the way. the smell was of deep roasted malt verry strong. the tase was a little sweet but not to bad a little bitter but kind of smooth not to much. very drinkable but also good if you are only having one

Photo of chickencoop
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting this for a bit, kept seeing it in the magazines but no way it would make it out here, thanks sincereNC. This is my first sweet stout so I have really nothing to compare it to, I guess something like a Mirror Pond, but much sweeter and more complex. Great beer, easy to drink, as it warms it gets more complex. Very drinkable, look forward to the rest.

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

I have had this in my cellar since I received it as an extra in a trade last year, and have been drinking a combination of IPA's, RIS, and Wild Ales, but I wish I had some more of this Milk Stout.

A- Two Inches of foam (I may have poured too fast) that dissapated quickly and left slight lacing. Head looked like a Rootbeer Float.

S- Aroma of slight chocolate, coffee and burnt malts.

T- Taste was sweet but not over whellmingly so, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Truly taste the way it smelled.

M- Is more carbonated than other stouts, but I found the mouth feel clean and a not as heavy as other stouts.

D- I could have this as a session beer with ease, not as heavy as most stouts I have had. I left it out for about 10 minutes after I poured it and had it at about 55 degrees, wish I has a six pack.

Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark black with a medium brown, two finger head.

S-Smells of roasted and chocolate malt.

T-Sweet chocolate, roasted barley and a mild coffee taste are the predominant flavors here. Really tasty brew...

M-Really nice except for it's a little over-carbonated for the style. It's very smooth and velvety but this disrupted somewhat by the level of carbonation.

D-Really easy drinking beer, although it would have been a great beer had it not been for the carbonation issue.

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

A: Dark brown black with hints of red as I hold it up to the light. Nice very full and creamy looking tan head.

S: Sweet chocolate milk. Perhaps just a little bit of spice or something... reminds me of mexican chocolate.

T: That is very nice, sweet, and roasty.. a lovely bit of chocolate in there, and ends with a lactose aftertaste..

M: Creamy mouth feel, but slightly too much carbonation. Forgivable, and delicious.

D: Very good, as much as I love stouts, I am not a huge fan of milk stouts.. This one however is pretty damn good. Cheers.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours near black, with reddish hues around the edges. A half finger of foam bubbles down to a thing ring of creamy foam.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, yet the flavor is not as roasty as expected... there is an interesting flavor that I can't pinpoint, the lactose maybe? Almost tastes a tiny bit sour. Yeah... as I smell and taste this more, I'm picking up a little bit of a Brett funk... is that possible?

The mouthfeel is fantastic - very smooth and creamy. And this beer is very drinkable - no traces of the alcohol. There is just that weird flavor that I'm not digging.

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

I poured this beer out of a bottle into a pint glass. I held it up to the light and the the color was a brown/amber. It had a tan two finger head that went away very quickly. Their is no lacing at all. It smells of malt, carmel, and milk/lactose. It tastes roasted and malty with notes of carmel. There is a small aftertaste of malt, milk, and light hops. It feels smooth and silky in the mouth. In my opinion this beer is average for the stlye.

Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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