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Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 408
Gots: 131 | 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:
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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 14:52:04 | More by thagr81us
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GrandCruDrew

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my DFH snifter. Thanks to sincereNc for this one.

A- Great black thick pour with a caramel colored 2-inch head, some retention and little lacing so far.

S- maltiness, chocolate, bourbon, some sweetness, prunes, dark dried fruits, and vanilla.

T- YUM! chocolate, sweetness coming from the honey addition, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Much smoother than the nose led me to believe.

M- Very nice, smooth, creamy, and mouth coating.

Overall- Great drinkability. Smooth, complex, chocolatey, with a decent sweetness to cut the roasty malts!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 00:32:52 | More by GrandCruDrew
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle split amongst a few friends, poured into a small snifter.

The appearance is dark brown, small tan head to this offering from Foothills. Its` nose contains dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon and a little oak. A lot going on in the aroma, it is very nice. I take a sip and taste roasted malts, dark chocolate, booze, a bit of dark licorice. Mouthfeel is med-full, fair amount of heat present. All in all, a very nice beer that I was glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 23:30:49 | More by mltobin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours near jet black with a nice medium sized brown head that reseds leaving some nice lacing and a good dose of bubbles

S: A nice roastiness with nice dark chocolate, some espresso, and bourbon soaked wood. Light notes of tobacco, vanilla and figs appear but not as dominant

T: Milk chocolate and coffee at the forfront with a nice bourbon sting, some vanilla represents. I stepped away from it and came back as it warmed to room temp. Big dark fruits, cocoa and holy tobacco. This beer really came alive as warmed and breathed. A bit sticky on the finish with some nice heat and loads of flavor.

M: Big body, well carbonated, robust and filling but it was a tad thin for me.

O: Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 17:58:21 | More by barleywinefiend
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

A - Pours a dark coffee/black color with a thin caramel head that disappears quickly. A thin ring of lacing occurs and sticks around.

S - Bourbon, raisin & fig, dark chocolate, bits of honey, leather, malts and some coffee. Very nice display of scents.

T - Bourbon and honey all the way. As soon as it hits your tongue you get a nice mix of both flavors. Its a bit more overpowering on the taste front compared to the smell of it. some faint fig in there too.

M - Very nice and soothing on the palate and not very bubbly. Leaves a nice aftertaste.

O - I like this one better than 2010. Be interested to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 03:20:03 | More by brstls4drmrs
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n2185

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:51:38 | More by n2185
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Beejay

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 18:46:12 | More by Beejay
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Brewbro000

California

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 release-

Poured from the bomber into my Duvel glass

A: Pitch black in the glass with beautiful lacing from a very strong pour that still only yields a very small, coffee brown head. Leaves behind some mild lacing as the head recedes to a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Naturally, bourbon barrels and booze are at the forefront but are equally complimented by thick toffee and chocolate notes.
T: Toffee and coffee flavors emerge after a bit of a bite from the carbonation followed by chocolate and finish that warms as it goes down, no way to hide the 10% on this beast. The barrel treatment has done this beer well and it shows with some hints of wood and vanilla in the middle of each sip.
M: A little thinner than i expected and more carbonated that i expected but it goes down smooth.
O: Overall a very tasty barrel aged stout that i will not be disappointed to drink 22oz bottle of.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:45:48 | More by Brewbro000
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2012 vintage) poured into a CBS snifter.

A - Pours an opaque near pitch black in the glass. Hardly any effort is made at forming a head. Only the thinnest of collars appears around the edge of the glass. Appears near still in the glass.

S - Tons of creamy vanilla up front, mixed with some coconut, smooth and sweet bourbon, a touch of anise. Smells super smooth and somewhat candy-like.

T - Cool anise up front, healthy bourbon flavor, touch of molasses, smooth vanilla, honey, brown sugar, mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium-full body with a very low carbonation...appearance didn't deceive on this one. Mild bourbon warmth and just a hint of a tingle on the lips and back of the throat on each sip/swallow.

O - Quite complex with a lot going on in the aroma and flavor. Most of it works, but there is a bit of an off flavor that lingers past the swallow that I think is a bit of honey and molasses sweetness that tastes a little bit dirty. Only a minor distraction, but keeps this from reaching the upper eschelon of the style for me. Barrel aging is done well. Bourbon is smooth, only showing a low warmth which I really like...the bourbon shouldn't overpower the beer, only complement it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:41:37 | More by portia99
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from 2011 poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks for making the trek to Foothills Handle. Reviewed from notes.

