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

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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 102
Gots: 170 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with little to no head with very
slight lace.

S: Sweet candy malt aromas with expected
touches of coffee and chocolate.

T: Rich coffee flavor with chocolaty notes.
A hop finish that I did not care too much
for. There was a mild rust twinge left at
the back of my tongue. This is was a
moderately sweet milk stout.

M/D: Smooth, rich/creamy while refreshing. An
all seasons milk stout for me.

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

Thanks to Joel for driving this up from TN! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Best By 04-09.

Appearance: Rough pour turns up 1.5 inches of light tan head. Opaque black body.

Nose: Smells like dark roasted coffee with half & half, but no sweetener.

Palate: Roasted, but creamy, not rich persay, but silky. There's some acidity that you might expect from coffee without sweetener. Creamy/crisp finish.

Notes: A great 6 pack stout, to be certain! No complaints, meets my expectations for the style.

**EDIT: Tried this 10/15/10 again with an 11/10 BBD and everything is spot on except there's no acidity that was noted above. Thick and richly delicious and pleasantly bitter.

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured chilled into a 1/2 pint from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A cola hued beverage w/ bone white cap of approx 1 1/2 fingers. Rocky at start, settles to a 1/4 inch of smoothness. Streamers of wispy lace cling and the clarity is good for a stout.

S - Very roasty and coffee-like in the aroma however has a creamy caramel edge which is sweet and milky like strong coffee with cream in it

M - Smooth sweet malt w/ an equal amount of roasted malt texture, moderate carbonation and relatively full bodied

T - A rich sweet dessert-like taste if you enjoy a coffee-infused dessert that tastes like beer. The flavor is roasted w/ a creamy accent w/ lots of caramel. The flavor of alcohol is moderate w/ a mild sweetness and hints of cocoa powder. The flavor of roasted malt is very taste in the nuance of the sweet stout w/ the lactose adding balance

D - A very fine milk stout-quite tasty for the style and rich w/ plenty of sweetness. I wouldn't say sessionable really at 5.7% buta quaffable quality is how I would describe it. The stout makes you want to come back for more

Photo of drcarver
1.95/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I tried. I really tried to like Duck-Rabbit, but when they continue to ship sub-par cases to Pennsylvania I just can't get behind them. This is the second case I have purchased that was awful. Every bottle in the case of milk stout was bad. It poured with no head, had an extremely watery body, and smelled like stale cigarettes. The exact same thing happened to a case of amber I purchased a few months ago. I will not be buys their beer until I can get closer to their brewery.

The numbers in this review not only reflect the beer, but also how the appear to run their bottling, shipping, and distribution.

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

12oz bottle -> pint
Notched 8/09

Pours a dark chestnut with bright scarlet hues in the light. The head is non-existent sans a few suds around the edges. Carbonation appears low with some random quickly rising large bubbles.

Nose: Cocoa, chocolate malts, some booze

Not as much chocolate in the taste, though some does dance quickly by along with some hints of mild coffee. A drying bitterness adds a good bitterness, and leaves the mouth dry and chalky. Good smooth texture and light carbonation lend themselves well. Just not a ton a flavor here, but a good quality milk stout, and probably a damn good session stout.

Easy to quaff.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, nearly black. Foamy brown head. Decent retention and very good lacing. Very dim glow when held up to light.

S - Strong sweet malt aroma with some milk chocoalte and roasted cocoa beans. A general "Roasty" aroma is present as the beer warms as well.

T - Very sweet with hints of roastiness as well. Chocolate comes through with a semi-sweet taste. Hints of burnt cocoa beans at the back with a strong earthy bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied, a little on the full side compared to alot of milk stouts out there. Carboantion is a touch high. Very easy drinking.

Photo of mikereaser
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rating is for 2009 bottle consumed may, 2009

A - pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when help up to the light with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared

S - sort of smoky, earthy aroma

T - roasted malts with hints of the smoky flavor, chocolate flavor

M/D - good carbonation and flavor

2008 bottle consumed may, 2009
basically the same, i had this laying around and finally opened it up beside the 2009, the flavor seemed to decrease and it lost alot of the carbonation compared to the 2009. I definitely preferred it fresh

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears almost black with ruby highlights with a minimal tan head forming scant lacing as it dwindles. Aroma has some roasted malts with a creamy lactose mineral character, caramel and toffee edges. Flavor has a creamy milk chocolate with watered down coffee accents and minimal herbal hops. Seems very porterish, but has a super swet sugary note maybe from the addition of lactose? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied not as heavy or full of girth as some of their other offerings. I went in reverse trying Duck Rabbit beers, I had the Baltic Porter and Barleywine first and and just now I'm trying the Milk Stout. Carbonation was soft and even pretty tame in a matter of fact. Drinkability overall was quality and I will standby their claim of being the dark beer specialist (of the South). Here's to beer in the South I hope WV kicks it up a notch with the alcohol law change.

