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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

85 Ratings
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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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bertram

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%

04-28-2012 20:55:10 | More by bertram
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capra12

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-22-2012 16:44:29 | More by capra12
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birdsellam

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5%

02-16-2012 00:41:21 | More by birdsellam
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-18-2011 19:21:19 | More by brandoman63
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pittsburghkid66

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-16-2011 20:00:15 | More by pittsburghkid66
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 18:49:37 | More by MasterSki
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aasher

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 02:45:14 | More by aasher
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thedrewski86

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 23:18:37 | More by thedrewski86
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mcallister

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 20:57:12 | More by mcallister
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 20:16:03 | More by jeonseh
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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.