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Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

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world-class

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 416
Gots: 131 | 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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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.4%

06-04-2012 05:03:17 | More by vrbulldog22
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

06-01-2012 02:15:51 | More by kawilliams81
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-02-2012 07:58:52 | More by Texasfan549
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lemongelo

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-23-2012 04:48:38 | More by lemongelo
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CBlack85

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

04-12-2012 14:19:27 | More by CBlack85
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-07-2012 21:50:38 | More by dtx00
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CP20

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-02-2012 00:30:09 | More by CP20
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

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....

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

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

22oz bottle opened on 3-1-12. I believe it to be the 2010 batch.

A - Pours a dark brown with a very dark tan-brown, one finger head. Good retention.

S - Boozy bourbon with a slight sweet, almost orange scent.

T - More chocolately with a nice boozy-sweet finish.

D - Good carbonation, with a medium body.

O - Very nice, the honey makes it more sweet, but the bourbon saves it.

03-18-2012 05:26:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
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StoutPreacher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -19%

03-09-2012 15:14:17 | More by StoutPreacher
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

Shared graciously at a recent tasting

A: Motor oil black pour with about a finger of brown head. Great retention, however only minimal lacing.

S: Rich, roasty aroma. Big notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, and enough honey to balance, but not to disjoint the beer. Really a wonderful scent.

T: The taste features booze throughout, but the chocolate and roast really come up big to balance it out. Bourbon and vanilla lend beautiful notes. Just the perfect example of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.

MF: Heavy, creamy body with lower than average carbonation. Warming alcohol feeling graces the backend.

O: This was delicious. It beat out all of the 50/50 Eclipse variants we tried earlier in the evening. Drink this if you can get your hands on it!

03-06-2012 23:34:55 | More by russwbeck
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

Vintage 2011. Missed the release of this one last year, but I was able to score a bottle from an in-person trade at the SC release this year. Bottle split and shared with fellow BA, ClarkPinnock. Poured my allotment into an Allagash chalice.

Pours a deep rich black. A luscious inch-thick tan head rests atop. Lace cascades down the glass edge after each sip. Pretty beer. The aroma on this one is superb. Big oaky vanilla notes, faint astringent ethanol, roasted malts. Really rich and pleasing.

The body is silky smooth, but deep. Carbonation gives a little spritz, but it still mellows out on the palate. Vanilla sweetness greets me at first sip. Smooth bourbon character with mild wet woody finish. Chocolate roast noted, but this gets edged out by more bourbon and oak. Sweet aftertaste. This was really good and actually surprised me. A really good BB-Stout that I will now make the effort to acquire at the release each year.

03-03-2012 19:11:23 | More by Onenote81
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-29-2012 21:26:01 | More by Scotchboy
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-26-2012 20:00:27 | More by Travisnin
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle provided by cuzco at a recent tasting; 2011 version.

Pours a very dark, velvety brown color with a nice creamy textured inch of khaki head which leaves just a lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with boozy bourbon barrel and associated bourbon smells, vanilla and toffee predominantly. Also the traditional stout smells; roasty dark chocolate and bitter coffee presence as well.

The tastes follow the nose but in opposite fashion. The Imperial Stout flavors begin with roasted maltiness, dark bitter cocoa and light espresso. Then you get the solid kick from the Pappy barrels; vanilla and toffee once again. Booziness is definitely evident in the finish (which was mellowed and non-existent in the 2009 bottle I sampled side by side).

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonated. Finish is a nice balance of roasty malts and sweet barrel. Not offensive or boozy at all; quite mellowed actually.

Overall this was a solid beer which I was happy to sample. A really well made barrel aged Imperial Stout which will definitely improve with some age on it, a bit brash for my liking at the moment. Glad I was fortunate to sample it, but not a MUST have for me going forward.

02-24-2012 17:57:26 | More by claspada
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Beerverage

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-10-2012 23:05:33 | More by Beerverage
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adrock7309

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -14.8%

Shared a 2011 vintage with two friends at a recent tasting.

Poured into a bells snifter. Body was dark black with a semi transparent hue. The brew foamed up a medium tan head which left nice lacing.

Hints of espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and nice oaky burbon came through on the nose.

Mouthfeel was lighter than I was antIcipating but still enjoyed tremendously. Lots of vanilla and bourbon notes shined through the heavy roast.

Overall a good but not great beer.

02-07-2012 04:16:36 | More by adrock7309
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-03-2012 21:29:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-01-2012 17:51:38 | More by SpillyBeers
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-26-2012 06:36:08 | More by ygtbsm94
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Alpar

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-25-2012 22:36:57 | More by Alpar
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -13.7%

Bottle shared with steepH20 during a leisurely and long overdue day of celebrating the birth of his son. Cheers to Chris and Ben (and Katie :)!

2010 edition

Pours a very dark brown with a nice puff that settles to near stillness

Sweetness of the honey reaches up from the glass as it mingles with the tangy bourbon. A light smokiness pokes through along with a faint heat and the dry chocolate nibs.

This is different. At its base, there's a smooth, rounded, slightly light bodied bourbon stout. At around mid palate however, there's a sharp honey spike that washes over the beer and leaves a very sweet but also pungent bitterness along the back end. The finish is where the nibs play center stage.

I believe that the honey may be used to beef up the body, which this beer could use. However, cutting the honey might also pull away from some of the distraction that the honey imparts. Hmmm....quite the conundrum...or not.

Overall, a pretty good beer and one that I'm happy to have been able to share.

01-22-2012 15:42:21 | More by BarrytheBear
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schwee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-19-2012 15:40:27 | More by schwee
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ignorantharbor

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2012 00:58:48 | More by ignorantharbor
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-18-2012 02:31:26 | More by fehrminator
Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.