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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)
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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 FtownThrowDown
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.


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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 emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, #24 of 694, shared by 321Jeff.

Viscous rich dark chocolate colored, near black with slight mahogany tints against the light. A thicker than expected yellowish tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring of bubbles and very little lacing. Aroma is roasty, strong bourbon tones, but not overly boozy or hot, fairly sweet from the honey and cocoa nibs I assume. Not overly complex or strong, slightly disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium thick, light carbonation, smooth and mildly syrupy, but not overly viscous or chewy as some beers of this style end up. Finish lingers, slightly bittersweet, well after the sip and has perhaps the most complex blend of flavors of the whole experience. Mouthfeel isn't "traditional" for this style, but I really enjoy it. Flavor has a slightly odd dichotomy of bittersweetness on the front of the palate, I'm guessing from the honey and strong smooth bourbon fills the rest of the mouth, without any overwhelming boozy or hotness. Overall, a very nice barrel aged stout, but there's something lacking in the complexity and balance to push this into the exceptional examples of this style.

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Photo of beertooth
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wil for sharing this bottle(#631).

This beer pours a rich black with a thin mocha head.

The nose is very delicious. smoked almonds, bourbon, oak, baker's chocolate, vanilla. There is also a note of oxidization coming through.

The taste follows the nose with tons of nutty notes, cocoa powder, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, mild bourbon. Some more oxidization, but it's really balancing everything out.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

I could've finished the bomber by myself. I'm glad I had the chance to try this.

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Photo of afausser
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep dark brown, in fact almost pitch black, with about a finger of chocolatey tan head comprised of incredibly miniscule bubbles. The head slowly fades and the remaining bubbles are relegated to the edge of the glass--though there aren't enough of them to quite form a ring. Incredible lacing for a 10%.

S: Candy, honey, butterscotch, and caramel are the most easily identifiable notes in the nose at first. It's also quite creamy--I'm initially getting a dark roast coffee with cream and maybe even a hint of chocolate covered cherries that blend to fuse very nicely in the nose. There's also a smoky note--I wouldn't classify it so much as burnt coffee as I would burnt cocoa, oddly enough. There's also a very strange hint of soy sauce as well as an even more mild barbecue sauce. Very smooth.

T: Dark roast coffee and excellent bourbon., as well as some well developed earthy and smoky notes. Chocolate covered cherries are again present, as are hot fudge, and honey (as noted on the label). Not so much a molasses taste as a heavy brown sugar. A decent amount of anise-y heat, and also a hint of strawberries.

M: Very fine carbonation bubbles, but they pop to an amazing extent, bringing the flavors to the top very nicely. Calms down a bit as it warms. Very slight aftertaste, but it's bourbony and warm.

D: Goes down very smoothly and easily, and honestly like a much lighter bodied beer than it is. Extremely drinkable. I've been waiting to have this one since the release a while back, and was a bit worried it might have been over-hyped. I'm glad to not have been disappointed.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Olde Rabbit's Foot, shared at the January C'ville tasting. Bottle #239 of 694, poured in to a 12 oz. snifter.

Appearance: A pitch-black inky masterpiece, thick-looking but obviously light enough to yield a pleasant one-finger, cocoa-hued head. Light sneaks through around the peripheries, but only barely. The head has impressive staying power for a beer of this abv%, sticking around for a good two to three minutes and leaving a thick and slightly foamy collar, as well as a relatively persistent dusting. The lacing on this one is also fairly impressive for the style, particularly a barrel aged example of the style - both the head fade and the agitation swirl leave nice blobs, runny in places but also swath-like in others, blobby and glittery but sticky. A fair amount of internal carbonation - visible along the curvature of the glass - keeps the collar alive for quite some time.

Aroma: An earthy, deep cocoa note is very obvious as it warms, melding well with the toasty notes, but there's also a fairly bright, golden note, slightly spicy and sweet - though perhaps I'm just knowing what to keep my nose open for given what I know this beer's additions were. The base beer(s) is(/are) pleasant - toasty, slightly smoky, with a fair amount of earth but also some flourishes of dark fruits - and provide a really solid foundation for an old, mellow, smooth bourbon. It's fair to consider the bourbon the star of the show here - it isn't hot, it isn't spicy, it's just amazingly mature. It almost doesn't smell beer-like in some places with the manner in which the oak and subtle bourbon melds with the esters and faint, well-attenuated maltiness. But it's swell nonetheless, with no burn at all.

