Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009) - Olde Hickory Brewery
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Reviews by mechamifune:
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(09 bottle) Pours a pitch black into a sifter. 1/4 in tan head comes up and dissolves slowly into a very slight layer of head on the top. Pretty strong lacing and sense of cabonation (to the style anyway), which I like in terms of appearance since it makes the beer appear not so "dead" in the glass like a lot of big IS's do.
Smell is relatively strong notes of malt sweetness and bourbon. I suppose a little vanille in there but it is relatively muted. A pleasant smelling beer that makes one eager to take a drink.
Taste is in line with the smell. Bourbon is upfront, followed by sweetness and then a kind of dark chocolate finish as you start getting through the glass. Not as bourbon heavy as the bourbon county series, but more bourbon notes than KBS. I'm not so sure that all the flavors come together cohesively for the entire glass, but it is still very pleasant and not overly hot.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, though not as creamy as is needed for the size of this beer. There is a little bit of fizziness to the finish. Still, smoothness if that is paramount here, and it has that.
Overall this is a pleasant beer to drink. Compared to others in this category it holds up, but does not belong near the top of the heap. Obviously a lot of skill and effort went into the beer though and it's good to see the state of NC producing something like this. Worth having if you get a chance to, but honestly not worth the driving, waiting, and $20 to buy. For the 2010 edition I was able to just buy a single bottle at the amos howards restaurant when I was driving through. I would say that that route is a little more fitting for the beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2011 14:14:55 | More by mechamifune
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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
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
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
Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009) from Olde Hickory Brewery
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