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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day 177 Drink: Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery has been focused on making dark beer since opening in eastern North Carolina in 2004. Paul Philippon felt dark beer was underrepresented in the southeastern U.S., so he started making brown ale, Baltic porter, wee heavy Scotch ale and milk stout.

If you think it is too hot in North Carolina during the summer for dark beers, picture this: a group of friends at a small beer tasting in a parking lot on a 95 degree day in Charlotte discover some ripe black berries along a fence. Soon some of the berries are crushed in the tasting cups and Duck Rabbit Milk Stout is poured over the top. It turns out to be a highlight of the tasting.

Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is a 5.7 percent alcohol by volume beer brewed with lactose and a healthy amount of roasted grains. The beer is a blackish brown color with a tan head. Roasted malts dominate the aroma. The flavor is heavy with roasted grains, bold coffee and a hint of cocoa.

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