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Kaplan | Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales

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Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kaplan Imperial Bronze Ale, a 9% ABV beer aged in bourbon barrels with foraged Michigan morel mushrooms for an earthy, woodsy counterpoint to the bourbon sweetness.

Added by Keiferfillinger on 02-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by szmnnl99:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sipper for sure. Interesting traditional?style ale not as malty as the British old ales I have had. Let’s cook with the second half of the bottle.Worth a try.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tommy5
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.98/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh my Lord! This is amazing. Incredibly balanced, complex and unique. If you know morel mushrooms you can discern the flavor and smell. The oak barrel melds perfectly with the earthiness of the morels. True old ale style but expanded complexity. Every sip left me wanting to go back for another. Nothing over bearing, clean finish and light mouthfeel for what could be heavy with the oak barrel ageing. I would recommend to anyone that truly loves beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of theschman
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of waston
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of superspak
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.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Keiferfillinger
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Retired, eh? On-tap during Wood & Wild at HopCat Detroit a few weeks back.

Let me just say ... I had to try this one. There were so many world-class, must-have beers on tap during the event, but I saw this one and figured I just had to order it... imperial bronze ale with... morel mushrooms?

Turns out, it's a bit of a bummer. Not a dud, but it didn't live up to what I was expecting. The "bronze" flavor almost comes off as metallic in this beer -- not quite, but I'm not sure just how else to describe it. The bourbon barrels this is supposedly aged in must have been quite dry, as I only get the faintest amount of barrel from this... and that could be the heavy bourbon flavor still in my mouth from the last beer I had.

The morels add a subtle earthiness to the brew, but it doesn't distinctly taste like morels, in my opinion -- maybe that's a good thing? I mean, it probably is, but I was intrigued by this beer BECAUSE of the mushrooms, but they don't add a whole lot.

This just a rather average beer sold at a high price. The description sounded fantastic, but the outcome is just ... alright. Bourbon? Not so much. Morels? Hardly. Alcohol heat? ...none at all, but that's not a negative in my book. Whose WOULD it be one in?

At any rate, this is a decent, interesting beer that's worth trying, but it doesn't really stand out as much as you might think it would given its inclusion of morels.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Kaplan from Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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