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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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Toasted marshmallow nose with cream, Graham cracker, chocolate malts, light embers and maybe maple.

Very good flavor of cream, chocolate malt, nutty pecan, maple, light char and toasted malt. Feels a bit thin but not too brash or detracting.

It's not the best Milk Stout I've ever had but it's well done and very tasty.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the growler with an extremely dark brown tar-like color, verging on pitch black. The spongy, mocha head falls quickly, leaving a resilient thin layer on the surface and an appetizing collar around the glass. Pronounced cocoa powder smell with nondescript fruity esters. Faint sour breads and mild smoke in the nose. Now the first sip. Surprisingly sweet milk sugars in the front, and an equally surprising tart, sour cream taste in the finish. The aftertaste is ashy, with lingering burnt malts. The lactose imparts a distinctive table sugar sweetness and near spoiled, sour milk tang. Any semblance of cocoa is quickly overshadowed by this competing dynamic. The ABV is modest, but I detect a small amount of fusel alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, with snappy, crisp carbonation. Perhaps too spritzy for the style. I seem to recall this having a much creamier texture and milder carbonation when I had it from a bottle. My companions arrived at the same independent conclusion. The last time I had this (late 2013) I couldn't wait to grab another one. This time, not so much. It's possible that my palate has evolved, but I'm fairly certain this has much more to do with the carbonation. Overall, this is an ideal selection for lovers of sweet beer. I can see where the surprising tartness could throw some people for a loop, but without it, this would quickly become too sugary. I'll stick with Westbrook or Left Hand, but wouldn't pass this up if offered. I just hope it's offered in a bottle instead of a growler.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes (2009): The best sweet stout, or milk stouts, I've ever tasted. The impressive thing to me about this was the slight sourness to the flavor like near spoiling milk. Real genuine milkiness from a beer. This is a real work of art. The mouthfeel and carbonation are also prefect. The craving to drink another and another, just doesn't quit.

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Photo of witster18
4/5  rDev +4.4%

great brew. manages to be extremely flavorful, and slightly earthy, yet sublimely drinkable. pours near black with some red/clear highlights. The beer is a bit thin, and well-carbed, but it's all made up for in the taste with the lactose and and the smooth dark malt flavors. This is about the only stout that I can literally pound a whole bottle in one slow motion and be happy. Not because I can, but because it's just freakin tasty and drinkably thin.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated BB 11/14, $1.00/12 oz from Whole Foods at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of roasted malt and lactose
Head enormous (>8 cm), light brown, frothy, verrrry slooooowly diminishing to 1 cm layer
Lacing none to poor
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly sweet with a touch of roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, watery, very aggressive carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

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Photo of riversider76
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Pours black with a fluffy tan head that did not disappear. Aroma is of malted chocolate, and roasted coffee. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is of roasted coffee up front, with hints of chocolate through out. Not bad.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Pours pitch black with a mocha head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Smells sweet-consisting of chocolate, some coffee, and a hint of roasted malts. Tastes somewhat sweet with some roast/coffee bitterness balancing it out. Flavors that stand out are creamy coffee, chocolate, and a hint of roast. I got some Belgian yeast like flavor which seemed odd to me because I have had this beer before and didn't get this flavor. It tastes great and has a slick, yet creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is great. The drinkability is high because its not too sweet and has a relatively low abv. This is a very, very good beer and I'm a little ashamed I haven't drank more of it since its so readily available in NC.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance - After I wiped the runoff from overly excited carbonation, I observed a black stout with a massive amount of mocha colored bubbles.

Smell - The milk stout aroma was more grainy than sweet.

Taste - Dark chocolate begins the taste, with the lactose sugar sweetness hangning at a low level. The malts come through as more dusty and grainy than sweet. Bitter chocolate comes through in the after.

Mouthfeel - It seems to be that lactose sugar should stick to the tongue better than this.

Overall - As far as milk stouts go, this one can't touch my favorites.

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Photo of jfhrtn92
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured as a dark brown with an almost caramel head. Very nice coffee aroma with a hint of cream. Has a upfront coffee taste with a nice creamy almost chocolate after taste. It is heavy on the mouth almost milky. Not too much on the hoppy side. Seems to be a great milk stout. Be one of my go to's for a milk stout

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Photo of EHopkinsi
4/5  rDev +4.4%

What I got to drink was enjoyable. Too bad every attempt at pouring it resulted in an eruption of froth; almost entirely head blasting out of the bottle like a beer geyser. Will need to try again...

