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

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 103
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:
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(Beer added by: jeonseh on 01-10-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

MarkIntihar, Jun 12, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

coreyfmcdonald, May 20, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev 0%

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.

Treebs, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

scottyshades, May 12, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

WillCarrera, May 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

bertram, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

capra12, Mar 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

birdsellam, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

pittsburghkid66, Nov 16, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

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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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

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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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

thedrewski86, Dec 22, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

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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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

jeonseh, Jan 10, 2008
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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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