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style
RATINGS: 1124   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2004
2004 version. Pours brown with some orange hints buried in there. Minimal off white head. Unbelievably forward citrus hops dominate the aroma! The flavor is accentuated with citrus hops throughout the beer (lemon, grapefruit and a bit of pine). They are held up well by the chalky malts. It has some coffee flavors in there as well. Bit of sweetness. The mouth feel is good but not great. Not sure why this is a Christmas beer but that does not take away from the tastiness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
black appearance with medium brown head...a hoppy coffee aroma with a similar taste (sugars, dominant hops, with some chocolate and coffee notes; full of nuts and cream)....a smooth palate and a great aftertaste......not exactly what im looking for in a porter, but a wonderful beer nonetheless; a great fusion of a porter with hops

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Pours dark with a thick tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops with a mild chocolate and general roastiness. Flavor is of citrus hops and chocolate nibs. Very odd but it works. Rich yet refreshing and drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
Bottle, Toronto Christmas Party 2004. Dark brown colour with very little head. Wow, there is some hop aroma on this beer the most hoppy porter in this respect Ive ever tried. Fresh outdoor sort of hops too. A very nice full bodied porter with some unique sweet qualities to it. I really enjoyed it, and found it quite original as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3397) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
Dark brown colour. Massive smokey hop aroma. Some chocolate and coffee notes can be found in the flavour, somewhere amongst the piney hops. I enjoyed it, but found it very strange at the same time. [Toronto Christmas Party 04]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Man, Ive been wanting to get my hands on this for quite a while and finally did thanks to BrooklynBoy (Edward). Thanks a bunch. Dark but not black in colour with a thin offwhite head. The nose is malty and hoppys. The taste is warm, and malty and hoppy with out a huge kick of alcohol. Good and surprisingly well balanced (no 3F hop overkill). Good beer overall.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Very dark brown (almost black) with ruby edges and a thick light brown head. Aroma of roasty chocolate and a surprising blast of citric US hops - Imagine a pine cone dipped in chocolate. Taste has notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, pine, grapefruit and a prominent centennial cascade-y hop presense. Although you wouldnt think so, the chocolate and piney/citric hops work very well together. Perfect level of sweetness with a roasty and slightly burnt/bitter finish. Medium body with subtle carbonation, a little thinner than I would expect. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, great head retention. A unique porter for sure, I like.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dark color with fairly thick dark brown head. Taste is a mix of chocolate and coffee with a fair amount of hops thrown into the mix. Overall, a pretty nice porter with a lingering taste of thick chocolate.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Had this in the bottle. Dont get me wrong, Im a huge fan of Three Floyds and visit often, the only perk of being an Indiana resident, but this beer is trully awful out of the bottle. It tastes like sand paper and coffee grinds, with a hint of saliva.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2004
Huge hop nose is almost pot-like in its intensity. Strong pine-like notes marry beautifully with roasted malt aromas. Opaque brown with strong tan/brown head that recedes slowly to cover with marginal lacing. Orange-pine hop flavour with thick supporting chocolatey malt body. Creamy texture with soft carbonation and mild effervescence. Although obviously not to style, this is a very interesting and enjoyable beer. Bottle enjoyed with Enkerli and others.


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