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

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Ratings: 1,781
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 104
Gots: 192 | 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

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Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004

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Photo of JAA
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rather enjoy Milk Stouts. I was looking forward to trying this while visiting family in Raleigh.

Appearance is slightly darker than cola, with many of the same attributes. Thin micro-bubbley head and red accents in the body when held to the light.

Smell was quite appealing. Lots of nuttiness and a firm coffee backing, cold coffee.

Taste was bit of a letdown. Chocolate and a bit of cream. I like dates, im fairly sure im picking up their sweetness somewhere in there. Nothing really dominates or takes the beer to the next flavor level. Sort of a wimpy flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Nice and creamy and easy to drink. However, i probably won't buy this beer again.

Photo of Anthony1
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thecarster1
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, looks exactly like a glass of coke, loads of bubbles all over the glass, faint head that goes away fast leaving barely any lace.

s- loads of roast, toast, coffee, dark chocolate.

t- smooth at first, roasty bitters hit the back of the mouth, smokey, bitter chocolate mixes with black coffee, a slight sweetness that is somewhat creamy hits mid mouth, roasted bitterness sticks around awhile.

m- smooth medium to heavy body.

d- good, this is my first milk stout, it didn't really disappoint, just need to get my palate used to the extreme roasted flavors, but it was enjoyable overall, i'd have another.

Photo of Newkie
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle picked up in Northern Virginia.

A: Dark, but not black, gives a burgundy color when held up to the light. Nicely carbonated, frothy head that stays around. Bubbles of all sizes.

S: Toasted malt. Lots of it. Cocoa, molasses, and a very distinct almond nuttiness that was unexpected. I like it thought.

T: Creamy, frothy, sweet. Lots of cocoa and sweet sugary malt. I love this flavor. The nuttiness is showing up, too. Complimented well by a nice dry, mild hop finish.

M: Lots of carbonation, but maintains a creaminess that's excellent for the style. I could sip on this all day.

D: Not quite sessionable. Very filling, but I could definitely drink a few in one sitting. The flavor makes this beer hard to put down.

This is my first dive into anything from Duck-Rabbit, but I'm going to keep a look out next time I'm in some markets where it's available. Good stuff.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Enjoy by date is 11/09.

A dark brown beer but with some light coming through and a moderate beige head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has some roasted malt, cocoa and a slight sweetness. The flavor starts roasted and dry but that's then offset midway by a subdued sweetness. I like that it has the two sides to it. I expected a sweetness from the start and one that is more intense. The consistency is smooth and substantial and the carbonation is moderate.

This is an interesting beer. I'm an IPA guy but I'm becoming a bigger and bigger fan of Duck Rabbit.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked a 6er of this up in August on our last trip home to Virginia. Since our cellar has been a mess I just found a few of these remaining, so might as well serve it up, Meat...into a mason jar...

A bit light-bodied for a stout. Head is good root beer color but it doesn't stick around terribly long. Body also resembles the "other" cold and frosty.

Toasty, nutty and creamy scent. A little hop grass but this is all about the toasty malt.

The nuttiness and sarsparilla are there but this is definitely light for a stout. Cream is there, too...but it needs a little more depth. Still, a reasonable quaff.

Y'know, it feels more like a Porter than a stout. Sure it has the hearty creaminess but I need a lot more depth here. Grass and dark tannins mix up to create a tightness on the finish.

Maybe not a stellar example of the style but it drinks pretty well. Solid.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a little surprised by the lack of head on the beer. It wasn't that there wasn't any, but even with an aggressive pour there is just a thin foamy film that pours and recedes quickly. Dark Brown color. Looks like a cola when held to the light.

Aroma is fantastic. Dark Chocolate, dark roasted malt. Slight sweetness. Brown bread aroma.

Really pretty interesting. Dark bread, dates, chocolate. Again, I am getting brown bread. Certainly sweet. But not overly done. Slight charcoal aftertaste.

Slightly creamy and silky smooth mouth feel.

Nice beer, just not very complex.

Photo of portia99
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with TimmyP. Thanks Tim! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Enjoy before 10/09 on the label.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black that light struggles to make its way thru. A 1/2 finger of loose, cream colored, slightly soda-like head that disappears quickly leaving an uneven collar. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of roastiness, roasted barley, slightly acidic, floral and spicy hops.

T - Somewhat acidic/sour, dark roasted coffee, slightly bitter. Flavors are struggling to get past the tartness in this one. My first experience with this beer, so not sure if this is a bad bottle or not...not really enjoying the flavor here.

M - Highly carbonated, very prickly mouthfeel. A puckering experience.

D - Not very good. Really hope I just got a bad bottle on this one. I've enjoyed the other Duck Rabbit brews I've had. This one let me down.

Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from City Beverage in Winston-Salem. Drank a whole sixer of this on my trip to NC.

A - Pours black with a small tan head.

S - Roast, coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

T - Coffee and cream, roasted malt, and caramel malt. A little milk chocolate as well.

M - Palate is medium-full and the texture is really creamy and milky.

D - Decent, but the creaminess hurts this category a bit. This beer is pretty solid overall, but not a standout.

Photo of madmanjf
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Dark colored brew, but under bright light, the clarity can be seen with some dark ruby hues. The head was quite thick, reminiscent of a Root Beer; however, it was more effervescent than frothy or creamy.

On the nose, a typical roasted aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. There is more emphasis on the chocolate.

The taste is above average but not earth-shattering. There is a chocolate taste and it's layered with roasted malts. The expected lactose or creaminess is absent in the flavor as well as the mouth feel given that this is a Milk Stout.

The carbonation, again, is more soda-like in the mouth instead of frothy or creamy. While there is plenty of it, I would've preferred to sense the head in a more delicate manner.

This was a pretty easy drinking beer, appropriate for the style; it went down quick and easy (much like a cheap whore).

The drinkability and mouthfeel improved with time as the intensely carbonated head withered away. Perhaps with such a volatile pour, some settling time should be exercised to appreciate the depths of the beer.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Starts off a little tough to pour. There is a good amount of carbonation in here that billows upwards and makes me pause to let is settle. This eventually dissipates to a half cm of coarse head that lingers. Amber hues accent this beer nicely.

S: Smell is largely light roasted malts. There are some roasted grainy notes as well, with some chocolate undertones in the background.

T: Fairly basic taste. Bitter chocolate is definitely present and gives a nice balance to the roast. There is a sugary sweetness in the finish.

M/D: A little bit watery in texture for a milk stout. The high carbonation that made this so hard to pour disappears as soon as the beer is in the glass. This is a light and easy drinking stout. While not something I would turn to on a cold day, this is a good one to have around if you want a stout in the middle of the summer.

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

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with no head and almost no lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Nothing particularly overpowering or dominate, very balanced.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee with a subtle roasted quality. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, very smooth and creamy. Goes down nice and easy.

Drinkability: I am very glad Duck Rabbit has made it to PA. This is a well balanced, smooth, easy to drink brew that I look forward to having again.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, pure ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: kinda odf that sweet smeel from chocolate milk. not exteremly potent though.

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors. slightly sweet but not overpwering

mouthfeel: not thick, light bodied which I was suprised. This hurt this beer the most as it respembled Guinness in this category

drinkability: great stout and I would recommend it.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from Auslander. Thanks again man!

Consumed 9/5/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- At first glance its black but when you really look its very dark brown with some ruby edging. About a half finger white head that turned into a ring pretty quick. You can see the occasional bubble making its way to the top

S- Kinda muted, some roasted notes and milk chocolate.

T- Very deep, earthy roasted flavor which surprised me. Hints of coffee, nuts and chocolate. Didnt really get any of the milk sweetness others mentioned.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth.

D- This was the perfect topper to a long day working on my truck. The flavor was awesome, a little more in the head/lacing department and this would be even better. Definitely a new main stay in my fridge.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is black, as expected, but doesnt have much depth to its color. Its not pitch black, rather it has some brownish hues to it that shifts it back a little on the color spectrum.

Aroma is, as a previous reviewer stated, honey nut cheerios-like. Significant sugary sweetness with milder roasted notes. Flavor, however, is not particularly sweet and less roasted than one would expect. But theres not a lot of depth or complexity here. Other reviewers have noted licorice. I didn't.

Not a bad beer by any means. Its a solid offering, but I think Lancaster's Milk Stout is a bit better.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a very thin tan head. Flavor is smooth with sweet malted tones and a slight roasted edge on it. A slight tang on there as well that seems almost fruit like. Very smooth. A bit too tangy though at times it seems. Feel is smooth on liquid. Lower carbonation. Nice to drink. Might be a bit too far on the tangy side for some people. But I enjoyed this one. And it's August.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at D's in Monroeville, PA.

Poured into a pint glass, a near-black brown with crimson highlights & a thin, tan lace head. Didn't leave lacing.

Smells sweet & milky, just like the style says. Actually, smells like Honey Nut Cheerios, with some roast. I've said this before, but it "smells" cool & watery, like the flavors are there but diluted.

Tastes...yup, Honey Nut Cheerios again! Sweet honey, nuts (almond?), roasted grain, kind of a maple syrup-y taste to it. A little fruity bitterness to balance it out, which pops up in the aftertaste. Amazingly, for such a sweet beer I don't find it to be too sweet or out of balance.

