Kaplan - Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales
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4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
22 ounce bottle into snifter, Bottle #395/1151; no bottle date, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, golden raisin, plum, apple, pear, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, light pepper, herbal, brown bread, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, malt, oak, and earthy mushroom notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, golden raisin, plum, pear, apple, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, light bourbon, brown bread, herbal, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, golden raisin, plum, pear, apple, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, light bourbon, brown bread, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, earthy mushroom, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel/yeast ester flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent BA old ale style. All around great complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2014 04:17:47 | More by superspak
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Lots going on with this brew.
Deep amber to brown color with little head and almost no lacing.
Smell is of bourbon barrel leather and I might be picking up the morel mushrooms because I'm looking for it but it seems to have that dank-meaty scent to it.
It's medium body is thinner than I expected but it just has enough malty sweetness to hold back some of the burn from the alcohol at bay.
The taste is almost all bourbon-leather-mahogany(yeah, that manly), not getting the mushrooms much here but finishes with bitterness that keeps me sipping. I was in the mood for this over-powered bomb and it is not disappointing my needs.
I would recommend this brew to whoever loves the unique and rare. This brew will be gone and I'm going to grab one to see how it ages. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 21:43:19 | More by theschman
Kaplan from Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales
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