Olde Rabbit's Foot - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 367
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.04%
Wants: 434
Gots: 122 | FT: 6
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub 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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Photo of Beejay
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for sharing this brew!

A: Pours like oil. Deep black in the glass with a massive dark brown head. Looks lovely.

S: Lots of bourbon in the nose. There is a nice molasses note, as well as a touch of raisons. There is a nice oaky aroma with plenty of burnt sugar.

T: Chocolate, with a nice bitter kick in the finish. Hints of black licorice, and a touch of syrup. The oak comes out in the finish, but is fairly subdued in comparison.

M: Thick and creamy with appropriate carbonation. There is a nice softness to this that I like.

O: Overall quite tasty, this has got more of a bitter kick in the finish than some other versions of this style. The bitter note isn't intense enough to detract form the experience, and adds a nice balance to the sweetness. It does lack the grace that other brews of this style have achieved. (855 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jason for this bottle, 2011 vintage! Review from notes.

A: Poured a very dark brown/black color (actually kind of hard to tell if it was brown or black), with a one finger mocha colored head on top. Really nice retention lasting for quite a while, minimal lacing.

S: Very nice aromas of cocoa and chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar. Very inviting.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells. Lots of chocolate and vanilla with a little bit of roasted malt. There is a little bit of dark fruit and molasses as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drank extremely smooth, especially for its age. No real sign of the abv either.

O: A really great beer. Extremely easy drinking, very smooth, and tasted very good. Can't ask for much more. (804 characters)

Photo of scifan
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. What can I say its been a stressfull day so I'm cracking out this bad boy.
It pours dark as night with a light brown head into my awaiting Portsmouth balloon glass.
Aromas leap out of the glass bombarding me with scents of vanilla and oak. You can tell that the Pappy barrels have treated this brew right. Also a bit of chocolate and sweet honey in there as well. Just a hint of roasty malts balance everything out very nicely.
Starts out with a nice roastiness from all the dark malts. The middle is simply with devine with a mixute of smooth bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Hints of sweet cocoa and malts help to bring everything together.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is spot on. This beer isn't too big or too small but perfectly in balance.
This is certainly the best vintage of ORF so far and I can't wait to see how it progresses. It is just so balanced and easy to drink. The alcohol or barrel aging doesn't get in the way at all. Simply sublime. (979 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

A - Pours a dark coffee/black color with a thin caramel head that disappears quickly. A thin ring of lacing occurs and sticks around.

S - Bourbon, raisin & fig, dark chocolate, bits of honey, leather, malts and some coffee. Very nice display of scents.

T - Bourbon and honey all the way. As soon as it hits your tongue you get a nice mix of both flavors. Its a bit more overpowering on the taste front compared to the smell of it. some faint fig in there too.

M - Very nice and soothing on the palate and not very bubbly. Leaves a nice aftertaste.

O - I like this one better than 2010. Be interested to see how it ages. (642 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A: pours black with two fingers of dark tan head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing

S: roasted malts with some sweet chocolate aromas at first. Some molasses aromas with a hint of soy follow. Vanilla, oak, toffee, and bourbon bring up the finish.

T: roasted malts again at first with lots of sweet chocolate and cocoa that follow. Oak flavors along with vanilla, toffee, and a bit of caramel follow. Bourbon brings up the finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: thick body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy and avoids being too sweet or boozy.

O: a good bbal stout. A little on the sweet side for my tastes, but still quite good. One of the best and more balanced bbal beers I've had (735 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2011 ORF poured into a goblet

A - Tremendously black with a light brown head that faded rather quickly. Nice lacing.

S - Bourbon is definitely the strongest as this one barely has any age on it. The cocoa notes are somewhat lost and hard to pick up on and there is a slight sweetness in the background...could be from malt, or honey, or a combo.

T - Starts off semi-sweet from chocolate but then quickly fades to a "sweet heat" from the bourbon barrels. The cocoa, again, is hard to find and the honey is MIA due to the bourbon. Finishes pretty hot on the palate like shot of bourbon.

M - Definitely a heavy body with low carbonation. Finishes neutral but leaves a definite bourbon mark on the palate. A sipper for sure if there ever was one.

O - A solid beer for sure for the style but this bad boy needs some more age due to the heavy bourbon flavors so far. Back into the cellar it goes. (905 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from 2011 poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks for making the trek to Foothills Handle. Reviewed from notes.

Black - just black. There's a one-finger medium-brown head that's a little bit darker around the edges. Very tight bubbles. Really great retention - the lacing reminds me of cappuccino.

