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

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

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.13%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by cvstrickland on 12-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -58.8%

Photo of largadeer
2.33/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.4/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First bottle: shared by Craig (corby112) at a tasting.

Second bottle: shared by nickd717, lover and worshipper of the -bal. I had a better experience the second time, and scores have been upgraded a bit.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black in the glass. It reveals itself to be a translucent light brown as I drink, and this is especially apparent at the honey-colored edges. The foam is a short-lived beige cap that dies quickly and leaves no collar or lacing.

S: The first bottle was very, very hot. I got a hoppy aroma of wet dirt and substantial roast that is borderline ashy. The second one has cooled off some in only a few months. It is still boozy, with an aroma of bourbon, honey, chocolate, espresso.

T: Definitely cooler than the first bottle, but it's still hot. It is dominated by bourbon, but the caramelly sweetness is balanced by the bitterness of espresso up front. The mid-taste introduces flavors of honey and molasses, with earth and a dry/gritty presence of cocoa nibs (which are way overdone, in my opinion). The first bottle had a roasty, ashy cigarette taste that pervaded the flavor and pulled into the aftertaste / exhalation. The second bottle did not have that, and it was dominated by gritty cocoa nibs instead. Looking over some reviews (some people say this is bourbon-dominated, others say it is balanced?), I am just writing it off to poor blending or bottle variation.

M: It's just shy of medium bodied. I bumped up the score a bit since the booze has cooled off, but it's not nearly as smooth as it could be, and it compares unfavorably to others in the style.

D: My second experience was better than the first, but I just don't care much for this beer. In fairness, at the second tasting one guy really liked it and the rest seemed to think it was all right -- but in my eyes it's nothing special, especially now that the market is saturated with barrel-aged stouts. Definitely bottom-half in the range of beers in this style.

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2.46/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Sean for sending me this one in a fairly recent trade. Opened it up today at a tasting.

A: The pour is nearly black with some decent viscosity and a really surprising amount of head.

S: A noticeable acidity, seems quite lactic, in fact.. The roast, chocolate, and coffee are there, but certainly not what they might have been at one point. I don't really get any vanilla or bourbon, either.

T: The roast, chocolate, and vanilla are there in the background, but a bit muted. The sourness just takes away a lot from this beer and it's really not what I would imagine this beer is supposed to taste like.

M: Medium in body with a high level of carbonation.

D: Really disappointing that this one has gone the sour route. Drink this one up as soon as you can: it's not going to get any better.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, 3-4 oz sample. Huge thanks to Kapra12 for breaking this out of DLD eve.

4.0 A: Pitch black color. Light brown head with decent retention

3.5 S: Lots of bourbon. Lots of bourbon and alcohol. Sweet crystal and some chocolate, but bourbon.

2.5 T: Lots of bourbon and alcohol. Molasses and some woodiness, but again bourbon.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but not very smooth due to alcoholic bite.

3.0 D: Too much bourbon and not enough concentration on the beer.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.11/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to pecorasc for opening this one up with boothbeer and I. This has been on my "beers I have to try list" for a while now, finally glad I can cross it off. Poured into a wine glass. Bottle #103/694

A- Pours a dark, fudge color. Zero clarity. Produced three fingers width of cream/tan colored head. Even after vigorous swirling, the head remained intact. Left thick lacing against the sides of the glass.

S- Picking up a bit of cocoa and chocolate powder...had an almost chalky characteristic to it. Little bit of sweetness from the malts. Underneath it all, there was a bit of a roasted characteristic. Whiskey aromas are extremely subtle.

T- The initial taste is pretty solid. Dark chocolate with a slight non-roasted coffee flavor. Little bit of bourbon imparts a distinguishable vanilla flavor. The bourbon itself is extremely subtle. After this initial flavor, the beer went south. Finishes very sweet, in fact way too sweet (little bit of roastedness in their as well). Almost entering Vortex II territory. Even worse, the sweetness almost took on a tangy-like characteristic. If it weren't for the beginning, the score would be at or below 2.0.

