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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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out as a solid black brown hue topped with a dark tan dense headcap.

Cocoa and toffee nose.

First swigs: Light chocolate and cocoa flavors blend well with an easy toasted malt. Biscuit dry and lightly sugary. Caramel candy like.

Feel is slick and silky. This went back super fast! Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle acquired via trade.

Beer is good. Happy chocolate milkstout beering.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown like an espresso shot with a brown, small head.

The nose is appetizing: fresh roasted coffee, toasted nuts, toffee and butter.

The palate is rich and satisfying many of the same notes as are smelled in the aroma. Coffee and malty sweetness predominate, and the finish is lengthy. There is just enough toasty coffee bitterness to give it good balance. I've had milk stouts that have been more "chocolate milk-like," but this is still a delicious beer.

But I wonder how it would be on nitrogen?

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best before 6/06 notched on the bottle: Pours a nearly opaque black with nice tan head that retains well. The aroma is initially sweet with lactose, vanilla and cream along with some mild roastiness, and a slight floral hops presence...nearly perfect for a milk stout. The flavor starts off with some roastiness, followed by some lactose sweetness, vanilla, cream, some oily hops and a slight metallic edge. The mouthfeel is smooth but slightly watery and the drinkability is good. Overall a solid DR offering, all of their beers i've had so far have been well made.

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Photo of Enola
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark! No light penetrates the beer. There is a thick tan head. This is what a stout should look like. The smell is mixed roasted notes and hop bitterness. The taste is of roasted coffee and other roasted grain. The mouthfeel is smooth with a good lasting roasty aftertaste. I will drink this beer again. This beer reminds me of a good oatmeal stout. Reccomended.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

What is in an ink blot? Pours a midnight black color with some red hues through out. Needed help with the pour but still little to no head retention that has a slight coppery color.

The nose is light but some soft malt notes. Not very astringent though but no off flavors. No real hop notes but that is ok.

The taste is limited overall. Some chocolate notes but limited. Some oatmeal notes that give it a more breakfast feel. But would like to see more roast and astringency here. A bit watery and some minor earthy hop notes but limited.

The body is light to moderate. Limited flavors and body really limit this beer. Carbonation is light as well. No off flavors at least.

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Photo of redwolf1
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured several 12-ounce bottles over the course of a week to get a good feel for the beer. Came out a dark brown/black with some reddish undertones when held up to a light. Nice thick beige-colored head; good retention from the one that was poured early in the week. The head for the one that was poured later in the week dissipated fairly fast. Some moderate amounts of lacing from both though. A heavy cream, or sweet cream, aroma is present, with burnt undertones. The one at the beginning of the week came across creamy smooth and a little heavy on the tongue, while the later one came out just as creamy smooth, but not as heavy (not as sweet as the previous one also). Honestly, it's a very decent attempt at a sweet stout. However, I would wait a few days after putting a six-pack in the fridge before popping one open.

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Photo of rustymoore
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and dark with a creamy tan head and fades more quickly than I would have liked. Smells strong of coffee and milk but has nice hoppy notes. Taste is much like the smell with a dominance of coffee but one can detect the hops with every swallow. Feels pleasent to the palate aside from the bitterness which can be a little obtrusive, but for overall drinkability and price this stout will please.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great N.C. brewery, duck rabbit does the dark beers, but with a solid dose of hops. This and their porter are my favorites.
Pours up nearly black, but with a thin head of dark tan foam. A ring stays with the beer all the way down, minimal lace.
Smell is wonderful, right on for a milk stout, as milk chocolate is followed by coffee and a hop presence that breezes by.
Taste is very good, and changes over the glass. Starts with a coffee/chocolate flavor, followed by a bitter, roasted character before a hoppy pine taste becomes apparent. After taste is bittersweet chocolate. After a few sips, a distinct caramel taste shows up, and the hop/bitter back gets stronger. As the beer warms, a dark alcohol berry flavor is noticable.
Mouthfeel is medium to full, a nice amount of carbonation but still creamy. The flavor just coats the mouth and tongue.
Very good drinkability with this brew. I found it on tap a while back and had many.


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Photo of isubsmith
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, opaque. Not much head, but some lacing.

Nose: Not much of the sweet caramel-y/lactose smells one expects from a milk stout. Rather disappointing actually. The nose was more of a general stout - coffee and dark chocolate dominating. There was a hint of vanilla but not as much as expected.

Taste: Not bad. Sweeter than expected from the nose - slightly sweet and vanilla. Very creamy and smooth. Slight bitter hop finish. Much lighter body than expected.

