RRistow12 (636) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from draft. Pours black with a beige head. Very complex beer. Aroma of chocolate, earthy grasses and grains and pine. Taste of chocolate, coffee, hint of coffee and caramel, pine, a little stone fruit and dark fruits. Great tasting and interesting beer. Moderate bitterness with great well balanced malt backbone.
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Panzuriel (1787) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Millstone BBQ near Logan Ohio. Alpha Klaus is a deep dark brown beer with a thinner head of small white bubbles. Nose is Rich roasted dark chocolate goodness with some interesting hops going on. Taste was mildly to medium sweet with a good amount of spruce. Body was somewhat lively. finish was a good warming with a touch of hop bitterness. a very different and interesting porter.
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice porter on tap. Smooth with nice chocolate, coffee and malt flavors. Another great beer from FFF.
nathan30533 (1007) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This to me makes an incredible holiday brew. Pours nice and dark, dark brown with a light color head. Tasty brew and enjoyable.
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown, almost black, with a 2 finger creamy medium tan head. Nice head retention and lacing.
Smell: Dark roasted malt with lots of hops and a touch of chocolate.
Taste: Piney and grassy hops up front followed by roasted malt and a hint of chocolate in the middle before ending with more piney and grassy hops. Aftertaste is fairly bitter with just a touch of semisweet chocolate. The flavor profile is nothing like any porter I’ve ever had.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. You’ll have no difficulty finishing off a bomber on your own.
Overall: A good beer overall, but not really my idea of a porter. I also don’t understand the Christmas connection with this one, but maybe it fits with 3 Floyds’ motto of "It’s Not Normal." This one is definitely worth trying.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Quite hoppy, quite sweet, quite not my thing. Just weirdly citrusy and earthy and sweet and slightly smoky and all over the place but not anywhere I particularly love.
EyeAmBaldman (461) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque dark mahogany with a thick dark tan head. Aroma is strong pine with a hint of roasted malt. Slick on the tongue with a medium mouth feel. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate and a ton of hops. Really was hoping for more of a porter and got a black IPA.
crajun (1150) - , Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bomber from trade; probably cellared 6-9 mos; should have done longer. This is a complex beer but wasn’t right for me - just ok. many aromas - vanilla, roast from malts and coffee - maybe a little vinous aroma. Taste was ok in beginning - like aroma; but ended with too much hops - roasted hop combo that didn’t work for me. disappointed as I really enjoy this style.
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bomber into tulip. I don't know what I was expecting with this but I was unpleasantly surprised. I really wanted to enjoy a porter but this beer was all about the hops. There were some roastiness in there too but I struggled to find the porter base or anything that said "christmas". Really this was much more akin to a black ipa. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised considering this was FFF.
Leighton (17802) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in Hoboken. Pours deep brown with a frothy beige head. The nose holds well toasted malts, some pine, orange rind. Medium sweet flavor with nice earthy bitterness, cocoa, roast, baked pine. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly ashy on the finish with some ripe orange, pine, well toasted bread. Quite nice.