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

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Duck-Rabbit Milk StoutDuck-Rabbit Milk Stout
BEER INFO

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

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!

Added by brentk56 on 10-08-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
763
Ratings:
2,034
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
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122
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Reviews: 763 | Ratings: 2,034
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 ...so... "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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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Bill and Suzy for bringing this up. It was one I have been wanting to try. This beer is the best I have had of the style. Love the smokiness. I look forward to trying again on a future trip to NC.

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

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. There was some light stringy lacing running all around.
The smell had a deep luscious sweet milk chocolate with subtle roasty coffee beans gracing the middle of the aroma.
The taste pretty much copied the smell nicely with a lead gentle roasty to sweet aftertaste sliding into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with sweet creamy sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nicely.
Overall, I'd say this was a pretty well done milk/sweet stout that I would have again if available.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Interesting to note that I saw a few reviews of this beer noting "over carbonation." I don't think I've ever witnessed this previously until now; My pour of D-R Milk stout was basically 2 gigantic glasses of foam! It took quite awhile for the initial pour to subside before I could actually taste any liquid. (Interesting to also note that others are stating that their pour's were completely flat wrt carbo; Tough to figure that!)

A dark brownish black, once the overflow of beige foam subsides. The nose is roast, coffee, maybe some dried fruit of some kind. Taste is similarly coffee-esque, with some sweetness that's accentuated by some type of "extract" flavor--i.e. rum, vanilla butternut, etc--near the finish, along with some roasty bitterness. Needless to say, this was a totally unexpected experience with the foam, which sounds like others have experienced as well. Will try another if /when one should present.

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Photo of GustoMan
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites now, we have it on draft in a local market often and it sells out quickly. It is such a really well balanced stout. very smooth creamy mouth feel, just right carbonation, not too foamy, a little lacing. A slight taste similar to slightly burnt rye toast, carmel, chocolate, just enough hop to keep it from being too sweet. I always now am happy when I see it on tap here!!

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a brown-to-black color, it boasts a sweet yet roasty flavor with a coffee zing. Very oddly balanced combined with a low-profile, but high carbonation bite. It does have a pretty good mouthfeel, but it’s one-dimensional overall.

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