All in all, a very drinkable beer. Not the best example of a milk stout I've had, but still good. Thanks to Lindsay and Emily for bringing these back.

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Photo of guinnessdoc
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC.

It was served to me in a pint glass. Dark brown color with red highlights. It arrived with a small head that dissipated quickly.

Wasn't strong at first but I soon noticed a smoky, coffee aroma that lasted throughout.

Definitely registered a sweetness from the first sip . There was a strong roasted coffee flavor with some malt sweetness and just a hint of chocolate.

The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected but still made for a smooth, enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of a letdown after this brewery's quite good porter. For a milk stout, I really didn't get much lactose sweetness that should be the characteristic. A bit thin, with a moderate malt sweetness and likewise moderate roasted malt flavors. Didn't bring to mind the "fortifying" aspect of a milk stout - this was rather bland and one-dimensional.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Had to pour it pretty hard to encourage a head. Ended up with about a half inch head that dissipated quickly, leaving just a smattering of foam on top. It did, however, manage to leave some lacing on the glass as I drank it. Dark brown, color, similar to black walnut. Only a very slight redish tint as I got near the bottom of the glass.

The smell was rather odd, and I prepared myself to be disappointed in the taste. Perhaps some bittersweet cocoa powder and burnt coffee grounds? Not much hoppiness at all.

Thankfully, as I tasted the beer, I liked it a lot more. Creamy and smooth. Like a cafe au lait, perhaps. Some bitterness in the aftertaste to cleanse the palate and leave a clean feeling in the mouth. Not overly thick, but very pleasant.

Very drinkable as well. Lower ABV makes this a good choice for a session beer. Would buy it again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque dark walnut with bright cranberry edges. The creamyfirm head is the color of toasted wheat bread and is a good match for the beer beneath. The deflation looks like it'll be a prolonged affair. Even so, I'm beginning to see small sheets and disordered spatters of sea foam lace. I prefer my stouts to be more light-rejecting than this, but it's dark enough for the sub-style.

Milk Stout's nose is both aromatic and good. Roasted coffee beans lead the olfactory parade, followed closely by dark chocolate and sweet vanilla. All elements that I believe should be present in a milk stout are present. Well done Duck, well done Rabbit.

Upon tasting... it isn't as stout as I'd like, but it nails the style with laser-like precision. The bold flavors (see 'aroma' above) dovetail beautifully and result in a delicious, relatively light-bodied, sweet stout. Vanilla is especially prominent and defines the flavor profile, as coffee defines the nose. Just the right amount of milk sugar was added, it seems.

Very little else finds its way to the palate other than the classic troika of chocolate, coffee and milk/vanilla, but I've managed to convince myself that citric, fruity hops are in the mix as well. Now that I'm looking for them, they're fairly easily appreciated. Bitter doesn't supercede sweet, or even equal it, though it does provide a needed counterpoint and keeps the beer from being overly sweet.

The mouthfeel, as alluded to above, isn't all that it could be. I have certain expectations when I see 'stout' on the label and this beer didn't quite reach them. On the positive side, it's perfectly smooth and would make a great session stout.

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery claims, on this label at least, to be "the dark beer specialists". Having tasted their porter and this milk stout, I'd say that they have every right to make that claim. This is a tasty offering from an up-and-comer from the great state of North Carolina. Thanks to NClifestyle, my Duck-Rabbit connection, for the bottle.

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

Chocolate and mild used coffee ground come out from the aroma. Deep black with a quarter sized mocha head. Very bitter in the fore with mild chocolate creamy/smoothiness through the middle and into the finish. A very serviceable if not stellar stout.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Johnny B's in Gastonia, NC and was quite impressed.

The pour was pitch black with a three finger beige head that slowly dissapated and left a nice beige lace on the glass that held on throughout the drink.

The smell was heavy in coffee and malt sweetness with a slight wisp of nuts in the rear of the nose.

The start of the drink was sweet and very thick with a heavy coffee kick and a continuation of this in the middle. The finish was a lingering mix of coffee and nuts.

This was a great example of the style. Very thick and "chewey" just right. Find it now and give it a try if you like sweet stouts.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a pretty typical milk stout. Medium tan head and an opaque black body. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, possibly come chocolate. The taste was more of the acrid coffee-bean taste, roasted malts, mild hops and a semi-sweet smooth aftertaste indicative of a milk stout. It had mild carbonation and a relatively smooth body which made it pretty enjoyable. Not the best I've had but gotta give a shout out to an NC brewery for giving it a shot. Not a bad beer.

