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98
style
RATINGS: 1119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Alpha Klaus is Alpha Kings 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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (4378) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Pours a deep black from the bomber with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of mild coffee roast and spice. Taste is more toward light sweet malts and chocolate, hint of vanilla. Interesting, really nice

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rubbishystuff (2404) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2016 At the daily. This was fantastic. It got the roast level, the hops, the malt just right, a little rich but stiff drinkable even a little minerally. Serving: Tap

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1200) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Aroma - rich roast, dark chocolate, coffee,orange zest, and potent citrus hops Appearance - black body, beige head, quality lacing Taste - carmalized sugar, roast, citrus, coffee, dark chocolate. Palate - medium to full body, texture is creamy, soft carbonation, roast astringency that is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (460) - - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1543) - Dearborn, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mambossa (319) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madelfonatree (317) - 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 cant identify. I dont know if it is a combination of the hops and chocolate that I dont 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 (464) - 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 (8588) - 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 (8546) - La Mesa, 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.


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