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Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company

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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
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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Ratings: 340 | Reviews: 115 | Display Reviews Only:
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2/5  rDev -53.7%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

ratedz, Dec 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

whartontallboy, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Lantern, Dec 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.6%

jophish17, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

tclapper, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Bmoyer0301, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

heyta, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours almost completely black with a nice brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is really something. Big aromas of cocoa, molasses, vanilla, and a small earthy hop aroma on the back end. It smells pretty complex and very unique compared to most barrel aged stouts.

T: The taste is opposite of the nose. It starts with a lot of earthy flavors including dark roasted/burnt malt and hops along with some great molasses and chocolate flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and full bodied...very nice.

O: A good beer with an interesting nose and nice flavors. It's actually pretty close to the Nebraska brew I had last night but a bit more complex.

GregSVT, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Bottle shared by Stoutfest.

This is a dark beer-- it has some red hints in it, but for the most part, it looks black or maybe deep brown-- like molasses in color. Doesn't look as thick as I'd hope, but it isn't thin or watery looking either. Decent retention and some nice lacing, but not super-impressive-- just a good looking beer.

Toasted brown sugar, molasses, a hint of anise, some caramel malt, and some burnt toffee come through on the nose.
The taste starts out kinda sweet but turns more dry with a bit of anise sneaking in there. Little bourbon-like booziness towards the finish.

Feel isn't bad, but it could with a hair more carbonation. Feels thick and oily.

Overall--- pretty decent. To be honest, this is another of those beers where the hype doesn't match up to the performance. It's ok, but for my money, I'd be happier with plenty of beers off the shelf over this one.

AleWatcher, Nov 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

xpimptastikx, Nov 27, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz. bombe bottle into a snifter. Part of the very generous Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting Session offered by fellow BA CosmicEvan.

Appears a super-dark brown. A tiny rim of foam with small bubbles settles in a round the rim.

The smell of bourbon comes through here big time!There's a definite "sting" to the nose from it, balanced by a touch of licorice.

The taste is surprisingly bitter. I'm a little surprised by the hop profile coming through in such a dark beer.

The mouthfeel is marked by the accompanying booze burn. Soon after, though, it becomes pretty clean for the middle and "outro."

Overall a good good beer but I think it might need to sit for awhile longer for some of its bourbon to mellow out and blend in more. It's still rather "warm."

Yagman3000, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

trodersark, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

iflah45, Nov 24, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle thanks to lanamj. This one was poured into my Southampton RIS snifter.

Olde Rabbit's Foot pours a standard stout black. There's about a finger and half of head, a very solid showing in this glass. Head retention is pretty good, but lacing is firmly planted on the spotty side of the fence. The nose is nicely chocolaty. It's not as much of a chocolate bomb as Goose Island's Big John, but it's up there. There's also a bit of bourbon, as well as a straight booziness that's just a little to intense for my liking. Semi sweet milk chocolate is the centerpiece of the flavor profile as well, no doubt highlighted thanks to the vanilla flavors picked up from the barrel aging. The booziness has died down a bit, but the subtle bourbon flavor definitely remains. So far so good, but all that is tarnished by a brassy dose of what tastes like earthy European hops. It's a bit out of place, and doesn't really jive with the rest of the picture this beer's painting. The mouthfeel's alright, but nothing special. I'd say it's a little thin and a little bubbly (emphasis on little on both counts), and that keeps it from being great. I love the spirit of camaraderie that Olde Rabbit's Foot represents, and I've either enjoyed beers from, or heard good things about all three breweries involved. That said, the end result here is a somewhat ho-hum barrel aged imperial stout.

axeman9182, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

MarkIntihar, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

nathanjohnson, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

mecherd, Nov 20, 2011
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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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3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured intonation tulip.

Pours a very dark black with a small head.nose is sweet and chocolaty with a nice coffee note.

Taste is very rich and sweet, coffee is strong with a good sweet note that us rich and refreshing.overall very good and quite tasty.

kingcrowing, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

lakersfan16, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

jwelsh, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

cadaugherty, Nov 18, 2011
Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.