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

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Olde Rabbit's FootOlde Rabbit's Foot

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

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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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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2.28/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by Nanoslug. Thanks!

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown with a decently-retaining mocha head.

S: It smells tart. Dark fruit (berries), coffee, bourbon, mild chocolate. Actually, the smell is kind of unique, particularly the berry note.

T: Cocoa and char. Tannins are strong in the finish. Some sips have strong vanilla; others produce flavors of molasses. Bourbon isn't very strong in the taste, although it had a decent presence in the nose. I don't think that's necessarily a flaw, but the base beer doesn't have the integration to show off amidst a restrained barrel presence. It's also oddly tart, but not sour. I think it's something in the lactic sugars of Sexual Chocolate acting up. I can see why people think this might be infected, but I'm not convinced.

M: The best description I could give this was "clashing." The flavors are poorly integrated. But the body is not thin enough to warrant infection concerns; nor was it overcarbed.

O: I see why there are concerns over infection. I think it's just a quirk of the base beer, though. I can't definitively say either way, but I didn't enjoy the beer, and neither did anyone else at the table (none of whom will review it). Drainpour.

EDIT: the variety in reviews here leads me to believe there is a lot of bottle variation. Interesting.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ewright for this long time want! Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours an inky black with an inch or so of latte colored head. Foam eventually dies down to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

The nose is of malted milk balls, cocoa, licorice, a touch of tar, oaky spice, and a hint of what I want to say smells like chlorine. Not off to a great start.

Tastes of cocoa, charred malt (quite smokey and charred), licorice, hints of honey, very oaky (oaky to the point of spiciness), a touch of chalk, and some tar. Lots of tannins. Quite bitter and a even a bit acrid. I don't get much bourbon out of this. Gets much better as it warms, molasses and leather notes begin to emerge. Still quite bitter, burnt and tannic though.

Mouthfeel is heavy and full bodied. Not too sticky. Well carbonated. Spicy and surprisingly well attenuated. The spice and heat of the beer make it a bit tongue numbing even.

Yeeeah, so not my favorite. Let's just say the pappy barrels could have gone to much better use. I have another bottle of this that I plan on waiting to open for quite some time.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of glazeman
2.67/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Some concerns for infection in this one…let’s see how it goes…chilled bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours dark, dark brown in color with a ¼ finger mocha colored head that has excellent retention and decent lacing…so far no signs of infection…

S: uh oh… there’s a tart smell to this one… lots of cherry and some funk, not much caramel, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon etc…”Houston, we have a problem”

T: There’s a little bit of toasted malt in the background, but unfortunately I don’t get any bourbon or other flavors characteristic of a stout. Mostly, this is just a lot of sweet fruit, though not much sour.

M: Appropriate carbonation, but a little thin.

O: Not a complete drain pour, and I’m not 100% sure it’s infected, but it seems as if it may be well on it’s way. If you have one crack it now.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2010 vintage split and poured into tulip.

A- Pours a pitch black with no light being let through. A nice two fingers worth of head. The head recedes quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

S- Big roasted malts and some nice cocoa and chocolate. The honey comes through pretty good. There is some black licorice but no bourbon whatsoever.

T- This might be infected. I get an initial sourness which isn't supposed to be there. After that there is some roasted malts and a slight sweetness. There is a little honey and no bourbon.

M- Medium to full bodied. A little warmth on the back of the throat.

D- I was really looking forward to try this one but got the short end of the stick. I would love to try another bottle to see how this beer truly is but will be hard to come by and I don't want to risk getting another infected bottle.

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2.94/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottled poured into snifter. thanks to CarolinaKevin.

Pours a full black color with a thick, frothy coffee brown head. Retains well with plenty of cloudy film and thick coats of lacing on the glass.

Smack of bourbon in the nose with underlying vanilla, honey and chocolate tones. Unsettling edge with metallic bite and slight tartness. Uh oh.

Slightly bitter up front with a wave of roasted dark malts swirled with chocolate and cocoa syrupyness. Edges of unpleasant sour cherry with some metallic notes rip in and out of the flavor profile from top to bottom. Bourbon and vanilla attempt to creep through with sweetness. Finishes with another tart pang and some slight boozy heat.

Full bodied, relatively creamy and silky smooth for a moment before the overcarbonated tartness ruins the fun. It seems like this would be insanely drinkable but the signs of infection really ruined this for me. The worst part is that this SEEMS like it should be an excellent beer.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes:

Thanks to bobertkuekn who sent me this back in November. Wish I would have had it sooner rather than a few weeks ago.

