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

Duck-Rabbit Milk StoutDuck-Rabbit Milk Stout
2,080 Ratings
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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Photo of Amalak
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.

A. It is the color of black cherry. Very limited head and lace. Basically black with some light on the bottom.

S. Some alcohol kick and sweet caramel blend.

T. Typical stout. There's a hint of alcohol. Bubbly on the tongue. Nice, even if pedantic.

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Photo of engagechad
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle was purchased as a six pack from Kroger in Richmond, VA - drink by may freshness notch - poured into various glasses, snifter, tulip, pint.

This beer. yes.

Poured great with decent head. I have to force myself to be critical of this beer because I don't want to give it all fives unless it's perfect so.. they head was a bit lackluster in color and height. Smelled incredible, chocolate and malt, not much coffee. Taste follows the smell.. wow. Chocolate and malt. The mouthfeel is what makes it though, the lactose used in this stout hits a home run on mouthfeel and this beer is incredibly drinkable.

You must find this beer and drink it.

At the moment - My #1 Stout

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Photo of Retsinis
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While I was on vacation visiting family in Woodbridge Virginia, I got a chance to go to a Total Wine in Springfield to pick up some local beers, or any that are distributed there that are not sent to California. Picked up one bottle of this as part of a make your own six pack. Had this one back here in CA recently after getting back, review from notes.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

The beer pours near black with deep mahogany brown highlights. A dark tan colored head rose like cream about an inch with some initial fading of the head that settled to about a quarter inch, but that retained fairly well throughout. Some light lacing.

The Aromas are of light brown sugar, roasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark malts and a bit of hops actually.

The flavors in the taste have a mix of a bitterness like a porter, and the roasted notes of a coffee stout. This is followed up by bitter dark chocolates notes, roasty malts, a hint of coffee, finishing with hints of sugar and cream. Not sure if this one has peaked in terms of freshness, but it's a not as creamy as I like a milk stout to be.

The mouth feel was light to medium body, smooth, but lighter and dryer then I like.

Overall, a good easy drinking beer, goes down smooth, and would be good with desert.

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Photo of JMforman
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this for a while. A little disappointing, but not bad.

A- Solid black body with a nice tan head and good retention.

S- Not as much here as I hoped. Espresso, some chocolate, toasted malt. All pretty faint.

T- Espresso, chocolate, toasted malt. A coffee-like bitter finish. Something a bit off about it.

M- Very nice medium to full with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue.

D- Of course, its a milk stout!

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Photo of paulozanello
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a huge tan head that lasts for a long time, evolving into a small foam cap on top of the beer. Lacing is a little above average.

Nose is lots of dark roasted malts, some chocolate, and some coffee.

Taste is predominantly chocolate with the roasted grains coming through in the end, along with some coffee. There is also a lot of lactose presence, giving it a very mild sourness. Nice roasted aftertaste.

Body is medium to light (for the style). It definitely has a lot of flavor but the mouthfeel is quite thin with lots of carbonation. It works well to boost the drinkability but I like my stouts a little heavier.

Overall this is an above average milk stout but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark with a tan head that dissapates
S-lots of roasted malt with some coffee towards the end
T-tastes the opposite of how it smells! First one ever! Coffee u front with slight maltiness.
M-medium bodied and smooth
D-not as good as I was expecting from the previous characteristics ...

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Photo of dciBA
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black into my pint glass with a nice amount tan head that fades quickly. Tons of thick lacing as it goes down.

Smell consists of mostly roasted malt giving it a strong coffee feel. There's also a decent amount of milk chocolate. On the tounge there is an initial rush of the chocolate that was present in the smell. What follows is a nice coffee flavor and finally a touch of sourness from the lactose. A very full flavored brew with all the flavors mixing together nicely.

This one is nice and creamy in the mouth. Perfect carbonation and no hint of alcohol. Very tasty, drinkable milk stout from Duck Rabbit. Claiming to be the dark beer specialists this one had to be good they certainly delivered.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a black body...I don't think there's any brown to it...the head was two fingers tall and tan in color...retention was good as it took a while to fall into a wispy cap...lacing didn't stick until I was almost done with the beer

S - Roasted malts jump out first...they are mingled with some sweetness from the lactose and vanilla present

T - The taste has both roastiness and sweetness to it...the first sip brings an initial sweetness from the vanilla...that vanilla mixes with the roasted malt and presents a creamy chocolate flavor...the middle of the beer has that milk stout flavor of lactose and it just stands out over everything else...the finish starts off with a roasted flavor but quickly turns sweet

M - Medium bodied...not quite full bodied...a touch of creaminess but thin at other times

D - Although milk stouts are not my first choice, I didn't find this one undrinkalbe...the lactose flavor is just a little overpowering but the initial roasted flavor was nice

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Photo of Chincino
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle as part of a mix-a-six at a beer store in Philadelphia and this was my first time trying something from Duck Rabbit.

