badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Poured out black, with no head to speak of, maybe a few bubbles around the edges. Smell was pretty much full of bourbon. As I recall Alpha Klaus had a very hoppy, yet complex nose; this didn’t. Taste was still full of bourbon, it was as if someone just added a shot of bourbon to a small glass of bland porter. Mouthfeel was the lighter side of medium with about a medium amount of carbonation. Drinkability was alright, I guess. This was nothing more than an OK beer infused with bourbon. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but from FFF’s I have to expect more than this. I’ll take the brilliance that is in Alpha Klaus and Black Sun over this anyday. Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2008
I visited the brewery today for the first time. After purchasing my case and a half of barleywine, I tried this. It was dark, with almost no head, but more carbonation than I expected. The smell was a smooth blend of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. The hops were muted, but there.
The taste was smooth. The bourbon barrel has added a slight sweetness, along with some increased alcohol, although you don’t really notice it in the taste. The taste is big, but the individual flavors are hard to discern. Chocolate is the most prevalent flavor, with the roasted and bourbon characters as runners up. The once piney hops are slightly noticed.
The mouthfeel is thinner than the normal version. The carbonation is low and very smooth. I drank five of these. Seemed drinkable to me.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-02-2005 07:20:37
-- thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2008
This draft brew from the brew pub poured a small sized head of foamy with a frothy top bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a semi-opaque uncarbonated dark ruby red brown colored body. The mild aroma was malty and bourbon. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish. The yummy flavor contained notes of roasted malt vinous dark malt and bourbon. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again. Tmoney99 (14492) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Draft at brewpub. Poured hazy black color with an average light brown creamy head that lasted with good lacing. Very complex tart citrus, sweet malty and woody alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Full complex bittersweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish and a small bite of alcohol. Good more drinkable brew. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2008
On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub and served in a tulip. This beer poured a dark brown with a thin head of tan foam that quickly faded. A small amount of lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of whiskey, mild chocolate, and more whiskey. The flavor consisted of whiskey, light roasted notes, and light vanilla and oak. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. Another barrel-aged beer that totally covered and diminished the quality of the original beer. Pretty average.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JAN 5, 2008
On tap at brewpub. The bourbon just dominates this beer. I can appreciate this beer, but wish I could turn down the bourbon flavor by half to taste more of the Alpha Klaus. I give them credit for trying something new. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Draft at Three Floyds pub. Last glass of the keg. I freaking love Alpha Klaus. This version pretty much smothered everything that was good about Alpha Klaus, but on it’s own it’s an OK beer. There’s a ton of whisky and peat all over this thing. Scotch, vanilla and cream in the nose but it’s all being dominated by sharp oaky whisky vapors. Bitter and very dry, wood dry. Crazy weird, but not really hitting the spot for me. Unpolished and raw tasting. Deep black with a dark brown thin head. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Tap a while back. Pours a nearly clear rusty red color with the faintist of beige colored head that settles out almost immediately. Aroma is huge bourbon, malt, brown sugar, oak. Flavor is HUGE bourbon, oak, malt, burnt sugar, more bourbon, did I mention bourbon. Palate is full bodied, oily, resinous, void of carbonation. Too much bourbon. TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2006
This years has a big bourbon presence in all aspects. A little to overpowering for the subtle compexities of the Alpha Klaus base. Tasty, but bourbony. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2006
FoBAB 2006: Nose of bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, yeast and spices. Sweet flavors sugar, chocolate, dark fruit, spices and bourbon. Finishes very dry from the alcohol. Overall there’s too much bourbon, if this were toned down this would be nicely balanced and much more enjoyable.