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 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 JAXSON
3.53/5  rDev -16%
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 GeezLynn
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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 hayesez
4.37/5  rDev +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

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Photo of mikereaser
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 22 oz. bottle with Hophead101 on 12/29/09
bottle 415/694

A - Pours a pitch black, aggressive pour yields a decent foam that leaves sticky lacing

S - bourbon hits you immediately along with dark chocolate and a bit of vanilla

T - chocolate hits you up front, bourbon is nicely blended in with a bit of a peppery finish

M - smooth, creamy with good carbonation

D - just such a nicely balanced great tasting beer, a bit too heavy to drink alot of, but great flavor

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Photo of womencantsail
2.46/5  rDev -41.4%
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 steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade. Thanks Cmrillo for this one. Bottle 284 of 694...

A: Deep dark black stout with a thick 2+ inch off white head that fades slowly leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Very good.

S: Sweet honey bourbon booze blended with cocao and vanilla. Awesome raisin in the middle with thick chocolate roast on the backend. Smells very good.

T: Super hot bourbon upfront blended with cocao and vanilla. Hints of creamy milk chocolate in the middle. Bitter roast in the middle blended with dark fruit raisin. Good.

M: Leaves some nice sweet vanilla / cocao flavors on the palate. Medium body with a hint too much carbonation. Very good.

D: A little hot on the booze. Age would serve this very well. Decent.

All in all, this was a great brew. Not the top in it's style. I think it falls in the BA top 100 where it should fall, for sure. Definitely worth hunting down and trying if you're into stouts. ORF seems to be one of those brews that, to me, has been rated on BA accurately.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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!!!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and wood aroma. Medium to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt and bourbon flavor with a heavy dark bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is standout beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
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 AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you read this you need to read the review right below mine as well, just for kicks.

A - A nicely black beer, this was poured into a BA tasting glass but still managed to pop up a decently sized head with a decent amount of retention.

S - Very well done, bourbon is strongly, but not overpoweringly, present as well as all manner of nice vanilla, chocolate, roasty malts, and some manner of dark fruit.

T - Nicely done, roasted malts only complement the sweetness of the bourbon into a quite muted, but sophisticated taste. Dark fruit adds a touch of deeper sweetness, and the vanilla notes and coffee make a nice melding with all the rest of the flavors. It's sweet, but not too sweet.

M - Medium bodied, bit more carbonation than I would have cared for considering the style.

D - I don't get much alcohol in this, and could easily drink a lot. Great stuff.

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Photo of devilben02
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A soft knock. He opens the door and invites her in. As he takes her coat, he notices her long legs, her wavy chestnut-colored hair, and her almost unnaturally broad shoulders.

"Can I get you something to drink?" he offers as he leads her into his living room.

"How about a beer?" The soft, sultry tone of her voice makes him stop worrying about her mannish shoulders. Maybe she was a swimmer in college.

"What do you like? I have a pretty nice selection."

"I like my beer the same way I like my men: dark and strong." She glances around the room, stopping briefly to study his collection of Thundercats collectibles on the wall unit before finding a seat on his couch.

Being closer to the pale and thin sides of the spectrum himself, he hopes she is just teasing, but he is not afraid of a challenge. He returns from his beer cellar with a bottle of Olde Rabbit's Foot and a pair of snifter glasses. He has her attention as he deftly pours the black, resinous liquid, leaving matching khaki-colored caps of foam on top of each glass. He passes one snifter to his date, and they both take a deep smell of the luxurious dark chocolate and bourbon aromas hovering above the rims of their glasses.

"To world peace," he toasts as he prods her to take a sip. She lifts the glass to her lips and takes a slow, deep pull. Her eyes close as she tastes the rich combination of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, and sweet bourbon flavors. She senses that there are more flavors hidden within, but the bourbon flavor is dominant rather than a mere hint of vanilla or aroma of whiskey. She finds the potency of the bourbon flavor to be delightful, though, and she lets out a quiet hum of satisfaction as the surprisingly light-bodied, mildly-carbonated, and somewhat silky liquid warms the back of her throat with its sweet booziness.

She slowly reopens her eyes as she calmly lowers the glass from her lips and flashes a playful smile. "Nice choice. What else do you have in store for us tonight?"

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mistofminn for sharing this. Had this side by side with SC. Bottle 449/694.

Poured into CCB Snifter

Pours a little more head than the SC. Color of head is a tan brown. A little more head retention as well. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Honey, raisins, and molasses up front. Big spice flavors. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and subtle bourbon notes.

Taste: Huge bourbon and vanilla flavors as compared to the aroma. Some oak as well. Chocolate flavors, but it is hard to taste the SC in this beer. The honey and spice flavors show. Pretty decent. Almost a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Hot, creamy, and rich. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation, a little bit on the low side. Ends dry with bourbon notes.

Overall, a decent ba beer, but the cocoa wasn't that apparent. The bourbon was strong. It is fairly drinkable. Thanks Brad for sharing this one!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to try this at a recent tasting night some BA's and myself held.
Bottle 449/694.
Pours a black color with a slight tan head. Head has really good retention.
The aroma is of bourbon, sweet malt, and a slight woodiness quality.
The taste is bourbon through and through. Notes of roasted coffee, malt, cocoa, and honey also come through.
The mouthfeel is heavy.
Very drinkable although the bourbon migh tbe too much for some people.
Thanks Brad for sharing this bottle.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #343, courtesy of unclejedi.

