Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Raspberries
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Porter - American
4.05 | pDev: 12.84%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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jegross2 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Raspberries from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana.

Score: 84

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.

Jul 06, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Apr 20, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Feb 02, 2013
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to TATURBO for the share! Thanks Chris!

poured into snifter glass.

bottle 148/168.

reviewwed from notes taken 01/03/13.

Appearance: black bodied beer with thin creamy tan head. Drops down quickly to no head.

Smell: huge raspberry nose. Tootsie rolls. Just a hint of nail polish. Wheres the barrel at?

Taste: Fresh raspberries and lots of them. Honestly this tastes just like hot chocolate with raspberries in it. Again no barrel presence to speak of.

Mouthfeel: high end of medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. well hidden ABV.

Overall: Its just okay. The interesting part is that I could go to the store and pick up a packet of Land O Lakes brand raspberry hot chocolate and i swear that this beer tastes exactly like it! So for all those folk who got this 3F brewery only bottle at a cost of $35; I am truely sorry. I would have been very dissapointed by this beer (probably even a bit angry at 3 Floyds) if I had bought it myself. My biggest problem with the beer is there are no barrel notes in the nose or taste of this beer. Its a barrel aged beer! Wheres the barrel notes 3 Floyds? Did those burn down with the brewery too? *Disclaimer this is just a joke, so anyone who reads my review please dont take this statement seriously.

Jan 04, 2013
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Duff27 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half inch light mocha head. Leaves a cap and collar.

Good nose. Tart, seemingly fresh raspberries.

Hot/sharp raspberries, thats how I'd describe it. Late chocolate aspect leaves the mouth watering. Nothing resembling a barrel presence. 10%abv sounds about right.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Different, it was like BCBS Bramble on steroids. Steroids including all the home run hitting record and the assholishness. Worth a sample. Thanks for opening this up TATURBO.

Jan 04, 2013
Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus With Raspberries from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 34 ratings