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Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

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world-class

356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 431
Gots: 130 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of marvin213
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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....

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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of russwbeck
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of adrock7309
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.
Enjoyed at a bottle share.
Pours a deep black with about an inch of thick, dark brown head.
The aroma is rich with chocolate, honey, dark fruit, and a little bourbon.
Very tasty, great chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, the bourbon is present but not hot and plays really nicely with the chocolate.
The feel was super smooth with a pretty full body and light carbonation that finished smooth coating the mouth leaving a nice reminder of the awesome beer just sipped.
Overall a fantastic stout. Defiantly worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.