Pours almost completely opaque black in the glass with tiny bits of mahogany showing around the edges. The head is a thick mocha-colored cap that sticks to the glass on the way down to a small collar.

The aroma is very sweet with vanilla, dark chocolate and, of course, bourbon. There is a whiff of dark roasted malts but it's definitely secondary to the sweetness. There is also a sugar-coated dark fruit aroma as well, though I don't get any honey.

The taste is a bit more roasted as the dark malts are more prevalent. That said, the sweetness is a big component with mocha and dark fruit fading into a boozy bourbon finish. I think I can actually get a little bit of the spicy/sweet honey in the taste.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but very smooth as the carbonation is very active, probably a little too much for my liking but not too distracting.

This is a very good bourbon stout but not one that blew me away as the body is a tad thinner with more carbonation than you would expect.

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Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
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 Mistofminn
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for sending me a bottle of this. Opened this up at a tasting, side by side with Sexual Chocolate.

Bottle number 449 of 694.

Pours deep black with a brown sugar colored head. Good retention and manages to leave some decent lacing. It is noted that the head is darker in ORF than in SC.

The nose is great, with roasted malts and an earthy woody oaky character. No chocolate is found in the taste. The Pappy barrels did wonders to this, but I imagine the base RIS smells great too.

The taste follows suit on the nose, but the bourbon just doesn't stand out as much as I would have liked it to. Between the four of us, two of use thought it was a bourbon bomb, and the other two could hardly taste any, so take it with a grain of salt. I just found it to be more muted than I would have liked. Still tasted great.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with a soft carbonation and a smooth texture. Drinkability is great in this one.

Overall, I liked the ORF slightly better and my score reflects it. I think even without the Pappy barrels, this is still the better beer, but that is of course just my opinion.

Is this a good beer? Yes. Does it stand up to the hype and is it worth what it takes to get it? The jury is still out on that one...

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Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle, bottle # 679 of 694, into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a deep black, hardly showing anything. The head is medium tan and rises about 2 fingers. The head doesn't have great retention but its very creamy and attactive. A light foams stays for several minutes. Good lacing.

The aroma is light from the glass, but when I opened the bottle I was hit with lots of yuminess. The start is pretty sweet with some light chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and some nice wood at the end. The aroma is very complex and balanced, if it was a little stronger it would outstanding.

The taste is great. It starts off sweet with some nice vanilla and a touch of honey. In the middle you can really taste the cocoa nibs. They are bring a really nice chocolate bitter taste to the table. The finish adds even more complexity with an awesome bourbon wood finish.

The feel is really nice, the beer itself is full, and at the end it brings a hugely warm feeling to my mouth.

The drinkability is great. Easy drinker at 10% with tons of flavor that keeps you coming back for me.

Overall, this beer was just plain outstanding. How is this only an A-. Its got depth, flavor, and complexity all rolled up into one. I can't remember a taste with some many distinct flavors. Thanks to Beavers who hooked me up on this AWESOME beer.

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Photo of boothbeer
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Pecorasc
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
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 rhinos00
3.11/5  rDev -26%
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 Bung
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of kels
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely opaque, super-dark chocolate brown with a 1 finger, fluffy, cocoa brown head. It fades and sits at a swirly skim with little spots of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is full of cocoa nibs along with the honey-sweetness and caramel stickiness of the malts. There's a light hint of sweet cherries, vanilla and raspberries.

Loads of dry sweet malts and a bit of bittersweet chocolate dominate the taste. A little dry coffee comes through along with loads of sweetness from the oak in the form of vanilla, cherry and charred flavors. Alcohol is moderate and not overwhelming. Feel is also moderate, with slight fizziness that adds to an overall fullness in the mouth.

Very drinkable beer. It is nicely warming with many complex flavors. Definitely on the sweeter side, so it depends on how much you like that in this style.

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Photo of StoutMaster77
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened on New Years Eve during the tastings of all tastings, finally got a chance to review from notes.
Olde Rabbit's Foot, Kate the Great, Dark Lord, Darkness, Bourbon County Stout, and Vertical of 07-09 Abyss
This was in top three of everyone there
A: Black with a slight hint of dark dark brown.
S:Bourbon, Dark choc, Dark Fruit, Vanilla Oak
T:Similar to Smell, First came the Bourbon, then a little bitterness from the Dark Choc, and ended on a slightly Vanilla Oak, awesome
M:Med-Low Carb., not nearly as thick as BCS, but not a bag thing either, just different
D: By far the most drinkable BAIS that I've had, hid the 10.13% so well I could drink this all night and not get tired of the taste.

Side note: I'm not trying to hate but I can understand the folks who give this a B'ish rating, it just may not be their thing, but trying this in the middle of a Sour's tasting and then giving this a D'ish rating, I mean really, how can you accurately give this a review in the middle of that? I'm just saying, if I had the look of the old Keystone Light commercial guy and tried this or anything else for that matter, I probably wouldn't like it either. I'm hoping you just had a bad bottle and get a chance to try another!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Olde Rabbit's Foot Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2009) from Olde Hickory Brewery
4.2 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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