Taste: Fooled by the appearance, this is actually an amazingly light beer. It's not heavy, or chewy, or thick, and it's reasonably well-attenuated, despite the chocolate and honey additions - that is, it provides an amazing base for the barrel notes and bourbon, more on that soon. The base beer is full of light toast, strong, pure bitter (and bittersweet as it warms) cocoa, honey, dark and slightly tart fruits, faint earth, and a few light barrel notes, mostly slight coconut, woody (not green) oak, and a few barrel sugary notes ... as well as that amazing bourbon note. As mentioned above, the bourbon isn't nearly as spicy or as hot as many fresher bourbon barrel-aged beers are, and it's not because the barrels are dry or the beer wasn't aged for as long either ... it's because this is a damn, damn fine bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Much more assertive - carbonation-wise - than many beers of this style. I think that works wonderfully well with the earthy, light quality of the bourbon, however. It's even, but not creamy ... but I wouldn't want this one to be creamy. It's moderately thick, but not crazy thick ... and I wouldn't want this one to be crazy thick.

Drinkability: I can see why some people would not like this beer. It's not over-the-top complex, it's not a thick, chewy maltbomb, and it doesn't jump down your throat. What this beer is is a subtle, well-made, sippable base beer that showcases an amazing bourbon. It's a marriage of two (or four, really) simple components that work amazingly well with one another, and in this union of simplicity emerges an amazing complexity - anything heavier, sweeter, or thicker would have drowned out the bourbon, and any fresher, hotter, or younger bourbon would have wreaked havoc with the base beer. Nothing that's 10.13% is gonna get a 5.0 on drinkability, but it comes close. An excellent brew, and a true shame it's a one time release - I'm very fortunate I got the chance to try it.

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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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Photo of Proteus93
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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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 craytonic
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed again, curious how this was labeled as "Olde Hickory Brewery" as it was a collaboration of three breweries but released at Foothills. I did not make the release but a kind soul did swap me for one bottle.

Appearance: Nice head and lacing, much better than I expected.

Smell: Extremely rich, largely I would assume thanks to the 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle barrels used, probably the best and "softest" bourbon currently in production. On top of that there is cocoa, fudge, vanilla, and caramel.

Taste: Chocolate with the addition of the softest bourbon. Perhaps a bit too much cocoa. Nice addition of honey, also some vanilla, fudge, sweet molasses (not blackstrap), prunes, and dark fruits. A bit hoppier than I like my imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel: Oh so smooth and soft, perfect cabonation which I did not expect from a collaboration of three different beers, most people can't get one beer right, much less three mixed together.

Drinkability: Not a problem finishing this one.


THe above is from a 1/9/2010 review; I recently had this side by side with the 2010 edition and was blown away by the new one, scores for this one adjusted slightly

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to bhalter8 for this one! Poured dark and rich with a creamy brown head. Chocolate nose with a nice bourbon background, slight play dough scent. Super rich with a medium to full body but not too sweet. Chocolate is up front in the taste with nice smooth mellow roasted malts. Very drinkable as the alcohol is concealed nicely. Bourbon takes a back seat to chocolate in this one, a quality that I enjoy. I prefer the barrel to be more of a spice then a flavor and this nailed that for me. Really glad I had a chance to try this one, it's excellent.

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Photo of waltonc
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jim. Bottle received a few hours ago, chilled, and now ready for consumption. No point in cellaring this puppy!

Pours black with a finger of mocha brown head that drops down to a thin layer and nice collar and camps for a while. Bits of lacing here and there.

Smell is nice and big, with a nice complexity to it. The bourbon barrels are immediately noticeable, however they don't really provide much in terms of boozy heat which is a big plus. Just a nice bit of vanilla, oak, and toffee. The honey sweetness is definitely there, as well as some dark chocolate. Seems to be a good amount of floral hoppiness present, as well as bit of a metallic note that is the only detractor.

The taste is very roasty, with tons of bitterness from the dark chocolate and hops. The metallic notes seemed to carry over to the taste at first, but with a bit more warming they begin to disappear. Wow, this thing is freaking hoppy! Wasn't really expecting this much...I'm talking Yeti levels of bitterness (maybe more). Pretty nice. Cocoa powder, rye bread, marshmallow....subtle, refined bourbon notes....almost the blueprint for how an imperial stout should be crafted. If the chocolate or the honey came out more in the taste I probably would have given a 5, there does seem to be something missing to put it over the top.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with tons of carbonation, perhaps a bit too much prickle. I like my stouts full and creamy and soft, and this beer gets the first two right but not the third.

Drinkability is pretty damn good here. If it wasn't for the fact that the bitterness is destroying my palate, I probably would have given a 5 in this category.

Overall this is a damn fine stout. Probably not world class, but definitely on the next tier down.

