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

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Ratings: 1,652
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 103
Gots: 143 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown out of the bottle that looks almost completely black in the glass. The head is fairly thick and dissipates slowly to a ring with a little lacing. The smell is big on sweet roasted malts with just a hint of oatmeal in the background. There is also a significant milk chocolate aroma as well. The taste mirrors the smell with milk chocolate and roasted malts dominating the taste. It's like liquid malted milk balls and in a good way. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation and very creamy overall. I really enjoyed this stout and it's one of the better sweet stouts I've had recently. Highly recommended!

gford217, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Many thanks going out to drunkmonk for the opportunity to consider this one!!

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a nice foamy light tan head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is nice. First a rich roasted malt a little chocolate and i can imagine over cooked milk. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied smooth and creamy. There is a substantial roasted grainy expresso after-texture. Full flavored, the roasted taste of coffee dominates but you can again imagine burnt milk because it has a sweetness to it. Its not all coffee. A real nice drinker; i'm usually put off by a super roasted character ...this one is all bark. The 5.7% ABV makes this one quite sessionable.

jjayjaye, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a shaker pint glass.

Pours Black with a two finger head.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate with a hint of coffee.

Very coffee tasting (I don't like coffee)

Light stout feel and easy to drink. Not quite the milk stout like mackeson's, but more coffee.

aubuc1, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

A-Poured out an opaque jet black color with a small, caramel colored head. Not much lace.

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

T-It had a nice sweet chocolate flavor with bitter coffee-like kick. It also had a smoky malt flavor,too.

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

D-This is a pretty good stout. I would like to try more from this brewery.

zeff80, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost opaque. Light tan 2 finger head sticks around awhile before eventually falling to a patchy, bubbly cap. Moderate lacing.

S - General coffee and chocolate with a touch of sourness, like a porter. Also a very strange plum/licorice aroma hiding.

T - Sweet at first with caramel and roasted grain taste. Starts drying out mid-palate with a growing sourness like over-ripe fruit. A weird licorice/cheap wine taste settles in during the peak sourness before a burnt toast and woody flavor makes for a semi-dry and bitter finish.

M - Creamy with low carbonation, just what it needed to be.

D - I certainly wouldn't have more than one of these. It's good, but it's also a little strange and the sourness is not something I was expecting, nor something I think is appropriate with licorice or whatever it is I'm tasting. Something about this brew was just a little too weird for me to completely enjoy.

PatrickJR, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Acquired via trade from mymrnngjckt, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and sweet up front with flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and touches of dark fruits. There's a very mild hops presence that is about the same as most beers in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Big thanks to kkipple for hooking me up with this one!

Pours a cloudy dark brown, some red highlights in the edges, thick 2 finger mocha head forms, quickly drops leaving some spots of lace, thin ring. Smell is very nice, chocolate roast, coffee, caramel, some licorice, cream, light sour note, nice rich fudgy aroma. Taste is toffee and chocolate, vanilla, roasty middle, touch of licorice, oats, chocolate milk, lactic sour note near the finish with it, very smooth flavour. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, goes down insanely smooth. Very nice stout, I could drink this stuff all day. Thanks Dan!

Viggo, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

Appears a black body with ruby hues on the edges in the sunlight.1" head dissipates to a 1/4" tan head.

Smells a good strong roasted malt character. Sweetness with hop character apparent as well.

Tastes of milk chocolate with charred toast. It coats the mouth pretty well allowing the taste to stick around for a bit. A moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A highly quaffable sweet stout.

rtratzlaff, May 27, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to shivtim for this bottle. Pours a dark brown to black with a reddish hue. Puffy off-white head falls off fast. Smells sweet and malty with some chocolate for good measure. Deep, almost fruity chocolate flavor. Quite sweet, but not too sweet. Some roasted malt flavor as well. Tastes better as it warms. Pretty full bodied. Nice. Not quite as good as some other milk stouts, but well made nonetheless.

aforbes10, May 25, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to witbier for bringing this one back.
Opaque, pretty much black with faint mahogany edges. Generous foam off the pour, the fluffy tan cap settled slowly, leaving behind a few clumpy chunks of lace. Sweet, malty aroma with some roast, faint cherry. Same in the flavour. Mild bitterness even from the dark malts. Notes of chocolate and caramel filled out the flavour. Lingering sweetness. Medium bodied with average carbonation, decent texture. A nice, drinkable beer.

