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

A: Pours a beautiful dark, thick black with a dark brown head.

S: Dark espresso and cocoa, slight oatmeal and a big whiff of roasted malts on the nose.

T/M: Wow, creamy milkiness at the inception makes me feel like I am drinking coffee-flavored whole, farm-fresh milk. Strong on the oatmeal, cacao and coffee; some burnt malts, slight bitterness, leather and smoldering wood round out the taste. Smooth and delicious overall. Milk definitely dominates the taste though.

D: Excellent milk stout; I haven't ever tasted a beer with this type of creamy, whole milk-like mouthfeel before.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with best before date of 05/10 notched into it. Poured into a snifter.

The appearance of this is as good as any milk stout I have ever seen The body is black as night with a nice three finger billowy espresso head sitting on top. I suggest you pour this baby hard. At about the half-way point while giving it an average pour, there was no head formation. I turned it straight up and really glop-glop'd it in there to form a good head. Some lacing was evidenced throughout. The appearance on this beer could NOT be improved in any way. 5/5

Smell was good. Dark roasted coffee, dark fruits (plum?), and some winey sourness came out of this one. Good things were promised still to come. 4/5

Taste was strongly coffee dominant with some nice lacto-sourness on the back end. Bitter chocolate, light hop bitterness, and currants were secondary characteristics which added great depth to the taste. 4/5

Mouthfeel was very silky and lowly carbonated. There are some people who would like to have more carbonation here but personally I enjoy a near flat stout on the mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Drinkability is good. These are not easy beers to drink fast because of all their complexities but I did have to restrain myself from popping open another. Over the span of the hour I drank this beer I really enjoyed it and paid attention to every sip. 4/5

This is my second Duck-Rabbit beer. Their Baltic Porter made me pay attention to Porters again and this Milk Stout is one of the most flavorful and complex Milk Stout's I believe exist on the market...at least at the $8 a six-pack price tag on a grocery store shelf. Pay attention to these guys.

Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from Stonequarrywest. Poured into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger medium tan head that is foamy and creamy with good retention. The color of the beer is dark brown to opaque. The clarity is opaque. The head leaves some lacing on the glass. There is good carbonation in the beer.

Nose: A dark roasted malt, with chocolate, oatmeal, espresso, a slight burnt character, and a subtle molasses note. The hops is mild with some fruity esters, floral, and some wood. There's also notes of cream, anise, and a touch of solvent.

Taste: A rich roasted stout with toffee, oatmeal, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, cream, and some wood.There are notes of floral, citrus, anise, molasses, and phenols.

Mouth feel: Coating, carbonated, creamy, slightly astringent and dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium also. I have been wanting to try this beer for awhile and I'm so glad I got to. The characteristics of the beer are defined very well. It has an overall good flavor.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown with garnet highlights. Its a thinner looking stout with a creamy head that doesnt stick around long.

S- This is a bit hoppier than I expected. Lots of grassy, and at times lemony, hops. Lots of roasted coffee and light cream and sugar.

T- Bitter, roasty, plenty of grassy hops and black coffee. The milky cream and milk sugars are faint but help drive the smooth finish.

M- Lighter, dry and smooth.

D- This beer went down nicely with a chocolate cake.

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

Appearance - Pours very dark brown/black. Deep mahogany highlights, foamy tan head quickly fades.
Smell - Sweet caramel/toffee notes, roasted malts.
Taste - Roasted malts, cocoa and coffee notes, overall sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Creamy/smooth.
Drinkability - Easy drinking, but still somewhat rich.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, goblet, enjoy by 7/2010 notched on the label. Thank you for the trade farrago.

Amber brown pour forms a not too black body with a finger of mocha foam. Wait a few moments and that foam will be a bare ring.

Coffee grounds and cream. Large coffee presence, both sweetened and sweetened and creamed. It doesn't seem very lacto but the sweetness betrays the fact. Dark chocolate, roast, and Sharpie.

Bitterness from the coffee and roast flavors balance the cocoa, chocolate milk sweetness well. This is definitely boosted by spicy and bitter hopping that are a little numbing. Sweet vinous quality as it warms.

After my first Duck-Rabbit was explosively carbonated, this seems almost flat. Body isn't quite there and some more bubble would be useful.

This is the best Milk/Sweet Stout I have experienced. In the future I'd really like to get my hands on more Duck-Rabbit beer.

Photo of trbergman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Thanks to OldStyleCubFan for the trade.

