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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Sampled from a glass, that was poured from a bottle, this ale had a red pour with dark red hues and brown at the sides of the glass and had some haze that got heavier towards the bottom of the bottle, the pour made almost a one finger off-white head that had bubbles that had a bit of a yellow shade, it left nice spots and fingers of lacing on the glass, there were aromas of toasted malt, little notes of bread and vanilla, the bourbon liquor was in the background, there was malt and candy like sweetness, the morel mushroom was very faint and hardly noticeable which gave an earthiness on the nose, and some citrus and spice hops, it had flavors of toasted malt, bread and some caramel, faint bourbon and vanilla, malt and candy sweetness, the bourbon liquor and vanilla grew a little as the glass warmed, I think I noticed a little wood to, there was lots of malt flavor, just a touch of fruit, the finish had some hop bitterness and some bourbon liquor bite, the mouth feel was medium and creamy, this beer came across as a strong ale on the nose and in the flavor with citrus bitter hops and some bourbon barrel, an ok drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
A sipper for sure. Interesting traditional? ale not as malty as the British old ales I have had. Let’s cook with the second half of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle 490 of 1151.Brownish gold with a tan head. Not really sure how to describe this. Really complex, mild and smooth. Completely unique and hard to pick out anything specific.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber gold with a near white head that lasts throughout the beer and laces. Aroma has earthy grains with a bit of cookie and a light bourbon backing. Flavor combines earthy grain and sweetness with a bit of barrel backing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2014
bottle 627out of 1151. Is impression when I poured this into my glass was wow. poured a reddish copper with a small 0ff white head, aroma caramel, vanilla, bourbon,earthy, herbs, clove, slight sourness. flavor all that was in the aroma with tart cherries and citrus, and apple. this is a very good beer thank you Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales. going to look for more of this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4754) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
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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