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Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 420
Gots: 130 | 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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Durb777, Nov 26, 2012
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Photo of bs870621345
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a mocha head and a nice collar around the glass.

Smells like chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and molasses.

Taste opens with the bourbon and chocolate flavor, moving into a tobacco and brown sugar flavor. Its very sweet, but the oak helps to dry it out with a warming alcohol bite. This is a delightful stout.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation is spot on.

Overall, its really really good. Not sure to age the other bottle...

bs870621345, Nov 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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
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Photo of chaz410
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this unbelievable beer at the release at Foothills in Winston-Salem.
I was already psyched that I got several bottles of NC's pride in the beer world but to have it on tap was something special.
Pours a deep, viscous black with a caramel-khaki colored head that's a half finger thick that settles to maybe a quarter finger half way through the beer.
Smells of a bouquet of roasted barley, mocha, dark chocolates, wood based vanilla, whiskey and caramel. That's right, this thing is orgasm inducing on just the nose. It's warming, subtle and yet upfront as well. The chocolate hints are in the background and the cocoa an mocha come through heavily with spikes of roasted barley and vanilla overlay.
The taste has layers and layers of fantastic flavor. There's an upfront mocha and chocolate backbone along with lots of roasted barley bitterness. Over this backbone is a heavy layer of honey and dark bitter chocolates. It has another more ambient layer of vanilla and whiskey like flavors. Finishes with some cocoa bitterness and lots of whiskey burnt notes and fussle alcohol that makes it obvious that within a few years will mellow out a lot.
I can't wait to drink this in a year and a half or two. It's very smooth as it is with a dry and burning finish.
It's not "drinkable" but it's very balanced considering the complexity of flavors.

chaz410, Nov 09, 2010
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Bmoyer0301, Dec 01, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Some concerns for infection in this one…let’s see how it goes…chilled bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours dark, dark brown in color with a ¼ finger mocha colored head that has excellent retention and decent lacing…so far no signs of infection…

S: uh oh… there’s a tart smell to this one… lots of cherry and some funk, not much caramel, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon etc…”Houston, we have a problem”

T: There’s a little bit of toasted malt in the background, but unfortunately I don’t get any bourbon or other flavors characteristic of a stout. Mostly, this is just a lot of sweet fruit, though not much sour.

M: Appropriate carbonation, but a little thin.

O: Not a complete drain pour, and I’m not 100% sure it’s infected, but it seems as if it may be well on it’s way. If you have one crack it now.

glazeman, Jun 24, 2011
Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.