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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

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 192
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

t0rin0, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle a ways back. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice dark brown with a bit of a tan head. Not too much retention or lacing. Nose brings a strong dose of smooth bourbon alongside some notes of vanilla and oak. A good amount of chocolate and a bit of dark fruits as well. The taste is really quite great with a lot of bourbon and a bit of sweetness. Good, full mouthfeel with a bit of nice heat. Drinks quite well and is really tasty.

Thorpe429, Nov 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle 556 of 694

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a thick blanket of a head that leaves plenty of viscous lacing behind

Smell: Charred barrel, dark fruit/chocolate, bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Well-roasted malt, with considerable dark fruit complexity, up front; by mid-palate, the chocolate, vanilla and bourbon flavors arrive; after the swallow, there is a nice convergence of the dark fruit and bourbon, with a hint of alcohol adding another dimension to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mellow carbonation; quite a bit thin for such a big beer

Overall: I have cellared this beer since the release about 18 months ago as I wanted to let the alcohol mellow and the flavors converge - mission accomplished and, with the exception of the mouthfeel, the beer has delivered in most aspects

brentk56, May 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Finally I am able to tell the tale of the ORF. I was lucky enough to be able to try this one out last night. Served at a comfy 55 degrees and poured into a six ounce snifter on multiple occasions, this one was consumed with loving care of 1/27/2010.
 
I want to start out by saying I really, really liked this one. Having heard some flack regarding it lately I had tempered my expectations on what I was going to be experiencing, but in hind sight that really wasn't necessary. All three breweries should truly be proud of this one.
 
The pour was superb, rich dark in color, essentially black as an abyss with no light coming through on this one at all, nothing, nada, and zip. Two fingers worth of brown, frothy head then gradually formed and pushed just out over the lip of my snifter. Sticking to the sides on the way down some nice webbing started to form before it fell back down and created a rocky, cratered surface that was interspersed with chunks of foam. Brown icebergs in a seal of oil look if you will.
 
So I reach in and go for the first sip, I am immediately sitting in my chair with an ear to ear grin as the warm vanilla notes waft through the air and perk up my senses. I find that rich aroma comforting and soothing and a sign that it stayed in the barrel just the right amount of time. Going in closer and letting it reach its zenith at room temperature reveals a complex mixture of chocolate, hints of tobacco and leather, even the finest touches of coffee all coming together and creating a symphony of aroma.
 
It's about time though, I need to try it, and so I reach over and find my way to the glass. Rich, smooth, decadent flavor washes across the palate. Vanilla and bourbon notes hit first. Smooth and silky feel here, really very nicely done. It melts seamlessly and effortlessly into a spinning cauldron of coffee and chocolate that just reeks of woody tones and vanilla underpinnings. Warming really starts to bring this out now. No clue how someone finds this to be thin, as for a barrel aged and blended beer it is coming off simply stunning. Hints of chocolate are now awash on the palate and are starting to flex their muscle through the haze, but the finish belongs to the barrel as the sweet, balanced flavor leaves its mark and fades off into the night.
 
Overall impressed here, this was really done very, very well. A totally different beast then any of the base beers could have become on their own. I would love to see more collaboration between the three of them, maybe you should all do your scotch ale like this (hint). A great offering here and something I am really happy to have been able to try.

mikesgroove, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.45/5  rDev -42.2%

Thanks to Sean for sending me this one in a fairly recent trade. Opened it up today at a tasting.

A: The pour is nearly black with some decent viscosity and a really surprising amount of head.

S: A noticeable acidity, seems quite lactic, in fact.. The roast, chocolate, and coffee are there, but certainly not what they might have been at one point. I don't really get any vanilla or bourbon, either.

T: The roast, chocolate, and vanilla are there in the background, but a bit muted. The sourness just takes away a lot from this beer and it's really not what I would imagine this beer is supposed to taste like.

M: Medium in body with a high level of carbonation.

D: Really disappointing that this one has gone the sour route. Drink this one up as soon as you can: it's not going to get any better.

womencantsail, Jun 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Slips out an inky, deep black body with a creamy-looking, beige head.

Smell: Certainly a malt-forward nose here. Big, assertive notes of well-roasted barley, unsweetened chocolate bars, charred wood barrels with lesser, subtler hints of coconut and vanilla bean. Then, for the hell of it, a bit more roast.

Taste: A roasty start with a soothing taste of melted dark chocolate and creamy blackened barley following closely behind. Moderately sweet. Thin puncturing wisp of smokiness. Vinous dark fruitiness garnished with a pinch of licorice dust. Graceful transition into the smooth bourbon flavor replete with tastes of spicy wood, flaked coconut, and vanilla. Somewhat drying, roasty, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that was fairly enjoyable. A solid, powerful, well-crafted brew that illustrates the majesty, the mystique of bourbon aging.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 18, 2010
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1.75/5  rDev -58.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Thanks to Wil for breaking out a beer I was sure i'd never try. Reviewed from notes.

Inky black with a swirl of foamy mocha head on top. Rich and fudgy nose, some toasted almond comes through also. The dark chocolate impression is huge in both aroma and taste.

Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, mildly bitter coffee, ashy charred malts, some vanilla from the barrel. Rich and creamy, low carbonation, with a mildly bitter hop impression in the aftertaste. Bourbon notes are mild. Not much perceptible heat, but it's still a sipper. Smooth and balanced. Overall I was impressed, this was very smooth and chocolatey.

emerge077, Jan 20, 2010
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2.28/5  rDev -46.2%

2009 edition. Corby112 shared this one. Thanks! I was pretty interested in trying this.

Pours from the bottle a dark amber-tinged brown, and sits in the glass black and nearly opaque. A light tan head tops it, retaining for a moment before settling to a ring.

