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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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Ratings: 2,090 |  Reviews: 775
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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Photo of ism
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque but clear black body with mahogany highlights, topped with a 1-finger tan head that quickly recedes. Minimal lacing, practically non-existent. Nose is rich, coffee malt with a sublte floral hop scent. Gentle carbonation in a thin body, rich with coffee-chocolate and roasted malt flavors, with a subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose, mildly balanced with bittering hops. Roasted malt and that milk sweetness lingers nicely.

Body thickness could be a bit more beefed up, but the subtle impartation of hops and lactose sweetness, combined with less acridity than usual for the style, makes this a nice treat, though not really sessionable.

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

Bottle Inspection: Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this freebie in a trade. Funny to see “Milliliter” spelled out on the bottle. This makes my 30th State, 20 to go!

Aroma: Dusty, sweet malt, coffee notes, inviting

Appearance: Nice clarity for such a dark beer, I can see all the way through it. Head collared quickly and lasted a bit, but didn’t lace.

Flavor: Rich. Coffee, milky notes, milk chocolate and a rich nutty finish, almost an almond liquor flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice rich creamy texture

Overall Impression: Very drinkable. Rich flavors and texture are a treat and there are some mild hops that give it some complexity. Very enjoyable!

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

Pours a deep dark brown with a small amount head which rapidly disappears to just become a tiny cap.

Smells roasted, of nuts and chunky, sweet toffee. Smells more like a porter to me, but then again, I like porters, so not a problem =P

Very nutty. Lots of coffee flavor in this one as well. Not as bitter as alot of the milk stouts I've had before... which is a very good thing. Also a bit sweeter than what I'm used to, but not overwhelmingly so. Malty, but well rounded... very nice.

Wish it was a bit thicker in the mouth, and a little less acrid feeling, but such is the way with milk stouts.

Very drinkable.... not as good as the porter IMHO, but probably my favorite milk stout nevertheless.

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Photo of hyuga
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a thin tan head. Reddish hues are noticeable around the edges.

Big coffee and toffee aroma with some chocolate thrown in, a little sweetness. Smells like milk coffee.

A subtly rich sweetness on the palate, sweet chocolate with burnt malt edges. Just a touch of molasses. Hops maintain a good balance. Lighter bodied for a stout, but not a bad thing for this style.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Slides around and coats your tongue.

I'd have a few of these. Very drinkable. Sweet but not overly so. Not big or really complex, but it would make a great session beer. I think it's slightly underrated.

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Photo of jaluria
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown with a medium-tan colored head. Head dissipates quickly with only minimal lacing.
Smell - Chocholate, nutmeg, and (believe it or not) smoked cheese.
Taste - More full-bodied than is common for this style, especially with it's creamy texture. Refreshing and complex.
Mouthfeel - Creamy with a bit of spice residue.
Drinkabilty - I think more than 2 of these in one sitting would be difficult due to it's texture and overall body.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

single bottle purchased at yuppie foods, i mean whole foods

appearance: dark with dark red highlights, bubbly head with very little lacing. nothing special here

smell: roasty, slightly nutty, sweet and sour smells in the nose as well. It didnt strike me as a typical milk stout

taste: sweet chocolate, roasted malts, nutty, a certain milky sweetness. All of the duck rabbit beers I have had have been bizzarely off style, which in this particular case is not a good thing

mouthfeel: i do not like thin stouts, this is a thin stout

drinkability: its not hard to drink but why you would want more than one is beyond me

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

This beer pours at what appears to be a rich black color but after holding it up to the light, its a deep deep ruby. The smell is of roasted malts,hints of chocolate, coffee, and some kind of nut, cant quite put my finger on it. on the pour the head forms small and disappears pretty quickly. Super malty with maybe a hint of underlying hops. It tastes just like it smells the coffee taste really takes over. Over all I would say this is a very nice stout, will buy again for sure.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been wanting to try something from this brewery for a while. Pours a dark brown color with a slight head. No lace. Nose is slightly toasted and sweet. Flavor is full of milk and dark chocolate. Slight toffee and caramel too. Nice subtle bitter finish. Just a tad short of heavy on the toasted malts. Some heft to this beer with a very full flavor. However, the richness of this beer could be a bit exhausting after a bit.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why there is a lack of love for this but I thought this was a well done brew.
Appears a black color with a small white head that fades to a small film with a little lacing.
Smell is of milk sugar, coffee, chocolate, cream, and chestnuts.
Taste is of sweet coffee with cream and toffee and a heavy sugary merengue like taste that makes this sweet stout a winner.
Mouthfeel is chewy, rich, along with a very well balanced rendition of the style of brew without any overkill. Low IBU's keep this wonderfully brewed stout in check with sweetness and coffee and chocolaty richness that linger just enough for you to wish you had more.
Drinkability speaks for itself. Very nice Milk Stout in my opinion.

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

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the dark brownish burgundy brew. Head quickly fades to a scant layer of bubbles, and lacing is average. Aroma is sweet, creamy dark malts, almost exactly what I was looking for here. Taste is sweet dark malts, with little to no bitterness, seemingly due to the added sugar, which is as it should be. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent, with smoothness that just invites another mouthful, or two, or bottle. Check it out.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body with a small light tan head that drops quickly. No remnants of that head are left on the glass. Big roasted malt notes in the aroma. Also a bit of dark chocolate and a light sourness. Flavor starts off sweet with chocolate and roasted malts. Light creamy sourness plays well in it. Finishes on a sweet toasty note. Body is medium and pretty creamy and smooth. This has enough going for it that I could have a few in a session. Solid example of the style all around. Thanks goes to my buddy Jason for the bottles.

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Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,090 ratings
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