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

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Ratings: 1,572
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 97
Gots: 111 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of beermanbrian


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

Pours dark brown with some amber color when held up to the light. Foams up with a tan head and that is sustained by a vigorous level of carbonation. Very cola like in appearance. Smell of sweet malts and some sweet chocolate. Some whiskey alcohol notes show themselves also. Taste is sweet up front and this followed by a nice smokeyness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and overcarbonated. Finishes with a little bitterness. Overall not a bad brew. I think top to bottom though the duck rabbit brews have been somewhat of a dissapointment. They are all better than average but none of them have really shined. They seam to have a fairly consistant problem with overcarbonation that detracts from most of the ones I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 01:36:59 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a deep amber to black color with a tan head. Aromas of lactose sweetness. In the taste, sweet maltiness, smokey, and a small bitterness. Sweet with a small bitter mouthfeel, and a sticky sweet and small dryness in the aftertaste. A nice sweetness with a small bitter and easy to drink. Not too heavy either.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 13:50:00 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of tayner


3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one poured dark brown, not black with a nice decent sized milk chocolate colored head that stayed for a little bit but went to a thin layer across the top that stayed the rest of the beer

it smelled of roasted malt, not much of a hop profile to speak of

tasted slightly burnt, extra roasted malt, and quite sweet which was expected for this style. very low hop profile. burnt chocolate flavor was the most evident flavor that was balanced out nicely with the sweetness.

not very heavy for a stout, but creamy as a milk stout should be

i could drink one or two of these in a sitting and then im afraid they would be too sweet. so for me, not a great session beer, but definitely a good dessert beer. i would keep them around all the time if they were something i could get locally.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 17:28:06 | More by tayner
Photo of jneiswender


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from a beer of the month club. Bottle reads best by January 08.

Poured into a pint glass. Very weak head. No staying power and no lacing. Dark mahogany color.

Smell of nice sweet toffee.

Taste is nice and thick. Very distinct chocolate flavor. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness.

For a milk stout I can really see myself drinking this for an entire night.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 21:27:53 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A creamy black pour, hints of dark ruby. Lingering off-brown head, dense, semi-clingy. Aroma pops with roasted malt and coffee, some cocao and sweet caramel.
A nice sweetness keeps tame the robustness of the coffee and bite. Some dark fruits are at work here, too. Black plum, prune and raisin. This leaves the aftertaste a bit fruity, dry and remenants of sweetness. Just enough to leave you wanting more. An easy drink for a milk stout

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 19:16:51 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of jdubjacket


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired in a trade from limesmut.

Pours a dark brown with A LOT of head for a stout.

Smell is chocolate with traces of coffee. I get a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is like the smell. Chocolate milk with traces of coffee in it.

A creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation hangs around for a while in this beer.

Overall drinkability is good. Although, judging by the fact that my mouth is itching right now, it seems I'm allergic to something in this beer, but I don't want that to affect the rating..

Overall, it's a good beer. I just wish I weren't allergic to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 23:19:46 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of bboven


3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big, thick tan head that leaves lots of lacing, but the body is more of a porter-brown than a black. Could be a little darker.

Smells roasty but a little sour.

The roast and sweetness balance beautifully in the taste, but there's a metallic twang at the end that I don't care for. The hops show up after you've swallowed.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel, great lasting carbonation.

It's pretty good. I'd buy this one again, or maybe order a pint at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 18:33:44 | More by bboven
Photo of brewshakes

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer in a mixed six pack from Total Wine. Pours very dark with a tan head that went away slowly. The nose was chocolate and coffee with malts. Has a nice sweet taste at first that fades to a bitter ending. Is smooth and really good. A very nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 19:15:08 | More by brewshakes
Photo of younger35


