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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Cherries - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With CherriesBarrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Cherries

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very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 38
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This blows regular Alpha Klaus out of the water.

A: Not special; brown with a bit of tan head.

S: Heavy bourbon. Hot cherry, oaky aroma that makes me want to just dive into this bad boy.

T: Similar to the smell, but with caramel malt in there and the bourbon is surprisingly round. This is amazing right now and I wish I had another bottle to see how it tastes in a year or two once the bourbon mellows a little.

M: Smooth and creamy, way more full bodied than your average porter (barrel-aged or not). Coats the inside of your mouth.

All around fantastic. Would really love to have another shot to drink this beer.

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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.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks AsianZero for this one!

A - Pours dark brown, tan head, thin collar.

S - Chocolate covered cherries, light roast, a slight "fake fruity" note to it, oak, light tartness. As the beer warms a bit, the cherries come out more pronounced and it loses a bit of the fake fruity notes. The booze is decently smooth, but you know it's there for sure.

T - Similar to the nose, not quite as much cherries even after it's warmed up a bit. Chocolate, light roast, oak, light cherry, dark fruity notes, light tart notes. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden for me, which I quite enjoy. Finish is chocolate, cherry, and booze.

M - Medium to full, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one, and the barrel-aging adds some nice complexity to an already enjoyable porter. I would def have this again and would probably trade for another bottle. Good stuff.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#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.

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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Cherries from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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