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RATINGS: 1071   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
deep brown color, with crimson highlights peeking through, blessed with a thick, prodigious cocoa-tan head... Aroma: mmm,roasty-toasty, cinnamon, ginger,toffee,coffee, and cream...oh, yummy, oh, very good...nice as it gets... Taste: Very smooth, yet terribly dark and full in the body, full in the flavor, ...a spicy, tastiness rings through the edges and uplifts and illuminates every aspect of the experience...nutmeg and clove... Body never flags, stays full, and continually delivers flavor...finish isnít as strong as Iíd like, but hangs on well enough... overall, an excellent winter warmer/spiced ale, not a surprise from this outstanding brewery...wish it were easier to find though...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Excellent clean hop aroma. Concentrated roasted malt with pine are the dominant flavor. Finishes with a slight bitterness that is not overdone. Overall a great porter that has the top quality that Three Floyds brings.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Just tried this beer last week; my favorite of about 15 sampled. Same wonderful hop aroma as the other Three Floydís. A little hoppy for a Porter, but a nice touch. Faint spiciness for the holiday feel. Overall, a great beer from Nick Floyd.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Bottle. Nice brown color with a thick, lasting tan head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is similar with a nice hop bite right up front. Hops are chewy and the roasted coffee is all around. Well balanced and medium bodied with a nice sweet mouthfeel. Iíd love to try this on cask.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Re-rate2nd pass on Christmas Day should have confirmed the joy found prior, but the hops stood back this time.
Courtesy of Secret Santa
Lions and Tigers and Hops - oh my! This smells just like Alpha King (imagine that)! The freshness of this bottle is evident from beginning to end. The flavor goes from the high-alpha hops to the mild chocolate malt, but doesnít come back for any lingering bitterness. This makes this exceptionally drinkable. Some may consider this a little thin and not roasty enough - not me! So maybe it isnít a classic porter - but it is a good one.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2004
MMMmmm, smell the hops as the bottle opens. Poured it into the glass half expecting it to be a nice light IPA, but no. Nice and dark like a porter should be. This is fairly fresh, so the hops have yet to subside. Nice brown color, medium head with a vigorous pour. The hop aromas are lifting off wisps of chocolate malt, lingering around my nose. Almost like a sweet & sour sauce, they are opposites that together combine magnificently. The taste Is exceptional, nothing like I expected when I opened the bottle. Probably a bit hoppier than most porter fans would like, but for me it was sublime. Like coffee, chocolate, and hop oil put in a crock pot for days, the tastes just meld together in your mouth. A perfect compliment of tastes, I will age a few bottles of this for comparison after the hops subside. One of my favorites!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Deep brown with very little in the way of head development. Piney, citric, and roasted malt aromas. Full bodied; flavors feature piney hops, deeply roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate flavors. Quality, but not overwhelmingly good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Bottle 2004. Unique porter. Also delicous. Black pour, you can make out a hint of red if you look close. Aroma is piney hops, and roasty malts, some chocolate notes. Wow, what an aroma. Flavor begins with hops, not bitter though. Piney. Smooth on the tongue. Finishes with a long and lasting aftertaste of roasted coffee and chocolate. Best porter ever. Yeah.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Wow, simply the best porter ever. Pours black, no head. Aroma heavily laden with espresso and chocolate, very dark, quite nice. Very thin palate, though. Burnt taste, very smokey very enjoyable. I love this one!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
12/4/04: Bottle.
Aroma of coffee, vanilla and smoke. Flat black body with no lace. Malty taste with a hop bite. Smoked and a bit burnt; flavor also includes a good amount of coffee. This brew tastes great with chocolate.


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