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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a mocha head and a nice collar around the glass.

Smells like chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and molasses.

Taste opens with the bourbon and chocolate flavor, moving into a tobacco and brown sugar flavor. Its very sweet, but the oak helps to dry it out with a warming alcohol bite. This is a delightful stout.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation is spot on.

Overall, its really really good. Not sure to age the other bottle...

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

Poured into my Jackie O's snifter. Shared with Rhettroactive and IrishColonial.

A: Pours a deep, dark, impenetrable black. A gorgeous finger and a half of dark brown head rises up from the brew. Two coats of lacing cover my glass. As the beer sits, the head reduces to a half finger and lightens to a cream color. A quick swirl brings the head back to a full finger and dark brown again. This looks freakin' great.

S: Oh wow does this smell amazing. Dark chocolate, light coffee roast, and sweet, vanilla-y bourbon barrels. Loads of dark fruit linger in the background, just a hint of raisin. This is barleywine-esque, and a close comparison to Bourbon County Rare. What a great smelling beer.

T: Milk chocolate and roasted coffee stand out immediately, washing over the front and exploding on the mid. The vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrels assert themselves quickly. The bourbon is not overwhelming, but augments the chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee flavors with a vanilla creaminess. Absolutely fantastic.

M: Good. Carbonation is appropriately thin, just enough to balance everything. Finish is just a touch on the watery side, but that's an easy feat considering the wonders of the body of this beer. Very good.

O: This is a fantastic beer, and I'm glad to have shared it with some close friends. It has a strong dark fruit and chocolate presence, which the bourbon barrels complement damn near perfectly. Near perfectly blended and balanced, ORF is quite an achievement. Nothing dominates, but everything is well thought out and augments the overall taste of this fine brew. Great great great job, NC breweries!

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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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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 300th Review!

22oz bottle into a Goblet glass served at fridge temp

2011 Release

A- Pours a opaque black that doesn't allow any light through it no matter what. On top of the black body is a small 1 finger khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not much retention but some really sexy legs on the side of the glass.

S- Deep dark roastiness up front with hints of sweet chocolate, nuts, caramel or toffee, musty oak, vanilla, and tons of old Bourbon. Could live in this glass.

T- Wow Super complex. The sweet dark chocolate hits the front of the tongue with hints of creamy caramel malts and tobacco. When it crosses the middle of the tongue the strong bourbon flavors and barrel quality's come through with musty oak and vanilla that coat the throat. But the finish is where it shines with bitter coffee and a slight smoke or char. Definitely a nice boozy finish but not over powering for sure, The alcohol creates a nice flavor and fullness in the body.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter full finish.

Overall I have to say having had a lot of bourbon aged beers the Pappy Van Winkle really comes through creating one hell of a unique flavor as well as one strong flavor that shines through perfectly.


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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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

2011 vintage poured into a Jackie Os snifter. Had this at the release this year on tap and was anxious to see if it was as good in the bottle.

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown. Almost no head at all, but it leaves pretty good alcohol legs on the glass. Smell on this one is great. Nice bourbon notes right up front with vanilla, oak, and a toffee sweetness there as well. Slight whiffs of heat from the alcohol. Taste is also as good as I remember from being on tap. As this beer is still very new and fresh the bourbon is really prominent. If you like bourbon forward stouts like Goose Island Bourbon County then you will like this fresh. Lots of vanilla, tobacco, and chocolate, but also a sweet note to smooth it out that I presume is from the honey. It really makes for a great caramel accent on the back end. The carbonation on this one is solid and makes for a smooth drinking experience even though the heat from the alcohol is present.

This is a really top notch BA stout. I can't wait to have this a year or two from now to see how it changes. Highly Recommended!!

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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