dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
dalekliz (888) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BeerBunker (745) - 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 (816) - 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 (5570) - 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 (6053) - 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 (693) - Kissimmee, Florida, 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!