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Surly Klaus Oak-Aged Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Surly Klaus Oak-Aged Porter
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11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is the same as Barrel-Aged Alpha Klaus.

(Beer added by: karst on 10-01-2005)
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Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev +2%

birdsellam, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of sman262
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap 1/10/07, after the barrel aged Behemoth.

A: Darker than the normal Klaus
S: No better smell than a stout or poter aged in barrels, the roastiness, and malt grow expontenitally from this process.
T: Good taste, was expecting alittle more on the bourboness acpect, but that may be scewed due to the BA Behemoth.
M: Very silky smooth, balance of flavors and everything
D: I could drink maybe 2 of these in a sitting and that is it.

sman262, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at FFF 1/6/07. "Surley Klaus is our '05 Alpha Klaus aged for 1 year in a bourbon barrel. 9% abv."

A: Absolutely black, with a tan ring. No head.

S: Bourbon, roasted malt, and coffee.

T: See above with flavors of vanilla, and spicy hops. Very dry with a flavor of sour cherries in the finish.

M: Very dry, almost bitter, yet full. Unusually sharp and bright. Served way too cold.

D: Drinkability is so-so. High abv and prickly mouthfeel = just a sipper. I'll stick with the regular Alpha Klaus which I feel is superior to this.

GbVDave, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of badbeer
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out black, with no head to speak of, maybe a few bubbles around the edges. Smell was pretty much full of bourbon. As I recall Alpha Klaus had a very hoppy, yet complex nose; this didn't. Taste was still full of bourbon, it was as if someone just added a shot of bourbon to a small glass of bland porter. Mouthfeel was the lighter side of medium with about a medium amount of carbonation. Drinkability was alright, I guess. This was nothing more than an OK beer infused with bourbon. It wasn't necessarily bad, but from FFF's I have to expect more than this. I'll take the brilliance that is in Alpha Klaus and Black Sun over this anyday.

badbeer, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out without any bubbles and black as night. The smell is way way too sweet with a small amount of coffee tones (if any). The taste is a pop in the mouth of bourbon. It really has a lot of bourbon taste that's really dry and high in alchohol. The mouthfeel stung a little because of the alcohol content. Overall I will never try any again (waste of $6.00).

Erdinger2003, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the FoBAB in Chicago. A nice variety on all of the Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts. This beer adds a porter sweetness that isn't entirely acquired from Bourbon or oak. A hop and oak aroma released from the tap scares a bit, but the flavors have mellowed remarkably from the wood aging. The alcohols are sweet and bold from the Old Grandad barrel, but are blended softly with the chocolate and roasted grain. Heavy barley helps to give the beer a solid base. Hop and oak work together to add a spicy complexity reminescent of the Alpha Klaus. All in all, a great beer, but not for the timid.

BEERchitect, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is '04 Alpha Klaus aged in Old Grandad barrels for a year. Arrived in a snifter a deep, dark opaque black with a bubbling tan head that dissipated rather quickly into a few lingering bubbles. As the nose reaches the glass it's instantly hit by big bourbon aromas along with underlying notes of sugary dark malts, chocolate and a smidge of roasted coffee. The bourbon is definetly vibrant and stands out here.

First sip brings a nice melding of roasty, sugary dark malts and bourbon tones. Hints of chocolate and light coffee intermingle with only the slightest note of piney hops in the background. Tasty, but the bourbon really overpowers the original flavors of Alpha Klaus here. Finishes smooth with a dash of vanilla. A pretty tasty experience.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with mellowed out carbonation. Fills the mouth nicely and goes down easily. I probably would've had more if I wasn't driving..but I still prefer the original Alpha Klaus personally. I will be paitiently waiting for the barrel aged Dark Lord to surface!!

orbitalr0x, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of HopHeadKen
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow ! Trips to the Three Floyds Brewery are worth it when you find a suprize like this.

Served on-tap in small snifter glasses this Bourbon aged porter is Dark brown with very little head

It smells like bourbon; and I do not like bourbon! But sitting on the beer the flavor was smooth, full, complex and warming. The hops were subtle and balanced so as not to take away from the Bourbon aged taste.

I couldn't help myself, and went back for seconds even after tasting the new barleywine. I think this was aged just right to obtain a full richness and smooth hop character.

Mouthfeel was full, viscous without being thick. I wish it would have been available in bottles, I would have taken a case of this to go with the Behemoth Barleywine !

HopHeadKen, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I visited the brewery today for the first time. After purchasing my case and a half of barleywine, I tried this. It was dark, with almost no head, but more carbonation than I expected. The smell was a smooth blend of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. The hops were muted, but there.

The taste was smooth. The bourbon barrel has added a slight sweetness, along with some increased alcohol, although you don't really notice it in the taste. The taste is big, but the individual flavors are hard to discern. Chocolate is the most prevalent flavor, with the roasted and bourbon characters as runners up. The once piney hops are slightly noticed.

The mouthfeel is thinner than the normal version. The carbonation is low and very smooth. I drank five of these. Seemed drinkable to me.

Sephiroth, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, very very dark, I held it up to the light and got nothing. I little lace on the intial pour on the rim of the glass.

S - You can tell this was barrell aged, a nice deep, hearty nose of the bourbon as well chocolate and coffeed malt.

T - I must be honest, the barrell aging muted the taste of the beer, in fact that took over the taste, the other nuances took a back seat, the alcohol was very noticable in this.

M - Very smooth with the aging, I was impressed. It felt like silk in your mouth and warmed it with the alcohol.

D - Drinkability is moderate, with the weight of it tandem with the alcohol, it can be a task to drink this, but being so smooth, it slides on down.

I would encourage everyone who is able to try it, although we went there for the Behemoth release, I was glad I tried this.

Bumpon10s, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of karst
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage Alpha Klaus aged in a Old Granddad whiskey barrel and served on tap with the release of the Behemoth Barleywine. Pours dark and clear and a little more carbonated that I would expect. Hops are more subdued but still very nicely evident. Did not get to ask Nick @ Three Floyds about the extent of aging. Some tannin taste as it warms and the CO2 falls off.
The whiskey and the chocolate malts are well blended and some of the bitterness is replaced by "barrel tastes" the tannins and Old Granddad flavors.

karst, Oct 01, 2005
Surly Klaus Oak-Aged Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.