Duck-Rabbit Paul's Day Off | The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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4.42 w/ 40 ratings

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark chocolate color and not much of a head (though that was as much from the barkeep's pour as from a lack of carbonation); not much lacing, either

Smell: Caramel, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate

Taste: Up front, the caramel and dark chocolate hit the tongue, followed quickly by the bourbon and vanilla flavors; unlike many similar beers, however, this one has a surprise, as a hefty dose of bitter hops arrives just before the swallow; in the aftertaste, all of these flavors blend together nicely although there is a bit of a phenolic edge at the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the mild phenolic aspect, the flavors are very nicely blended and the complexity of the hop profile establishes this beer's position in the upper echelon; hope it is more than a one-time brew

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, near black body with a half inch of light tan-colored foam on top.

Smell: A true bounty of dark malts and pungent hops and a full-on bourbon barrel notes. Loads of chocolate, deeply scorched grains, roasty coffee, citrus, and bourbon (oh, the bourbon!).

Taste: Roasty, blackened malts with full tastes of bittersweet chocolate, licorice root, and coffee-flavored ice cream. There's a bold sweetness without too much sweetness, you know. Light touch of dark fruitiness. Citrusy, earthy hops, and, along with the roasted malts, provide a moderate amount of balancing bitterness. Fair amount of vanilla-infused oak. Finishes dry and bitter with some enduring hints of spicy resin and black malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavorful and loaded with rich, malty nuances and hop complexities, to say nothing of the fine barrel-aging. At times I was reminded of Avery Fourteen and New Holland's Dragons Milk, though, having said that, I'll take this over them. A very pleasing brew and a fine way to kick off the Brick Store Pub's Anniversary Event! Paul needs to step out of the office more often.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply unreal. I have to thank kkipple as I would not have stopped by thirsty monk tonight if e had not told me to. Served right from the tap and poured into a pint glass for five bucks! This one was consumed on 04/21/2009.

The pour was dark as night. Rich deep brown in color with only the slightest bit of light reddish brown on the sides. The light brown head of about an inch was all that graced the top, but this was not going anywhere, as it hung around for the entire session dropping tons of side glass lacing in the meantime. The aroma was mind numbing. Tons of bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. Light chocolate notes, hints of vanilla, loads of dark fruit and a definite hop note as it warms. Such a smooth, perfect taste here it is really hard to put into accurate words. Lots of bourbon as noted, mixes with a nice hoppiness and that classic duck rabbit dark fruit tone. This was sublime. I cannot even begin to try and figure out the style but all I can say is simply wow.

One of the best beers I have ever had period. Maybe it was the time and place, but I was blown away by this one. Such a rich profile and flavor with subtle hop notes accenting it perfectly. I would have this one hooked up in the house all the time if I could.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the 12th anniversary celebrationj at the Brick Store Pub's 12th anniversary celebration. I was highly anticipating this beer, and I mostly thought it was what I was waiting for. 10oz pour into a snifter. Poured a dark brown with a fairly good head that eventually faded to a thin ring and left some nice lacing. Smells very austere and woody and very, very dry with some wood and banana notes playing against one another, Definitely less lush than I was expecting in the aroma. Tastes similar, that is austere and very dry and quite woody with very firm but restrained malt. Reminds me of a dry, light, austere scotch like Clynelish a bit. These impressions carry through in the mouthfeel as well, This one is a sipper forsure. Not heavy or brooding, more contemplative.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Capone's during the Duck-Rabbit PA roll out.

A- Black, looks like a stout, but is indded a strong ale. Out of the tulip a group of tan bubbles formed a dismal film but not much more. Not much in terms of lacing, now onto the beer.

S- A nice smell on this with the oak, bourbon, vanilla blend as well as some neat chocolate bites. A nice splash of coffee and cream. A nice malt base giving off caramel. A nice smell out of the tulip.

T- Taste of rich chocolate and cocco balanced with some molasses. Dark fruits galore. A nice blend of bourbon and vanilla from the barrel. Deep malts exploding on the palete giving of a rich sweetness and caramel/toffee. A tad of alcohol seeping in this strong ale.

