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RATINGS: 1048   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4142) - Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Draft at 3F. A small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was uncarbonated and opaque with a brown/black hue. The nose was malty, chocolate and some coffee notes. The flavor was somewhat bitter, chocolate, hops, and coffee. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a full bodied beer with fair amounts of lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2003
This draft brew sampled at the brewery for the Three Floyds Birthday Gathering 12/27/2003 poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind an opaque black brwon body with no visible carbonation and an excellent lace. The aroma was strong with hops and mild malt. The mouthfeel can best be described as "Oh my God hops!" that hit like a freight train at first then mellows our very cleanly into a more porterlike malt finish. It had a stong hop flavor that was unporter like and a brown malt porter like finish. Definately another "Not Normal" brew from the masters at 3F. It is a porter that stretches the very meaning or definition of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Oh man, this is so good. I wish that when I tried it at the brewery, I wasn't so hungover. I would've enjoyed it more, and bought more. I only bought 1 bottle and loaded up on Dreadnaught instead. Not a bad dillema. The aroma of this is very chocolatey with some coffee. Appearance is very nice. It's opaque dark brown-black with a nice creamy head on top. Taste has a lot of cocoa to it then turns into dark chocolate. Definatley more bitter than most porters, and it's very well done. Palate is a little watery, but still creamy. Finish is kind of chalky. I sure wish I had some more. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Dark black color with a nic tan head that stays around for a while. Average lacing, very nice. Aroma is strongly roasted with coffee and chocolate, very rich and refined. Flavor is smooth and rounded, with an also nice roasted coffee & slight chocolate aftertaste. The finish is mild and smooth. This is a great porter, I can't see how anything could be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Dark brown, ruby edges with a small tannish head that dissapates quickly and leaves a fair lacing. Hops and alcohol fill the aroma. Some malt, some spice. Malt starts out this beer, it runs along to hops and finishes slightly bitter. Some fruit as well as some caramel flavors. Full bodied. Smooth palate slightly creamy. Interesting porter. Very different. Thanks Ed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2003
This is a unique beer experience for me. Dark reddish-brown with a nice beige head. The hops hit my nose right away. Once I got past the hops in the flavor, it was a little bit sweet, not fruity and not quite candy-like, maybe it's that Mexican sugar. I'll definitely keep my eye out for this in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2003
(2003) Black body with medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, milk chocolate, some grapefruit/pine, light roasty. Taste is chocolate grapefruit, which, although sounding disgusting, works quite well. Roasty and light pine round out the flavors. Medium body. A very nice beer, and one for which I heartily thank BBB63. That being said, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1814) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
I was happy to say the least to find this on tap when visiting friends in Chicago. This very dark brown beer had a huge, sweet hop and caramel malt aroma. Fantastic. Pine and oak flavors dominate, with the underlying citris always present and following through to the finish. Truly delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Very unique aroma for a porter, this one has a big hop profile, very piney , sweet. Beer pours dark brown with a very large, fluffy, bubbly off white head that is retained. Flavor goes with the aroma. Initial flavor is malty, a bit smoked, the finish is hoppy though not in the massive amount the aroma suggests. An extremely unique brew that gets added to my must have each year list. Thanks to EddieG for this one. Update for 2004 version: This one for me now hits all the marks. Incredible pine, spruce, chocolate aroma. One of the most lush mouthfeels ever, and the most delicious flavor of chocolate and hops ever. My first perfect score!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 (Darught) Pours a brown color with a small head. Has a big hoppy flavor with hints of chocolate.

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