Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009)
Olde Hickory Brewery

Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009)Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009)
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Stout - American Imperial
4.31 | pDev: 12.3%
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009)Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009)
Notes: This is a blended collaboration beer from Foothills, Duck Rabbit, and Olde Hickory brewing companies. All three blended their versions of a Russian Imperial Stout and then aged them in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels.
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shoyoroll from California

5/5  rDev +16%

Dec 07, 2011
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jh1982 from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Nov 15, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 556 of 694

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a thick blanket of a head that leaves plenty of viscous lacing behind

Smell: Charred barrel, dark fruit/chocolate, bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Well-roasted malt, with considerable dark fruit complexity, up front; by mid-palate, the chocolate, vanilla and bourbon flavors arrive; after the swallow, there is a nice convergence of the dark fruit and bourbon, with a hint of alcohol adding another dimension to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mellow carbonation; quite a bit thin for such a big beer

Overall: I have cellared this beer since the release about 18 months ago as I wanted to let the alcohol mellow and the flavors converge - mission accomplished and, with the exception of the mouthfeel, the beer has delivered in most aspects

May 30, 2011
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jjayjaye from New York

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special Reserve - Bottle 172 of 694
The pour is a dark translucent crimson color..in the glass an opaque darkness with a BIG stiff foamy light tan head that fades slowly leaving sheets of Belgian lacing behind. The primary characteristic of the smell is the bourbon treatment, boozy with an underlying malt baker's chocolate. Full flavored, I'm a huge fan of the bourbon character that dominates the taste, but there are dark chocolate and nicely roasted coffee flavors that compliment each other nicely. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is bright and tangy from the booze, without the burn. Not quite creamy smooth but scoring points for complexity. There's a noteworthy sweetness that compliments the drinkability. The texture coats the mouth nicely, but not as much as my favorite examples of this style. The bourbon flavor also dwells nicely into the after experience. REALLY enjoyed considering this one thanks to the Aleuminati. Many thanks..right up there in my all time fav list!!!

May 20, 2010
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slips out an inky, deep black body with a creamy-looking, beige head.

Smell: Certainly a malt-forward nose here. Big, assertive notes of well-roasted barley, unsweetened chocolate bars, charred wood barrels with lesser, subtler hints of coconut and vanilla bean. Then, for the hell of it, a bit more roast.

Taste: A roasty start with a soothing taste of melted dark chocolate and creamy blackened barley following closely behind. Moderately sweet. Thin puncturing wisp of smokiness. Vinous dark fruitiness garnished with a pinch of licorice dust. Graceful transition into the smooth bourbon flavor replete with tastes of spicy wood, flaked coconut, and vanilla. Somewhat drying, roasty, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that was fairly enjoyable. A solid, powerful, well-crafted brew that illustrates the majesty, the mystique of bourbon aging.

Jan 18, 2010
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FtownThrowDown from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just another sick bottle that Unclejedi pulled out of the stash for our get together. I'm indebted to his generosity.

Pours a very dark brown in color off the pour. There's a very nice khaki colored head that forms on the pour. Looking pretty good.
Smell is roast, some bourbon, and just a hint of tobacco. The smoke comes through in the flavor, as does the tobacco. Again, the bourbon is well integrated into this beer. Well done.
I would have liked the mouthfeel to be a bit more viscous and bigger, but this is alright. Pretty tasty.

Jan 24, 2010
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wil for breaking out a beer I was sure i'd never try. Reviewed from notes.

Inky black with a swirl of foamy mocha head on top. Rich and fudgy nose, some toasted almond comes through also. The dark chocolate impression is huge in both aroma and taste.

Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, mildly bitter coffee, ashy charred malts, some vanilla from the barrel. Rich and creamy, low carbonation, with a mildly bitter hop impression in the aftertaste. Bourbon notes are mild. Not much perceptible heat, but it's still a sipper. Smooth and balanced. Overall I was impressed, this was very smooth and chocolatey.

Jan 20, 2010
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Apr 29, 2012
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SFLpunk from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hodgin (and cmrillo) for this 2009 bottle! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Bottle #274 of 694. Opened at about 48 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a thick, oily black with rich creamy dark tan head that has great retention. Looks like it's been dolloped on there really. Just how a stout should look!

Nose: Aged vanilla beans come to mind and some lightly toasted oak. A little pear note, plus something like green coffee berries (or something vegetal). After a moment big roasted black coffee comes out, toasted bread, bourbon and brown sugar.

