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

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 97
Gots: 109 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004)
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Photo of markgugs

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled glass mug, beer thanks to mikesgroove :-)

A: Pours very dark brown, nearly black, looks "burnt" and features a big pillowy beige head.

S: Not what I was expecting, this ale's aromas fall somewhere between sweet and soapy, with a touch of grass or hay. Some mildly piney hops scents in there too.

T/M: Thankfully the soapy aromas don't translate over into the beer, so it's back in business. The initial nose is very sweet, with some predominantly milk chocolate flavoring right up front and not hiding. Nice feel to the beer too, I found it to be quite lip-smacking and sugary, though there is nearly no finish to speak of.

D: While I enjoyed this beer for the most part, and it's relatively reasonable ABV make it a beer that's easy enough to put back a few, I didn't find myself going ga-ga over this one. Probably wouldn't seek this out too often.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 23:01:25 | More by markgugs
Photo of wagenvolks


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Mitch's in Raleigh, NC...

Looks dark, dark brown with a deep beige colored-head that left minimal lacing down the sides of the mug. Smell is almost ovaltine-like: sweet and strong with some notes of roasted peanut.

Taste is definately a highlight of this beer. At first sip I'm thinking "Soy sauce" with sweet caramel notes, but the salty profile degrades after the beer warms and I'm left with nice a nice malty chocolate/coffee taste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but almost unpleasantly so. Little aftertaste and the malts do little to further the cause. I'd have this again; it's definately worth the buy, but I cannot see myself buying a six pack of DR Milk Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2007 06:21:23 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of woodychandler


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just on the pour alone, I not only got a big, thick deep-tan/light-brown head, but the nose was prevalent and attention-getting. I caught notes of cocoa chocolate and a light smokiness and that was without even leaning in. In doing so, I also captured toffee and coffee. Perfect for mid-morning on a snow day! The color was a deep, dark brown with garnet highlights. The mouthfeel was medium to thick and I got a lot of the chocolate and toffee mix on the tongue, which reminded me of a Heath bar. The finish had more of a smoky, coffee richness. It is hard to believe that this is a milk stout, more like a dry stout, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 15:38:55 | More by woodychandler
Photo of hunteraw


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

Thanks to ipa2xs for sending this one my way in the No Name BIF.

Appearance: Very dark but not quite opaque, with garnet highlights. Big two or three finger off-white head, rocky, with good retention. Not much lacing.

Smell: Roast, coffee, and chocolate - very typical stout profile, not the sweetness in the nose that I'd expect from a milk stout.

Taste: More flavorful than I was expecting based on my previous experiences with the style. Classic chocolate and coffee flavors. Vanilla in the finish. Enough hops have been added to balance the sweetness, but they don't take center stage. Dry, acid finish - good for the style, keeps it from being too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, good carbonation. Creamy from the lactose.

Drinkability: Better than I expected. Not as sweet as I expected, but for me that was a good thing because I shy away from the overt sweetness of some styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 04:28:10 | More by hunteraw
Photo of Conrad

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown to black opaque, with a monster foamy tan coloured head. Don't rush this one. Pour it then put it down and admire the sight of the head settling down.
S: Sweet chocolate, like Kwik with beer in it. Smells of some burnt toast, but the hops are nicely sharp.
T: Chocolate, cocoa, and beer. Well defined robust flavours. The hops are tart enough to keep the sweetness in place. A well built beer.
M: Creamy, without going overboard. Medium to light body. A bit too much carbonation for my take on a milk stout. I want a bit more lactose.
F: A nice long finish where the bitters come to the fore.
D: A very nice brew indeed. I could have several of these, especially paired with bbq wings. A keeper.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 17:17:37 | More by Conrad
Photo of ClockworkOrange


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my pint glass. Appears an almost opaque dark brown with an inch of caramel colored foam that lingers on. Smells of roasted malts, and vanilla. Tastes of roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa. Creamy in the mouth with medium body that leans a little toward the thin side. A very nice stout and one I could see becoming a favorite part of my rotation as supply dictates. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 19:59:38 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of JohnnyM2002


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

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees. Picked up in a trade from Brouche...thanks!!