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from bottle to tulip glass

A- pours a nearly opaque black color with a small foamy off-white head that reduces to just a rainy around the glass, leaving a bit of lace behind 3.5

S- sweet creamy/milky lactose aroma up front, mixes with smoky and roasty malt, hints of coffee & chocolate, cloying with aromas of vanilla extract 4

T- sweet whipped cream mixes with pure vanilla extract up front, chocolate and sugar candy kick in mid-palate, the finish gives notes of coffee on the linger 4

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and creamy finish 4

O- this one has a nice mix of roasty malt and sweet sugary/lactose flavor that seems to compliment each other nicely, highly drinkable 4

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Photo of buzzedup
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

I would have to say that this beer would have ranked a lot higher if it would just fix its carbonation issues.
A. Looks very nice, dark with an off white head.
S. smells sweet , malty , some burnt coffee.
T. this is where I have a huge problem with this beer, this beer is so over carbonated that it actually burns the tongue , mouth and throat. I have had this beer many times over the past 7 years and always the same issue and I always go back saying to myself “wow I have not had Duckrabbit Milk Stout in a while maybe I should grab a case” only to be disappointed once again and saying yet again this will be the last time I buy this beer , way to carbonated. 10 times worse than coke a cola .
M. same issue no idea how the mouth feel is since all I get is tiny burning bubbles in my mouth every time I drink this .
O. this time I will stick to my guns and pass on the Duck Rabbit . There are so many other choices that offer the same taste profile but with more of a creamy lower carbonated beer. AKA left handed Nitro , Lancaster Milk Stout , Terrapin Moohoo to name a few…

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Photo of JLSIV
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Black as coal. Gorgeous toffee colored head excellent lacing

Aroma big nose of cocoa, with a little coffee, with a sweet scent all it's own

Taste Chocolate, first then coffee with half and half…finishes back to cocoa

Mouthfeel, one of the smoothest I've ever had, very dry finish. this is an outstanding beer to talk over. Warm and embracing

Overall, I have tried this and Left hand in the type and thoroughly enjoyed this one. Look for it, ask for it, and demand it. You won't be disappointed

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Photo of joe1510
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Charleston Beer Exchange

Duck Rabbit's Milk Stout is as black as the Ace of Spades. Not a ray of light penetrates the body. A head of dense milk chocolate colored foam sits atop with no intention of going anywhere. Drink lines cling to the glass as if their lives depended upon it. When I drink milk stouts I want them to look just like this one.

A big coffee and cream presence wraps itself around a moderate roast. The coffee notes are smooth and the lactose adds an inviting creamy sweetness. Nuttiness adds depth in the form of hazelnut. A deep whiff brings up soft notes of herbal hoppiness and peppery alcohol, also soft.

Somehow the flavor profile manages to be even more enticing than the nose. Coffee again up front with a dash of cream. The added lactose creates a nice sweetness that balances out the roast. Hazelnut washes over the tastebuds mid-palate and remains through the finish. Dark berries are present as well and weren't noticeable in the nose. Soft herbals finish it off. This is a damn fine, robust, milk stout.

Creaminess washes over your tongue immediately. The body is so velvety smooth it feels as if there's a good heft but in reality it's medium bodied. That medium body makes for incredible drinkability. The finish dries up fairly fast and leaves behind a mildly bitter roast.

Duck Rabbit can do some great things. Their milk stout falls into that category. It's creamy and rich with bold flavors but remains extremely drinkable. The balance is there. This needs to be purchased by the case.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Looks great! Poured with a 2 finger tan head and has nice long lasting lacing. Based on this my hopes were high

S - Yikes. Maybe I got a bad batch...but it smelled musty and dusty, almost like mildew. I smelled no chocolate, no milk, no alcohol, nothing but must.

T - Taste is a bit better. Very mild taste. Upfront I taste coconut and light chocolate...that is about it. edit: halfway through the beer, there is a caramel flavor in there too which does improve its taste. For this I am raising my original T rating of 3 to a 3.5

M - Pretty watery, with high carbonation. Despite those characteristics it does have a creamy feel, and it does fill me up quickly. Strange.

O - Hugely disappointed. Will not buy again.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint glass. Best before August 2014.

Appearance: Black with a thin tan head. Clear mahogany/ruby red at the edges when held up to the light. Some islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma to this. Some hints of roasted malts and burnt sugar but that's about it.

Taste: Toasted malt, hint of bittersweet chocolate, some toffee, and a tobacco/smoky bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, approaching creamy. Lively carbonation but not fizzy - scrubs the tongue but there is a hint of stickiness left.