Palate: Medium-full bodied and noticeably bitter right off the bat. Texture is sort of rough, like coffee that has some grounds in it. Flavors are great and revolve around black coffee, black vanilla beans, charred wood, carob, tree bark and black top soil. Finish is long and lingering. Finish is quite dry.

Notes: I like this version better than the Foothills 2010 version. There seems to be more balance, more complexity of flavors and more body. Still very dry for the style and still reminds me of a drier version of BCBS. Cocoa nibs barely appear, maybe adding some bitterness?

Feb 02, 2011
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#53/694 shared with the boys at the weekend RIS tasting.. BS68280 hooked a brother up!!! Too much gratitude goes out to Brannon!!

Tan head has nice retention and lacing... black brew... pretty all around.

Nose is good bourbon with vanilla and all the great chocolaty RIS flavors.... the barrel aging is perfect and adds a fantastic complexity to a really nice RIS.

Dark chocolate... dark cherries... thick maltiness ... great bourbon essence drapes in and out of the entire palate from front to back .. a bit of spicy/tannic wood.. wonderfully complex while still being very very integrated.. appropriate body for the style but the carbonation is a tad light..

not a bomb of mash-up RIS flavors ... just a well bred beer and a lesson in restraint on all fronts... I am very impressed and this is a great beer that is certainly worthy of some geeky giddiness... I could easily finish an entire bottle and have no regrets... very drinkable right now and I assume a bit of aging is only going to help, but I wouldn't go much over a year.

Thanks again Brannon.. Truly appreciate the fantastic trade.


Jan 21, 2010
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cfh64 from Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

Jun 17, 2013
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hayesez from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to BS68280 for heading to the release and picking up a few bottles of this for me. I tossed them into my cellar and figured I'd wait for a good occasion to bust one out. However, I gotta say I really don't have a good reason for picking this one tonight - it just looked appropriate. Bottle 397 of 694, split between two glasses as I shared this with some friends as we gear up for RA training.

The beer pours a dark, dark brown and produces a two finger, loosely packed mocha head. This diminishes pretty quickly until it is a just a thin surface of tan across the top of my beer. Very little lacing is left behind. Not much light comes through this one...

The Olde Rabbit's Foot really doesn't have that much of a bourbon aroma. Frankly, I don't get any of the bourbon. Vanilla-yes. Barrel-perhaps. Bourbon alcohol-nope. A deep sniff gives some alcohol smell, but I think that is due more to the 10%+ alcohol as opposed to the beer. There is a sweet smell and a bit of chocolate. About halfway through I notice a bit of detracting metallic aroma, but it definitely isn't overbearing.

I'm very surprised by the subtleness of the taste. While complex, it is quite restrained. Roasty and very smooth. A bit of coffee and a smooth chocolate that floats over the tongue, leaving behind the bit of sweetness that was detected on the nose. Definitely more delicate than I had anticipated, and a bit thinner as well. As it warms up, it feels quite nice, with a good amount of carbonation and a medium body. There is a nice sweet vanilla that is really the showcase of this beer...not the cocoa nibs or the honey.

I'm definitely pleased with the Olde Rabbit's Foot. I've been sitting on them for a while now, and I was really hoping to be blown away by this one. It certainly did not disappoint, but won't be one of my top Imperial Stouts. Definitely a solid beer and a beer that I look forward to drinking a year from now. Very easy to drink. Smooth, well carbonated, and a 10% ABV that is masked extremely well. I'd crack open another bottle today if they weren't so damn difficult to come by!

Consumed: 8/19/2010

Aug 20, 2010
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bcrossan from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Sep 09, 2013
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Soto from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.2%

Sep 09, 2013
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waltonc from California

4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CrellMoset for this tasty brew. Pours nearly black with generous tan head. The aromas of bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, and tart cherries stand out here. The bourbon is very prominent, but does not go overboard. Taste follows - bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and more dark fruit. Very nicely done. Remind me a bit of barrel aged Yeti. This isn't a molasses/soy bombs like, say, Dark Lord. Body is fairly thick, but may disappoint syrup junkees who demand that their beer be viscous as maple syrup. Plenty of carbonation here. It's on the higher side for a bourbon stout. Overall, a great brew. Very glad to have the opportunity to try this.

