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RATINGS: 1096   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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

Merrill's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2009 Bomber from the very expensive Liquor Stop. Pours a little darker than Coca-Cola with a med. brown head that sticks along the edge and very light fast lace.The aroma has more wet hops than I can remember on any IPA much less a Porter: spicy pine, hints of lime, sour candy and, actually, Coca-Cola! Delicious! Such a mixture of roast malts and hops - it’s not normal! Taragon, basil, black coffee, perhaps a bit of the darkest chocolate, the flavor is not quite as lively as the aroma, but this may be the best flavor/price ratio of any beer even at Liquor Stop. The finish is coffee all the way out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (218) - - NOV 30, 2015
Bomber dated 11/11/15. Aromas of heavily roasted and smoked malts with some pine needles. Taste is charred malts, sugar, chocolate, dates on the tip of the tongue. Middle of the mouth is where a tea like and pine hop flavor appears. Finish is a resinous after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (628) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Aroma is roasty, somewhat light, a lot of toasted malt, an earthy hop presence. Appearance is dark brown, light tan head, thin. Taste is different. Halfway between a porter and black IPA, the beer is having an identity crisis. Roasted malt character, earthy hops, and not much else. Mouthfeel is thin, medium body and carbonation. Overall, this is not anywhere close to what I expected. No chocolate or sugar, just a standard porter with a hop profile. Much like Avery New World Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mambossa (175) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Opaque pour with sandy head. Nose of cocoa, tons of ripe raisin and date, coffee, toffee, American citrus and dank hops. Flavor is fairly hoppy, some vegetable/herbal tones, clean and balanced body, fairly active carbonation. Solid porter, fairly clean, not cloying. Good. Standard porter made well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madelfonatree (227) - 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 can’t identify. I don’t know if it is a combination of the hops and chocolate that I don’t 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (457) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6904) - 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 (7371) - 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 (2083) - 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 (4285) - 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!)

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