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Photo of beavers
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing Vandubs!

a: Pours a thick dark near black with creamy espresso head that sticks around for a while leaving some sticky lacing on the edges of my oversized snifter.

s: Big aromas of earthy, woodsy bourbon barrel on top of bakers chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, and tart dark fruit (can't really decipher).

t: Beautiful integration of rich roasty malt and bourbon barrel. Cocoa powder, vanilla bean then hit some subtle tart sweetness of bourbon-macerated cherries and brown sugar. Bourbon barrel roastiness is left on the sides of my cheeks.

m: Medium approaching full bodied with moderate carbonation. I kind of want the body a touch bigger for a barrel aged RIS...but it's almost there.

d: I shared this bottle with a few friends but could have easily finished an entire 22.

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Photo of ROBORB
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a dark opaque black with a moderate 2 finger head. The cocoa colored head dies after a few minutes and leaves moderate lacing throughout the glass.

S: I was using an oversized snifter for this beer and the aroma was fantastic. It consisted of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, heavy malts and dark fruit. I couldn't stop myself from smelling this beer.

T: The initial taste has roasted malts and a touch of vanilla. As you finish it turns to cocoa and then a sweet vanilla/honey taste. As the beer warms everything seems to blend very well together. A very tasty and fantastic collaboration so far!

M: This is medium bodied and I couldn't detect much heat. I could go through a bomber of this in no time and not feel the effects.

D: I didn't have any problems finishing this beer. I enjoyed letting it sit and trying to figure out which taste profile would change. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours black with one finger of creamy tan head and a sharp, slim ring of lacing.

Scent of sweet bourbon, molasses, heavy dark fruit, prunes, sugars, cocoa, and a hint of alcohol on the end.

Taste of juicy dark fruit, dry oak, vanilla, spicy alcohol, and cocoa. Not quite as good as it is hyped to be, but a more than competent Barrel Aged Imperial Stout nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and very smooth with a small bite of carbonation.

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Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank with fbm115

A: It pours a very thick and syrupy black that no light can get through. The head is fluffy and mocha colored and retains very well leaving gobbs of webbing behind with each sip.

S: At first i couldnt smell too much, but then I got this wiff vanilla followed by brown sugar and chocolate. The bourbon is very mellow in the nose and the wood notes provide some earth tones to the beer,

T: It started out with lots of roastiness like burnt coffee and bitter chocolate followed by some sweet chocolat and vanilla then some barrel woodiness with a hint of before before a marshmellow sweetness at the end. lots of complexity going on here all of which worked well together.

M: Nice and thick without any heat and a good amount of chewiness. Exactly what you are looking for in a stout

D: Very high for such a big beer as it went down faster than it probably should have but it was very well balanced and highly enjoyable

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Photo of Anthony1
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at a christmas party, thanks guys.

poured into a pint glass, pours very dark, opaque, with a this tan head. couldnt see any light through it. smelled right off of bourbon with hints of vanilla, roasted malts, and chocolate. the taste was of roasted chocolate aged in bourbon barrels. nice flavor, smell lead me to believe there was more bourbon bite. very creamy feel to it, silky. great beer, glad to have tried it

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Photo of Crittervision
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really dark, opaque brown with medium brown edges when held up to the light. very light tan head. tiny bubbles with a group of bigger bubbles collecting in the middle. as each bubble in the middle pops, it slowly releases a dark teardrop into the mist of smaller bubbles, a testament to its thickness. like watching the movement in a lava lamp. a lava lamp i can put in my body. mmmm. beautiful.

smell alternates between wood and bourbon separately dominating. sweet, sweet bourbon. there are then notes of roasted malt, maybe toasted barrels, and while the bourbon is apparent at every whiff, it integrates wonderfully with everything else there. to smell these notes without the bourbon would leave one yearning for the melding of bourbon again. the beer shows itself within the bourbon, which is near-perfect to me.

is it roasty or toasty? i cant quite discern. bourbon soaked toasted oak, hints of dark fruits, sweet cola. after each swallow, cocoa and cream hang around. the bourbon really is a part of the beer. bourbon and beer... holding hands.

the mouthfeel is creamy but spicy, carbonated a little more than i like, but the taste makes this aspect quickly forgettable.

delicious. the alcohol is noticeable, but thats a hard thing to separate from bourbon, even by connotation alone. a complex beer and a high-quality bourbon working together as one. two great things together making an even better "thing." outstanding.

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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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Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Unclejedi for sharing this bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a taster glass.

A: Pours a sooty black that lets nearly no light in. Decent head on the pour with some lasting retention. Decent lacing.

S: Pleasant bourbon that doesn't overpower. Nice barrel aromas of dank earthy wood and lighter sweet vanilla and molasses. Light roasty malts and a kiss of hops.

T/M: Very tasty. The bourbon comes out a little more but doesn't get hot. More of the barrel and pleasant sweetness. A bit more roasty in the taste but under control. Body is medium full to full with a smooth carbonation feel.

D: Manageable ABV and tasty.

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Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009) from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 132 ratings
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