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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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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 194
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cvstrickland on 12-13-2009

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.
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Photo of stakem
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of stouts4me
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a smooth, dark brown with a thin mocha head, which leaves the surface quickly.

S: smells of heavy bourbon, as it warms the strength of the bourbon aroma will mellow a bit

T: a bit strong when it pours out chilled, warming improves the flavor; thinking this would be very good in a year and a half on a chilly , quiet, winter evening in front of an outside fire pit, with a very light , gentle snow falling.

M: very pleasing mouthfeel: just right.

O: I enjoyed this big, bourbony, full - smooth imperial stout, and would definitely pick another one up if not prohibitivly expensive( no more than $45), and then age it just as I said above, about a year and a half.

Photo of marvin213
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of fehrminator
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by cuzco at a recent tasting.

Pours a very dark, velvety brown color with a nice creamy textured inch of khaki head which leaves just a lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with mild boozy bourbon barrel and associated bourbon smells, vanilla and toffee predominantly. Also the traditional stout smells; roasty dark chocolate and light coffee presence as well. Notes of various dark fruits emerge as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose but in opposite fashion. The simple Imperial Stout flavors begin with roasted maltiness, dark bitter cocoa and light espresso. Then you get the nice kick from the Pappy barrels; vanilla and toffee once again. Dark caramelized sugars and raisin emerge as it warms, but not in any significant fashion.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonated. Finish is a nice balance of roasty malts and sweet barrel. Not offensive or boozy at all; quite mellowed actually.

Overall this was a nice treat which I was happy to sample. A really well made barrel aged Imperial Stout which is drinking very nice at this point after 2+ years. Definitely not the most intense barrel aging, like any BCS variation but more so than a Weyerbacher Heresy or a KBS. Glad I was fortunate to sample it, but not a MUST have for me going forward.

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of jcartamdg
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon. Taste follows the nose, chocolate, bourbon and slight honey in the finish. This is a really nice beer, I love the bourbon in it. Smooth for what it is. I could drink this all day.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of JayAre46
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of doughanson78
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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

A: Black, but not opaque with a rose glow.

S: Complex, sweet, earthy, bourbon.

T: Slightly sweet chocolate fading to bourbon with a coffee finish.

M: Surprisingly high carbonation, light alcohol burn.

O: Great, well balanced bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout.

Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009) from Olde Hickory Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.