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

Purchased a six pack of 12 oz bottles at the Broadway Deli in Richmond, Va.

A. Very dark, muddy almost, with a very thin, creamy head.

S. Smelly was very earthy, in a farm house way

T. Chocolate malt is very balanced and prominent all over the front of the tongue. A nice hop taste to follow.

M. Smoothe and silky, very creamy

D. Very drinkable.

This is a surpisingly good stout considering this is not one of the major brewing areas of the country. I believe many of these lesser know brew companies may hold unknown great beers.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I didn't review my first DR milk stout... it's taken four or five (separate nights, thank you) to start to really appreciate this... Much like most songs on the radio that don't start to get really catchy until after a few listens.

Pour is unimpressive - no head, no lacing, relatively clear ruby brown color.

Aroma starts with a sweet vanilla, balanced out by an iced mocha coffee.

Flavor adds to that with some toffee and a light, nutty bitterness to help balance the sweetness in the smell. Really well done.

Mouthfeel is like a heavily creamed iced coffee - very smooth with a finishing twang on the tongue, but with some light carbonation.

For a milk stout, there may be others with slightly more flavor, a little more alcohol, or a level more of thickness - but when it comes to drinkability, overall, this one is hard to beat.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass. Acquired in a trade with the great BA everetends.

A= This stout poured a surprising clear (when held to a bright light) reddish brown color. The cream colored head rose just 1/2" and quickly settled to a broken skim. Zero lacing left down my glass.

S= Aromas of mild roasted grain and sweet smelling maltiness. Some faint chocolate and coffee, but the sweet smell took center stage.

T= Started off sweet and malty and just kept getting better. Mildly roasted coffee, toffee, and creamy chocolate all play a role. Just enough bitterness to take the sweet edge off. The finish dried just enough to make me want the next sip.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a fairly crisp but somehow still tongue-coating feel.

D= A very good example of a milk stout here. Very tasty and quite sessionable!

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

Fresh 12oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with, contrary to a lot of other recent reviews, a billowing tan head that lasts and lasts. Sheet lacing. Aromas of toffee and chocolate milk. Nice dark roasted malt character. Tastes of light milk chocolate with a bit of coffee. Dark and creamy overall. Pretty nice. Creamy body. A sipper for sure, but quite pleasant.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, reddish highlights, a one finger light tan head that decays rapidly.

Mild cafe au lait aroma.

Taste features mild roast coffee, begins black, then the milk appears and dominates, and eventually a dollop of chocolate at the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, could be a tinge fuller.

Easy, too easy, drinkability.

An easy going but somewhat disappointing milk stout. Could have used a bit more of something, anything.

Photo of gciccarelli
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into curved 20oz pint glass.

A - Pours a deep brown, nearly black. Virtually no head. No lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, sweet chocolate.

T - Sweet, as expected. Bitter roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Finishes milky and sweet. Very pleasant taste.

M - Medium body. Creamy, but very watery.

D - Great taste and creamy feel lead to high drinkability.

A solid beer - good taste, but watery and not very visually appealing.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Dark and clear, the color of black coffee. Minimal head formation, though I could have given it a harder pour.

Smells strongly of roasted malt. Maybe some chocolate and a little bit of coffee.

Starts off chocolatey, then burnt malt and coffee. Creamy.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. Not very much carbonation - maybe why not much head. Medium bodied.

Very easy to drink. I enjoyed this one and would definately get more.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with little head. The smell is a bit of coffee and chocolate, although not as much as I expected. The taste started off with some semi-sweet chocolate that gave way to a bit of toasted coffee taste. The mouthfeel was thick and rich with a minimal amount of carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, especially for a stout. I'm glad I grabbed a bottle while I was in North Carolina.

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

The beer pours a brownish black color, looking just a bit light in color for what I normally expect in a stout. There is very little head rentention or lacing, and initially I was a bit concerned that my particular bottle was under carbonnated. However, upon closer inspection (I drank it), it seemed fine. The nose is also pretty subtle, though I did get some light coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. On the palate, however, I thought this beer pretty delicious. The beer has almost a buttery mouthfeel, with some nice flavors of milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and burnt toast. The beer is smooth and pretty long on the finish, and drinkability is very good. Alcohol is not at all noticeable, which is what I would expect in a 5.7% abv. beer.