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew in a trade with ncvbc. Have yet to have a Duck-Rabbit brew but have only heard good things. Drank out of my Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass while watching the Boise State vs. New Mexico State game.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish-mahogany with a giant three finger plus brunette head. Huge fluffy cap stays for the duration of the beer leaving little tiny spots of lacing.
Smell- Nice sweet bitter bakers chocolate and French roast coffee are the dominating scents. Very feint hints of vanilla and oak.
Taste- Very smooth chocolate milk with hints of bitter roasted coffee. Nice and sweet like I expected but not overwhelming. Lightly fruity with hints of dark berries. Almost has a tinge of nuttiness in the aftertaste along with a residual sweetness and very light alcohol warming.
Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy with a nice full body and light, refreshing carbonation. Spot on.
Drinkability- This is a fantastic brew. It really really reminds me of Deschutes Black Butte Porter with a touch more sweetness. It’s a shame that we can’t get any Duck-Rabbit brews out west. They claim to be the “Dark Beer Specialists” and as far as I can tell they’re doing a hell of a job. Thanks again to ncvbc!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 00:54:38 | More by younger35
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured into a goblet with minimal bubbling, just a partial light mocha cover. It's nearly impossible to pick up the deep ruby at the bottom center over the stem, this is pretty opaque. Swirling plants some lace on the sides for a moment but they slide back into a solid collar.

Aroma - heavily roasted but no burnt element. Good chocolate presence at times, a bit nutty at others. Maybe a little more intensity would be nice, but I like it plenty.

Taste - a mellow chocolate sweetness, the roastiness is fairly strong and plays on the edge of burnt just a wee bit. Robust, full malts, and a light touch of alcohol warmth. Dry bitterness at the aftertaste, low key and in step. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel - it's smooth with a certain amount of creaminess, but there is a thinness of sorts to the body that waters down the smoothness somewhat. A good feel to it regardless, still I'd like it to be a little denser or something.

Drinkability - very tasty. Very sessionable for the style though its chances improve toward the colder months of the year.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 17:56:00 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Overlord


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

Damn good stout. First milk stout I've had, and I have a feeling they may be downhill from here.

Nice black body, somewhat lighter brown at the edge of the glass, and a big walloping creamy head. Beer had a nice bit of carbonation and a small head for the entire drinking session, a factor that makes this an incredibly drinkable stout.

Taste is deliciously sweet and bitter chocolate notes ... but mostly sweet (which was a welcome change of pace). Definitely coffee as well, but the overwhelming taste is chocolate. Also, more than a hint of vanilla. I'm a sucker for vanilla, and I don't think enough brewers work that flavor in. With the vanilla mixed in with a nice dark fruit (cherries? Prunes? Plums?) background, this is a sweet, well-balanced treat.

Thanks to LRM for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 07:06:09 | More by Overlord
Photo of SwillBilly


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC

Appeance: Poured aggressively into an imperial pint glass, DR's Milk Stout is almost pitch black in color with just a shade of brown on the edges. Monsterously, thick, merangue like head tops the beer and sheets of bubble cascade downwards to the bottom of the glass. The fades slowly to a thick, creamy 1/2" head with ample lacing lining the glass.

Smell: Hints of milk chocolate and a light roast coffee heavy on the cream. Has a strange, really light fruitiness that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: Starts with a both a chocolate like sweetness as well as a chocolate like bitterness if that makes any sense. Seems like a combo of milk and bittersweet chocolate along with a bit of coffee that lends a roastiness to the beer. The middle is really smooth and moves to a finish that is more of the chocolatey goodness with just a bit of coffee that lends a bitterness as well as a drying effect on the tongue. Definitely makes you want to take another drink.

Mouthfeel; Very smooth and velvety, coats the mouth well. Carbonation is on the medium to low end.

Drinkability/Notes: DR's Milk Stout is very drinkable. Plenty of chocolatey goodness followed by a nice coffee like bitterness in the finish. Very easy to drink and super smooth in the mouth. The lactose lends a very nice sweetness to the beer but not in a cloying way. A really nice stout. Too bad its not available in DC. Definitely one I will buy again on my next trip to NC. Recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 01:16:31 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of franksnbeans


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a frothy tan head that retains and laces. Carbonation bubbles visible all around the sides. Smells mild in every way but I pick out roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Tastes of roasted coffee beans, bakers chocolate, slight vanilla and a bitter hop bite. To be honest, a little weaker and less sweet than I though it would be but still good. Feels creamy in the mouth with a tickle on the tongue from carbonation. Great drinkability. My first drink from the duckrabbit well and a tasty brew that didnt dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 02:25:29 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of loren01