A - Explodes into the glass with a huge, frothy, tan head that sits atop a black body...took several minutes for the head to settle down to a half-inch ring that left sticky remnants on the sides of the glass. Beautiful.

S - Sweet, biscuity aroma of sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate. Definitely more of a sweet smell than that of cocoa.

T - Tastes like drinking a coffee cake. Traces of cinnamon and sugar with cocoa and the slightest hint of black cherries, without the tartness.

M - Very creamy with good carbonation...sweet aftertaste. Body remains excellent as the beer warms - tongue stayed tingling for quite some time.

D - Wonderful selection...made for a great after-dinner beer. Thank you very much, Brouche!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 01:35:24 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

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

Thanks to oldirtysurfer for sending this bottle my way. Poured into a nonic, this is stout is lighter in color than others of its variety, dark cola-brown with russet highlights and a modest but dense sand-colored head. Sourish black malt aromas mix with a slight essence of vanilla along with a soft cocoa scent all with a bit of mineral twang swirling through it. Some rather faint cocoa powder comes through in the taste, with a bit of vanilla yogurt sourness. Otherwise this is fairly roasty and dry, almost like a porter. In fact, I had to check the label on the bottle to make sure I was reviewing the correct Duck-Rabbit beer, as I also have a couple newly-acquired bottles of their porter. That said, this is a fine-tasting brew, that feels full in the mouth with a tiny bit of sharp carbonation bite at the finish, leaving an overall impression of dryness on the palate. Very sessionable, but perhaps not exactly what fans of the sweeter lactose-heavy versions of this style may be looking for.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 18:13:05 | More by orfeu
Photo of rebel1771


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish black thick frothy cream colored head.

The aroma has a semi-sweet chocolate body with a hint of coffee.

The flavor of roasted chocolate malts comes through loud and clear with a twinge of bitterness at the end and a creamy milky mouthfeel.

Milk stouts have always been a favorite of mine, and this one does the style proud. An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 01:27:00 | More by rebel1771
Photo of Alkey


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

12oz. bottle pours a very dark brown with a small head that leaves some lacing around the glass. Smells of malts and coffee. Taste of dark roasted malt with some coffee and cream notes. Mouth feel could be a little thicker but is still good with a light/medium feel. Drinkability is very easy with the robust flavors and light body. I could see this being a regular session brew for myself. Another very good beer from Duck-Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 22:08:36 | More by Alkey
Photo of Vancer


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

Poured this little brew just a bit too harsh – the freakin tan head almost overflowed my cheapy lil’ NB tulip - but she held mate, she held!

Tons o’ sour ale in the aroma, little coffee pop, not that strong. Sour ale in the taste, more porter than stout – but still a robust, tart and tangy stout. Very solid, a winner in many aspects.

I would have no problem popping a sixer for an afternoon by the fire with these, WITH some nice BBQ pork steaks. perfect.

And , of course, a hip hip hooray to blackie for this!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 00:55:42 | More by Vancer
Photo of rowew


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Plain looking black and white label with a bit of metallic red. Duck rabbit optical illusion in the middle. Best by month and year notched on the label.

Appearance: Not quite black with a decent sized tan colored head. Fades quickly, lots of lace.

Smell: Sweet milk sugar, a hint of roasted aroma, and some hops.

Taste: Not quite as sweet as some milk stouts, the roasted flavors really shine through here. There is definitely the style defining milk sugar flavor as well.

Overall impression: Very nice - one of the best American milk stouts I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 04:50:33 | More by rowew
Photo of flexabull


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

A good looking stout. Really black, with a nice big natural head.

Smells a lot like a milk stout. A bit bitter, sour, yet still creamy.

Flavor is pretty good on this one. Crisp up front, a bit dry, some dark roasted malts noted, it then follows with a tinge of bitterness, and a slightly sweet creamy finish.

