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The Duck-Rabbit Paulís Day Off

The Duck-Rabbit Paulís Day Off
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Earlier this year owner and brewmaster Paul Philippon gave himself a much needed day off. The other brewers at Duck-Rabbit took this lull in supervision to brew a special batch of beer to celebrate the day. When Paul returned he was greeted with Paulís Day Off fermenting away in the tank. Paulís Day Off is a Farmville style black ale. This beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and unsupervised. The beer is brewed with a variety of 7 different malts and a large dose of American hops. After fermentation the beer took a vacation in 23 year old pappy van winkle barrels before going back into the tanks for a final dry hopping of Nugget, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Chinook hops. The beer weighs in at around 9% and displays a big aroma of citrus, pine, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The flavor shows layers of depth with hops, malt, and barrel character all melding together . The beer will be available draft only in North Carolina. We hope you enjoy Paulís Day Off as much as we did, because who knows when or if Paul will ever take another one.

Ty5592's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Draft @ Capones. Dark brown/almost black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, light floral hops, and coco. The taste was the same with a nice floral hop profile in the finish. Malty with, ffirm mouthful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 4/24/09. 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 wasnít that annoying metallic twang that every single one of there other beers has. This was an absolutely splendid beer that was worth the wait.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
On tap at Mad Mex. I thought this was a really interesting oaky black farmhouse beer. Lots of spices and woody notes in the head but a smooth and high alcohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Poured a clear deep brown color with a large beige head. Vanilla dominates the roasted malt aroma. Sweet caramel notes. The flavor was roasty, hoppy and sweet. The finish is dry. Very warming with a medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2009
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, thatís what IPAs should be for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Brick Store - THIS WAS AWESOME! I just had to get that out of the way. I think I started smelling the bourbon before the server even sat the glass on the table. Lots of bourbon notes, butterscotch, candied fruits and brown sugar, light fruits and that ever warming alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
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. Thereís a big, creamy tan head that shows excellent retention and lacing. The aroma doesnít 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 itís still one of the best beers Iíve tasted from Duck-Rabbit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Went to NC for this one. Pours a cloudy brown with a thin head. Grainy malt aroma with caramel and a bit of booze. Caramel malt flavor giving way to some alcohol and a surprisingly dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2009
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. Thereís 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 Hollandís Dragons Milk, though, having said that, Iíll take this over them. A very pleasing brew and a fine way to kick off the Brick Store Pubís Anniversary Event! Paul needs to step out of the office more often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Light abv, coffee, and toasted malt on the nose. Molasses, toasted malt, with a good malt bitter finish. Medium bodied with very good carbonation. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2009
On tap at the brickstore as part of their 12 kegs in 12 hours, or was it 12 hours of 12 kegs, I donít know. Pour was a dark brown, opaque, with a nice tan head. Paul, you take a tasty day off. The pappy aging gave it a nice vanilla aroma. Past that you get a waft of some roasted malt and cocoa in the bacground. The vanilla comes through to the flavor a tad but mostly you have roasted chocolate malt. There is some wood character from the ageing and a bit of hotness from the barrel ageing as well. Light english style hoppiness mid palate. The finish is cocoa and chocolate. Would love to drink this all day today but smartly the pub put me on a one of each keg minimum.

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