PhillyCraft (7716) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle in Vermont. Pours thick brownish black with creamy beige head. Aromas and flavor of liquor barrel, plums, spice, vanilla bean, fig and light hops. Body was medium to heavy, very light carbonation, just ok. It was boozey at times and also a little too thick. b3shine (9072) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
Draft to half-pint glass at Dark Lord Day. Looks good; a dark cola with thin beige lacing. Smells good too; chocolate malt and hops with a nice oak presence. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Good stuff! DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
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. conway (2210) - - DEC 24, 2012
Pours port wine color with no head. Lots of bourbon barrel, malt and chocolate notes on the nose and tongue. Thinner than I'd like and bourbon is a little too prominent.
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750 bottle 168/ 4-something. Pours deep deep brown. Head is tan and lasting as a film. bourbon, floral, citrus, spice, vanilla. Bourbon really sends out by itself though. Flavor is hops, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Odd to have a small beer aged on bourbon barrels. Fun to try.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
750ml waxed bottle served in a Portsmouth snifter. Bottle shared by Frank (Lurchingbeast) I think? Thanks either way!
A: Pours a nice strong black color with dark brown edges. A thin tan head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. Stick sheets of lace are left down the glass.
S: Nice bourbon with a little spice with some nice roasty malts and some chocolate with a little oak.
T: Nice boozy spice with some light fruity esters poking in there as well. Roasted malts, light oak, smooth chocolate and some nice caramel and vanilla barrel sweetness on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with medium to low carbonation and a smooth boozy finish.
O: Very impressed with this one. I would really like to try the variants, but the this one had a solid and balanced barrel character.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2012 MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle, huge thanx to Kermis for sharing this one! Pours a jet black colour with a two finger, tanned head. Aroma is full of bourbon, oak and dark fruits. Flavour is really sweet, missing some roasted notes, but not disturbing at all. The bourbon is really present in the flavour and it has a cloying, thick mouthfeel. One to enjoy for sure! kermis (14478) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours black with a thick beige head with low retention. Aroma is massive oak and bourbon, chocolate, fudge, vanilla, and very subdued roasted notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter. Warming in the finish and oily but lighter than expected mouthfeel. Still fairly full bodied with soft but tingly carbonation. I get the impression that the base beer has been very overpowered by the BA but still very good. dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 Bottle @ tasting, tfs kermis! Aroma is huge bourbon woody chocolate liquorice vanilla roast. Flavour is massive bourbon, thick roast, chocolate, vanilla, spices, this that and more. Very intense. Lazy rate, awesome beer. erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2012
Dark brown bodied and medium creamy tan head. Very rich, creamy flavour. Concentrated fruit, wood, cacao, booze and vanilla. Roasted malts, smooth. Not too thick but still has the flavour. Lively carbonation in the end. Bit too boozy, taste dimmed down by the barred aging I suppose. Not entirely convinced but very happy I tried it. (At Dean’s Birthday Tasting)