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style
RATINGS: 1121   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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   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 (3321) - 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]

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   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 (1577) - 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.

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   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 (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kane (111) - USA - DEC 16, 2004
This has got to be the beer with one of the biggest differences between bottle and tap I have ever had. In the bottle the pine hops and chocolate are a disgusting mix, ending up in a bottle I could not drink. On tap, this beer has mellowed to where the roasted malts and hops blend well, making a tasty porter. My review is mixed between a truely awful beer in the bottle and tasty beer on tap. Typical 3F.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2004
Very dark brown w/ light brown foam. Aroma is quite hoppy & citrusy (especially for style) w/ robust chocolate background. Thick, chewy feel. Flavour shows some smokiness w/ a soft, rich chocolaty character & lots of hops bitterness. Overall, though, it is nicely balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle - thanks to marinaro500 for the trade. Ebony brown with slight mahogany highlights and a tan head that diminishes mostly. Big hoppy nose, roasty malts and hnts of citrus. Sweet, roasty malts, al little dark fruit and lots of delicious hoppiness. Medium to full body, creamy carbonation. One of my favorite porters to date - unique and very good.


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