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Strutter | Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales

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Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
On a black-cold early Spring morning on the farm of Cecil K. Fecker,a bad-ass Brahma rooster marched into the yard from the field by the back swamp. Fourteen pounds of free-range spit 'n vinegar, as orn'ry as they come. That rooster decided he was the Alpha Bird on that old farm, and since that day he's gone after everyone and everything in his path. Get on Strutter's bad side, and you got a tattoo carved with talon and inked in blood. But don't be afraid of this righteous brew. Go ahead, grow a pair, and try a Strutter, named after the only thing cut from the same burlap as the old Fecker himself. Strutter Batch #1 Bottles; Quantity 816.

India pale ale brewed with chamomile, rose petals, juniper, and honey and aged in bourbon barrels.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of buschbeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT, 6 OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Batch 02

This beer pours amber with orange highlights and is hazy. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is oak and bourbon.

The taste starts out a little sweet. I get some caramel and vanilla. The juniper makes an appearance with some floral taste in the finish with mild bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a tasty beer. I bought it two years ago, so it loses some of its adjunct flavors. It still have great character and tastes a lot smoother than the Nihilist that I just had. I really like the couple of Bitter Old Fecker beers that I have tried.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 22 pt. 6 oz. brown bottle - Batch 02 (2365/6233)

Strutter filled my tulip glass with a cloudy amber hue. A hard pour produced a thin 1/4-finger [at most] off-white head. The head was gone in no time and formed a thin ring of foam with no lacing. The nose is dominated by floral notes most likely from the chamomile plus a very light sweet aroma from honey. The taste is rather confusing to me. I [first] picked up a piney flavor probably from the juniper that added bitterness. The bitterness does build as you consume it. The alcohol is also noted and not very well hidden -perhaps from its time in the bourbon barrels. Mouth feel is a little sticky with active carbonation and high-medium bodied.

Overall, Strutter is an unique brew that I still am trying to figure out.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a murky dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Very herbaceous aroma with notes of chamomile, orange peel and a bit of booze.

T- The juniper is very pronounced in this and the hoppy bitterness goes pretty well with it. It drinks like a craft cocktail with all sorts of herbs and spices plus the booze from the bourbon barrels. The vanilla notes from the barrel come through more as it warms.

M- Sharp from the hops and herbs with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I wasn't sure what to make of this beer when I started drinking the bomber but, now that I've gotten into it, it's pretty tasty though very unique.

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Photo of midlifec
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BLZR
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breakingbland
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (labeled batch 02, 4594 limited, G233 edition) into a tulip. Purchased from the liquor/convenience store next to the brewery.

Pours with a 1/4-finger head of off-white foam. The beer is a cloudy golden.

The aroma is of spicy and floral hops, roasty malt with a slight candy sweetness. The taste follows the aroma in general but with more sweetness (cotton candy?) and sweet spice along with some funk. There is a balanced bourbon barrel aged character. The herbal characteristics are also in good balance.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style

This fascinating beer has a lot going on -- definitely more than I can discern and describe. I loved all the unusual elements and how each one was balanced with the rest of the beer and how each one maintained an almost mysterious subtlety. This is a special occasion beer -- pricey but worth it!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 11.69/bomber ($ 0.532/oz) at Oppermann’s Cork N Ale, Saginaw, MI
Undated bottle (Batch 02, 2547/3996) at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma fruity, cider
Head small (< one cm, slow pour), off white, fizzy, diminishing to a two mm ring and scummy partial layer
Lacing – poor. A few narrow lines of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, cloudy (Unfiltered), effervescent
Flavor – odd. Juniper predominates with the honey sweetness following. The alcohol shows up as an aftertaste. No malt, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of doc_logic
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rons35
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

the higher abv only indicated in alcohol aftertaste. Some tartness and smoothness (the honey). Moderate bitterness. Really..a strong ale. Herbal tea/chai tea aroma.Some lace lines.Smooth for the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, light tan coloring with a white halo of head. Caramel, cinnamon, and pepper notes, with overlays of roses and juniper. Flavors are very floral forward, heavy on rose petals, with a solid blend of tropical fruit notes, including melon and mango. Subtle spice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg, Very sweet and rich. Smooth and big bodied, with a floral and richly sweet aftertaste, and subtle hops bitterness. Smooth, spiced sweet linger throughout the slow, creamy finish. Pretty unique brew.

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Photo of chillin
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFC21
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour. Super cloudy, golden orange with a two finger cap of head that sticks to the glass. Even with a stuffy nose I can tell immediately that this packs a punch. Would have guessed Barleywine if blind tasting. Restrained hop bitterness comes through first on the taste but the finish is boozy and resinous. Don't get a ton of bourbon but the wood is very present. Finish is very dry. The aftertaste reminds me of a gin & tonic (due to the juniper, presumably).

Over all really enjoyed this. Very complex. Worth seeking out

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stooge
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2, bottle 616/6233, poured into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a cloudy, ruby-orange amber color with a one finger head that dissipates ever so slowly. Tiny bubbly lacing prominent on the vessel.
S- Mostly floral, roses and lilacs at first, with notes of juniper and boozy bourbon present, but not overpowering. Flowers and hops dominate the nose.
T- Rose petals, chamomile, and hop bitterness progress into a concert of spices, juniper, and herbs with a mellow honey oaked bourbon finish. There is also a subtle hint of farmhouse funk, earthiness and citrus fruits. I cannot describe in words how all of these complex attributes come together in perfect harmony to deliver an exceptional sensory experience.
M- medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation that allows the complex flavors to shine. Perfectly balanced.
O- This is unique and creative, a rare treat that is hard to describe in words. It's truly a 3-dimensional beer that Is stimulating on all levels. Highly recommended!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle #615/816. My third time drinking one of these.

Appearance- Cloudy, muted brownish-orange, with a thin, bubbly head that remains about 1/2 a centimeter, and leaves a lot of bubbly lacing on the glass. Note the "rustic" in the name. I'll be swirling this one with every sip.

Smell- Lots going on. A huge, spicy Juniper/Gin-forward nose followed by a sweet, bourbony bite, and lots of grassy, funky farmhouse yeast vibes. The bouquet as a whole has a big artisan Gin and Bourbon vibe. Herbal, medicinal, hoppy and yeasty. Super complex.

Taste- Spicy, Flowery draw- definitely some rose and chamomile characteristics here. Bourbon sweetness blended with solid hop character. Hop bitterness quickly moves into herbal gin notes, and finishes bitter with strong tingly Gin notes, but not overpowering. Awesome tastes melding together.

Mourhfeel- Super smooth and creamy, but finishes crisp and refreshing. Any denser or lighter, and I feel it wouldn't complement the complexity of the beer. Very well suited for this beer.

Overall- Super unique, super flavorful. A definite gem in the Michigan brewing scene. Not very easy to get, and very limited, paired with all the complexity in the brew, makes this a total knockout of a beer. Very well done, and I look forward too all of the BOFRA releases. Can't wait to get into a Kaplan.


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