DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Draft at Capone’s, and sorry I missed Tom and Steve, but I came late. Pour was onyx with off-tan head that receded quickly. Nose was dark malt, heavy oaky bourbon, dark choc. Tasted dark malty, dark chocolatey, very earthy, peaty, with a heavy but well balanced oaky, bourbony, vanilla, and peaty flavor. Somewhat sweet as it warmed, and I don’t know how these guys made a beer that is about 8% lower than my anticipated ABV. The chocolate wall is apt, but the oaky bourbon wall preceds and follows it, depending upon the temperature of the beer. That shows you what beer craftsmen Duck Rabbit are, and my hat is off to Paul for yet another beer that I would drive 7 hours in the rain to North Carolina to get. Get ya some, and move to NC if you have to. Don’t pray to God; pray to Pappy Van Winkle and his bourbon barrels. Yeah Man! chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On draft at World Beer Fest Durham. Just wow. Poured black with medium tan head, with some lacing. Aroma of molasses, coffee, raisins and dark fruits. Flavor of dark fruits (hint of dried cherries especially) coffee, some caramel and bourbon. Alcohol is well hidden, but it is certainly MUCH higher than the stated 5.8 ABV, more like 9.5 or 10, as after a pint I was feeling it. Excellent beer, best of anything Duck Rabbit has put out, which is saying a lot! Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Draft @ Capones. Had this while I talked to Paul and the dude with the impressive red BEARD :) Black with small tan head. Massive aroma of deep roasted malt, milk, wood, and bourbon. The taste was rich and drinkable with sweet vanilla, bourbon and chocolate coming through. The regular milk stout aint got shit on this beer. That Pappy Van Winkle must be some good shit...I think I will get a bottle. Best beer of the DF offerings that night. pharmassist (17) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Pours dark black with minimal head. Smells of chocolates goodness and tastes the same. Great stout to start with, not as heavy or strong a some others. I really enjoyed it. jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2009
2 2 Oz samples at the World Beer Festival in Columbia. Wasn’t planning on rating it but Frumpty talked me into it. Opaque a light tan head. Definetly had some similarities to the regular milk stout, but the bourbon really contributed nicely, adding just the slightest whisky in the nose and taste. A little heavier mouthfeel that that your typical sweet/milk stout, but thats kinda what floats my boat. Could easily have been my number one beer of the fest.
ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 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. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Wow. This is some tasty beer. Had this on cask at the recovery room sunday night. In the same time emacgee had those two pints, my friend Kevin and I each consumed six! The beginning of a great night of drunken revelry. Kinda great. Like the DR BA Baltic Porter, the barrel character is strong without being overpowering in the slightest. The use of the barrel in this beer actually improves the depth of flavor from the base beer which is saying a whole lot. Pappy Van Winkle is delicious bourbon so there was little doubt in my mind that this could turn out too bad. But, I honestly didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. Well done Matt, Paul, and Ryan. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep black with some amber notes and a smaller creamy tan head. Aroma of deep chocolate and rosary malt, vanilla, oak, light bourbon and cherry. Flavor of deep chocolate notes, tobacco, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, rich and creamy, caramel and tart cherries. Bourbon aging did wonders on the flavor profile! hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
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! egajdzis (6693) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2009
[Draft @ Capones] Poured an opaque black color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, lactose, flaked oats, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste of roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla, with a lingering bourbon / alcohol finish.