Mouthfeel is light & on the thin side for a stout, with just a little fuzziness from carbonation. The sweet sticks with you but isn't overpowering.

This is pretty light-bodied & easy to drink. It would be easy to put a few of these away, but I'd predict the sweetness would get a little tiresome. Rather than balance it out with hops & bitterness, the approach seems to be to make it thin enough that it kind of washes itself away. Not a bad beer by any stretch, I enjoyed it.

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

Appearance: very dark brown / black in color with a short tan colored head that lasts. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malt sweetness, some coffee, and hints of chocolate are mild but pleasant.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee, some mild nuttiness, and a milky sweetness arrives late. Bitterness levels are low keeping this on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Afteraste is short-lived.

Drinkability: nice version of the style that is goes down nicely. This was nice a fresh on tap.

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

Pours very dark, looks like cola, with a small white head that was a little soapy in appearance. Some lacing.

Smell was very nutty - reminded me strongly of miso - with notes of coffee, chocolate, and a definite sweetness.

The taste was sweet roasted maltiness with some coffee/chicory notes and a little bit of alcohol burn on the finish - suprising for a 5.7% ABV. Somewhat mild tasting considering the strong aromas.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin but pleasantly carbonated.

Definitely could have drank a few more - wish I hadn't bought just one.

Photo of nate4g63
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this while in Pittsburgh a few days ago. Poured into a pint glass. Pretty dark but much thinner than I expected. Very little head at all.

Smells great though. I got alot of dark coffee smells coming from it. I actually could smell it right after I popped the cap off, very aromatic.

Tastes was very coffee like, a little bit fo chocolate but I was tasting mostly coffee. It's very thin thin feeling, like drinking a Coke or Pepsi. The last milk stout I had was from Lancaster Brewing and it was much thicker and creamier. I guess thats what I was expecting to feel from this. It wasn't disappointing just different.

With this NE heatwave I haven't been sipping on the dark stuff but I decided to crack this open anyway. I don't think I'd have this out in the sun but it was pretty refreshing sitting in the A/C last night. Wish I would have bought a few more.

Overall props to The Duck-Rabbit and I look forward to trying some more of their brews.

Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sugar sweet milky nose, definitely can sense the infused milk sugars in this stout. Light creamy mouthfeel, very easily drinkable, even with the light mouthfeel, which is not common for stouts. I can imagine that with more than 1 tasting of this stout, one would cringe from the sweetness left in the mouthfeel. Just one and done! This beer is the "BB" style.
(Bourbon Barrel)
However the regular milk stout is much more tasty...smokey nose, not as sweet as the BB style. The beer fuzes nicely with the malts of the stout, and creates a greater drinkability!

Photo of Bung
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. The pour is not real dark black, brown/amber accents.
Taste is roast malt, cocoa, lactic malted milk ball. Finishes with a bit of that malted milk ball and coffee. Strong medium bodied, drinkable stout. This and the Left Hand Milk Stout are kind of the two barometers I would use for Milk Stouts. Others better and others worse, but this is well worth trying.

Photo of beveritt
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to TimmyP for the random and generous gift of this beer.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simple black, white, and red and has the ink blot like picture that could be a rabbit or could be a duck. Notch on the side indicates this should be consumed by 10/09.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin coating of foam. The beer itself is medium brown and dark enough to be opaque. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of plum and dark toffee. Lactose sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Smooth lactose sweetness upfront with a wave of roasted barley in the finish. Hints of toffee and caramel. Like a toasted marshmallow.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Wow, exactly what I wanted right now. A smooth yet flavorful near-session ale that is extremely satisfying. When will distro spread to Ohio?

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying to clear out the fridge and found this in the back... Received as a great extra in a fantastic trade with Onenote81.... Thanks Jon!!

Poured into my Delirium snifter... beautiful 2" lite tan head sticks around and drapes the glass with rings of lace.. the brew is the expected very dark brown/pretty black..

The nose is very nice... at first a bit of coffee jumps out.. then some milk chocolate and melts into a bit of sweetness that is very pleasing.

This is a very nice beer.. all the expected dark malt flavors are drawn out and punctuated by the lactose sweetness... roasty and chocolaty.. yummy!!.. as it warms.. a little unexpected smokey flavor shows up but adds to the experience and never detracts.

medium/full body is creamy from a lite carbonation.. It's been a while since I enjoyed a Snow Plow... but I really like this one.. very nice and a really stellar example of the style.

Thanks again Jon... your generosity will not be forgotten.

Photo of parkeak0
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good milk stout. Nutty, cholcolately, mild coffee, a fair amount of sweetness from the lactose. Not as rich and creamy as some other milk stouts, but not necessarily in a bad way. Not too complex, but good at what it does. I might pick this as a nice session brew.

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