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

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1,733 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,733
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 104
Gots: 166 | 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 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.

franksnbeans, Sep 01, 2007
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.

loren01, Aug 28, 2007
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.

jcdiflorio, Aug 28, 2007
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.

CharlieMopps, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa: Poured a medium black color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some dark chocolate notes. Taste is a mix between slightly bitter roasted malt with some dark chocolate. Body is tad too light for the style but creamy texture was well enjoyed. Very well done overall and something I wouldn’t mind having again.

Phyl21ca, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Fish113d
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours a deep brown color with very little light getting through my glass. On the pour, a huge billowing, tan head surges to the surface to pour over the sides of the glass with only about 1/3 of the bottle poured into it! As it begins to dissipate very slowly, it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It looks much like a malted milk shake...crazy!

The nose reminds me of roasted peanuts along with some chocolate tones as well. Bitter hops come through then as well. Aroma is quite sweet though...nice.

Sipping is sweet chocolate up front with a nice toasted almond with the sweetness of the chocolate malts behind it. Yum. The finish is a little bit to be desired however; a bit watery and just a bit of coffee or mocha finish. Overall though, nice flavor.

Body is medium and not as full as expected with decently balanced carbonation and alcohol throughout. Smooth, milky finish.

Very drinkable brew and would make a nice session brew. One of hte nicer offerings I've tried from Duck-Rabbit.

Fish113d, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the same problem as the previous reviewer had as far as carbonation. I opened the bottle and things seemed alright. ?Howver, as soon as I dispersed the beer into a pint glass, an immediate huge head of foam formed. I poured maybe 2 ounces of beer and the foam filled the rest of the 16oz glass. It took its sweet time receding, maybe ten minutes and was finally able to get all 12 ounces of beer in the glass after nearly 15 minutes of efforting. For that, the appearance gets an average score.

Aroma was sour and astringent. Heavily burnt chocolate and roasted coffee as well.

Lots of roasted chocolate malts and coffee in the flavor profile. Possibly some lactose although I have no clue how lactose really tastes. Some fruitiness, mostly along the dark cherry variety. Raisins as well.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Sticky on the palate. Full bodied and very delightfully silky. Minimal alcohol with nice mouthfeel makes this entirely drinkable. As long as the beer is pourable, this could become a mainstay for the stout category in anybody's fridge. For now, I will leave it out but will certainly revisist this, probably in the winter.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must have a carbonation problem with this brew because an instantaneous head of out the top of my dogfish head over sized snifter occurs after a small pour, and the head hangs around forever. Regardless this is still a fine looking milk stout. Very dark pour bordering on black but not quite there. Some see through around the edges. As said head is enormous, overly carbonated, tan with great lace and retention.

Nose is damn nice thick chewy milk chocolate with a heavy dose of lactose. Some black licorice with plum, and dates, as well as blackberry and an effervescence of blueberry pie. Slight roast and caramel twinge with esters of roasted coffee grounds. Another Duck Rabbit offering that seems to be top notch so far.

A very fine milk stout indeed. Very dry finish with some hop bitterness. Mid palate is rich and roasty with layers of lactose following through to the finish. Plum and anise with caramel drops and chocolate coffee flavors round things out. Mouth is medium, solid and dry. At 5.7 abv a brew I could drink many of especially on an upcoming college football Saturday. Unfortunately I don't have access to Duck Rabbit brews:(

mcallister, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep mahogany color, with a small, persistent off-white head, and very good lacing.

Aroma: Deep milk chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes, excellent.

Taste: Deep and rich roasted espresso, dark chocolate, and bitter cocoa notes throughout the taste. Finishes with nut flavors and a little herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very full, with excellent body.

Drinkability/notes: An unwaveringly superb example, simply excellent.

Pegasus, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big fan of the bigger Duck Rabbit offerings, and I also like milk stouts. This is nmy favorite of the lower abv Duck Rabbits, and while it is merely a good rather than a great example of a milk stout, I still like it on ocassion. It pours a dark brown almost black with a decent head that fades and good lacing. The nose is milky and sweet with just a touch of sour grain. The taste is equally as milky and sweet with definite chocolate notes blended well with the milkiness. The mouthfeel is milky and just a little sticky. This version is almost a dessert rather than a beer, which hurts its drinkability. I can't imagine wanting more than one of these at a time.

Georgiabeer, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in the center, brown at the edges and possessing a perfect light tan head that starts out two inches thick and drops to about half that in a minute or two. It smells slightly like milk chocolate (not chocolate milk). The taste has milk chocolate flavors with some hop bitterness that made my mouth pucker slightly. For beers under 6% Abv, Duck Rabbit beers certainly pack a lot of flavor. Much like all Duck Rabbit beers, this was a very tasty ale. I think I have only had one of their beers that I didn’t think was great (barleywine that was a drain pour).