DrJay, May 25, 2008
Photo of drinksandeats
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

Appearance: The milk stout was a solid mahogany color. Opaque.

Aroma: Behind a curtain of bitter hops lay a slightly sweet cream smell. So far, so good.

Taste: Here the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout fell flat. If it was a pure stout, its dark coffee flavor and nice bitterness would stand up well against many other stouts. However, malt sweetness hides whatever, if any, lactose sweetness there was.

Mouthfeel: As James Ingraham would describe Jimmy Buffett, it's mellow, but not smooth, and kinda shitty.

Drinkability: One was enough.

drinksandeats, May 21, 2008
Photo of jspruit
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Got this in a trade from limesmut-thanks for the trade and hope that you enjoy the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.

Poured a nice dark brown-hint of ruby black from a 12 oz bottle. Very slight tan head that stuck around for a bit and left some nice lacing.

The smell is of malts, chocolate, and a general roasted flavor. Overall, quite nice to smell.

The initial tastes are of roasts and some chocolate, and overall it is balanced well and fairly smooth. Not too full though and has some light sweet and nut hints.

I don't know alot of other milk stout examples, but this is nice. Since it isn't too full, more of a medium to light bodied beer, you could drink a few of these in a session since there's plenty of flavorful and the ABV isn't fatal. I would recommend this to others to try and look forward to having another if I get the chance.

jspruit, May 18, 2008
Photo of Leebo2007
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%

COLOR: a really great stout color.

HEAD: little or no head with very low carbination, but typical for a stout.

SMELL: Rich carmel smell that has a wood burnt aroma. Great smell.

TASTE: When cold the stout has a smooth taste and you can really enjoy the flavor. But once it gets warm it loses some smoothness. It would be great for a Black & Tan.

Leebo2007, May 16, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip produces a deep-brown body with a finger of light khaki head that recedes quickly to a spotty ring but leaves behind a little lacing.

Smell is of roasted barley,spicy caramel, and a tinge of coffee;

Taste is sweet with notes of dark roasted malt, aromatic coffee and bakers' chocolate with a nice tangy character at the finish.

Smooth and milky in the mouth with a fine carbonation that keeps the beer light and drinkable.

cvstrickland, May 14, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

I had this on tap at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham. The beer was dark brown, opaque in the center with faint red highlights at the edges, and a thin but creamy tan foam. The aroma was great, some coffee and roasted malts along with a nice chocolate component. The taste is also nice, hitting the flavors described above and adding an almost sugary (but not cloying) sweetness. The mouthfeel was full and coating, and drinkability was no problem. The exceptional flavors made this my favorite beer of the night.

TurdFurgison, May 14, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Pours an opaque, very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is rich, smoky and coffee-ish with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is well-rounded, smoky, with strong coffee and unsweetened chocolate components. I recommend this very drinkable stout to all fans of dark beers.

Cyberkedi, May 12, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours near black, a big tan head comes up and stays for the majority of the session, ending in a thin ring before the last couple sips. Smell is rich and bold for a smaller beer such as this. Creamy chocolate, dark bitter chocolate under it. A little roast. Also this smell that I notice in all of DR's dark beers...it's like brewer's licorice or something. Very apparent in the Rabid Duck and even in the Baltic Porter. It's here too. Taste is great. It's pretty sweet up front. Lots of chocolate and cream. Dark chocolate comes in again. Some dark fruits also add depth. An excellent hop presence enters in the finish, making it creamy yet slightly dry at times. Quite the drinkable brew for the style. I don't come across many that I could enjoy multiple pints of when it comes to a Sweet Stout but this is surely one of the few. Great stuff, highly recommended.

ncvbc, May 07, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a tight tan head. Decent retention and some lacing is left behind.

