RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Alpha King blended with Robert the Bruce then aged in a bourbon barrel with star anise and orange peel

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deyholla (11604) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured a hazy brownish dirt amber with a grayish head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of anise, licorice and spices, reminded me a bit of a urinal cake or WTF from Sam Adams. Flavor was similar with tons of anise and licorice with a bit of spice. Considering I don’t like anise, this was note enjoyable in the least.

gyllenbock (9177) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2011
On tap at the Brewpub, October 21, 2011. Dark brown with a small creamy head. The aroma reminded of cough drops with a lot of anise. The same in the sweet taste, also toffee and malt. Too much anise and spices, the worst beer that I have tried from Three Floyds.

Strykzone (7357) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. This is a mix of Robert the Bruce and Alpha King bourbon barrel aged with star anise and orange peel. Very dark brown and not even clse to clear. A small tan head is more of a ring. Big anise in the nose isncludes red licorice. That dominates the nose when served cold. Oh my is there a lot going on in the flavor. So much malt and there is that anise. Orange peel adds complexity and a distinct bitterness. There is also some softer cocoa. Agaon, so much going on! This is a wild ride that is totally unique. Somehow it fits here. It is unconventional and untameable. damned good, too.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Odd combo of brewpubs for me tonight on my "Beer Travel" weeknight. If you’re close to me, maybe you’ll know because of what happens tomorrow. Pours a murky brownish pour, lighter with some glowing edges, maybe a dirty hue with a decent frothy offwhite head that dies to a ring clinger. Small lacing. Aromas are some "Jesus Christ that is anise" appeal, the orange peel comes through, some toffee, oak, and spirit. The anise is overpowering.. And I don’t even like anise so it’s not a welcome addition. Licorice, oak, toffee, some lingering orange rind oils. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied with a hot spirit hheat up front, oak and Bourbon, moving into heavy lingering anise, black licorice, Good n Plenty. Some orange peel, touches of toffee, faint cocoa. Fairly thin and killed out by the barrel. Middle throws more anise and orange peel, the combo really is deadly strong and accurate. It’s not hard to describe. Thin, anise ridden, some orange peel oils. The base beers don’t show much, perhaps some touches of sweet and toasty malts, a faint faint cocoa essence.. Really, this beer is powerful, thin, and not the flavor profile I enjoy. Wow. I’d rather drink Brandy Alpha Klaus than this. Aroma gets a 7 for power, not for "Like". If you like Licorice/Anise, this is for you.. And I don’t doubt it grabbing a lofty score from those that do. But this beer is not very good to those that don’t enjoy such flavors. Bourbon throws heat and some flavor that gets covered up by the anise.. Kinda just interferes. Man, this is odd. The orange peel probably boosts it several points. Otherwise, this beer would lose a lot. Interesting yes.. But good? Depends if you love Anise! Overall, the beer is harsh on the palate, lacks balance, and loses any sort of focus. Ok.. Mediocre really. A rare miss in the barrel world from Three Floyds.

JStax (6502) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Poured on draft into a snifter. Appearance is dark brown with a khaki colored head. Aroma is loaded with star anise and barrel. Taste is dark roasted malt, anise, and orange peal. This beer is very complex with many layers of flavors.

HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
On tap at the FFF Brewpub. This is part of their rededicated barrel-aging program and Im grateful to try it. This beer pours a deep, hazy maroon with some flecks of orange. There is little to no head, and what little head there is settles along the rim of the glass, a small swirl floating towards the middle. Aroma is a strong punch of licorice. Some notes of orange and a twinge of breakfast sausage, which was unexpected. Some caramel notes from the Robert The Bruce tries to peak out over the overwhelming licorice. Flavor is again heavy on the licorice with some smoke, caramel, and toffee. I get the Good and Plenty feel that Adam got. There is a light citrus and citrus hops toward the back end of the flavor. Must be the Alpha King gasping for air. The barrel comes out a bit towards the finish. The body is almost creamy, with complimentary carbonation. Finishes with some barrel and some booze. This is an interesting experiment that Im not sure ended up being succesful.

drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
fobab, pours hazed amber off white head nose of lime spices cinnamon and lots of anise flavors of spices lots of cinnamon, anise, bile, just gross, loads of anise.

NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Draft at FoBAB 9. Holy shit, that’s a ton of anise/licorice. Pours a murky brooding amber/brown with an offwhite head. The nose is straight up licorice. Star anise just overpowers. The vanilla from the oak doesn’t help as it lends a sweetness to the nose that just makes it borderline offensive. Citrus is lost in there. On tasting, a sip is enough. I get it, it’s an anise beer. I just don’t get why?

pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Three Floyds Spazzerak sampled on tap at FOBAB 2011... Hazy mostly opaque caramel toffee with a thin light beige film... Too big on licorice and star anisewhich dominates everything else... Flavors are flowery with black licorice and citrus coming in late. Not a great combination of flavors. Soft to medium body with adequate carbonation but really not to my desired taste. i will take a pass if given the opportunity again. 5/3/5/2/10

SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
this was actually pretty undrinkable. didn’t care to choke down my two ounce sample so traded glasses with my girlfriend. like a real man. way to much potent in your face big burly black licorice. alpha king got its *(&*)( ^(^^&678*(^ H99 packed in. poor little guy.

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