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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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cookie dough, cocoa, coffee, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and woody finish. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice barrel aged presence but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottling

Appearance: The black liquid fills the chalice with the tiniest of tawny highlights and is topped by a modest head that fades to a bubbly ringlet; leggy strands of lace dot the glass

Smell: Roasty, with charred black bread, dark chocolate, coffee, Bourbon and oak tones

Taste: Chocolate and coffee, up front, with the Bourbon tones developing in the middle; the roasty character builds, after the swallow, along with a bit of tart dark fruit; in the finish, both chocolate and vanilla flavors linger with the Bourbon

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a bit thin for the style

Overall: I have had this beer a number of times, but this is the first time I have reviewed it; it is a bit thinner than I remembered nor do I recall the tartness; I will have to compare it to the later bottlings I have in my cellar at another time

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Photo of oline73
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Very dark black with a finger of dark tan head that dissipates leaving a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet and roasty with cocoa, smooth bourbon, and hints of vanilla.

Taste: Sweet and roasty. The bourbon is very smooth Hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was really happy this wasn't infected. I loved the bourbon flavor and thought it was very smooth. Would have more if given the chance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning--thanks, Ben! Served in a snifter.

Pours black with a large black head that is surprisingly long-lasting for the style. Good dose of lacing and a nice cap as it eventually settles down. The nose brings some nice Pappy character with some chocolate, roast, sugar, and a bit of booze.

The taste is a bit boozy with some nice bourbon there as well. The Pappy really takes over the brew, though it's not quite as good as other Pappy beers that I've had. I think the problem as that while the bourbon character is quite nice, there's really not all that much else standing beside it. The mouthfeel is medium with a good boozy character. Drinks well, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this one ages, as last year's version got quite a bit better with some time on it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

2012 vintage.

Gets a smaller fizzy head, little creamy and dark, great legs all over, super pitch black color.

Yeah, amazing stout with phenomenal bourbon. Some caramel cookie crumbs, into big cocoa, dark choc, little toffee like candy, mild sweet toffee candy, bit of vanilla barrel and some nice bourbon and barrel juice.

Taste brings great stout at first, dark malts, little coffee roast and black malt, touch of caramel and cookie like, into big dark choc, stout dark malts, little sweetness. Then nice vanilla barrel, little toasty barrel, but great smooth bourbon, very mellow, nice bourbon flavor and smooth rich at the same time. Finish is sticky heavy like, little dry, hint of warming booze finally, bit more cocoa and nice smooth bourbon, delicious.

Mouth is smooth, fuller bod, nice carb, very little booze.

Overall great, nice base stout with vanilla barrel and very nice smooth mellow bourbon.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jason for this bottle, 2011 vintage! Review from notes.

A: Poured a very dark brown/black color (actually kind of hard to tell if it was brown or black), with a one finger mocha colored head on top. Really nice retention lasting for quite a while, minimal lacing.

S: Very nice aromas of cocoa and chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar. Very inviting.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells. Lots of chocolate and vanilla with a little bit of roasted malt. There is a little bit of dark fruit and molasses as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drank extremely smooth, especially for its age. No real sign of the abv either.

O: A really great beer. Extremely easy drinking, very smooth, and tasted very good. Can't ask for much more.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

probably about time for me to review this one seeing as i have had it like three times now, lol. always a release i look forward to every year, this is easily one of my favorite beers of all time. served chilled and poured into a pint glass.

The pour was superb, rich dark in color, essentially black as an abyss with no light coming through on this one at all, nothing, nada, and zip. Two fingers worth of brown, frothy head then gradually formed and pushed just out over the lip of my snifter. Sticking to the sides on the way down some nice webbing started to form before it fell back down and created a rocky, cratered surface that was interspersed with chunks of foam. Brown icebergs in a seal of oil look if you will.