Black - just black. There's a one-finger medium-brown head that's a little bit darker around the edges. Very tight bubbles. Really great retention - the lacing reminds me of cappuccino.

The aroma is wonderfully inviting. The bourbon is very restrained, imparting just the slightest phenol alcohol notes. Wood and vanilla predominate. Some chocolate, toffee, a few dark fruits. It smells very malty and sweet, with the rich oak character of the bourbon adding some balance.

This is a very smooth stout. Like the aroma, the bourbon is very understated. All of the characteristics I'd expect from -bal aging - oak, vanilla, a little booze - are there in the forefront, but there's really no heat at all, just a warming sensation. That taste of wood lingers, and along with the vanilla it really is evocative of smooth, smooth bourbon. But while all of these flavors are wonderful, I'm left wondering about the base beer. Other than some coffee notes, I got little more than bourbon from the taste, though that's certainly not the worst thing in the world.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, pretty ideal. This isn't the biggest stout out there, but it would be tough to peg this as 10%+ ABV. It's a very easy beer to drink.

ORF succeeds where to many barrel-aged stouts fail - I'm not a discerning bourbon drinker by any means, but it isn't hard to tell that the Pappy barrels have worked wonders on this beer. And yet, as refined as this beer is, I can't help but think that those very barrels really obscured the beer aged in them. Though the -bal isn't "overpowering" in a traditional sense, the bourbon dominates this beer in a way that mars the balance. Still though, this is an excellent beer, and I hope to try the 2012.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:18:42 | More by amphion1065
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mcallister

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 233

Pours jet black with no penetrable light. A creamy half inch mocha colored head fades into a rich top leaving a thick layer of lace in its wake.

Aromas in this seem a little tight and restrained. Hints of bourbon, cardboard, cocoa, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, honey, black fruits, light vanilla, toasted coconut and wood.

Wow the taste on the other hand is phenomenal. Rich layers of cocoa, fudge and dark chocolate, Nice dollop of honey. Black fruit, burnt caramel, earthy hops, light bourbon, toasted oak and vanilla. Finish is short and semi sweet. A hint of leather and asphalt. Hot on the finish in the back of the throat and chest. Mouth is a bit thin and medium bodied. However this complex beast isn't hurt too badly by it. Years to go on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 21:15:06 | More by mcallister
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Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at Dark Lord Day 2011, into a small taster glass.

ORF’s a collaboration between Olde Hickory, Duck Rabbit and Foothills Brewing. It’s a stout brewed with honey and cocoa nibs, crafted from wort provided by each of the breweries and aged in 23-year-old bourbon barrels.

Inky black with mahogany highlights. A full, frothy one-finger head of dark oak recedes slowly, remaining as a thick top layer and large blobs of spattered lace.

Bourbony nose. Vanilla, light oak, sweet molasses, tangy dark chocolate and a very subtle smokiness.

The flavor: vanilla and dark chocolate, hints of dark sweet fruits — cherries, raisins. Sweet throughout, with smooth integration and not a lot of alcohol.

Extremely light carbonation. Creamy, buttery, medium-full body with just the right touch of booze.

Not what I expected. For all the pedigree of these three breweries, I have to admit I expected more flavor. Not bad, just didn’t completely live up to the hype for me. Worth a revisit.

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And here's the revisit! Shared by ottovon, this was a 2010 bottle enjoyed on 11-11-11, poured into a snifter.

Nose has absolutely improved. Tons of vanilla now, along with increased dark, sweet cherries and honey to meet the molasses and woody oak. Bumping this score up a notch.

The flavor has remained fairly similar, though they may be a touch more fruitiness from raisins and cherries. Dark chocolate has boosted as well. A step toward the richer, sweeter side of life.

A year in the cellar has improved this beer, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 03:24:58 | More by Phelps
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Yagman3000

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz. bombe bottle into a snifter. Part of the very generous Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting Session offered by fellow BA CosmicEvan.

Appears a super-dark brown. A tiny rim of foam with small bubbles settles in a round the rim.

The smell of bourbon comes through here big time!There's a definite "sting" to the nose from it, balanced by a touch of licorice.

The taste is surprisingly bitter. I'm a little surprised by the hop profile coming through in such a dark beer.

The mouthfeel is marked by the accompanying booze burn. Soon after, though, it becomes pretty clean for the middle and "outro."

