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RATINGS: 1091   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Alpha Klaus is Alpha Kingís cousin. A big American X-mas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt and Mexican sugar and of course tons of strange American hops! Cheers.

2014 vintage - 6.0% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Very hoppy stuff. Dark brown-black, really pretty head, creamy, full, mocha-colored, hung around for a good long visit. Nose very hoppy, lots of pine, a bit of citrus, some chocolate roasts. Then the flavor comes. Plenty of roasts up front, strong chocolate character, then thereís a ludicrously strong kick of hops, all pine. And I mean PINE. No citrus, just pine and more pine. I realize pine trees are part of Christmas and all, but this is ridiculously. Palate-wise, this is again very special stuff, amazingly silky, feels great around the mouth, but I canít get past the flavor. Itís like somebody handed me a chocolate bar that, instead of being filled with caramel or nougat, itís filled with fresh pine needles. Literally. Simply put (and I never thought Iíd say this), itís just too hoppy for my tastes. Hops are good, but they donít really match this beer very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2003
The Klaus poured a deep mahogany color that when held up to the light looked a deep cherry red. Head was thick and airy which slowly reduced in size. The aroma is an insane amount of hops that seem to be primarily cascade but I could be wrong. Really pine-like and reminding me of spruce and Christmas trees. Thereís an underlying aroma of roasted malt and hints of cocoa or chocolate. This is definitely not normal. Think a cascade chocolate malt. Body is creamy and smooth. Flavor is most original in my opinion. Almost indesrcribable. Hops are really in the flavor and itís taking me some time to get a grip on this brew. Thereís a good amount of chocolate malt here giving some cocoa flavors along with the piney citrus hop flavors that are trying to blend. Iím not sure whether they really do though. Has some uncomfortable bitterness in the finish. By the way, the alcohol is invisible but slowly kicking in. Overall a very unique seasonal. One I enjoyed, yet one that puzzled me to no end. Thanks EddieG for a unique beer experience!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Very dark brown (opaque) with a thick, creamy beige head. The aroma was dominated by citrusy hops...it just kept bugging me that I couldn't get more of the malty, chocolate tones in the aroma. The flavor was more rounded with a large hops component and some great dark chocolate tones as well. Medium thick feel...very crisp...medium wet finish. I guess I'm more confused than anything else...this is one of those beers that just challenged me the whole way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Opaque black/brown color with a thick beige head. Strong citric grapefruit hoppy aroma. Chocolate covered grapefruit flavor. An interesting combination that oddly does remind me of Christmas. As it warms, the chocolate really becomes more prominent. A very interesting and enjoyable brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 Take a big juicy grapefruit and dip it in melted chocolate. Throw some caramel and crushed espresso beans into the mix, add a few spices, and presto...you have all the flavors and aromas of Alpha Klaus wrapped up into one world class porter. Super dark brown, full bodied and creamy. Out-freakin-standing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Nice dark brown color,Small short lasting tan head.The aroma was Sweet and malty but mostly the emphasis was grapefruit and hops which was very different for a porter IMO,Light caramel and chocolate as well coming through as it warms up.The flavor was very much different from the norm,Heavy feel with a nice sweet taste at first then it changes to a nice bitter hop taste with a decent chocolate and grapfruit taste.This is really one hell of a brew lots of flavor all over the place but not any one coming through as the real king or dominant in this case.There is a slight smoky flavor that comes through but nothing real strong,with the finish being mostly hops and chocolate with a light fruit hint.Outstanding brew and i have Bunkypop to thank for sending me one to try.Thanks a bunch bud.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
I can't see a lot of differance between this and my terribly fond memories of Avery New World Porter. THis of course is bigger, but both have a big spicy hop nose, with floral hop flavor wending its way through the dark malt. One of my favorite sort of beers--a hugely hoppy porter. Totally brilliant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Very dark with a small tan head. Almost looks like a stout. What an aroma! Tons of hops. Bigtime grapefruit. The flavor is tons of chocolate and grapefruit hop. Based on the aroma the chocolate was a surprise. Full and creamy body. This is the be all end all of all porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Deep brown, with a head that just begs to be lifted to the mouth. The aroma is slightly sweet, musky. The taste is slightly sweet, very hoppy, rather earthy. The beer is quite bitter, balanced by a delicate chocolate taste (dark chocolate?). A rich creamy mouthfeel. More porter than Christmas, but an excellent beer overall!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Bottle: .Dark brown,with a creamy,khaki head. Huge aroma of pine,grapefruit,with caramel,chocolate undertones. This has the most aromatic hop character,most Iíve encountered in a while. Creamy mouthfeel.Thich texture. Big body. Up front mocha,chocolate flavors. Hops kick in right away and are blended with smoke,and what may be the sugar used. Finish is loaded with piney hops,but near balanced with burnt caramel,and mocha.Thanks mike.

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