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

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Ratings: 1,694
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 Damian
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a twelve fluid ounce/355 milliliter bottle
Enjoy by 7/08
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a super deep and dark pitch black with mahogany edges. These guys don't call themselves "the dark beer specialists" for nothing apparently. The frothy, tan, two-finger head slowly faded to a substantial cap. Beautiful streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was unusual. Deep roasted malts dominated. Toasted almonds also came through strong. Somewhat sweet. Nutty and nougat-like with noticeable milk chocolate and coffee notes. (An Almond Joy candy bar came to mind.) A slightly herbal/medicinal quality appeared as well. As the beer warmed, the sweetness became a bit more pronounced.

The taste was intense, yet not at all sweet. Nutty up front. Toasty and roasty, with big coffee flavors. No lactose notes were perceivable. Some herbal/medicinal qualities were again noticeable. The dry, biting finish contained suggestions of burnt coffee grounds. A touch of hops came through as well. Overall, quite bitter and "off" for the style.

The mouthfeel was medium/full bodied. Smooth and creamy with a lively carbonation.

Drinkability was hampered by the intense bitterness of this brew.

This beer was somewhat of a disappointment. I was hoping that this milk stout would showcase sweet lactose notes and a rich creaminess, but that was not the case. This might be a decent American stout but it definitely does not fit the bill for the style.

Damian, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich caramel that builds to a dark black in the glass. A fluffy one-finger tan head slowly fades, leaving a thin collar that drops chunky lacing down the glass.

aroma is roasty, caramely and toasty. Reminiscent of toasted marshmallow. Hints of pecan pie. vanilla and carmelized sugar. I could savor this aroma all day long.

taste is sweet and nutty with some light chocolate and dulce de leche notes. sweet milk plus a hint of sour fruit (cherry pits?) with a rich malt backbone running throughout. Flavors are a touch muddled and don't quite blend perfectly. A bit confusing, but still delicious none the less.

carbonation is just a tad high, making this one a bit sharper and a touch less smooth. Full bodied, with just a touch of slickness.

meh. I wasn't quite as impressed as I'd hoped with this one. I love a good milk stout, but this one doesn't quite fit the bill. Aroma is awesome, but taste is just a touch muddled and the mouthfeel doesn't sing. I wouldn't turn one down, but I can't say I'll be attempting to track down any more of this one.

djeucalyptus, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, not quite black. Medium beige head with weak retention. Smells like dark grain, oreo cookies and gas station coffee. I like gas station coffee by the way.

Smooth, dark malt taste that warms into boring cola. Not as sour/sweet as most milk stouts. Good use of lively carbonation to balance dense body.

donkeyrunner, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slight, off-white head coats the top of this black stout with red highlights. What head there is, just barely more than a lacing, builds and falls almost immediately with each swirl of the glass.

Sweet wheat bread with spruce and beef broth followed by maple syrup, ginger and wood, makes for a nice collaboration.

The balance is quite well done. Perhaps slightly more sweet than bitter with compliments similar to the nose and sweetness lingering in the finish. Oh, and there are notes of coffee as well.

The body is lighter than one would expect from the milk stout, but the palate coating and soft carbonation make this a smooth operator.

An easy drinker, Duck-Rabbit tastes like fun, and is probably a fine candidate for a beer float.

date consumed: 14 Dec 2008

SLeffler27, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you greenvilleguitar for this fine beer!

A - Medium black, ruby highlights. Formed a three finger, light tan head that receded down to one and left a nice lace on the side. Great clarity.

S - Coffee and roast, slightly bitter, hints of sweetness. Mildly earthy.

T - Plenty of roasty character - milk chocolate, brewed coffee, light charcoal. Sweetness from the lactose is present but in fair proportion to the darker malts. Medium level of bitterness. Finishing medium with lingering sweetness.

M - Medium-full bodied. Somewhat creamy due to the residual sugars. Smooth. Moderate level of carbonation.

D - A nice example of the style. Not as sweet as some others I've tasted, the Duck-Rabbit carries a pleasant balance between the lactose and darker malt components. I typically don't make a session out of stouts but I could drink a few of these.

BrewerB, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a somewhat thin consistency. There was a tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of coffee, milk and malt.

T: An OK taste. Coffee, roasted malt, milk and a maybe a little vanilla. A little on the thin side, but pleasant.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied. Not as thick and chewy as some stouts.

D: On the whole, a decent beer that is certainly drinkable, but not spectacular.

avalon07, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Klgkenny
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured from a refridgerated 12oz bottle into a room temp pint glass.

Thin dark brown body is topped with a three finger, creamy, khaki head. Head sticks around for a while, teasing you into great hopes for this beer. When held up to a light you can see through the translucent body, and it's easier to tell how thin the beer is. Rings of lace cling to the glass, but again, it's only a tease.

The aromas on this beer are inoffensive, but thin. Again, nothing t write hame about.

