Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus Cassis (Black Currants) - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus Cassis (Black Currants)Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus Cassis (Black Currants)

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BA SCORE
79
okay

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-08-2014)
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Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a teku. 2013 version. Bottle 168/324.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/black and leaves several fingers of light tan head, which lingers for a while before fading to a tan layer atop the beer. (4.25)

Smell: Refreshing black currants, blackberry, raspberry, chocolate, hints of vanilla, very light coffee. Really nice and subtle aroma. (4.5)

Taste: Tart berries compose most of the flavor profile, especially in the finish. Also, a bit of vanilla and hints of chocolate and coffee. Some oak in there as well. (3.75)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium body. Finish a tad sour, but quite smooth (ABV hidden well). (4)

Overall: A lovely aroma, and a flavor that really shows of the cassis and black currants. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Very drinkable and a well done brew. (4)

Photo of VerticalLiturgical
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ahbithwabm
3.2/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Chibeerguy1
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of funkyaudio
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of LukeK
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of tbone1384
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sbxx
2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

Appearance - pretty standard look of a BA porter. Pitch black. Good amount of carbonation. Settles into a ring of head around the glass. Leaves some soapy lacing.

Smell - when first opened, it was overpowering booze, almost to the point of pure ethanol. After pouring, and letting it breathe a while, it settled into smelling just like dark fruit and bourbon.

Taste - the Alpha Klaus base is all but gone. This tastes like boozy & carbonated dark fruit juice. Imagine pomegranate juice put into a bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel - thin body, medium carbonation, dry finish that's a tad sticky on the lips. Almost drinks & finishes like wine.

Overall - LET. IT. BREATHE. When I first opened it, I was honestly worried it would be a drain pour. After letting it sit and breathe, it definitely opened up and became at least semi-drinkable. Still a complete waste of $40. Very disappointing, especially since regular BA Alpha Klaus was so damn good. Oh well. Lesson learned!

Photo of shredder83
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of jermy
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Jordy777
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of robwestcott
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of madtowndmb1
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Leiting
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of mvdillman
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of fbc24
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i won't give this the traditional review because i'm frankly not all that sure that it deserves it, but rather needs more of a warning...

i loved plum klaus for it's subtlety and raspberry klaus for its balanced but lively fruit presence, but the black currants was just overkill...i don't know if they dumped in too much by mistake or just don't know what they're doing anymore (or maybe never did), but all you got was tart fruit, to the point of being very unpleasant.

could this possibly be the case of drinking a beer too fresh?!

summary: not worth the $40 or $x in beer to trade for it...not even close

Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of broodog
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours almost jet black with two fingers of creamy light brown head. Lacing sticks around all the way down. Head retention is strong.

S - Fig, Cherry, Raisin, hot bourbon.

T - A bit of unpleasant lemon flavor really knocks down the taste a peg. Lurking behind that flavor are the currants, roasted malts, and a bit of bourbon. Finishes a bit unpleasantly bitter

M - Good, goes down well. Not too thin for 7% (?) ABV

O - I hate to say it. I enjoy regular Alpha Klaus more. The aftertaste is a real bummer. Overall, it's a bit of a mess. I'm a little pissed I dropped $40 on this. To paraphrase W.C. Fields "There's a craft beer sucker born every minute"

Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus Cassis (Black Currants) from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
79 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.