Milk Stout
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #667
Ranked #16,432
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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Reviews by PsilohsaiBiN:
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't have it fresh and was slightly oxidized but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one approached me normal for the style in sight and aroma. But it separated a bit from the style in the taste. It was less sweet than others and had a more bitter malt, drier like a regular Irish stout.
But, I was glad to try it as it not distributed in my state.
Reviewed in the "1001" and probably another milk stout could replace it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a lover of Milk Stouts, I had to try this one. It looks creamy and opaque black with a thin light tan head that accompanied the last sip. The aromas are of black and chocolate malt and a hint of lactose to add a complex souring. The flavors are strong bittersweet without being grainy. Light chocolate and coffee flavors rise out of the barley malt showing mild astringency and lactic sweetness and sourness. Light hops show in the finish. The body is firm and quite creamy. The finish is similar but shows a little graininess and harshness, albeit light. All in all, better than most, but I have had much better.

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Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was not a huge fan of it

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one from a great brewery thanks to kkipple.

Even with a careful pour I get a huge 3 finger semi darker but fizzy head that fades at a medium pace, over very dark burnt molasses brown color, almost black. The head leaves a sticky lacing as it fades.

Nose brings some dark malts, a bit of black patent, hint of roast, creamy lactose, light caramel, bit of vanilla.

Taste starts a lot different than I expected, very bold flavor, lots of toasted malts, a bit of roast and black patent malt, some light coffee and espresso even, a bit of creamy lactose but not as much as I expected. It's drier than I thought it would be too, but not a bad thing. It has a lot of toasted flavors, even a bit of toasted almond. Hint of vanilla, and very light fruits. A drier finish as well, but leaves a creamy lactose feel in the mouth, with a bit more of the roast and espresso late. A bit of bitterness comes through as well, mostly from the charred malts.

Mouth is medium to heavier bodied, somewhat smooth and a little creamy, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, bold strong flavors, but light delivery, smooth, a little creamy, nice dry finish and overall drier feel, with just a hint of a sticky feel.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark. Rudy highlights. Light brown foamy head.
Smells of cocoa nibs and coffee. Sweet.
A great deep roasted malt taste. Burnt-like bitter aftertaste builds over time. So does the residual sweetness. It sticks to the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, a little sticky.

This is a great milk stout with great roasty characteristics, though I'm not a fan of the sweetness.

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Photo of FaustieMo
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep brown, minimally syrupy. The head was a bit thin and bubbly with a light tan/khaki color.

This beer shines on the nose with lovely rich chocolate and roasty malt. The taste is well balanced in sweetness, roasted malt, and some light bittering hops. The finish is sweet and a bit happy. A solid, balanced milk stout that most would enjoy!

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Photo of witster18
4/5  rDev +3.4%

great brew. manages to be extremely flavorful, and slightly earthy, yet sublimely drinkable. pours near black with some red/clear highlights. The beer is a bit thin, and well-carbed, but it's all made up for in the taste with the lactose and and the smooth dark malt flavors. This is about the only stout that I can literally pound a whole bottle in one slow motion and be happy. Not because I can, but because it's just freakin tasty and drinkably thin.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass from a good doctor of Psychology friend of mine from college. Thanks Chris! Pours a firm black with brownish red highlights, and a moderate head of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin layer and firm ring with light lacing. Nose of sweet lactose sugars, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavors surpass the nose with a nice milk flavor awash over layers of chocolate on all sides. a light coffee bitterness comes through on the back to round this out with minimal bittering hops. Creamy smooth mouth feel, very British, with moderate carbonation and a light chocolate and lactose aftertaste that is coating without being overly cloying. SOLID!

A great representation of the style and a first from this brewer!


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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one-off bottle was part of a "secret Santa" mix-six-pack that my son received for Christmas. He doesn't like beer, so I've inherited the bottles. Merry Christmas to me :)
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial Pint glass, which was a bit unfortunate as there was almost no head that formed, just a bit of a ring around the edge of the glass. Medium-Dark brown with a red-to-ruby undertone.
Aroma of mild roast, a bit of currant, not overpowering in any particular direction. No hop aroma.
Taste is actually quite good considering the low carbonation of this bottle (which I personally don't mind as you actually taste the flavors more effectively). A very pleasant dark ale aspect, lactose gives it a bit of zing but if you're looking for nitro or oatmeal creaminess, it isn't here. Still a really tasty beer although I'm not sure I'd identify it as stout, per se.
Mouthfeel is better than if it were overly effervescent but not entirely typical of the style. I'm thinking my bottle is older than average. The date indicator on the label doesn't appear to have any markings.
Overall this is a tasty product but my particular bottle is almost certainly not representative of what it was when it went in. That said, I think it's quite delicious in its own right in spite of age or handling issues. I definitely would like to seek it out again sometime.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice very dark brown, almost opaque if it were not for the slight amount of light to be seen on the sides and bottom. Big almost two inch tan headed receded very slowly leaving a big time lace oozing down the glass.

