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RATINGS: 1040   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Pours a jet black color with a two finger creamy head that goes away slowly. Smells of citrus fruits like pineapple and lemon with some pine; as well as roasted coffee and chocolate undertones. Can detect some sweetness from the mexican sugar as well. Smells more like a black ipa than a porter, but I’m not surprised because it is floyds. The taste profile is the opposite of the smell. Taste starts with roasted coffee, some milk chocolate, vanilla. Then in the middle you start to get the citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit. But mostly get pine qualities which make sense since it is a christmas porter. Gets a much smoother and creamier mouthfeel. The roasted coffee and chocolate stay constant throughout. Finishes with a blend of the pine and citrus qualities, as well as the bold, roasted coffee and chocolate notes, maybe some licorice. For a 6% beer, the mouthfeel is not watery in the least bit. Medium body with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Not as good as their snow weasel porter, which has more hop qualities in it; but still a top notch, smooth porter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cousin_Larry (244) - - APR 22, 2014
Not much to dislike about this one. Pours perfectly, nice aroma, pleasing chocolate taste. Doesnt have the nasty sting that some imperials have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeq215 (47) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Smell is roasted malts, citrus hops, chocolate. Taste is the same; roaste malts, hops chocolate. Medium body, Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FestDecBeet (39) - - APR 16, 2014
Served: 22oz bottle Look: Smell: Taste: Feel: Overall: Loved it!!! First Drank: Mom & Dad's XMAS eve 2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2227) - 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 (2833) - 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 (103) - - 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 (1039) - 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 (809) - 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 (1020) - 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

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