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Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009) - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009)Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 195
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.13% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is a blended collaboration beer from Foothills, Duck Rabbit, and Olde Hickory brewing companies. All three blended their versions of a Russian Imperial Stout and then aged them in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels.

(Beer added by: cvstrickland on 12-13-2009)
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #433 of 694

A: A dull, coal-black tint with a great tan head. Retention is good, not great as it eventually settles into a thin gooey layer.

S: Initially there's quite a burst of chocolate with some oak. Bourbon follows at a intensity that easily noticed, but much softer than some of the bigger barrel-aged stouts. With a little time, the bourbon seems to stand out more, with the malt taking a back seat. With more time becomes strangely fishy smelling.

T: Lots of bourbon without much heat. Cocoa/bourbon combination gives sort of a chocolate-covered cherry flavor. Fairly fruity and not a whole lot of roasted malt in this one. A little oak is barely apparent, but not at the level I would prefer. Finish is long and sweet and alcohol is well covered.

M: Not the thickest stout out there, but sticky with plenty of body. Carbonation is medium.

Overall impression was pretty good, but not as good as I remembered it at the last big tasting (granted, I had the ORF later in the session). This bottle was a little oxidized and I get the sense that this was probably at or passed its peak, even at only 9 or so months following release. Anyway, this was another good beer from the South's top beer state.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:43:53 | More by GeezLynn
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage purchased at the release. Bottle # 48/694. Pours a deep brown/near black in the glass, topped with 2 rich fingers of foamy dark mocha head. This retains with a smooth creaminess, mostly bunching around the sides and leaving back some light lacing. The aroma is a delicious blend of coffee, burnt molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and vanilla. Charred wood notes really blend in nicely off the edges. The taste is a similar mix of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit, coconut, vanilla and roasted coffee. Burnt barrel and lingering sweetness leave this charred, spicy and sticky on the back-end, with a touch of toast and cocoa powder lingering in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with some initial sharpness to the carbonation which gradually gives way to more of a chewy creaminess along the back. You do get some alcohol here but it’s mostly from the barrel character, as this remains extremely smooth for the size. Wow, this has aged beautifully. The profiles have a ton of complexity and flavor integration to them and the overall smoothness of this is top-notch! This seems to be peaking now, I’d suggest that you crack a bottle and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 21:37:22 | More by Kegatron
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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trapper2408

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-25-2013 01:52:32 | More by trapper2408
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-12-2013 07:13:01 | More by spycow
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.75/5  rDev -58.7%

01-10-2013 16:21:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-09-2013 19:22:33 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12-19-2012 15:58:53 | More by SummitVA
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-04-2012 23:08:01 | More by t0rin0
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-28-2012 18:17:30 | More by SamuelJackson45
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Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-28-2012 00:27:05 | More by THECPJ
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 2009 bomber one of 694 total poured into a tulip. The brew appears black in color with nearly 2 fingers worth of dark tan head that slowly fades leaving strings and spots of lacing effect sticking to the glass. When held to the light, the brew shows the faintest amount of ruby and dark brown clarity around the edges. A light swirl revives a finger of dark tan head back to the surface.

The aroma is sweet and sticky with hints of honey and vanilla. Dark hints of fruity alcohol blend into whiskey with quite a prominent force of accenting character of caramel and toffee. Almost a fudge character comes out with chocolate and a hint of roast. As the brew warms up, the focus on bourbon barrel really becomes the star of the show. The smell of this brew is pretty damn fantastic, I hesitate to call it perfect but damn if I could give it a 4.75 I would.

The taste is still pretty darn brutal and I mean that in a good way. Big burnt to roasty bitter grain/coffee flavoring that is immediately accented by a big bourbon barrel impact. Spirit reinforced alcohol is out in the open with a hint of honey-like sweetness, caramel and vanilla. This is a rock star of a brew that blends well from one flavor into the next. It is a well married pairing of almost ashy thick imperial stout that is bold on it's own accord but with the big bourbon barrel character standing up against this, it just makes for an awesome experience.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is uplifting on the palate and just a touch maybe too much. This is a big bold brew with a beautiful balance of character. I remember having this beer when it was fresh and really enjoyed it which is what prompted me to trade for a bottle and it's follow-up release a year later. There was lots of talk about infection with this brew so I was hesitate about opening it and tainting my memory of just how awesome this beer was. Now I sit here feeling guilty that I opened this up, man is it awesome and without any indication of infection/off character. World class offering right here.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 03:24:42 | More by stakem
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Photekut - thanks JR! Finally got around to reviewing this nearly 3 years after it was released - what a long strange trip it's been. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar, wispy cap, and spotty lace work. Near-black body with brown highlights at the fringes of the glass.

S - Chocolate, dark fruits, earthy bourbon, loads of vanilla, light oak, and some mild honey as well. Quite sweet, with only mild roast qualities.

T - The flavor is a delightful blend of dark chocolate, oak, marshmallow, fudge, caramel, and light bourbon flavors. There are some light fruity flavors that may be indicative of age, or might have been there all along, but there isn't any obvious oxidation yet. Really mellow, with nary a trace of the 10.13%.

M - Medium-full body, with a smooth texture, dry and mildly tannic finish, and lingering residual stickiness that coats the palate. Perhaps a hint of alcohol warmth, but less than you'd expect from the listed ABV.

D - I thought I had this a few years ago, but I'm now wondering if that was the 2010 edition as this was significantly better than my previous experience. This was a big hit at our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner and met with universal praise from beer experts and novices alike - I had to fight off my guests to get a little bit more into my glass. If you're still holding on to this vintage, I'd recommend giving it a go as I can't imagine it getting better.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:26:52 | More by MasterSki
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009) from Olde Hickory Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.