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

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Ratings: 1,780
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 104
Gots: 189 | 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 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.

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

Review based on on tasting notes from Fall '07 Knoxville Brewers Jam.

Beautiful color on this beer nearly opaque black to my eyes. Beautiful head--if thin--that drops out quickly. Flavor and smell were lux: what I'm looking for in a milk stout: Coffee, chocolate, and a touch of sweetness. I could drink this one all night!

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, nearly black in color. Rough pour yielded a thin light brown head that dissipated quickly with very little lacing.

S: Light swirling liberates aromas of coffee and chocolate.

T: Creamy full bodied chocolate with coffee tones. Very little carbonation makes this smooth to drink. The complex and abundant malts linger after the swallow leaving a good amount of sweetness behind.

M&D: Full mouthfeel and an easy smoothness makes this highly enjoyable. Because of the fullness of this brew, I don't know how many I could take in a single sitting.

Overall I thought this is a very good milk stout. This is the first Duck-Rabbit product I have sampled and so far I'm impressed. There is a complexity of malty goodness that makes you want to keep coming back for more.

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

Pours dark brown with reddish hints. Thin head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet, with a touch of smoke. Pleasing expresso, roasted malt flavor. A touch of lactose tartness balances the flavor. Thick mouthfeel. One of the better Milk / Sweet stouts from a brewery that does dark beer well.

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

A: Slightly reddish black with a 1/2 finger tan head.

S: Sweetness with some lactose smells. Some chocolate and coffee notes as well.

T: Sweet milk, chocolate and coffee. A bitter bite. Maybe some dark fruits as well - raisins or something. I'm liking the flavors here. Nice.

M: Good carbonation, nice richness for this style.

D: Very good.

Recommended. A solid, tasty stout.

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

12 oz bottle (best by April 08), moderate pour into a Duck-Rabbit pint glass.

A: Deep brown/black with a slight reddish color when held up to a light. One finger of tan head with decent (not great) retention.

S: Subdued aroma, slight note of sweet smokiness.

T: Smooth roasty maltiness slides over the tongue. Hints of chocolate and roasted nuts come in late. The lactose gives it a sweetness that nicely complements the malt profile.

M: Nice smooth feel from the residual sugars. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, counteracting the lactose sweetness.

D: A nice example of a milk stout. I could drink this one all evening!

Note: I have also had this on tap and remember it as slightly better than the bottle offering. If you find it on tap, order it!

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep deep brown hue with a three finger chunky tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light chocolate malt with essences of coffee and cream.

The taste was upfront soft cocoa and finished with a semi-dry cafe au lait flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a slightly dry finish.

Overall a tasty and relatively complex milk stout.

Photo of ruckzuck
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a beer of the month club a couple of months ago and had a few which I really enjoyed. Saved the last 2 for later and reviewing now finally.

A - nice and black; head is a good looking tan

S - roasted malts, sweetness, faint hints of dairy

T - woo nice malty sweetness up front, almost a bit sugary, really comes through chocolaty at the end; incredibly delicious

M - medium-bodied and smooth; not a ton of carbonation, but feels really great going down

D - wow, this is a superb milk stout! Admittedly, I haven't had a ton of this style of beer, but I loved this a couple of months ago and still really love it now. My gf is a large fan as well. Would definitely drink again and would love to have on tap or to purchase at the store. My only problem is that Duck-Rabbit's stuff isn't sold here and that I only have 1 left =(
Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of baby4rose
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This full dark brown beer is great for any one who likes genies. It pours correct.. it will have a nice foam head, with a hint of chocolate and roasted flavor. The smooth taste, aroma and filling ness has allowed me to buy this beer again again. Availalbe in bottles and but tastes better out of the tap.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown with hints of red and a nice, thick brownish head that lingered well and left good lacing. Aroma was a sweet, malty milk chocolate with a slight side of roasted nuts. Mouthfeel was smooth and full, ahnd the taste foloowed suit with the nose. Finish was long, and as the beer warmed, an amount of alcohol crept ito both the nose and taste that surprised me for a beer with only 5.7 %.

I did not like previous Milk Stouts I’ve had, but Duck-Rabbit did the style proud with this one.

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

I have never seen anything quite like this in all the beers that I have tried. With a vigorous pour I get one inch of beer and 5 inches of rich tan head that I have to wait to subdue. It breaks down rocky and with lots of lace. Body is a sharp jet black.

Nose is rich with smokey malt and cheesy, chocolate and mineral tones.

You have to drink through the head to taste the smokey, mineral tango that reaches the tongue. Strongly zesty and spicey for a milk stout. And of course very carbonated. Slight syrupy sweetness with coco notes develops on the end of the palate.

This almost drinks like a smoked porter, which I have noticed from a lot of milk stouts lately.

Enjoyable brew with a shocking visual effect.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with 4 fingers of fluffy, pillowy foam. It slowly recedes leaving lots of lace on the glass. Some nice cascading action during the pour as well.

S: Lots of roasted grains, a hint of chocolate, and some sweetness in the nose.

T: Roasted gains come through as the strongest flavor, with hints of chocolate, and a nice hit of sweetness to tie it all together. No real hops flavor to speak of. Pretty tasty overall.

M: Not too bad - decent carbonation, and it's not too thin.

D: This is an easy-drinking milk stout, pretty tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of cartdan
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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