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

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Reviews: 731
Hads: 1,883
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 114
Gots: 274 | FT: 4
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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

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: 731 | Hads: 1,883
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. (596 characters)

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. (1,036 characters)

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. (647 characters)

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. (1,164 characters)

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. (519 characters)

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. (499 characters)

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. (569 characters)

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 (345 characters)

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 (657 characters)

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. (271 characters)

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 (276 characters)

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. (380 characters)

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. (2,504 characters)

Photo of candcholt
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a half bottle into a pint glass. Rich, dark color.

A bit sweet. A little salty in the finish. You can taste the lactose. Nice level of carbonation. Tastes pretty much like it smells.

Fine as milk stouts go, but not exceptional. Would not turn it down. (260 characters)

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

A dark brown but not so dark that light can't come into the edges, and a little even sneaks deep into the body, it's still within range for a stout. The light brown head that rises doesn't get especially tall but lasts for a while. It does at some point fade to a wispy sort of foam that doesn't stick just to the edges but isn't completely full either. Lacing is thicker than expected, thicker than the remaining foam itself, and in good quantity.
There's a bit of char and dark fruits along with the lactose sugars and creaminess. The aroma could be less tangy, but it's pretty good all said.
It loses a bit of that while retaining the dark fruits in the flavor, and it's fortunately the creamy sweetness against light char that remains in the foreground. The sweetness is gentle but strong enough without being cloying.
It is nice and creamy with a big enough body, but I feel a stout, this style included, could use a little more of it. (940 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, super dark brown, almost black until you really look at it. Head is a light tan. Creamy and drops to a small cap with a smooth collar. Decent retention once it settles. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Big lactose sweetness. Cocoa, milk chocolate, chocolate malt, it's all there. Roasted and sweet. Slightly burnt. Brownie batter. Incredibly heavy on the milk chocolate. Some backing bitterness, but more like baker's chocolate than anything else. Some coffee bean. Sugar.

Taste: Roasted milk chocolate. Legit, grab some Hershey's, some milk, and roast it. Cocoa and bitter baker's chocolate in the back. The aggressive chocolate, with a hint of coffee, works as a nice balance to the big lactose sweetness. Sugary sweet, but tamped down by a slightly burnt roasted character. Warming builds the sweetness but not the roasted element. Becomes sugary sweet rather quickly. A bit grassy on the back.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nice and clean and silky. Creamy. This is spot on here.

Overall: Open for Duck-Rabbit season.

Not the greatest drinking milk stout (That's for Left Hand), but it's a good showing from a brewery that usually disappoints me. I wouldn't want to drink more than the bottle in a week, but that one is worth drinking. A bit too sweet overall and that's the worst of it. Almost balanced otherwise. (1,389 characters)

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

The beer has a pretty vigorous and frothy head that lasts for a while afterwards. The beer itself a dark chocolate black.

A slight hint of milk and chocolate as well as bits of cocoa. However, the smell of the lactose sugar dominates the nose.

The beer has a slight hops profile that definitely comes but is dominated by the chocolate, malts, and cocoa. The roasted malts, dark chocolate, and cocoa dominate the pallate and the aftertaste is a sweet chocolate. the aftertaste also contains some sweet lactose sugar as indicated on the pack.

Contains a lot of carbonation and heavy bodied. Beer feels a little syrupy.

A pretty decent milk stout and definitely one of favorites to back to during the Fall and Winter months. I will definitely pick this up again. (809 characters)

Photo of Leon86
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I have ever attempted to write a beer review, so here goes:

Serving Type: 12oz Bottle (Poured into a mug)

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Small cream colored head (about a finger height) looks pitch black in the glass.

Smell: Very light on the nose (my un-experienced nose) Aromas of malt, chocolate and perhaps a hint of coffee

Taste: Lots of chocolate flavor followed by a nice, balanced malt. (For current lack of a sophisticated palate, I say it tastes like a very chocolaty Guinness)

Mouthfeel: Lite, Smooth, Creamy. - In my opinion the smoothness makes it seem lite for a stout beer but it makes for very easy and enjoyable drinking.

Overall: So far this is one of my favorite craft beers I have tried (currently that isn't a lot). It is very smooth and not especially filling which allows you to drink a couple (or more if you wish) without feeling full or bloated.

As I venture out into more craft brews and grow my collection (both craft and home-brewed) I hope to become better at writing reviews and getting a better grip on identifying the complex tastes and aromas of good beer.