M- A little less than thick with light carb as well. It is a sipper for sure. The main flavors play a prominent role in remaining on the tounge and mouth. Goes down pretty smooth as there is a hop base which does not get very bitter. A very slight alcohol touch. Looks like a thick stout but feels like a strong ale.

D- The drinkability is very high, as is the alcohol, or what I would like to call a "good problem". I was a bit woosy after my 13oz so one was good for me. This one just calls for you to consume it quickly which I did, so watch out. In all reality, I probably won't get to try this one-off again so im fortunate to try it. The perks of living in SEPA. Thanks to DR for making it to PA.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Capone's...
Appears a dark mahogany with a tiny, off white head that quickly fades into a small, popping cap of fizzle. Tiny bits of lacing that quickly drop back into the glass.
Smell is complex...cocoa, molassas, vanilla, coconut, rum cake, port wine, ripe dark fruit. Damn.
Taste is of the aromas with a caramel malt, and roast nut flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, warming, gently carbonated, and the abv becoming noticable as you sip.

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Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Revolution Pizza Charlotte NC. Very nice almost black pour into a snifter. Good sized tan head. Roasty aromas, malt, light coffee and nut. Some toffee, tea and barrel like aroma. Taste is a very smooth blend of roast malt, tea, tobacco, smokey oak, some molasses. Finish has most of the barrel qualities though they are subtle. Mouthfeel is not nearly as thick as the appearance would leave to believe, but still very filling. Drinkability is good in that the alcohol is well hidden, but this is a sipper and it would be an effort to have more than a couple of these.
As a side note, the American Strong Ale does not have to have a huge hop presence, that's what IPAs should be for.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap during the final day of the Brick Store 12th Anniversary festivities.

Pours a deep chocolate brown with light only showing through at the edges. There's a big, creamy tan head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma doesn't mess around and has all kind of things going on. There first thing I got in the nose was the bourbon which I could smell from pretty far away. As I got closer, the next wave of aromas is the citrus and floral hops, and finally the huge caramel malt and dark fruit sweetness. Big, bold, but fairly well integrated nose.

The taste is big and probably bigger on the sweetness and bourbon than the hops. The toasted caramel malts form a backbone with lots of sugar-coated fruit on top. The finish is very boozy with plenty of oaky tannins.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and well-carbonated.

This was one of my favorites of the day and had plenty of bourbon presence. A bigger hop presence in the taste could have put this one over the top, but it's still one of the best beers I've tasted from Duck-Rabbit.

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Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, chocolate, some dark fruits, some woodiness, vanilla, and toasty. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts, woodiness, vanilla, and toffee

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, black/brown with a thin tan head that hung on strong and left thick, coating lace.

S-Deep, rich roasted malt, caramel, toffee, bitter chocolate and spicy hops with a touch of sweet whiskey in the background.

T-Rich and roasty with a spicy hop finish. Alcohol heat pokes its head in at the end. Light whiskey notes along with some bitter chocolate and some sweet toffee.

M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied. Rich and full flavoured with a luscious smoothness and a building dry finish.

D-I think Paul needs to take some more days off! A very tasty and enjoyable brew that is full of flavour!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black like a stout or a porter. I was really surprised by this. Very little head, and the lacing was really weak as there was anything to stick. Smells of bourbon, nuts, alcohol, sweet candy, and molasses.

Mouthfeel was crisp yet smooth. Flavor was of huge bourbon presence mixed with a bountiful amount of vanilla. I could also taste some almond and caramel. This is dangerously drinkable! On an empty stomach this beer can do some damage. I was feeling it halfway through.

This is, by far, the best beer DR has ever put out. And the best part about it was that there wasn't that annoying metallic twang that every single one of there other beers has. This was an absolutely splendid beer that was worth the wait.

