Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW,Sommelier

The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout has warming aromas of chocolate malts, roasted mallow, and black garden soil. The one finger head on the beer is a very nice color of browned mallow after my mom slowly roasted it over the coals of a nice campfire.

On the palate the Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is roasty, toasty, and almost soothing. Dry Cocoa, black earth, and chocolate frosting meld nicely together on the front of the palate. The finish is dry and dirty with very noticeable black earth-like characteristics. This beer has a lot of food pairing capabilities. Send me your recipes and pairings and I’ll send you some swag. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Rating- 86 Points 

BeerAdvocate – 86 Points 

RateBeer – 91 Points


Beer Selection –  Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout

Producer – Duck- Rabbit Brewery 

Region – Farmville NC, USA

Style – Stout

Alcohol – 5.7%

Food Pairing –  Stews, shepherds pie, Milk Stout bison chili.


From the Brewery

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!


What is a Milk Stout 

First let’s start with Stouts. Stouts are basically dark porters. Stouts and porters are beers made with roasted malts, hops, water, and yeast, the only difference between them is the amount of roasting in the malts and the barley.

A milk stout is a stout with lactose, hence the “Milk” in “Milk Stout.” Lactose is a sugar that cannot be fermented by beer yeast, so it leaves a sweet milky taste in the stout beer that I often associate with mallow or marshmallows. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW

Also try – Lefthand Brewing Company Milk Stout Nitro