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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 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Arbitrator
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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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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Photo of Wisconsinality
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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Photo of xnicknj
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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Photo of KeefD
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
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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Photo of beerwolf77
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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Photo of Jeffo
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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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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Photo of yourefragile
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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Photo of abuliarose
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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Photo of maximum12
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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Photo of sisuspeed
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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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage, thanks to Jyounger30.

A - Thin body, with rocky, light brown head. Scarlet around the edges, almost like a black cherry soda.

S - Very sweet aroma. Heavy on the bourbon. Fresh harvested sugar cane.

T - Bitter char, followed by a blast of molasses and bourbon, with the alcohol warmth to follow. The honey sweetess and flavors are subdued, but present. The dry cocoa flavor marries it all together.

M - Heavily carbed, which I would think is from the residual sugars and bottle conditioning. Almost burns at times.

O - Very good. Too many flavors involved to isolate just one. Honey needs to come more forward, the roast could use to be subdued.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle thanks to lanamj. This one was poured into my Southampton RIS snifter.

Olde Rabbit's Foot pours a standard stout black. There's about a finger and half of head, a very solid showing in this glass. Head retention is pretty good, but lacing is firmly planted on the spotty side of the fence. The nose is nicely chocolaty. It's not as much of a chocolate bomb as Goose Island's Big John, but it's up there. There's also a bit of bourbon, as well as a straight booziness that's just a little to intense for my liking. Semi sweet milk chocolate is the centerpiece of the flavor profile as well, no doubt highlighted thanks to the vanilla flavors picked up from the barrel aging. The booziness has died down a bit, but the subtle bourbon flavor definitely remains. So far so good, but all that is tarnished by a brassy dose of what tastes like earthy European hops. It's a bit out of place, and doesn't really jive with the rest of the picture this beer's painting. The mouthfeel's alright, but nothing special. I'd say it's a little thin and a little bubbly (emphasis on little on both counts), and that keeps it from being great. I love the spirit of camaraderie that Olde Rabbit's Foot represents, and I've either enjoyed beers from, or heard good things about all three breweries involved. That said, the end result here is a somewhat ho-hum barrel aged imperial stout.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to (???) for brining this to our post-Christmas tasting. This was apart of a blind Pappy Van Winkle Stout tasting vs. Eclipse PVW and BCS Rare. Needless to say, this one was 3rd place by a lot.

A - Pours black, huge mocha head, a thick cap remains behind after the initial pour, and some lacing is present along the sides of the glass.

S - Chocolate, slight alcohol booze, some oak, and roasted malts. Not really as bourbon-forward as I like, but still, not bad. When compared to the nose vs. the other two stouts, not even in the same ballpark.

T - Chocolate, nice bourbon notes, char, oak. Not really a ton going on here and pretty straight-forward. I like what it is, it's just not "wowing" me.

M - Full body, slightly over carbonated, creamy finish.

D - 3rd place in the blind tasting and everyone could pick this one out as not being able to hold a candle to the Rare and PVW Eclipse. Still, it's not a bad beer, just beat to death by similar stouts. Good, not great.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a post-Christmas tasting in Chicago, courtesy of jrallen34 (thanks Jason!). We tried it blind versus to other Pappy Van Winkle barrel aged stouts, BCS Rare and PVW Eclipse, and Olde Rabbit's Foot was dead last by a mile. The field was too tough, but maybe this would do better on its own sometime.

It's strong point versus the other two was appearance, they had no foam while this sported a thick and frothy tan head.

It smelled sort of muted in terms of bourbon, at least versus the other 2 beers. It makes me wonder about the treatment of the barrels prior to putting the stout in to age. It seemed to me that the other 2 may have been aged in wet barrels, they just had more rich bourbon tones in the beer. I got a little oak, and more obviously cocoa and roasted malts, not a bad aroma but just not near the level of the other two.

Pretty much same for the flavor, this wasn't bad by any means, it just didn't seem outstanding. I've had the 2009 several times and thought I got more bourbon and oak in the flavor, but those bottles were on their own, or at least not side by side with other BA stouts. Anyway the cocoa and sweet malts taste good!

The body is on the heavier side of full, not really thick but enough to complement the flavors, very carbonated, possibly more than most BA stouts (except BA Imperial Stout Trooper this year).

A good beer, not the best representation of the PVW barrels but still a good beer.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours out pretty much pitch black in the glass. No light can be seen when it's held up to the light. About 3/4" of thick, dark khaki head forms, which has excellent retention and nice lacing. Very good looking stout.

