Milk Stout
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #669
Ranked #16,714
3.87 | pDev: 12.4%
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Photo of Tadwinks
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I think I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't known what it was. It had a sourness I wasn't expecting from a milk stout. It's like tasting a glass of what you think is bourbon and realizing it's iced tea. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. And exactly my cup of tea.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a 12 oz bottle of this recently. poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color with a deep amber/ruby glow when held up to the light and a tan head that's 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a nice big cluster swirl of a film layer of surface foam along with a pretty thick ring lining the inside of the glass and decent lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, with some chocolate and black coffee notes along with some oats and certainly lactose. A very similar flavor profile here, with roasted malts that give way to some chocolate sweetness and black coffee bitterness immediately followed by oats and lactose sugars. This is all rounded out with a bit of earthy hop bitterness. A well balanced flavor profile. The roasted not is very apparent here I feel. Has a somewhat minerally, grainy, also somehow smooth, slightly sticky, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a roasted, black coffee and slightly sweet dark chocolate aftertaste. A good beer here.


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Photo of SaltofOH
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by April. Great Lakes 30th tulip.

A: pours and opaque jet-black, with little to no head formation. Slight sandy ring around the edge. No lacing, and this is a super clean glass. Perhaps an old bottle.

S: some dark, roasty notes rise up from the glass when you swirl it. A little lactose sourness, but maybe my imagination. A touch of that “flinty” taste I associate with my first experiences with dark beers.

T: surprisingly dry arrival, malty but not sweet. Roasty, but not overly so. Less profound roastiness than say, Founders porter. Surprisingly bitter finish, heavy hand on the hops here.

M: this is the real star of this show; smooth, wet, creamy. Lower carbonation than I’d expect. Hefty, but not super heavy mouthfeel. Lighter side of heavy?

O: a solid stout with all of the texture desired of a milk stout, with relatively low sweetness and higher than average roast and bitterness. GL’s Eddie Fitz porter is sweeter, but similar weight. Founders porter is probably the closest analogue for me, but I’d take Founders over this.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Trillium pub glass.

Look is a dark brown with cola highlights and an off white head.

Aroma is sweet roasted malt.

Taste is astringent roasted malt.

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Photo of Brook82
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle, best by 04/2020. Solid black appearance, tan head that left moderate lacing. Sweet leaning aroma, taste mirrored the aroma. Quite smooth and easy drinking. Relaxed feel with nice touch of bitterness to balance it out. Pleasantly surprised with quality of this brew. Would buy again.

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Photo of hman43
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown with a light brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has roast aromas as the primary aroma. There are also coffee and a bit of sweetness in the aroma.

Taste: It has strong roasted flavors with some coffee richness. There is low sweetness in the flavor.

Feel: It has a medium body with a smooth texture.

Overall, it has roast and some coffee flavors with low sweetness.

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured into cylinder. Brew is very dark black brown, nearly opaque (flashlight reveals it to be somewhat translucent), 1 finger quickly dissipating head with minimal lacing, and moderate carbonation.

S - Barley, chocolate, hops, malt, and coffee are present.

T - This is not your average milk stout. In fact, it seems there's a prevalent sourness on the frontend that, in some ways, almost seems acidic. Chocolate and coffee notes are somehwat lost in the mix. I detect a faint hint of walnut and malt. The flavor profile on this one seems slightly limited.

M - Finishes amazingly clean. The lingering mouthfeel of most milk stouts is absent in this one.

D - I'm on the fence. I'm not exactly sure that this beer is what I expected. Several other milk stouts I've enjoyed seem to contain a milky creaminess. This brew tends to be much, much more sour than those other's I've tried. In all truth, I have not had an abundance of experience with this particular style, so I'll refrain from further criticism. However, with all this being said, this is a good stout. It isn't exactly anything to brag about, but it certainly is enjoyable.

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Photo of zoowatcher
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good flavor profile that is not overly sweet and gives the drinker a enjoyable stout experience. I find the smell of it to be like smelling a proper coffee ice cream, so sweet with coffee/chocolate hints.

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Photo of Singlefinpin
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this from a bottle poured in to a pint glass.
Appears black, light tan head that subsided quickly.
Smells malty, chocolatey, hints of coffee.
Tastes sweet, chocolate and coffee.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall, a nice local milk stout, very good if you can find on tap.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All 4's?, yes! I tend to rate stouts/porters higher than most. They are my favorite beer styles, and I like well done versions like this one. Dark black pour with a fast fading head. The scent is a delicious combination of coffee and sweet. The taste leans to sweet, with a surprising light mouthfeel. Aftertaste starts sweet with the bitter at the end

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Photo of jporter188
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer looks great. It has a nice dark color and poured from a bottle it has a nice head of around 3/4 inch. It smells sweet with some strong hints of a dark coffee and malts. As for taste, I just don't think this lived up to the look and smells. It was just to sweet and lacked a bit of balance. The feel was nice. It had a little thickness but it could be more so. Overall, the sweetness of the lactose was just too much. It could be more balanced with the malts and dark coffee flavors.