While nothing earth shattering, I thought this a very nice, uncomplicated, easy to enjoy stout.

Photo of RobH
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle.

A: Poured into a traditional pint glass. Dark brown with small, disappearng head.

S: The aroma was less "sweet" and had more malt bitterness than I was expecting. I was anticipating (hoping for) more of a balance.

T: The flavor matched the smell, with bitter malts coming through, only slightly tamped down by a hint of sweetness from the milk sugars. That was not my expectation going into this beer, so I was admittedly disappointed.

M: Light to medium-bodied. Smooth on the palate.

D: Certainly a drinkable Stout. I won't be rushing back to this one when there's Samuel Adam's Cream Stout out there which for me tastes and smells much more inviting.

Photo of Gish
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown. Nice head with good lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate and roasted coffee dominate the smell.

T - Toasted bread, coffee and cream. Has a moderate sweetness that compliments it well. Very enjoyable!

M - Medium bodied, balanced carbonation.

D - A bit too sweet to drink a lot of, but overall very delicious!

Photo of SuperSpy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a pint glass.

This beer has beautiful ruby hues and is exceptionally clear when held up to the light. There is a decent head but it is less than I like to see on my stouts. There is a little bit of lacing but it could be much better.

The aroma is chocolaty roasted malt, but isn't very strong. There is a hint of sweet creaminess but overall the aroma is pretty weak.

Medium bodied and a bit creamy. The flavor is a little sweet with hints of dark chocolate and a sweet coffee like finish. The flavor lingers but the overall aftertaste is weaker than I expected. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. With a great overall flavor this beer is definitely worth having another but could use a few improvements.

Photo of nem2006
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Octane in Atlanta, GA. Is a very dark brown, clear, head did not last long at all. Almost no carbonation.

Smells of sweet malts with some coffee.

Some smooth coffee notes at the start followed by some milky smoothness. But not as milky as I expected. Smooth, medium bodied. Well balanced.

Photo of Martin2D
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Thin black with lots of carbonation and no head. Looks like Coca Cola.

S - Sweet roastiness

T - Slight roastiness and maltiness accompanied by a sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium-high carbonation and medium in body

D - Very drinkable, a very light stout, but with considerable stout flavor. A little too much carbonation for my taste, but still a phenomenal tasting beer.

Photo of JamesS
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great black color with awesome tan head and nice lacing. Excellent scent, a great burnt grain/coffee combination with a wonderful sweet lacing from the milk sugars. Awesome taste, a great stout flavor with some nice coffee/cocoa tones and a wonderful sweet milk flavor to smooth it out, with just the tiniest of hop bites to keep it from being unbalanced. A wonderful beer.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- DR Milk Stout poured flat as can be. A very hard pour yielded nothing which is surprising. Is this intentional?, because this looked like iced tea or pepsi after it's been sitting for hours. A dirty brown color.

S- Nothing to special, just a small dose of roasted malt with some cocco, light chocolate and some milk/cream. This one just does not smell too lively for me.

T- Not my thing. The feel does not help things but the flavors do not mesh well together. getting more milk/vanilla cream taste then in smell. The malt addition is what I think is putting a off flavor in this.

M- Was not expecting any feel based on the look and did not get any. This one is flat, bland and boring. The taste does not help either putting this on the verge of the drain. Less than a medium body, pretty thin with no carbonation, needs alot of work.

D- Low abv works for me, the taste does not so I won't be going back for this one. Perhaps this was a off batch, either way not a good look in my book.

Photo of treyrab
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see Duck Rabbit finally make its way to Pittsburgh. Grabbed about four different kinds and poured the milk stout into my perfect pint glass tonight...

A: Pours dead flat basically with absolutely no head. A few minor bubbles creep up and then they go to nothing. Nada. Zip. Very still look and when held to the light this is a clear brown, very translucent.

S: Smell is a bit better. Some creamy caramel and bitter toffee blended with some roast and an interesting bourbony smell. Pretty nice.

T: The taste is a bit light with some nice bitter roast and bitter chocolate with some light caramel and again, a rather nice bourbony. The taste and mouthfeel is light however and is lacking some character.

Overall, not a bad milk stout, but not great. Definitely worth trying, and I look forward to the other stuff Duck Rabbit has to offer.

Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,755 ratings.