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

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1,658 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,658
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 103
Gots: 145 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of wescj
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The color isn't quite as dark as i would expect, with a hint of ruby showing through even in indirect light. Almost no head (which I won't hold against it, I may not have poured aggresively enough), certainly no lace.

Smells pretty good, with typical roasted malt notes of chocolate and coffee, along with an interesting sweetness.

Taste is smooth and light bodied. The smoothness of vanilla pairs well with the traditional roasted taste of a stout.

Again, mouthfeel is smooth, and the carbonation doesn't make itself too noticable until the end.

The brew may be kind of thin, but at least that adds to the drinkability. Pretty good, overall.

wescj, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Jbonzee
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very average beer that had a funky taste of spoiled milk curds and baby cribs. It tasted like a shot of milk was poured in a glass of coca-cola and then infumigated with breast milk. How do I describe this other than ick? Just an average beer. How it got a 3.8 rating I'll never know.

Jbonzee, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the darkest of browns, almost black, with red highlights, and a two-finger mocha head that fades slowly. Not much lacing.

Smells like roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate with maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste starts with milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans, with a mild bitterness mid-palette. Finishes sweet with more chocolate flavors and some milky vanilla ice cream.

Lighter in body than I would have thought, but smooth and creamy.

Very drinkable, but nothing special. Probably wouldn't seek this one out, but I would enjoy it again given the opportunity.

MrMonkey, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a whole lot of head with this one. The color ranged from black to dark amber. The aroma was of coffee, chocolate, and maybe alcohol. Pretty simple smell but that's what I liked about it.

Taste is similar to the smell. Very light bodied for a stout. Not very interesting. I wouldn't really go out of my way to try this again.

SirSketch, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of gabe23
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Almost no head on this dark brown stout. A touch of crimson is revealed if held up to a bright light.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of burnt toast and hops.

T - This has a bit more hop sourness and fruit tones than I expect from a milk stout. But it's got a nice malt flavor with a chocolate and coffee finish. Nice flavor and balance, but not not a good example of a sweet stout in my opinion.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Not as creamy as I would like.

D - This brew has a nice flavor and is quite drinkable. It's my first Duck-Rabbit beer, and I'll definitely seek out others. I'll probably pass on this one, though, as it's just a little bit odd tasting for a milk stout.

gabe23, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is what I expect in a sweet/milk stout. Pours a very dark brown with the only ruby light coming through the very bottom of the glass.

Smell is fairly mild - malty.

Taste and mouthfeel are what make this beer stand out. The taste includes roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee but there is a prominent sweet milk taste as well. Very tasty and nicely balanced. There is enough bitterness to keep the sweet taste from being cloying or too sweet.

Mouthfeel is rich and, well....creamy. This is a beer I could sip all day. Drinkability is good. Abv low enough to make it session beer in my book. Very nice.

JayQue, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of k4df4l
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A/A: Poured a pitch black w/ very thin burlap colored layer of foam. The bubbles dissipated quickly leaving on a few stragglers on the surface. Not much aroma coming off this one; some faint roasted malt & coffee with a faint lactic sharpness

F/P: Very smooth and mellow, still strikes me as being similar to the last house stout I brewed w/ the chocolate malt addition (w/ some extra caramel & lactose added). Flavors of roasted grain, coffee, bittersweet chocolate & coca combined with the back end sweetness of the lactose then into the mild sharp sour lactic flavor revealed in the aroma. Moderate body and light-moderate carbonation.
This milk stout has a nice composed feel to it, as the ingredients all blend well and yield a nice smooth beer.

k4df4l, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of n00tz
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark chocolate body undetectable carbonation, topped by a light tan frothy head.

S - light cream and mocha

T - Light mocha little bit of cream and some coffee.

M - medium to heavy body, carbonation coats the tongue, sticks around.

D - Meh. It's nothing unique but a good brew. I'd like it better if it didn't stick around on the tongue and palate

n00tz, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of imagineiii
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brentk56 for this brew. Bottle says "dark beer specialists", with a statement like that, this one better live up.

A: Black but not "black hole" black. Offwhite head doesnt stick around too long.

S: Smells like a coffee with cream and sugar in it.

T: Sweet flavors are fleeting. Gives way to dry bitter flavors of most stouts. I like my stouts bigger. Flavors are balanced tho.

