Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Raspberries - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
3.53/5 rDev -13.3%
Reviewing the Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Raspberries from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana.
2012 vintage bottle served in a GLASS and enjoyed on 06/04/13.
Appearance: Pours a coffee color with two fingers of beige head that settles to a thin coating and ring around glass. Good lacing and retention. Pretty typical porter appearance. 4/5
Smell: Raspberry, raw chocolate and faded hops. Some generic berry jamminess too. Alcohol presence is faintly noticeable. There is a light amount of brown sugar, oak and licorice in the mix too. The barrel character present in the nose is very minimal. As this beer warms up, the berry jamminess increases in intensive, and the aroma approaches that of a Bramble knock off at room temperature. 4.25/5
Taste: Faint hops, milk chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla upfront. Then the raspberry jamminess kicks in which is nice at first, but then an odd stale hops flavor kicks in towards the finish and derails this brew. There is a minimal amount of faded barrel character. I really like the interplay of the chocolate and raspberry notes here, but the stale hops flavor in the finish is not pleasant and it overrides the quality "upfront" flavors of the brew. As the beer warms up, the stale hoppiness fades some, more milk chocolate and some oak comes through, and the raspberries flavor becomes slightly tart in a good way. Notes of cocoa too. I am not a fan of the oak presence at room temperature. 3.5/5
Mouthfeel: Just shy of medium bodied. This brew is over carbonated, and it kills the mouthfeel. Not very dry for a porter, mildly sticky and sweet. I like the berry acidity and sweetness here in tandem with the bitter notes. 2/5
Overall: The over-carbonation and stale hops/oakiness kill what would otherwise be a nice Bramble-like porter. Perhaps this was better fresh?
Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.
07-06-2013 15:40:48 | More by jegross2
3.23/5 rDev -20.6%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Big ass pour thanks to an intoxicated Josh at the Berliner Bash. Didn't catch the bottle number, but it's a 2011.
Appearance - Deep brown. Thick collar that lasts forever. No real head at this point though.
Smell - Strong raspberries. Some spice and a bit of the base beer. Not much by way of barrel.
Taste - Sharp acidic raspberries. Chocolate and bitterness. No real barrel character here either. Just bitter raspberries and alcohol.
Mouthfeel - Couldn't finish my substantial pour. Alcoholic, bitter, and acidic from the fruit.
Overall - Disappointing. Rough beer. Good fruit and I'm missing the base beer here.
04-20-2013 22:17:29 | More by Alieniloquium
3.38/5 rDev -17%
Thanks to stxSS07 for the share. 750 ml waxed bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Bottle # 87/168.
A: Pours a dark brown with semi-clear edges. A thin tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring.
S: Huge fresh raspberry on the nose. Before this warmed up that was the only noticeable scent. Some mild roast and a little nail polish came out as it warmed up.
T: Mild roast, milk chocolate and some sweet raspberry. Sweet malty body with no barrel presence at all.
M: Pretty thin with a medium low carbonation. Raspberry sweetness on the finish.
O: The barrel aging combined with the raspberries really decimated the base beer. I'm not sure how long this sat in the barrel, but the raspberries really drowned out the barrel notes as I picked up none.
02-02-2013 14:02:45 | More by Treebs
Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Raspberries from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.