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RATINGS: 1037   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thechasm442 (287) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 Fresh bottle appropriately served in a three floyds pint glass. Pours a dark brown/black with a inch thick tan head. It leaves great lacing. Aroma is strong, I can smell it from a foot away. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, pine, some disguised citrus, and hints of cream. Taste is malts, chocolate, oranges, grapefruit, sweet cream, and sugar. The sugar actually lingers on the tongue and lips nicely. It has the trademark three floyds hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and easy to drink. This is an amazing porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2172) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
[Bottle] Pours jet black in color with a rocky brown head. Nose is of pine, zesty hops, roasty malts and light coffee. Heavy molasses and burnt caramel throughout the taste. Dark brown sugar, piney hops and light tobacco/earthiness. Chalky mouthfeel, but with a more syrupy texture to it. Big and bitter finish. Nice! Tasting notes from 2/2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (2807) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
Merci à Hammy78 pour cette bombe. Un corps bien noir sur lequel se forme une mousse brune presque indestructible. La dentelle laissée sur la paroi ressemble à un relief montagneux. Au nez, les houblons percent difficilement le mur malté et rôti. Sur les papilles, le chocolat, le café et le caramel foncé sont traversés par des flaveurs de houblons fruités et mentholés. En bouche, c’est bien crémeux. Le corps n’est jamais trop dense. En finale, c’est sec avec une amertume construite à la fois par le travail des grains et le travail des houblons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1078) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
(tap) very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aromas of molasses, roast; balanced flavour with a long light bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewHaMeister (91) - - MAR 22, 2014
22oz bottle pours dark brown with a slight red hue, thick brown head and little lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and hops. Slightly bitter flavor. Delicious!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1033) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
A - pours a dark rich brown with 1 finger tan head that leaves a light ring. S - i dont really get the christmas in the smell. Aroma is almost all hops, soap, floral, bitter citrus and resin. some dark malts, candied dates, cigarettes, coal and toasted malts. M - medium body with sharp carb. water mf with a dry bitter end. hoppy. T - this is a dark dipa? soapy and resiny hops come on first. some bitter citrus, dried grasses. The chocolate and doughy malts are muddled in there with the hops somewhere I’m sure of it. Toasted malts, bitter grasses and resin end this. O - not what I was expecting at all. where’s the xmas angle? wheres the this is not an IPA angle? The bitter citrusy hops fight with the porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (783) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle from a recent trade. Small snifters at Peter and Gail’s house. Pours a very dark brown, black with a slight off-white head. The aroma is complex with chocolate, vanilla, spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, roasted malts, Brazil nuts, wood barrel and peat. The taste was a little less complicated. Solid dark chocolate, spices, peat, light coffee, and dark fruits. Medium body, some carbonation. Finish was spices and peat. Good, not my fav however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
On tap at the brewpub, served in an English pint. Pours hazy chestnut with a moderate creamy tan head that fades slowly to a thin cover. The nose has big chocolate and roast malts, along with prominent hops, brown sugar and a touch of coffee. The flavour is balanced between slightly dry malts with dark chocolate on the one hand and roasted malts, coffee and earth on the other. The finish is long and roasty with lingering chocolate and complex hops. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a milky texture an average carbonation. Overall a very nice chocolate porter with impressive American hops. 2013-12-29

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (232) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark black with off white head. Aroma is coffee, pine, caramel, figs, roasted malt, citrus. Mouthfeel is great with a medium light body and average carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a bitter & astringent following and a dry finish. Overall this is a complex brew that marries a Porter with an IPA. Very well done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
parkerj (14) - - JAN 28, 2014
I thought that the citrusy hops clashed with the roasty porter characteristics. i’m disappointed; i’ve loved a lot of hoppy porters, but apparently not this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (2568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 Bottle (2012), with thanks to Drew. Pours a deep ruby black with a medium brown head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, cigarettes, chocolate, rich. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet, roasty, coffee, chocolate, touch of ashes, medium bitterness. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Things really come together nicely in this beer. Not getting much individual character from whatever "strange" hops were used due to the age, but what this has become is downright awesome. Definitely one of my favorite imperial porters.

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