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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 304   ABV: 10.13%
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One third of the wort used to make this splendid stout came from each of three North Carolina Breweries: Olde Hickory Brewery, The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, and Foothills Brewing.

These were combined and aged in very rare 23 year old bourbon barrels. Olde Rabbit’s Foot Imperial Stout is rich and complex; as satisfying to drink as it was to make. We three craft brewers hope you will enjoy the very special Stout as much as we have.

Brewed with honey and with cocoa nibs added and aged in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels.

Cheers! - Jamie, Paul & Steven

2009 version brewed at Olde Hickory, later versions at Foothills.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Flossmoor Station RB tasting 2010. Bottle # 561. Pours a thick flatter near viscous black, very nice. Sweet rich chocolate and smooth bourbon, lovely, lots of depth, nicely oxidized. Flavor is the same but with pronounced barrel/coconut, this is what I remember Imperial stouts to be. Lightly chalky in the body. Really enjoyed this

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Sampled at the great Boise tasting 1/16/10
Appearance: Poured black with a nice amount of tan head with some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Cocoa, coffee, roasted malts
Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, dark malts and dark fruits
This is a very smooth beer. One of my favorites of the night.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle shared by drewbeerme at Chicago RB gathering. Pour is black with a thin brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, light coconut, and brown sugar. The flavor is enormous. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, and brown sugar. It’s not subtle, but I enjoy the huge flavor of this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4423) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2011 Bottle shared by the crew at the amazing 2010 Imperial Stout tasting in Boise! Pours a deep opaque black with a medium off-white head. A awesome bourbon barrel nose; woody, sweet vanilla and loads of complex imperial stout notes hiding underneath. A huge sweet bourbon flavor, woody, cocoa, vanilla, metallic spicy flavors (could it be hops?), sweet and not over the top. Complex and tasty. Wow. A lot of barrel in there, it is really a barrel aged blend of barrel aged beers? That’s double the barrel. Great. Re-rate: 2010 bottle thanks to Spencer. Rich, massive dark fruit and barrel. A good brew. Very rich.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Enjoyed at the Flossmoor Station RB tasting, 1/16/2010: This poured a dark brown body, clear around the edges, with a tan ring on top. It had an aroma of burnt molasses, hard roasted malt, Bourbon, cocoa, and wood. Oddly, it struck me as being a bit thin over all. The flavor pretty well mirrored the nose, but it did finish fairly hot with alcohol. Okay, but not as impressive as most of the other imp stouts that I had that foggy afternoon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
22 oz bottle from drewbeerme. Epic! Pours a pitchblack thick pour, small tannish head that dies to a corner clinging. Murky, opaque. Aromas are chocolate chip cookies, sweeter, with decent roast, light coffee, with brown sugar, vanilla, and light bourbon barrel. The barrel is nice, giving a light bourbon, vanilla and cocoa, coffee with some cookies, fairly bitter, goes down smooth with residual sweetness, cocoa, and light bitterness sticking down. Not bad, but not the hype machine it was made out to be.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle, courtesy of jw77. Poured black with a small off white head. Nose is bourbon with notes of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and herbal hops. Full body with a creamy mouth feel. Flavors are very clean, a touch boozy, roasty up front with notes of bourbon, cocoa, caramel, some barrel, and light peat. Finishes roasted with warming alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3271) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Bottle shared at ratebeer chicagoland gathering. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Big potent chocolate, bourbon, molasses, and vanilla aroma. Really nice. Flavor has notes of roast, dark chocolate, maple. This was great. Great body, bourbon and maple are great compliments. Everything about this beer turned out awesome. Not overly complex, but beyond tasty. This may have been my favorite beer of the day.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Chitown RB gathering Jan 2010: Bottle#561 provided by Drew, many thanks.

Basically opaque with a creamy light brown head and good lace, somewhat oily appearance as well. The nose detects a molasses like ester along with honey, chocolate, charred and toasted malt, vanilla bean, oak barrel, herbal hops, some light clove, pepper and tar. Lots of phenolic character, a bit boozy and powerful. The taste starts with a big vanilla, chocolate and molasses overtone that borderlines on being almost too much. There is also some leathery, smoky, and peppery notes on the palate as well (heck this tastes as peppery as the Hunahpu earlier). The mouth feel is aggressive and sharp, warming and a touch boozy but really works with the flavor profile. This was utterly impressive once I adjusted to it, exceeded my expections. I need to get me some of this.


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