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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 304   ABV: 10.13%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3325) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 22oz bottle from drew... Pours a dark cola brown even a little thin with defined brown edges. Thin wispy tan head mounts... Aroma of brown sugar, maple, and bourbon... Bourbon forward with very sweet residual brown sugar and maple. Thin to medium bodied. Pretty decent ba impy with the bourbon and maple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (10841) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2010
22 ounce bottle courtesy of CrellMOOset. Thanks! Bottle #239 OF 694. Pours a dark brown color appearing nearly black in the glass. Medium dark brown head with good head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, buttered popcorn, honey, oak. The whisky note is fairly dry as is the aroam throughout with just a bit of sweetness. Taste is bourbon, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, tart cherry sweetness, raisins. Fairly strong alcohol warmth. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle,This was impressive with lots of chocolate and a vanilla with a very malty finish.This had a nice bourbon taste and not overpowering like most in this style,overall a very good beer and lucky to get a bottle.CHEERS!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Name: Olde Rabbit’s Foot
Date: December 15, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewery
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: black, fine tan head, sudsy lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, bourbon sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness, touch of alcohol from the bourbon
Flavor: rich roasted and dark chocolate flavor, caramel and vanilla sweetness, touch of caramel candy, heavy roast starts to subside and allow the vanilla to pull out more of the chocolate and caramel, touch of oak
Overall: roasty and bitter like a big stout should be, the barrel adds a nice bourbon sweetness to offset the heavy roast

Name: Olde Rabbit’s Foot
Date: November 12, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2009
picking up a fleeting touch of tartness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Olde Rabbit’s Foot
Date: August 27, 2010
Mode: draft
Vintage: 2010
Words: foothills
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, sweet bourbon and vanilla, dark chocolate bitterness

Name: Olde Rabbit’s Foot
Brewery: Foothills Brewing Co
Date: November 12, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon aroma, caramel and vanilla sweetness, balancing roast
Flavor: rich bourbon and chocolate flavor, dark caramel sweetness, nice vanilla sweetness balances the roast, lingering roast finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a deep rich brown color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, oak, sweet vanilla, oak, some cinnamon, plum, and bourbon. Flavor is chocolate, oak, sweet vanilla, roast, bourbon, plum, and an oak drying bourbon finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2010
22oz. bomber, #554/694, with a big thanks to brentk56! Pours a dark brown/black with a large dark brown head that lingers. Aroma is rich vanilla, bourbon, oak, cocoa, chocolate, and light caramel and ripe dark fruits. Flavor is quite nice, with big notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate, bourbon, and lesser notes of caramel and dark fruits. The bourbon is just a touch strong to keep this from being at that next level, but quite nice just the same. Thanks again Brent!

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