The beer was filled with a strong rich aroma with hints of espresso/coffee and chocolate. The smell was quite sweet and so was the taste, but not overpoweringly sweet and full of flavor.

The beer was a bit on the thin side for a stout which increases its drinkability.

Great beer! I hope to try more beers from Duck Rabbit in the future.


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Photo of Cmack15
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow a nice sweet smelling stout with some coffee and chocolate notes. The low abv of this beer makes it a real easy sipper as far as stouts go. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking of stouts but it makes this beer more a session beer then one and done. The taste starts out sweet and nice and finishes dry and slightly smoky. Would love to see this aged in bourbon barrels of a coffee version too. Great beer

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Photo of bbb099
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks scottfrie for sharing this beer!

A - An almost black, reddish dark brown. Pours with a huge amount of fluffy mocha-colored head that took awhile to go down.

S - Mostly chocolaty roasted malt aroma. Smells like a dark beer.

T - The lactose sweetness made it taste almost root-beer like. Good mixture of the bitter dark malt and sweet lactose. Finishes with mocha aftertaste.

M - Latte-like milky texture, almost zero carbonation. Full bodied.

D - Decent drinkability. Maybe a tad bit too filling for a dessert beer.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark walnut brown body with some slight brown mahogany hues. In the glass some red hue also. A very light brown head of two fingers which falls slowly. Some decent retention. Very light brown head disappears fairly quickly but leaves a small collar throughout the glass

Smell nice roasted malt kind of like a fresh brewed coffee sensation. Almost Porter like. Roasty just great.

Taste comes a sweet malt even milk chocolate that is totally surprising. Ovaltine finish and a great body with some mild MILD cola sweetness that doesn't overpower. There is even a faint sweet banana taste too. Not even prickly for carbonation, a great feeling drink here.

Excellent drinkability I think I have found a milk stout that I actually like. Gonna have to be something spectacular to knock this off the pedestal.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with reddish-brown edges. Has a tight, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet smell to it, I assume from the milk. Behind that, it has a nice roasted character with hints of chocolate, cocoa, and coffee.

Taste: Slightly bitter from hops up front. Develops a strong roasted character towards the back with milk chocolate and coffee flavors. It's not as well balanced between sweetness and roastiness as the smell would lead you to believe (roasted flavors definitely dominate) but both are still easily found and enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a slight carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: A great stout and a superior beer overall. This is definitely one of my new favorite stouts. The craftsmanship is definitely evident in the flavors of this beer. I will certainly look for it again and highly recommend it.

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Photo of bworley
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I must have had an old bottle in this one notched november with no year.
Vigorous pour into a tulip produced no head to speak of. the bubbles that did surface dissapated almost immediately. Bark brown color.

the smell was that of a standard stout, but with the addition of a rather metallic copper smell. (maybe from the lactose)

I love a stout, so the taste was good to me. Lactose sweetness, roastyness.

there was more carbonation than i expected after the lack if head. (i thought i had a dud)
it's not too heavy, but it does leave a feeling in the back of your mouth like you've just had a tall glass of milk. (loogie anyone?)

I didn't suffer through this beer, but i think that more than 2 would be a bit much

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Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip. Huge thanks to two different BA's for sending me a couple bottles as extras.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a billowing creamy brownish-cream colored head that slowly faded into a thick film that left a few wisps of lacing.
S: Sweet lactose notes with a splash of coffee and not much else.
T: Still very sweet but with way more chocolate than I got from the nose. Coffee comes through as well with a fair amount of sweetness from the milk sugar. Slight soda quality to it with how sweet and carbonated it is. Aftertaste is full of mocha flavors.
M: Super airy with a bubbly mouth feel and frothy carbonation. Medium-thick body.
D: Solid all around. Not my favorite style, but there is nothing offensive about this beer. Recommended.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

Pours a near pitch black with a two finger mocha colored cap. Poor retention and some minor lacing.

The aroma is mild; lactic sugar, bakers chocolate, ash, and roast. Par for the course for the style. Nothing remarkably special here.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Sweet lactic sugar with some baker's chocolate and a mild ash/char. The finish is more roast than sweet, unlike most in the style.

Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy. A decent mouthfeel, but nothing blowing me away.

Easy to drink, I would definitely seek this out again. A good example of the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is extremely overcarbonated and produces a massive off-white head with a very dark brown beer below.

S: Smells strangely metallic. Lots of roasted malts (maybe a bit ashy) with just a slight lactose sweetness underneath. Certainly some coffee notes too.

T: A decent enough lactose/sugar sweetness, but not all that impressive. Again, quite roasty with a slight acidity and definite metallic notes. Strong ash characteristics are also present.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is on the high end of medium.

