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

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Ratings: 1,697
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 103
Gots: 157 | 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 Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass.
Very dark oily in nature.

Smells of roasted coffee with cocoa nibs.

Taste is something I can barely ascertain. Just a robustness and fullness of stout flavors, coupled with a slight lactic twang. Chocolate malt. Coffee. Smoke. Just great flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied.

This beer is great. A very well crafted Milk Stout.

Stinkypuss, May 11, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark black with no evident carbonation (Not flat though - I can taste the carbonation). The aroma is rich and roasted, with a milk edge> The flavor is woody and roasted, with a nice milky edge. The mouthfeel is slick and runny, with just a tiny bit of carbonation and a decent malty bitter burn on the end.

Good, not extraordinary.

Seanibus, May 10, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Edit: While my second bottle was better, it is still too flat and thin. One isn't a problem without the other, but together, it makes this difficult to drink. Second pour brings A from 2.5 to 3.5 with a much better head, still little retention, Smell and taste remain same, Mouth from 1.5 to 2.0 with seemingly a tad more carbonation, Drink from 1.5 to 2.0.

Pours an interesting cola like tint with nearly no head, even after a rather aggressive pour. In the event that this is a bad bottle, I will updated this rating on the second go round, but this lack of head is a big harbinger of issues to come.

Smell is about normal for a milk stout, caramel and creamy scents, a hint of a sour smell, no booze or hop presence.

Taste is similar to the smell, an average milk stout.

Mouth has huge issues, carbonation is nearly non existent and this is incredibly thin.

I have a second bottle of this because I bought a few of each Duck Rabbit bottles since we just got them here. If this was a bad bottle, I will re-review. If not, my second will be my last.

sonicdescent, May 09, 2009
Photo of Genghis22
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Best By May 2009 on Bottle.

Scored this one from a trade with Stephen, thanks again!

A - Pours a thin, black, fizzy body. A beautiful cafe au lait head was the result of a somewhat assertive pour, however the head subsided rather quickly. When held up to the light, the bottom and top of the glass appear more brown than black, like a cola, or root beer.

S - The smell is sweet, like a mug of really good hot chocolate. Lots of sugar and roasted malt.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Very sweet. The sugar and malts come at you first, but there is a surprising dry finish from the hops. Enough bitterness to end the sip, but not enough to completely wipe the sweetness out of your mouth.

M - My least favorite part of the beer. I like a stout to be rich, thick and chewy. This is sweet and thin. There is also quite a bit of carbonation in this bad boy. Overall, very wispy, and lacking the body of a hearty stout. This feels more like a porter.

D - Not something I would reach for everyday, but I imagine this one to pair quite well with burgers or steaks right off the grill. Bacon Cheeseburger would be perfect now that I think about it. This is tasty, but not exceptional, and personally, not enough body to satisfy the need for a stout, but makes a great porter.

Genghis22, May 08, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap as part of the Grey Lodge Pub's Duck Rabbit night on May 6, 2009

deep brown with a creamy small head with little lacing

very sweet, milky, coffee and baking chocolate along with roasted malts

burnt, bitter, creamy coffee and milk chocolate

medium body...very smooth and easy drinking

this is my first offering from Duck Rabbit and i'll be sure to seek it out if the make it to NJ (fingers crossed)

SPRichard, May 07, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Skeeordye

A- a nice dark coca-cola look to it. Looks quite syrupy and thick. A coaster thin tan head lays across the top of my brew.

S- coffee and vanilla bean come to the nose first. A roasted malt aroma as well rounds out the smell.

T- a coffee with creamer taste. A roasty flavor as well but with a burnt back end to it. A creamy milk type of sweetness to it as well.

M- creamy and coffee feel to it. I feel like am having a smooth espresso with some vanilla creamer. Quite nice.

D- a smooth and refreshing beer. A good milk stout. One of the top 3 milk stouts i have ever had. I would def like a sixer of these to relax and watch a game.

