BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Three Floyds. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is of malt, bourbon, spice, chocolate, and wood. Taste is of bourbon, oak, malt, and chocolate. The bourbon and oak flavors overpower the base beer, and it barely comes through. Lingering taste of chocolate and wood. As it warms, more spice and malt start to come through. A slight hop character emerges as it continues to warm. The booze is well masked, but provides a nice warming effect. I was a tad dissapointed since the base beer wasn’t coming through all that well, but it wasn’t bad.
bp (790) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: dark black, thin tan head, aroma of bourbon, taste is bourbon, sweet, some malt, a little bit carbonated
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 I had a hit from a fellow clubber’s growler (Thanks!) at the last Flossmoor Station mug club tapping. The body was pretty much black and it had a stunted brown head. The aroma was Bourbon and vanlla, chewy dark malt, and some oak. Very smooth. The taste was a repeat of the aroma, very nice, but I missed the hoppy bite that first drew me to the non-BA version.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Angriest beer trip...EVER! Nice joke.
[A] Smell is largely bourbon. Wet oak. Pretty overwhelming until it warms up. Then releases some nice, but very subdued smells of spirity vanilla, chocolatey roast, burnt butterscotch, caramel, toffee. Okay in depth here.
[A] Darkest of brown, black into snifter, tan head and ridges. Ruby edges to light.
[F] Upfront barrel, booze. Hot. And bourbony. Again, more pleasant and complex at warmer temps, but I found it quite simple, drowned out, and one dimensional here. And I usually have a soft spot for barrel aged brews.
[P] Thin mouth. Pretty hot. Slight notes of chocolate on finish. Maybe some remnants of a hop finish, though much of that is gone too. Some kind of bite.
[O] This was okay. Price was not unreasonable. $6 snifter. Quite a sipper. Definitely couldn’t hurry this. Not at all an improvement on the base. Could have been a lot better. Thinking the blackberry aged version should deserve a separate listing. But that’s just me. Oak aged? Bourbon barrel aged? Really starting to dislike the terms there as far as ALL brewers go. Are they necessarily the same thing? I don’t know....
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black viscous pour with tan head that exhudes bourbon fumes. Sweet vinous flavors of burnt caramel malt and dark smokey notes, dark fruit, and alcohol. Barrel adds strong (too strong?) vanilla and bourbon, and sort of extinguishes the base beer’s intense hop bite...and I really miss that. Really good, but not as good as the non BA version.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Pours a pitch black opaque pour, a moderate lighter brown head that stays around creamy, laces well enough. Aromas are a decent dosage of barrel, bourbon, vanilla, and wet oak, mixed with roasted malts and a touch of booziness, a bit sweet on the nose, with some cocoa coming in. Nice. Initial is medium bodied, not as heavy on the palate as expected, pretty good dryness and hop in the taste, moving to bourbon, warming alcohol, vanilla, and roast. The wet wood gives it a deeper element, not as sweet as the nose would suggest. Light cocoa, caramel, and some fant roasted coffee towards the backend. Not as boozy as anticipated, coats ok enough. My only knock might be that this thinned out a little more than I would have liked, although the bitterness is pretty nice. Cheers!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Three Floyds 4/28/09, served in a tulip. Oak-Aged Alpha Klaus w/ Blackberries. Dark brown pour with some faint ruby highlights and a thin, lasting tan film of a head. Some slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma included fruity blackberries, chocolate, light roast, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor featured upfront blackberries, smooth roast, and chocolate. Not much noticable oak. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had a light amount of prickly carbonation. A bit thinner than regular Alpha Klaus. The blackberries really transformed this into a totally different beer. Pretty tasty.
railcat1 (687) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love the Klaus so when this was oaked i was happy to try and it did not dissappoint.This is one of my favorite FFF beers and to have it like this was a delight,poured a black as night with a dark brown head with hints of bourbon and and chocolate.CHEERS!
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at 2009 DLD: Deep cola brown with a solid almost creamy head, very good lace upon the glass. The aroma is quite interesting with a sugary component that seems based a vanilla beans and Crème brûlée. There are some notes of oak and pine needles, slight peaty smoked ester too. The taste is very much barrel influenced, the hops are driven to the back by sweet malts and bourbon characters. Chocolate and vanilla notes throughout. Moderate charred and smoky notes around the edges. The mouth feel is much heavier than than normal Alpha Klaus with was unexpected considering most BA porters actually seem thinner than their non BA brothers. Part of me loves this and then part of me is dying for some hops. I honestly dunno.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: Tap at DLD.
Appearance: Dark brown color with a one finger beige head.
Aroma: Caramel and vanilla. Hints of bourbon and chocolate are present, with a hint of roast.
Flavor: Bourbon and vanilla prominent. Oak and roast are present as well.
Palate: Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall: Love me some oak aging.