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Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 434
Gots: 129 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours out pretty much pitch black in the glass. No light can be seen when it's held up to the light. About 3/4" of thick, dark khaki head forms, which has excellent retention and nice lacing. Very good looking stout.

Smell: A lot going on on the nose. Initially, light charred malts and milk chocolate sweetness intermingle. Following that the barrel pretty much takes over. Very prominent oak presence, as well as vanilla and bourbon. The barrel definitely stands out on the nose, but does not overshadow everything else that is going on. Pretty well balanced.

Taste: Good roast/sweetness balance up front. Barrel presence is, again, still strong. Plenty of vanilla and bourbon notes present, and the back end is heavy with oak tannins.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel was very thin for the style. Finish is not long lasting. Nice fine carbonation makes it surprisingly smooth drinking, but that does not change the fact that it is thin. Really retracts from the taste for me as well with the thin finish. Overall, a decent stout. Nice favors and barrel character, but the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to cmrillo for the bottle!
2010 Vintage

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. A big, creamy, tan head forms on top of a black body. Leaves a few patches of lacing here and there.

The aroma is filled with sweet bourbon, honey and some alcohol. Dark malts with a bit of roastiness and chocolate.

Chocolate and tannic oak tartness wash over the tongue. Dark chocolate and light bourbon follow. Dark fruits and honey. I'd like to see the bourbon come through a bit more instead of just straight oak.

Mouthfeel is over carbonated. Much too spritzy for an imperial stout. The body seems to have some nice smoothness and thickness to it, but the carbonation ruins it.

Drinkability is maybe just above average. Not a bad beer, but lacking when compared to other bourbon barrel stouts. This is a popular category lately, but Olde Rabbit's Foot needs some help. I know Foothills can do a decent job with BB aging, because I liked the latest release of BA SC, but this beer is not on the same level. I'm also hoping the tannic tartness I'm picking up in the flavor is just from the oak, but over carbonation is a bit worrisome as well. Worth trying, but you may want to try it sooner rather than later.

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4.07/5  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.

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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a tradefrom Mikwaukeecrusher, thanks Cory.


Pours very black with a little tan head.  Smells boozy, in a good wisky way, with a lot of chocolate.  Tastes chocolatey, boozy, definitley taste some scotch, very delicous. Man there's a ton of chocolate flavor in this.  Mouthfeel is sticky, really good, drinkability is great. This beer is balls out awesome. I would love to get another bottle or twelve.

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Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.