So I reach in and go for the first sip, I am immediately sitting in my chair with an ear to ear grin as the warm vanilla notes waft through the air and perk up my senses. I find that rich aroma comforting and soothing and a sign that it stayed in the barrel just the right amount of time. Going in closer and letting it reach its zenith at room temperature reveals a complex mixture of chocolate, hints of tobacco and leather, even the finest touches of coffee all coming together and creating a symphony of aroma.

It's about time though, I need to try it, and so I reach over and find my way to the glass. Rich, smooth, decadent flavor washes across the palate. Vanilla and bourbon notes hit first. Smooth and silky feel here, really very nicely done. It melts seamlessly and effortlessly into a spinning cauldron of coffee and chocolate that just reeks of woody tones and vanilla underpinnings. Warming really starts to bring this out now. No clue how someone finds this to be thin, as for a barrel aged and blended beer it is coming off simply stunning. Hints of chocolate are now awash on the palate and are starting to flex their muscle through the haze, but the finish belongs to the barrel as the sweet, balanced flavor leaves its mark and fades off into the night.

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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 orangesol
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Deuane for bringing this one to our Stout Day party. This is a 2010 bottle.

A - Pours jet black with a one finger tall tan head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of rich bourbon, vanilla, bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, and a definite dulled twang at the end of each sniff. Not bad but not great either.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet vanilla quickly giving way to a big shot of bourbon, sweet chocolate, and the ever present dark roast. The little twang from the nose is present here as well but it hasn't got any stronger, almost sherry like. The finish is a mix of light bourbon heat and sweet dark roast, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slightly thin, roasty, feel that really doesn't do this beer justice.

O - I liked this one. The flavors are all there for it to be great but it never really got to that level. I will definitely revisit this one in the future.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning and another by Lunch. Thanks Ben & Paul!

A: This collaborative effort appears a rich, dark brown, nearing black. There is about an eighth inch of beige head that leaves random traces of lacing about the glass.

S: The aroma is bold, with scents of bourbon and roasted malt. No surprises here.

T: The flavor is the best aspect of the beer, as it should be. Olde Hickory, Duck-Rabbit, and Foothills play well together. Everything comes together nicely, with roasted malt and bourbon flavors bold, yet balanced. The barrel presence is very strong and forward throughout. Complex and tasty.

M: The feel is medium bodied, with a slight sweetness and alcohol presence throughout.

D: I would definitely have this again. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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 drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Ben recently, thanks.

Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles that leaves lacing on the glass. Head has some staying power but I drink it relatively quickly.

Aroma is strong with alcohol and bourbon, smells really sweet.

Beer is medium in body with lead off sweetness and lots of booze in the mouth. The booze is present but it is not especially hot or dry. The finish is moderately bitter, overall it is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a big bourbon stout.

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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 John_M
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After sampling the van pappy dark lord just prior to trying this beer, it was perhaps to be expected that this would be something of a let down.

Sampled at the epic finewinemike event.

The beer pours a dark brown color, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive in this beer, albeit a bit boozy. Still, I otherwise pick up considerable chocolate, prunes and vanilla, that in combination is quite attrative. Given the aroma profile, I have to say I was all the more disappoitned by what I got on the palate. The beer was a thin and fairly dry, and seemed to be dominated by licorice and light coffee. Also, I picked up some noticeable heat on the finish, which further detracted from the flavor profile. Mouthfeel otherwise was medium bodied at most, with an adequate at best finish.

Maybe I would have liked this beer more if I had tried it at the outset of the tasting, but the fact remains that this was probably the least impressive beer I sampled at the tasting. Along with CBS and the 2010 Kate the Great, this was one of the few beers that disappointed at this tasting event.

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Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, shared with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a motor oil black with a thin thin mocha head that faded almost immediately to thin wisps.

S - Aromas of chocolate, light roast malts, huge mellow bourbon barrel, huge soft bourbon notes, vanilla, coconut, incredible.

T - Taste is nice chocolate, light honey, super mellow bourbon. Clearly pappy, so so sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, coconut. Chocolate it's huge so is the bourbon, rich and velvet, very smooth smooth bourbon.

