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

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Ratings: 1,756
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 102
Gots: 171 | 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 cartdan
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a McChouffe chalice.

The beer is dark brown and clear and pours leaving a small tan head with good retention.

Aroma is roasted grain with a sweetness in the background.

The taste is more of the same - roasted grain with a little sweetness. Not much else there that I can find.

The mouthfeel is where this beer is a little short, I expected it to be fuller and more creamy. The carbonation is a little high, maybe that is why it seems a little thin.

Overall a very drinkable beer, goo, but not great IMO.

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

A- This one pours a dark black color with ruby hues and highlights when held up to the light. After an agressive pour, it leaves 3 fingers of tan head.

S- The smell to me starts off creamy and milky. I pick up aromas of mocha and cocoa in the middle, with chocolate very lightly in the end of the nose.

T- Taste is lively of the same cocoa and mocha. The taste also reflects robust, creamy malts. On the end, I sense coffee tastes with cream or milk added. The end also reflects a toffee smoothness to the overall coffee aftertaste. Very nice and not a strong coffee taste at all.

M- For a milk stout, this one is high on carbonation. It is quite fizzy too which to me is contrary to the style. I am not very experienced in milk stouts, but this one is a little different than what I am used to. I like this difference though; it is not a bad thing.

D- While it is good, the drinkability to me is a little bit low. This might just be because I am somewhat new to the style.

I enjoyed this beer very much. The zest and zing added some things that I have yet to experience in a milk stout. Different it is, but to me, it is different in a good way.

Thanks to my boy Kevin (hurleymanvw) for giving me this one to try.

Photo of LeeMarvin
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer totally blew me away. Others have described the colors, aromas and other particulars, so I'll just say that it's one of the most drinkable milk stouts I've ever tasted. Not as thick and not as sweet as others I've had, it's the kind of stout that you can just enjoy drinking without feeling bloated after the first couple of bottles.

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

Recieved in a trade with limesmut, thanks for the chance to try this and many other brews.
Poured aggressively into my Sam Adams glass. Came up with a small off white head that dissappeared quickly. Very minimal lacing. Really not as black as I'd thought it should be, dark with ruby highlights. I've seen brown ales darker than this one. Smell is of smokey roasty chocolate, and maybe a little candy in there too. Taste is roasted barley and a bit of chocolate and that milk sugar taste that I have yet to figure out how to describe. Taste is roasty and sweet. The body is medium high and the mouthfeel a little sticky. Overall a decent brew. A little light in color for the style, but highly quaffable just the same.

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

My second duck-rabbit in a row, thanks to ddddeac.

Poured from a small capped bottle into a pint, and please note the nice, dual picture in the bottle.

Just like their nice porter, a very nice presentation. Pitch black, fluffy brown head, good retention, lacing and collar all the way to the end. Nice.
Aroma is also pleasant, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, perhaps a bit more hoppiness, mostly fruity. It is malty, and a bit sugary on the nose, but the fruity hops keep it in check.
Full bodied and creamy, with the flavor following suit to the aroma, perhaps a bit sweeter. Milk and chocolate, coffee, maybe some dark fruits?. Sweet it is, and nice and easy going, but not overly sweet.
My second duck-rabbit, the second good one. I am impressed with the brewery so far.

Photo of drseamus
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Call me crazy, but a stout should be pretty dark. This one isn't dark enough. It has a moderately dark mahogany colored body that shines deep red when held to the light. The head was initially very big but fell really quickly. The aroma reminds me of barbecue. There is a big smokey presence in there along with dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Again, this aroma isn't quite what I expect for the style. Roast is up front and dominating in this beer. There is a bit of smoke in there and this still reminds me of barbecue a bit. The lactose sweetness that essentially defines the style is also definitely there; in fact it is a bit too sweet for me. The body is the only thing that is dead on; decently heavy but not too much. This is not a beer that I will seek out again mostly because it is too sweet with not nearly enough balance.

Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a huge light tan head from the high carbonation. The aroma features dark roasted malts and sweet chocolate. The taste is dark and roasty up front with a bittersweet finish of chocolate and coffee. The heavy carbonation detracts from the beer, but it is still highly enjoyable. Overall, this is a pretty good brew that is recommended.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a fairly opaque black, slightly ruby hued, with a good tan head to start with, fading to a nice film, not much lacing though. The aroma is a little timid, but nice notes of lactose, chocolate and a hint of coffee perhaps. In taste, there is even more coffee, the lactose quite nice in counterpoint, again chocolate is nice, but this coffee and lactose battling it out is kind of weird, kind of good. The mouth is fairly smooth and creamy, not perfectly but good enough, the body medium full and the carbonation rightfully restrained. Quite a nice beer.

Photo of LittleBreeze
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stopbarking for providing the bottle

Dark brown with good head retention.

Strong coffee aroma with roasted grain.

