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

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 18 | 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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Reviews by misterhops:
Photo of misterhops
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

big thanks to rodkin for hooking me up with this. shared with jparkanzky on a random night.

poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter glass. cant remember the bottle number, but who cares anyway.

nice fizz as i popped the waxtop bottle, and poured straight into a couple snifters. appearance is a mocha brown and definitely seems lighter (in both appearance and viscosity) than regular alpha klaus. aggressive carbonation is evident in the 2-3 finger head, but fades quickly. oily appearance. lacing is pretty much nonexistent.

smell is reminiscent of oh so many FFF brews, hops, hops, and more hops. i smell a tiny bit of barrel, and some sweetness, but definitely get a lot of hops. VERY similar smell as Behemoth... not sure what to think yet.

taste.... hmm, very confusing. nice blend of caramel, hops, and spice, but there is a bitter raisin taste on the finish (im guessing from the plums) that i just cant get used to here. coffee and barrel on the wayyy back end, but could be easily missed as the sweetness from the fruit seems to dominate. seems to get a little more balanced as it warms to room temperature, but i definitely prefer the taste of regular alpha klaus over this variation. had a hard time finishing the snifter.

mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, and lively. like i mentioned earlier, it seems to be a lot lighter and a lot more carbonated than the regular alpha klaus. was hoping for something a lot more smooth and heavy bodied considering the barrel treatment.

overall, i thought this beer was ok. wouldnt recommend trading half your cellar away for it, but if the opportunity presents itself, definitely give it a go. starting to realize that a lot of the FFF one offs are either "love it or hate it" type beers. Unlike ba owd english, id put this one in the latter category ("hated it") along with cuvee de viking. cant win all the time. cheers!

misterhops, May 26, 2012
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A lot of bourbon barrel on the nose, but little heat. Surprisingly quite hoppy as well, with dark chocolate and ashy roasted malt beneath the barrel. There's a touch of plum, mostly skin with a hint of tart dark fruit.

The palate is more plum heavy, lightly tart and tannic. Plenty of bourbon barrel, vanilla, roast and a hint of tar. A little dark fruit. Less hoppy than the nose suggests, but still fairly bitter. Medium-full body with a roasty, hoppy, semi-sweet finish. This was quite good.

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A. Pours black with brownish hues and a small light tan head.

S. Slightly tart plum, cocoa, tannic vanilla, molasses.

T. Dark fruit, lightly smoky roast, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, a little vinous, mild oak.

M. Thick-bodied with medium carbonation.

O. I wasn't expecting the plum to come through at all but I was pleasantly surprised at its presence here. The barrel character is there but not overpowering. Pretty nice.

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Man, I forgot to write down this bottle number, too... Shit, who even shared this with me!? Oh, man... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises acetone, tannic black grapes, roasted malts, char, tobacco, and a twist of molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the acetone clashing with some bad whiskey, the hardly-recognizable plum battling with the tobacco, and all along the roast and molasses muddling things up further. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, though this was better than the cherry version (which was just a damn mess, frankly), it was still pretty sad. A pretty big letdown, lemme tell ya...

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Thanks, Ethan!

Good-looking pour, handsome lace and head up top. Aroma feels a bit jumbled: plums are here, but so are a bunch of other scents that are hard to finger and seem out of place.

Overly complex flavor profile; too many additions make this almost messy. Fortunately, the intensity of each backs off enough to allow their assimilation into one delicious brew. Too many cooks in the kitchen; still a good beer though.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
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Pours a brown which allows some light to pass through along with a thin skim that lasts.

Blend of dark fruit and big barrel on the nose...really reaches out of the glass.

Sweet malt and light roast on the front moves to a healthy plum presence along the middle..both skin and fruit. The end is a lightly tannic but healthy bourbon fade.

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