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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 105
Gots: 27 | 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)
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

acurtis, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

spycow, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

largadeer, Jul 29, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MasterSki, May 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

imperialking, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Gonzoillini, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Zaphog, Oct 30, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

HuskyinPDX, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Jul 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

bsuedekum, Aug 02, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

aasher, May 02, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FosterJM, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

smartassboiler, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 15, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sean9689, Jun 07, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mcallister, Apr 28, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

beergorrilla, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Herky21, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

AleWatcher, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Stevedore, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

mychalg9, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

josephwa, Jan 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

cadaugherty, May 14, 2013
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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.