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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 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 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 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 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 CrellMoset
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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 kenneyho
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Dark Black

S: Bourbon up front and in your face with coffee and chocolate.

T: Love the PVW boubon taste. Sweet toffee behind the bourbon.

M: Good carbonation. Not as thick as you would expect but not thin.

D: Very drinkable. Will be interested to see how it is in about 6 months.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was very fortunate to get some bottles from BigSexy410 as he went to the release party. Thanks Ben! Great stuff man!

A: A very viscous looking jet black color that pours like oil. Nice pinky of tan head with some lacing. Nice.

S: Lots of bourbon soaked chocolate at first with a spice sweetness to it as well, perhaps from the honey and the hops. Sweet and savory notes abound here. A little sourness as well seems to come through though its a good kind of sourness. Caramel sweetness too. Very nice.

T: Awesome flavors come though in the taste. Honey, Chocolate, some bourbon (not overpowering at all), Vanilla-oak, wood, caramel, grainy malt, some sour raspberry-ish flavors, and a very roasty finish. Some hop characters and nutty tastes shine through as well. Very tasty beer.

M: More carbonated than I would like, but still rolls over nicely coating the palate.

D: Very drinkable and tasty. A great sipper.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A rough pour yields a finger of standard but well composed khaki head. Slightly viscous black body.

S: Oh my, just as soon as I think I'm going to get a standard dose of chocolate, char and roast, a new layer asserts itself. My nose can't work all of the way through this but a subtle molasses, licorice and a faint waft of bourbon hold the beer together.

T: My that is rich! Kit kat bars, graham cracker, mellow bourbon and underlying heavy roasted malts mix in a velvet cream. I am finding no faults here. This would be amazing if I had year round access.

M: Absolutely divine dessert-like quality for the tongue. Creamy and delicate like tiramisu.

D: I was going to trade my other bottle but I have just changed my mind. What a treat!

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmrillo for remembering that I wanted this one and hooking me up! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. Opened at 55 degrees.

Pours a thick opaque black with thick creamy tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Nose is big and angry with bourbon! Some roasted notes and raisny/leathery fruit like dried figs and dried dates. Lots and lots of boozy vanilla.

Palate is fat but structured with a stiff alcohol presence. Lots of delicious sweet vanilla, charred wood and of course bourbon flavor. Something like cola too. Finish is drying and bitter with some hops. If I dig for it, I get the impression of bitter cocoa beans.

Notes: Rather like a dried, darker version of Bourbon County Stout. The cocoa nibs barely show up, but the bourbon plays an awesome strong role. Love it!

Edit: Had a second bottle on 3/2/11 that was infected. Recapped it and sent the bottle back to Foothills for analysis. Awaiting lab results.

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Photo of Verecund
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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 glid02
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Ben - thanks! Tasted side-by-side with the 2009 version.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with equally large amounts of vanilla and dark chocolate. Also present are very small amounts of earthy hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately grainy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of smooth dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of vanilla flavors sweeten things up a bit and smooth out the chocolate and roasted malts. Very faint hints of butterscotch make a brief appearance before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I think the fresh 2010 version of this beer is better than the 2009 version was fresh and I bet it will age better as well. Certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of JohnCLT
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I read quite a lot about the spoiling or sourness issues with the last batch in 2009. It's very unusual because not even close to 5% of reviewers reported the problem. However, I believe it. I've never got a bad beer from Foothills or Olde Hickory but Duck-Rabbit on the other hand...

That being said and it's not easy to say, this years batch was phenomenal. Bourbon and charring wood/oak in the nose was so exceptional I actually teared up. Pour was brilliant, very, very dark beer with perfect tan head.

Taste again of heavy chocolate, light on the honey and heavy on malts. The barrel taste and bourbon however are most noticeable. Excellent mouth feel, maybe a degree or two from perfect (personal preference, I don't like carbo beers) but its a young beer so maybe in aging that will subside.

Again, it was 10am for me and I could have easily drank this beer all day. (In 8 oz. pours mind you.) Easily the best Bourbon aged beer I've ever had with the notable exception of BBA Sexual Chocolate. If you like Bourbon, Whiskey or Scotch, this is a winner. Special thx to Foothills, Duck-Rabbit and Olde Hickory for killing it this year!!! Amazing work on a great collaboration!

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

Side by side with 09 ORF. This one is definitely the better of the two.

Rich browny aroma with a roasted chocolatey goodness.

This one has a slightly darker head being a brown in color. Very dark brown liquid to the edge. Decent retention and lacing.

Roasty chocolate flavor with vanilla and bourbon goodness and some molasses on the bottom.

Thicker and fuller mouth but the carbonation was a touch high.

Pretty well drinkable...especially next to the 09.

Overall it seems as though this years (2010) is made to last a lot longer and just has more balls in general. Great blend of all the flavors.

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Photo of jslot38
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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 chaz410
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this unbelievable beer at the release at Foothills in Winston-Salem.
I was already psyched that I got several bottles of NC's pride in the beer world but to have it on tap was something special.
Pours a deep, viscous black with a caramel-khaki colored head that's a half finger thick that settles to maybe a quarter finger half way through the beer.
Smells of a bouquet of roasted barley, mocha, dark chocolates, wood based vanilla, whiskey and caramel. That's right, this thing is orgasm inducing on just the nose. It's warming, subtle and yet upfront as well. The chocolate hints are in the background and the cocoa an mocha come through heavily with spikes of roasted barley and vanilla overlay.
The taste has layers and layers of fantastic flavor. There's an upfront mocha and chocolate backbone along with lots of roasted barley bitterness. Over this backbone is a heavy layer of honey and dark bitter chocolates. It has another more ambient layer of vanilla and whiskey like flavors. Finishes with some cocoa bitterness and lots of whiskey burnt notes and fussle alcohol that makes it obvious that within a few years will mellow out a lot.
I can't wait to drink this in a year and a half or two. It's very smooth as it is with a dry and burning finish.
It's not "drinkable" but it's very balanced considering the complexity of flavors.

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Photo of Macky20
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Still on tap after the bottle release on 11/8/10. Half finger head almost overflowing in my glass, what a wonderful sight! Left average lacing, good retention. Aroma is that of chocolate, raisins, and a touch of licorice and alcohol. Taste is bursting with a coffee/espresso body with roasted malt... leaving molasses on the tongue as well

Great beer. Even given the style only a hint of alcohol was left on the tongue after each taste. Mouthfeel was above average with good carbonation...

The ORF is extremely drinkable for it's style, and while I only had two, I could have had a couple more... I enjoyed this and hope to find it on tap again

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of RobbyMac
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's like that song amazing... it's AMAZING!---Made from Pappy Van Winkle 23 yr old oak barrels. Well worth the $.

Off the tap the beer has very malted characteristics. Very sweet, a touch of hops on the back end is noticed but mostly on tap. Aroma is great for a bourbon barrel aged. Big big beer with booze in the nose. Slight dryness in the mouth but it's still a young beer.

Perfectly fermented, love the choice of yeast and combination with honey and chocolate, which was added for taste.

Overall it's an exceptional beer, probably my favorite in NC although BBA Sexual Chocolate was great! Peace love and hairgrease to everyone at Foothills, Duck-Rabbit and Olde Hickory. We had an exceptional time at the release. Your all great people!

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Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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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