5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours like fricking as black as the night. Good sized tan/white head. Good head retention
S: Smells sweet, chocoatey. Almost a dark fruity smell as well. There is also some vanilla in there as well. Very complex smell
T: Oh yeah, thats what I'm talking about!!! Roasted maltiness, sweet milk chocolate flavor dominates. Slight bitter hop aftertaste.
M: Full bodied, and creamy. Its like I'm drinking a jug of cream its that smooth.
D: I really can't come up with one bad thing to say about this beer, excellent any way you look at it in my book. I think this is my first ever 5 beer. Thanks to limesmut for this excellent beer!! Might have to trade with you again for more of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 13:38:35 | More by loren01
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up while vacationing at the Outer Banks was in a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap poured into a large wide mouthed mug.

Opaque,black poured with nothing but head,tan colored thick and velvety leaving a pillow of foam with good retention leaving curtians of lace turning spotty down the glass very sticky.

Very roasty,chocolaty,some coffee notes has a creamer-like aroma smells a lot like a Milky Way bar. Moderate aromas and very pleasing.

Very deep roasty taste,dark chocolate,black coffee,burnt tones. Strong complex malty taste has a hint of vanallia. Very good balance with a clean,very sharp, slightly spicy, hop bitterness with a burnt chocolate fade.

Creamy,slightly grainy edge,some smoothness not as smooth as most of the milk stouts i've tasted. Great mouthwatering taste making me crave more, lots of drinkability,a little more body than other mils stouts i've tried. Very nice beer. Like the label states "the dark beer specialists" Had a few of the darks beers from Duck Rabbit all were excellent beer. wish I could get these beers in my area. Give these beers a trt if you can enjoyed them all so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 03:37:11 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of CharlieMopps


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

A: Poured an absolute oil-black that was impenetrable to light, save perhaps a bit of mahogany on the bottom when held to light. Three fingers of massively dense head dissipated slowly, leaving clumps of lace along the sides.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt notes come to mind, with a bittersweet and musty aroma also. The accompanying aroma is hard to pin down, but has a one-of-a-kind smell.

T: A nice burnt malt flavor leads the way, followed by a lactose-like sweetness in the middle. A bit of a bittersweet ending finishes this one off, with roasted malty chocolate sliding down the back of the tongue.

M: Surprisingly, this beer is lighter in body than expected, and the carbonation is at an agreeable level. A creamy and bubbly mouthfeel overall.

D: I'm a sucker for that heavy, roasted malt arrangement when done properly, and Duck-Rabbit seems to have hit the nail on the head for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 20:12:28 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa: Poured a medium black color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some dark chocolate notes. Taste is a mix between slightly bitter roasted malt with some dark chocolate. Body is tad too light for the style but creamy texture was well enjoyed. Very well done overall and something I wouldn’t mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 17:34:22 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Fish113d


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

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours a deep brown color with very little light getting through my glass. On the pour, a huge billowing, tan head surges to the surface to pour over the sides of the glass with only about 1/3 of the bottle poured into it! As it begins to dissipate very slowly, it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It looks much like a malted milk shake...crazy!

The nose reminds me of roasted peanuts along with some chocolate tones as well. Bitter hops come through then as well. Aroma is quite sweet though...nice.

Sipping is sweet chocolate up front with a nice toasted almond with the sweetness of the chocolate malts behind it. Yum. The finish is a little bit to be desired however; a bit watery and just a bit of coffee or mocha finish. Overall though, nice flavor.

Body is medium and not as full as expected with decently balanced carbonation and alcohol throughout. Smooth, milky finish.

Very drinkable brew and would make a nice session brew. One of hte nicer offerings I've tried from Duck-Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 01:19:49 | More by Fish113d
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the same problem as the previous reviewer had as far as carbonation. I opened the bottle and things seemed alright. ?Howver, as soon as I dispersed the beer into a pint glass, an immediate huge head of foam formed. I poured maybe 2 ounces of beer and the foam filled the rest of the 16oz glass. It took its sweet time receding, maybe ten minutes and was finally able to get all 12 ounces of beer in the glass after nearly 15 minutes of efforting. For that, the appearance gets an average score.

