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RATINGS: 1088   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


4.3
   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!

4.6
   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!

4.3
   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.

4.4
   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.

4.4
   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.

4.2
   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!

4.1
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Aroma of pine, cardamom, rye and scotch. Very sweet overall... but with a big earthy peat/soil quality. Gritty, thick and sweet. Really a complex mix of flavors, and an excellent beer. Had this one on "opening night 2003" with Mike, Joe, Allison and Ann, and opened my bottle of it to celebrate the end of finals on 12/18/2003 - bottle was still as described above... absolutely excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 Chocolate brown hue with good creamy beige head and lace. The aroma hinted of pine, grapefruit, caramel, toast, smoke and candied pineapple. Real nice nose. The flavor was mocha sweet and heavy but not for long...big bitter piney tone made for a unique surprise. The smoky and almost nutty undertone adds to the flavor complexity. The mouthfeel is syrupy but not really sticky, smooth and lush with enough carbonation from becoming too much. Dangerously drinkable, WOW! Even better than last years batch which was smoother and not as hoppy. A stand out within the genre, you would be hard pressed to find a more unique porter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 hello! aroma: sweet, chocolate, pine trees, and citrus - itís a candy Christmas forest! appearance: dark brown pour. black body with barely a ruby highlight. fantastic head - twinkles, light brown, tight bubbles, and frothy. it leaves a nice crystalline lace. looks like a stout. flavor and palate: so smooth, rich, spice, chocolate, a little cloy. i like it though. itís as if a pine tree were tapped and out poured a delicious chocolate brew, not syrup... a delicious porter. my favorite porter. UPDATE 11/26/04 / bomber to stem glass / not that thick, actually. chocolate--tastes great with chocolate, btw--with a bitter and citrus aftertaste. itís not normal! but i did downrate.


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