M- An absolute shame! Even if you loved this beer, I don't see how you can give it an above average score for mouthfeel. Not representative of the style whatsoever. Extremely thin...imagine drinking a glass of water, perhaps even thinner than that! We are talking about a beer aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels, right? Just a complete let down.

D- The sweetness was too much. Plain and simple. The horrible mouthfeel didn't help much either.

Overall, I'm very glad to have tried another hyped Carolina beer, but as the others, this was an extreme disappointment (sans Pisgah Valdez). Not much else to say.

NOTE: we had Sexual Chocolate immediately after ORF, and it was much, much better.

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Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to khiasmus for hooking me up wiith this rarity.

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black and completely opaque with a one finger tan head that quickly fades into a thon lasting ring. Very sporadic spots of lacing.

Slightly roasted chocolate malt aroma with a shit ton f bourbon. Perhaps the bourbon presence is a bit too strong because it overpowers the pleasant silky chocolate notes. Not picking up much vanilla or oak.

Very roasty and smokey with subtle silky chocolate notes underneath and a massive overpowering bourbon presence. Very hot at this age and needs a long time to mellow out so the other flavors can shine. A bit thin in the body with subtle honey presence but not very viscous. Again, not much vanilla and oak. This beer needs some time to mellow out and it's just too harsh and one dimensional right now.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to John for bringing a bottle of this to a recent tasting! From notes on the 16th.

Pours black with a sturdy tan foam, not much retention but some good, attractive lacing.

Pretty boozy with a good amount of barrel character. Stinging a bit. There's a good helping of roasted malt, burnt toast and some chocolate too. Molasses and cocoa. The taste follows this with some sweet vanilla charred woodiness. There's a moderate level of complexity, but somehow the booze just triumphs the rest of the subtleties that could be more appealing.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, coating at times. Low level of carbonation helps temper the alcohol somewhat but not enough. Glad to have had the chance to try it, but if I had bottles in my cellar I would wait and see if they will improve. I guess I wasn't a huge fan of this overall, but hey, I didn't like Sexual Chocolate that much either.

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Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber via trade thanks to bhalter8. Damn it, I really expected this to be an awesome beer, but it fell a bit short.

Pours darkest brown with a small large bubble tan head and a little bit of lacing.

Aroma has a lot going on: chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla, and oh, did I mention bourbon? Yeah, lots of bourbon. Nice but not terribly balanced.

Flavor is good with burnt cocoa notes playing the leading role. Cacao nibs and roasted malt dominate, along with caramel, barrel notes (oak and vanilla), and lots of boozy bourbon. Nice long finish though.

Does not really excel on the mouthfeel. Medium body for the style with a high booze factor and a little too much carbonation.

Decently drinkable. I actually finished a fairly large pour, but didn't want too much more. Overall, well, it's good for the style, but nowhere near great. A bunch of other BAs got on me about not rating to style and being preferential to imperial stouts. This one I think I'm giving a fair shake in that regard.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.47/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of boothbeer
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pecorasc for opening this bottle. Bottle #103/694. Aged in 23 year old bourbon barrels

A: Pours pitch black with a lot of dark tan, almost chocolate colored head. Head reduced to a thick film on top.

S: Mild amount of bourbon. Lots of dark chocolate and some vanilla come through predominantly.

T: Tons of vanilla up front with some chocolate and bourbon. After swallow, I get a very sweet, tart taste. Maybe this is from the honey, but its not a good sweet taste. I like the taste of this up front way more than the finish. If that tangy finish wasnt there, I would probably have given this a 4.5.

M: TONS of carbonation. And this beer is way too thin. This is by far the downfall of this beer. My tongue actually tingles as this airy beer passes over it.

