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

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Ratings: 1,792
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 105
Gots: 204 | 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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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.

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

Pours an opaque, very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is rich, smoky and coffee-ish with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is well-rounded, smoky, with strong coffee and unsweetened chocolate components. I recommend this very drinkable stout to all fans of dark beers.

Photo of ncvbc
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black, a big tan head comes up and stays for the majority of the session, ending in a thin ring before the last couple sips. Smell is rich and bold for a smaller beer such as this. Creamy chocolate, dark bitter chocolate under it. A little roast. Also this smell that I notice in all of DR's dark beers...it's like brewer's licorice or something. Very apparent in the Rabid Duck and even in the Baltic Porter. It's here too. Taste is great. It's pretty sweet up front. Lots of chocolate and cream. Dark chocolate comes in again. Some dark fruits also add depth. An excellent hop presence enters in the finish, making it creamy yet slightly dry at times. Quite the drinkable brew for the style. I don't come across many that I could enjoy multiple pints of when it comes to a Sweet Stout but this is surely one of the few. Great stuff, highly recommended.

Photo of Lupe
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a tight tan head. Decent retention and some lacing is left behind.

Aroma of roasted chocolate malt, caramel, and malted milk balls. A touch of dark fruitness is also present.

Solid chocolaty goodness that is never too sweet - roasted character balances well. Some caramel and mild coffee are present, along with a hint of raisin and nut, and a hint of smoke. Finishes slightly dry with a little lingering roast. Delicious with smooth flavors.

On the lighter side of medium bodied, slightly creamy, and silky smooth. Awesome drinkability - enough complexity and flavor to keep you wanting more, but not too big of a beer to weigh you down. A top Milk Stout in my book.

Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid brown color with thin light brown head and good lace. It brings on a deep raisin and oak aroma with also some brown bread and brown sugar. The flavor is tart and grapelike with some molasses and a touch of charcoal. It's drinkable but a bit sharp. Medium bodied. A good quality stout.

Photo of everetends
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a sixer from Green's in Atlanta. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice thick black. Held to light it has a nice hints of red peeking through. Has a nice tan head that hangs out for a while. Great lacing.

S: Kind of turned me off. Smelled heavy of lactose, not good lactose. Smelled like milk just as it was going bad.

T: Made up big time for the smell. Nice and sweet. The milk comes across with the malt. Not too sweet, but it is sweet. A hint of coffee and chocolate. Got a great taste.

M: Very creamy, low carbonation.

D: I can drink this. I am a big fan of stouts. The taste is amazing to make up for the smell I got off this beer. I might have just opened an off bottle. Will drink again.

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

A : Pours a black with ruby hints. A nice tan head that hangs around for a while

S : Roasted chocolate malt

T : Good chocolate taste with a little coffee flavor on the back end. It has a nice bitterness to it that goes well with the chocolate flavor

M : Creamy but relatively thin

D : An excellent milk stout that I could drink more of.

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

Pours opaquely black with a rocky light brown head. Nice dark roasty character with some residual sweetness coming through. Some light grassiness and caramel notes. The hops seem to cut any richness or overly sweet sensation that milk stouts tend to have. Mouthfeel is rich, yet amply carbonated. I'd certainly try this one again.

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

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. Got as an extra in a trade but I forget who from(sorry).

A: Pours a couple shades out of black and let's a decent amount of light through. Big, creamy, almost meragne like head, 3 fingers tall and lightly tinted. Great retention and some patchy lacing.

S: Very sweet. Smells of malted milk balls. Faint cola in the back.

T/M: Very sweet with a nice smoothness. Goes down very easy. More of the chocolate milky malted milk balls with a little something extra. I can't put my finger on it... it adds a sustenance to the drink. Idk, lol. Body is above medium and very smooth.

D: Easily drinkable. I could easily have a few of these before having my fill. Lower ABV also helps a lot.

Photo of marcpal
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into chalice glass- thanks to acamacho for this one.

A: Black with a thin tan head compared to what others have noted. Lacing was there but not super sticky. Not a bubble coming through

S: Sweet caramel and roasted chocolate. Almost a hint of butterscotch on the tobacco aroma.

T: Smooth and complex. The combination of the smoky raisin flavor on top of the milk chocolate is on point. As others have noted, it is like drinking a caramel nut milk shake with a hop balance.

M: Sweet and creamy texture. Silklike.

D: Incredibly drinkable. The smokey coffee flavor was good and not too thick but silky.

This is my favorite from Duck Rabbit so far, and my favorite Milk Stout, albeit I havent had tons. Get this one if you can.

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

From my notes during my road trip of summer 07.

Pours a dark brown with lots of fluffy head, some ruby tint when held up to the light.

Smell is roasted malt with a good aroma of chocolate, a sweet smelling stout.

Taste is creamy and smooth, strong chocolate taste, mild bitterness and mild coffee-ish presence.

Photo of tpd975
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as part of the UGLY BIF.

A: Nice and dark. A quick pour into a tulip yields a huge puffy 3 finger head. It lingers a bit before dying down to a simple collar. Streaky lacing is left behind.

S: Fairly weak aromas. Hints of coffee mostly with some roasted malt. A touch of vanilla and charcoal as well.

T: Wow, one of the better milk stout's out there, and quite possibly my favorite Duck-Rabbit brew. Nice light coffe flavors with hints of caramel and milk. Great rich taste with a bit of creamy chocolate.

