Name: The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout
Brewery: The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Farmville, North Carolina
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.70%
First Brewed: 2004
Pours a deep, dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is roasts malt with a hint of cocoa. Silky mouthfeel with semisweet chocolate elements and a toasted coffee base.
This is another bottle we got from Ashley. I think we have reviewed almost all of the bottles she sent. She did send a few bombers from Westbrook that were not on the list, but we are drinking those sparingly. EVERYTHING that brewery makes is great. We have a DIPA left from them. I want another bottle/can of the gose. That was just a delicious salty treat. Tonight we are reviewing a dark beer from the Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery known as… Well, Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout.
I have heard a lot of great things about this beer. Ashley raves about it. I like the style, but only as it warms up. I will be curious if this is any different than the other milk stouts that I have had in the past. The best milk stout I have had to date is the Left Hand Milk Stout… But only on nitro. The Left Hand Milk Stout, both in the bottle and on tap, is gross compared to the same beer on nitro. Let’s hope the Duck-Rabbit is legit. Cheers! (We are drinking this outside… So the beer should heat up faster than normal.)
In the Glass: This beer is dark as night… So yeah, these guys are the dark beer specialists! I was looking at pictures of the brewery online, and this brewery looks like a garage! It is SO small. I had heard about this beer even before we started writing this blog. 2 beers are on the list from Duck-Rabbit. I wish I knew where they got the name… The beer also had a nice head and is leaving a lovely sticky lace that I didn’t expect. I hope it smells good!
Nose: It smells like metal. I am talking straight wrought iron. I know they use lactose in this, but this is the most metallic milk stout I have ever stuck my nose in. Actually, if we were not reviewing this and I ordered a sample, I would say no just due to the aroma. I am not pleased with the smell on this. Ashley, you raved about this beer. It better taste better than it smells. Here goes nothing.
Flavor: That is MUCH better than it smells. The mouthfeel might be my favorite part, but I will get to that. The beer is quite complex, and leaves a nice almost chocolate flavor in my mouth. This is a beer that would be great paired with dessert. Heck, this bottle might be a great dessert. I do like to drink meals from time to time.
This is a beer that will go from good to great as it heats up. Although, I do enjoy this beer cold. I bet this would be GREAT on nitro. See… Left Hand has spoiled me.
Mouthfeel: This beer is simply creamy and delicious. The beer hits my tongue with an almost pillow affect that leaves my mouth craving more. The beer is also quite carbonated, but that doesn’t change my experience much. I need to move to the aftertaste because this is just hanging on for dear life.
Aftertaste: I LOVE the mouthfeel here, but the aftertaste is great. There is a LOT of candy in my office, and people are tossing around chocolate left and right. Remember the last time you took a bite of a candy bar and the chocolate flavor stuck around for several minutes? That is what I am getting here. I haven’t taken a drink in 5 minutes, but my mouth is still going crazy with flavor. I dig it.
Ashley, I understand why you like this. I am serious, though. I HATE the aroma. But the flavor is great. I bet this would be a great barrel aged beer, too. By the looks of the Duck-Rabbit brewery, I doubt they have the room to age beers. Guys, I am impressed. I hope the other bottle from them is just as good. Cheers!
The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout – The bottle says: “Made in Farmville, North Carolina. Proudly hand made in small batches. THE DARK BEER SPECIALIST”
I have no idea what beer we are drinking tonight. Just a disclaimer, I’m not in the greatest of moods, so I doubt this will be the best written review ever. My apologies. Anyway, let’s get right to it.
The first thing I noticed about this beer is the head. It literally looks scoopable. I don’t think that’s a real word, but that’s what it looks like. It looks like the foam on top of a latte or something. Let’s wait until that goes down a little bit before trying it, shall we? The beer is very dark in the glass, basically very dark brown, almost black. And… I just spilled some beer on my computer. Good job, Sheryl. I was trying to smell it. It smells… just wet. Not a lot of smell going on over here. Let’s see how it tastes.
It’s not bad. A lot of malt going on. That’s mostly what I’m tasting. It tastes a lot like a malted milk ball. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. That’s the best way I can think of to describe it. I would guess that it’s a milk stout. It’s good for that style. It’s got a very distinctive flavor, so I’d have to be in the right mood for this if I chose to buy it again. But, I would. This one’s different, but definitely worth another drink sometime.