Overall / Drinkability: Full flavored, interesting, and good with desert (chocolate peanut butter banana bread). I suspect it would be a very good base for ice cream floats and probably would go well with a burger also. Not sure I would want more than one per evening though, but I think I would definitely pick up a six pack next time I see it. Other than a weak aroma - a good beer.

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an English pint glass

A- Black with several fingers width of head, nice lacing on the glass, good head retention

S - Predominantly smells of chocolate and roast malt, but the aroma is on the faint side

T - The taste itself is pleasant -- chocolate, neither too bitter nor too sweet.

M - The most noticeable characteristic was a very prickly carbonation which almost ruined the beer for me, hiding the pleasant taste and otherwise creamy, full mouthfeel. Swirling the beer for a bit to release some of the carbonation helped to calm the prickliness, after which the beer was more enjoyable.

O - If the carbonation were toned down a bit, this would be a very enjoyable and above average beer. With the distracting prickliness, it is just okay.

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a nearly black with a short-lived light tan head. No lacing is left. The aroma is mild but does have nice deep roasted malt notes with a little earthiness. The taste is just straightforward deep roasted malt with just a little sweetness from the lactose. It has a decent weight to the body and a silky feel and finish. It's another very good dark beer from this brewery.

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Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a billowing tan head that lingers.

Aroma is dominated by cocoa, with notes of roast malt and soy adding complexity. On the sweet side.

Flavor reveals more roast malt character, slightly acrid initially, but cocoa, coffee, and deeply toasted, nutty notes step in mid palate to save the day. Metallic notes surface late.

Body is moderate, very smooth, with fairly low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Good chocolate and roast presence, but the acrid character spoils the flavor a bit. Not as luxurious mouthfeel as some.

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

ACBF sample

A-Pours very dark brown witha dark tan, thin head.

S-Chocolate milk and light roast coffee. Lactose. Powdered chocolate.

T-Lactose and really chocolatey chocolate milk. Cream. Roasted coffee to a milder degree. Bittersweet and a bit of burnt malt.

M-Light side of medium bodied. A bit creamy. Softer bubbles.

O-A well done Milk Stout. Never too sweet without proper accompanying bitterness. Better balance of flavors than many within this style.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass

A-deep dark reddish brown basically looking black. Extremely thin tan head.

S-nutty aroma of roasted malts, pleasing smells of chocolate and coffee

T-first and strongest flavor detected was coffee. Also tasted those roasted malts.

M-well carbonated, medium bodied

O-never had a milk stout before. Did expect more creaminess and sweetness but got neither. Still a very good beer with exceptional flavor.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of chocolate, slight hop, sweet malt, caramel malt, alcohol, yeast, and oatmeal. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of oatmeal, slight hop, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, good aroma, feel, and appearance, but the body was only average.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. glass poured into a Better Better Authority snifter glass (thanks, Richard Hartogs!) and drank blind (, unknown brewing/bottling date, drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - dark brown (bordering on black), no clarity (does not allow light to pass), initially tannish/off-white head gives way to subtle glass lacing, moderate-to-high carbonation with tight tannish bubbles most notable around the lacing, mild alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - subtle chocolate sweetness, dark coffee, mild lactose, roasted malts, earthy but subtle hops, little-to-no alcohol on the nose

T: 12/20 - the flavors match the aroma perfectly - on the front of the tongue, there is an admixture of dark roasted malts, chocolate, dates, raisins and almond; finishes slightly sweet with a residual alcohols and slightly astringent

M: 3/5 - light-to-medium body, no creaminess, slightly higher than desired carbonation for style; little to no alcohol or hop presence

O: 5/10 - decent drinking beer but misses the mark for a milk stout - no creaminess, moderate astringency, too far carbonation; thanks for the opportunity to review blindly, RH

TOTAL - 30/50

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Photo of StHopNick
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a solid beer. I would drink again for sure. That being said it is lacking in some areas. The first being the appearance. I love a nice head on my stouts and this beer just seems to not retain a proper head well at all. I think this affects my ability to properly judge the smell but what i can smell is a bit of toffee or caramel. The taste is surprisingly crisp for a milk stout but i don.t mind that. A great aftertaste in my opinion too some surprising biter notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty thin. This combines with the crisp initial taste to give this milk stout a very clean and enjoyable character. Will have it again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown hue and is only letting a bit of light through when held up to light. A quarter inch of tightly woven khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Aroma of cocoa powder and lactose greets my nose. The body is silky smooth and creamy. I get cocoa and lactose quickly fading away when I take a taste.

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Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 2,052 ratings.
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