Taste and mouth feel wasn't doing much for me until I pushed it away and let it warm. The beer really began to shine. Very good feel and a complex taste. Good interpretation of the style.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with some amber color when held up to the light. Foams up with a tan head and that is sustained by a vigorous level of carbonation. Very cola like in appearance. Smell of sweet malts and some sweet chocolate. Some whiskey alcohol notes show themselves also. Taste is sweet up front and this followed by a nice smokeyness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and overcarbonated. Finishes with a little bitterness. Overall not a bad brew. I think top to bottom though the duck rabbit brews have been somewhat of a dissapointment. They are all better than average but none of them have really shined. They seam to have a fairly consistant problem with overcarbonation that detracts from most of the ones I've tried.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black color with a tan head. Aromas of lactose sweetness. In the taste, sweet maltiness, smokey, and a small bitterness. Sweet with a small bitter mouthfeel, and a sticky sweet and small dryness in the aftertaste. A nice sweetness with a small bitter and easy to drink. Not too heavy either.

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

this one poured dark brown, not black with a nice decent sized milk chocolate colored head that stayed for a little bit but went to a thin layer across the top that stayed the rest of the beer

it smelled of roasted malt, not much of a hop profile to speak of

tasted slightly burnt, extra roasted malt, and quite sweet which was expected for this style. very low hop profile. burnt chocolate flavor was the most evident flavor that was balanced out nicely with the sweetness.

not very heavy for a stout, but creamy as a milk stout should be

i could drink one or two of these in a sitting and then im afraid they would be too sweet. so for me, not a great session beer, but definitely a good dessert beer. i would keep them around all the time if they were something i could get locally.

Photo of jneiswender
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from a beer of the month club. Bottle reads best by January 08.

Poured into a pint glass. Very weak head. No staying power and no lacing. Dark mahogany color.

Smell of nice sweet toffee.

Taste is nice and thick. Very distinct chocolate flavor. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness.

For a milk stout I can really see myself drinking this for an entire night.

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

A creamy black pour, hints of dark ruby. Lingering off-brown head, dense, semi-clingy. Aroma pops with roasted malt and coffee, some cocao and sweet caramel.
A nice sweetness keeps tame the robustness of the coffee and bite. Some dark fruits are at work here, too. Black plum, prune and raisin. This leaves the aftertaste a bit fruity, dry and remenants of sweetness. Just enough to leave you wanting more. An easy drink for a milk stout

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

Acquired in a trade from limesmut.

Pours a dark brown with A LOT of head for a stout.

Smell is chocolate with traces of coffee. I get a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is like the smell. Chocolate milk with traces of coffee in it.

A creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation hangs around for a while in this beer.

Overall drinkability is good. Although, judging by the fact that my mouth is itching right now, it seems I'm allergic to something in this beer, but I don't want that to affect the rating..

Overall, it's a good beer. I just wish I weren't allergic to it.

Photo of bboven
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big, thick tan head that leaves lots of lacing, but the body is more of a porter-brown than a black. Could be a little darker.

Smells roasty but a little sour.

The roast and sweetness balance beautifully in the taste, but there's a metallic twang at the end that I don't care for. The hops show up after you've swallowed.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel, great lasting carbonation.

It's pretty good. I'd buy this one again, or maybe order a pint at the bar.

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

I bought this beer in a mixed six pack from Total Wine. Pours very dark with a tan head that went away slowly. The nose was chocolate and coffee with malts. Has a nice sweet taste at first that fades to a bitter ending. Is smooth and really good. A very nice beer!

Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew in a trade with ncvbc. Have yet to have a Duck-Rabbit brew but have only heard good things. Drank out of my Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass while watching the Boise State vs. New Mexico State game.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish-mahogany with a giant three finger plus brunette head. Huge fluffy cap stays for the duration of the beer leaving little tiny spots of lacing.
Smell- Nice sweet bitter bakers chocolate and French roast coffee are the dominating scents. Very feint hints of vanilla and oak.
Taste- Very smooth chocolate milk with hints of bitter roasted coffee. Nice and sweet like I expected but not overwhelming. Lightly fruity with hints of dark berries. Almost has a tinge of nuttiness in the aftertaste along with a residual sweetness and very light alcohol warming.
Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy with a nice full body and light, refreshing carbonation. Spot on.
Drinkability- This is a fantastic brew. It really really reminds me of Deschutes Black Butte Porter with a touch more sweetness. It’s a shame that we can’t get any Duck-Rabbit brews out west. They claim to be the “Dark Beer Specialists” and as far as I can tell they’re doing a hell of a job. Thanks again to ncvbc!

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured into a goblet with minimal bubbling, just a partial light mocha cover. It's nearly impossible to pick up the deep ruby at the bottom center over the stem, this is pretty opaque. Swirling plants some lace on the sides for a moment but they slide back into a solid collar.

Aroma - heavily roasted but no burnt element. Good chocolate presence at times, a bit nutty at others. Maybe a little more intensity would be nice, but I like it plenty.

Taste - a mellow chocolate sweetness, the roastiness is fairly strong and plays on the edge of burnt just a wee bit. Robust, full malts, and a light touch of alcohol warmth. Dry bitterness at the aftertaste, low key and in step. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel - it's smooth with a certain amount of creaminess, but there is a thinness of sorts to the body that waters down the smoothness somewhat. A good feel to it regardless, still I'd like it to be a little denser or something.