Aroma of roasted chocolate malt, caramel, and malted milk balls. A touch of dark fruitness is also present.

Solid chocolaty goodness that is never too sweet - roasted character balances well. Some caramel and mild coffee are present, along with a hint of raisin and nut, and a hint of smoke. Finishes slightly dry with a little lingering roast. Delicious with smooth flavors.

On the lighter side of medium bodied, slightly creamy, and silky smooth. Awesome drinkability - enough complexity and flavor to keep you wanting more, but not too big of a beer to weigh you down. A top Milk Stout in my book.

Lupe, May 03, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

This is a solid brown color with thin light brown head and good lace. It brings on a deep raisin and oak aroma with also some brown bread and brown sugar. The flavor is tart and grapelike with some molasses and a touch of charcoal. It's drinkable but a bit sharp. Medium bodied. A good quality stout.

Durge, May 03, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Got this in a sixer from Green's in Atlanta. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice thick black. Held to light it has a nice hints of red peeking through. Has a nice tan head that hangs out for a while. Great lacing.

S: Kind of turned me off. Smelled heavy of lactose, not good lactose. Smelled like milk just as it was going bad.

T: Made up big time for the smell. Nice and sweet. The milk comes across with the malt. Not too sweet, but it is sweet. A hint of coffee and chocolate. Got a great taste.

M: Very creamy, low carbonation.

D: I can drink this. I am a big fan of stouts. The taste is amazing to make up for the smell I got off this beer. I might have just opened an off bottle. Will drink again.

everetends, May 02, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

A : Pours a black with ruby hints. A nice tan head that hangs around for a while

S : Roasted chocolate malt

T : Good chocolate taste with a little coffee flavor on the back end. It has a nice bitterness to it that goes well with the chocolate flavor

M : Creamy but relatively thin

D : An excellent milk stout that I could drink more of.

mhewes, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours opaquely black with a rocky light brown head. Nice dark roasty character with some residual sweetness coming through. Some light grassiness and caramel notes. The hops seem to cut any richness or overly sweet sensation that milk stouts tend to have. Mouthfeel is rich, yet amply carbonated. I'd certainly try this one again.

crookedhalo, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Got as an extra in a trade but I forget who from(sorry).

A: Pours a couple shades out of black and let's a decent amount of light through. Big, creamy, almost meragne like head, 3 fingers tall and lightly tinted. Great retention and some patchy lacing.

S: Very sweet. Smells of malted milk balls. Faint cola in the back.

T/M: Very sweet with a nice smoothness. Goes down very easy. More of the chocolate milky malted milk balls with a little something extra. I can't put my finger on it... it adds a sustenance to the drink. Idk, lol. Body is above medium and very smooth.

D: Easily drinkable. I could easily have a few of these before having my fill. Lower ABV also helps a lot.

pwoods, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%

12oz bottle poured into chalice glass- thanks to acamacho for this one.

A: Black with a thin tan head compared to what others have noted. Lacing was there but not super sticky. Not a bubble coming through

S: Sweet caramel and roasted chocolate. Almost a hint of butterscotch on the tobacco aroma.

T: Smooth and complex. The combination of the smoky raisin flavor on top of the milk chocolate is on point. As others have noted, it is like drinking a caramel nut milk shake with a hop balance.

M: Sweet and creamy texture. Silklike.

D: Incredibly drinkable. The smokey coffee flavor was good and not too thick but silky.

This is my favorite from Duck Rabbit so far, and my favorite Milk Stout, albeit I havent had tons. Get this one if you can.

marcpal, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

From my notes during my road trip of summer 07.

Pours a dark brown with lots of fluffy head, some ruby tint when held up to the light.

Smell is roasted malt with a good aroma of chocolate, a sweet smelling stout.

Taste is creamy and smooth, strong chocolate taste, mild bitterness and mild coffee-ish presence.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 01, 2008
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.