Pours a solid black color with a 1/2 inch tan head, no lacing. Hmmm, definitely has a tartness to it that rather noticeable, plus a grassy-like aroma, a bit of chocolate, some cherry, little roast which fades more as it warms.

It doesn't taste sour or spoiled, but there is a definite tart flavor with cherry on the finish, especially as it warms up. Barrel/oak notes are present, but there's not much bourbon, with a touch of chocolate. Just kind of odd tasting. Not soured/bad, but flavors are out of place. The tartness goes away slightly once it's warmed up.

Nice feel, kinda silky, but needs more bourbon and less tart to kick things up.

I really would have liked to try this fresh. It's not bad, but it's not what I look for in a imperial stout, especially a barrel aged one at that. Needs more roast/chocolate/bourbon, less cherry and tartness.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apparently the way to tell the difference between this 2010 version and the older 2009 version lies in the wording under the ABV designation. If its bottled by Foothills, its 2010, by Olde Hickory, its 2009. Thanks to MasterSki aka Beer Guru for that tidbit.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Darkness snifter.

A: Pours a creamy, 1 finger milk chocolate colored head with possibly the best retention I've seen on an Imperial Stout. Beer is viscous, oily, and pitch black. Lacing is patchy and stringy but sparse with decent stick and nice legs. Overall a fantastically beautiful brew.

S: Nose has detectable hints of infection. Instead of bourbon barrel heat, there's a vinous, winey tartness. Also notes of roasted malt, honey, prunes, and sweet soy sauce. Wine characteristic in the aroma is actually very pleasant but completely inappropriate in this type of beer. Also very subtle.

T: Opens slight booziness that invades the nose. Slight crisp tartness in the back that accentuates a sweet soy sauce and prune character. No noticeable chocolate or honey sweetness. Roasted malts linger in the background complemented by some cocoa nib powderiness. Smoky and tart finish with a chocolate and dark fruit aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. Oily and silky in the mouth. Smooth going down with a little bit of heat that agitates the back of the throat. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: Like its year old brother, this vintage of Olde Rabbit's Foot also seems to be making its way towards infection also. While its still quite good at the moment, I wouldn't way too long on it less the tartness completely takes over in time. As is, a decent beer overall though its not as sweet, hot, or bold as the last bottling.

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3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to wisconsinality for busting out another big beer for us to crack. Poured into my tulip.

A: Pitch black about one finger of mocha hued head. Thick lace and a solid cap.

S: A good amount of roast malt makes the backbone of this one. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, bourbon. Pretty solid nose.

T: WTF! Sharp sour bite is the first thing I get. Is this a wild? Moderate chocolate and coffee come in to at least save the flavor. Good amount of roast malt. The sour kind of ruins it though.

M: Full body with a bit more carbonation than I like in my stouts.

D: Well this beer seems to going down the path that too many barrel aged beers seem to be headed. Infection! If you have a bottle drink it soon.

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3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A long time want generously tracked down and sent over by jbeatty. Thanks man! Been happy with Foothills and Olde Hickory up to this point, so got high hopes for this one.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2012
Stout brewed with honey, cocoa nibs and aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty decent looking.

SMELL: Big bourbon nose with oak, vanilla, sweet cream, milk chocolate, as well as some dark, pure chocolate there too. A hint or roasted barley as a base, with some caramel and coconut as well. This is really nice and enticing.

TASTE: Doesn't quite meausre up. Caramel and bourbon notes up front, but unfortunately comes off a little watery initially. Lots of booze at the swallow, with oak flavors, bourbon again, vanilla and coconut lingering on the palate. Hints of dark chocolate with the bourbon barrel as well. Flavor shows potential, but it comes across somewhat watery, as the palate is below par for sure.

PALATE: Thinner body and medium levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate, definitely watery, not creamy at all, goes down easy and finishes slighty dry on the palate. Watery and missing body for sure. Not creamy enough and doesn't suppor the flavors, though it still isn't off-putting.

OVERALL: The nose on this was really nice and the flavors showed a lot of potential, but the feel was so thin and watey that it couldn't support the flavors and make it the beer it deserved to be. Started so well, but finished so poorly. I don't know if anyone's to blame for this, but given my experiences with these breweries, I'm afriad I'd have to give Foothill's and Hickory the benifit of the doubt. Worth checking out and I definitely enjoyed it, but not something I'd be after again unless the feel is greatly improved. Cheers jbeatty. Always good times.

