Three Floyds Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus with Cherries
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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Alpha Klaus aged in Bourbon barrels with cherries

For the cherry and strawberry version, see Fruity Klaus

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   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rxeight (1848) - 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 (3099) - 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 (3706) - 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 (10202) - 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 (17845) - , 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 (2487) - , 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 (9063) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7415) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7419) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Thanks to the kind soul who shared this at the recent Tampa Tasting. Pours a dark porter brown with an off-white head. Nose is roasted malts, some vanilla, wood, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor is similar- chocolate, roast, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and some earth. Medium in body and a nice beer overall, although not a lot of fruit.

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