Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 434
Gots: 125 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.13% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atsprings on 10-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2010-2012 were brewed at Foothills Brewing. 2009 at Olde Hickory.

Duck Rabbit, Olde Hickory, and Foothills each contribute the wort from their signature imperial stouts. The combined brew is then aged in 23-year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels with honey and cocoa nibs.
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Photo of marvin213
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with almost no head, the tidbit of froth has only the lightest brown tinge. The nose is dark fruit with anise aperrault van winkle bourbon. Served a bit too cold in a rush to suddenly consume for luck before this game, it's a bit heavy on the bourbon. I realize some of y'all think that's impossible....

It's a neat beer and, surprisingly, I feel like it hasn't returned to '09 form. Now, I perceive it more of a combo of these three (great) beers instead of a new beer complex in its own right. It lacks the chocolatey feel of traditional SC, but the sweeter smooth Olde Hickory contrasts nicely with the darkly fruity, anise-filled Rabid Duck. A good beer, but one that for me has lost its luster. BUT if it can still hold true to its lucky name, I will forever hold it in my heart....

Photo of kingcrowing
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured intonation tulip.

Pours a very dark black with a small head.nose is sweet and chocolaty with a nice coffee note.

Taste is very rich and sweet, coffee is strong with a good sweet note that us rich and refreshing.overall very good and quite tasty.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Ben - thanks! Tasted side-by-side with the 2009 version.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with equally large amounts of vanilla and dark chocolate. Also present are very small amounts of earthy hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately grainy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of smooth dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of vanilla flavors sweeten things up a bit and smooth out the chocolate and roasted malts. Very faint hints of butterscotch make a brief appearance before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I think the fresh 2010 version of this beer is better than the 2009 version was fresh and I bet it will age better as well. Certainly worth a shot.

Photo of lanamj
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This years ( 2011 ) on tap at foothills for the release. Review from notes.

A- poured a nice coffee black, with a thin head and minimal lacing that remained stuck to the glass as the beer went down. Although the head and lacing where lacking some the color was perfect for the style.

S- Wow!! What a smell. Lots of smooth burbon, chocolate, roasted malts and a nice sweet smell similar to honey.

T- Runs with the smell. Chocolate is the first thing i taste followed by smooth delicious burbon. Dark fruits and sweet honey flavors resided towards the end. The booze on this is perfectly blended although present it dosent over bare the flavor.

M- the best out of all the Old Rabbits Foots. Last few years i felt was rather thin but this years is perfect. Thick and smooth like a stout of this nature should be.

O- One of the best. This years stands next to the best beers in this category. Its a true masterpiece can't wait to try my cellared bottles in a few years.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jason for this bottle, 2011 vintage! Review from notes.

A: Poured a very dark brown/black color (actually kind of hard to tell if it was brown or black), with a one finger mocha colored head on top. Really nice retention lasting for quite a while, minimal lacing.

S: Very nice aromas of cocoa and chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar. Very inviting.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells. Lots of chocolate and vanilla with a little bit of roasted malt. There is a little bit of dark fruit and molasses as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drank extremely smooth, especially for its age. No real sign of the abv either.

O: A really great beer. Extremely easy drinking, very smooth, and tasted very good. Can't ask for much more.

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Foothills the day after the bottle release. Didn't get any bottles, but excited to try this on tap. Looks very dark, with barely a dark tan head that disappears almost immediately. Very nice lacing of the same dark tan variety. Smells of cocoa and sweet bourbon, really great smell. The taste is wonderful, with dark fruit, the cocoa from the nose, wood, and a perfect amount of bourbon blending together perfectly. The way the flavors work together is artful, with the bourbon in a excellent dance with the flavors of the base beer, neither dominating the other. There is no notice of the 10% ABV, well done. The moutheel is on the fuller side of medium, with some creaminess. This is where I could see some small room for improvement, as in replicating the outrageous mouthfeel of Event Horizon. However, this is merely nitpicking. Overall, a wonderful beer I enjoyed very much.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A rough pour yields a finger of standard but well composed khaki head. Slightly viscous black body.

S: Oh my, just as soon as I think I'm going to get a standard dose of chocolate, char and roast, a new layer asserts itself. My nose can't work all of the way through this but a subtle molasses, licorice and a faint waft of bourbon hold the beer together.

T: My that is rich! Kit kat bars, graham cracker, mellow bourbon and underlying heavy roasted malts mix in a velvet cream. I am finding no faults here. This would be amazing if I had year round access.

M: Absolutely divine dessert-like quality for the tongue. Creamy and delicate like tiramisu.