D: I think this is a fairly drinkable beer, even at 10%. That is why I gave it a 4. The question is whether I would want to have more than one glass. Probably not. This beer is way too carbonated for the style.

This beer has potential. Great look and smell. The taste is excellent in the beginning. If the tang wasnt there, and this was less carbonated and had a fuller body, this would definitely be an A beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pour dark brown or black with a creamy dark tan head.

S-the nose is slightly off, lots of roasted malts, slightly burnt, notes of burnt coffee, light sweetness of raisins and plums.

T-again lots of roasted malts with notes of rich chocolate malt. bourbon and wood, malts sweetness in back with dark cherries and caramel.

M-good full body, slighlty chewy, good carbonation balancing the big body and slick on the back of the throat.

D-rather sweet, the nose was slighlty off and too burnt and roasty. the flavors are decent and very big.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

"For Sweetening Countenances & Enhancing Reputations." Brewed with honey and cocoa nibs. 2009 vintage- Bottle #103/694. Thanks for the trade Photekut! Let out a huge hiss upon opening. Split with Rhinos00 and boothbeer; poured into an over-sized tulip glass.

A- Very deep brown to thin black with deep ruby red and mahogany highlights. Big mocha colored head that seemed to be directly proportionate to the vigorousness of the pour (pecorasc>boothbeer>Rhinos00). Leaves a chunky mocha colored lacing as it recedes. Reminds me of Abyss, which means I can't in good faith give this less than a 5.0.

S- Bourbon, oak, chocolate, and alcohol all doing a balancing act. Big thick chocolate malt with a slight tanginess with deeper inhales (either from intense C02 or the combination of roast and alcohol). Very nice!

T- Tangy at the front, a borderline sourness, with no bourbon. Thin and alcoholic middle with some bourbon. The finish is great: aftertaste of coffee and roasted barley with an underlying milky sweetness. There is a lingering tanginess and a small amount of alcohol underlying the entire experience. Problems at the beginning, but this really finishes quite well- too bad you can't skip the first 3 to 4 seconds...

M- Very lacking. Thin with tons of carbonation up front. Closer to a thin old ale with the flavor characteristics of a stout. The body really needs to be able to stand up to the flavor profile.

D- Solid drinkability at 10%, but the lacking mouthfeel sort of ruins the whole experience. This beer has so much potential, its just a shame a few things ruined it from being exceptional. Still glad I had it and I love to see breweries collaborating. For the record: Sexual Chocolate is a superior beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid bourbon barrel aged beer. Has mellowed out very nicely since the release and really had a lot of subtlety to it that I'm loving! Cocao and vanillay bourbon without too much sweetness. Really a much more drinkable beer than most similar barrel aged stouts. A tasty treat :)

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Photo of stouts4me
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a smooth, dark brown with a thin mocha head, which leaves the surface quickly.

S: smells of heavy bourbon, as it warms the strength of the bourbon aroma will mellow a bit

T: a bit strong when it pours out chilled, warming improves the flavor; thinking this would be very good in a year and a half on a chilly , quiet, winter evening in front of an outside fire pit, with a very light , gentle snow falling.

M: very pleasing mouthfeel: just right.

O: I enjoyed this big, bourbony, full - smooth imperial stout, and would definitely pick another one up if not prohibitivly expensive( no more than $45), and then age it just as I said above, about a year and a half.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is a black opaque liquid that looks nice.
Aroma contains a rounded character that combines all the flavors inside into a chocolate and barrel concoction,sort of a dry coco mixed with the barrels.
The flavors contain some heat but not too strong, dry cocos mixed with oak and bourbon, some vanilla, and a lite roast flavor to round this one out.
The body is just a bit light on mouthfeel, could use a bit higher OG imo.

from the Vertical we tasted i think this one is prime at 2 years.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #433 of 694

A: A dull, coal-black tint with a great tan head. Retention is good, not great as it eventually settles into a thin gooey layer.