Dodo2step, May 03, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is apparently Duck-Rabbit's best seller, and now that it's available in Virginia, I figure I should see what the fuss is all about!

A: Pours a cola brown and ends up quite opaque in the glass... a touch of dark brown skirts the edges, but otherwise, it's black. Head struggled a little to form, and came out quite bubbly, but it retains decently, so no love lost.

S: Coffee with cream takes this forefront, backed only with the roasted malt grain scent.

T + M + D: Flavour is very much like the nose, though body is a lot lighter than what I may have expected. Perhaps I was expecting something smoother, and went into it with unreasonable expectations, but it does seem to be lacking as it flows over the palate. The flavour and the aroma are just fine, but it almost begs for a little more size... but that's just me. If it is their most popular offering, I imagine most people think it's just fine. A nice, flavourful beer without a huge alcohol content. Not exactly a sessionable offering, but I could go with a couple on a more relaxed evening.

Proteus93, May 01, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark black with no head

Smell: cocoa and coffee dominate

Taste: expresso, small chocolate taste towards the middle, small sugary finish

Mouthfeel: bitter harsh start with a slightly sweet end. Medium heavy body that is slick, with a sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: I think this is ok for a milk stout. The sweetness I found was more subtle that others. I would have another, but almost would drink it more like a regular stout.

tigg924, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, let me say that I'm very happy to now have Duck-Rabbit available in PA...

A - Only a very minimal head off of a standard pour, just a couple of big chunky bubbles, leading to only a modest splotchy lacing which itself quickly fades... Dark cola color teetering on black with only the slightest amount of light coming in through the top... Faint carbonation, otherwise quite still... Leaves an oily residue on the glass as the session progresses...

S - Terrific nose... Coffee... Chocolate... Roasted malt... Vanilla... Faint hint of soy sauce... Well executed milk stout aroma...

T - Taste follows closely to the nose... The vanilla is actually more pronounced than expected and takes a front seat along with the roasted malt... The chocolate, coffee, and soy sauce tastes are faint and take a distant back seat...

M - Minimal amount of subdued carbonation on the tongue... Refreshingly smooth... Rich and a tad creamy... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Slightly bitter roasted malt aftertaste lingers... Distinctively refreshing...

D - A wonderfully sessionable milkstout... Lack of head was my biggest disappointment, but I was impressed in all other facets... A wonderful introduction to Duck-Rabbit...

philbe311, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with brown showing around the edges and a thin tan head.

Nose is smooth coffee, a bit of sweet cocoa.

Taste starts off with a smooth, roasty coffee note, but quickly pulled in by an even smoother sweet cocoa note. Really nice stout - I would drink this regularly if I had access.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light but crisp carbonation.

JohnQVegas, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep rich mahogany color that produces a nice creamy head on top. Lacing is good.

S: Very creamy nose, sweet as well. Typical milk stout, although perhaps too typical.

T: The taste does not deviate very far from the nose; again, cream, sugars, roasted malts.

MF/D: Very clean and refreshing mouthfeel. Not dry at all, smooth going down, medium in body.

scottyshades, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of righthereisay
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to find this beer on vacation in North Carolina. I was looking forward to a dark beer and this one looked intrigueing. (sp?)

Anyways, I love the flavor. Nice dark flavor. Little carbonation, which is great, but it is not full-bodied or full flavored which I would have liked. It does not have the "Fresh" taste like Penn Dark.

Anyways, if you are in North Carolina you should definitely pick up a 6 pack.

righthereisay, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade, but have forgotten from whom. Thanks to whoever the person was though.

Pours blackly, opaque. Dark red where the light does make it through. Smells like chocolate mousse, sweet coffee with cream. There's one other aspect here, that I just can't name. It's recognizable to me, but I can't figure it out. I'm thinking of roasted grains, but I'm not sure.

Tastes like cold sweet coffee, with cream. I do taste more of a roasted quality, and I'm thinking this is what I smelled. Fruit flavors intermingle, light taste of raisons & plums, and lighter still of banana. Could have been cloying, but the roasted flavors balance it well. A little spicing here too maybe?

