Olde Rabbit's Foot | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Olde Rabbit's FootOlde Rabbit's Foot
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Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.13%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2010-2012, 2017 were brewed at Foothills Brewing. 2009 at Olde Hickory.

Duck Rabbit, Olde Hickory, and Foothills each contribute the wort from their signature imperial stouts. The combined brew is then aged in 23-year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels with honey and cocoa nibs.

Added by atsprings on 10-25-2010

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Ranking:
#669
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
391
pDev:
11.57%
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Photo of CrellMoset
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Olde Rabbit's Foot, on tap at the release party at Foothills, Winston-Salem, NC. So glad they had this on tap this year.

Appearance: Arrives a deep, sepia-tinged, inky brown body with no head of which to speak. I can assume it was approximately one-half to three-quarters fingers tall by how far from the lip of the glass the surface of the liquid is, though all that remains of that head is a foamy soapy collar, no surface lace, and some runny side stick. Perhaps not to be unexpected given the barrel aging.

Aroma: Strong coconut and vanilla run rampant over the nose and the base beer here - a really nice barrel component. The bourbon notes are fantastic as well, subdued and subtle, typical of the mature notes one always get out of PvW barrels - slightly spicy, mildly toasty, earthy and well-integrated. The base beer is pleasant, honey-like in its sweetness, with notes of toffee and sweet but not milky cocoa.

Taste: Sweeter than expected with quite a nice spicy little kick. A honey-sweet foundation with notes of molasses and dark toffee intermingle with anise, dates, and lighter fruits. Slight earthiness, espresso, and cocoa become more intense as this one approaches room temperature. Earthy and spicy bourbon are powerful throughout the temperature spectrum, beautifully married with moderate coconut and oak.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation is present in this one, and the body itself is chewy without being sticky or thick, likely by virtue of it being relatively well attenuated. Perhaps also by virtue of it being a little thinned out from the barrel aging and spirit addition, the carbonation makes it slightly fluffy and mildly erratic, though on the whole fairly smooth and slick.

Drinkability: Fantastic, about on par with last years edition. I'd estimate the abv% on this one to be close to if not slightly in excess of 10%, so this is definitely a brew to be respected, particularly given the excellent integration of the bourbon here, though it's been my experience that this is the same way in which every PvW barrel aged beer presents itself - meticulously smooth, mature, and subtle, they all sneak up on you. You've been warned - now dive in! I'm definitely saving one or two of these bottles to age (and hopefully last year's infection problems have been dealt with) - a magnificent beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 07/03/11 notes. Shared a bottle of this one with my brother and another friend. 2010 vintage, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head, and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass, and the head lasts for several minutes. Looks great.

s - Smells of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Bourbon is a bit strong in the nose, but it's quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, dark fruits, light vanilla, and light oak or wood. Bourbon is not quite as strong in the taste as it was in the nose, and a lot of chocolate came out in the taste. Very nice, and a slight step up from the nose. Very balanced.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and insanely easy to drink for a big stout. Almost perfect mouthfeel for a stout.

o - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. We tried a 2011 Parabola after this and we all thought the ORF was better; more balanced and not as hot. It seems that some time on this has toned down the bourbon a bit, and it's at a really enjoyable level right now. Very glad I sat on this bottle for a few months and would love to get more of it.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Near black, tan head that leaves quickly. Large bubbles all around the edges. Some spotty cling lace.

S - Baked chocolate desserts. Choc chip cookies, brownies, soy sauce.

T - Malty, boozy, smell attributes evident in taste.

M - Big body, thick, good carbonation, nice balance.

D - Very enjoyable. Perfect for a winter night.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KAF
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by Richard on 1-14-12.

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Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Foothills served in a pilsner glass a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing light tan head. Aroma is deep roasted black malts with smooth bitter baker's cocoa, and mild espresso. The taste is a nice amount of smooth bitter cocoa, fresh ground espresso and roasted malts, nice and complex. The beer is on the light side of medium with smooth carbonation, smoother than I expected to say the least. This is a very enjoyable beet, I'm glad I was able to get a decent supply of this one.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a small foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smells of an intermingled bouquet of chocolate, sweet honey & woody bourbon barrel. Elements of caramel & vanilla coming from the barrel, also notes of molasses& burnt marshmallow

T- all elements are intermingled just as well in the flavor; opens with a mix of dark chocolate and distinct sweet honey, with the bourbon barrel quickly following, adding vanilla and caramel flavors. The finish gives more bourbon that lingers

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- this one is drinking great with elements of the honey and barrel still popping through, very good

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Verecund
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three brewers converged in the southeast,
And brewed stout aged in bourbon barrel
And I came, to partake in the feast
And worried small still of wild yeast
To put Olde Rabbit's Foot imperil;

Yet looking upon the somber glass,
And having perhaps a warming hum,
Caught wind of rich scent of great contrasts:
Dark chocolate, honey, malt amass
Crème caramel, vanilla, oh yum,

And all that morning my mouth did taste
Liquid luck, with bourbon complement.
Oh, I relished the ORF without haste!
Yet knowing how the worts interlaced
I doubted not of proper ferment.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Now, weeks later, glass long past empty:
Three brewers converged, barrel aged, aye--
I drank the creamy luck all goodbye,
And, with friends, toothsome ORF pleased well me.