This beer seems a bit over carbonated for a stout. So I think the mouthfeel is a bit off.

Overall, this is a quite drinkable stout. I enjoyed it, and would have no problem drinking another one.

Thanks again Mikesgroove, this was a good bottle of beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 05:44:44 | More by flexabull
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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

thanks to mikesgroove for this via trade

A - pitch black, 1/2 tan head
S - Roasted grains, coffee undertones of chocolate
T - Espresso, cream, dark chocolate, and a touch of hops
M - Surprising - light bodied but creamy
D - a tasty treat. had two and called it a satisfied evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 20:50:05 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of msubulldog25


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

I got this 12 oz. bottle in a trade with Metalmonk - thanks Jeff! My first beer from Duck-Rabbit, the self-proclaimed "dark beer specialist". Odd logo on the label looks sorta like a duck and sorta like a rabbit...label also tells me to "enjoy by...11/06". I did...

A: Huge multi-finger tan head crowns this very dark drown beer. Long head retention and loads of billowing carbonation. Nice creamy lace. A gorgeous beer filling the pint glass.

S: Sugary malts smell of milky cocoa, creamy vanilla and mildly of coffee. Notes of fruit, sweet and tangy and sour lactose. Just a touch of alcohol, which surprised me from a relatively low gravity beer. On occasion, I swirled the glass to recreate that fluffy head and get the enticing sweet smells to rise again.

T: Nice milk chocolate character, sweet malts and brown sugar/caramel with a pronounced bittersweet finish. I sensed some cinnamon spiciness, too.

M: Generally creamy mouthfeel with a lightly carbonated (sharp) finish. A little thin - the flavors didn't linger very long. Aftertaste is clean with only a slight bitterness.

D: I really liked this a lot. Nice balance and flavors that are robust and likable. My wife tried and found this to be too bitter for her tastes - she wanted more of the sweet maltiness. However, this is probably the best of the milk stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 20:50:05 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Umbra


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

Purchased as a single from Sam's Blue Light in Raleigh. Again the interesting shadow puppet duck rabbit with a very plain lettering on the bottom of the label to let you know what you are buying. No freshness or born on dating.
Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Short lived creamy tan head and a little touch of lacing. Aroma of a coffee mocha with a couple of extra sugars tossed in.
This stuff is like dessert. Although there is a very well rounded amount of roasted malts and slight smokiness, the driving force of this brew is the sugars. Milk chocolate and other sugary malts are mmm mmm good.
Mouthfeel was light medium. With a little more of a couple of things, this one could be world class. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 18:17:46 | More by Umbra
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Dark red brown color. Some light slips through around the edges, but overall an attractive beer. Big foamy, fluffy beige head rises above the glass and settles into a nice thick blanket. Smell is thick creamy, heavy dark malts with soft dark fruits. Not a giant nose, but just as expected, and very pleasant with a fruity sour kick. Taste is full of roasted coffee and vanilla cream, some lactose, not a lot, and fruit. There's a good almond nuttiness to this too. Mouthfeel is very nice. It has a great velvety smoothness/softness to it. Body is just thick enough, but could potentially be thicker, and carbonation is just right. Drinkable indeed.

A good + solid, tasty milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 20:36:24 | More by tastybeer
Photo of IntriqKen


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A massive tan head tops a glass of black oil. Aroma is coffee and milk chocolate
Mouth is filled with bitter coffee and cream, bittersweet dark chocolate, bitter hops and milk sugar. As you swallow you experience a slight alcohol burn and the bitter notes slowly evolve into their sweet counterparts. Bittersweet dark chocolate becomes milk chocolate, espresso becomes latte.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
A nice desert
Thanks oldirtysurfer for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 23:53:19 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

I recently moved to NC from the capital of the world (at least that's what Rudy "the rock" Guiliani said) and have been mostly pleasantly surprised by the local craft beer offerings but Duck Rabbit is the early front runner for numero uno among the tarheel brewers so I'm expecting big things here.

