Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Plums | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
73
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
14.18%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
18
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 73
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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to aasher for sending out a bottle of this!! This is number 96 of 391.

Pours an espresso black with a medium tan foam sitting on top. Roasty malt asserts itself early in the aroma with a bakers chocolate and subtle smokiness. The barrel aging is evident with vanilla and toasted wood. Initially I picked up on a tart fruit aroma that has disappeared as the beer had a couple minutes to breathe. Plum fruit still noticeable. Flavor is a melding for light plum fruitiness, moderately sweetened chocolate, and vanilla. Bourbon is evident too but blends well with the rest of the beer. Moderate in body and carbonation. Overall this is a decent BA porter but not as impressive as many of the Three Floyds beers I've sampled thus far. Feels a tad thin on the palette and not as robust in flavor as you typically expect from a Robust/American porter. That said, I'm going to enjoy it to the last drop and again a big Cheers to Al for sending it out!!

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

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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750ml generously shared by Marco.

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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The pour is a murky dark brown/black color with a khaki head. The booziness is really overwhelming. Tons of oak, roasted malt, and a pronounced acidity. Mild plum, a touch of solvent, and plenty of green apple. Tastes of roast, alcohol, green apple, and bourbon. A fair amount of acidity, mild to moderate caramel/toffee sweetness, some raisins, plums, and cherries. Kind of sour on the finish.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

I definitely prefer the regular Alpha Klaus.

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