Aroma was sour and astringent. Heavily burnt chocolate and roasted coffee as well.

Lots of roasted chocolate malts and coffee in the flavor profile. Possibly some lactose although I have no clue how lactose really tastes. Some fruitiness, mostly along the dark cherry variety. Raisins as well.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Sticky on the palate. Full bodied and very delightfully silky. Minimal alcohol with nice mouthfeel makes this entirely drinkable. As long as the beer is pourable, this could become a mainstay for the stout category in anybody's fridge. For now, I will leave it out but will certainly revisist this, probably in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 18:29:15 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of mcallister


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

I must have a carbonation problem with this brew because an instantaneous head of out the top of my dogfish head over sized snifter occurs after a small pour, and the head hangs around forever. Regardless this is still a fine looking milk stout. Very dark pour bordering on black but not quite there. Some see through around the edges. As said head is enormous, overly carbonated, tan with great lace and retention.

Nose is damn nice thick chewy milk chocolate with a heavy dose of lactose. Some black licorice with plum, and dates, as well as blackberry and an effervescence of blueberry pie. Slight roast and caramel twinge with esters of roasted coffee grounds. Another Duck Rabbit offering that seems to be top notch so far.

A very fine milk stout indeed. Very dry finish with some hop bitterness. Mid palate is rich and roasty with layers of lactose following through to the finish. Plum and anise with caramel drops and chocolate coffee flavors round things out. Mouth is medium, solid and dry. At 5.7 abv a brew I could drink many of especially on an upcoming college football Saturday. Unfortunately I don't have access to Duck Rabbit brews:(

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 21:40:25 | More by mcallister
Photo of Pegasus


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

Appearance: Clear, deep mahogany color, with a small, persistent off-white head, and very good lacing.

Aroma: Deep milk chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes, excellent.

Taste: Deep and rich roasted espresso, dark chocolate, and bitter cocoa notes throughout the taste. Finishes with nut flavors and a little herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very full, with excellent body.

Drinkability/notes: An unwaveringly superb example, simply excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 15:26:50 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big fan of the bigger Duck Rabbit offerings, and I also like milk stouts. This is nmy favorite of the lower abv Duck Rabbits, and while it is merely a good rather than a great example of a milk stout, I still like it on ocassion. It pours a dark brown almost black with a decent head that fades and good lacing. The nose is milky and sweet with just a touch of sour grain. The taste is equally as milky and sweet with definite chocolate notes blended well with the milkiness. The mouthfeel is milky and just a little sticky. This version is almost a dessert rather than a beer, which hurts its drinkability. I can't imagine wanting more than one of these at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2007 19:57:59 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ArrogantB


4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in the center, brown at the edges and possessing a perfect light tan head that starts out two inches thick and drops to about half that in a minute or two. It smells slightly like milk chocolate (not chocolate milk). The taste has milk chocolate flavors with some hop bitterness that made my mouth pucker slightly. For beers under 6% Abv, Duck Rabbit beers certainly pack a lot of flavor. Much like all Duck Rabbit beers, this was a very tasty ale. I think I have only had one of their beers that I didn’t think was great (barleywine that was a drain pour).

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 15:37:07 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of chefdejour


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

BOTM offering

A - Poured from 12 oz. very dark with a milk chocolate head.

S - sweet milky Chocolate and toasted malts

T - same as above - bitter milk chocolate, muted roasted malts - some sweetness, but no sourness.

M: creamy with roasted dry finish, nice carbonation

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 03:32:13 | More by chefdejour
Photo of mwearl

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, very dark brown with virtually no light showing through. Head is minimal when poured properly, short lived with little lacing. Smell is a little fruity with licorice. Flavors of roasted malt, oak, cofee. Alcohol comes through in waves and noticeable for a fairly low ABV. Mouthfeel is oily, foamy with a tannic sensation on the tongue. Overall, this is a great brew, highly drinkable and another fine example of a North Carolina beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 00:39:41 | More by mwearl
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