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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Tart Cherries - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
88
very good

12 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: awdturboiv on 12-25-2013)
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-14-2014 16:09:03 | More by spycow
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dmb2890

Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.8%

05-29-2014 19:38:59 | More by dmb2890
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-06-2014 04:45:27 | More by SaxmanRick
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briiguy

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-29-2014 21:31:59 | More by briiguy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

2013 vintage. Bottle # 247/396.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and sour fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour roast, cocoa, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice sour cherry integration with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:50:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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NSK79

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-07-2014 14:45:50 | More by NSK79
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine (the legendary Bill F.) picked up a few bottles from the legendary 3 Floyds. This was the most expensive ($40) and from the most limited run of barrel aged bottles. Will it be the best?

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a generic black with a white head. Head size was just OK at 1/4". Lacing was disappointing.

Smell 3.5: OK nose, but very subdued. Interesting acetone smell, probably from the barrel aging, but no scent of wood. I also smell the expected toasted grains, but none of the tart cherries.

Taste 3.5: Front was light and somewhat devoid of flavor, but the acetone smell turned into a strange (but not unpleasant) acetone taste. Middle is where the malt pops up along with a smoked grains flavor. Finish was somewhat dry, along with a mild taste of hops and a final punch of malt. I could detect no cherries. Also, could not detect a taste of barrel aging. Aftertaste was short and focused on smokey grains.

Mouthfeel 3.5: OK, but somewhat watery in the mouth.

Overall 3.5: A good beer, but the fabled 3 Floyds can -and has-- done better. This beer was a bit off for the style and it seemed to me that it was a "hey let's through this and that in the beer and see what we get" kind of brew. I love cherries and was disappointed that I detected zero cherries in this beer. Frowny face emoticon for me and proof that rare and expensive does not equal excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 04:42:53 | More by BeerDocT
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-01-2014 02:49:53 | More by Cynic-ale
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tomciu

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - Nice and dark with the slightest crimson hue. Head was a nice dark color that complimented the beer. Retention was poor and there was very minimal to no lacing though to be fair, I was using my cousin's glassware and don't know if it was "beer clean".

S - Smelled of chocolate, maybe brown sugar, light happiness. Complimented by slight fruity sweetness.

T - Wow. Very very good. So smooth. Dark chocolate, roasted something or other with a slight hop presence. The tart cherries are what do it for me though. The finish is dominated by the tart cherries. Its like biting into a dark chocolate filled with a fresh Wisconsin tart cherry. I can not praise the taste enough.

M - Feels nice. Nice and creamy with the tart cherry cutting right through it, leaving your tongue very satisfied. Light, prickly carbonation is a good compliment.

O - For $40 per bomber this stuff better be good, and it is. Unbelievably so. I wish my pockets were deeper. I won't be seeking it out again for that price but it was definitely a memorable experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 16:04:45 | More by tomciu
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-30-2013 04:20:21 | More by derkfromwi
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bcm75

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-28-2013 01:45:38 | More by bcm75
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awdturboiv

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-25-2013 18:34:14 | More by awdturboiv
Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Tart Cherries from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.