The aroma is wonderfully inviting. The bourbon is very restrained, imparting just the slightest phenol alcohol notes. Wood and vanilla predominate. Some chocolate, toffee, a few dark fruits. It smells very malty and sweet, with the rich oak character of the bourbon adding some balance.

This is a very smooth stout. Like the aroma, the bourbon is very understated. All of the characteristics I'd expect from -bal aging - oak, vanilla, a little booze - are there in the forefront, but there's really no heat at all, just a warming sensation. That taste of wood lingers, and along with the vanilla it really is evocative of smooth, smooth bourbon. But while all of these flavors are wonderful, I'm left wondering about the base beer. Other than some coffee notes, I got little more than bourbon from the taste, though that's certainly not the worst thing in the world.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, pretty ideal. This isn't the biggest stout out there, but it would be tough to peg this as 10%+ ABV. It's a very easy beer to drink.

ORF succeeds where to many barrel-aged stouts fail - I'm not a discerning bourbon drinker by any means, but it isn't hard to tell that the Pappy barrels have worked wonders on this beer. And yet, as refined as this beer is, I can't help but think that those very barrels really obscured the beer aged in them. Though the -bal isn't "overpowering" in a traditional sense, the bourbon dominates this beer in a way that mars the balance. Still though, this is an excellent beer, and I hope to try the 2012. (1,838 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,360 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage on tap at the release.

A: Dark black with a small tannish/brown head. Nice looking beer, but nothing that sets it apart.

S: Wow bourbon! There's also some oak, dark sweet malts and chocolate. I'm optimistic.

T: Damn, this is great! It's very bourbon forward, with some chocolate and oak. The bourbon/barrel flavors go very well with the base beer, which is a sweeter stout. There's not a lot of roastiness going on here. It reminds me a lot of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout honestly, in a good way, since that's one of my favorite beers.

M: It's medium-bodied for a stout, not super huge, not too thin, and it's a little bit sticky.

O: I'm very impressed with this beer, and maybe it's because I went into drinking it with low expectations, but it's damn good. It's a great bourbon barrel stout if you like yours' more on the bourbon/chocolate/sweeter side of things and less on the roasty side, which is just fine with me. (946 characters)

Photo of bballmj2k
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 2011 release

A - it's an imperial stout... Black like coffee, minimal mocha head

S - bourbon (pappy?), roast coffee, dark bitter chocolates, hints of vanilla

T - wow this is a big beer. Let's see if i can parse out these flavors. Massive bitterness up front, roasted dark chocolate. Middle of palette is sweet, vanilla, bourbon characters and maybe a hint of honey. Finish is boozy, but in a wonderfully crafted way.

M - thick and creamy. Flavors stick around throughout with some heat on the finish.

Really impressive beer, haven't had the other versions but I can't imagine them being much better than this. Big flavorful complex stout, can't wait to see how it ages. (686 characters)

Photo of lanamj
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This years ( 2011 ) on tap at foothills for the release. Review from notes.

A- poured a nice coffee black, with a thin head and minimal lacing that remained stuck to the glass as the beer went down. Although the head and lacing where lacking some the color was perfect for the style.

S- Wow!! What a smell. Lots of smooth burbon, chocolate, roasted malts and a nice sweet smell similar to honey.

T- Runs with the smell. Chocolate is the first thing i taste followed by smooth delicious burbon. Dark fruits and sweet honey flavors resided towards the end. The booze on this is perfectly blended although present it dosent over bare the flavor.

M- the best out of all the Old Rabbits Foots. Last few years i felt was rather thin but this years is perfect. Thick and smooth like a stout of this nature should be.

O- One of the best. This years stands next to the best beers in this category. Its a true masterpiece can't wait to try my cellared bottles in a few years. (970 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this beer from Patchmaster in a recent trade!

Poured into a snifter glass and split with a friend.

Appearance: Dark black bodied beer with a 2 plus fingers head that almost looks like the head on a rootbeer float. Head dissapates into thin cap on top this beer. Some lacing sticks to glass.

Smell: It smells like vanilla, bourbon, and some chocolate.

Taste: Moderate sweetness from the bourbon and vanilla. Mid - taste I get some sour taste that is similiar to sour cherries, but I can't quite put my finger on this sour taste. I am not sure that its signs of infected beer, but its possible I guess. Mild bitter finish of roast malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth beer! its medium body and has low to moderate carbonation. Wish it was thicker and a bit sweeter. The bourbon has still got some noticable heat, but its still is a positive attribute of this beer.

Overall: The was a nice beer. If it was a bit thicker and did not have the sour taste; I would have given it much higher marks. Still enjoyed it alot! (1,055 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

PVW showdown with Rare Bourbon County and PVW Eclipse.

