Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout (2018 re-review)

Best before date: 4/2018

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 16A Sweet Stout

AROMA: Dark malt but without strong roasted or coffee notes. Lactose sugar is fairly prominent. Faint piney/floral hops. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown to black proper (39-44 SRM). Clear with brown highlights. Small tan creamy head mostly dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Begins with a mix of dark malt and lactose sugar but without intense roastiness or cloying sweetness. At the apex comes brief hop bitterness. Faint piney/floral hop flavor lurks in the background as well. Finish is quite delectable with a sweet milk chocolate candy-like flavor along with subtle fruitiness. Aftertaste is akin to bittersweet chocolate, albeit mild. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation (seems  under-carbonated and a bit watery). Texture is smooth, but not creamy per se. Highly drinkable, but rather inefficient at 5.7% ABV as this feels more like a pub-style session stout. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not perfect, but probably one of the better American examples of the style. 8/10


NOTE: See my 2016 original review here:

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