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

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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With CherriesBarrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Cherries

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BA SCORE
87
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 38
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-18-2012)
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birchstick

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Bottle number 293 of 400 - Purchased at 2012 DLD

A - pours a black taupe head

S -smells of cherry and dark chocolates, but not much else

T - sweet cherries open this up, but are taken over by dark chocolates. A little spicy bourbon moves in and finishes off with cherry. Not as flavorful as I was hoping but still pretty good.

M - medium bodied, good carbonation

D - overall, this one was a disappointment for me. I was stoked to score a bottle are dark lord day, and having had the barrel aged dark lords I was hoping I was in for a treat. Not worth the price its commanding to obtain, but glad I got to try it.

11-06-2012 04:25:51 | More by birchstick
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

11-11-2012 22:51:07 | More by Deetz
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%

#351/400. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger foamy mocha colored head with low retention. Beer is moderately thin but pitch black. Lacing is stringy and sparse with moderate stick. Big legs. Very good.

Nose is chocolate, coffee, cocoa, booze, peat and rotting red fruit. Sweet and robust. Very aromatic. Enticingly good.

Opens chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. Red fruit floats in and out of the background, sweetening the experience. Boozy throughout. Fudge. Some leather, wood and molasses at the end. Finishes sweet with a hot aftertaste. Nice complexity. Real deep.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Foamy and smooth in the mouth and goes down boozy and thick. Messy finish with a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Pretty nice. A touch carbonated.

I'm surprised at the low ratings of this one. There's nice complexity here and this beer really grew on me quickly. The flavors, although they're a little weird at first, combines nicely as this one warms. Worth seeking out.

08-24-2013 01:38:31 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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dsgolovin

California

4/5  rDev +2%

06-18-2012 04:51:41 | More by dsgolovin
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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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jegross2

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Cherries from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana.
Score: 92

Bottle #223/400, 2012 vintage. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/23/12. A big thanks to Moe for cracking this one at the inaugural Chicago craft beer lovers meeting.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a slight reddish tint. Pours a thick ring around the glass of tan bubbly head. No real lacing. 4/5

Smell: A nice medley of cherry, oak, brown sugar and whiskey-esque caramel malt. 4.25/5

Taste: Same flavors as the nose implied, but with more whiskey in the balance: whiskey-caramel, oak and cherry. There is a mild musty hoppiness on the front/middle of the tongue. There is a little chocolate flavor too, but it's pretty subtle in my opinion. This beer has a completely different flavor profile than regular Alpha Klaus. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-minus carbonation. Mildly malty-sweet. Dry mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: A nice, albeit expensive barrel treatment. This one is a different beast altogether from the base beer (Alpha Klaus). Though tasty, with a bottle count of 400 and price tag of $30, you're better off hunting down a Fruet.

Recommendation: Worth trying, but not worth going out of your way to hunt down. There are plenty of better beers that cost more than $20 out there if you really want to drop that much on a single beer.

Pairings: Flank steak.

Cost: $30 for a 750 ml bottle.

09-15-2012 00:39:58 | More by jegross2
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CraftEyeDoc

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

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largadeer

California

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

Dark brown body that's slightly translucent. Pours with a finger of head that retains nicely.

The aroma is ashy, hoppy, a bit boozy. Less overt bourbon barrel than the other BA AK variations. The cherries don't bring much sweetness, but rather an odd earthy tartness that doesn't entirely work. Smells a bit more oxidized than the others, too.

The palate is similar to the nose. The cherries don't bring much in the way of good flavor, providing mostly tartness and tannin. Roasty, ashy, and quite hoppy. The fruit seems to clash with the base beer here. Plum Klaus was much better.

07-29-2012 21:42:02 | More by largadeer
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wesside89

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

750 ml bottle, bottle number 34/400 from DLD 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark brown, topped with a finger of fizzy tan head, leaves no lacing.

S- Very boozy aroma, lots of whiskey and oak, cherry is prominent from the start but as it warms some chocolate and caramel aromas come out.

T- Blend of roasted grain, chocolate and caramel, and mild cherry flavors, the flavor is still dominated by barrel characters of oak and smooth whiskey, some vanilla as well. As it warms some sour black cherry skin flavor comes out towards the end. Has a nice sweet chocolate finish.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, has a smooth feel, warm finish.

O- A nice beer, glad I got to try it, but I enjoyed the regular BA variant a bit more.

05-23-2012 08:58:31 | More by WillCarrera
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -39.3%

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Damn, I knew I should've written down the bottle number... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger or so of light tan foam. Th nose comprises booze (all up-front and in-your-face and whatnot), roasted malts, cheap whiskey, tobacco, light fake cherry, earthy greens, and a kiss of cocoa. Man, things just flew right up my 'strils and caused a ruckus. The taste brings in much of the same, with the cherries tasting more medicinal, the booze really pushing for dominance, the barrel appearing charred and unloved, and the roast just getting in the way, creating more unnecessary havoc. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a fairly sad beer, considering the strength of its base.

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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homebrew311

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Reviewed from notes. Appearance is identical to alpha klaus, black opaque with short tan head. The smell is hot with barrel character up front, the hoppiness from the base is there, but obviously has been aged a bit and has lost it's pop. Bitter chocolate notes come through along with syrupy cherry character. The taste is also hot with dark fruit character and plenty of oak. The carbonation seems a bit too high with a medium body. Overall, I enjoy the base beer by itself much more than this variant. The fruit and the barrel detract from the delicious hoppy porter that Alpha Klaus is.

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Illinois

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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Cherries from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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