Cheers! (1,151 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 07/2013
Estimated calories - 171/12oz

Purchased @ Chips Wine & Beer Market, Kill Devil Hills, NC while vacationing in OBX.
Price - $

Pours a deep mahogany color with a lite tan creamy head. An oily film covers the glassware and prevents any chance of lacing. A gentle swirl of the glass and a nice creamy white cap reamerges from the dark sea of goodness.

The aroma comes straight at you with a big blast of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. A layer of sweetness fills in the void. Not super strong in the nose but delightful for the style.

The flavor is rich in coffee, dark chocolate and milk sugar. The sweetness plays nicely with the roasty backbone.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth draped over a thin body. I definitely pick up some fizziness tickling the back of my throat after each sip which is fine. Nice bitter balance. I'm not thrilled however with the overly dry finish I'm picking up after two bottles.

Overall a pretty decent beer. For me the highlight is the taste. (1,006 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Chestnut brown with dark auburn highlights glisten in the light upon the bottles exit into the vessel to a dark black presence. that was very similar if not exact in character to thier porter i poured the day before. Long standing head retention, same corkboard colored tint and lacing patterns would be impossible to distinguish if poured side by side. Im guessing a non-differating visual value is in order.

S: Roasty fresh, again very similar to their porter if not identical. Dry chocolate, dark fruit with a burnt graininess.

T: Flavor was rich chocolate, creamy roast, burnt grains, but very smooth and balanced with a bit of lactose. Soft silky minerality and a sweet, milky roast finish off the tongue. Dark sweet plums must not be forgotten with a smooth but polished bitterness.

M: Medium base body, silky texture, roasty feel on the tongues edges leaves a bit of chalky creamer hint behind.

O: Overall smooth, polished in smooth much like their porter, balanced. (984 characters)

Photo of RobertColianni
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle poured into my 40oz. Brandy Snifter.

A: Black body with a cola colored hue nearing the top and a spotty khaki head with limited retention at most and large bubbles spread distantly from one another.

S: Chocolate malt with resinous hop characters. Reminds me of my homebrew shop.

T: Textbook. Papazian level textbook. Samuel Smith's level textbook. Black Patton malts, chocolate malts, roasted coffee with a splash of sweetness.

M: Goes down smooth with a slight chalkiness from hop resins. Almost creamy before that last sticky kick.

OVERALL: Duck-Rabbit's Milk Stout is so stylistically sound that I'd personally like to give every Beer Advocate that follows the Friedrich Nietzsche herding theory, and migrates towards the modern barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout's, a bottle of this brew and tell them to go learn something about what a stout really is. Absolutely phenomenal example of the style. (919 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve inch bottle into a New Belgium globe, the appearance is a deep mahogany with a nice two finger caramel colored head, a little retention and a little lacing. The smell is nice. Chocolate is the predominant note. There are other things too, but my nose is not always able to discern what and all is there. Taste is very sweet up front and a little syruppy tasting. The finish is a nice mild dark chocolate and coffee. Not a game changer, but a nice offereing. (478 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

P: Deep dark mahogany hued dark body with a mound if creamy dense cappuccino head. Retention is decent and rests to a creamy tan coffee swirl on top leaving shinny lacing behind.

S: Bitter dark cocoa, old leather, heavy cream, milk chocolate, medium roast coffee, hints of salted cashews and an dusty earth aroma.

T/M: Sweet roasted dark malts, cherry mash, booze, milk chocolate, sweet cream, coffee, hazelnuts and dark fruits. After taste lingers roasted honey dew melon. Medium body a tad oily and moderate carbonation. Finishes wet with a dash of dryness afterwards.

O: A solid offering thy would be a great beer to keep in the fridge. The dark fruit and melon really made this different but refreshing. I like that it was not as rich and sweet as some milk stouts but it really had simple but good flavors. I will drink this again for sure. (851 characters)

Photo of wac9
2.47/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

dam so wanted to taste this beer and what a disappointed smells boozy taste boozy but does nothing for me i dont to drink anything by duck rabbit any more yes its dark but i dont taste anything in this beer that makes want todrink it again just taste like a high octane beer read the othe reviews because i did i just dont like this beer (337 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at some liquor store just off the Interstate in North Carolina. Got a 'y'all' are 21 right?' at the cash. Love it.

A - Pours black with a one finger off white head and good carbonation coming up. Barely any lights comes through the edges. No lace, no retention.

S - Iced coffee, lot's of coffee, sweetness and chocolate. Nice sweet aromas. Roast is strong too. Nice.

T - Milk chocolate, roast, coffee. Very straightforward. Nice stuff.

M - Mild carbonation, full body with lot's of creaminess and a sweet finish.

O/D - Quite simple, but also quite nice. The lacto adds a nice element and it stays balanced and doesn't cloy. Well put together. (659 characters)

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