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!

Added by brentk56 on 10-08-2004

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of antique
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from one of their pretty distinctive bottles. The logo is perhaps a bit disconcerting.

It pours a pretty dark brown that does let in some small amounts of light when held up to a bright light source. A fairly thin, soda-like head stands about a fingernail high, but it dissipates quickly and doesn't leave behind much lacing. Altogether not the most particularly good-looking brew.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee. It's not particularly pungent.

What it lacks in demonstration, the brew begins to make up for in taste and feel. It's a lighter stout, but it doesn't lack for strong flavors -- coffee in the nose, somewhat obscured by the pretty heavy carbonation -- but once that lets off, dark fruits and a bit of a nutty, caramel-tinged flavor laces the mouth and lingers for a good while. It's certainly a somewhat unusual stout.

Overall it's a bit on the light side, which makes it very drinkable, but I feel like the carbonation hides some of the more subtle flavors, and the presentation is uneventful to say the least. Still, it's a solid brew despite, and one I'd recommend for the price, but probably not something I'd buy regularly.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of plutobandit
2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of YouSkeete
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent dark brown with a very light khaki colored head. Smoked sesame seeds, milk chocolate, roasted coffee and rolled oats. Odd and robust sesame seed and burnt malt tang on the initial sip, followed by smoother tones of milk chocolate, heavy cream and oats. Cleaner, drier, chocolaty finish. Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. This brew almost tastes like it went sour but the exp. date is this year.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My last bottle, it's a bit old (best by 6/11, almost a year ago). Hopefully still good!

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big dense chocolate milk colored head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving fluffy lines of lacing behind.

S: Lots of milk chocolate and a nice coffee bean to go with it. A little bit of char but the creamy chocolate dominates here.

T: Loaded with wonderful creamy milk chocolate. Hints of coffee and char help balance it and keep it from being chocolate syrup. A bit of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: A little thin but it's only 5.7%. Silky smooth.

O: Ahhh what a great milk stout. One of the best, maybe second only to Moloko. It's silky smooth, creamy and loaded with chocolate. Just what you want for the style. If it were a little bit of a bigger beer it would be a 4.5+ in every category I think.

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2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like milk stouts generally, but this one is weird. I smell chocolate and coffee and toffee like I'd expect, but it seems a little too carbonated and not creamy enough for me. And strangely enough, it tastes very strongly of toasted sesame oil. Seriously--the beer tastes just like Asian noodles.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me a handful of beers from Duck-Rabbit.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee, with some lactose and cream notes thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. The coffee and cream notes are front and center, with some chocolate and light to medium roasted malt also thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sweet stout.

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