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

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Ratings: 1,658
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 103
Gots: 145 | 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 hopsaplenty
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deep black, ruby highlighted beer pours with a noisy thin-bubbled latte-colored head of medium and small bubbles. The head thins to a scant collar, leaving no lacing. The smell is sweet with plenty of roasted coffee tones. The taste is also sweet, roasted malts with chocolate notes up front finishing sweet and minimally hopped. The coffee/roasted malt notes linger. Medium mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, and smooth. An enjoyable beer.

hopsaplenty, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slection of beer-of-the-month club. Poured a deep brown color with reddish highlights. Attractive foamy tannish head present. Smell is roasty, chocolately, coffee-like. Very enjoyable. Taste is of sweetened chocolate mixed with black coffee. Finishes with a nice dry hoppiness to compliment the sweetness. Great beer with excellent drinkability.

tgbljb, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As part of my new beer of the month club, to my pleasant surprise, the first shipment included a milk stout. It is not the most common style to see on the market or at local brewpubs, so I was anxious to give it a taste.

I believe Duck Rabbit specializes in darker beers. In my shipment, their brown ale was also included.

The milk stout, though, had a nice pour with a smooth, creamy head...a little bit of a roasty flavor and smell, but a sweetness unlike your normal stout. The bitter, dry taste of standard stouts was not present.

My experience with this beer probably ended with my club shipment. I have never seen them distributed in the NJ/NY region...but if they ever are, I would surely consider purchasing some of their beers.

Nutleybeer, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was from my friend Mr. Doyle's beer of the month club shipment -thanks!

Poured black with a ruby red tone when held to light. Not much head accumulation and thin retention. Nose is very subtle, of roasted sweet malts. Taste is a nice balance of creamy sweet roasted malts and finishes with a nice dry hop. MOuthfeel is creamy and full. Overall drinkability is very enjoyable - I would not mind tracking this one down on my next trip back east!

arizcards, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep chestnut drown with some dark garnet hues around the edges. During the brief time the beer's head and I spent together, it appeared off-white.

Smell: Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, with a touch of smoke. Additionally, there's a sour (but yummy) milk twang in the nose.

Taste: Starts with a smack of sweet cocoa. Secondary roasty and smokey flavors, too. Very minor hop character. All the while, milkiness, milkiness! Finishes with the roasted malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Milky! However, its a bit on the thinner side, just under medium-bodied and with just a trace of carbonation. Still, it could greatly benefit from a bit more body.

Drinkability: Its smooth dessert-like qualities make it rather enjoyable, as well as drinkable. Very Yoo-hoo-esque.

While not nearly as flashy or bold as other stouts, its still a good beer, that with a little tweaking, could make for a really great milk stout.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with a nice low creamy light brown head and good carbonation. Big roasty and bittersweet chocolate and coffee aromas. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee dominates the tastebuds; not very sweet at all. Fairly robust. Medium-full bodied and creamy as it warms.

A nice robust stout.

Per BOM notes:
ABV: 5.7%
Malts: American 2-row varieties (lots of roast barley and flaked barley)
Hops: Nugget, Fuggle

RBorsato, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nearly opaque black with a shallow caramel head, dissipated rather quickly. No discernable lacing.

Smell - Rich coffee and dark chocolate, slightly burned but not unpleasant. Roasted nuts somewhere in the background. Lingering sweet malt finish.

Taste - Espresso notes with hints of baker's chocolate and nutty liqueur. Warm, nutty finish. Dark and slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin, but offset by rich taste and aroma. Moderately creamy and suprisingly clean finish. Mouthfeel oddly does not match the expectation of the aroma.

Drinkability - Despite the thin mouthfeel, this stout is impressively drinkable and smells wonderful in the nose. Finishes cleaner than expected for a stout. Overall, an above-average milk stout.

Recieved three 12oz bottles of this stout in a beer of the month shipment. Striking label, and fascinating story behind the brewer as well. A thinking man's stout, to be certain. I'd buy it again, but won't break any land speed records to do it.

beerphilosopher, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of ism
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque but clear black body with mahogany highlights, topped with a 1-finger tan head that quickly recedes. Minimal lacing, practically non-existent. Nose is rich, coffee malt with a sublte floral hop scent. Gentle carbonation in a thin body, rich with coffee-chocolate and roasted malt flavors, with a subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose, mildly balanced with bittering hops. Roasted malt and that milk sweetness lingers nicely.