Drinkability - very tasty. Very sessionable for the style though its chances improve toward the colder months of the year.

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

Damn good stout. First milk stout I've had, and I have a feeling they may be downhill from here.

Nice black body, somewhat lighter brown at the edge of the glass, and a big walloping creamy head. Beer had a nice bit of carbonation and a small head for the entire drinking session, a factor that makes this an incredibly drinkable stout.

Taste is deliciously sweet and bitter chocolate notes ... but mostly sweet (which was a welcome change of pace). Definitely coffee as well, but the overwhelming taste is chocolate. Also, more than a hint of vanilla. I'm a sucker for vanilla, and I don't think enough brewers work that flavor in. With the vanilla mixed in with a nice dark fruit (cherries? Prunes? Plums?) background, this is a sweet, well-balanced treat.

Thanks to LRM for the trade.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC

Appeance: Poured aggressively into an imperial pint glass, DR's Milk Stout is almost pitch black in color with just a shade of brown on the edges. Monsterously, thick, merangue like head tops the beer and sheets of bubble cascade downwards to the bottom of the glass. The fades slowly to a thick, creamy 1/2" head with ample lacing lining the glass.

Smell: Hints of milk chocolate and a light roast coffee heavy on the cream. Has a strange, really light fruitiness that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste: Starts with a both a chocolate like sweetness as well as a chocolate like bitterness if that makes any sense. Seems like a combo of milk and bittersweet chocolate along with a bit of coffee that lends a roastiness to the beer. The middle is really smooth and moves to a finish that is more of the chocolatey goodness with just a bit of coffee that lends a bitterness as well as a drying effect on the tongue. Definitely makes you want to take another drink.

Mouthfeel; Very smooth and velvety, coats the mouth well. Carbonation is on the medium to low end.

Drinkability/Notes: DR's Milk Stout is very drinkable. Plenty of chocolatey goodness followed by a nice coffee like bitterness in the finish. Very easy to drink and super smooth in the mouth. The lactose lends a very nice sweetness to the beer but not in a cloying way. A really nice stout. Too bad its not available in DC. Definitely one I will buy again on my next trip to NC. Recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

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

Pours an opaque black with a frothy tan head that retains and laces. Carbonation bubbles visible all around the sides. Smells mild in every way but I pick out roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Tastes of roasted coffee beans, bakers chocolate, slight vanilla and a bitter hop bite. To be honest, a little weaker and less sweet than I though it would be but still good. Feels creamy in the mouth with a tickle on the tongue from carbonation. Great drinkability. My first drink from the duckrabbit well and a tasty brew that didnt dissapoint.

Photo of loren01
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours like fricking as black as the night. Good sized tan/white head. Good head retention
S: Smells sweet, chocoatey. Almost a dark fruity smell as well. There is also some vanilla in there as well. Very complex smell
T: Oh yeah, thats what I'm talking about!!! Roasted maltiness, sweet milk chocolate flavor dominates. Slight bitter hop aftertaste.
M: Full bodied, and creamy. Its like I'm drinking a jug of cream its that smooth.
D: I really can't come up with one bad thing to say about this beer, excellent any way you look at it in my book. I think this is my first ever 5 beer. Thanks to limesmut for this excellent beer!! Might have to trade with you again for more of this stuff.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up while vacationing at the Outer Banks was in a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap poured into a large wide mouthed mug.

Opaque,black poured with nothing but head,tan colored thick and velvety leaving a pillow of foam with good retention leaving curtians of lace turning spotty down the glass very sticky.

Very roasty,chocolaty,some coffee notes has a creamer-like aroma smells a lot like a Milky Way bar. Moderate aromas and very pleasing.

Very deep roasty taste,dark chocolate,black coffee,burnt tones. Strong complex malty taste has a hint of vanallia. Very good balance with a clean,very sharp, slightly spicy, hop bitterness with a burnt chocolate fade.

Creamy,slightly grainy edge,some smoothness not as smooth as most of the milk stouts i've tasted. Great mouthwatering taste making me crave more, lots of drinkability,a little more body than other mils stouts i've tried. Very nice beer. Like the label states "the dark beer specialists" Had a few of the darks beers from Duck Rabbit all were excellent beer. wish I could get these beers in my area. Give these beers a trt if you can enjoyed them all so far.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an absolute oil-black that was impenetrable to light, save perhaps a bit of mahogany on the bottom when held to light. Three fingers of massively dense head dissipated slowly, leaving clumps of lace along the sides.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt notes come to mind, with a bittersweet and musty aroma also. The accompanying aroma is hard to pin down, but has a one-of-a-kind smell.

T: A nice burnt malt flavor leads the way, followed by a lactose-like sweetness in the middle. A bit of a bittersweet ending finishes this one off, with roasted malty chocolate sliding down the back of the tongue.

M: Surprisingly, this beer is lighter in body than expected, and the carbonation is at an agreeable level. A creamy and bubbly mouthfeel overall.

D: I'm a sucker for that heavy, roasted malt arrangement when done properly, and Duck-Rabbit seems to have hit the nail on the head for the style.

Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.