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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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Quite large brown head of very fine bubbles. Frothy on top with good lacing. Wow great complex aroma. Lots of piney hops to offset the big roasted malts. Bit of chocolate and molasses. Color is black. Rich and zesty flavor. Lots of roasted grain, coffee, spruce and a dry bitterness. Balanced wonderfully. Little bit of citrus pokes its head through also. Finish is dry and roasty with a good bitterness. One of the best porters I have ever had. The big hops presence sets this one above the rest.. Thanks to bunkypop for this one.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Black. Hoppy aroma. Stout-like mouthfeel. Rich, compex and well balance chocolate and roasted nut flavors. What can you say, this is zymurgenius. It seems allot more like a stout than a porter but who cares?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Dark brown with a fluffy head that diminishes to a sheet of lace. Aroma is rich with dark chocolate and candied fruit. Flavour starts smooth and sweet then rips into a hoppy bite with a very smooth bitter coffee finish. One killer porter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle courtesy of corndog: Dark brown with a medium thick tan head. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, pine, citrus, and roasted malts. Taste is chocolate covered hops, chocolate, cascade hops, lemon, vanilla. The combination of hops and roasted malt works surprisingly well here; I have become a believer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 This beer pours like coca-cola and has a head which disintegrates very quickly. The aroma has pine, hops, chocolate, and raisin at least so far. I have never encountered a taste like this before because it has pine, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and butterscotch. The aftertaste is quite bitter which I like. Im sure I am missing a lot because it is my first Porter from such a great brewery. This will be my rating for now.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Mild chocolate and roasted sweet malt mix with a nice and clean floralesk piney hop start the nose off with a decorous medley. Other mentionables beyond the milk chocolate make for some charred brown sugar and a lovely bourbon laced molasses under current. Impressionable and close to cloning an Imperial stout-like nose. Sometimes wiffs were lighter then others; seemingly changing and without much stability but well worth it when the strength assumes control. Deep and very dark brown, nearly black with slivers of glowing amber at the bottom. Finger high foam of light tan sits atop for a good stay. Lacing coats in a thin sheeting eventually breaking into webbings all around the glass top. Great flavors here, super fine balance between a sweet and soft chocolate cake backing that continues to lift itself through the softer yeilding piney hops that perk with a incredibly nice and easy bitterness. Very nice to behold. The chocolate borders a coffee roastyness while maintaining its full-on chocolate cake-like fluffyness and richness. The subtle but eager piney edged hops blend across and within the chocolate without much effort and fit together with a swimmingful smoothness. Great finisher too. Bits of anise and licorice spice pop to the surface blending with leftover roasted barley and oatmeal along with mirco bursts of heavy roasted coffee. Wow and yum! Perfect blend of flavors that I could really get used to. Strikingly fine and smooth body, lightly creamy, lightly bittered with swell chocolate tones and piney hops; just past a medium fullness thats very well rounded and clean. Nothing harsh or out of place here. Finish is strikingly subtle, yet complexing with a delicate drying character and all that wonderful leftover stuff. An excellent porter! A big chocolatey balancing act with hops and bittering bite that holds true, bold,smooth, and rich the hold ride through. This is a top notcher in my book! Goes down quickly without much labor. Kudos 3F! Yummalishious!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Poured a very dark brown with a medium tan head. Amazing aroma huge hops up front. Floral and pine. (The only reason I am giving a 9 instead of 10 is that it goes from open a hop pellet packet to all malt it 20 seconds. This is fixed by a little swirl of the glass.) The aroma then goes to choclatey sweet malt. Flavor is roasty with some chocolate, piney hop, and a light bitter dry finish. Smooth and slightly creamy. Light to medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
thanks to the one like kinz for this special brew.the alpha poured a dark brown with hints of crimson sneaking out when held to light.it also gave off a nice head that left very atractive looking webbing.the aroma was dominated by piney hops,then a bit of chocolate,and roasted malts.the flavor was again,dominated by pine and citrus style hops.folowed by some chocolate,and malt.nice thick moutfeel and smooth taste.personally its a bit to hoppy for my porter palate,but still a very wonderful brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (561) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Thanks to brentfeesh(brent) for trading this bottle. Black with a ring of tan bubbles that left some excellent lacing. Pine tree hops with some coffee, carmel and chocolate as well. Piney hops with roasted coffee and hints of carmel. Clingy feel with lasting hops bitterness. A wonderful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1095) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2005
from the bottle. poured dark brown, wih granet edges, and a tan head. aroma pine, bitter sweet chocolate, honey, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, floral. flavor, semisweet chocolate, malts, caramel, fruity, raisins. the hops were not as strong in the flavor as they were in the aroma. nice dry mouth feel


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