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

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 105
Gots: 221 | 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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Ratings: 1,814 | Reviews: 737
Photo of orcasteve
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

coffiee, mollassas, and a burnt malt flavor, this one is great, every time i go to north carolina i pick up a few 6ers to take home, nice and dark, a tuch thick and a all around sweet milk stout. this is a good beer for the fall season but it is fall like temps hear in new your today so i figured i would break one out, good choise

Photo of kmeves
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber black with a small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of almond. Flavor is sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt and chocolate covered cherries. Medium to large body, creamy texture. Finishes dry and chocolate sweet.

Photo of MiScusi
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle notched as best before 7/08. Dammit, I'm just a bit late.

A- very dark brown with a light tan creamy head that needs some pretty vigorous pouring to get going.

S- big time lactose, with the standard combination of chocolate and slight roastiness. Overall a really sweet smelling beer.

T- Roastiness hits initially, followed by this sweet twang. Seems to lack much depth with this strange, I don't want to say sour, but tangy flavor.

M- much lighter than I expected by it's look. Probably a good medium to heavy-medium.

D- not.

This was stored pretty well so I don't believe there can be too much of a problem with it due to poor storage conditions.

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

On tap at Brickstore in Decatur, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Deep-brown to black with a creamy, tan, one-finger head, patches of solid sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, milky coffee and bakers chocolate, other roasted malts and toasty notes, smoky and peaty in places.

Taste: Burnt, bitter, roasted astringencies, and not as sweet or milk stout-esque as you'd imagine from the nose. However, there is (up front, at least) plenty of creamy coffee and milky chocolate notes - just not what I was expecting is all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and -bubbled, even. Not creamy or thick - pretty good, as anything bigger or more carbonated might have been cloying or too rough.

Drinkability: Good, another winner from Duck Rabbit, fast becoming one of the better breweries in the south. A style that I'm not a huge fan of, so it should perhaps rate even higher than this, but still.

Photo of maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rnorgart for this extra, & managing to get seven beers I've never had in a single box.

Pours dark with a big, tenacious head. It sits for a while, & the head endures. Smells chocolate-sweet, with that faint milky undercurrent that always creeps me out coming out of a beer.

Taste is solid. All the same flavors in the nose come out in the beer, especially the undercurrent of sweet cocoa.

Some serious carbonation going on here, I can feel my teeth beginning to ache already. Even a gentle swirl brings some serious snap-crackle-pop out of the Surly pint glass.

Photo of brantadid
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a huge tan head. Tons of lacing left behind as the head diminished.

Smelled very sweet and rich. Lots of vanilla and burnted malt.

Very sweet on the front palate. Sweetness carries through all palates but an increasing bitterness presents itselve.

Mouthfeel is head and creamy. Not much cabonation at this point.

I wish Duck Rabbit distributed to New Jersey...I love the.

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

(Served in a dimple mug)
thanks to sincereNc for this brew
best before 6/08
A- This beer poured a huge light oatmeal tan head that took up most of the glass. As it slowly shrunk down to a dense opaque brown liquid it left register marks of foam sticking to the glass. The body was a bit to dense to see any carbonation at all.

S- This dark roasted malt aroma had notes of chalk and a faint cherry skin quality to the roast. There was a light cream aroma followed by a fresh rain earthy finish.

T- The smooth dark roasted malt flavor had a rich dark chocolate malt flavor to it with notes of dark dry raisins to it. There was a light tangy, tart hint at the finish but no bitterness either from hops or grains.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a smooth texture with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer is smooth and rich yet simple which makes a nice session beer. Very easy to drink.

Photo of Saunapoika
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful, extremely black brew. One finger creamy brown head that laces nicely as the brew disappears.

S: Roasty maltiness with a hint of musty cedar closet. Almost like a fine cigar shop.

T: Outstanding! Sweetness up front with just the perfect balance of bitterness for the finish. Coffee tones, molasses, and a hint of smokiness. Delicious.

M: Smooth, silkiness. Wonderful.

D: Ok, I could go on all day but would gain 15 lbs. if I keep downing these. Don't get me wrong, I could do it with this delicious brew.

Photo of auxiliary
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark brown, tan head, that went flat.

smell - Roasted malts , coco, chocolate, and sugars here.

taste - Nice chocolate taste with some cocco present too.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Very nice beer, another hit from Duck Rabbit.

Photo of Redwood21
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: love this look, black as an inkwell with a tan to brown head, that sems to last very well. yum

S: smells like chocolate milk with a touch of espresso dumped in not much more to say but i dig it

T:smooth, easy to call, delicious i really dig it. there is a touch of coffee with more creamer than coffee mixed with a semi hoppy beer. this is really good, and incredibly smooth.

M/D: This is a great beer and very drinkable. this is the middle of summer and i sweat it out at the range hitting 210 balls, this still works, and im sure it would do well in dec as well

Thanks to Everetends for the bottle

Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of jjayjaye
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aubuc1
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drinksandeats
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of Leebo2007
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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