A - Pours a dark coffee brown with about a half inch of cinnamon colored foam.

S - Some roasted grain with coffee and chocolate aromas - smells inviting.

T - Rich coffee and chocolate flavors with a sweet caramel-vanilla presence. Roast and hops add a touch of bitterness, but this doesn't get out of hand. I can't really get much of a taste of hops, except perhaps a dull earthiness. Finishes very smooth with a hint of sweetness.

M - Full bodied, smooth, and creamy, with restrained carbonation.

D - Very good. I can barely put down the glass. I wish I had more.

Photo of dqderrick
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Duck-Rabbit
Milk Stout

Received in a trade about one year ago. The label has etches on 2/09. I've had it stored in my beer cellar at 50F.

A- 4
Wow! Cracked it open and foam came out of the bottle. I poured and and more foam. It sat for 10 minutes and I still have 1/4" layer of foam on my glass. Dark black but I can see a little light coming through.

S - 5
I smell a little coffee. I pick up a sweet IRS-like scent. Mmmmm, this smells delicious!

T 4.0
I'm thinking this may be past its prime. The initial taste is great! But there is something just a little off in the aftertaste. To be fair, the bottle does say "enjoy by this date" which is 2/2009. Oops! Maybe I should read the label before cellaring something. Shoot. But, I still can't stop drinking this. I'm not sure what the ABV is on this. It has too much flavor to be anywhere below 7.0 in my opinion. I'm adding an extra 0.5 points with the caveat that everyone should drink these fresher.

M - 4.5
Surprisingly good! Slightly bubbly and playful on my tongue.

D - 4.5
Smooth, sweet, toasted grain. Its light but has great flavor. I could drink quite a few of these if I had them.

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

Appearance: Deep brown with ruby highlights. Head fades away very quickly.

Smell: Roasted grains. Sweet toffee and caramel notes.

Taste: Coffee. Subtle sweetness. A touch of hop bitterness. Most of the bitterness comes from dark grains. A little chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Slik. Moderate carbonation. Full bodied.

Drinkability: Reminds me of a latte I had in Paris. Stouts are not my thing, but I wanted to try this one. I really enjoyed it. A great before dinner beer.

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

just got this as an extra in a trade (thanks Ryan011235)

pour is black, but doesn't appear to be too thick.

smells like sweet molasses and a bit of a chocolate/coffee smell.

taste isn't as milky as I was expecting, and could definitely taste the coffee. however none of the flavors were too strong.

overall i think its a good beer, but lacks overall flavor.

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

Appearance is dark brown, almost black with a full tan head that doesn't last long. The aroma is pretty straight forward - an earthy sweet malt, with some coffee notes. Chocolate is there somewhat, giving the beer an aroma of tootsie roll and coffee blended. Caramel is also discernible as things warm up. The sweetness really jumps out in the flavor as in the aroma. It is pretty heavy on the roasted malt without being burnt or ashy. And like the aroma, the flavor is a light chocolate/coffee blend, similar to a chocolate bar with coffee beans and cocoa nibs. Mouthfeel is well-done - light according to style without being overly carbonated.

Overall, for a beer this sweet the quantity of roasted malt is a bit high for my preference, giving it a little more coffee flavor relative to chocolate flavor. Even still, it is a well-made beer and a very good example of the style.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. Enjoy by 3 10 notched on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for this bottle!

A - Almost black dark brown with highlights of bronzed amber. A thick two-finger head pops up quickly to lower slowly to a tan pile with creamy fingers of lace.

S - Milk chocolaty smooth nose with a soft roasted malt support. Mocha and hints of coffee come out too. Rather on the one-dimensional side and sweet but good nonetheless.

T - Rich bittersweet chocolate flows across the palate and lingers on the long finish while coffee and mocha notes balance well with a heavily roasted malt backbone.

M - Very smooth and soft with a round, full body and a creamy finish with low carbonation bubble involvement although still moderately carbonated. Flawless even if it leans towards the sweet side.

D - Well, judging by how smoothly it goes down and how little I have left at the end of the review, I can say this beer is pretty damn drinkable. Delicious flavor and flawless mouthfeel. Nice roasted flavor without the bitterness.

Photo of thatsright
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is great beer!

Appears coffee brown with a bit of amber, light head

It smells of toasted mocha, mostly

Tastes very dark roasted, rich, with mild sweetness and mocha and coffee, with a hint of hops

It has a full, creamy mouthfeel

This beer is so very drinkable- one of my favorite stouts

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.

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