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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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of gkatsoris
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark, but when held up to the light, ruby red. No head, and no bubbles.

S: Chocolate cake. Brownies. Chocolate cake batter. Roasted cocoa beans. Unsweetened chocolate.

T: Roasted, almost burnt wood. Earthy. Unsweetened cocoa powder. Saltyish, like a Slim Jim.

M: Thin. No coat on the tongue. Boring.

O: A Duck-Rabbit let down.

Thanks redliner8? hahahahha.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JefferyDean
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Garlicjosh
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 finger, dark mocha colored head. Thick and creamy. The head faded by the time I wrote the section.

Lactose, chocolate

Lactose sugar, chocolate, slight roast, hint of vanilla. As it resides in my mouth, the chocolate begins to taste a little fake the longer it lingers....minus part of a point for that one.

Heavy and creamy, It's like a chocolate milk shake. Goes down like one too.

I found this beer simple, but in a good way. I enjoyed the texture and the over all taste was interesting enough that I enjoyed it and would have easily had another. For sure a kick back stout that does require you to think about it.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jegross2
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery out of North Carolina. I have been wanting to try some of their brews for a long time. In particular, I am still seeking a bottle of their Duck-Rabbit Rabbit Duck Russian Imperial Stout.
Score: 82

This beer was recently received as an extra in a trade. The "enjoy by" tab is notched for February 2012. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 03/02/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color. Totally opaque save for a super thin brown highlight atop the glass. Three full fingers of foamy mocha head at pour gradually settles into a third of a finger of creamy "whipped cream-like" mocha head. Average lacing, above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Chocolate malt, pear roasted barley, toasted oats, creamy oatmeal, used coffee filter, and a little bit of whole milk. Smells primarily like a dark Munich lager mixed with creamy oatmeal stout characteristics. Very grain-forward; too much so for a stout. 3/5

Taste: Super creamy milk chocolate throughout, which decreases in relative presence as the beer warms and layers. Bitter grain, a touch of spice, and barley malt upfront and on the midpalate. A subtle bitterness lingers throughout the whole beer. Roasted chocolate malt and a hint of oat towards the back half. The barley grain and roasted chocolate malt flavors seem to grow as the beer layers. Tastes better than it smells, but this beer is still nothing special on the palate. Milk stouts tend to be a weaker style of beer in my experience. This is not a bad brew for the style, however. Certainly a huge upgrade over the Left Hand Milk Stout. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low-plus carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry, slightly bitter finish. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid beer for the style that is certainly well brewed with a certain mass-appeal quality with respect to its flavors, but Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is nothing stand out overall. I would drink this again if offered a bottle, but I would not buy it again on my own initiative unless it was the best available beer at the bar.

Recommendation: Fans of lighter stouts, Guinness and milk stouts generally should seek this beer out. Worth trying if given the opportunity, but definitely not worth seeking out.

Pairings: Reuben sandwich on rye bread.

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of socon67
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with minimal lacing. Creme colored foam dissaptes quickly. Slight carbonation.

S - Strong mocha\cocoa flavor. Hearty roasted malt. Scent gets stronger as this warms.

T - About as good as it gets for a milk stout. This tastes as rich as an imp stout, with all the notes of cocoa, roastiness, and heavy malt. The finish of sweet creme is all that tells you this is a milk stout.

M - Syrupy thick. Coates the tongue. Very drinkable.

O - This is the best milk stout I've ever had. Worth my trip to Raleigh to try it.

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Photo of sayyad
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first milk stout.

S: The smell of this stout is very indistinct especially once the head disappears. Slight hints of sweet malt is all I can detect.

A. One inch head that didn't hold for very long. Little to no lacing. The head itself is very exciting in that I found it to be memorably flavorful. Very dark black with a hint of brown typical to stouts.

M: Pleasant amount of body typical to the style. Feels right after a good work out.

T: This to me exemplifies a beginner stout. Nothing challenging but still a good amount of complexity. Slight amount of bitterness coupled with low carbonation and a pleasant milky sweetness gives this beer high marks on drinkability.

Overall: I would go back to this beer but I might wait until I try all that is out there first. But I certainly don't regret the second bottle in the fridge that I know my girlfriend will not drink.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a mug, produced a dark tan creamy 1/2" head that dissipated slowly leaving good head lacing. There was little carbonation in an opaque very dark brown body.

AROMA: All malt -- moderate toasted bread, light notes of smoke, coffee, dark chocolate, honey and roasted malts.

TASTE: Taste followed the nose on this one. Moderate toasted bread, coffee, dark chocolate with a light touch of honey and smoke. Well put together and enjoyable.

MOUTHFEEL: A full-bodied stout with a creamy texture, little carbonation and good body lacing that dissipates slowly. The initial flavor was a pleasing moderate sweetness coupled with a light bitterness -- definitely well-balanced -- with a finish that was somewhat less sweet, still slightly bitter with just a touch of dryness that lingered for a moderate amount of time.

DRINKABILITY: I could consume this stout all night long. While there's nothing particularly moving about it, it has a good price-performance ratio and is easy to drink. I'll definitely buy it again. It's not best of breed by any means but it is a solid, dependable beer that I would be happy to have and to serve again and again.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TheBeard89
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TechTriumph
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/24/11:
Best by Feb. 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch of light tan, creamy, frothy head; Very dark brown in color; Pretty good lacing left behind

S - Notes of milk chocolate, espresso, roasted coffee beans, and sweet brown sugar

T - Taste is not overpowering, but pleasant nonetheless; Much like the nose, there's milk chocolate, earthy, and brown sugar flavors; The roasty character in the taste lasts from start to finish; Hints of both sweetness and bitterness here as well

M - Some carbonation; Just above medium bodied; Creamy and smooth mouthfeel

O - I liked this milk stout quite a bit. It was certainly creamy and smooth, and had a bit of sweetness that was far from cloying. The flavor wasn't as bold or robust as some others within the style, but was still a delicious blend of chocolate and roasty character. Overall, this beer fits right in with the style and is one I intend to try again soon.

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Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 2,073 ratings.
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