ArrogantB, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of chefdejour
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTM offering

A - Poured from 12 oz. very dark with a milk chocolate head.

S - sweet milky Chocolate and toasted malts

T - same as above - bitter milk chocolate, muted roasted malts - some sweetness, but no sourness.

M: creamy with roasted dry finish, nice carbonation

chefdejour, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of mwearl
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, very dark brown with virtually no light showing through. Head is minimal when poured properly, short lived with little lacing. Smell is a little fruity with licorice. Flavors of roasted malt, oak, cofee. Alcohol comes through in waves and noticeable for a fairly low ABV. Mouthfeel is oily, foamy with a tannic sensation on the tongue. Overall, this is a great brew, highly drinkable and another fine example of a North Carolina beer.

mwearl, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to limesmut for this brew!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Best by 05/07.

Pours a dark brown, basically black with a huge fluffy three finger tan colored head that takes a while to die down. Lacing is pretty good, but doesn't hold to the glass as much as I thought it would. Smell has a nice roasted nut character up from with a sweet caramel malt that tickles the nose as well. Taste is very similar to the smell, but chocolate appears on the tongue midway. Aftertaste has a very coffee like tingle. Medium body with a bit too much carbonation for this style. Couldn't have more than one in a sitting, but still a beer worth trying.

BeerTruth, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown light black with ruby highlights and a thin brown head that leaves a creamy layer on top throughout the beer.

S - Chocolate, milk and roasted malt.

T - Bitter chocolate up front followed by sweet milk and roasted malt. It doesn't have the lactic sourness I have gotten in other milk stouts.

M - Very creamy but slightly on the thin side for a stout.

D - A great easy drinking beer.

brewcrew76, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to akorsak for this one.

Best by 11/06

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, huge two finger plus foamy tannish head, lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet/bitter, lot's of toffee/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad milk stout, but would have like a fresher bottle.

Wasatch, May 20, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Dark reddish black color; reminds me of Coca-Cola. Smaller head of tan foam had mild retention, but ultimately dissipated after only a few minutes. No lacing. Medium low levels of carbonation.

S: Dark malts, cocoa, sweet fermented grain, a touch of vanilla. Not overly complex, yet still right on for the style.

T: Strong sour fruit flavors, mild dark chocolate and malt. Mild roasted grain and malt flavors, but the sour flavors seem to drown everything out.

M: Too thin. This was very light on the palate, like bubbly water. I'm used to a bit more when thinking of the style.

D: Naw, this is more like a baltic porter than a milk stout. Thanks, but i'll have something else first.

Notes: Thanks to mikesgroove for the 12 oz sample via No Name BIF.

Frozensoul327, May 06, 2007
Photo of srrn
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a lot of foam, even when poured conservatively. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is much like the aroma only a bit on the sweet side as would be expected in this style. Mouthfeel is luxorius. This is not a session brew but a great brew to end the day with. Yet another great beer from Duck-Rabbit.

srrn, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is from a bottle aquired through a beer of the month club over a year ago. It didn't get into the fridge until some months ago. I think it suffered a bit as there's a bit of a tang to it that I didn't notice when I first drank it after it arrived. Did pour with a nice foamy, textured, frothy head. Lots of lace. Light roasty, malty, sweet nose. Mouth filling body.

drpimento, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a nice deep black with a frothy cappuccino head that slowly diminished but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was strong and was dominated by roasted barley. The taste had the typical stout flavors but was also had a nice sweetness to it from the lactose sugar. This also gave it a rich smoothness and made it very easy to drink. Another great offering by a great local brewery.

atsprings, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Not pitch black...just black. Nice 1/2" creamy tan head that slowly receded to a thick lace around the beer. Lot's of thick creamy lacing around the rim of the glass as I am about 1/2 the way through the pint.
Expected aromas of chocolate, roasted malts and sweet milk.
Different than some other milk/sweet stouts I've had. Not as sweet in a good way. It seems to have a bitterness or bite that the others don't. I like this take on the style. Lot's of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee in the flavor. The lactose is definately there, but it is balanced by the forementioned bitterness. Slightly acidic finish that doesn't leave an aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thin for a stout imo, but not bad.
A very drinkable and tasty beer from a very good brewery.
I recommend trying this one with some strawberries...trust me.

wcudwight, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of markgugs
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.

markgugs, Mar 10, 2007
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.

wagenvolks, Mar 09, 2007
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.

woodychandler, Mar 07, 2007
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.

hunteraw, Mar 05, 2007
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,733 ratings.