Duck-Rabbit Bourbon Barrel Aged Milk Stout | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

15 Ratings

Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cvstrickland on 01-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must admit I harbored severe reservations at even the thought of a bourbon barrel-aged milk stout, fearing the relatively light stout would be crushed under a grotesquely alcoholic bourbon presence. I anticipated the results to be frowns and a full round of tongue-clucking. Oh, how wrong I was! My taste buds greeted each and every sip as liberators.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a small, bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: A scent of milk chocolate and light roast paired with a very expressive bourbon aroma, with notes of vanilla, coconut, light brown sugar, and charred oak barrels.

Taste: Lightly roasted dark malts hit with sweet tastes of chocolate and vanilla. Tons of rich, well-integrated bourbon flavor immerse the palate. At no point is it ever boozy. All of the usual bourbon flavors are present and in full-force, except the coconut, which is particularly striking. Minuscule amount of earthy bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering tastes of chocolate and top shelf bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: All kinds of excellent! Kudos to Duck-Rabbit for using the prestigious Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve instead of just dumping their milk stout in a soiled tub of Old Crow.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am in absolute disbelief that this beer clocks in at under 6% ABV. A feat of brewer's craft on display, and on tap at Capone's 5/7, 9oz snifter pour. Placed on the bar with a nice 1/2 finger lively ochre head. Beneath that foam sits a not truly black (midnight brown sounds about right), but truly opaque brew, a gorgeous sight to behold.

I go in for some deep whiffing...smells like maple syrup, oak, overripe apples that veer into a huff of rubbing alcohol scent that fills the nostrils, then recedes a bit leaving some sweater bourbon notes.

Taste starts full with milk and honey, but almost instantly is awash in an oaky, boozy bourbon. A hint of sweet apple, a bit of roasted and sweet malts are picked up, but wow, so much thick woody bourbon is present that some lesser notes are lost. the slightly stringent apparition of alcohol lingers in my throat, mellows and leaves me sated.

Medium-Full bodied, but assisted greatly by an above average amount of carbonation. Very well done. I can't believe this beer doesn't clock in at twice the abv. This is a prize to sip on.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snifter at Capone's...
Appears a deep, dark black with a small, off white head that slowly fades. Mild traces of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of mild hints of bourbon, milk sugar, cocoa, and vanilla.
Taste continues with a brown sugar flavor layered on top of the toffee, and bourbon with a trace of the milk sugar(lactose) coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and silky on the swallow.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A collaboration between Olde Hickory, Duck-Rabbit and Foothills brewerys that I was lucky enough to find on tap at the Thirsty Monk. Aged in 23 year old Pappy van Winkle barrels.

Pours black with a creamy tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Nose is Bourbon, cocoa & coffee.

Taste is Bourbon, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar and toffee, very nicely blended.

Mouthfeel is silky on the way down. This beer is a prize to sip on.

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Photo of hopdog
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones.

Poured a dark, dark brown color (almost black) with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and roastiness. Tastes of wood, earthiness, bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, and some caramel. Lacing left on the glass. Smooth and creamy body. I liked this one for sure!

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duck Rabbit's Milk Stout is far and away the brewery's number one seller, and in my opinion is a fine example of the style. I love the stuff...Hell, I have my very own "Help Fight Lactose Intolerance! Enjoy Milk Stout!" t-shirt I bought at the brewery last year... but...

"But?" you ask. "But" what?!?!

At this year's barleywine rollout party at the Farmville brewery, sitting side-by-side with a three-year vertical setup of luscious barleywines was a keg of that same succulent Milk Stout, only this variant of the elixir in question was turbo-boosted by a brief encounter with the inside of a bourbon barrel! Woo Hoo! Barkeep, make mine a Barrel-Aged Milk Stout, please!

In a Duck-Rabbit logoed shaker pint glass, the brew glows a deep, dirty garnet when held to the bright sunshine, and is capped with a soft pillow of pale beige foam. Thin wisps of lacing on the glass mark the passing sips.

To be perfectly honest, the aroma of the drink was nearly lost amidst the perfume of yeasty maltiness and the mild essence of sanitizer wafting through the brewery, but what did come through loud and clear was a note of sweet oak and a drizzle of Bourbon-laced chocolate syrup.

