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

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Reviews: 732
Hads: 1,887
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 115
Gots: 278 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 10-08-2004

The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). Because lactose is unfermentable by brewer's yeast, it remains in the beer. The subtle sweetness and fullness of flavor imparted by this sugar balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains that give this delicious beer its black color. All year long, Milk Stout is our number one selling beer!
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Reviews: 732 | Hads: 1,887
Photo of buzzedup
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

I would have to say that this beer would have ranked a lot higher if it would just fix its carbonation issues.
A. Looks very nice, dark with an off white head.
S. smells sweet , malty , some burnt coffee.
T. this is where I have a huge problem with this beer, this beer is so over carbonated that it actually burns the tongue , mouth and throat. I have had this beer many times over the past 7 years and always the same issue and I always go back saying to myself “wow I have not had Duckrabbit Milk Stout in a while maybe I should grab a case” only to be disappointed once again and saying yet again this will be the last time I buy this beer , way to carbonated. 10 times worse than coke a cola .
M. same issue no idea how the mouth feel is since all I get is tiny burning bubbles in my mouth every time I drink this .
O. this time I will stick to my guns and pass on the Duck Rabbit . There are so many other choices that offer the same taste profile but with more of a creamy lower carbonated beer. AKA left handed Nitro , Lancaster Milk Stout , Terrapin Moohoo to name a few… (1,091 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Black as coal. Gorgeous toffee colored head excellent lacing

Aroma big nose of cocoa, with a little coffee, with a sweet scent all it's own

Taste Chocolate, first then coffee with half and half…finishes back to cocoa

Mouthfeel, one of the smoothest I've ever had, very dry finish. this is an outstanding beer to talk over. Warm and embracing

Overall, I have tried this and Left hand in the type and thoroughly enjoyed this one. Look for it, ask for it, and demand it. You won't be disappointed (540 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Charleston Beer Exchange

Duck Rabbit's Milk Stout is as black as the Ace of Spades. Not a ray of light penetrates the body. A head of dense milk chocolate colored foam sits atop with no intention of going anywhere. Drink lines cling to the glass as if their lives depended upon it. When I drink milk stouts I want them to look just like this one.

A big coffee and cream presence wraps itself around a moderate roast. The coffee notes are smooth and the lactose adds an inviting creamy sweetness. Nuttiness adds depth in the form of hazelnut. A deep whiff brings up soft notes of herbal hoppiness and peppery alcohol, also soft.

Somehow the flavor profile manages to be even more enticing than the nose. Coffee again up front with a dash of cream. The added lactose creates a nice sweetness that balances out the roast. Hazelnut washes over the tastebuds mid-palate and remains through the finish. Dark berries are present as well and weren't noticeable in the nose. Soft herbals finish it off. This is a damn fine, robust, milk stout.

Creaminess washes over your tongue immediately. The body is so velvety smooth it feels as if there's a good heft but in reality it's medium bodied. That medium body makes for incredible drinkability. The finish dries up fairly fast and leaves behind a mildly bitter roast.

Duck Rabbit can do some great things. Their milk stout falls into that category. It's creamy and rich with bold flavors but remains extremely drinkable. The balance is there. This needs to be purchased by the case. (1,553 characters)

Photo of Lordhelmit
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Looks great! Poured with a 2 finger tan head and has nice long lasting lacing. Based on this my hopes were high

S - Yikes. Maybe I got a bad batch...but it smelled musty and dusty, almost like mildew. I smelled no chocolate, no milk, no alcohol, nothing but must.

T - Taste is a bit better. Very mild taste. Upfront I taste coconut and light chocolate...that is about it. edit: halfway through the beer, there is a caramel flavor in there too which does improve its taste. For this I am raising my original T rating of 3 to a 3.5

M - Pretty watery, with high carbonation. Despite those characteristics it does have a creamy feel, and it does fill me up quickly. Strange.

O - Hugely disappointed. Will not buy again. (723 characters)

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

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint glass. Best before August 2014.

Appearance: Black with a thin tan head. Clear mahogany/ruby red at the edges when held up to the light. Some islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma to this. Some hints of roasted malts and burnt sugar but that's about it.

Taste: Toasted malt, hint of bittersweet chocolate, some toffee, and a tobacco/smoky bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, approaching creamy. Lively carbonation but not fizzy - scrubs the tongue but there is a hint of stickiness left.

Overall / Drinkability: Full flavored, interesting, and good with desert (chocolate peanut butter banana bread). I suspect it would be a very good base for ice cream floats and probably would go well with a burger also. Not sure I would want more than one per evening though, but I think I would definitely pick up a six pack next time I see it. Other than a weak aroma - a good beer. (928 characters)

Photo of Chessmaster
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an English pint glass

A- Black with several fingers width of head, nice lacing on the glass, good head retention

S - Predominantly smells of chocolate and roast malt, but the aroma is on the faint side

T - The taste itself is pleasant -- chocolate, neither too bitter nor too sweet.