A - Dark brown color with a tan head that left a little bit of stick on the edges.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, roasted malts. It doesn't smell as good as last year's version with te aromas not blending as well, but it smells pretty good.

T - Roasted malts, smooth bourbon, chocolate, wood, little char. Could stand to be a touch sweeter and fuller. It's a good beer, but side by side with the PVW Eclipse and Rare BCS it really didn't stack up. Would like to revisit this one alone in the future.

M - Smooth, a little thin, but pretty close to full bodied, low carbonation.

O - A nice beer, doesn't stack up with the big boys, but this is a nice beer that I could enjoy regularly. (752 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a rather large tan head.

S: Can definitely get the bourbon and vanilla out of this one as well as a fair amount of oak. There is a nice bit of roast and chocolate. However, a definite sour cherry aroma is there in the background.

T: Sour cherries are a bit more pervasive on the palate and exist all the way through. Still get some nice bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate, however. It's unfortunate that this otherwise great barrel aged stout has that tartness.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: So far I'm 0-2 with this beer. Disappointing, but nothing I can really do about it. (701 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 07/03/11 notes. Shared a bottle of this one with my brother and another friend. 2010 vintage, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head, and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass, and the head lasts for several minutes. Looks great.

s - Smells of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Bourbon is a bit strong in the nose, but it's quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, dark fruits, light vanilla, and light oak or wood. Bourbon is not quite as strong in the taste as it was in the nose, and a lot of chocolate came out in the taste. Very nice, and a slight step up from the nose. Very balanced.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and insanely easy to drink for a big stout. Almost perfect mouthfeel for a stout.

o - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. We tried a 2011 Parabola after this and we all thought the ORF was better; more balanced and not as hot. It seems that some time on this has toned down the bourbon a bit, and it's at a really enjoyable level right now. Very glad I sat on this bottle for a few months and would love to get more of it. (1,268 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Very dark black with a finger of dark tan head that dissipates leaving a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet and roasty with cocoa, smooth bourbon, and hints of vanilla.

Taste: Sweet and roasty. The bourbon is very smooth Hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was really happy this wasn't infected. I loved the bourbon flavor and thought it was very smooth. Would have more if given the chance. (540 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to glazeman for this. I've been waiting to try this one for a while.

Appearance is good, but nothing too special - dark brown/black with a coffee and creme colored half finger head with nice head retention. Foam fades to a few bubbles that line the edge of the snifter and remain for the rest of the drink.

When I first smelled this beer, my first thought was that it was infected. I get cherry and raspberry tart with a small amount of bourbon and vanilla. More than anything else, however, it smells like a funky, bottle conditioned sour.

Taste is sour cherries, with some vanilla and bourbon in the middle, followed by roasts and nuttiness in the finish. I think this is most likely infected, but the sourness works well with the vanilla and hints of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is so-so. A little thick, but I would prefer thicker.

Overall, this is a good beer. Very good. Probably infected, but the tartness works well. I would love to try this again. (968 characters)

Photo of glazeman
2.67/5  rDev -35.2%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes:

Thanks to bobertkuekn who sent me this back in November. Wish I would have had it sooner rather than a few weeks ago.

Pours a solid black color with a 1/2 inch tan head, no lacing. Hmmm, definitely has a tartness to it that rather noticeable, plus a grassy-like aroma, a bit of chocolate, some cherry, little roast which fades more as it warms.

It doesn't taste sour or spoiled, but there is a definite tart flavor with cherry on the finish, especially as it warms up. Barrel/oak notes are present, but there's not much bourbon, with a touch of chocolate. Just kind of odd tasting. Not soured/bad, but flavors are out of place. The tartness goes away slightly once it's warmed up.

Nice feel, kinda silky, but needs more bourbon and less tart to kick things up.

I really would have liked to try this fresh. It's not bad, but it's not what I look for in a imperial stout, especially a barrel aged one at that. Needs more roast/chocolate/bourbon, less cherry and tartness. (995 characters)

Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my DFH snifter. Thanks to sincereNc for this one.

A- Great black thick pour with a caramel colored 2-inch head, some retention and little lacing so far.

S- maltiness, chocolate, bourbon, some sweetness, prunes, dark dried fruits, and vanilla.

T- YUM! chocolate, sweetness coming from the honey addition, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Much smoother than the nose led me to believe.

M- Very nice, smooth, creamy, and mouth coating.

Overall- Great drinkability. Smooth, complex, chocolatey, with a decent sweetness to cut the roasty malts! (545 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at Dark Lord Day 2011, into a small taster glass.