Thin malty taste is followed by an earthy aftertaste. Eh... Inoffensive at best. Better than red dog.

This beer is drinkable, but I won't be seeking it out again.

Klgkenny, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of DousedInStout
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of the better milk stouts I've had in a long time. It poured a deep, dark mahogany color with white lacing. The smell was absolutely phenomenal - a sugary sweet, milk chocolate aroma, perfect for a milk stout. The taste that followed was smooth and delicious. Not too cloying, but definitely a chocolate malt-ball sweetness. The lactose is definitely present, and a roasted chocolatey note follows. The aftertaste leaves you craving more. A great milk stout and a great session beer.

DousedInStout, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Small, light brown head that leaves nice lace in its wake. The body is black with some ruby highlights.

S - Sweet and malty with convincing milk chocolate and a light nuttiness.

T - Sweet and satisfying milk chocolate that fades to coffee with some nutty notes and more, slightly darker chocolate notes in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A very nice milk stout. It has an excellent milk chocolate character and is dry enough to avoid becoming cloying in the way that some other sweet stouts can. This is not a style I am easily impressed by, but this is a very nice beer.

nickfl, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 12/17/08. Thanks to Kegatron for procuring a bottle of this to me during a trip down south.

A - Dark brown body with burgundy highlights, ample carbonation and almost two fingers of thick, tan-colored head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left a bit of sticky lace.

S - Dark roasted malt, almost acrid, if you will, with bitter coffee and chocolate notes, as well as a tinge of earthy hops.

T - Lots of roasted coffee flavor with an earthy bitter character and hints of chocolate and black licorice. There's a bit of sweetness in the back, but the flavor is predominantly big on roasted malt and bitterness.

M - Lively carbonation for a stout, yet it still retains a full, robust body and a pretty creamy texture. Finishes with a somewhat astringent bitterness and dryness on the palate.

D - This didn't exactly strike me as a milk stout, but rather it drank more like a coffee stout with plenty of dark roasted malt and bitterness. With that said, it is still quite a good stout.

ffejherb, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a very generous extra from another BA. I apologize for not being able to remember the name.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Cola brown. Produced a fingers width of off-white head.

S- Definite notes of sweet chocolate, caramel, little vanilla and some roasted coffee beans.

T- Taste was rather average. The initial taste was a nice combination of sweet chocolates and caramel. However, the finish was quite harsh. The vanilla added some flavor, but the roasted coffee was so burnt that it almost tasted like aluminum.

M- Smooth, but not like the other milk stouts I have had. Some carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable in that the smooth, light texture make this go down like water. Only problem is that the taste is not the best.

Overall, pretty disappointed. Up till now I have been a big fan of milk stouts. I guess I have just been lucky in the ones I have drank so far. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

rhinos00, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of wescj
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The color isn't quite as dark as i would expect, with a hint of ruby showing through even in indirect light. Almost no head (which I won't hold against it, I may not have poured aggresively enough), certainly no lace.

Smells pretty good, with typical roasted malt notes of chocolate and coffee, along with an interesting sweetness.

Taste is smooth and light bodied. The smoothness of vanilla pairs well with the traditional roasted taste of a stout.

Again, mouthfeel is smooth, and the carbonation doesn't make itself too noticable until the end.

The brew may be kind of thin, but at least that adds to the drinkability. Pretty good, overall.

wescj, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Jbonzee
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very average beer that had a funky taste of spoiled milk curds and baby cribs. It tasted like a shot of milk was poured in a glass of coca-cola and then infumigated with breast milk. How do I describe this other than ick? Just an average beer. How it got a 3.8 rating I'll never know.

Jbonzee, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the darkest of browns, almost black, with red highlights, and a two-finger mocha head that fades slowly. Not much lacing.

Smells like roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate with maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste starts with milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans, with a mild bitterness mid-palette. Finishes sweet with more chocolate flavors and some milky vanilla ice cream.

Lighter in body than I would have thought, but smooth and creamy.

Very drinkable, but nothing special. Probably wouldn't seek this one out, but I would enjoy it again given the opportunity.

MrMonkey, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a whole lot of head with this one. The color ranged from black to dark amber. The aroma was of coffee, chocolate, and maybe alcohol. Pretty simple smell but that's what I liked about it.

Taste is similar to the smell. Very light bodied for a stout. Not very interesting. I wouldn't really go out of my way to try this again.

SirSketch, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of gabe23
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Almost no head on this dark brown stout. A touch of crimson is revealed if held up to a bright light.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of burnt toast and hops.

T - This has a bit more hop sourness and fruit tones than I expect from a milk stout. But it's got a nice malt flavor with a chocolate and coffee finish. Nice flavor and balance, but not not a good example of a sweet stout in my opinion.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Not as creamy as I would like.

