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RATINGS: 1041   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
My goodness. If you combine a good porter with Gumballhead this is what you get. A rich, dark, smooth ale with a juicy, fruity hop profile. Very interesting and quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Bottle. Love the IPA/Porter thing going on here. Kind of tastes like a piney chocolate and I liked that combo very much. I thought it had a light feel for a porter. Price is a bit steep, but glad I tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Christmas Porter. Well, this is enough to make this Grinch/Scrooge sing carols. From the tap at Three Floyds, this was awesome. Black with just the slightest and briefest appearance of tan head. Malty. Chocolatey. Coffee. Berries? Raisens? Molasses? I do believe so. Linger a bit more on the nose. The mouthfeel is thick and full and smooth. Taste roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and, yes, citrus. Hops? Of course. And loving it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Three Floyds always does a good job of taking a well-known style and tweaking it just enough that it is still within the boundaries of the style yet memorable because of its uniqueness. This is another example. The beer is a deep mahogany color with a thick tan head that lasts pretty much the entire glass. Nice lacing too. The aroma bursts with hops, coffee, alcohol and pine. Rich body with a very pleasant blend of flavors. Roasted nuts, coffee, malt and tons of piney hops never let up. The finish is roasty and bitter to the end. I thought the $9 price tag was a bit steep but this is a fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a dark black small off white head. Aroma of coffee, malt, hops. Flavor is roasted coffee, caramel choclate, and spices. Thanks to Heemer for brinigng this one up for me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Tried again recently, still a nice porter. This pours with a thin light tan head. The body is very black. The aroma is chocolate, malts, roasted nuts and mushrooms. The flavors are fairly straight forward. They are hops, bread, cinnamon and chocolate. Frank said this was like a very hoppy porter and he was correct. Of course this also has the typical 3Fs signature taste. Thanks to MrFacto for sharing this. I also have my own bottles, but, smartly, sampled from his bottle first. I am aging my other bottles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is a chocolate Christmas tree. Pours a dark brown, virtually black with a small white head. Hoppy up front like an IPA. Chocolate finish with some light coffee. Not as much coffee as youd expect in a porter. Basically an IPA and porter combo. Very good. Another excellent sample from Wolhfs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle. Nice piney aroma. Indeed who put the Christmas tree in the beer. No real noticeable cigarette aromas or tastes. Deep red-brown. Slight head. Roasted malt is dominated by the hop in this monster. Chocolatey at times but the hops always sneak their way in. I like porters and Ipas. This is great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Black with a tan head. Strong dirty floral hop aroma with a Tabasco note, and oh yeah one other note is present PINE. Tastes like the beatings I received on national gift day as a child from my brothers, like having your ass beat with a pine tree is somehow a good thing with this one however. If youve ever been forced to drink the water that a tree has sat in for a while than you will recognize that quality in this beer, and surprisingly, I want more. Finish is dry and oakey, a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle, very dark brown with thin beige head, strong aroma of hops and pine, definite taste of hops that flows into chocolate and coffee. absolutely smooth and tasty. definitely one of my favorites.

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