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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.21/5
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111 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jeonseh on 01-10-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,249
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
111
pDev:
10.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
31
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 16
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A lot of bourbon barrel on the nose, which brings notes of vanilla and caramel. Sharp roasted malt is present alongside the barrel. There's a faded herbal hop note buried in here, too.

Cocoa, bourbon barrel (lots of vanilla) and a sturdy roasted malt backbone. Pretty hoppy, a bit herbal and spicy. Medium-full body. Pretty hot finish. Really nice stuff, 3 Floyds knows their -bals. This was probably my favorite of the 3 bottled BA variations.

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4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 307/423 opened on 4.20.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy brown head that moves to the edges pretty quickly.

S - Strong bourbon, barrel, dark cherry and ripe fruits, sweet.

T - Bourbon, wood, barrel, sweet cherry fruits, finishes with some coffee and chocolate.

D - Mild carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Lots of things going on here: Fruit, barrel, coffee, wood, and sweet. I enjoyed it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a past tasting! Bottle #311 of 423! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater snifter. Poured a dark reddish brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, spice, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, and subtle vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, wood, spices, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like the character that the barrel imparted on this brew as the base brew was good, but definitely not other-worldly. This treatment took it to a new level without doubt. A definite must try that I wish they would have made more of.

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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1487th Review on BA
Bottle to FW Snifter
750ml Waxed

2012 Vintage
Bottle #20/423

Thanks to KevanB for sharing
Shared with JealousChalice, KevanB & Schmoopsbeer

App- It poured out a dark brown, almost black pour with a 1-1/2 finger dark khaki head with a good amount of stick and cling to it.

Smell- Its a basic baltic porter. Malty, bourbon and a little bit of chocolate. Really a bit one dimensional.

Taste- This ia one of those beers where there the sum is better. The malty base with a bit of spice and vanilla and chocolate paired with good amount of bourbon, creates a nice beer but not a great beer.

Mouth- Its a solid medium body with a medium carbonation. The bourbon creeps up on you and balances itself it out with a nice bit of vanilla from the bourbon.

Drink- Well Kevan. You won wale wars for tonight. A good beer. Just not sure if great. I enjoyed this one alot. Just expected more.

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Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 111 ratings
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