Overall a good good beer but I think it might need to sit for awhile longer for some of its bourbon to mellow out and blend in more. It's still rather "warm."

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:24:39 | More by Yagman3000
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Ben recently, thanks.

Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles that leaves lacing on the glass. Head has some staying power but I drink it relatively quickly.

Aroma is strong with alcohol and bourbon, smells really sweet.

Beer is medium in body with lead off sweetness and lots of booze in the mouth. The booze is present but it is not especially hot or dry. The finish is moderately bitter, overall it is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a big bourbon stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:39:19 | More by drabmuh
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cookie dough, cocoa, coffee, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and woody finish. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice barrel aged presence but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 02:14:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -6%
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....

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:02:54 | More by marvin213
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KevSal

California

4.05/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 04:37:14 | More by KevSal
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GradyS1

California

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice thick black into a snifter. Nice two- three finger head that retains itself.
S- this reminds me of theobroma by DFH on steroids. I smell a good amount of chocolate, malts and honey. Small undertones of fruit in the Finnish with a bourbon vanilla sweetness.
T- there is a good amount of chocolate right up front, there is a slight sour? Bite to this. Chocolate and malts with a small amount of roastyness. Honey and bourbon on the finish with small amounts of oak
M- smooth but up front the carbonation is almost a little to much, the finish is nice and smooth but leaves a prickle on the tongue. Full bodied and thick

I'm really liking this beer, like my first impression this was like a theobroma juiced up, way up. The honey gave the bourbon barrel stout a nice twist

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 02:59:51 | More by GradyS1
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning--thanks, Ben! Served in a snifter.

Pours black with a large black head that is surprisingly long-lasting for the style. Good dose of lacing and a nice cap as it eventually settles down. The nose brings some nice Pappy character with some chocolate, roast, sugar, and a bit of booze.

The taste is a bit boozy with some nice bourbon there as well. The Pappy really takes over the brew, though it's not quite as good as other Pappy beers that I've had. I think the problem as that while the bourbon character is quite nice, there's really not all that much else standing beside it. The mouthfeel is medium with a good boozy character. Drinks well, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this one ages, as last year's version got quite a bit better with some time on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:16:11 | More by Thorpe429
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mulder1010

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip
Thanks to thagr81us for the bottle--- hope you are doing better

A-- Poured black. Just slight bits of red tint at the top of the beer. One finger light brown head that quickly fell to film and then disappeared. Just a small bit of lacking.

S-- Good nose. Bourbon, oak, Carmel, Vanilla, Chocolate and some earthy hops. Really nice staying power of the nose. Maybe best part of this beer.

T-- Bourbon, Vanilla, Chocolate and more earthy hops. Good taste to this.

M-- Slick and oily. Body is a bit thin but quite good. Not as good as taste and nose are. Spot on carbonation and feel to this. Really felt the barrel added a lot to the base beer.

O-- Not as good as BCS rare but a good substitute. Well hidden alcohol and a lot of flavor to this. Only real failing is the body, as a bit thin I thought. Still a good BA beer and if can not get BCS Rare a very good substitute with the PVW barrel.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 15:17:48 | More by mulder1010
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured from 22 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Small bubbles and thick waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big bourbon and vanilla notes at first. Chocolate, oak, and some dark fruit almost citrus notes.

T- licorice, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Dark fruits and a slight tartness comes in towards the end.

M- full body, medium carbonation. Higher viscosity and bubbly finish.

O- good imperial stout but not sure if it's the age on it but the dark fruit tartness takes away from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:15:51 | More by kawilliams81
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottling

Appearance: The black liquid fills the chalice with the tiniest of tawny highlights and is topped by a modest head that fades to a bubbly ringlet; leggy strands of lace dot the glass

Smell: Roasty, with charred black bread, dark chocolate, coffee, Bourbon and oak tones

Taste: Chocolate and coffee, up front, with the Bourbon tones developing in the middle; the roasty character builds, after the swallow, along with a bit of tart dark fruit; in the finish, both chocolate and vanilla flavors linger with the Bourbon

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit thin for the style

Overall: I have had this beer a number of times, but this is the first time I have reviewed it; it is a bit thinner than I remembered nor do I recall the tartness; I will have to compare it to the later bottlings I have in my cellar at another time

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:35:14 | More by brentk56
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-27-2012 03:14:44 | More by Schlais
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johnyb

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-31-2014 23:59:19 | More by johnyb
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-03-2012 23:08:09 | More by dirtylou
Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.