D: I was going to trade my other bottle but I have just changed my mind. What a treat!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.02/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apparently the way to tell the difference between this 2010 version and the older 2009 version lies in the wording under the ABV designation. If its bottled by Foothills, its 2010, by Olde Hickory, its 2009. Thanks to MasterSki aka Beer Guru for that tidbit.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Darkness snifter.

A: Pours a creamy, 1 finger milk chocolate colored head with possibly the best retention I've seen on an Imperial Stout. Beer is viscous, oily, and pitch black. Lacing is patchy and stringy but sparse with decent stick and nice legs. Overall a fantastically beautiful brew.

S: Nose has detectable hints of infection. Instead of bourbon barrel heat, there's a vinous, winey tartness. Also notes of roasted malt, honey, prunes, and sweet soy sauce. Wine characteristic in the aroma is actually very pleasant but completely inappropriate in this type of beer. Also very subtle.

T: Opens slight booziness that invades the nose. Slight crisp tartness in the back that accentuates a sweet soy sauce and prune character. No noticeable chocolate or honey sweetness. Roasted malts linger in the background complemented by some cocoa nib powderiness. Smoky and tart finish with a chocolate and dark fruit aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. Oily and silky in the mouth. Smooth going down with a little bit of heat that agitates the back of the throat. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: Like its year old brother, this vintage of Olde Rabbit's Foot also seems to be making its way towards infection also. While its still quite good at the moment, I wouldn't way too long on it less the tartness completely takes over in time. As is, a decent beer overall though its not as sweet, hot, or bold as the last bottling.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage, thanks to Jyounger30.

A - Thin body, with rocky, light brown head. Scarlet around the edges, almost like a black cherry soda.

S - Very sweet aroma. Heavy on the bourbon. Fresh harvested sugar cane.

T - Bitter char, followed by a blast of molasses and bourbon, with the alcohol warmth to follow. The honey sweetess and flavors are subdued, but present. The dry cocoa flavor marries it all together.

M - Heavily carbed, which I would think is from the residual sugars and bottle conditioning. Almost burns at times.

O - Very good. Too many flavors involved to isolate just one. Honey needs to come more forward, the roast could use to be subdued.

Photo of hdelavega
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.
Enjoyed at a bottle share.
Pours a deep black with about an inch of thick, dark brown head.
The aroma is rich with chocolate, honey, dark fruit, and a little bourbon.
Very tasty, great chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, the bourbon is present but not hot and plays really nicely with the chocolate.
The feel was super smooth with a pretty full body and light carbonation that finished smooth coating the mouth leaving a nice reminder of the awesome beer just sipped.
Overall a fantastic stout. Defiantly worth seeking out.

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap at the ORF '10 release party into a Foothills pilsner. Poured pitch black with a hint of red when held in the light with a one finger tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of slightly roasted malt, sweet malt, and alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, alcohol, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good and well balanced brew. The aroma and flavors on this one were very nice to put it lightly. Glad I got the chance to drink this one on tap. A must try for any stout fan out there.

Photo of scootny
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balance is the key here. Inky black with a brown head. Big head that fades slowly. Good lacing. Aromas showcase all the ingredients on the bottle. Sweet roasted malts with honey. Cocoa nibs. A bit of yeast. Chocolate flows all over. A hint of bourbon barrel. Taste is so good and satisfying. Rich chocolate malts lay a bed for the nibs and honey. Mellow coffee and sweet brown bread by B&M. Touch of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Mild almost English style earthiness in the hops allows all the details in the blending to shine. Smooth and rich feel lets the brew showcase the depth as you savor. Drinkability is bordering on criminal. So smooth, so velvety and rich, ummm. What a great beer. Do what you have to to obtain a bottle.

Photo of alleykatking
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks go out to Lukafer for sharing this bottle. Thanks a million Luke!!!

A- Pours a deep dark black color. One and a half finger mocha colored head shows great retention. Nice thick streaked lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Holy chocolate Batman! The chocolate of course is one of the most noticable parts to this beer with hints of honey following up closely behind. Darker roasted malts on the ending of the front of the aroma. Barrel notes linger in the ending of the aroma with a strong vanilla overtone. The bourbon comes out in a light alcoholic scent in the ending.

T- Chocolate overload in the front of the beer. Darker fruits come through next but blend together well with the chocolate flavor. Hints of roasted malts on the ending of the front of the beer. Middle of the beer shows some light honey notes with a clean barrel woody flavor. Vanilla comes through a little more in ending and by the end it really becomes a dominate flavor. The bourbon comes through some in the ending but never really goes overboard. A nice warming alcohol is all it really shines in the ending of the beer itself.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Chewy at times. Lots of chocolate and darker fruits left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol, barrel notes, chocolate, and hints of roasted malt. Good clean blended beer which drinks amazing. No off flavors were present in the beer I had. Alcohol drying is pretty high for this beer.

