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

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742 Reviews
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Reviews: 742
Hads: 1,925
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 20.63%
Wants: 116
Gots: 300 | FT: 3
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: 742 | Hads: 1,925
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
4.13/5  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.

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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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Photo of jwhancher
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brought some bottles home from an OBX vacation. Poured into a chalice glass for review. Pours a very dark amber (wouldn't have known if not held up to the light), otherwise seems black. Nice off-white head with lacing that clings to the glass. Smells of lactose and light roast. Some subtle chocolate and cocoa. Hops aren't evident besides bitterness except perhaps a woody or earthy undertone. Tastes roasty with lactose milk and a nice velvety feel that coats the tongue. Feels medium-full bodied but drinks ever so smooth. Drinks dry as there's not a lot of sweetness. Overall, a very nice milk stout. A quality beer with alcohol well in check.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a not-entirely-opaque dark ruby color. The head isn't very impressive: it isn't even a finger high, it's a light brown shade, and it doesn't even retain itself very well. Not much lacing is left, either. Not the most impressive looking stout.

S: The primary aroma is lactose cream, as expected. Other notes like roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, and *maybe* some dark fruit keep it interesting. Exactly what I want from a milk stout aroma, no more, no less.

T: Flavors are much the same: it's milky to start, turning into a sweet middle and a roasted yet sweet finish. Occasional wisps of chocolate appear near the back end. Not much for me to say here other than the fact it's a good, solid milk stout that's more conducive to drinking than analyzing.

M: I like my stouts to feel creamy and soft, and this doesn't quite fulfill that. It's a touch sharp, a touch over-carbonated, and dare I suggest, porter-y. It's also rather sweet and lacking in finishing dryness.

O: The look and the feel aren't great, but this is quite good otherwise. If this was readily available in my state, I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Beechner719
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not bad beer. Poured from a growler into a 16oz glass. It is very dark with a decent tan head. The aroma is just not there. You cant smell the lactose but thats about it. It could have been because the growler was about 10 days old. Saying that it was a pretty good beer. It is very sweet and malty. The lactose takes over and you get a lot of it up front. In the back end you get hints of chocolate and it is very sweet. It goes down smooth. At only 5.7%, it is a good beer in any situation for being such a dark beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark brown, turbid body with a medium white head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- coffee milk, milk chocolate, Cappucino, vanilla, toffee. Very inviting

T- roasty upfront, freshly brewed coffee with cream and vanilla, toffee, toasted malt. Very nice and balanced. Kinda sweet.

M- easy drinker for a stout. Medium bodied.

This is a very good example of a milk stout, and hits all the high points of the style. Recommendable.

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Photo of jkeefe1800
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a room temperature goblet. smell is sweet hints of cocoa. Deep black color almost no head. First sip is chocolate and milky. That first sip is very enjoyable an adult chocolate milk if you will, the lactose is very present and some roasted characteristics come through as well as the chocolate. The second sip is pretty much the same and that is where my only problem with this beer comes in there is no second level of flavor, no added depth to take it from a good beer to a great beer. I would however drink it again but i may not seek it out.

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Photo of BeerSmart
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Another straightforward review from BeerSmart:

Kudos to Duck Rabbit! A well-positioned brewery with a focused mission on bringing great dark beers to the common man.

Milk Stout delivers true to the mission with a rich tasting, easily quaffable stout. Smooth on texture, delightful chocolaty play on the tounge.

Bottom line: I'LL HAVE ANOTHER

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Photo of schwemjw
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark opaque black that allows light to shine through on the sides of the glass. Not a big head but a little lacing.

S: Slight chocolate with roast and an oat quality. A little vanilla and espresso.

T: Sweet bakers chocolate coats the mouth as the beer enters. A little caramel fills the middle before a blast of huge bitter french roast coffee. Standout roast flavors with a touch of sweet lactate.

M: Starts off light at the front of the tongue before getting progressively heavier as it goes down. A great bitter finish.

O: A very good easy drinking milk stout. good balance between sweet and bitter with a fantastic ending. Would recommend. /87

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical aroma of coffee, milk chocolate, with a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is coffee, French Vanilla, oatmeal, and an odd note of plum. Mouthfeel is thick and full, almost like syrup. Just a bit too sweet, would be better without the plum. A decent beer. Recommended.

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Photo of icehawk
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Coffee and chocolate aroma.
Appearance: Opaque black with creamy white head
Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Creamy, slight bitterness that fades ending more sweet than bitter
Taste: Very flavorful, good complexity. Smooth finish.
Overall: Creamy, very pleasant and drinkable

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Photo of Chug-a-lug
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown in appearance.

Nice thick, brown tinted head that dissipates rather quickly. Very little lace.

Coffee and milk chocolate scents dominate the aroma.

The hops hit mid tongue fairly hard and leave with a slight coffee bitterness.

Nice burning carbonation. Big dark chocolate bitterness.

Decent beer, but not really to my liking. Would drink again, but not often.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always try to pick up NC brews while in the state of NC and it seems Duck-Rabbit is always one of the ones I grab.

12 oz brown bottle with typical Duck-Rabbit style red/black/white labeling with milk stout printed toward the bottom of the label as well as "the dark beer specialist". I really enjoy the DR labels. Poured this into a standard pint glass.

A - black colored and basically opaque. A massive tan head forms from the pour and is more of a latte color. Head is pretty large and has some staying power but appears to be a more thin massive than a thick fluffy massive. Decent stick to the glass. Tasty looking brew for sure.

S - whipped cream and chocolate with a faint hint of coffee. Roasted malts creep through over the cream like aroma. A small whiff of bittersweet dark chocolate. Milk sugar sweetness and sugary sweet malts offer a very nice aroma.

T - a sweeter dark chocolate with a ton of sweet milk chocolate. The roasted malt provide enough counter balance not to allow the sweetness to take full control. Lactose sugars and coffee expresso notes in the background. Bittersweet finish. Very nice take on the milk stout flavor. I find most too sweet and sugary while this has enough character not to be one sided.

M - lighter medium body with a good creamy texture despite its somewhat thinner 5.7% body. Smooth feel and easy in the mouth. One of the few milk stouts I have been able to finish without getting too rich in the mouth. But still I couldn't imagine drinking more than 1 with even the rich mouthfeel this stout offers. A real dessert brew for me. Short and sweet. I bet about anyone would enjoy the flavors this stout has to offer.

O - while I'm not going to claim Duck-Rabbit are indeed the specialists of dark beer as this is the first stout I've had from them, I will however lay claim that this is one of the best crafted milk/sweet stouts america or anywhere else for that matter has to offer in terms of keeping it below 6% abv. While I've enjoyed many bigger milk stouts better than the Duck-Rabbit I can't quite get over how well made it really is. Nearly all the milk/sweet stouts I've had have had top shelf flavors but I just couldn't finish them due to the intense sweetness, but these guys somehow have created one all the while keeping the ridiculous sweetness and rich flavors but balancing it just enough to get me through the entire 12 oz bottle. Very good milk stout and worth the try for stout lovers and rich milky sweet stout lovers in general.

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Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.