S - Smell was light, but very pleasant. Sweet chocalate and sugar with a hint of a hop nose to it. Very nice.

M & T - Right off the bat it feels very thick, creamy and smooth like a milk shake, very nice indeed. Very frothy and suagry sweet, even the aftertaste was very sugar like. Big flavors of chocolate and sugar. As it warmed a slight hoppiness started to come through in the back, but it was very slight.

D - Overall this was very good and I would score another one for the guys over a duck rabbit. They really seem to know wheat they are doing, and keep scoring round after round with their brews. Great sessionable beer!

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Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ism
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque but clear black body with mahogany highlights, topped with a 1-finger tan head that quickly recedes. Minimal lacing, practically non-existent. Nose is rich, coffee malt with a sublte floral hop scent. Gentle carbonation in a thin body, rich with coffee-chocolate and roasted malt flavors, with a subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose, mildly balanced with bittering hops. Roasted malt and that milk sweetness lingers nicely.

Body thickness could be a bit more beefed up, but the subtle impartation of hops and lactose sweetness, combined with less acridity than usual for the style, makes this a nice treat, though not really sessionable.

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Photo of rangerred
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is very dark brown but not quite black. Used motor oil would be a good description. There is a thin tan head and not very good retention.

The smell is quite powerful with loads of roasted barley and coffee. Very nice.

The taste hits you up front with roasted malt. There are hints of coffee and dark chocolate along with a nice sweetness throughout.

The mouthfeel is a tad bit watery but it doesn't detract too much from the overall enjoyment. This is a quality beer and I'm glad it's readily available here locally.

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Photo of eerbayman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AndyTaylor
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of plutobandit
2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cola appearance, visible head at the beginning but quickly vanished giving it just a carbonated soft drink effect. I see none of the "ruby red" appearance when held to the light, honestly looks like CocaCola.

I think there must be some kind of issue with this beer-- as it appears that folks on this board are literally writing about two different beers. Some are saying it is a great milk stout, sweet, chocolaty, savory, etc. (aka the beer I wanted to buy) However it simply is not that. This beer is hardly a milk stout, basically a brown ale with coffee. (can we make up a word for this? A coffee ale?) It is more sour and bitter than should be expected which leads me to similar questions to some other negative reviews have asked: "has it gone bad?"

However, looking at Duck Rabbits info on the beer- at 70-80 IBUs (depending on where you look) it isn't even really fall under the taste and style for that kind of beer. Most Milk Stouts are between 25-40 IBUs. (So if it is purposely unusual, maybe say something about it on the bottle?)

Anyway, maybe someone might like the sour chocolate tones of this beer, but I found it pretty unpleasant (especially when expecting something else). Smells better than it tasted. Either there are quality control issues, or Duck Rabbit needs to address why this isn't up to par with what I would expect from the "Dark Beer Specialist"

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Photo of SFNC
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmc50
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Gambyt20
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mortarit
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep deep dark brown with a unpinatraitable body with a tan head that quickly recedes to a slight froth. Nice lacing.

Smell: A bit tigglish on the nose, particularly in comparison with their porter. I pick up sour woody tones with some roasted malt.

Taste: Nice balance between sweet and bitter chocolate-chicory elements with a very long-lasting finish.I could replace this with milk.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice sipping stout that grows on you.

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Photo of buzzedup
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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…

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Photo of Joeynocturnum
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in my cellar since I received it as an extra in a trade last year, and have been drinking a combination of IPA's, RIS, and Wild Ales, but I wish I had some more of this Milk Stout.

A- Two Inches of foam (I may have poured too fast) that dissapated quickly and left slight lacing. Head looked like a Rootbeer Float.

S- Aroma of slight chocolate, coffee and burnt malts.

T- Taste was sweet but not over whellmingly so, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Truly taste the way it smelled.

M- Is more carbonated than other stouts, but I found the mouth feel clean and a not as heavy as other stouts.

D- I could have this as a session beer with ease, not as heavy as most stouts I have had. I left it out for about 10 minutes after I poured it and had it at about 55 degrees, wish I has a six pack.

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Photo of thatsright
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is great beer!

Appears coffee brown with a bit of amber, light head

It smells of toasted mocha, mostly

Tastes very dark roasted, rich, with mild sweetness and mocha and coffee, with a hint of hops

It has a full, creamy mouthfeel

This beer is so very drinkable- one of my favorite stouts

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Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
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