O- This beer was fantastic I thought. A nice joint effort with all the breweries that had something to do with it. The ABV is noticable but nothing that goes over the top. A clean flavorful beer that showed a nice balance without going to one extreme or another.

Photo of claaark13
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 9/22/11 notes.

morimoto makes it happen again! Thanks, I've been eying this bottle since our last trade....ha, not too long I suppose. 2011 vintage poured into a DFH goblet.

A - Light passes through during pour; no light escapes once it is in the glass. Looks nice, 1/2" head lowers to about 1/4" after time and remains nicely. Sticks a little bit to the side of the glass, but could improve. Looks like an above average RIS.

S - Not too strong once poured. However, when I move in and get close, the aroma is pretty nice. Light bourbon. Tad bit of oak, vanilla, then what I'm finding to be either a toffee or caramel in there. Really nice, somewhat light though. If it were stronger, I'd be blown away.

T - Wow. Toffee, smooth charred oak, vanilla, then more toffee. Oak lingers after the vanilla/toffee eventually subside beyond each sip. This is great. Smooth, balanced. Sweetness seems to mix well with the toffee/vanilla. Maybe that's the honey? Once it is on your tongue, the bourbon is evident in the future tastes. The toffee flavor is really coming into play for me through the entire bottle. There is a little bit of booze and oak in the finish that could improve. Bourbon is pretty evident in this brew.

M - Lighter side of medium, but smooth. It isn't as thick as I'd prefer, but the body goes well with the beer and carries the flavor quite a bit.

O - Really a nice brew. Great bourbon flavors, balanced, drinkable for a BA RIS. I really enjoyed the vanilla/toffee/caramel going on in this one that I was picking up on. For me, those flavors helped make up for the lack in strong appearance/aroma/mouthfeel. Thanks again morimoto and feel free to send me more of this if you run out of stuff to do.

Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A: pours black with two fingers of dark tan head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing

S: roasted malts with some sweet chocolate aromas at first. Some molasses aromas with a hint of soy follow. Vanilla, oak, toffee, and bourbon bring up the finish.

T: roasted malts again at first with lots of sweet chocolate and cocoa that follow. Oak flavors along with vanilla, toffee, and a bit of caramel follow. Bourbon brings up the finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: thick body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy and avoids being too sweet or boozy.

O: a good bbal stout. A little on the sweet side for my tastes, but still quite good. One of the best and more balanced bbal beers I've had

Photo of Beejay
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for sharing this brew!

A: Pours like oil. Deep black in the glass with a massive dark brown head. Looks lovely.

S: Lots of bourbon in the nose. There is a nice molasses note, as well as a touch of raisons. There is a nice oaky aroma with plenty of burnt sugar.

T: Chocolate, with a nice bitter kick in the finish. Hints of black licorice, and a touch of syrup. The oak comes out in the finish, but is fairly subdued in comparison.

M: Thick and creamy with appropriate carbonation. There is a nice softness to this that I like.

O: Overall quite tasty, this has got more of a bitter kick in the finish than some other versions of this style. The bitter note isn't intense enough to detract form the experience, and adds a nice balance to the sweetness. It does lack the grace that other brews of this style have achieved.

Photo of kenneyho
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Dark Black

S: Bourbon up front and in your face with coffee and chocolate.

T: Love the PVW boubon taste. Sweet toffee behind the bourbon.

M: Good carbonation. Not as thick as you would expect but not thin.

D: Very drinkable. Will be interested to see how it is in about 6 months.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

probably about time for me to review this one seeing as i have had it like three times now, lol. always a release i look forward to every year, this is easily one of my favorite beers of all time. served chilled and poured into a pint glass.

The pour was superb, rich dark in color, essentially black as an abyss with no light coming through on this one at all, nothing, nada, and zip. Two fingers worth of brown, frothy head then gradually formed and pushed just out over the lip of my snifter. Sticking to the sides on the way down some nice webbing started to form before it fell back down and created a rocky, cratered surface that was interspersed with chunks of foam. Brown icebergs in a seal of oil look if you will.

So I reach in and go for the first sip, I am immediately sitting in my chair with an ear to ear grin as the warm vanilla notes waft through the air and perk up my senses. I find that rich aroma comforting and soothing and a sign that it stayed in the barrel just the right amount of time. Going in closer and letting it reach its zenith at room temperature reveals a complex mixture of chocolate, hints of tobacco and leather, even the finest touches of coffee all coming together and creating a symphony of aroma.