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

12 oz. Bottle Pub glass
Appearence:This brew pours black with a thin tan head.
Aroma:Smell is molasses ,expresso and dark chocolatesoaked dark roast coffee.
Taste: Roasty malt sweetness with subtle hop bitterness.
Drinkabilty:Low carbonation makes for silky smooth drinking.

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

The deep black, ruby highlighted beer pours with a noisy thin-bubbled latte-colored head of medium and small bubbles. The head thins to a scant collar, leaving no lacing. The smell is sweet with plenty of roasted coffee tones. The taste is also sweet, roasted malts with chocolate notes up front finishing sweet and minimally hopped. The coffee/roasted malt notes linger. Medium mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, and smooth. An enjoyable beer.

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

Slection of beer-of-the-month club. Poured a deep brown color with reddish highlights. Attractive foamy tannish head present. Smell is roasty, chocolately, coffee-like. Very enjoyable. Taste is of sweetened chocolate mixed with black coffee. Finishes with a nice dry hoppiness to compliment the sweetness. Great beer with excellent drinkability.

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

As part of my new beer of the month club, to my pleasant surprise, the first shipment included a milk stout. It is not the most common style to see on the market or at local brewpubs, so I was anxious to give it a taste.

I believe Duck Rabbit specializes in darker beers. In my shipment, their brown ale was also included.

The milk stout, though, had a nice pour with a smooth, creamy head...a little bit of a roasty flavor and smell, but a sweetness unlike your normal stout. The bitter, dry taste of standard stouts was not present.

My experience with this beer probably ended with my club shipment. I have never seen them distributed in the NJ/NY region...but if they ever are, I would surely consider purchasing some of their beers.

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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was from my friend Mr. Doyle's beer of the month club shipment -thanks!

Poured black with a ruby red tone when held to light. Not much head accumulation and thin retention. Nose is very subtle, of roasted sweet malts. Taste is a nice balance of creamy sweet roasted malts and finishes with a nice dry hop. MOuthfeel is creamy and full. Overall drinkability is very enjoyable - I would not mind tracking this one down on my next trip back east!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep chestnut drown with some dark garnet hues around the edges. During the brief time the beer's head and I spent together, it appeared off-white.

Smell: Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, with a touch of smoke. Additionally, there's a sour (but yummy) milk twang in the nose.

Taste: Starts with a smack of sweet cocoa. Secondary roasty and smokey flavors, too. Very minor hop character. All the while, milkiness, milkiness! Finishes with the roasted malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Milky! However, its a bit on the thinner side, just under medium-bodied and with just a trace of carbonation. Still, it could greatly benefit from a bit more body.

Drinkability: Its smooth dessert-like qualities make it rather enjoyable, as well as drinkable. Very Yoo-hoo-esque.

While not nearly as flashy or bold as other stouts, its still a good beer, that with a little tweaking, could make for a really great milk stout.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a lover of Milk Stouts, I had to try this one. It looks creamy and opaque black with a thin light tan head that accompanied the last sip. The aromas are of black and chocolate malt and a hint of lactose to add a complex souring. The flavors are strong bittersweet without being grainy. Light chocolate and coffee flavors rise out of the barley malt showing mild astringency and lactic sweetness and sourness. Light hops show in the finish. The body is firm and quite creamy. The finish is similar but shows a little graininess and harshness, albeit light. All in all, better than most, but I have had much better.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with a nice low creamy light brown head and good carbonation. Big roasty and bittersweet chocolate and coffee aromas. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee dominates the tastebuds; not very sweet at all. Fairly robust. Medium-full bodied and creamy as it warms.

A nice robust stout.

Per BOM notes:
ABV: 5.7%
Malts: American 2-row varieties (lots of roast barley and flaked barley)
Hops: Nugget, Fuggle

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nearly opaque black with a shallow caramel head, dissipated rather quickly. No discernable lacing.

Smell - Rich coffee and dark chocolate, slightly burned but not unpleasant. Roasted nuts somewhere in the background. Lingering sweet malt finish.

Taste - Espresso notes with hints of baker's chocolate and nutty liqueur. Warm, nutty finish. Dark and slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin, but offset by rich taste and aroma. Moderately creamy and suprisingly clean finish. Mouthfeel oddly does not match the expectation of the aroma.

Drinkability - Despite the thin mouthfeel, this stout is impressively drinkable and smells wonderful in the nose. Finishes cleaner than expected for a stout. Overall, an above-average milk stout.

Recieved three 12oz bottles of this stout in a beer of the month shipment. Striking label, and fascinating story behind the brewer as well. A thinking man's stout, to be certain. I'd buy it again, but won't break any land speed records to do it.

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