Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer disembogues a deep brown to almost black with ruby high lights and the head. behemothic in size, spumous in texture and the color a beauteous light tan with the resultant lace a thick sheet welded to the glass to seal it from the light. Marvelous floral aroma at the front, sweet toasted malt, molasses, crisp and a real treat for the schnozzle this one with the start ambrosial and nicely malted, top is middling in its feel to the senses. Finish is temperate in its acidity and the hops puissant in their spiciness, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste. One of the best porters Iíve had in years, and certainly will move into my porter top ten
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark color, slightly ruby with a big head. Good gods the hop aroma. NOt used to porter with such a smell. Good malty flavor with an amazingly light palate. Well balanced hop flavor and aroma. Unique experience to say the least--whatever those guys at 3 floyds are doing--DON'T STOP!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.