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

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Duck-Rabbit Milk StoutDuck-Rabbit Milk Stout

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States

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!

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Reviews: 768 | Ratings: 2,052
Photo of q33jeff
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to goblet to start off my new years eve celebration. Loved this beer about 10 years ago when I had it in a beer if the month gift from brother Jon. It was great then, and still very nice now. Look is Dark black, off white head. Aroma is Toasted malt, smoke, salty oyster stout like aroma. Taste is bread, wine, malt. Thin feel for a stout, but smooth.

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Photo of mpyle
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, brilliantly clear. Pale tan head, creamy and lingering.

Sweet chocolate milk aroma, gentle roast

Malty and somewhat sweet. Minimal stout roast flavors. Hits the mark as a sweeter stout.

Med-full body. Medium carbonation. Creamy and gentle on tongue.

A little big and thick for a milk stout, but a flavorful, easy drinking stout.

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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 AngryDutchman
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 FaustieMo
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 Kaapstadmk
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first forays into stouts, I was expecting a little more.

The colour was rich and dark, though, from the bottle, it only had a 1-finger, cinnamon-coloured head that quickly disappeared. The aroma smelled of coffee and bitter chocolate, however, the taste was, at first, only that of burnt toast. As my tongue acclimated, I could detect roasted coffee with an aftertaste of cocoa powder. As I warmed the beer in my hands, the chocolate and coffee notes came out more.

Unfortunately, the beer suffered in two areas: The lactose added seemed to have little effect on the beer, neither making it sweeter or creamier as I had been led to expect from the style and the mouthfeel was rather thin, compared to similar expectations. I was expecting a big, mouth-filling maltiness that didn't quite deliver.

All in all, a decent drink, though I'll take my time to further investigate others of this style.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with khaki colored head. Baking cocoa powder, caramel malt, and some sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a cocoa sweetness.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - big fluffy brown cloud above the dark charcoal oak brown body. Lacing good. 4

S - faint sour burnt toast. 3

T - sweet savoury mild maltyness and slightly burnt aftertaste. 3.25

M - average for the style. Faintly effervescent 3

D - not fantastic but a good example of the style. 3.5

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second Duck Rabbit offering - their Milk Stout. Good but not necessarily great.

Another great look to a dark beer with a practically black looking brew. And though the bottle poured a surprisingly thick head, it had little staying power and no lacing. The smell only had a hint of coffee with a stronger hint of chocolate - I was expecting a bit more. The mouthfeel was way more carbonated than I prefer, something I tried to overlook, but just couldn't. But for all of these shortcomings, the taste was really good - a strong stout flavor with distinctive coffee and chocolate notes - talk about a surprise. Overall, though this offering wasn't as good I had hoped, I can certainly enjoy another one, very soon.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a really mellow creamy and malty flavor, but it's also "thin" in taste and feel. Normally, a beer would have lingering flavors or some aftertaste. But this Duck-Rabbit's flavors abruptly shut off just as soon as I swallowed "thin".

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker brown with a beige head.

Smell: Malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweeter malts and coffee with warm alcohol.

Overall: Good stout. I would have this again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pitch black color with some red highlights. The head is a small tan color. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee in a sweet blend. The taste is a fairly thick milk and coffee flavor with added tastes chocolate.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, perhaps with dark red-brown tint when held in the light. A big beautiful khaki head. Nose redolent of caramel malts & toast. Taste is smooth but involving at the same time. Bitterness and malt nicely balanced. Sweetness is expected in a milk stout but in this one it blends well and is never overwhelming. Taste carries well. Mouthfeel smooth, not extreme in any way. A winner.

Poured from a brown bottle into a glass.

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Photo of PerfecTool
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid milk stout. I'm not a huge fan of this category but appreciate this beer. It's also readily available in my area which is always a plus in my book!

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Photo of jasadewi
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black, with a tan fluffy head. The head is small and doesn't remain too long. Smells of toasty and roasty malts, with strong chocolate notes. It tastes strongly of vanilla, chocolate, sugar and coffee all at once. It is very sweet, no subtlety about it. Tastes like a combination of toasted coffee and a high degree of very sweet vanilla and chocolate. Not bad, if you want something sweet. The body is full bodied, but not too heavy in gravity or alcohol. I'd recommend this to those who want a very sweet and milky stout. However, be warned the sweetness is strong.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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 The_Snow_Bird
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was very dark with absolutely no head on it. It had a very sugary sweet smell along with roasted malts. It tasted exactly like how it smelled. A very sweet stout.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a tinge of brown around the edges. The head is moderate, quickly dissipating, but leaving lacing as you enjoy the beer. Mostly malt in the nose. Taste is very creamy and smooth, with a bit of chocolate in it. Nice!

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Photo of Trosevear
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Day 16 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

L: Dark black with a slight brown head that didn't leave any lacing for me.

S: Sweet chocolate and slight hop smell as well.

T: Creamy and smooth, very dark chocolate tasting.

F: Light body feel but full taste to it.

O: From what my friend said he didn't like it but I though it was really good!!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown almost black small tan head does not stay no lacing.
Smell very sweet milk chocolate toasted sweet bread taste some caramel and vanilla.
Taste very good chocolate flavor sweet vanilla flavor.
Feel is about medium maybe a little lighter than most milk stouts I have tried very smooth.
Overall a solid milk stout I would have again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A bright brown pour with ruby highlights produces a 1” rapidly receding light tan foam cap.

S: Rich malt aromas with some grain, roast, light coffee and a trace of chocolate.

T: Dark dried fruit, caramel, coffee, medium sweetness, a hint of prune, some chocolate, some dark sugar sweetness. The malt flavors are medium high, the hop flavors and bitterness are medium low. No harsh or burnt flavors.

F: Creamy smooth, medium full to full body, medium low carbonation.

O: A well made very drinkable milk stout.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown. Little to no head, no lacing. Aroma is malty, chocolate and even some cappucino. Taste is like a bitter coffee with hints of dark chocolate. Feel is a little thin and over carbonated for my taste. Overall the aroma and taste seal the deal for a solid milk stout. Not great, but very good.

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Photo of c014572
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle. This is an exceptional stout, albeit perhaps a bit heavy for the style. I really don't sense much of the milk sugar as I do in other milk stouts, but the balance and flavor profile here is just outstanding. Definitely worth it.

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Photo of suzychesser
2.11/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I apparently got one of those overly fizzy batches. No matter how carefully this was poured, it had more than its share of fizz. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed as a result of so much carbonation. It seems something may have gone awry with the brewing of this one.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.7% abv

Appearance- Pours a charcoal black with two finger tan head.

Smell- Milk chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla.

Taste- A sweet creamy malt. Notes of chocolate. A very light touch of coffee follows. A mild smoky flavor rounds this beer out with a semi bitter finish.

MOuthfeel- Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A solid milk stout that is both smooth a flavorful. Nice smoky flavor.

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