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RATINGS: 1118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Alpha Klaus is Alpha King’s 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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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2009 Bomber from the very expensive Liquor Stop. Pours a little darker than Coca-Cola with a med. brown head that sticks along the edge and very light fast lace.The aroma has more wet hops than I can remember on any IPA much less a Porter: spicy pine, hints of lime, sour candy and, actually, Coca-Cola! Delicious! Such a mixture of roast malts and hops - it’s not normal! Taragon, basil, black coffee, perhaps a bit of the darkest chocolate, the flavor is not quite as lively as the aroma, but this may be the best flavor/price ratio of any beer even at Liquor Stop. The finish is coffee all the way out.


3.6
jsmerig (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2017 Pours a deep black with a tan head. Aroma of smoked cocoa and coffee. Taste is malty and chocolate with a smokey flavor.

3.8
ryanscourt (1518) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Enjoying with elf on christmas in july. Not much to complain about here. None of the ususal christmas grog spices. Chochlate tones with a great body.

4.2
shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 11, 2017
Thanks JC. Nice aroma, kind of smells like a black IPA. Hoppy, bit of spice maybe, mint maybe. Taste is interesting, much more porter like. Bit spicy, dry, light chili, dry and bit smoky. Enjoyable!

3.2
jc1762 (1578) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Thanks Virby44 for the bottle! Poured into a taster showing half a finger of latte colored foam wit pitch black center and no rims. The nose shows earthy hops with subdued smoky rauchbier notes. The palate is highly carbonated and light bodied yet foamy. The palate is hoppy with a light dark malt mid-palate. Ending shows a hoppy bitterness with prickly alcohol.

3.9
TimE (6067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2017
Dark brown color. Lots of chocolate cake, spice, cacao nibs very dry nose. Hoppy, ash chocolate, spice, cacao nibs and slightly sour mouth. Lingering chocolate mole and horechatta finish. Very interesting. Very good Christmas beer.

4
ciocanelu (2851) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 29, 2017
Black color with brown head. Aroma is really fragrant and floral with nice chocolate in the background. Taste follows, really nice acacia flower notes, chocolate, slightly sweet but finishes with a nice coffee roastiness. Body is on the light side but it’s quite smooth on the palate. Really nice porter, quite different from all others I tasted so far.

4.3
phranq (250) - - JAN 25, 2017
Excellent dark pour from a bomber. Small tan head. Sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Even light mouth feel. Slight hop bite in the finish. Really well ballanced porter!

4.2
ChiGuy68 (609) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Tasted on tap at Crown Liquors. It pours an opaque brown with a light brown head. Robust chocolate hop aroma with a well balanced hop and chocolate malt taste. This is one smooth and delicious porter, perfect winter brew.

4
andrewje41 (4156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Bottled on 11-1-16. 22 oz bottle poured, with a huge thanks to Prufrockstar for this bottle. Always a treat, and you sir, are the man. The final Christmas celebration of the year, happens today, and it might be my favorite of them all! Pours black with a cola tan fizz head. A moderate, roasted, almost smokey malt aroma. Flavor is a mellow impression, toasted malt. Has brown sugar hints, and a nice milk chocolate, but light. Toasted finish. I love how mellow this beer is up front, but ends on a huge roasted note. Very pleasant porter. A Christmas beer that refuses to be really sweet and excessively added with random stuff. Just the brown sugar, which is perfect for my liking. Bold chocolate. Fantastic porter.

3.9
Ahuth (642) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle. Pours black nic thick brown head. The smell is daArk fruit. Chocolate. The palate is thick creamy. The taste is fruit hops. Citrus. With chocolate and sugar. Chocolate dark fruity. Awesome porter. Can’t wait to try the BA version.


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