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Photo of scootny
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balance is the key here. Inky black with a brown head. Big head that fades slowly. Good lacing. Aromas showcase all the ingredients on the bottle. Sweet roasted malts with honey. Cocoa nibs. A bit of yeast. Chocolate flows all over. A hint of bourbon barrel. Taste is so good and satisfying. Rich chocolate malts lay a bed for the nibs and honey. Mellow coffee and sweet brown bread by B&M. Touch of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Mild almost English style earthiness in the hops allows all the details in the blending to shine. Smooth and rich feel lets the brew showcase the depth as you savor. Drinkability is bordering on criminal. So smooth, so velvety and rich, ummm. What a great beer. Do what you have to to obtain a bottle.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened on 3-1-12. I believe it to be the 2010 batch.

A - Pours a dark brown with a very dark tan-brown, one finger head. Good retention.

S - Boozy bourbon with a slight sweet, almost orange scent.

T - More chocolately with a nice boozy-sweet finish.

D - Good carbonation, with a medium body.

O - Very nice, the honey makes it more sweet, but the bourbon saves it.

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Photo of Lunch
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a couple bottles from some great traders, thanks guys!

Poured into a Darkness snifter and this beer could not look any better. Thick and black as night with a 2 finger dark tan head that clings to the walls of the glass.

Lots of barrel and tannic notes (that's right, Huhzubendah!). Chocolate and bourbon translate well from smell to taste and I am enjoying this beer. The barrel is certainly intense and there is something in here that limits drinkability, but the goods far outweigh the bads.

Thick and creamy with perfect carbonation making this lushes stout.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from JR - thanks dude! Served in a snifter at Tom's place. This was the 2010 vintage.

A - Mocha foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and minimal lacework. Very dark brown body with a glint of transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - A nice mix of oak and bourbon flavors, with some slight spiciness. Notes of honey, baker's chocolate, dark bread, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, and perhaps a touch of dark fruit oxidation.

T - The taste isn't quite as excellent as the aroma, although it's still quite pleasant. Spicy oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of smoke, a bit of green cocoa nibs, and some mild vanilla sweetness in the finish. Quite mellow, with well-hidden alcohol.

M - A tad thin for 10%, but definitely medium in body. Sticky and chewy, with some light tannins and dry oak in the finish.

D - Not as excellent as the 2009 version, but still pretty good. Not sure where all the infection reports came from, as I've had multiple bottles of the '09 and '10 vintages and all have been excellent. I suspect this has already peaked, so I don't recommend any further aging.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours near black with an amazing looking dark chocolate head. Decent spotty lacing and decent retention

S - smells very sweet from chocolaty type malts, lots of oaky vanilla and a mild bourbon burn.

T- incredibly chocolate/vanilla sweet, oaky with a nice bourbonl burn, roasty coffee flavors. Sweet sweet aftertaste

M - medium bodied, slightly lighter than expected. Quite smooth

O - very tasty and quite drinkable for what it is

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #385 of 694. Don't see a vintage date. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a sturdy black with a ring of sand colored head, fine and espresso like. Pretty good retention but no lacing to speak of.

S: Dark chocolatey goodness, fair amount of roast, and a little oak and cinnamon. Has the sharp acidity of an RIS. Barrel influence is quite muted.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, a touch of bourbon, and mild RIS-like acidity, with a longish medium roast coffee finish.

M: Medium, creamy body and medium smooth carbonation.

O: Pretty drinkable and well balanced, but no standout flavors and very muted barrel presence in both the aroma and taste.

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Photo of jslot38
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to naiguy323 for opening a bottle of this tonight.

Appearance: Black as can be body with a medium brown toffee coloured head. Head is a bit bubbly, top covering and looks steady.

Smell: A very intense nose of bourbon, licorice, mollasses, chocolate, nuts, and coffee. A bit of dark fruit and vanilla blend in as well. Very strong.

Taste: Has a strong bourbon note to it. Still boozy. Will be interesting to see what some time does to it. Very sweet, has notes of vanilla and molasses. Dark fruits lingering around.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel for a stout - flavours linger very well. Carbonation is a very good level.

Drinkability: Drank about 8 oz with no problem. For a big stout this is drinkable, but definitely one to split with friends.

This beer is a cool concept, and I'm a big fan of Foothills. Looking forward to putting a few bottles away for a couple years and seeing how this mellows. Well done.

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Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of gr8zehaman
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap at the ORF '10 release party into a Foothills pilsner. Poured pitch black with a hint of red when held in the light with a one finger tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of slightly roasted malt, sweet malt, and alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, alcohol, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good and well balanced brew. The aroma and flavors on this one were very nice to put it lightly. Glad I got the chance to drink this one on tap. A must try for any stout fan out there.

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Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 391 ratings
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