Smell: A lot going on on the nose. Initially, light charred malts and milk chocolate sweetness intermingle. Following that the barrel pretty much takes over. Very prominent oak presence, as well as vanilla and bourbon. The barrel definitely stands out on the nose, but does not overshadow everything else that is going on. Pretty well balanced.

Taste: Good roast/sweetness balance up front. Barrel presence is, again, still strong. Plenty of vanilla and bourbon notes present, and the back end is heavy with oak tannins.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel was very thin for the style. Finish is not long lasting. Nice fine carbonation makes it surprisingly smooth drinking, but that does not change the fact that it is thin. Really retracts from the taste for me as well with the thin finish. Overall, a decent stout. Nice favors and barrel character, but the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Bottle shared by Stoutfest.

This is a dark beer-- it has some red hints in it, but for the most part, it looks black or maybe deep brown-- like molasses in color. Doesn't look as thick as I'd hope, but it isn't thin or watery looking either. Decent retention and some nice lacing, but not super-impressive-- just a good looking beer.

Toasted brown sugar, molasses, a hint of anise, some caramel malt, and some burnt toffee come through on the nose.
The taste starts out kinda sweet but turns more dry with a bit of anise sneaking in there. Little bourbon-like booziness towards the finish.

Feel isn't bad, but it could with a hair more carbonation. Feels thick and oily.

Overall--- pretty decent. To be honest, this is another of those beers where the hype doesn't match up to the performance. It's ok, but for my money, I'd be happier with plenty of beers off the shelf over this one.

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Photo of adrock7309
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared a 2011 vintage with two friends at a recent tasting.

Poured into a bells snifter. Body was dark black with a semi transparent hue. The brew foamed up a medium tan head which left nice lacing.

Hints of espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and nice oaky burbon came through on the nose.

Mouthfeel was lighter than I was antIcipating but still enjoyed tremendously. Lots of vanilla and bourbon notes shined through the heavy roast.

Overall a good but not great beer.

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Photo of airohead2001
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to glazeman for this. I've been waiting to try this one for a while.

Appearance is good, but nothing too special - dark brown/black with a coffee and creme colored half finger head with nice head retention. Foam fades to a few bubbles that line the edge of the snifter and remain for the rest of the drink.

When I first smelled this beer, my first thought was that it was infected. I get cherry and raspberry tart with a small amount of bourbon and vanilla. More than anything else, however, it smells like a funky, bottle conditioned sour.

Taste is sour cherries, with some vanilla and bourbon in the middle, followed by roasts and nuttiness in the finish. I think this is most likely infected, but the sourness works well with the vanilla and hints of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is so-so. A little thick, but I would prefer thicker.

Overall, this is a good beer. Very good. Probably infected, but the tartness works well. I would love to try this again.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with steepH20 during a leisurely and long overdue day of celebrating the birth of his son. Cheers to Chris and Ben (and Katie :)!

2010 edition

Pours a very dark brown with a nice puff that settles to near stillness

Sweetness of the honey reaches up from the glass as it mingles with the tangy bourbon. A light smokiness pokes through along with a faint heat and the dry chocolate nibs.

This is different. At its base, there's a smooth, rounded, slightly light bodied bourbon stout. At around mid palate however, there's a sharp honey spike that washes over the beer and leaves a very sweet but also pungent bitterness along the back end. The finish is where the nibs play center stage.

I believe that the honey may be used to beef up the body, which this beer could use. However, cutting the honey might also pull away from some of the distraction that the honey imparts. Hmmm....quite the conundrum...or not.

Overall, a pretty good beer and one that I'm happy to have been able to share.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured intonation tulip.

Pours a very dark black with a small head.nose is sweet and chocolaty with a nice coffee note.

Taste is very rich and sweet, coffee is strong with a good sweet note that us rich and refreshing.overall very good and quite tasty.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought out by me to try to compete with Rare and 50/50 Pappy. Not even a competition, this got destroyed and is going to hurt its rating. I need to try this again a sterile environment to not have such a skewed impressed as the other two are truly world class....Best look of the 3 by far, black pour with at least three fingers of head that has great retention. Ok lacing, just looks good compared to the other two that have no head at all...Subdued aroma that does not display the sweet bourbon or vanilla of ba beer, oak and chocolate mostly. Not bad, just not what was expected or able to compete with the others...The taste is just off to me. Sour lactic notes, that if stronger would almost make me think this is infected. Bourbon does start come through though, some chocolate but the sour notes just kills it and is distracting.

Probably being overly critical but when held up against the big boys, it was a big let down. However, I'd try again.

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