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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by brentk56 on 10-08-2004

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 (, 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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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

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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.

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Photo of walkinginplace
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a mug, the beer is a dark brown-to-black with mahogany highlights and a low profile, frothy, light tan head. Aromas of coffee roast and bitter, cream sweetness, and hints of bittersweet chocolate. Awesomely balanced nose. Flavors are roast forward, with hints of smoke and char on a milk chocolate, cream, and bitter coffee blend. Very balanced flavors, with a slightly lactic build providing more sweetness towards the end of the palate. Thin, dry body leading to a bitter and roasted aftertaste, with a bittersweet chocolate backbone. The finish is slick and smooth, with a bitter and roasted linger remaining. Very drinkable with the lower ABV and thin body, and the flavors come across robust, almost to the point of huge. I really like this beer.

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Photo of Nicole_deB
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark smell—roasted malt, and…coffee??

The coffee, and dark chocolate notes hit HARD. Sweet notes in the middle with dry and slightly bitter finish, like really good dark chocolate.

To say I liked it a lot is an understatement. And then I tried it with, of all things, a Shout-Out Girl Scout cookie. For those that don’t know, this is the Girl Scout version of a Biscoff Speculaas cookie. OMG. This made the beer SING. The clove & ginger notes really played up the sweeter vanilla undertones of the beer, and balanced out the bitter finish. I think it would be MARVELOUS with Tikka Masala.

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Photo of BB1313
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best by 11/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a creamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing and retention. Aromas are very malty with hints of cocoa. Lots of fresh dough. Slightly roasty. Iknow this is going to sound really weird, but I'm picking up chlorine like aromas and flavors. I don't know how else to describe it, but don't worry it's not as bad as it sounds, lol. The chocolate aromas don't seem to really pop in the nose, but the come through in the flavors. Tastes bittersweet. Subtle amounts of lactose and cream. Slightly roasty with some vanilla in the mix as well. Dark chocolates seem to shine. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's extremely creamy and feels pretty heavy for such a light beer. There's moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's very easy to drink.

This is a solid milk stout. It has some characteristics that I really like and some not so much. It's kind of weird, but unique. One second I'm loving it, and the next I'm questioning it. Overall it's not bad.

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