Color is just off black with a sliver of brown at the bottom but has a disappointing head performance that dies almost instantly. Nose is a blast of coffee malt with notes of licorice.

Full of malt flavor with enough balance to keep the defense honest (sorry, it's college football season). Coffee dominated with a smooth, sweet finish. Dry and slightly sour, almost in the oatmeal stout tradition but without the thick, meaty, cereal character of an OS. Mouthfeel could stand to thicken up but still an enjoyable stout worth trying. Ducks' beaks don't look like that, it's got to be a rabbit...

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 04:29:18 | More by daliandragon
Photo of veech


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

This is a very drinkable milk stout that doesn't weigh down its smoothness and yet provides enough body and substance to please the stout enthusiast. The sweetness that is found in the nose is present but not overbearing in the taste. I much preferred this take on the style to a Mackeson's which is just too sweet for me. I enjoyed this so much I had a couple, and did not get too full even though I drank them soon after a meal. I have been generally impressed with the beers from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2006 16:29:22 | More by veech
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle with a 08-06 drink by date. The brew pours a nice dark brown, almost black color, topped by a 2 finger, rocky, thick head. The frothy light brown head leaves a nice thick lacing.

The aroma at first is light and a bit grassy, but, as it warms a real coffee flavor comes through.

The taste has a small bit of alcohol in the beginning. The bitter coffee flavor is very distinctive after warming. There is a definite sweet tasting maltiness mixed in. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. As it warms, the alcohol flavor dies down and the flavor and mouthfeel smooth out. A very good stout!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 02:10:33 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Pours a clear, deep, dark chestnut color. Solid creamy off-white head retains as a milky covering. Creamy sweet roasted coffee aroma with faint vanilla and nuts. Bittersweet chocolate flavor with a creamy sugariness. Dark roasted grain and vanilla beans. Mouthfeel is near perfect...smooth and creamy - lightly dry with a moderate bitterness.

This is my introduction to Duck Rabbit and its been a good one. A nice roasty sweet stout...very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 03:13:47 | More by wedge
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

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

Appearance - Dark in color, almost a pitch. Mild carbonation that retains a head long after the pour. Clear in appearance with about a 1/4inch head.

Smell - Mild is the word. Chocolate aroma would be the best "hook" to hang an aroma. Not a whole lot of other subtleties coming thru.

Taste - Strong coffee taste with a smooth finish. Very malty and very hoppy. A bit of a metallic/iron taste that detracts from an otherwise smooth presentation.

Mouthfeel - Very pronounced presence due to the carbonation filling the mouth. Dense feel with a rich feel.

Drinkability - This is one of the few milk stouts I've sampled, so my impressions of the type is limited to a XXX Makison stout, etc. type. Very willing to continue to sample from this group as the winter months approach. The metallic/iron twang is interesting and I hope doesn't appear in my second bottle/pack. I'm leaving this as part of my review, unless I taste otherwise on subsequent bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 00:42:38 | More by Nesued
Photo of akorsak


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

This is a 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's and served in a chimay goblet. The stout is chilled.

A: The ale has a small small ring of head, little lace and an opaque black color.

S: The stout has a sour, stale nose that slowly turns sweet.

T: The stout has a full roasted malt taste. After the roasted flavors pass, the beer offers up a sweet lactose flavors that has hints of sourness. This is an excellent milk stout.

M: The lactose and roasted malts provide a good interplay between heavy and light flavors.

D: Very drinkable, a veritable gem from Duck-Rabbit.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 12:23:20 | More by akorsak
Photo of russpowell


4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a 2 fingers deep mocha head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Coffe then toasted malt & slight iron notes

T: Iron taste up front then toasted malt & choclate. Hints of iron followFinishes slightly fruitty, choclatey & dry

MF: Rich & creamy with near perfect carbonation & balance

Very easy to drink, one of THE best milks stouts I've had!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 04:10:30 | More by russpowell
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