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Three Floyds Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus
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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Alpha Klaus is Alpha King’s cousin. A big American X-mas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt and Mexican sugar and of course tons of strange American hops! Cheers.

Aged in oak barrels.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4966) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Sampled at Small Peen. Had this just after regular AK. Is this aged in bourbon barrels? I smell it. This is a bit muddled. The AK was not that strong of a beer and the barrels only help a little. Brown sugar in barrels. Not a strong enough starter beer to deserve the barrels.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5480) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 75cl, as BA Alpha Klaus, with Red wax (Vintage 2012), Bottle 314/423 (no mention of ABV), exclusive American brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex sweet Porter, woody/roasted and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, good head, very good X-Mas brew, yet very expensive!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Mostly clear darkest brown with a small tan head leaving a ring. Very nice aroma, roasty with molasses and sweet toffee. The flavor is sweet and a little boozy. Toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Nice mouthfeel, smooth and just mildly boozy with medium carbonation. Well-rounded and tasty overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1490) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle. Aroma of vanilla and barrel. Pours dark brown tan head. Taste is nice coconut,vanilla,hops

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of pine, chocolate, vanilla/coconut, and light oak. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. The finish has light-moderate vanilla, light bourbon, and a touch of oak. It?s medium bodied with mild carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2753) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle 37 shared by someone at MrPickles last tasting - Pours dark brown with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is whiskey--really sharp--with some mellow roast. The barrel is strong with this one, and very off-putting. Taste is a whole ’nother story: real mellow, with the sharp boozy angles smoothed out. Buttery notes mingle with sweet malt and light roast. Yum. It’s pretty thin though--weird. Just a strange beer, and I couldn’t get over the smell--so harsh and detracted so much from the excellent taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3390) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2012
750 ml bottle. Bottle 205/423. Dark brown pour with coffee colored head. Aroma of strong bourbon. Vanilla, wood, oak and mild booze. I also get notes of licorice, some cookie dough. Flavor of strong bourbon, rich chocolate. Nice, mild dryness. Very smooth and rich. Notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak. The alpha Klaus base stands up well to the barrel. Quite a nice beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2012
750 ml bottle 124/423, purchased at the second brewpub only DLD ticket sales session. Intermingled aromas of chocolate, nuts, resin, leather, alcohol, vanilla, and oak keep filling my nostrils. It’s color is dark brown, but translucent on the edges. The head is frothy and tan, disappearing completely within minutes. While the taste reflects the aroma, it is not nearly as enjoyable or complex. Some initial sweetness that gives way to light bitterness and an little sting from the bourbon barrel. Oddly reminiscent of Oak Aged Yeti, despite being different base styles. Its body is medium, with a sticky texture, surprisingly lively carbonation, and a long bittersweet finish. This ale really opened up as it warmed, and the lively carbonation enhanced its enjoy-ability. While I generally enjoy the BBA Russian Imperial Stouts most, this is the best 7.5% ABV BBA beer I’ve tasted.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2010
black color, slight quickly disappearing tan head. lacy. nose of bourbon! and dried fruit. flavor begins with an alcohol hit, followed by a touch of vanilla and dried fruit, without a trace of hops. medium bodied, dry finish. excellent! except for the lack lack of hops (which i seriously missed), evidently killed by the barrel. my notes are inconclusive, but suggest that beerbunker may have provided this sample @ a flossmoor station mug club tapping.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (875) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing with me! Pours a deep dark brown with tan bubbles on top. Complex aroma, with oak, malt, and a hint of lemon. Taste of spices, wood, malt, and citrus. Lingering citrus juice, spices, and oak. Odd, but good.


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