Milk Stout | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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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 russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a 2 fingers deep mocha head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Coffe then toasted malt & slight iron notes

T: Iron taste up front then toasted malt & choclate. Hints of iron followFinishes slightly fruitty, choclatey & dry

MF: Rich & creamy with near perfect carbonation & balance

Very easy to drink, one of THE best milks stouts I've had!

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Poured nearly black with some sand coloured foam on top that hung around for several minutes. Nice. Moderate lacing, which looked nice, as well. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts (of course), but there was a metallic smell present here that was fairly detectable. Enough for me to give smell a 3.0. A bit of milk chocolate in the taste, but a bitter chocolate taste dominated. Finished medium dry with no hops detectable anywhere. This is certainly unbalanced to the side of malt. Good. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I feel a beer of this style should be. There was also a bit more carbonation than I would care for. Overall, you could do much, much worse, but this is simply a good beer. Not great or fantastic, just good.

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

A dark brown/black beer with some ruby highlights. Has a small creamy beige head and a little lace. The aroma starts with a good dose of roasted malt with a smooth chocolate backgroun and a hint of coffee. Nice smooth mouthfeel to match the chocolaty start to the taste. Has a nice esspresso note near the end and a light sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours super balck with a hairline garnet border. A small creamy tan head leaves good lace.
Kind of cocoa like aroma with some roasted notes.
Definate roasty cocoa flavor. Lactose sweet with a touch of grassy hops at the finish.
Very creamy and full bodied. The carbonation helps spread the flavor around the palate.
This one is fairly drinkable, but the richness may be a bit much to handle.

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

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one...
Pitch black in color with no light penetrating thru...1/8 of a finger of light tan head forms for seconds and fades as quick as it is created. No lacing hanging on to the sides of the snifter.
Real nice in the nose...earthy, nutty, dark chocolate with a subtle sweetness due to the roasted malt.
The taste is just as enjoyable...mildly sweet with a slight addition of lactose. A nice dose of hops dry out the finish and the chocolate profile is perfect for the style.
A bit over carbonated and quite thin in the mouthfeel...goes down easily and makes a nice nightcap for me...not something I'd comsume as a session brew.
Another solid offering from Duck-Rabbit.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a bottle poured into a glass.

Great dark-brown color. Very minimal smell. Taste is very enjoyable, strong coffee, almond, and charcoal overtones. A heavy beer especially perfect for wintertime. Best enjoyed alone as opposed to with a meal. Definetely reccomended for a try for fans of darker beers.

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

What's this? A milk stout brewed only a few hours from my home? About time! I'm a huge fan of Mackeson's XXX, so when I saw this on-tap in Columbia, being promoted by the brew master, I had to try it...

Fills my pint with an opaque, deep brown beer. Tan head adds minimal lacing. Looks tasty...

Smell isn't much, really. Roasted malts, coffee, and a decidedly charcoal tinge. Not nearly as sweet as the beloved Mackeson's.

The taste is good. Very dark malts, coffee, mild hops and molasses mostly. Again, quite comparable to the Triple X, but a lot less sweet (and some would argue therefore more drinkable.) It's smooth and creamy, thanks to the lactose. Maintains a great balance of bitter and sweet, and while not quite as complex as... you know what, it still manages to hold its own. I dig the fact that it's brewed more or less locally. The brewer, Paul, is a great guy and I look forward to trying more of his beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed through the miracle of BIF 43 NC Lotto and hoppedup.

Clear deep dark brown colored beer with a tall brown head.

Smell is sweet and surprisingly flora smelling for a stout. Slight soapy smell in the floral scent from the hops used. Good chocolate and coffee Kahlua aroma here and it is the dominant scent.

At the start the taste is surprisingly tart and dry at the beginning. After a few sips this maintains its acid edge and stays dry tasting with a slight bitter edge. By a 1/4 of the way into this coffee flavor takes over. Not dark roasted coffee but light roasted Central American coffee with notably wine like acid flavors. This is very much a coffee flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Interesting stout that is a little different. Extremely coffee flavored stout that I really don't think belongs in the milk stout category.

