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

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 11
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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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Christmastime treat, on tap at the pub.

Alpha Klaus is an excellent base beer for barrel aging, though its relatively light ABV might disappoint some. But the lack of super intense nodes make it so the cherries are easier to discern than they would be in a BA Russian Imperial.

Aroma is sharp and somewhat chocolatey with some cherry cordial nodes becoming prominent as it warms. Very ripe, organic-smelling cherries: none of the Robotussin nodes that drag down many other cherry stouts and porters.

Tastes like it smells, but richer and more rounded. Rough porter grained smoothed out by barrel aging, but little burn or burniness were imparted. The cherries come in near the middle, and like I said they're easy enough to pick out, but they never become the beer's defining feature.

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3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this one. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, and a few wisps on top, but no lacework. Very dark brown body.

S - Compared to the plum version this is surprisingly boozy. Plenty of oak and whiskey, along with some vanilla, mild chocolate, and tart cherry skins.

T - The taste is significantly darker in tone, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, and oak bitterness supplemented with sweeter cherry flesh. There's a mildly astringent note in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, with a tannic and slightly roasty texture, and a dry finish. Carbonation is at a pleasant medium-low level, although the cherry version is a bit hotter than the plum one. Perhaps a touch of fruity acidity.

D - A fairly enjoyable twist on Alpha Klaus, but probably the least successful barrel-aged version that I've had the pleasure of trying. I guess this barrel had more residual whiskey than the one with the plums?

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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.

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