Jan 08, 2010
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libbekat from North Carolina

4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to have company visiting from out of town , who doesn't drink beer, so I had her buy 4 bottles and I added those to my allowed 4 bottles. I am so happy that I convinced her to wait in line for over 3 hours in 23-27 degree weather. Pretty risky to buy beer at $20 a bottle and not know what it taste like. It was so WORTH IT!
This beer smells like bourbon on the nose, I personally like that so I don't find it a detractor. The color is dark with a beautiful caramelized brown sugar colored head.
The mouth-feel is heavy but not as thick as a Guinness but hefty nonetheless. The taste is exquisite: hint of dark chocolate giving it a slight bittersweet taste, bourbon without choking on alcohol and overtones of coffee.
This is very drinkable now and probably will be even better with a little age on it.
My husband thinks this is equivalent to Founders' KBS. I have to concur with him on this.

Dec 27, 2009
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

4/5  rDev -7.2%

Jan 16, 2012
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kevin for the pour. Dark brown/black with a moderate head. Nose is sweet milk chocolate, much more sweet than the Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate, with some light bourbon and wood. Flavor is interesting -- very sweet, sugary, sweet bourbon, vanilla. After sampling the regular Sexual Chocolate I was worried this might be infected so I was looking for sour flavors very close and there seemed to be an egregious sourness, but on further investigation I believe this was the abnormally sweet bourbon and wood playing. Strange, this. Could be on the cusp on an infection, mayb not, but the weird explosion of flavor at the finish made me wonder.

Oct 14, 2010
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SummitVA from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Dec 19, 2012
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Photekut from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +16%

Nov 15, 2011
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tpd975 from Florida

4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by JW77

A: Pours a dark brown with a small tan colored head. Okay retention and some lace.

S: Bold chocolate notes. Very roasted with hints of coffee as well. There is a molasses like sweetness with hints of caramel. The barrel is there but not too over stated.

T: Roasted malt and nice semi sweet chocolate up front. Hints of molasses and bitter chocolate as well. The barrel shows up in the middle with notes of fresh oak, vanilla, and light booze.

M: Fairly full in body, great carbonation, and nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: Good, I like this one. Look forward to opening a bottle when my palette is not already wrecked.

Mar 11, 2010
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kevgod from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16%

Jan 07, 2012
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largadeer from California

2.33/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2009 edition. Corby112 shared this one. Thanks! I was pretty interested in trying this.

Pours from the bottle a dark amber-tinged brown, and sits in the glass black and nearly opaque. A light tan head tops it, retaining for a moment before settling to a ring.

Chocolate and honey are immediately noticeable on the nose. Molasses, alcohol and subtle bourbon are present as well. I don't get much of that caramel/vanilla goodness that I've come to expect and love from bourbon barrel aged stouts.

Licorice, molasses, burnt grain and stinging alcohol are dominant on the palate. There's a bit of milk chocolate sweetness, honey and bourbon, but it's overwhelmed by the ashy, burnt, acrid flavors. The body is surprisingly thin, and the sharp solventy alcohol quickly becomes wearying. Finishes with an acrid burnt licorice flavor that lingers on the tongue like a piece of charcoal flavored candy. Harsh and unimpressive, this beer is a waste of the far superior Sexual Chocolate.

Jan 16, 2010
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally I am able to tell the tale of the ORF. I was lucky enough to be able to try this one out last night. Served at a comfy 55 degrees and poured into a six ounce snifter on multiple occasions, this one was consumed with loving care of 1/27/2010.
I want to start out by saying I really, really liked this one. Having heard some flack regarding it lately I had tempered my expectations on what I was going to be experiencing, but in hind sight that really wasn't necessary. All three breweries should truly be proud of this one.
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.
Overall impressed here, this was really done very, very well. A totally different beast then any of the base beers could have become on their own. I would love to see more collaboration between the three of them, maybe you should all do your scotch ale like this (hint). A great offering here and something I am really happy to have been able to try.

Jan 28, 2010
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HopHead84 from California

3.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Another bottle generously opened by Javier(javib458), thanks man. This pours the "blackest of the day" with a creamy one finger head and good retention.

The nose exhibits an upper moderate roast and a luscious cocoa and dark fruit (faint) interplay. I perceive honey, vanilla, wood, and a well integrated moderate level of bourbon.

The flavor is a letdown after the excellent aroma. It starts off strong, with bourbon, milk chocolate, and an upper level of roasted malt that continues on to a honey sweet midpalate segment, things seem to go downhill from here with the advent of a combined onslaught of stinging alcohol heat, burnt malt, astringency, and harsh solvent. It's not entirely pleasant. The mouthfeel is coating yet slightly thin.

Jan 25, 2010
Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009) from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 132 ratings