On the thin bodied side, but not too much so. Everything here works pretty well. Low enough ABV where you could have a few and not be under the table. More than enough flavor to keep you happy and interested.

dancinwillie, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep black tone, nice tan creamy head. Not too much carbonation, looks quite inviting
Smells of lots of roasted malts, barley, espresso, bitter cocoa, burnt vanilla lactic sugars, caramel, toffee, coffe-bean, maybe even dulce de leche comes to mind.
Taste is where this brew really shines. Lots of coffee, espresso, vanilla, caramels, smooth creamy dark toffee. Lots of coffee again, this actually makes the beer seem a bit more one dimensional than I would like, but being a coffee lover, its not a bad thing! Flavor reminds me more of a coffee infused stout.
Mouthfeel is medium, and the beer has a nice bitterness that certainly lend to its superb drinkability.
Many examples of milk stouts I've sampled in the past tend to be a bit to sugary, a bit too much vanilla, too sweet, more on the lactic side. Duck Rabbits brew incorporates it into a bitter, jahva like brew with a creamy quality. Well balanced, well done. I will purchase this one again.

czfreeman, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of mbrasi
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish black with a gigantic rocky head. Aroma is not unlike a english stout. Aroma is slightly lactic sour milk, some roast. Mouthfeel is medium to light with a nice cream feel with some good unexpected carbonation. Flavors are chocolate, roast and smoke the lactose is a little more subdued than I expected (good thing) and brings a nice balance to the brew. This is a solid milk stout highly drinkable and recommended.

mbrasi, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a huge, pillowy, frothy cream colored head. Wonderful lacing, a good looking stout.

Has that fruity, typical yeasty DR smell. Lactose and chocolate bring home the bacon for this beer and you can almost smell the creaminess.

Taste is full of creamy roasted chocolate, but also has some dark fruit and chalky notes. A well balanced milk stout with a noticeable hop presence. The slight astringency is a minor drawback, but otherwise a complex milk stout with alot of character.

twiggamortis420, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark almost black in color. Smell is smokey and lactic. It has a very distinct burnt note in the smell. Taste is very nice. The lactic/milk notes are well done and taste good. A tad thin on the mouthfeel. A decent beer that you can enjoy without getting slammed by the ABV. Another solid beer from DR. To this date there has been only one beer from them that has not impressed me.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of ahalloin
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black fluid with very little light penetration. Great cascading head of about two fingers width, formed as I poured moderately aggressively. The frothy light tan head receded slowly as I let the beer warm a bit. Heavy lacing remains climbing the glass and with a thin ring of head still sitting atop the beer.

The aroma is dominated by a roasty quality coupled with a sweet, almost molasses-like sensation. I smell this and almost envision a bowl of roasted cereal drenched in a very sweet milk. Vivid imagination..I guess. Don't hate on it.

Talking a drink reveals a very sweet initial flavor with hints of ripe banana and cola soft drink. That flavor is quickly dispensed with in a move to the heavily roasty finish. Would it make sense if I said, stingingly roasty, because that is what I feel. Charred chocolate bar? On-the-brink-of-burnt coffee maybe. Interesting. That roasty finish sticks with you a good 30 seconds or so after you swallow.
I dig, but not for everyone.

ahalloin, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to erikeifert for dashing my dreams on this beer. Thanks Erik.

Let this puppy warm up a bit, not much foam, thin lacing, cherry red highlights. Dark Dark Brown.

It smells a little bit like lactating beavers. Not much chocolate.

I wrote down nothing for the taste, wow. I remember it not being overwhelming or notable.

Deep dry sweet aftertaste. Tasty chocolate residue.

Much like the Burger King Rodeo Burger, a letdown.

Murchmac, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of ottovon
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. thanks to stoutfiend27 for the bottle.

A: poured a dark brown, almost black. seems very thin with pouring. had a small brownish tan head that fell quickly.

S: roasty and sweet. you can smell some chocolate and the sweetness of the lactose. i can smell some caramel.

