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RATINGS: 1088   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.

2014 vintage - 6.0% abv


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2004
A black beer with a fine tan head. The aroma is sweet hoppy with notes of coffe, citrus, and oranges. The flavor is dominated by hops combined with notes of coffee and chocolate. A wonderful beer. Thanks to Mads Berg for sharing this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
This porter pours with a very dark brown body topped by a medium thick tan head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet bitter and malty with a slight smokiness and a touch of fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty but mostly smokey and bitter with a slight coffee note. Medium to full bodied and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
Nice aroma of herbs, leaves and hops. Great taste of roastiness and grapefruit. An awesome beer tasted in an awesome session thanks to Rastacouere and MartinT!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2004
pours dark, with a thin head. smells of coffee, chocolate, and hops! god this is awesome! this is a lot better than fullers porter, i dont know why it is rated lower- regardless... coffee aftertaste that does not go away. hoppy flavor, hoppy aftertaste, hoppy in general. this is the best porter i have ever had, i challange someone to make a better porter than this. (fullers doesnt count because i dont like it more). not to mention these guys make great labels on their beers. wonderful beer!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10598) - Sřborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2004
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Huge chocolatish head. Hops, roastyness, chocolate and some malt in the aroma. Chocolate, fruits, hops and coffee notes in the flavour. Very nice fruity and bitter aftertaste, that lingers long on the palate. Another fantastic beer provided by Raindog.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - APR 19, 2004
Black coloured. Loads of hops and grass in the aroma. Surprisingly few hops in the flavour. Very malty and roasty. Dry and bitter finish. Nice hoppy flavour when you burp afterwards.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
Courtesy of Raindog, thanks sir Body is dark brown and initially wears a tan head that fast becomes one of the quickest dissipating festival of bubbles I've ever seen. Aroma is very intense with more hops than I can shake a stick at. This is woody, herbal, chocolatey, grapefruity with notes of marijuana and smoke. Quite the melting pot you'd like to cook your dinner with. Very direct and dry yet eminently appealing. On the tongue, it's very grassy, reminding me of the Saison from a few hours ago, sweeter than expected with lots of brown sugar, maple and chocolate. Still, after a few sips, the feeling you have is to be drinking hop juice.. but good hop juice! Well-made and to my liking where a fine medium body with appropriate carbonation sure helps. So, when is next christmas?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2004
Bottle pours coffee black with ruby highlights.   Large tannish rocky head, very sticky lacing.   Strong hoppiness on the nose, light pine, as well as major amounts of biscuits and charred wood.   Initial taste is very interesting, seems rather smoked for a porter.   Slightly malty, light hops, but lots of estery flavors.   Finishes with light hops, even lighter cocoa, and with the floral/estery flavors.   My burps definitely yield the hoppy side of this beer.   Full bodied, good mouthfeel, but a little too much IPA melded into this one for my tastes.   Glad I had the chance to try it tho.   Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
Deep dark black color. Little to no head however, I think I see hop oils raising to the top of my glass. The aroma is like chicory, chocolate, roasted malts, and anise all mixed together in a bouquet garni. The flavor reflects everything in the aroma with the addition of a slight mustyness. Well balanced with a pleasant finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 Bottle pours a murky brown black with a real nice head and very nice lace. The aroma is very sweet and roasted. The flavor is chocolaty, coffee, roasted malt, sweet, and no alcohol flavor to be found. The palate is nice and slick and provides a nice base for the flavor. Overall, I like it a lot.


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