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Photo of EnderFett11
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours with almost no head, and it fades quickly. Almost seems like the color and consistency of Coke. Tastes like a milk stout, but basically the only flavor. Not something I would buy again.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle. Black color with tan head. Smells of coffee and milk. Thin feel, even for a stout. Sweet lactose flavors mixed with black coffee. A milk stout that really features the lactose smell/taste. Thinner feel than I would like, more comparable to a black lager.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super delicious stout! I was caught off guard by how much I liked it, I went in with pretty big expectations but it blew by them. The smell might be the best part and that’s not taking anything away from the taste.

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

A-Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has lactose hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a lactose flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Stout

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Photo of Reef
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours a strong three fingers of tan head, relatively large bubbled carbonation, dark brown which admits some light. After a moment the head subsides to a spotty covering and lacing.
Prominent lactose aroma along with coffee, cocoa, dark malt.
Lactose is reduced in the flavor, nuts, coffee, faint char.
Light medium body, bitterness across the tongue,resilient carbonation.
A classic always available in the Carolinas, does not disappoint.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wonderful dark ale that holds up well in its category. First talking about the presentation. The label is not great in my opinion. I feel like it could use some work. I understand the reason behind the logo and ultimately judge the beer on flavor. Moving on to Aroma. On the nose, i am first hit with a big wif of mild chocolate and a rich toasted malt. There is a slight hint of coffee in the aroma and thats all. Lets talk about flavor. As soon as this beer hits your pallet, you get a bitter toasted malt thats coffee-like in flavor and a top end sharp sweetness. Through out the sip there is a nice tang and roasted character that follows all the way through to the end. The end is clean and semi dry. The flavor does not last long on the pallet and remains clean. Now for the body and texture. The beer contains a light amount of prickly carbonation. At best, this beer has a medium body. Not creamy or rich, rather thin for a Stout. This beer is not impressive to me. A big Con I can see with this beer is its lack of complexity. there is NO deep nuance of dried cherry or lingering notes that distinguish this beer from any other Stout. That is my only complaint. Overall this is a tasty Stout however, there are many beers from this style that are just as good if not better. I recommend you try others as well and find what you enjoy! Despite my critique, I did enjoy this beer. Not buying a 6 pack any time soon though.

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Photo of Nass
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big lactose notes, slight bakers chocolate note, mouthfeel could be a little bigger. Not a bad milk stout & I love the the labels on the Duck-Rabbit beers, they are creatively cute. This is one of the few micro breweries where I can honestly say that I have tried all of their beers. Cheers! B

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Milk Stout pours a black color, with a nice sized tan head. Nice lactose aromas, sweet. Flavors are sweet, with a nip from the strong lactose in this beer. Very good body and feel. Overall, a very good milk stout.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle in pint glass. A thin tan head drops quickly with almost no lacing. Color is dark reddish-brown. Aroma of sweet, rich roasted malt, cocoa and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a somewhat dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, dark bread toast, cream, and earthy-herbal hops. A very fine milk stout.

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Photo of SunTzu
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Silky smooth, high roasted aroma, chocolaty, creamy milk foam. Great mouthfeel with really nice body. An excellent stout with low ABV. Enjoyed drinking this one.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much hiss from the cap, and only a thin fingernail of head. I'm thinking it's just a small mistake from the brewery. The body is shiny black.

Aromas of metal, cocoa nibs, cigarette smoke, slight burnt popcorn, coffee, lactose, and oats.

Flavor profile comes off more like a watery porter or a doppelbock, with some licorice notes dancing around, a nice firm roast barley-meets-carapils malt bill, and some coffee-chocolate-vanilla on the finish.

Feel is thin for a stout, a mild-to-moderate buzzing carbonation, and a roasty semi-dry finish.

Overall, I think I got a dud. I'd be willing to try it again absolutely to prove myself wrong. If it were a doppelbock it would be fantastic.

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Photo of Gbpackers48
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and opaque. Cream colored head with less retention and lacing than others.

Strong vanilla with chocolate, coffee, and toffee notes

Mirrors smell with strong vanilla/cream from the lactose. Sweet and smooth.

Crisp and less creamy than expected. Medium body.

One of my very favorites. Do yourself a favor and try a pint if you get the chance.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Half a finger of very light tan colored head. Some medium sized bubbles in it. Beer is dark brown in color but not black.
S: Coffee, maybe some caramel. Has a sweetness to it.
T: Sweetness with some roastiness. Seems very one dimensional.
F: The feel is way too light for me. My first thoughts were it feels watered down. Other than that it has good carbonation.
O: I would like more out of it. But it's not a bad easy drinker. Would be a good one to show somebody who is new to craft beer and trying new styles.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Can only see a ruby-orangish color at bottom of glass, no light penetration at all. Smell is strong cold black coffee and slight caramel. Initial taste is definite black coffee, but not overwhelming, dark roasted malt and only a slight hop/coffee finish. The feel is not as thick as a Guinness, more like a black lager. Overall, If you like rich, dark brews, you will enjoy this one. Definitely worth a try. Hope to pick up more when I visit my brother down in NC.

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