T: you can taste roasted malt and chocolate. it has some sweetness. initially i taste the sweetness of chocolate and lactose, and at the end i taste a lot of roasted malt.

M: it has a medium body. it has quite a bit of carbonation as well.

D: it is quite drinkable. i would gladly drink this again.

ottovon, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of meatyard
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear, dark mahogany with a fluffy, 2 finger, tan head that leaves spotty lacing.
The smell is potent toasted malts and lactose-a bit sweet.
The taste is more of the roasted malts, lacyose with a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium to thinnish.
It tastes good and has a fairly low ABV, that pretty much sums up good drinkability to me.

This beer fits to style for the most part except it's a bit thinner than I would've expected.

meatyard, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out brown, with darkness concentrated in the middle of everything, or maybe a very, very dark brown with some lighter highlights. By any means, no black. A small 1cm head rises, then disappears very quickly. No lacing to speak of. The smell at first is pure carbonation, but then you catch a bit of sweetness, mixed in with a tiny bit of an estery smell. If you try, you can smell a bit of the roasted malts. The taste is quite like the smell. You get a mouthful of sweetness which is kept in check by esters. There's a tiny taste of chocolate malt and very little presence of roasted barley. I my opinion, the roasted barley would serve as a better balancer than the estery taste, but I've found a few of these beers to be a bit more estery than expected. But this one still tastes nice, there's even a tiny taste of dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and rich, with decent complexity and nice carbonation even without any head. It's pretty easy to drink, but not an everyday beer. A decent attempt, and it kind of reminds me of a first go at a homebrewed milk stout, with room for improvement.

taylorhamrick, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of cottonkoozie
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost pitch black, but not quite, a little brown around the edges of the glass. Not much head though and doesn't last long, needs more lacing too.

S - Smells like a stout, expect sweeter and does have a milky smell to it.

T - Good. Sweet taste, kinda like chocolate milk. Pretty good taste.

M - Full, but could have more carbonation.

D - More drinkable than some stouts just because of the sweetness.

Good beer. I was reluctant toi try this one because I hate milk, however this is a good beer. Worth trying and good to try another North Carolina brew. if you see this in stores its worth a try. If you don't like stouts you may still like this one so give it a try.

cottonkoozie, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of mntlover
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark color with some brown around the edges nice big fluffy light brown head that falls slow to cap that laces well. While its not pitch black it is no less a nice looking brew.

Aroma is roasted malts, nice chocolate and coffee dominate liquorish notes, lactose light burnt notes all underneath the goodness of the malt.

Taste is coffee malts on top chocolate lactose notes underneath adding some sweetness but the coffee notes dominate even though its a milk stout, which is fine by me. Some liquorish and burnt notes add some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is only medium or touch heavier with carbonation that is also a touch too much for me.

Drinkability is good a decent stout not quite as sweet or smooth as some great milk stouts but good no the less and worth a try.

mntlover, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Best before 1/09

A: Pours a very dark, cola-brown with some lighter brown at the edges. A towering, five-finger head made me stop at mid-pour to let it recede before I could continue. The head eventually recedes to an even layer of creamy skim and thick unbroken ring. Oddly lace free.

S: I'm greeted, initially, by aromas of dark chocolate and heavily roasted malts. Also, along for the ride are toasted bread crust, sweet lactose, rye bread, coffee, maple candy, and a slightly metallic smell I can't quite put my finger on.

T: Bittersweet and dark chocolate flavors loom large with this one. As well as, roasted malt, charcoal, rye bread, dark roast coffee, over-ripe dark fruit, molassas, lactose, and an oddly fleeting (some sips it's there, some sips it's not...) metallic flavor. Not off-putting, just different.

M: Slightly thin at first. This thickens considerably as it warms. Nice levels of dry roastiness, slick sweetness, and hoppy bitterness. Finish is long and roasty.

D: Overall, a nice drinking stout. Enjoyable and had enough things going on with it to keep me interested from beginning to end.

GbVDave, Feb 14, 2009
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.