kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: April 25, 2009
Source: Tasting, DLD
Appearance: muddy dark brown, frothy beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma with lots of bourbon, sweet chocolate
Flavor: rich sweet chocolate and bourbon flavor, lots of drying earthyness and oak, sweet vanilla brings it back
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown (almost black) with a small, creamy, lightly-tanned head. The nose is a medley of cola, coconut and toasted oak. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is heavily roasted and offers a decadent blend of sweet fudge, toasted coconut and bourbon. Finishes sweet and chocolaty. Kudos to landhoney for landing and sharing this world class bottle of beer!
BBB63 (5701) - 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.
Cornfield (5344) - 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.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black color with a tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of spicy rye, vanilla, roasted malts, charred wood, and bourbony alcohol. Taste of roast, vanilla, spicy rye, smoke, pine, tobacco, dark chocolate, and a smooth, creamy finish.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, 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!
BoBoChamp (5014) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
DrSilverworm (4744) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at DLD 2013. Dark brown color. Minimal tan head. Bigger body. Kind of a chewier taste, light carbonation. More dry finish. Tastes much bigger than standard Alpha Klaus. Wood, little vanilla, little spice, bigger liquor taste. Milk chocolate, much less pronounced hop, but still mildly hoppy. More stout-like malt characteristics, little roast, but not quite the body of a stout, so the barrel is a little more pronounced, but it’s nice. Bitter taste, light sweet, good long complex aftertaste. Much boozier than regular Alpha Klaus, but no burn or bite, nice warm buzz. Good, interesting stuff.
deanso (4502) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
66cl bottle courtesy of Kermis and shared :-) thanks
Thin tan head. Bourbon aroma. Clear dark pour. Vanilla and bourbon in the aftertaste. The barrel aging is lovely. A great brew!
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at DLD ’09. Dark dark brown with a big off-white head. Roasty malt aroma with some oaky vanilla. Not as hoppy as a fresh bottle of the original, and I consider that to be a good thing. Roasty chocolate flavor with vanilla, oak and some hop in the finish. I really like what barrel aging did for this beer.