1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Barrel Aged Alpha KlausBarrel Aged Alpha Klaus

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

88 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 99
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jeonseh on 01-10-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-26-2013 04:34:08 | More by acurtis
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-11-2013 23:44:08 | More by spycow
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-08-2013 21:34:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

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
Photo of MasterSki
MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

On-tap at DLD. Served in the standard tulip/snifter thing they have there. This is NOT the version with blackberries that was on-tap last year.

A - Near-black body. Thin tan cap and thicker ring. No lace of which to speak.

S - Earthy bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, well-hidden alcohol. Not much of the hoppy base beer left, although that'd be true after a year even without the barrel-aging.

T - Taste is a pleasant mix of bourbon, vanilla, roasted grains, and milk chocolate.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation. Medium-bodied, with an extremely dry and tannic finish.

D - I greedily finished my glass, even with the other great beers available on-tap. Another quality barrel-aged offering from the guys at Three Floyds, and one I wish they would make more often.

05-05-2011 18:49:37 | More by MasterSki
Photo of imperialking
imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-18-2012 17:56:01 | More by imperialking
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

04-12-2014 04:13:56 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of brandoman63
brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-18-2011 19:21:19 | More by brandoman63
Photo of Zaphog
Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-30-2012 02:44:22 | More by Zaphog
Photo of HuskyinPDX
HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle number 307/423 opened on 4.20.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy brown head that moves to the edges pretty quickly.

S - Strong bourbon, barrel, dark cherry and ripe fruits, sweet.

T - Bourbon, wood, barrel, sweet cherry fruits, finishes with some coffee and chocolate.

D - Mild carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Lots of things going on here: Fruit, barrel, coffee, wood, and sweet. I enjoyed it.

05-14-2013 04:26:12 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of thagr81us
thagr81us

South Carolina

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
Photo of bsuedekum
bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-02-2014 03:42:16 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

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
Photo of FosterJM
FosterJM

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

1487th Review on BA
Bottle to FW Snifter
750ml Waxed

2012 Vintage
Bottle #20/423

Thanks to KevanB for sharing
Shared with JealousChalice, KevanB & Schmoopsbeer

App- It poured out a dark brown, almost black pour with a 1-1/2 finger dark khaki head with a good amount of stick and cling to it.

Smell- Its a basic baltic porter. Malty, bourbon and a little bit of chocolate. Really a bit one dimensional.

Taste- This ia one of those beers where there the sum is better. The malty base with a bit of spice and vanilla and chocolate paired with good amount of bourbon, creates a nice beer but not a great beer.

Mouth- Its a solid medium body with a medium carbonation. The bourbon creeps up on you and balances itself it out with a nice bit of vanilla from the bourbon.

Drink- Well Kevan. You won wale wars for tonight. A good beer. Just not sure if great. I enjoyed this one alot. Just expected more.

09-03-2012 02:26:35 | More by FosterJM
Photo of smartassboiler
smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-22-2012 22:30:10 | More by smartassboiler
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-15-2012 18:08:41 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
Photo of Sean9689
Sean9689

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Thanks, Frank!

A - Pours dark brown, cola-colored head, thin collar.

S - Bourbon up front mixed with oak and then light chocolate and light vanilla. The hops are basically non-existant from the barrel-aging, but I really don't mind that at all.

T - Bourbon-forward, chocolate, lots of barrel character, light vanilla. The barrel has really overtaken the base beer, but it's not overly boozy or oaky and there's still some light roast and chocolate in there. Alcohol is there, but doesn't interfere. Finish is bourbon and oak.

M - Full body, rich and boozy, creamy finish.

O - Probably my least favorite of the BA Alpha Klaus bottles that were released this year (Cherries & Plums), but still pretty darn good. I think the booze will settle down here in the next few months and it should be easier to pick out more then just bourbon and oak.

06-07-2012 16:57:25 | More by Sean9689
Photo of mcallister
mcallister

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Had at DLD '09. Pours very deep brown with very little off white head.

Smell is thick with bourbon and toasty vanilla. Chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, toffee and hints of black cherry on the nose.

Dominated by bourbon and thin in body and mouthfeel. The barrel aging seems out of whack with the Alpha Klaus and didn't work out like other BA Floyds beers I've had. Some roasted malts, chocolate, hints of earth and leather with some fruity aspects below the bourbon.

04-28-2009 20:57:12 | More by mcallister
Photo of beergorrilla
beergorrilla

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-12-2012 19:51:39 | More by beergorrilla
Photo of Herky21
Herky21

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-24-2013 14:42:17 | More by Herky21
Photo of AleWatcher
AleWatcher

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-13-2013 01:56:51 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of Stevedore
Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-16-2013 13:50:48 | More by Stevedore
Photo of mychalg9
mychalg9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-17-2013 18:36:21 | More by mychalg9
Photo of cadaugherty
cadaugherty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-14-2013 18:30:29 | More by cadaugherty
Photo of josephwa
josephwa

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-27-2014 17:10:33 | More by josephwa
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.