D - This brew has a nice flavor and is quite drinkable. It's my first Duck-Rabbit beer, and I'll definitely seek out others. I'll probably pass on this one, though, as it's just a little bit odd tasting for a milk stout.

gabe23, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is what I expect in a sweet/milk stout. Pours a very dark brown with the only ruby light coming through the very bottom of the glass.

Smell is fairly mild - malty.

Taste and mouthfeel are what make this beer stand out. The taste includes roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee but there is a prominent sweet milk taste as well. Very tasty and nicely balanced. There is enough bitterness to keep the sweet taste from being cloying or too sweet.

Mouthfeel is rich and, well....creamy. This is a beer I could sip all day. Drinkability is good. Abv low enough to make it session beer in my book. Very nice.

JayQue, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of k4df4l
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A/A: Poured a pitch black w/ very thin burlap colored layer of foam. The bubbles dissipated quickly leaving on a few stragglers on the surface. Not much aroma coming off this one; some faint roasted malt & coffee with a faint lactic sharpness

F/P: Very smooth and mellow, still strikes me as being similar to the last house stout I brewed w/ the chocolate malt addition (w/ some extra caramel & lactose added). Flavors of roasted grain, coffee, bittersweet chocolate & coca combined with the back end sweetness of the lactose then into the mild sharp sour lactic flavor revealed in the aroma. Moderate body and light-moderate carbonation.
This milk stout has a nice composed feel to it, as the ingredients all blend well and yield a nice smooth beer.

k4df4l, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of n00tz
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark chocolate body undetectable carbonation, topped by a light tan frothy head.

S - light cream and mocha

T - Light mocha little bit of cream and some coffee.

M - medium to heavy body, carbonation coats the tongue, sticks around.

D - Meh. It's nothing unique but a good brew. I'd like it better if it didn't stick around on the tongue and palate

n00tz, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of imagineiii
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brentk56 for this brew. Bottle says "dark beer specialists", with a statement like that, this one better live up.

A: Black but not "black hole" black. Offwhite head doesnt stick around too long.

S: Smells like a coffee with cream and sugar in it.

T: Sweet flavors are fleeting. Gives way to dry bitter flavors of most stouts. I like my stouts bigger. Flavors are balanced tho.

M: More carbonation that I expected.

D: As drinkable as a stout not named guiness can be.

This is a really good beer, but not my favorite stout. Admittedly, Im not crazy about milk stouts, but i know when im drinking a well crafted beer, regardless of style.

imagineiii, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of mralphabet
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz Bottle to Pint glass

A-Poured out an black in color with a hint of brownish red, had a small, caramel colored head. No lace.

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

T-It had a nice chocolate flavor/coffee with a lot of creamer in it. It has a tad bit of hops at the back of the tongue

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

D-This is a good milk stout. Wish I could get it in my area... But I will say this....any time a make a trip to NC, I will be picking up this brew.... and I'd like to try more from this brewery.

mralphabet, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of craytonic
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Almost opaque, if you hold it up to the light a little seeps through. Large head, which slowly dies and turns into deflated swiss cheese.

Smell: Coffee, Chocolate, fake vanilla

Taste: Taste is the same as the smell, but an unpleasant and unbalanced bitterness. I also get what seems like lactic acid.

Mouthfeel: Feels like skim milk! Could be a little thicker.

Drinkability: I did not finish it and won't be purchasing this again.

craytonic, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks a shit load to pwoods for this!

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 8/8/08 (verticale epic milk stout?) :)
Poured into a snifter. 2 finger tan head, very fizzy in a cola like way.
Quarter finger retention that does not go away. Mild spotty lace.

Aroma is pretty laid back, chocolate malt and grains, some spice aroma's, lactose dairy smell.

Alot of carbonation in this, it kinda destroys what this brew could have been.
Ignoring the carbonation is hard and I'm having a difficult time continuing the review.
There is some creamy thickness in there, alot of roasted grains flavor. A hint of oak and some small snips of coffee.

This beer on cask would be a wonderful thing.

Buebie, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black color. Pourwed with a thin caramel colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Rich, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and some malt.

T: Pleasantly sweet chocolate flavor with bitter rich coffee. Like smell, some roasted malt flavor.

M: Medium body. Smooth, soft and creamy.

D: Very good stout. Balance and compexity make it an interesting and easy drink.

Haybeerman, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Mthom
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran across this in Hendersonville, NC while visiting a friend and picked up a six pack. Must say I was overjoyed with the results and drank the entire thing in one sitting. Hangovers aside, I keep coming back for more. Bold and chocolate-y, pours with a huge head, creating brotherly warm feeling! A classic for lovers of the dark stuff. Must say, though that it tastes a little sour on draft (although I've only had this once). And.. oddly enough I'm finding myself switching to the Duck Rabbit Porter, as it seems to be more drinkable (less sour?) in the long run. Still, the Milk Stout is a classic and highly recommended.

Mthom, Oct 07, 2008
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,694 ratings.