Three Floyds Alpha Klaus - Barrel & Cherries
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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Alpha Klaus aged in Bourbon barrels with cherries

For the cherry and strawberry version, see Fruity Klaus

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
6th October 2012
Opaque black - brown beer, good tan head. Nose of mild wood. Palate is smooth with mild fine carbonation. Mild wood and mild bourbon, vanilla and coconut. Mellow bourbon spice. The cherry is pretty subtle. Finishes semi dry with a little alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle shared at Slutfest 3, Richmond, VA, 4/21/12. Bottle 202/400. Shame on the Midwest for allowing a Virginia tasting to get the first ratings of this beer. ;) Anyway, pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla and cherries. The taste is tart cherries, roasted malts, bitter hops, citrus and chocolate. Medium bodied. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Suprisingly great stuff here. Oak, cherry, cocoa, vanilla. It isn’t medicinal, no tartness, and no barrel aging flaws.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Dark brown pour, brown head. Roasted malt, oak, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon and light cherry notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, beige head. The aroma provides chocolate, coconut, toasted oak and a whisper of cinnamon. Much like the BA Alpha Klaus with Plums, I’m picking up no fruit here. Medium-bodied with laid-back carbonation. The flavor furnishes sweet fudge, espresso, toasted coconut and bourbon. As with the bouquet, I’m not picking up any cherries. Sweet, roasty, chocolaty finish. Like the BA Alpha Klaus with Plums, this is an excellent treatment of a great base beer. Also, like the BA Alpha Klaus with Plums, the hops of the base beer are dumbed down, but this remains an excellent treatment. Thanks go out to landhoney for generously sharing this world class beer with the south Florida crew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Bottle 293/400. Looks the same as the Plum version, with a deep amber pour capped by a small tan head. Really nice color. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, coconut, and sweet cherries. Flavor of bourbon, cola, caramel, brown sugar, charred oak, and more sweet cherries. Medium-bodied, with a fruity, sweet mouthfeel and medium carbonation. People expecting more tartness from the cherries will be disappointed, but the sweetness works here. Still, I’d give the edge to the Plum version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Omgrich. Bottle# 188/396, anno 2013. Brune foncée, col fin beige. Arôme est fruité rendant un super bouquet de cerise avec une fine note de Bourbon qui apporte une certaine balance entre aigreur et douceur vanillée. Palais est malté avec des notes pâles et caramel sur une pointe de chocolaté qui accompagne bien le côté légèrement aigre de la cerise. Fruité noir avec ce superbe caractère de cerise que j’attendais être plus aigre mais qui se retrouve agréablement bien balancé. Retrouve une impression de quasi vin rouge complété par un boisé américain chêne plaisant et ajoutant des notes vanillées. Au final, une superbe bière dont l’approche des cerises-griottes aigrelette est très bien mesurée.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Courtesy of Matt. It pours mahogany with thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up modest levels of crusty molasses covered chocolate brownie, dark roasted malts and a bit of cinnamon graham cracker. The taste is smooth and starts with dark roasted malts, melted and velvety dark chocolate, chocolate brownie and then some boozy barrel notes. Well in the back of the experience are mild notes of cherry juice sweetness. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2015
25/VII/15 - 75cl bottle @ Trillium tasting, home - BB: n/a, # 188/396 (2015-1000) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Clear purplish brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very sweet, lots of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, crème brulée, bit of cocoa powder, more vanilla. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish start, bit lemony, quite some cherries, bit malty, caramel, vanilla. Aftertaste: little sourish, cherries, bitter hops, vanilla, some caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (8123) - Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Rating #400, shared with the wife on a nice Sunday evening. Bomber to oversized snifter (bottle # 305 of 400). Looks okay; dark with very low carbonation and razor-thin lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy. Tastes like it smells with a bit of hops and a nice mouthfeel. Good stuff!

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