Cobra (1100) - - DEC 1, 2004
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen, but it’s the 2004 batch. Very fresh. Poured out a deep chocolate brown, with a huge, rocky, dense tan colored head. Looked like mocha froth. Aromas are of sugars, like palm sugar or something. Caramels, brown malts, slight cocoa powder, coffee beans, and earthy hops make up the rest or the aromas. Piney hops in the flavors, along with the sweetness of the sugar, and cocoa notes as well.
Decent mouthfeel, not too thick or thin.
A decent porter overall. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 Not super porter like, but who cares! Very hoppy, like chocolate dipped hops, quite tasty. Seems to me that they took the recipe for Alpha King and added some dark malts to make it black and some sugar to sweeten it a bit. Damn fine. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Large Thank You’s to BBB63 for sending me this bomber this time last year!
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Ohhh Mama! I can tell by just the fat rocky caramel colored head and the large aromatics radiating from the glass, that this beer is going to be delicious!
Ohhhh, Orgas-Mo aromas of BIG America hops mixed with robust highly kilned chocolate malts slap my nostrils first! The flavor brings the most perfect blending of dark malts, coffee, chocolates, toffee, molasses, sugar rolled raisons, dates, these notes are everywhere! But the hops… the hops… the hops bring me too ovation! There is such a marvelous blending of citrus, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and even a light note of pineapple slide right across my palate.. but not too quickly! The citrus just hangs for decades in the back of my mouth… I’m gong to have to have it arrested for loitering, but I won’t press charges! There is also an amazingly spicy note of pine sap that gives this porter such a traffic holiday elegance! The palate is soooooooo full, robust, velvety, and bold… I’ll be dreaming about this beer tonight!
Well, FFF does it again! I’ll take a case of Alpha Klaus over a case of Dark Lord any damn day of the Week, Month, Year, Decade, Century…….
Pours with a thick creamy light brown head that sits atop a deep, almost black colored beer. The aroma has notes of chocolate, espresso, and an astringent roast grain husk character. These notes are joined by a strong American hop presence that is redolent of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. The taste is definitely rich and roasty, with solid notes of coffee, and chocolate. The hops are also here, but not as prevalent as they were in the nose. Nevertheless the hops are here from beginning to end. I get notes grapefruit, tangerines and other citrus fruits. There is a sweetness to this beer that accentuates the fruity hop notes, in fact I really like how the chocolate porter notes pair with the citrus notes of the hops, it is like a good orange flavored milk chocolate nougat.TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
While this is definitely quite tasty, it could certainly use a bit more thick, rich, malt notes. Thicker malt notes would make it just that little bit more festive.
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 Bottled. Pours near pitch black. Medium foamy tan head. Nose is HUGE hops. That’s really all I can smell. No roastiness, no chocolate - nothing but hops! The taste however, seems almost opposite. The hops are contained and simply add more background flavor than being dominant. Roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate round this out. Body is full and rich while being slightly oily. Finishes with a larger hop taste, more roasted malt, and coffee. Maybe a hint of licorice as well. Great stuff!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
220z bottle. Dark brown in color with a nice brownish tan head that lingers. Hoppy. Fresh hops. Roasty maltiness. Big malty flavor. Excellent beer. Chocolate roastyness. Rich tasting. humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Certainly not worth the hype. A hoppy porter? Heres how you make it: put together a mediocre porter and mix it half and half with a double IPA. La De Da. The beer is dark with minimal head. Aroma of pink grapefruit juice and beer. Flavor is violently schizophrenic. It has generic porter quality that is dominated and beaten into submission by uncreative and super-cliche hops. Sweet and malodorous. Certainly not festive enough for chrismahaunakwanzica. Acrid palate. More of a novelty than a beer. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
22 oz bottle. This is definitely worth the hype. Dark brown. brownish tan head that lasts nicely. Hoppy fresh hops baby! Roasty maltyuindertones in the aroma as well. Big and malty flavor with lots of fresh flavor hops, and chocolate roastiness. Rich. Finishes with fresh hops and roast. This is abosolutely fantastic! Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Just due to price I was a bit iffy on this. $8 for a bomber of 7% beer! HOL-EE Crap. How the fuck did they get a semi bitter chocolate beer combined with a fucking x-mas tree. Normally this would turn me off,but the balance,aroma and everything was top notch. If you only buy it once you HAVE to try this,unreal!
As it warmed a mild hop presence came out and the semi bitter chocolate faded.
Never drank a Douglas fur before,er,actually more like pine. Oddly no bulbs or ornaments leaked out of the bottle. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Holy crap, a hoppy porter! Black with a medium tan head. Huge fruity hop nose, smells fresh. Roasty chocolate cocoa hop flavor. Awesome!