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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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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