S: Initially there's quite a burst of chocolate with some oak. Bourbon follows at a intensity that easily noticed, but much softer than some of the bigger barrel-aged stouts. With a little time, the bourbon seems to stand out more, with the malt taking a back seat. With more time becomes strangely fishy smelling.

T: Lots of bourbon without much heat. Cocoa/bourbon combination gives sort of a chocolate-covered cherry flavor. Fairly fruity and not a whole lot of roasted malt in this one. A little oak is barely apparent, but not at the level I would prefer. Finish is long and sweet and alcohol is well covered.

M: Not the thickest stout out there, but sticky with plenty of body. Carbonation is medium.

Overall impression was pretty good, but not as good as I remembered it at the last big tasting (granted, I had the ORF later in the session). This bottle was a little oxidized and I get the sense that this was probably at or passed its peak, even at only 9 or so months following release. Anyway, this was another good beer from the South's top beer state.

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Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Super Bowl XLIV special.
A descent black pour into snifter. Thin layer of dark tan bubbles, a little sticks to the glass.
Aroma has a lot of sweet malt, chocolate, barrel and Godiva Liquoer. Just hints of roast.
Taste is very interesting. Milk chocolate, caramel, toffee and some oaky barrel. Very sweet, but it's something that took a while for me to put my finger on that caused me pause. Tiramisu, I really don't like it, but most people do. Unrelenting cream, angel fingers and coffee liquor flavors. This mellows into more dark chocolates through the finish.
For all the boozy flavors, the alcohol is really non-existant. Just a nice warming in the belly.

All in all a nice special occasion beer, but not quite up with my favorite bourbon brews, GI BCS and the Founders stable. Could use more roast, standard stout characteristics. I do think this will age well though and smooth out some of those things I didn't care for.
Sexual Chocolate for 2010 was much more to my liking.

Maybe a barrel aged dopplebock collaboration next??

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3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon. Taste follows the nose, chocolate, bourbon and slight honey in the finish. This is a really nice beer, I love the bourbon in it. Smooth for what it is. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 12.29.09 with mikereaser. was very surprised when this box showed up on my door from kkipple. thanks Dan - you da man.

gave the beer an aggressive pour into my chalice beer glass. it donned a superbly wonderful cascading head (much like Guinness) that was beautiful tan in color. it was very frothy, bubbly and bountiful. the beer itself was basically black not letting any light shine through. and to top it all off - there was great lacing to further appeal to the visual senses.

The smell of this bad boy was all about bourbon. some faint vanilla and chocolate - but bourbon takes center stage and basically kicks everyone else behind the curtain. almost too much in my opinion.

the taste of this beer was very delicious. thankfully the strong bourbon nose didn't overpower the taste. first get hits of roasted malts and chocolate with bourbon flavor wrapped all around. it was a little hot in the finish in a good way - almost a bit peppery - assuming that is all coming from the bourbon. this beer drinks very nice. crisp clear taste - flavors mix well and the bourbon provides a good balance.

what a nice opportunity to have been able to drink this one time collaborative beer.

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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Contributed to a tasting by CrellMoset. Thanks, Chris!

A: Deep black, with a nice 'milk chocolate' coloured head, modest, but with a decent retention.

S + T: Chocolate is one of the predominant aromas and flavours I get from this beer. The cocoa nibs add a massive note on both elements, The honey intrigued me on the bottle, but I don't pick up on a lot of it outside of the cocoa. I suppose it is a more delicate note to add to it, but I don't know if it really got to have its place as it does in brews like Hopslam. The bourbon barrel aging added a lovely note to it, smooth and warming.

M + D: Actually a touch light in body as far as imperial stouts go, but carrying a robust enough flavour to carry it through. A little more creamy and I would be in heaven with this brew.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a russet brown head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of bourbon, sweet roasted malts, and a little coffee. Tastes of coffee, bourbon, alcohol, and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium with a small carbonation. Drinkability is okay and nice.

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