M: More carbonation that I expected.

D: As drinkable as a stout not named guiness can be.

This is a really good beer, but not my favorite stout. Admittedly, Im not crazy about milk stouts, but i know when im drinking a well crafted beer, regardless of style.

imagineiii, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of mralphabet
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz Bottle to Pint glass

A-Poured out an black in color with a hint of brownish red, had a small, caramel colored head. No lace.

S-It smelled of roasted coffee, chocolate and some malt.

T-It had a nice chocolate flavor/coffee with a lot of creamer in it. It has a tad bit of hops at the back of the tongue

M - It was fairly soft, smooth and creamy. A medium bodied beer.

D-This is a good milk stout. Wish I could get it in my area... But I will say this....any time a make a trip to NC, I will be picking up this brew.... and I'd like to try more from this brewery.

mralphabet, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of craytonic
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Almost opaque, if you hold it up to the light a little seeps through. Large head, which slowly dies and turns into deflated swiss cheese.

Smell: Coffee, Chocolate, fake vanilla

Taste: Taste is the same as the smell, but an unpleasant and unbalanced bitterness. I also get what seems like lactic acid.

Mouthfeel: Feels like skim milk! Could be a little thicker.

Drinkability: I did not finish it and won't be purchasing this again.

craytonic, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks a shit load to pwoods for this!

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 8/8/08 (verticale epic milk stout?) :)
Poured into a snifter. 2 finger tan head, very fizzy in a cola like way.
Quarter finger retention that does not go away. Mild spotty lace.

Aroma is pretty laid back, chocolate malt and grains, some spice aroma's, lactose dairy smell.

Alot of carbonation in this, it kinda destroys what this brew could have been.
Ignoring the carbonation is hard and I'm having a difficult time continuing the review.
There is some creamy thickness in there, alot of roasted grains flavor. A hint of oak and some small snips of coffee.

This beer on cask would be a wonderful thing.

Buebie, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black color. Pourwed with a thin caramel colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Rich, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and some malt.

T: Pleasantly sweet chocolate flavor with bitter rich coffee. Like smell, some roasted malt flavor.

M: Medium body. Smooth, soft and creamy.

D: Very good stout. Balance and compexity make it an interesting and easy drink.

Haybeerman, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Mthom
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran across this in Hendersonville, NC while visiting a friend and picked up a six pack. Must say I was overjoyed with the results and drank the entire thing in one sitting. Hangovers aside, I keep coming back for more. Bold and chocolate-y, pours with a huge head, creating brotherly warm feeling! A classic for lovers of the dark stuff. Must say, though that it tastes a little sour on draft (although I've only had this once). And.. oddly enough I'm finding myself switching to the Duck Rabbit Porter, as it seems to be more drinkable (less sour?) in the long run. Still, the Milk Stout is a classic and highly recommended.

Mthom, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on Sunday morning, 11:10 am. Ilove football season.

Deep dark brown, almost black with a thick fluffy espresso colored 2 finger deep head.

Smells of roasted coffee, faint chocolate, faint vanilla, malted milk. Nice.

Roasted/toasted malts & coffee bean, distinct sweetness, some bitterness, almost tart or sour finish, enjoyable.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, not as creamy as I imagined, still smooth & nice.

Tasty stout from Duck Rabbit, "the dark beer specialists". Drinks easy, tastes great, an enjoyable experience.

bbothen, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of NoonanDBarbarian
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it pour dark and black as it should with a large golden color head that quickly depletes. There are many smells including coffee and molasses. the flavor a sweet start and mellows out to milky goodness. it has a good mouthfeel but it almost feels like there is something miss or something im missing

NoonanDBarbarian, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single bought from Total Wine poured into a standard pint glass.

A: With an aggressive pour it managed almost no head at all. There was a bit of a ring of bubbles that did leave decent lacing. It appears black since its so dark. However, holding it up to the light reveals its a very dark brown with red highlights.

S: The aroma is a mix of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and what I assume is lactose since it reminds me a bit of milk.

T: The taste is not what I would expect from a milk stout. It is much more bitter than sweet. It is still a very tasty brew with the taste following the nose. The dark chocolate dominates the taste along with dark roasted malts.

M: Once again it seems to diverge from the style a bit. There isn't any noticeable in mouth carbonation to make it creamy. It is just a thick liquid in the mouth that isn't creamy at all.