D: Not something that I'd really care to have again. Mediocre or worse in just about all phases.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 25 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured aggressively, 1.5-finger head, reduces to impressive thin film, as well as the awesome lacing, color is black, head is caramel. Aroma of perfectly roasted dark malts, and a touch of chocolate. Taste of the chocolate and dark malts is fantastic, balanced perfectly with lactose. Maybe a touch of smoke. Unbelievably smooth-drinking.

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Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by date of 02-2011
Served in a Guinness tulip pint

Clear, black beer with red highlights on the edge of the glass. A frothy, 2 finger tan head with good lacing.

Aromas were of toasted malts with chocolate and coffee smells mixed in. Tasted of dark, roasted bready malts. The dark chocolate/toasted bitterness was balanced well with the lactose sweetness.

Feel was creamy with a full body and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste was again balanced well between the slight bitterness of the roasts and the sweetness of the malts and milk sugars.

Very enjoyable; mine served as a nice nightcap.

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

Pours out dark, dark brown - and looks fairly viscous. Holding up to the light, you can barely see through it. Pours with a generous tan head with a bit of lacing.

You can definitely smell the malts and lactose on this one. Strong, rich malt flavor, with some sweetness underneath. Also some coffee in the aroma and possibly a bit of chocolate.

Tastes like it smells - richly malts with a nicely sweet finish. It could stand to a be a bit more complex - but it's a lovely milk stout.

Mouthfeel is very good - velvety smooth and pleasantly carbonated. Potentially a bit more carbonation that is ideal.

At this abv, very drinkable.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my imperial porter Stone glass

A--Pitch black. It pours like motor oil, but a light brown haze on the top and bottom of the glass. Not much of a head, and what did form dissipated quickly.

S--Wonderful smell. It has an overly sweet lactate smell, which fits the style. The malt is the first thing that hits you. It's a wonderful, wonderful malty beer. I also pick up some dark chocolate notes and just a hint of caramel. Honestly, this is one of the most wonderful stouts I have ever smelled.

T-- Absolutely wonderful milk taste. Then the chocolate hits you and you're like "OH, MY GOD!" This honestly drinks like chocolate milk. I get a little bit of coffee, and just a bit of a buttery aftertaste. Wonderful.

M-- Light, semi-carbonated, and great in the mouth. The sweetness of the beer plays very well on the tongue.

D--Very high. This stout is an easy drink and, while I'm not much of a stout drinker (my girlfriend is the huge stout found), I'm already craving another one. This honestly could be my favorite stout ever.

If you've never had this, please do yourself a favor and give this one a try. If you're a stout fan you'll die when you try it. If you're not much of the fan (like me), I still suggest you give it a try--you may love it!

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To me, this is the ultimate in how a beer should look. Big and deep black with a toasty brown head. Love it when a beer looks imposing enough to quell dreams.

Toasty malts and maybe a whiff of vanilla, but little else.

Definite lactose sweetness - while the malts are big, with hints of chocolate, it's the milk that makes the beer unique. Distinctive from other stouts, but otherwise lacking complete character.

Creamy and lovely in the mouth - like velvet.

Highly drinkable, but a little short on robust flavor.

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Photo of Soonami
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout. It is tremendously tasty. The beer was an almost pitch black viscous topped with a thin beige layer of foam. The smell was fairly mild with a little roast coffee and burnt toast, but the taste is where the money is at. It was well bittered with notes of dark rum, milk chocolate, iced coffee, with the perfect amount of sweetness and a full bodied creamy texture. It was delicious, certainly a beer that I would recommend. I drank 4 or 5 bottles of this one night watching football without really realizing because it was so good. One of my favorites.

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Photo of DarthRadb
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very Dark Caramel Brown, Almost Black but not quite. If you hold it up to a light you can see a bit of light coming through.

Smell: Sweet and Chocolately with a hint of Roasted Malts.

Taste: Like it Smells, Sweet and Chocolately, with a bit more roasted malt in the flavor than smell, some coffee undertones. I liked it, but didn't love it, Flavor seems almost shallow or one dimensional Aftertaste is to sweet and not complex enough for me.

Mouthfeel: Good but not great, doesn't really coat the mouth like a Stout should.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these before wanting something better. Goes down very easy but leaves my tastebuds wanting something more complex, needs more coffee taste to suit me.

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Photo of TheDudeBeers
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very dark brown, a bit of visible mahogany tint on the edges. About a half inch of head.
S - It smells like a really sweet chocolaty stout. Reminds me of hot chocolate.
T - Tastes like hot chocolate. Really sweet and creamy chocolate taste. Not too intricate, no layers of flavor here.
M - Creamy with low carbonation.
D - All in all, i'm a little disappointed, but it's not bad. It's a creamy stout. I'd rather drink Duck Rabbit's Porter.

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