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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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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 194
Gots: 31 | 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:
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 ChadQuest
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is a black opaque liquid that looks nice.
Aroma contains a rounded character that combines all the flavors inside into a chocolate and barrel concoction,sort of a dry coco mixed with the barrels.
The flavors contain some heat but not too strong, dry cocos mixed with oak and bourbon, some vanilla, and a lite roast flavor to round this one out.
The body is just a bit light on mouthfeel, could use a bit higher OG imo.

from the Vertical we tasted i think this one is prime at 2 years.

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BeermeX2 for this excellent beer
shared at a tasting with barfdiggs and 3 others
poured into bruery tasting glass

Color: Dark, dark brown, almost black. No head even after an aggressive pour and it leaves behind hardly any lacing.

Nose: Wonderful! Full of amazing scents. Bourbon, vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, cocoa, mellow honey, and a pleasant roastiness are all present. Very well done for a stout.

Palate: Full bodied and and complex. Drink ability is amazing, so smooth you can just put it down to quick. The carbonation is ok, not great, but nothing to hinder the quality of this beer. The tongue gets coated with waves of vanilla, chocolate, and nice, warm bourbon flavors. The abv is so well masked that it can hardly be detected in the mouth.

Finish: Long, warm, and with plenty of texture. Plenty of flavors become evident as it goes down the hatch, but Bourbon and honey are most evident. A sweetness eases the bit of abv that shows up at the end. A fantastic imperial stout that provides plenty to like. A true pleasure to drink.

Rating: 95 out of 100

Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

786th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

@Woodshop Classix

App- A very dark brown color with a very creamy looking pour, not as dark as Event but quite lacking in color none the less. A nice textured one finger head with just a tad bit of cling and lace on this one.

Smell- Wofty booze notes from the bourbon are the first scents out of the glass. A bigger roast note comes after and a little creamy smooth chocolate on the end of the nose.

Taste- This had a nice tinge of the PVW barrels and was again quite smooth yet for some reason it was a bit granular. A more forward malt presence and a bit roasty. A very nice collaboration stout.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Retains a bit of chocolatey barrel goodness.

Drink- A long time want of mine. This was very tasty and lived up to my expectations. I'd love to have an older bottle some day.

Photo of camil1mj
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured at the Westland, MI BA tasting on Friday night at room temprature.

A: Deep chocolate brown. Minimal head and lacing.

S: Sweet, chocolatey bourbon.

T: This is one of the top 5 BA stouts I have had. Being 2 years old, it had exactly the right amount of bourbon heat to it. Flavors of chocolate, and caramel come through on the finish. I do not taste the honey that is said to be in this one.

M: Medium body with some carbonation.

O: Very glad to check this one off the list. Well done! I did not see any of the reported infection in this paticular bottle. I would drink this again anytime.

Photo of mechamifune
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Had this at Duckworths. I really enjoyed the story how it was three different breweries coming together to make something that I must say was truly enjoyable. It poured dark brown almost black. Nice head and good lacing. There was definitely a bourbon smell coming off along with roasted barley I think. Most of all, it tasted absolutely wonderful. Really distinctive. The mouthfeel was good with good carbonation. Overall, this is a wonderful beer if you really like bourbon barrel aged beers.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pour dark brown or black with a creamy dark tan head.

S-the nose is slightly off, lots of roasted malts, slightly burnt, notes of burnt coffee, light sweetness of raisins and plums.

T-again lots of roasted malts with notes of rich chocolate malt. bourbon and wood, malts sweetness in back with dark cherries and caramel.

M-good full body, slighlty chewy, good carbonation balancing the big body and slick on the back of the throat.

D-rather sweet, the nose was slighlty off and too burnt and roasty. the flavors are decent and very big.

Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with some maroon around the edge. Very little tan head around the edges
S-very strange smelling. Can not put a finger on it at all. Maybe it is the barrals? No idea
T-very nice mellow bourbon taste. Very complex
M-medium body. Really makes my mouth water for more
O-if it smelled better I think it would be better. Mouth is watering for more.

Photo of fear025
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Caramel, malt, and a little bourbon.

Appearance:Black with tan head that fades quickly.

Taste:The main flavor in this beer is bourbon, with supporting caramel and malt flavors in the background. It's not overpowering though, it's quite pleasant and well balanced. There's also some dark fruits, raisins and plums.