Body thickness could be a bit more beefed up, but the subtle impartation of hops and lactose sweetness, combined with less acridity than usual for the style, makes this a nice treat, though not really sessionable.

ism, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this freebie in a trade. Funny to see “Milliliter” spelled out on the bottle. This makes my 30th State, 20 to go!

Aroma: Dusty, sweet malt, coffee notes, inviting

Appearance: Nice clarity for such a dark beer, I can see all the way through it. Head collared quickly and lasted a bit, but didn’t lace.

Flavor: Rich. Coffee, milky notes, milk chocolate and a rich nutty finish, almost an almond liquor flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice rich creamy texture

Overall Impression: Very drinkable. Rich flavors and texture are a treat and there are some mild hops that give it some complexity. Very enjoyable!

HardTarget, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of nickss
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a small amount head which rapidly disappears to just become a tiny cap.

Smells roasted, of nuts and chunky, sweet toffee. Smells more like a porter to me, but then again, I like porters, so not a problem =P

Very nutty. Lots of coffee flavor in this one as well. Not as bitter as alot of the milk stouts I've had before... which is a very good thing. Also a bit sweeter than what I'm used to, but not overwhelmingly so. Malty, but well rounded... very nice.

Wish it was a bit thicker in the mouth, and a little less acrid feeling, but such is the way with milk stouts.

Very drinkable.... not as good as the porter IMHO, but probably my favorite milk stout nevertheless.

nickss, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of hyuga
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a thin tan head. Reddish hues are noticeable around the edges.

Big coffee and toffee aroma with some chocolate thrown in, a little sweetness. Smells like milk coffee.

A subtly rich sweetness on the palate, sweet chocolate with burnt malt edges. Just a touch of molasses. Hops maintain a good balance. Lighter bodied for a stout, but not a bad thing for this style.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Slides around and coats your tongue.

I'd have a few of these. Very drinkable. Sweet but not overly so. Not big or really complex, but it would make a great session beer. I think it's slightly underrated.

hyuga, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown with a medium-tan colored head. Head dissipates quickly with only minimal lacing.
Smell - Chocholate, nutmeg, and (believe it or not) smoked cheese.
Taste - More full-bodied than is common for this style, especially with it's creamy texture. Refreshing and complex.
Mouthfeel - Creamy with a bit of spice residue.
Drinkabilty - I think more than 2 of these in one sitting would be difficult due to it's texture and overall body.

jaluria, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

single bottle purchased at yuppie foods, i mean whole foods

appearance: dark with dark red highlights, bubbly head with very little lacing. nothing special here

smell: roasty, slightly nutty, sweet and sour smells in the nose as well. It didnt strike me as a typical milk stout

taste: sweet chocolate, roasted malts, nutty, a certain milky sweetness. All of the duck rabbit beers I have had have been bizzarely off style, which in this particular case is not a good thing

mouthfeel: i do not like thin stouts, this is a thin stout

drinkability: its not hard to drink but why you would want more than one is beyond me

dirtylou, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours at what appears to be a rich black color but after holding it up to the light, its a deep deep ruby. The smell is of roasted malts,hints of chocolate, coffee, and some kind of nut, cant quite put my finger on it. on the pour the head forms small and disappears pretty quickly. Super malty with maybe a hint of underlying hops. It tastes just like it smells the coffee taste really takes over. Over all I would say this is a very nice stout, will buy again for sure.

charlottebeerguy, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been wanting to try something from this brewery for a while. Pours a dark brown color with a slight head. No lace. Nose is slightly toasted and sweet. Flavor is full of milk and dark chocolate. Slight toffee and caramel too. Nice subtle bitter finish. Just a tad short of heavy on the toasted malts. Some heft to this beer with a very full flavor. However, the richness of this beer could be a bit exhausting after a bit.

MuddyFeet, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why there is a lack of love for this but I thought this was a well done brew.
Appears a black color with a small white head that fades to a small film with a little lacing.
Smell is of milk sugar, coffee, chocolate, cream, and chestnuts.
Taste is of sweet coffee with cream and toffee and a heavy sugary merengue like taste that makes this sweet stout a winner.
Mouthfeel is chewy, rich, along with a very well balanced rendition of the style of brew without any overkill. Low IBU's keep this wonderfully brewed stout in check with sweetness and coffee and chocolaty richness that linger just enough for you to wish you had more.
Drinkability speaks for itself. Very nice Milk Stout in my opinion.