It's about time though, I need to try it, and so I reach over and find my way to the glass. Rich, smooth, decadent flavor washes across the palate. Vanilla and bourbon notes hit first. Smooth and silky feel here, really very nicely done. It melts seamlessly and effortlessly into a spinning cauldron of coffee and chocolate that just reeks of woody tones and vanilla underpinnings. Warming really starts to bring this out now. No clue how someone finds this to be thin, as for a barrel aged and blended beer it is coming off simply stunning. Hints of chocolate are now awash on the palate and are starting to flex their muscle through the haze, but the finish belongs to the barrel as the sweet, balanced flavor leaves its mark and fades off into the night.

Photo of wcudwight
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thick viscous black with the best head I've ever seen on a barrell aged stout. Huge creamy chocolate colored head with excellent retention given the style and abv. Smells mostly of bourbon with some chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is not as bourbon laden as other barrell aged beers but it's every bit as good if not better. Massive sweet flavors of chocolate and vanilla with the bourbon providing the balance instead of the hops. Maybe some earthy hop flavors but just a hint. Also a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and full that's par for the style. But what makes it stand out is the softness. It just feels soft on the mouth. I love how the flavors coat the mouth and leave a dark fruit like after taste. Very drinkable. I wish I had some more to age as I bet this would age nicely.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good but once again with Olde Hickory beers, the honey seems to dominate and throw off the other flavors.

Photo of airohead2001
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to glazeman for this. I've been waiting to try this one for a while.

Appearance is good, but nothing too special - dark brown/black with a coffee and creme colored half finger head with nice head retention. Foam fades to a few bubbles that line the edge of the snifter and remain for the rest of the drink.

When I first smelled this beer, my first thought was that it was infected. I get cherry and raspberry tart with a small amount of bourbon and vanilla. More than anything else, however, it smells like a funky, bottle conditioned sour.

Taste is sour cherries, with some vanilla and bourbon in the middle, followed by roasts and nuttiness in the finish. I think this is most likely infected, but the sourness works well with the vanilla and hints of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is so-so. A little thick, but I would prefer thicker.

Overall, this is a good beer. Very good. Probably infected, but the tartness works well. I would love to try this again.

Photo of oline73
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Very dark black with a finger of dark tan head that dissipates leaving a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet and roasty with cocoa, smooth bourbon, and hints of vanilla.

Taste: Sweet and roasty. The bourbon is very smooth Hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was really happy this wasn't infected. I loved the bourbon flavor and thought it was very smooth. Would have more if given the chance.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by Richard on 1-14-12.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by cuzco at a recent tasting; 2011 version.

Pours a very dark, velvety brown color with a nice creamy textured inch of khaki head which leaves just a lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with boozy bourbon barrel and associated bourbon smells, vanilla and toffee predominantly. Also the traditional stout smells; roasty dark chocolate and bitter coffee presence as well.

The tastes follow the nose but in opposite fashion. The Imperial Stout flavors begin with roasted maltiness, dark bitter cocoa and light espresso. Then you get the solid kick from the Pappy barrels; vanilla and toffee once again. Booziness is definitely evident in the finish (which was mellowed and non-existent in the 2009 bottle I sampled side by side).

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonated. Finish is a nice balance of roasty malts and sweet barrel. Not offensive or boozy at all; quite mellowed actually.

Overall this was a solid beer which I was happy to sample. A really well made barrel aged Imperial Stout which will definitely improve with some age on it, a bit brash for my liking at the moment. Glad I was fortunate to sample it, but not a MUST have for me going forward.

Photo of KevSal
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Made my final car payment and felt like celebrating. Showed up to my house today courtesy of beermeX2, thanks steve! it was between this guy and basc. this guys ingredients begged to be open now rather than later.

even mix of the three breweries imperial stouts wort brewed with honey and cocoa nibs and aged in rare kentucky bourbon barrels. sounds delicious

22 poured into a SN snifter.

a- pours a dark brown,pitchblack in the glass, dark brown on the edges. nice brown half inch dark drown head. so far looking good.

s-yess, this guys smell delicious! you can smell the barrel, vanilla, and surprisingly the honey and chocolate come up pretty strong, awesome.

t- quite tasty, not quite like the nose but they are present. a lot more vanilla from the barrels comes through in the taste. slight alchohol burn in the finish but not as bad as i expected. the honey provides a nice touch

m- alot thinner than i expected this guy to be. was wishing for a fuller body but the carbonation is very good.

o-this is a very good brew, and a very interesting concept of mixing their stouts together. after having it fresh i may have been off base, this guy might have good potential in the cellar. hopefully this one doesn't sour like some of the other batches tho.
have the 3 base beers lined up. look forward to trying each of them to see how add to this brew.

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Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
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