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Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

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345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.27%
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)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

djrn2, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, May 02, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
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

brentk56, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 26, 2012
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a rather large tan head.

S: Can definitely get the bourbon and vanilla out of this one as well as a fair amount of oak. There is a nice bit of roast and chocolate. However, a definite sour cherry aroma is there in the background.

T: Sour cherries are a bit more pervasive on the palate and exist all the way through. Still get some nice bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate, however. It's unfortunate that this otherwise great barrel aged stout has that tartness.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: So far I'm 0-2 with this beer. Disappointing, but nothing I can really do about it.

womencantsail, Jul 13, 2011
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2/5  rDev -53.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from JR - thanks dude! Served in a snifter at Tom's place. This was the 2010 vintage.

A - Mocha foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and minimal lacework. Very dark brown body with a glint of transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - A nice mix of oak and bourbon flavors, with some slight spiciness. Notes of honey, baker's chocolate, dark bread, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, and perhaps a touch of dark fruit oxidation.

T - The taste isn't quite as excellent as the aroma, although it's still quite pleasant. Spicy oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of smoke, a bit of green cocoa nibs, and some mild vanilla sweetness in the finish. Quite mellow, with well-hidden alcohol.

M - A tad thin for 10%, but definitely medium in body. Sticky and chewy, with some light tannins and dry oak in the finish.

D - Not as excellent as the 2009 version, but still pretty good. Not sure where all the infection reports came from, as I've had multiple bottles of the '09 and '10 vintages and all have been excellent. I suspect this has already peaked, so I don't recommend any further aging.

MasterSki, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

2012 vintage.

Gets a smaller fizzy head, little creamy and dark, great legs all over, super pitch black color.

Yeah, amazing stout with phenomenal bourbon. Some caramel cookie crumbs, into big cocoa, dark choc, little toffee like candy, mild sweet toffee candy, bit of vanilla barrel and some nice bourbon and barrel juice.

Taste brings great stout at first, dark malts, little coffee roast and black malt, touch of caramel and cookie like, into big dark choc, stout dark malts, little sweetness. Then nice vanilla barrel, little toasty barrel, but great smooth bourbon, very mellow, nice bourbon flavor and smooth rich at the same time. Finish is sticky heavy like, little dry, hint of warming booze finally, bit more cocoa and nice smooth bourbon, delicious.

Mouth is smooth, fuller bod, nice carb, very little booze.

Overall great, nice base stout with vanilla barrel and very nice smooth mellow bourbon.

jlindros, May 21, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

drabmuh, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

oline73, Jun 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Rifugium, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 07/03/11 notes. Shared a bottle of this one with my brother and another friend. 2010 vintage, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head, and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass, and the head lasts for several minutes. Looks great.

s - Smells of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Bourbon is a bit strong in the nose, but it's quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, dark fruits, light vanilla, and light oak or wood. Bourbon is not quite as strong in the taste as it was in the nose, and a lot of chocolate came out in the taste. Very nice, and a slight step up from the nose. Very balanced.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and insanely easy to drink for a big stout. Almost perfect mouthfeel for a stout.

o - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. We tried a 2011 Parabola after this and we all thought the ORF was better; more balanced and not as hot. It seems that some time on this has toned down the bourbon a bit, and it's at a really enjoyable level right now. Very glad I sat on this bottle for a few months and would love to get more of it.

mdfb79, Jul 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

beernads, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

oriolesfan4, Apr 10, 2013
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Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.