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Photo of atsprings
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a Tulip glass a nice almost opaque black that shows some ruby highlights when held to the sun. The aroma is a nice oak and roasted malts with a hint of hops. The taste is a wonderful complex blend of oaked malts, molasses, dried fruits, hints of cocoa and just enough hops to back it all up. The beer is smooth and medium bodied with well hidden alcohol. This beer is nothing short of spectacular, let's hope this doesn't end up as just a one time thing, More, More, More!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones and served in a Weyerbacher tulip glass. Appears a nearly opaque deep chestnut color with around a finger of light ecru foam. The head leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Nose and taste is full of notes of molasses, coconut, vanilla, light on the bourbon. A rush of fruity hops really comes out as the beer warms along with aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, and bittersweet cocoa. A notch above medium bodied with light carbonation. Some alcohol shows up to the party as well, albeit a bit late, about half way through the glass. A really nice sipper. Glad I had the chance to try it. Welcome to PA, Duck-Rabbit!

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Photo of aerozeppl
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of shivtim
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on my day off, at the Brick Store's 12th Anniversary shindig. It was one of my favorites I tried that day.

Deep black/brown, with a big thick khaki head. Looks fantastic. Nose is beautiful gentle chocolate malts, and a heavy dose of oak. Spicy rich toasty malt flavors. Decent hops come through. Complicated and nice.

Taste is lots of wood/oak. Heavy tannins. Nice aged bourbon and coffee flavors, slight vanilla, strong dry hop leaves. More wood on warming.

Very creamy, full mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable. Harmony of interwoven complex flavors!

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've followed this brew with great interest since mash-in day, drooled after it as it went on to a brief rest in the Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels, had my eyes watered further by mere rumors of the *sick* dry-hop Ryan put on it-- I've coveted this beer right down to the moment that the marvelous elixir finally revealed itself on-tap at Cindirene's in Ayden. The end result is simply unbelievable, and at only four-fifty a pint, I'll call it a definite no-brainer that this is one of the best deals in all the realm of kickass beerdom!

The brew is an impossibly-dark garnet color with a trim cap of creamy tan foam. As the head fades down to a silky sheet, thin wispy rings of lacing etch the sip-lines onto the sides of the shaker pint glass.

The aroma is juicy and citrus-floral with a rich bourbon-chocolate mocha note. Orange blossoms and oily white grapefruit rinds accent light-roast coffee laced with sticky, succulent notes of chocolate syrup. I'm a little sad to admit that the bouquet is WAY better than my feeble descriptive ability can adequately praise/laud/worship, as the excellent perfume wafting from my tumbler is undoubtedly worthy of something far bigger than a silly underscore of '5'. Hows about we go with "It smells like Angel poots"? Huh? Yeah? Ok, "Dirty, sexy angel poots"... 'nuff said.

The taste is chocolatey-rich and mocha-creamy with a fat pinch of oily citrus zest. Bittersweet orange and cool, oaky bourbon notes accent a persistent toffee, coffee, and semisweet Tollhouse-morsel melange, and a mix of mild burnt-grain bitterness augmented by cleansing alcohol neutralizes the sweetness and dries the finish just a touch. The note of tempered medium-roast coffee infused with a drop or two of icy, evaporating vanilla becomes more prominent as the beer warms a bit, and a twangy-sweet twist of citrus lingers deep into the aftertaste. There is a lot going on here, but all the sundry flavors work together, complementing each other and coming together in a fashion that in all good conscience I can only call "perfection".

The drink is on the fullish-side of medium-bodied with excellent carbonation that somehow leaves the mouthfeel stuck in a wonderful juxtaposition of both creamy -and- crisp. Alcohol is up-front and is very well-received, but the pure high-gravitational power of Paul's Day Off would surely limit one's mass-quantity consumption thereof. Even if it were so that PDO was not such an extremely limited release and you could actually find a keg at your local, you'd still likely be hard-pressed to pound a few of these babies and actually 'walk' away.

"WOW"! If this is how things go when Paul Phillipon lets the assistant brewers at D-R do their thing, then maybe the big bossman oughta make a habit of taking a day off more often! This world-class brew leaves me wondering what else might find its way onto the undercard if the junior Dark Beer Specialists from Farmville get another opportunity to run amok in the brewhouse!!