ORF’s a collaboration between Olde Hickory, Duck Rabbit and Foothills Brewing. It’s a stout brewed with honey and cocoa nibs, crafted from wort provided by each of the breweries and aged in 23-year-old bourbon barrels.

Inky black with mahogany highlights. A full, frothy one-finger head of dark oak recedes slowly, remaining as a thick top layer and large blobs of spattered lace.

Bourbony nose. Vanilla, light oak, sweet molasses, tangy dark chocolate and a very subtle smokiness.

The flavor: vanilla and dark chocolate, hints of dark sweet fruits — cherries, raisins. Sweet throughout, with smooth integration and not a lot of alcohol.

Extremely light carbonation. Creamy, buttery, medium-full body with just the right touch of booze.

Not what I expected. For all the pedigree of these three breweries, I have to admit I expected more flavor. Not bad, just didn’t completely live up to the hype for me. Worth a revisit.

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And here's the revisit! Shared by ottovon, this was a 2010 bottle enjoyed on 11-11-11, poured into a snifter.

Nose has absolutely improved. Tons of vanilla now, along with increased dark, sweet cherries and honey to meet the molasses and woody oak. Bumping this score up a notch.

The flavor has remained fairly similar, though they may be a touch more fruitiness from raisins and cherries. Dark chocolate has boosted as well. A step toward the richer, sweeter side of life.

A year in the cellar has improved this beer, but not by much. (1,560 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yourefragile for this bottle; opened & split with my newly Master'ed Degreed wife after the 2011 softball opener. Damn, I'm getting old. I'm going to feel it tomorrow.

The sun comes up, darkness always comes, & this beer pours black. Nose is light & variable; first a bit tart, then pure bourbon, then malty. Seems like different personalities are percolating to the surface at regular intervals. That's a new one to me.

Olde Rabbit's Foot is evidently Vulcan for ashy, charred, cooked, & forest fire. And charcoal. The char has the upper hand & does a wierd, sexy little dance with the barrel aging. Power of suggestion hints at a dusting of chocolate powder, but that might be an illusion. Nice malts underneath; & there's a moderately strong astringent character that's eyebrow-raising. Maybe funk, maybe oak. This attribute comes out more as the beer warms; it detracts from the beer. It's ghostly enough to be hard to pin down.

Well, this is awkward. Foot, I'm not feeling your groove. I love bourbon & I love charred malts, but these don't mesh well. A much more routine barrel-aged beer than I'd hoped for. Pretty good. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.28/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by Nanoslug. Thanks!

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown with a decently-retaining mocha head.

S: It smells tart. Dark fruit (berries), coffee, bourbon, mild chocolate. Actually, the smell is kind of unique, particularly the berry note.

T: Cocoa and char. Tannins are strong in the finish. Some sips have strong vanilla; others produce flavors of molasses. Bourbon isn't very strong in the taste, although it had a decent presence in the nose. I don't think that's necessarily a flaw, but the base beer doesn't have the integration to show off amidst a restrained barrel presence. It's also oddly tart, but not sour. I think it's something in the lactic sugars of Sexual Chocolate acting up. I can see why people think this might be infected, but I'm not convinced.

M: The best description I could give this was "clashing." The flavors are poorly integrated. But the body is not thin enough to warrant infection concerns; nor was it overcarbed.

O: I see why there are concerns over infection. I think it's just a quirk of the base beer, though. I can't definitively say either way, but I didn't enjoy the beer, and neither did anyone else at the table (none of whom will review it). Drainpour.

EDIT: the variety in reviews here leads me to believe there is a lot of bottle variation. Interesting. (1,349 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this 2010 vintage in a trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee! Split with my good friend JustinA1.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pitch black; opaque. A short, dense, layer of brown foam sits on top and retains well. Stringy lacing. Very nice.

Smell: Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, heavy bourbon-caramel sweetness, mild red currants, and even milder floral accents... with oak syrup drizzled on top. Delicate, complex, and decadent - an absolute masterpiece!

Taste: Dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and mild floral notes. Peppermint and roast rise up in the aftertaste, melding with caramel and a pleasant, boozy warmth. Very smooth and harmonious; not harsh or disjointed.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full, and luscious, with a mildly dry, mildly warm finish (alcohol is hidden quite well). Light residual sweetness clings to the palate and balances out the booze in the aftertaste.

Overall: What a fantastic sipper! Full, complex, and beautifully balanced. The flavors evolve throughout the session, keeping things very interesting. One of the best barrel-aged stouts I've ever had. Seek this one out! (1,124 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,977 characters)

Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.