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3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one.

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a rather large tan head.

S: Can definitely get the bourbon and vanilla out of this one as well as a fair amount of oak. There is a nice bit of roast and chocolate. However, a definite sour cherry aroma is there in the background.

T: Sour cherries are a bit more pervasive on the palate and exist all the way through. Still get some nice bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate, however. It's unfortunate that this otherwise great barrel aged stout has that tartness.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: So far I'm 0-2 with this beer. Disappointing, but nothing I can really do about it.

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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle shared by Jeff, poured into a tulip.

Smell: Licorice, anise, raisin, honey, bourbon

Taste: Raisin, dark fruit, milk chocolate, red wine, char, honey, bourbon

Mouth: slightly overcarbonated, fizzy up front. Dry and syrupy on the finish.

Overall slightly underwhelming in all aspects other than appearance. Pours a rich, dark chocolate brown with a fluffy tan head that fades quickly with light lacing. Aroma is very mild for the style and the bourbon is disappointgly hiding behind all the other aromas. The carbonation initially throws off the flavor as the combination of that with the raisin and dark fruit flavors produce a mildly tangy sensation. As the carbonation fades the honey and liquor like flavors take over resulting in a chocolately and sweet long lasting finish. The bourbon flavors are stronger than the nose but are still disappointingly weak for the barrels used. Fuller bodied and less of a fruity/vinous flavor than the 2009, this isn't a bad beer, just very underwhelming.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a wide snifter, revealing black body under a finger or thick dark brown head. Some lacing. Pretty enough; the head has a little staying power. Smells deliciously sweet and bourbon-laced with a strong vanilla oak presence. Some milk chocolate. Awesome smells. A bit boozy on the nose as well.

Tastes very, very carbonated... almost grating against the tongue and scratching out the initial flavors. After that, some lingering tart sweetness and a slight cardboard-y flavor. Some cacao nib in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side in body but the piercing, assaulting carbonation adds quite a bit of volume to it. Hints of vanilla. After some swirling the flavors come out a bit more: tannic oak and boozy chocolaty malt. Sort of drinkable. I have to swirl it quite a bit since the carbonation holds fast to the body.

Overall this beer had a lot of promise. I think it's over-carbonated but that's my taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yourefragile for this bottle; opened & split with my newly Master'ed Degreed wife after the 2011 softball opener. Damn, I'm getting old. I'm going to feel it tomorrow.

The sun comes up, darkness always comes, & this beer pours black. Nose is light & variable; first a bit tart, then pure bourbon, then malty. Seems like different personalities are percolating to the surface at regular intervals. That's a new one to me.

Olde Rabbit's Foot is evidently Vulcan for ashy, charred, cooked, & forest fire. And charcoal. The char has the upper hand & does a wierd, sexy little dance with the barrel aging. Power of suggestion hints at a dusting of chocolate powder, but that might be an illusion. Nice malts underneath; & there's a moderately strong astringent character that's eyebrow-raising. Maybe funk, maybe oak. This attribute comes out more as the beer warms; it detracts from the beer. It's ghostly enough to be hard to pin down.

Well, this is awkward. Foot, I'm not feeling your groove. I love bourbon & I love charred malts, but these don't mesh well. A much more routine barrel-aged beer than I'd hoped for. Pretty good.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to cmrillo for the bottle!
2010 Vintage

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. A big, creamy, tan head forms on top of a black body. Leaves a few patches of lacing here and there.

The aroma is filled with sweet bourbon, honey and some alcohol. Dark malts with a bit of roastiness and chocolate.

Chocolate and tannic oak tartness wash over the tongue. Dark chocolate and light bourbon follow. Dark fruits and honey. I'd like to see the bourbon come through a bit more instead of just straight oak.

Mouthfeel is over carbonated. Much too spritzy for an imperial stout. The body seems to have some nice smoothness and thickness to it, but the carbonation ruins it.

Drinkability is maybe just above average. Not a bad beer, but lacking when compared to other bourbon barrel stouts. This is a popular category lately, but Olde Rabbit's Foot needs some help. I know Foothills can do a decent job with BB aging, because I liked the latest release of BA SC, but this beer is not on the same level. I'm also hoping the tannic tartness I'm picking up in the flavor is just from the oak, but over carbonation is a bit worrisome as well. Worth trying, but you may want to try it sooner rather than later.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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