The taste? Yes the taste. The flavor of this beer is what that "But" was all about! Goodness, gracious, I loved the mild malt-chocolatey bittersweetness of the original, but given a ride on the oak, Milk Stout takes a quantum leap from "Pretty Damned Good" to "Damned-Near Perfect"! The chocolatey character still holds center stage, but aromatic oak and mellow bourbon contribute more layers of vanilla-like sweetness and a brisk note of alcohol that dries the finish and cools the palate.

A lady in front of me in the beer line asked the brewer, Paul Phillipon, how much a six-pack of the brew would cost her at the store. Our gracious host smiled and told her that the beer wasn't for sale... just for special occasions... but maybe one day.... As we walked away from the tap-table with fresh glasses in hand, I overheard the lady whispering to her companions, "I don't know why they wouldn't bottle this! This is the best beer I ever had from Duck-Rabbit!"

Hear, hear, lady. This latest concoction is Milk Stout Perfected, no "ifs", "ands", or "buts" about it. Don't pass it up if you're lucky enough to have a keg pop up at a Duck-Rabbit "Special occasion" near you!

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Photo of Deuane
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

DR's vaunted milk stout aged for 2 months in second used 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels.

A-Black with a thick light tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Light roasted malt and bourbon notes swirl together with a touch of sweetness. All of this builds and improves with warmth.

T-Bourbon kissed to perfection milk stout! Simply awesome, I love it! Roasted malt, bourbon, sweetness and a hint of dark chocolate bitterness.

M-Medium body, silky and oh so smooth. Good lingering flavours.

D-Superb! So damn tasty it's almost a crime! I impressed needless to say. This is becoming a trend with beers aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels, obviously one of Kentucky's finest bourbons out there!

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Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark brown wirh a finger and a half of foamy brownish head. Some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is a little roasty with a bourbon flavor that gives off a bit of a burnt wood flavor with a little chocolate flavor as well.

The taste is roasted malts with some nice dark chocolate flavor. Some bourbon flavor does come out and seems to mix well with the roasty flavor. Some vanilla mixed about this beer that pronounces itself throughout this beer.

The feel of the berr is medium bodied and is pretty drinkable with some medium to light carbonation. It goes down well and is really enjoyable.

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Photo of Jason_Quad
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.

Pours dark, dark brown with a surprisingly big head from a cask that showed very good retention and bits of lacing.

Dark roasted malts dominate the aroma with a balanced and non-overpowering bourbon presence. Some milk chocolate and oak as well.

The taste has the whiskey up front before giving way to the milk chocolate and dark malts underneath. The bourbon comes back with a vengeance in the finish with a solid bourbon warmth going down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thinner than I expected with decent carbonation for a cask pour.

I really enjoyed this one and, surprisingly, thought the bourbon really did this one some favors. Very nice.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones and served in a 9oz. snifter. Appears just about opaque black color with half an inch of dark ecru foam. Nose and tastes consists of mild bourbon notes, molasses, bitter chocolate, vanilla, and prunes. This stout really benefited from it's time as the 2nd beer to see the inside of some Pappy Van Winkle barrels. The amount of bourbon aroma and flavor that the barrels added seemed just about perfect. This stout was somewhere between medium and full bodied with light carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the ACBF 2010. Very dark in color with a thin brown colored head on it. The head fades and doesn't leave too much lacing really. The smell of the beer is rich, roasted, chocolaty and sweet. The taste is really nice here, the flavors of the barrel aging come through right away, it's a little boozy but fades into a really nice chocolaty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy and slick, coats the mouth very well too. Overall this brew was a really good one.

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Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass an almost opaque black that shows a hint of ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped by an almost nitro-like light tan head that slowly diminishes to a ring but leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is is a nice amount of sweet roasted malts and hints of cocoa and fresh ground coffee with just a hint of oak. The taste is a wonderful blend of roasted sweet malts and a nice amount of oak with a hint of Bourbon, wonderful balance! The beer is medium bodied with the oak adding more body to the 5.7% brew. This one was truly incredible, many props go out to Erik and Flying Saucer for scoring a cask of this wonderful brew.

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Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of aerozeppl
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Duck-Rabbit Bourbon Barrel Aged Milk Stout from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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