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RATINGS: 1091   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
On tap at Fiddler’s Hearth in South Bend. Served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Nearly pitch black body, with a thick, two fingers deep khaki head. Head sticks around for most of the glass, and leaves really nice lacing the entire way.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, with some tobacco. A floral hoppiness comes in and completely hijacks the whole affair. Finish is a mix of hops and roasted coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts hit first again, but then dance with a bitter hop floral and grassy flavors. Some light dark chocolate bitterness. Finishes roasty and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Quite light and drinkable. Amongst the best drinking porters I’ve ever had to be honest.

Overall: This beer blurs the line between a black IPA and a porter. I actually really enjoy it, and the hoppyness is exactly what I should have expected from Three Floyds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6142) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6869) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1883) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3637) - 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 @ Tim’s country ticks and pulled pork sandwiches tasting. Thanks for sharing, ElManana!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (1034) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5159) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (3210) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1168) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2015
22oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Some spice in the aroma. Medium hop bitterness though some harsh flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2217) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Pours a thick black with tan head. Aromas are very meaty. Crazy resin in this one. Also brown sugar and notes of chocolate. Flavors are dominated by resin and Mexican sugar with hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel is awesome. Weird... But in a good way.

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