M: Fairly thin for a stout, but nice carbonation and creamy quality.

D: Good, one of the most drinkable stouts I have ever tasted.

Overall: I think this is my favorite Duck-Rabbit brew. Very nice flavors with nothing being over the top. The flavors are all subdued and meld together nicely.

Thanks wcudwight, I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of cjohnson
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown / black with a dark tan head, just shy of two fingers in width that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smells of roast coffee, but the smell isn't particularly strong.

Definitely could taste coffee, but also some dairy/cream and maybe a hint of caramel.

The beer felt a little bit like a very thin syrup, I thought.

Very drinkable, and something I plan on picking up again.

Photo of Strix
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark with reddish-brown edges and a decent head that fades fairly quickly.

Smells of coffee and roastedness.

Typical flavors in front, lots of roastedness. Then turns sweeter, cream, rum? and vanilla. Interesting. Hops in the mix there somewhere too.

Mouthfeel a bit weak for me.

Overall, pretty drinkable. Everything I've had from Duck-Rabbit has been solid.

Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut colored with ruby hints around the edges. A huge head of light brown foam rises up and almost over the top (seems to be a common theme with this brewer for me) and slowly settles back down.

Aroma of roasted malt and sharp winey notes.

Flavor of roasted malt, cocoa and molasses, a bit of vanilla. A definite note of bourbon and some smoke. There is some sweetness, but it's flavorful and not overdone.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, as to be expected, a bit tannic. A sipper, very drinkable. Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for passing this one on.

Photo of Pencible
2.36/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a dark brown with very little tan head. It smelled like spoiled milk and licorice, with a hint of chocolate and berries. (There's a chance this was skunked, but I think this is just the nature of a milk stout versus a standard stout.) My first impression was that it tasted like ragweed. It had a little bit of chocolate flavor, no coffee, and some slight hops in the aftertaste. It had good carbonation, but it was still watery and thin for a stout. Overall this was a strange tasting beer, and a unique stout.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade w/GODofALL.

12oz bottle, best by 5/08, served in a standard pint glass.

A - deep brown color with a fluffy tan head that settled to a layer, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S - sweet, roasted malt aroma.

T - rich, roasted flavor, sweet chocolate-caramel finish.

M - medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - easy drinking, good tasting brew.

Photo of nlmartin
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer from Beer Power Ball Week 2. I forget who the sender was but man I am glad you sent the beer.

At the start of Duck season or was it Rabbit season. Oh well doesnt really matter. I poured the lightly chilled beer into my Shaker Pint.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black with a pleasant ruby aura shining through. Dam you gotta like a beer when you see its aura. The head of the beer was one finger high with a creamed coffee coloration. The beer kept a small pillowy head during consumption. The beer left a pleasing pattern of rings around my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer was lead by well roasted coffee mocha. A bit of smokeyness wafted up bringing a pleasing earthyness.

Taste: The beer leads with sweet chocolatey coffee. A bit of vanilla peaks out from the beer and is gone to bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very smooth light body. The carbonation is low but appropriate. This was a very satisfying milk stout and almost exactly what I was hoping for. Nicely played Duck Rabbit.

Photo of yourefragile
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Black liquid with ruby colors around the edges against light. Mocha colored head that quickly dissipates to a thin film and a ring of large bubbles. Minimal lacing.
S: Very strong aroma. Slightly nutty, strong malt, milk chocolate, and lactose.
T: Medium body with strong carbonation and biting bitterness. Coffee and chocolate flavors take back seat to the milky sweetness and hop bitterness. Finish is strong in lactose and bitter. Malt presence isn't quite as strong as I would like. Aftertaste feels like you just drank a glass of milk.

I'm not the biggest fan of this style but I feel like this represents a milk stout well. I really want to like Duck Rabbit but I have yet to find one of their beers I am more than lukewarm toward.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black but is dark ruby red when held up to the light. There is a thick 1" mocha head that sticks around and leaves some heavy lacing. Smells of malt with sweet chocolate and cream. Taste is sweet chocolate milk with a slight bitterness. It seems a little too sweet for me. There needs to be more balance with some smoke flavors to make it better. The mouthfeel is creamy and it slides down easily. Overall I could drink a few more in one sitting. Not bad for a Milk Stout but a little too sweet

Photo of JDV
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to DrBayern for this one - Deep dark brown/black pour with a big lasting puffy tan head on it. Sweet, creamy milky roasted malt smell to it. Almost milk chocolate like. Taste was roasty, less sweet than expected, with a nice light roasty bitterness to it. A bit more carbonated than ideal in my bottle, especially for a stout, but I see the last couple raters didn't have the same experience. I'd prefer a touch less carbonation and a tad more sweetness, however it is still a fine milk stout and one worth trying.

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

A: Dark brown pour with off white/brownish head that clears up fairly quickly.

S: Light smell of malt and chocolate, not much here.

T: Tastes of sweet malt with coffee and chocolate milk background. A little bitterness creeps up at the end to even things out.

M: A little thin but still very smooth and velvety across the palate.

D: Enjoyable brew but not something that I would want to have a lot of.

Photo of cbleary
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This is a unique and satisfying beer. It had a deep ruby/black body with a small white head that dissapated quickly but left a good deal of lacing. It smelled of rich roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla ice cream. The taste was excellent, a very rich and decadent mix of malt and the yogurt like sour-sweetness from the lactose. Very well made.

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