Chocolate and honey are immediately noticeable on the nose. Molasses, alcohol and subtle bourbon are present as well. I don't get much of that caramel/vanilla goodness that I've come to expect and love from bourbon barrel aged stouts.

Licorice, molasses, burnt grain and stinging alcohol are dominant on the palate. There's a bit of milk chocolate sweetness, honey and bourbon, but it's overwhelmed by the ashy, burnt, acrid flavors. The body is surprisingly thin, and the sharp solventy alcohol quickly becomes wearying. Finishes with an acrid burnt licorice flavor that lingers on the tongue like a piece of charcoal flavored candy. Harsh and unimpressive, this beer is a waste of the far superior Sexual Chocolate.

largadeer, Jan 16, 2010
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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Kegatron, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

MasterSki, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%

Thanks to khiasmus for hooking me up wiith this rarity.

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black and completely opaque with a one finger tan head that quickly fades into a thon lasting ring. Very sporadic spots of lacing.

Slightly roasted chocolate malt aroma with a shit ton f bourbon. Perhaps the bourbon presence is a bit too strong because it overpowers the pleasant silky chocolate notes. Not picking up much vanilla or oak.

Very roasty and smokey with subtle silky chocolate notes underneath and a massive overpowering bourbon presence. Very hot at this age and needs a long time to mellow out so the other flavors can shine. A bit thin in the body with subtle honey presence but not very viscous. Again, not much vanilla and oak. This beer needs some time to mellow out and it's just too harsh and one dimensional right now.

corby112, Jan 09, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

22 oz bottle, #24 of 694, shared by 321Jeff.

Viscous rich dark chocolate colored, near black with slight mahogany tints against the light. A thicker than expected yellowish tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring of bubbles and very little lacing. Aroma is roasty, strong bourbon tones, but not overly boozy or hot, fairly sweet from the honey and cocoa nibs I assume. Not overly complex or strong, slightly disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium thick, light carbonation, smooth and mildly syrupy, but not overly viscous or chewy as some beers of this style end up. Finish lingers, slightly bittersweet, well after the sip and has perhaps the most complex blend of flavors of the whole experience. Mouthfeel isn't "traditional" for this style, but I really enjoy it. Flavor has a slightly odd dichotomy of bittersweetness on the front of the palate, I'm guessing from the honey and strong smooth bourbon fills the rest of the mouth, without any overwhelming boozy or hotness. Overall, a very nice barrel aged stout, but there's something lacking in the complexity and balance to push this into the exceptional examples of this style.

yourefragile, Jan 15, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

stakem, Nov 09, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to mistofminn for sharing this. Had this side by side with SC. Bottle 449/694.

Poured into CCB Snifter

Pours a little more head than the SC. Color of head is a tan brown. A little more head retention as well. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Honey, raisins, and molasses up front. Big spice flavors. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and subtle bourbon notes.

Taste: Huge bourbon and vanilla flavors as compared to the aroma. Some oak as well. Chocolate flavors, but it is hard to taste the SC in this beer. The honey and spice flavors show. Pretty decent. Almost a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Hot, creamy, and rich. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation, a little bit on the low side. Ends dry with bourbon notes.

Overall, a decent ba beer, but the cocoa wasn't that apparent. The bourbon was strong. It is fairly drinkable. Thanks Brad for sharing this one!

mothman, Apr 04, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Mebuzzard, Apr 29, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +8%

#53/694 shared with the boys at the weekend RIS tasting.. BS68280 hooked a brother up!!! Too much gratitude goes out to Brannon!!

Tan head has nice retention and lacing... black brew... pretty all around.

Nose is good bourbon with vanilla and all the great chocolaty RIS flavors.... the barrel aging is perfect and adds a fantastic complexity to a really nice RIS.

Dark chocolate... dark cherries... thick maltiness ... great bourbon essence drapes in and out of the entire palate from front to back .. a bit of spicy/tannic wood.. wonderfully complex while still being very very integrated.. appropriate body for the style but the carbonation is a tad light..

not a bomb of mash-up RIS flavors ... just a well bred beer and a lesson in restraint on all fronts... I am very impressed and this is a great beer that is certainly worthy of some geeky giddiness... I could easily finish an entire bottle and have no regrets... very drinkable right now and I assume a bit of aging is only going to help, but I wouldn't go much over a year.

Thanks again Brannon.. Truly appreciate the fantastic trade.

4.5/4/5/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Jan 21, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -19.8%

1/24/2010

Another bottle generously opened by Javier(javib458), thanks man. This pours the "blackest of the day" with a creamy one finger head and good retention.

The nose exhibits an upper moderate roast and a luscious cocoa and dark fruit (faint) interplay. I perceive honey, vanilla, wood, and a well integrated moderate level of bourbon.

The flavor is a letdown after the excellent aroma. It starts off strong, with bourbon, milk chocolate, and an upper level of roasted malt that continues on to a honey sweet midpalate segment, things seem to go downhill from here with the advent of a combined onslaught of stinging alcohol heat, burnt malt, astringency, and harsh solvent. It's not entirely pleasant. The mouthfeel is coating yet slightly thin.

HopHead84, Jan 25, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle shared by Dan - thanks! Tasted side-by-side with the 2010 version.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light roasted malts with good amounts of smooth vanilla. Also present are slight hints of dark fruit.

Tastes better and more refined than it smells. Moderately roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of vanilla make a brief appearance before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side for subh a big and barrel-aged beer with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without a problem.

Overall I remember being more impressed with the bottles I had closer to the release date which isn't a good thing. It's not aging gracefully but it hasn't taken a nosedive either. Worth trying now rather than much later to judge for yourself.

glid02, Nov 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

johnnnniee, Sep 17, 2013
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Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009) from Olde Hickory Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.