1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Olde Rabbit's FootOlde Rabbit's Foot

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

350 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 350
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 424
Gots: 131 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 350 | Reviews: 115 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by madvermin:
Photo of madvermin
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to NCBeerFan for sending this beer as the centerpiece of our trade. This beer is listed twice under two of the three breweries that contributed to it so I'll post this to each listing.

Pours an oily black with two healthy fingers of coarsely bubbled head. Retention is solid and lace is spotty and a bit below average. The body is completely opaque and appeared to have a velvety texture on pour.

Milk chocolate, light bourbon dominate the nose, with a touch of honey sweetness and vanilla adding to the chocolate complexity. Roasted character is definitely in the background and covered up by the intense cocoa/bourbon combination. Great richness, but wish there was more behind the beginning.

The taste does what the nose didn't by bringing in glorious roasted malt that borders on a pleasant charred at times. The bourbon is smooth, perfectly weighted, and adds nothing but flavor to the beer, never getting in the way of other aspects. Chocolate is rich, sweet, and milky. Honey has something to do with that I think, and also something to do with the distinctive sweetness at the very beginning right before the chocolate starts. Finish is char, but very balanced and neutral for how big of a stout this is. This was without a doubt the best use of bourbon in a stout I've had the pleasure of experiencing to this point. Thankfully I got a bottle that tasted the way I assume the brewers wanted it to.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but also fluid and not as heavy as expected. I actually like it this way, as it isn't thin or anything, but it also isn't a sludgy mess you can't get off your tongue. Drinkability is as good as it gets for a beer of this strength with bourbon and big malts everywhere. As a sipper it is exceptional, but even taking big swigs of it isn't too tough. I found I myself drinking this entirely too quickly.

This had been my biggest want since joining this website, and I'm happy to say it lived up to my expectations. Great, great beer.

madvermin, Apr 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Schlais, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Spaten454
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of oteixeira
4.75/5  rDev +10%

oteixeira, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of gregmoscetti
3.5/5  rDev -19%

gregmoscetti, Jan 08, 2012
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....

marvin213, Mar 25, 2012
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.

kingcrowing, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Mantooth, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of glid02
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.

glid02, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of JulianB
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

JulianB, Apr 02, 2013
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.

lanamj, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -7.4%

johnyb, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

roostor07, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -53.7%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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.

mdaschaf, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Griffith, Aug 10, 2014
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.

twowheelssoar, Dec 10, 2012
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!

Lazerlobe, Nov 26, 2010
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.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -7.4%

dirtylou, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

leschkie, Jan 05, 2012
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.

RocPorterFanatic, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photekut, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of qcbrewer
5/5  rDev +15.7%

qcbrewer, Dec 26, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.