M - The most noticeable characteristic was a very prickly carbonation which almost ruined the beer for me, hiding the pleasant taste and otherwise creamy, full mouthfeel. Swirling the beer for a bit to release some of the carbonation helped to calm the prickliness, after which the beer was more enjoyable.

O - If the carbonation were toned down a bit, this would be a very enjoyable and above average beer. With the distracting prickliness, it is just okay. (772 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a nearly black with a short-lived light tan head. No lacing is left. The aroma is mild but does have nice deep roasted malt notes with a little earthiness. The taste is just straightforward deep roasted malt with just a little sweetness from the lactose. It has a decent weight to the body and a silky feel and finish. It's another very good dark beer from this brewery. (377 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a billowing tan head that lingers.

Aroma is dominated by cocoa, with notes of roast malt and soy adding complexity. On the sweet side.

Flavor reveals more roast malt character, slightly acrid initially, but cocoa, coffee, and deeply toasted, nutty notes step in mid palate to save the day. Metallic notes surface late.

Body is moderate, very smooth, with fairly low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Good chocolate and roast presence, but the acrid character spoils the flavor a bit. Not as luxurious mouthfeel as some. (559 characters)

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

ACBF sample

A-Pours very dark brown witha dark tan, thin head.

S-Chocolate milk and light roast coffee. Lactose. Powdered chocolate.

T-Lactose and really chocolatey chocolate milk. Cream. Roasted coffee to a milder degree. Bittersweet and a bit of burnt malt.

M-Light side of medium bodied. A bit creamy. Softer bubbles.

O-A well done Milk Stout. Never too sweet without proper accompanying bitterness. Better balance of flavors than many within this style. (462 characters)

Photo of BrettMRogers
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass

A-deep dark reddish brown basically looking black. Extremely thin tan head.

S-nutty aroma of roasted malts, pleasing smells of chocolate and coffee

T-first and strongest flavor detected was coffee. Also tasted those roasted malts.

M-well carbonated, medium bodied

O-never had a milk stout before. Did expect more creaminess and sweetness but got neither. Still a very good beer with exceptional flavor. (427 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of chocolate, slight hop, sweet malt, caramel malt, alcohol, yeast, and oatmeal. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of oatmeal, slight hop, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, good aroma, feel, and appearance, but the body was only average. (465 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. glass poured into a Better Better Authority snifter glass (thanks, Richard Hartogs!) and drank blind (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IHgqjsP3Cg), unknown brewing/bottling date, drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - dark brown (bordering on black), no clarity (does not allow light to pass), initially tannish/off-white head gives way to subtle glass lacing, moderate-to-high carbonation with tight tannish bubbles most notable around the lacing, mild alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - subtle chocolate sweetness, dark coffee, mild lactose, roasted malts, earthy but subtle hops, little-to-no alcohol on the nose

T: 12/20 - the flavors match the aroma perfectly - on the front of the tongue, there is an admixture of dark roasted malts, chocolate, dates, raisins and almond; finishes slightly sweet with a residual alcohols and slightly astringent

M: 3/5 - light-to-medium body, no creaminess, slightly higher than desired carbonation for style; little to no alcohol or hop presence

O: 5/10 - decent drinking beer but misses the mark for a milk stout - no creaminess, moderate astringency, too far carbonation; thanks for the opportunity to review blindly, RH

TOTAL - 30/50 (1,169 characters)

Photo of StHopNick
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a solid beer. I would drink again for sure. That being said it is lacking in some areas. The first being the appearance. I love a nice head on my stouts and this beer just seems to not retain a proper head well at all. I think this affects my ability to properly judge the smell but what i can smell is a bit of toffee or caramel. The taste is surprisingly crisp for a milk stout but i don.t mind that. A great aftertaste in my opinion too some surprising biter notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty thin. This combines with the crisp initial taste to give this milk stout a very clean and enjoyable character. Will have it again. (649 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown hue and is only letting a bit of light through when held up to light. A quarter inch of tightly woven khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Aroma of cocoa powder and lactose greets my nose. The body is silky smooth and creamy. I get cocoa and lactose quickly fading away when I take a taste. (301 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very carbonated. Poured with a very tall tan head. A lot of carbonation which you can tell based on the pop of the bottle cap. The beer itself is dark brown. Smells of roasted malts, slight coffee and chocolate. Nutty and bready too. The taste is of dark, roasted malts as well as chocolate and espresso. It's a medium bodied brew that's smooth and sticky. Very solid beer here. (378 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout has a medium, beige, creamy head, some lacing left behind, and a dark brown appearance, with some visible bubble streams on the side of the glass. The aroma is of sweet, sugary, brown bread crust, milk powder, chocolate powder, and even a touch of black cherry. Taste is of all that, with a nice, subtle, balancing bitterness to follow up. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout finishes powdery dry, easy going, and smooth. Overall, this is an outstanding beer. I love it!

RJT (530 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: inch of tan head on pour, collapses in a few minutes... pretty damn dark liquid - dark, spent-oil or black-coffee brown

S: characteristic Duck-Rabbit aromas - rich, dark chocolate-covered raisin, mild earthy hop, dark-roast coffee inundated with heavy cream - fairly heavy roasted barley presence.... has a sort of musty, old upholstery quality - like it!