M - Mouthfeel is super mellow, creamy.

O - Overall this beer was really awesome, the pappy really shines. Phenomenal.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Jackie O's tulip glass on 10/10/11
*From notes

-- Thanks be to John (or was it Eric?) --

Vintage 2011

A: Dark. Really dark. A solid pour yields a 1.25 finger head with decent retention. Moderate lacing follows.

S: Love the nose. The best bourbon on the market has saturated this beer, and it shows. There's some dark vine fruit here too, but without question the PvW takes the cake here.

T: Creamy vanilla up front, followed by dark fruits, warm honey and charred malt. The bourbon is all over this, yet what really sticks out is that damn honey. This is a sweeter stout then I typically enjoy, yet the bourbon really helps to keep me happy. The only other knack here is that once it's down the gullet, it just doesn't leave much of a lasting impression on my palate.

M: This feels really nice. I can't say it's mind blowingly textured or creamy, but it's certainly well above average.

O: Olde Hickory/Duck-Rabbit/Foothill's collaboration Olde Rabbit's Foot is a really nice bottle of beer. Unlike Foothill's BA Sexual Chocolate (aged in the same barrels), the base here doesn't lay down and take it from Pappy nearly as much, as the honey addition really changes the game. In my humble opinion, I prefered the PvW dominated BA Sexy Choc, as it cuts down on the residual sugar, and catered a bit more to my palate.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours near jet black with a nice medium sized brown head that reseds leaving some nice lacing and a good dose of bubbles

S: A nice roastiness with nice dark chocolate, some espresso, and bourbon soaked wood. Light notes of tobacco, vanilla and figs appear but not as dominant

T: Milk chocolate and coffee at the forfront with a nice bourbon sting, some vanilla represents. I stepped away from it and came back as it warmed to room temp. Big dark fruits, cocoa and holy tobacco. This beer really came alive as warmed and breathed. A bit sticky on the finish with some nice heat and loads of flavor.

M: Big body, well carbonated, robust and filling but it was a tad thin for me.

O: Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle into a snifter.

pours a pitch black with a small head. smell is big on bourbon and even honey. taste is great and so smooth. bourbon, chocolate, tad of sweetness. high point is mouthfeel. could drink this all day its so smooth and creamy. full bodied, low carbonation.

overall amazing. love it!

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Photo of mltobin
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle split amongst a few friends, poured into a small snifter.

The appearance is dark brown, small tan head to this offering from Foothills. Its` nose contains dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon and a little oak. A lot going on in the aroma, it is very nice. I take a sip and taste roasted malts, dark chocolate, booze, a bit of dark licorice. Mouthfeel is med-full, fair amount of heat present. All in all, a very nice beer that I was glad to have tried.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this beer from Patchmaster in a recent trade!

Poured into a snifter glass and split with a friend.

Appearance: Dark black bodied beer with a 2 plus fingers head that almost looks like the head on a rootbeer float. Head dissapates into thin cap on top this beer. Some lacing sticks to glass.

Smell: It smells like vanilla, bourbon, and some chocolate.

Taste: Moderate sweetness from the bourbon and vanilla. Mid - taste I get some sour taste that is similiar to sour cherries, but I can't quite put my finger on this sour taste. I am not sure that its signs of infected beer, but its possible I guess. Mild bitter finish of roast malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth beer! its medium body and has low to moderate carbonation. Wish it was thicker and a bit sweeter. The bourbon has still got some noticable heat, but its still is a positive attribute of this beer.

Overall: The was a nice beer. If it was a bit thicker and did not have the sour taste; I would have given it much higher marks. Still enjoyed it alot!

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle.

This one is still drinking fabulously. Pours jet black with small brown head. Smells of chocolate and bourbon. Taste is sweet, including some honey. Alcohol still present in the back end. Still very nice, wish I had another!

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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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 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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Olde Rabbit's Foot from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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