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Pours a nice deep, dark brown almost opaque color. Could be black but more of a dark, dark brown. Very thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell, lots and lots to smell. Toasty and roasty sweet dark malt along with some toffee and a very clear smell of bourbon/whisky.

Taste, this one has a very rich malty flavor with more of the vanilla and barrel aged flavors that I smelled. Very complex compared to the other Duck-Rabbit lineup.

Easy to drink, although I only had one. My buddy had three as he couldn't get enough. You be your own judge on that!

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Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Common Market in Charlotte, NC. Trilled to try this one. They served it way too cold and in a pint glass. I think everyone around was amused as I tried to warm it with my hands.

Appearance: A deep ruby, almost opaque. You could easily confuse the pour with that of a RIS. Very small cream head with some nice lacing.

Smell: Cocoa predominates, along with a wonderfully integrated bourbon aroma that lends oak, vanilla, caramel. Also some darker fruits and mid-sweet molasses. A bit of orange (inside, not rind) and grapefruit.

Taste: Pappy Van Winkle is the best bourbon currently made, so it is no surprise how delicious this is. Cocoa and perfectly integrated bourbon, lending oak, vanilla and caramel. Only complaint is a bit heavy on the cocoa.

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side of medium-body, light enough that it goes down easily (ignoring the ABV).

Drinkability: Wow, it says 9.0% abv, but one glass hit me like a 17% ABV freight train.

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kkipple
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well hot-diggity-dang, Paul's Day Off was the kick-off brew at the legendary Brick Store 12th Anniversary. Super glad to try this one. From notes:

A. Long lasting and short lacy head. Paul's Day Off is clear, and brown-red, and dense. Kewl.

S. Big barrel notes, oak, char, bourbon-butter and all the fixin's. The beer is otherwise sweet smelling, with rich roasted malt and coffee notes and it all comes together quite nicely. Bourbon lovers (me) will love the nose on this.

T. Rich in flavor, but thin bodied. The barrel dominates. Sweet, roasty, hints of molasses and hop bitterness. Definite oak. Bourbon is BIG and it is slightly warming. Finish is warming with some bitter roasty malt and woodsy notes. Nice, but a bit young tasting. Nothing much else wrong here.

M / D. Thinnish mouthfeel is a bit disappointing, decent carbonation off the tap, the barrel seems to have dried the whole experience out and given it a shot o' booze in the mix... easy to drink and tasty, but ya gotta like woody things. Quite drinkable for 9% considering what it is.

One of the best Duck Rabbit beers I've had the pleasure of trying, Paul's day off is a big brash bourbon-y brown ale done right and it is good! I hope Paul takes more days off, 'cause this was a solid and tasty beer.

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Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of PEBKAC
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Liter-sized growler shared on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Queens. Thanks for the sheets Paul. :P Spastically poured into my now famous Yard's mug.

A deep dark brown cup of mud with a touch of coffee creamer head.

Nose is of floral hops & melon-like fruit, with some sugar & milk chocolate as well.

Building on the smell(though not in the same proportions), more citrus, golden raisins & bitter chocolate. Wood chips. Glazed & bready, with a minor annoyance of coffee. Plenty of pine on the finish.

Grainy, slightly powdery feel. Iffy carbonation, but some heft to lean on.

Such a mish-mash, I'm surprised that I enjoyed it so much. I really came in wanting to wail on it. :)

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Photo of Loki
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a fantastic and surprising beer.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque. Lots of head with the pour, but that quickly disapates. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

The smell is quite a unique blend of coconut husk, vanilla, oak, and roasted malt. Hints of alcholol, but far from fuesel.

Initial flavors of deep roasted malt and biscuits. Hints of bacon grease, wheat, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, and a little char.

The alcohol is warming and noticable without any hint of burn.

Medium thick to chewy mouthfeel.

Dangerous drinkability. It goes down way to easily, but does give enough of a warning that the abv is 9%.

Fantastic beer and I hope Paul takes another day off soon!

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