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RATINGS: 1093   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Alpha Klaus is Alpha Kingís 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


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3.8
   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 Iím 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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madelfonatree (107) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Purchased from a liquor store cooler in July 2015. Bottled in 2014 (exact days and month are blurred out). Poured in to a tulip-snifter. Look - Tan with white swirls in head (like an espresso head). It is thick for the pour with very fine, creamy bubbles. The body is dark black. Head stuck around for a bit and left lacing. Very tasty looking beer. Smell - Hoppy and malty. A lot of chocolate and coffee once the hop aroma gives up. There is a smell here I canít identify. I donít know if it is a combination of the hops and chocolate that I donít pick up in a Black IPA. I best describe it as the chewy end of gum that has lost its flavor. Taste - No Christmas spice as expected. Chocolate and coffee. Hops linger throughout but not overpowering (maybe because of the late pour). Feel - Very creamy but not too heavy. Bitterness does not bite the tongue. No carbonation bomb. Overall - This is not a Christmas beer, so I did not get my Christmas in July. This is, however, a beer that is on its way to being a Black IPA but still holds true to everything good in a porter. Thumbs up for the Mexican sugar!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (426) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2015
22oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. 3 yr old bottle. Pours black with small rim of offwhite head. Aroma is fairly muted. Chocolatey, some coffee, lots of roasted notes. a little leathery. spices have died down a bit. Taste is sweet. Some bittering hops to balance. Body is medium-full. Carbonation is fairly lively for the style. Thicker texture. Long, rich finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2015
27/IV/15 - 22Fl. Oz. bottle @ my country ticks and pulled pork sandwiches tasting - BB: n/a, bottled: XI/13/14 (2015-541) Thanks to ElManana for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige head, bit adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very roasted, some citrus, orange peel, mocha, cocoa powder. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, caramel, citrus, mocha, little bitter, very fruity. Aftertaste: mocha, caramel, fruity, sweet, peaches, some chocolate, vanilla, cocoa powder.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6957) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malty base, mild sweetness, hints of smoked malts, faint chocolate, and faint hoppy bitterness. Good, not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 11, 2015
22 oz Bomber. Tasted on 5/10/15. Bottle from West Lakeview Liquor. I'm not always a big porter fan but this one was really nice. Great nose followed by a great very complex taste that wasn't sweet but definitely was too bitter either. Really enjoyed this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1917) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, raw cocoa, and some dark fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Interestingly complex. Finishes with roast.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2015
Dark brown colour, tan head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, hops. Hoppy flavour, coffee, caramel, light tropical fruits. Finish coffee, tropical fruits, caramel, fresh hops. Nice!!
(from 65cL bottle @ Timís country ticks and pulled pork sandwiches tasting. Thanks for sharing, ElManana!)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2015
Bottle at "Pulled-pork-tasting" at tderoeck's place. Thanks myself for bringing the bottle! Coffee, hoppy, exotic fruits, roast, roast and roast. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5256) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bitter bite of chocolate here with light tempered roast. Black pour with good head. Bitter finish. Hint of rooty herbal kind of aroma in this that puts a unique zing on things. Pretty easy on palate, especially considering alcohol content. Bottle at local option.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (3357) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2015
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Trade from a friend, thanks Daniel! Bottled 11/13/2014. Black with just under two fingers of light tan head. Nice webby lacing. Aromas of roast, a bit of licorice, dark chocolate, floral, pine. Tastes of dark chocolate, floral, pine, roast. Tasty but seems more like a black IPA.


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