Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 431
Gots: 130 | FT: 9
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:
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.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 10-25-2010)
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Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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 JulianB
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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2/5  rDev -53.7%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
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
2.98/5  rDev -31%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.