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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 96
Gots: 29 | 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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3146Tony

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

11-30-2012 00:27:07 | More by 3146Tony
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BA Klaus

Finally crackin' this bad boy from DLD '12

Pours a deep black color with a surprisingly thick layer of mocha colored head. Sticky walls of lace.

The nose is full of rich, dessert-like flavors such as vanilla, dark fruits, coconut, and milk chocolate.

The flavors of this amazing brew are quite similar to the nose. Toasted coconut, vanilla, tannins, cocoa, and sweet butter.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a mouth-coating oil that tickled the tastebuds for quite awhile after each sip. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, amazing brew that kinda reminds me of Vanilla Bean DL with less intensity. Pretty damn good and worth every penny at that. One of the better bourbon forward brews from the Floyds

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:34:32 | More by ChugginOil
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

11-22-2012 22:30:10 | More by smartassboiler
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boilermakerryan

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-20-2012 21:07:37 | More by boilermakerryan
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-12-2012 19:51:39 | More by beergorrilla
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zchall23

Texas

2/5  rDev -52.5%

11-07-2012 02:00:10 | More by zchall23
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gpawned

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

10-30-2012 03:39:16 | More by gpawned
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-30-2012 02:44:22 | More by Zaphog
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-29-2012 02:22:41 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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brycevolk

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

10-22-2012 13:29:14 | More by brycevolk
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-18-2012 17:56:01 | More by imperialking
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Rado

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-15-2012 22:55:20 | More by Rado
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Samjuan12

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-03-2012 22:48:03 | More by Samjuan12
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FosterJM

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 02:26:35 | More by FosterJM
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:32:39 | More by largadeer
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 14:19:40 | More by thagr81us
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5%

07-03-2012 03:23:31 | More by sjstraub
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 378/423
Courtesy of biglobo8971

A- Super dark brown almost black pour. Finger and a half width light tan, creamy head. Quickly recedes leaving loose rings of lacing.

S- Full on oak and vanilla. Dark chocolate and espresso. Slight cinnamon spice and a nice hint of molasses and licorice.

T- Oak, vanilla and chocolate. Huge dark roasted coffee and brown sugar. Licorice and molasses are light. Slight pine hop presence. Not nearly as sweet as the smell leads on. Still very good.

M- Light feeling with the high carbonation. Slightly chewy. Little alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 21:35:28 | More by korguy123
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-15-2012 18:08:41 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-12-2012 16:45:21 | More by MarkIntihar
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 16:57:25 | More by Sean9689
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-20-2012 23:45:16 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Treebs

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle served in a Portsmouth snifter. Bottle shared by Frank (Lurchingbeast) I think? Thanks either way!

A: Pours a nice strong black color with dark brown edges. A thin tan head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. Stick sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Nice bourbon with a little spice with some nice roasty malts and some chocolate with a little oak.

T: Nice boozy spice with some light fruity esters poking in there as well. Roasted malts, light oak, smooth chocolate and some nice caramel and vanilla barrel sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium to low carbonation and a smooth boozy finish.

O: Very impressed with this one. I would really like to try the variants, but the this one had a solid and balanced barrel character.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 00:09:44 | More by Treebs
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scottyshades

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-12-2012 01:30:31 | More by scottyshades
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle I got at DLD 2012, bottle number 390/423, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearing black, topped with a thin mocha brown head, recedes to a thin ring around the edge and some wisps, but leaves lots of spotty lacing all over the glass.

S- Bourbon is the first thing I notice, oak barrels and just a bit of smoke, as it warms I pick up notes of vanilla, molasses, caramel and milk chocolate.

T- Warm, sweet bourbon is up front, has a chocolatey center with molasses and caramel, rounded out with barrel flavors of oak, vanilla and a bit of smokey heat. Finishes with warmth and smoke from the bourbon and lingering chocolatey sweetness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, carbonation is a bit high and the body just a hair too thin for a higher score, but overall very nice, booze provides some warmth and a bit of roughness. Finishes dry and warm.

O- A pretty damn nice beer, the whiskey is strong and warm but is still delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 06:21:21 | More by WillCarrera
Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.