Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
This is this year's version of essentially Surly Claus except that they called it Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus on the menu when I was at 3F Brewpub on 1/10/08. It is the 07 Alpha Klaus aged for 1 year in a Woodford Reserve Whiskey Cask, which I have to say is one of my favorite whiskeys. Comes in at 50 IBUs according to 3f
A- Dark as the night with a creamy 1 finger, milky white head. reminded me of Guinness actually in terms of looks but not as dark as it had a bit of a reddish hue to it near the bottom as I held it up to the light.
S- really a nice smell and could get a lot off of this guy. Definitely smelled like a christmasy beer as it had a lot of spice and pine coming off it. I could also get hints of milk chocolate and caramel mixed in there. Could also definitely smell the effects of the barrel aging as there was an oaky, whiskey smokiness coming off it as well. Added some spicy notes to the smell. really nice just wish it was a bit more fragrant.
T- Initially sweet with a mix of milk chocolate and cinnamon hitting the tongue. Also there is a bit of oakey smokiness mixed in as well that hits the mouth later on in the drink. In a way, I think the sweetness reminds me of gingerbread cookies which kinda goes with the spicy, sweet mix together. There is a good bit of spices mixed in but not at all overpowering and have to say that it definitely reminds me of a holiday beer but not one that is at all overpowering.
MF- there is some light carbonation within this one with just enough thickness to make it good and tasty. Leaves a wonderful smokiness in the mouth after drinking it and a warming feeling in the mouth that I enjoy.
D- overall a very tasty and it did change its flavor profile a lot as it heated up. Wish I had some more and that the beer was bit more fragrant as I think that could have made this an amazing beer all the way around. As a whiskey drinker, I liked the effects of the barrel aging but it really was only marginal with this beer as it only added a bit of smokiness to the normal Alpha Klaus.
01-10-2008 20:16:03 | More by jeonseh
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past tasting! Bottle #311 of 423! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater snifter. Poured a dark reddish brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, spice, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, and subtle vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, wood, spices, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like the character that the barrel imparted on this brew as the base brew was good, but definitely not other-worldly. This treatment took it to a new level without doubt. A definite must try that I wish they would have made more of.
07-06-2012 14:19:40 | More by thagr81us
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
What a beer! Just had this on tap at the brewery. They served it in a small tulip style glass. Color is black with hints of red when held to the light. It left a 1/2" of tan head that reduced to a film leaving no lacing. When swirled this beer tears like a dark wine. The smell is very alcoholic, almost like whiskey. Taste is an insanely boozy Alpha Klause Porter with oaky fruit undertones and lots of spices. This is certainly a sipper. Finish this off with a Dreadnaught double IPA.
12-22-2009 23:18:37 | More by thedrewski86
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Dark brown body that's slightly translucent. Pours with a finger of head that retains nicely.
A lot of bourbon barrel on the nose, which brings notes of vanilla and caramel. Sharp roasted malt is present alongside the barrel. There's a faded herbal hop note buried in here, too.
Cocoa, bourbon barrel (lots of vanilla) and a sturdy roasted malt backbone. Pretty hoppy, a bit herbal and spicy. Medium-full body. Pretty hot finish. Really nice stuff, 3 Floyds knows their -bals. This was probably my favorite of the 3 bottled BA variations.
07-29-2012 21:32:39 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Three Floyds busted out this special keg for DLD '11. Their menu didn't specify which type of bourbon barrel that they used. It poured smoothly and had a quickly dissipating khaki head, lacing the glass. It looked as if it were the prototype for a porter. The smell was of chocolate and soft bourbon. The flavors too were of light bitter and sweet chocolate, charry roasted malts, and bourbon. All of the fruit that I love so much in the regular version was absent. The bourbon wasn't overpowering in aroma or flavor but it overtook the regular aspects of this beer. It drank exceptionally smooth on tap, like most of their dark beers. This beer was good but not really too much like the regular Alpha Klaus.
05-02-2011 02:45:14 | More by aasher
4.19/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to CLCardinal 84 for making this trade happen.
I do not have much experience with Three Floyds beers, and have always been curious surrounding their offerings (Dark Lord, Zombie Dust, Arctic Panzer Wolf, etc.). My bottle was Bottle No. 259 of 423.
When I think of porter's, I rarely think of big massive beers and generally jump to sessionable, "smaller" versions of stouts/imperial stouts. While this beer wasn't quite as massive as an imperial stout, it was definitely close. After cracking the bottle open, I smelled the all too familiar bourbon - and it was awesome. Big bourbon notes on the nose. Once in the glass, the beer showed solid carbonation with roughly 2-3 fingers of head. Color was medium tan.
One thing that stood out to me was the color of this beer. For being a porter, it was dark as night. The outer rim of the beer might have showed a light red-brown hue, but there was no light coming through this beer. The color/hue of this beer really reminded me of Victory at Sea by Ballast Point, another awesome massive porter.
Immediate flavors I could pick out were dark fruit, bourbon, some roasty notes, and light caramel. What really stood out to me was how much this beer reminds me of Melange No. 3 from the Bruery. I really loved the unique flavors of this beer - I was surprised the whole way from sip to finish. Where I think this beer falls short is the mouthfeel. Even though it was loaded with all sorts of beer goodness, it was a bit thin. I really wanted this beer to have smack or pop. There were so many awesome components of this beer. This beer was incredibly delicious, and hid the 10% ABV really well. I could have easily opened another bottle (if I had one) and been totally satisfied.
03-11-2013 06:03:16 | More by radium
Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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