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Photo of Smittysguinness
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The more I have this beer, the more I like it. It has really grown on me.

It poured into my glass with about a 1" head that completely dissipated very quickly. Great heavy carbonation 'hiss' as it poured. A deep russett brown to be nearly black, with a deep tan head.

It smelled heavily of toasted nuts and dark roasted coffee. Very enticing. There was just a hint of chocolate on the nose, especially at the end of the sniff.

It is a decent all-around sweet stout. Heavy chocolate taste up front with the roasted qualities right in the middle. It ends on a nice, lingering sweet note, but there is something lost between the roastiness and the sudden sweetness that keeps this beer from being smashingly wonderful. Still, though, the sweetness at the end keeps you coming back.

Decent, if not average mouth feel; medium-bodied, heavier carbonation with no grittiness.

All in all, the is a drinkable beer that if I had around here in Michigan, I would definitely keep coming back to. It's a stout that would have a permanent spot in my fridge, from all-around drinkability to afordability.

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Photo of Brian700
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark black with a tan head that forms a thin layer over my glass. Not a lot of lacing going on.

The aroma is nutty and of light caramel

The flavor is nutty with some milkiness. There seems to be a lot of roastiness maybe from some black patent malt but seems to be missing something in the middle. This flavor starts and ends good but there is something in the middle that is missing. I think a little caramel malt would help this beers flavor and would give it a little more body.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium carbonation. I think the mouthfeel could use a little more body.

I think the drinkability on this one is just above average. Not a bad beer, just missing something IMO.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma smelled like roasted barley and coffee. Very dark, the brewhouse had low lightint so not sure if light would have given off any unique hues. Very thin tan head with very small, fine bubbles, minimal lacing. medium bitterness hits the palate but gives way to dark malt flavors and espresso. A good froth releases the dark malt flovors: chocolate or balck patent maybe? Chocolate milk and sweetness emerge also with the bitterness coming back around on the finish. There is a bitterness from the darker malts and it melds well with all th other flavors. very good Milk Stout from the Eastern NC Brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an absolutely beautiful, thick, creamy tan head, which sits atop a blacker-than-black oil slick. Head dissipated fairly quickly, but I would expect that, considering the style. Stoned bubble trails wander verrry slowly up the sides. It looks classic, anyway.

Smells are candy-sweet and coffee-rich, overlaid by a gentle roastiness that keeps my nose deep into the glass. I like.

Flavors mirror the aromas, added to by a dairy/cream essence that veers toward marshmallow. Finishes with a thin creaminess, and then a long-lasting stickiness sets in, coating the mouth with that marshmallow/coffee hybrid. I love the flavor but the stickiness is a bit much. Makes me long for a water instead of another sip of beer. But I keep sipping because it's still a great stout. Zippy carbonation can't even cut through my now-pasty mouth.

If this didn't stick to the roof of the mouth like peanut butter, I'd give it a higher rating, but it's not severe enough that I'd stay away completely. I'll definitely be on the hunt for more of this one.

[Postscript: 18 months later, and another 6-pack of this enjoyed, the mouthfeel was much less sticky, but way too carbonated. Mouthfeel remains troublesome on this one...]

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. It's very near flawless in appearance. Huge fluffy head and near black liquid. This is very inviting. Looks gorgeous.

Aroma is dominated by roasted malt. There's some sweetness/milk chocolate in there but it's a bit abused by the roasted malt smells. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful smell, I just expected it to be a bit sweeter.

Taste is less sweet than the smell. Roasted malt/coffee taste overtakes the taste. I'm a litte disappointed in this beer for it's lack of complexity. I waited for it to warm up and nothing else really came out...

Glad I tried it but I'll pass it up next time.

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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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