D: I think carbonation would really make the drinkability go up a bit. I have had much more drinkable examples in the style.

GatorBeerNerd, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brentk56 for the trade.

Pour a pitch black body with a tall tan head. The aroma and flavor show less lactose than you'd expect from a milk/sweet stout. So this beer comes off with big roasted and burnt malts accompanied by the candyvand frosting-like sweetness of the lactose. This is a good milk/sweet stout to try if you think Mackeson's is too sweet. On the other hand, I think the lactose masks too much of the malt without providing more flavor.

tempest, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to unionturf for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Best by 08/08 notched on the label. Poured the color of cola (opaque and almost black), with a four inch tan-colored head the sizzled and popped as it slowly collapsed. Head eventually settled into a solid cap with copious bands of lacing left behind as the brew was consumed. Nose is very subdued; a roasted character and baker's chocolate, as well as a tangy fruitiness in the back. Taste consistent with nose with more tangy dark fruit at the finish; lacks the lactose quality characteristic of the style. Mouthfeel is not really consistent with the style. A little too light in texture and too much effervescence. Good drinkability, but characteristics across the board are not consistent with a milk stout.

Jwale73, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger head with excellent retention and a full brown color.

There is a nice chocolate malt. I smell milky goodness underneath. If only the smell was stronger it would be perfect.

This beer is quite good. There is perfect balance. Nice chocolate flavor mixes very nicely with a nice milkyness. It's so smooth and creamy and nice. It probably won't get the praise that it deserves because it's not a souped up imperial stout. Something has to be said about such perfect balance though. I am conflicted, because there is some citrusyness on the back of the palate that I hate in imperial stouts, usually because they dominate too much. However, the creamyness and bittersweet chocolate and hops come together quite nicely in this particular brew and I'm a fan.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice lingering bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

This is well balanced and very sessionable. Thans to unionturf for the sample.

jasonjlewis, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep dark, brownish black, with ruby highlights...lush tan head. Nice.

Roasted nose, big bitterness. burnt caramel and toast.

More of the same in the mouth. Missing any kind of creaminess I'd expect from a milk stout. Smooth, but way too hoppy and fruity. Hmmm. Interesting.

Slight tartness, too...seems way overhopped for style. Just does not seem like a milk stout. If I hadn't looked at the bottle, I'd say "fine stout!" But, I did, so I'm going "milk stout"...maybe, but...huh...

...and everyone knows what I mean when I say that...

...you know what I mean...?

feloniousmonk, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

coffiee, mollassas, and a burnt malt flavor, this one is great, every time i go to north carolina i pick up a few 6ers to take home, nice and dark, a tuch thick and a all around sweet milk stout. this is a good beer for the fall season but it is fall like temps hear in new your today so i figured i would break one out, good choise

orcasteve, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber black with a small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of almond. Flavor is sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt and chocolate covered cherries. Medium to large body, creamy texture. Finishes dry and chocolate sweet.

kmeves, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle notched as best before 7/08. Dammit, I'm just a bit late.

A- very dark brown with a light tan creamy head that needs some pretty vigorous pouring to get going.

S- big time lactose, with the standard combination of chocolate and slight roastiness. Overall a really sweet smelling beer.

T- Roastiness hits initially, followed by this sweet twang. Seems to lack much depth with this strange, I don't want to say sour, but tangy flavor.

M- much lighter than I expected by it's look. Probably a good medium to heavy-medium.

D- not.

This was stored pretty well so I don't believe there can be too much of a problem with it due to poor storage conditions.

MiScusi, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brickstore in Decatur, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Deep-brown to black with a creamy, tan, one-finger head, patches of solid sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, milky coffee and bakers chocolate, other roasted malts and toasty notes, smoky and peaty in places.

Taste: Burnt, bitter, roasted astringencies, and not as sweet or milk stout-esque as you'd imagine from the nose. However, there is (up front, at least) plenty of creamy coffee and milky chocolate notes - just not what I was expecting is all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and -bubbled, even. Not creamy or thick - pretty good, as anything bigger or more carbonated might have been cloying or too rough.

Drinkability: Good, another winner from Duck Rabbit, fast becoming one of the better breweries in the south. A style that I'm not a huge fan of, so it should perhaps rate even higher than this, but still.

CrellMoset, Aug 09, 2008
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,658 ratings.