weeare138, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the dark brownish burgundy brew. Head quickly fades to a scant layer of bubbles, and lacing is average. Aroma is sweet, creamy dark malts, almost exactly what I was looking for here. Taste is sweet dark malts, with little to no bitterness, seemingly due to the added sugar, which is as it should be. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent, with smoothness that just invites another mouthful, or two, or bottle. Check it out.

ppoitras, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body with a small light tan head that drops quickly. No remnants of that head are left on the glass. Big roasted malt notes in the aroma. Also a bit of dark chocolate and a light sourness. Flavor starts off sweet with chocolate and roasted malts. Light creamy sourness plays well in it. Finishes on a sweet toasty note. Body is medium and pretty creamy and smooth. This has enough going for it that I could have a few in a session. Solid example of the style all around. Thanks goes to my buddy Jason for the bottles.

meathookjones, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of mortarit
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep deep dark brown with a unpinatraitable body with a tan head that quickly recedes to a slight froth. Nice lacing.

Smell: A bit tigglish on the nose, particularly in comparison with their porter. I pick up sour woody tones with some roasted malt.

Taste: Nice balance between sweet and bitter chocolate-chicory elements with a very long-lasting finish.I could replace this with milk.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice sipping stout that grows on you.

mortarit, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of cracgor
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with ruby edges. Thick frothy head--like angelfood cake--tan with good lacing. I will say the head never got especially large, but it retained fairly well.

Smell: Chocalaty and nutty. A little sour. A very good rich candy bar smell.

Taste: very sweet and nutty. Great roasted malts. Milky sweetness--a lot like sweetened condensed milk.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, rich, not a motor oil thickness, but what it ought to be.

Drinkability: One of my favorite regulars in the stout offerings. Very drinkable while maintaining the qualities of a stout.

cracgor, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small head formed on the not quite opaque black body. Redish highlights are quite prevalent. Head disappeared to nothing much too quickly. No lace formation either.

Aroma is all about the toasted/roasted malts. A bit of dirty ash tray with some strong wood smoke characteristics. Day old coffee hints as well.

Nice flavor though. A good toasted smokey flavor with subtle amounts of sweetness throughout. Finishes initially with a sweet bitter milk-like flavor which transitions into strong toasted notes. A good dose of sweet yeasty bread as well.

Mouthfeel is too thin. This has a crisp feel initially which I think might be due to too much carbonation. Drinkability is good though. Nothing offensive about this one, just a bit subtle overall.

blitz134, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of buckiflyer
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dad for tasting and reviewing with me. No born on date, poured a dark color with a small head and very little lacing. Sweet smell, malty and sweet taste with hints of chocolate and coffee. A good guiness like stout from a nice small town brewery here in North Carolina, I would love the chance to take a tour of the facilities when in the area next.

buckiflyer, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass. Received the beer as a gift from a college buddy of mine.
The beer pours a rich dark brown color with deep garnet tints on the edges of the glass.
Initially no head develops, but as I increase aggressiveness of the pour, I geta small frothy beige head that floats carelessly on the surface about .3 cm.
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with some brown sugar sweetness as well. No hop presence here.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured brew with a fairly thick body.
Carbonation is mild but what exists is a little prickly.
Flavor starts with some sweetness and chocolate, but finishes roasty and a little bitter on the sides of my tongue.
Even with the thickness of the body, the beer is very easy to drink even on this hot summer day. I enjoy this beer, but wish it had just a hint more lactose sweetness going on.

sulldaddy, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight 1/4 inch light tan head. Semi dark brown in color with a tint of red. Aromas of roast and a creamy lactose smell, not much more. Flavors of the same, earthy and roasty. Well carbonated, somewhat average mouthfeel, and a long aftertaste of roast flavor. Nothing extravagant anywhere with this beer, but well made and drinkable in any case. A good idea to try, but I won’t be buying again anytime soon.

blackie, May 18, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noticeably thin on the pour, appearance somewhat akin to Pepsi. Nice roasty, lactic aroma with notes of coffee, milk chocolate and candy sugar. Starts off with a milky sweetness, which blends nicely into the darker, roastier baking chocolate flavors. Hop bitterness is noticeable in the finish as well, keeping this pretty fairly balanced. Has a mild touch of carbonation; any more and this would be some kind of odd chocolate soda. I will say that I enjoy the flavor on this one a lot. Thicken it up a bit into "man-stout" levels and it's really a nice brew. A good sweeter dessert stout...a session stout, if there is such a thing.

IrishRedRock, May 10, 2005
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,658 ratings.