Mouthfeel:Medium to thick body, kind of syrupy.

Drinkability:A very pleasant sipper.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a russet brown head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of bourbon, sweet roasted malts, and a little coffee. Tastes of coffee, bourbon, alcohol, and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium with a small carbonation. Drinkability is okay and nice.

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

2009 bottle thanks to brentk56 from Secret Santa '10. Poured from the bomber into a New Belgium goblet. The beer pours a nice oily black (light brown at the edges) with a thin light khaki head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving an oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is charred oak, bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon. There are hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut and alcohol heat, but this one is all bourbon in the nose, and it's very nice. As it warms there are slight hints of dark fruits underneath all the bourbon, but they are faint.

The taste follows the smell, but it's a bit less pronounced. The bourbon, vanilla and alcohol sweetness are still first and foremost, but there is a nice balance of charred barrel, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. This is a nice stout.

The beer is well carbonated, has a nice mouthfeel (just a bit on the thin side), and the alcohol heat is incorporated into the flavors nicely. This one hits all the notes of a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout nicely. I had heard some rumors of infection with this batch, but this bottle was very good.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hodgin (and cmrillo) for this 2009 bottle! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Bottle #274 of 694. Opened at about 48 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a thick, oily black with rich creamy dark tan head that has great retention. Looks like it's been dolloped on there really. Just how a stout should look!

Nose: Aged vanilla beans come to mind and some lightly toasted oak. A little pear note, plus something like green coffee berries (or something vegetal). After a moment big roasted black coffee comes out, toasted bread, bourbon and brown sugar.

Palate: Medium-full bodied and noticeably bitter right off the bat. Texture is sort of rough, like coffee that has some grounds in it. Flavors are great and revolve around black coffee, black vanilla beans, charred wood, carob, tree bark and black top soil. Finish is long and lingering. Finish is quite dry.

Notes: I like this version better than the Foothills 2010 version. There seems to be more balance, more complexity of flavors and more body. Still very dry for the style and still reminds me of a drier version of BCBS. Cocoa nibs barely appear, maybe adding some bitterness?

Photo of Urbancaver
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid bourbon barrel aged beer. Has mellowed out very nicely since the release and really had a lot of subtlety to it that I'm loving! Cocao and vanillay bourbon without too much sweetness. Really a much more drinkable beer than most similar barrel aged stouts. A tasty treat :)

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle. Number 57 of 694. Huge thanks to Kegatron for this in our recent trade. Thanks again, Heath. Poured into town hall snifter:

A - Dark black with a one finger kahki head which dies quick. A gentle sworl brings some head back to life. A bit of lacing retention.

S - Nice dark fruits and great smell of gentle bourbon. Can also smell the coco nibs and honey. Somewhat reminds me of a bourbon barrel barleywine in some ways...

T - Great bourbon flavor, not offensive but it lets you know it's there. Hints of honey and a bit of a chard flavor. Roast malts, slight hints of coffee and bits of vanilla and oak.

M - Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is quite good. I enjoy the mouthfeel quite a bit.

D - Easy to drink. Nice for a cold Minnesota day. Very nice bourbon feel and flavor (I've never had a Pappy V. Winkle barrel aged beer before.) I wish I had another bottle to age, but I just had to try the one I had. Wonder what the 2010 is like...Will seek this again.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Habmike
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served next to the 2010. This was a good beer but not quite as good as the 2010.

Lighter aroma and head color. A tan head with low retention and some lacing. Dark brown in color nearly to the very edge.

A touch worn out in the aroma. There was a bit too much space in the bottle before opened and I thought I caught a hint of oxidation in the smell.

More metallic and dryer than the 2010. Still good flavoring though with roasted chocolate and bourbony vanillas melding into some molasses from the bottom of the bottle.

Almost full on the mouth with still a bit too much carbonation.

Medium drinkability. I wouldn't want to own too many of these and not have any drinking buddies but its still pretty delicious.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JAXSON
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kevin for the pour. Dark brown/black with a moderate head. Nose is sweet milk chocolate, much more sweet than the Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate, with some light bourbon and wood. Flavor is interesting -- very sweet, sugary, sweet bourbon, vanilla. After sampling the regular Sexual Chocolate I was worried this might be infected so I was looking for sour flavors very close and there seemed to be an egregious sourness, but on further investigation I believe this was the abnormally sweet bourbon and wood playing. Strange, this. Could be on the cusp on an infection, mayb not, but the weird explosion of flavor at the finish made me wonder.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.91/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of hayesez
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to BS68280 for heading to the release and picking up a few bottles of this for me. I tossed them into my cellar and figured I'd wait for a good occasion to bust one out. However, I gotta say I really don't have a good reason for picking this one tonight - it just looked appropriate. Bottle 397 of 694, split between two glasses as I shared this with some friends as we gear up for RA training.

