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

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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)

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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 StarlightSeraph
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at City Beverage in Winston-Salem.

Appearance: Pours somewhere between dark brown and jet black, virtually no light gets through this one. Two fingers of off-white head that didn't last particularly long. Decent bit of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted notes. A smooth sweetness that tempers all of the other notes and seems to balance it out a little bit.

Taste: Wow. Incredibly smooth coffee and chocolate flavors, balanced by a hint of dark fruit sweetness. The finish is incredibly smooth. This beer is perfectly balanced, as the bitter and the sweet flavors complement each other perfectly. Absolutely no hint of the alcohol - if I didn't know better, I'd say this was a porter (albeit one of the best porters I've ever had).

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, excellent carbonation. Nothing more could be asked for.

Drinkability: Very glad I got to try this - one was definitely enough though. I wish the ABV in this one was lower, because I could easily put down a few of these. Outstanding's to hoping Paul takes a few more days off!

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Photo of CWiggins
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was elated to find this beer on tap at Tyler's in Durham this week. News of it had appeared in print, but I realized the run would be limited and I didn't think I'd find it in any of my local haunts. But this week the beer gods smiled on me when three DuckRabbit beers became available at Tyler's. This one is especially surprising. It pours a dark, dark brown with a just off-white head that hangs around for some time. The nose is full of dark malt aromas with the addition of oak and vanilla. The flavor is remarkable: it's big without becoming overbearing, with a large rum character and dark malts dominating. Some nuttiness and a light fruity essence are detectable as well. The mouthfeel is chewy indeed, making it a sipper for sure. The alcohol is a bit large. Be careful!

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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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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 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 slammgrass
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paul's Day Off is another wonderful brew from Duck Rabbit that is described as a Farmville Black Ale. Sampled off draft on 4/16/09 and served in a pint glass, I got notes of crushed fennel, marshmallow, and coffee with bourbon aftertaste which warms as it goes down.

I think this beer should be served out of a snifter because I think it would further improve the flavor profile. Frothy head, almost ½ inch, dark rich velvet brown beer body. As the beer warmed, I got pine, citrus, and less fennel. At 9%, it felt heavy, with an almost sticky mouthfeel, but I loved every sip and must get this while still available.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at Milltown in Carrboro.

Pours black red on the edge and a strangely multicolored head (light brown, with white trails), to a thick, velvety head. Smell is deep vanilla with alcohol and some coriander and licorice. Taste is roasted malts, with a bourbon and vanilla finish. A very creamy feel with an alcoholic, carbonated bite on the end. I spent over an hour on a pint; slow down and enjoy this one.

This beer is truly excellent and stands shoulder to shoulder with the greats on the site.

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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 ROBORB
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC. Poured into a snifter this beer produced a solid black color with a very minimal head. THere was little to no lacing on the way down. I could pick up bourbon, vanilla, and perhaps chocolate. It was medium bodied and as it warmed helped the palate. I am not sure that I could drink this on a daily basis but it was great for a one-off. Very interesting and complex beer.

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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 nms1987
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Milltown - Carrboro, NC

Dark. Black. Decent, but not great, head.

You get the typical coffee/chocolate stout aromas plus a harsh alcohol tone. Overall, despite the alcohol, it smells very intriguing.

It tastes like a hoppier Sexual Chocolate. Amazing stuff. Rich, deep and tasty. Little alcohol taste, despite ABV. Amazing beer.

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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 Cindirene
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter and held it up to the light - A bit cloudy outside and absolutely no light shone through - Head dissipated quickly but the beer laced nicely - Aromas of bourbon, chocolate,and dark roasted coffee but very little hop presence - Taste is amazing - Very complex with a lot going on - Coffee, dried fruit, chocolate, malty, coconut, with a nice hop kick at the end - Medium to full-bodied as I swirled it around my tongue - Alcohol is well hidden so I suspect it could be dangerous - Another great brew from Duck-Rabbit (Congrats to Ryan and to Paul for letting him brew it)

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

Robert came down from the brewery to spend an evening with The Charlotte Beer Club @ The Common market in Charlotte, NC (apparently Paul was working again!). We started off the eveing sampling 3 other DR's in bottles and then the grand finale..."Paul's Day Off". It was poured in pitchers and then about 30 of us had the pleasure of sampling this fantastc beer. From the apprearance, to the aroma of bourbon and vanilla, to the warmth all the way through the pallet. This beer was another great example of Duck-Rabbit's ability to brew great beer. The vanilla, bourbon, hops and chocolate notes were very evident yet incredibley well balanced through out. I quickly purchased a pint!! Cheers!

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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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