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RATINGS: 1103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Alpha Klaus is Alpha King’s 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


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Poured a very dark brown with a medium tan head. Amazing aroma huge hops up front. Floral and pine. (The only reason I am giving a 9 instead of 10 is that it goes from open a hop pellet packet to all malt it 20 seconds. This is fixed by a little swirl of the glass.) The aroma then goes to choclatey sweet malt. Flavor is roasty with some chocolate, piney hop, and a light bitter dry finish. Smooth and slightly creamy. Light to medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
thanks to the one like kinz for this special brew.the alpha poured a dark brown with hints of crimson sneaking out when held to light.it also gave off a nice head that left very atractive looking webbing.the aroma was dominated by piney hops,then a bit of chocolate,and roasted malts.the flavor was again,dominated by pine and citrus style hops.folowed by some chocolate,and malt.nice thick moutfeel and smooth taste.personally its a bit to hoppy for my porter palate,but still a very wonderful brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (554) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Thanks to brentfeesh(brent) for trading this bottle. Black with a ring of tan bubbles that left some excellent lacing. Pine tree hops with some coffee, carmel and chocolate as well. Piney hops with roasted coffee and hints of carmel. Clingy feel with lasting hops bitterness. A wonderful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1087) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2005
from the bottle. poured dark brown, wih granet edges, and a tan head. aroma pine, bitter sweet chocolate, honey, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, floral. flavor, semisweet chocolate, malts, caramel, fruity, raisins. the hops were not as strong in the flavor as they were in the aroma. nice dry mouth feel

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Ahhh, finally had the chance to try this stuff ... thanks to Tad. Deep and dark brown with a slight reddish tinge around the edges; light tan head. Smooth, easy-to-drink texture. Very roasted, with big elements of coffee and bitter cocoa throughout. Nice level of sweetness (chocolate, caramel, vanilla) in the malts. Has a grassy, hoppy edge to it, with a little pine and some smoky-woody notes. Sour bitterness in the finish. Overall, rather hoppy, but not as much as I expected. And it’s not really biting or citric, though it does have a little grapefruit. Hops seem to be mainly grassy and earthy, and a little sour. Surprisingly balanced. Very interesting porter that’s a pleasure to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2005
01.27.05 Bomber via trade with doubletriple. Deep, near-black pour; minimal tan head. Aromas - wow, this is wild stuff! Pine sap, roasty and burnt coffee, chocolate, grapefruit, and alcohol. Like all FFF beers, the palate is amazing, perfect: this porter is coating and full, wanes to a thinner, crisper, clean finish and a lingering bitterness that is sharp in a pithy way. Lots of hops, grapefruit, and yet a great, malty, roasty balance. 3 cheers for 3 Floyds; these guys have a knack for making hops rock. Thanks millions, George!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Pours a dark black with clinging beige head. Coffee and hoppy tastes start out, then a finish with chocolate and slight fruity finish. Pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Delicate coffee aroma, some chocolate in there. Very fine. Thin head, small bubbles. Very dark color, opaque. Taste is nice and hoppy up front, fading to a roasted coffee taste that rolls out to a nice long finish. Alcohol is well masked. Body came off a little thin for my taste though.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2738) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
This does indeed have a soda-ish smell to it. A big roasted malt and chocolate aroma and one of the most pleasing smells Ive experienced in a porter. The flavor is a bit smokey and decently hopped with some chocolate, raisins, and vanilla. This is some good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Clear, dark reddish-brown, with floral hoppiness, flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, cola (mostly in the aroma). Thanks, Regal!


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