The beer pours a dark, dark brown and produces a two finger, loosely packed mocha head. This diminishes pretty quickly until it is a just a thin surface of tan across the top of my beer. Very little lacing is left behind. Not much light comes through this one...

The Olde Rabbit's Foot really doesn't have that much of a bourbon aroma. Frankly, I don't get any of the bourbon. Vanilla-yes. Barrel-perhaps. Bourbon alcohol-nope. A deep sniff gives some alcohol smell, but I think that is due more to the 10%+ alcohol as opposed to the beer. There is a sweet smell and a bit of chocolate. About halfway through I notice a bit of detracting metallic aroma, but it definitely isn't overbearing.

I'm very surprised by the subtleness of the taste. While complex, it is quite restrained. Roasty and very smooth. A bit of coffee and a smooth chocolate that floats over the tongue, leaving behind the bit of sweetness that was detected on the nose. Definitely more delicate than I had anticipated, and a bit thinner as well. As it warms up, it feels quite nice, with a good amount of carbonation and a medium body. There is a nice sweet vanilla that is really the showcase of this beer...not the cocoa nibs or the honey.

I'm definitely pleased with the Olde Rabbit's Foot. I've been sitting on them for a while now, and I was really hoping to be blown away by this one. It certainly did not disappoint, but won't be one of my top Imperial Stouts. Definitely a solid beer and a beer that I look forward to drinking a year from now. Very easy to drink. Smooth, well carbonated, and a 10% ABV that is masked extremely well. I'd crack open another bottle today if they weren't so damn difficult to come by!

Consumed: 8/19/2010

Photo of mikereaser
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 22 oz. bottle with Hophead101 on 12/29/09
bottle 415/694

A - Pours a pitch black, aggressive pour yields a decent foam that leaves sticky lacing

S - bourbon hits you immediately along with dark chocolate and a bit of vanilla

T - chocolate hits you up front, bourbon is nicely blended in with a bit of a peppery finish

M - smooth, creamy with good carbonation

D - just such a nicely balanced great tasting beer, a bit too heavy to drink alot of, but great flavor

Photo of womencantsail
2.46/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade. Thanks Cmrillo for this one. Bottle 284 of 694...

A: Deep dark black stout with a thick 2+ inch off white head that fades slowly leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Very good.

S: Sweet honey bourbon booze blended with cocao and vanilla. Awesome raisin in the middle with thick chocolate roast on the backend. Smells very good.

T: Super hot bourbon upfront blended with cocao and vanilla. Hints of creamy milk chocolate in the middle. Bitter roast in the middle blended with dark fruit raisin. Good.

M: Leaves some nice sweet vanilla / cocao flavors on the palate. Medium body with a hint too much carbonation. Very good.

D: A little hot on the booze. Age would serve this very well. Decent.

All in all, this was a great brew. Not the top in it's style. I think it falls in the BA top 100 where it should fall, for sure. Definitely worth hunting down and trying if you're into stouts. ORF seems to be one of those brews that, to me, has been rated on BA accurately.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special Reserve - Bottle 172 of 694
The pour is a dark translucent crimson color..in the glass an opaque darkness with a BIG stiff foamy light tan head that fades slowly leaving sheets of Belgian lacing behind. The primary characteristic of the smell is the bourbon treatment, boozy with an underlying malt baker's chocolate. Full flavored, I'm a huge fan of the bourbon character that dominates the taste, but there are dark chocolate and nicely roasted coffee flavors that compliment each other nicely. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is bright and tangy from the booze, without the burn. Not quite creamy smooth but scoring points for complexity. There's a noteworthy sweetness that compliments the drinkability. The texture coats the mouth nicely, but not as much as my favorite examples of this style. The bourbon flavor also dwells nicely into the after experience. REALLY enjoyed considering this one thanks to the Aleuminati. Many thanks..right up there in my all time fav list!!!

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