T: superb, dense, sweet, toasted raisin, kept in check by a deceptively-smooth roasted-barley-kissed malt musculature, equal parts cocoa and coffee, with a firm presence of lactose, mellow patent char, and humming hop bitterness in the aftertaste

M: fairly smooth - not syrupy so... the body suggests a relatively normal malt bill, not too high a mash temp or a large portion of crystal.... a delicate touch of sugary stickiness left on the palate, buy certainly dry enough

O: somewhat similar to their porter, just a few notches sweeter and less citrus-bitter than it... reminds me mostly of moderately-sweetened, malty dark-roast coffee (or alcoholic malta)... pretty dang good, though I'm not sure I'd drink more than two in one sitting (1,102 characters)

Photo of kmw-swirl
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, almost black in appearance. Minimal head formed on the pour, but a persistent foamy ring formed on the edges and maintained throughout.

On the nose, immediate aromas of burnt cream and char rose from the glass. After a few minutes of warming and settling, a profile of light coffee with creamer developed.

On the palate, light chocolate and mocha notes with creamer. The cream flavors were almost buttery as they lingered. As the beer rested, traditional stout flavors of roast coffee became more pronounced.

The mouthfeel was influenced by the low carbonation, giving the beer a smooth, silky, creamy feel. The mouthfeel did overlinger a bit too much for my liking, and the creaminess became almost sticky in the mouth. I feel this is probably more a matter of preference than a statement of quality about the beer, though.

Overall a good, solid milk stout from the Philosopher. A bit too much char up front and a bit sticky of a mouthfeel at the end, but all in all an enjoyable beer. (1,017 characters)

Photo of walkinginplace
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours into a very dark brown with a substantial head and a foamy white ring around the top of the glass. The smell is the typical stout aroma of dark chocolate and vanilla with a bit of coffee as well. The taste is the same mix but is actually alot more drinkable and sweet than most brews of this style. It feels slightly syrupy but with noticeable carbonation and a smoothness that I didn't really expect. Overall, I'm not a massive stout fan or anything but this seems like a really drinkable and enjoyable variation. (523 characters)

Photo of kris10michele
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: this is a very dark beer with little head. What head is there is a light brown color, almost like the froth on a shot of espresso. There is a little bit of lacing as you drink it, but not too too much.

Smell: Notes of mocha, with a hint of an earthy smell.

Taste: YUM. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. It's probably too sweet for some, but I have a major sweet tooth. It's got flavors of chocolate and coffee with creamer, and just enough bitterness to make you feel like you're drinking a stout.

Mouthfeel: Full, almost creamy mouthfeel. This beer makes your lips sticky, kind of the way ice cream or whole milk does. This is a very filling beer.

Overall: Super yummy, sweet, full flavor, bold coffee scents and flavors, definitely worth trying. (775 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown almost blackish color. Opaque. Almost no head but just a lacing of an off white head

Smell: coffee and creamer not much complexity but not bad

Taste: opens up with coffee with a good dose of creamer. Very subtle roasted malts round it off

Mouthfeel: good creaminess. Medium bod and just a touch of bitterness

Overall: a tasty and good example of the style. Makes the brewery worth another try but doesn't blow anything away (450 characters)

Photo of enviroman
1/5  rDev -73.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a horribly strong beer with no redeeming features including the weak alcohol content. This is a horribly dull beer with no redeeming features including the weak alcohol content. This is a horribly dark beer with no redeeming features including the weak alcohol content. (277 characters)

Photo of UnionJack31
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of milk stout from the local Bruisin' Ales

A- I poured this bottle into a pint glass rather ferociously. I watched this beer "dance" for a moment while the head slowly formed. It had about one finger of creamy tan head. Good retention on it and left some nice lacing.

S- The smell was pleasant, but didn't blow me away. Malty, sweet aromas come forward. A little bit of a roasty coffee and chocolate smell as well.

T- Had a good solid stout taste. A nice amount of chocolate flavor, as well as roasted malts.

M- Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. It is well balanced and tasty.

O- A very tasty stout that is easy to drink. I was pleased with this one and look forward to having it again. (707 characters)

Photo of csparace
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duck rabbit milk stout

Appearance (3.75) - light pour with a huge light chocolate head. Very dark once it's in a vessel.

Smell (3.50) - light chocolate and coffee notes. Slight hop smell. Maybe some hints of vanilla?

Taste (4.25)- great milk chocolate taste. Good coffee notes. Slight smokey flavor. Possibly some toffee on the finish. Coffee comes out a bit more at the end.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - pretty light. Very smooth. Slightly carbonated. Lips are not sticky afterwards. Very sessionable.

Overall (4.00) - solid milk stout. Flavors are not incredible but are individually good. The sessionable quality makes this pretty appealing to me for this style. (665 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at The Fortunate Glass in Wilmington. Black pour with small white head. Big roasted coffee notes and a bit of lactose. Flavor follows with lots of roasty. Prickly carbonation between sweet waves of lactose. A bit thin but not watery by any means. Solid for the style. (274 characters)

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