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

masonjer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2012
Thanks Adam! Pours black with a tan head. Nose is chocolate, rum cherry, caramel and a bit of roast. Taste is more caramel, milk chocolate a bit of cherry, a bit of tartness, all flavors are very well integrated leading to a nice long finish. Hops are still involved but take a backseat, nice complexity overall though. Not super thick but lots of flavor, quite good overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (8187) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9348) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8210) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2015
Thanks to omgrich for sharing this one! 750 ml. bottle split by four as “Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus with Tart Cherries”. 2013 Vintage. Bottle number 188/396. Black, solid mocha. Nose carries surprisingly huge tart cherries, very upfront, lightly puckering with big bourbon sweet sugar, licorice, chocolate,… Taste is huge tart cherries, huge on them with some oak, vanilla, bourbon is in the back, quite warming, strong alcohol, licorice, oak, warming, spices,… A touch thin but more than solid enough. Fascinating, really surprising how big the tart cherries are esp. considering the age of this one, almost don’t to the point of this being a bit unbalanced. Very interesting & good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2014
2013 bottle, 386/396. Aroma is barrel. Closer to rubbing alcohol. Taste is barrel heavy, some tart cherry and chocolate on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle: 37/400. Deep brown. Very deep, almost black really with a thin head & bubbly collar that’s somewhere between khaki & tan in color. Aroma of cherry juice blended with sugary caramel candy. Burnt molasses, mild charred wood, spicy oak, light bourbon heat, & dense brown sugar. Taste starts with bourbon, wood, & unattenuated caramel malt sugars out of the gate... Lots of toffee as it flows into a semi-sweet cherry juice profile. Slightly tart, mostly sweet. It starts a little chalky & medicinal, but as the glass warms up, it gets much better. Slightly tannic cherry skin & woody finish with a bourbon heat that sneaks up on you in the aftertaste. Lots of molasses, caramel, toffee, too... Sticky body. Would have initially given this a 2.9 or 3.0 maybe but the latter half of the glass was quite nice. I suggest serving this one warmer from the start.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2013
750 ml bottle. Rating from notes. Pours a near blackish brown with a small beige head. Aroma is chocolate and roast heavy with modest cherry component, somewhat maraschino but otherwise fruity. Some salt and barrel notes, old wood, bourbon and vanilla. Booze is there, but restrained and even perhaps polite. Flavor is rich, roasty with mild soft sweet cherries. Medium bodied, some prickly carbonation. Finishes somewhat boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Dark brown pour, brown head. Roasted malt, oak, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon and light cherry notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22332) - , 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Big thanks to Randy and JR for breaking this out. While the cherries were pretty subtle, both in the flavor and aroma, the barrel qualities weren’t. Big woody notes and hints of bourbon. Opened right before the BA Plum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11406) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Suprisingly great stuff here. Oak, cherry, cocoa, vanilla. It isn’t medicinal, no tartness, and no barrel aging flaws.

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