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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter

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Ratings: 1609
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alpha King’s festive cousin. A big American Christmas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar and of course, tons of strange American hops. Cheers!

38 IBU

(Beer added by: zerk on 12-06-2002)
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don’t quite grasp the hype surrounding this beer. It’s quite good but I don’t see why it’s worth paying so much for it when equally or better brews like the Fitz, Tommy, and Great Dane’s Cascade or Black Earth are available for half the price.

Pours a bronzed cocoa with moderately lasting sticky white-brown head.

Smells of citrus hops and cocoa, dark roasted malts and grape fruit. Also bits of anise.

Tastes cakey but also of iced down chocolate milk. A bit thinner than I would like, fluffier too. I want cream and am only getting iced milk. Sweet front, dry finish.

Very drinkable.

I’ll pick of a bottle of this and try it again soon. Maybe their was something wrong with the keg I had or my taste buds that night but like I said, I don’t get the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2005 03:37:59 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

presentation: 22oz. bomber with a huge oval in the center of the label. red oval with green text says three floyds alpha klaus xmas ale. within the center of the oval is the alpha king with a santa hat. three floyds logo at the bottom of the oval. winter/christmas graphics in the corners of the label. their description of their xmas porter is on the right of the label above a map to the brewery. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: nice dark brown, almost black, with dark brown highlights along the edges in a snifter glass. pours a nice one inch light tan head that has good retention and laces well.

smell: floral and lightly grassy hop aromas and lightly chocolatey. sweet bread and estery. nice balance in aromas from hops to malts.

taste: chocolatey with some coffee flavors. mostly malty, but a balancing hop bitterness underlies and lasts through the finish. molasses and a little tannic. finishes bitter-sweet. very nice sweet chocolate as the brew warms.

mouthfeel: very smooth light-medium body. good carbonation and rolls around smoothly. good for the style, but i wish it were a little thicker. a tad resinous. smooths out even more as the beer warms.

drinkability: this is a nice sipper. goes down super easy, but you don't want to drink this fast. alcohol is there, but not overwhelming. very tasty and super smooth.

overall: this is just an excellent porter. i recommend drinkin' this just a tad below room temperature as this made all the difference in the world. very tasty and excellent mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 23:42:01 | More by Px2GrafX
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After being poured into a tulip, a slight tan head sits atop an extremely brown body. The nose is way tamed from Xmas time. Dark chocolate and coffee are the dominant smells. The piney hops are there, but they are slight.

The taste is much improved from when this was fresh. The piney citrusy hops have left the stage, but not the building. Bitter, burnt, coffee flavors come first followed by chocolate. The hops show themselves at the end of the taste experience. Citrus and pine flavors, followed by a ripe fruitiness that I expect will show itself more with age.

The mouthfeel is thick, which is something that far too many Porters are missing, IMO. Drinkability is good, but 1 bomber is enough. I do prefer this fresh, but less than a year of age has done wonders for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 09:51:15 | More by Sephiroth
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BeerFink

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Following its emancipation from a 22oz bomber, this porter sits heavy in my snifter and kicks up a frothy light brown head. Opaque onyx is the color, ambrosial is the aroma. A thick roasted chocolately coffee smell coexists simultaneously with citrous and piney hops. An interesting combination that is not used enough, in my opinion. Alcohol is present in the nose as well. Flavor begins with large malts and roasted grain. Bitter chocolate blends with coffee in a big dark way, reminiscent of a stout. A crescendo of hops begins in the middle, beginning subtly and finishing the flavor with bitter, drying citrous. Roasted grain continues in the finish, but is dominated by an onslaught of prickly hops. Mouthfeel is thick (for the style) and very full, with some hop bite and medium-low carbonation. An intense, complex, enjoyable and very drinkable porter. Why do Three Floyds kick so much ass? I don't know, but I'll stay satisfied as long as I'm supplied with these unique and well-hopped takes on familiar styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 03:05:06 | More by BeerFink
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Dark coffee coloration with a very nice toffee colored head.

Smell: Very floral smelling nice combination of coffee, chocolate and malty smokyness.

Taste: Very clean and tasty malty-coffee spicy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very clean with no after taste.

Drinkability: I could drink this one all day. As previously stated it has a very clean taste and a great smell to it. I wish I had brought more home with me.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 06:13:56 | More by nlmartin
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IrishMike for this one....Xmas in August it is.
Pours an extremely dark black w/ a full finger of light brown head w/ a gentle pour....decent amount of lacing.
Smells real good...amaretto, some espresso and a hefty dose of dark chocolate.
Taste is more of the same and then add in a decent amount of bitter hops...will have to find this one fresh to compare. No alcohol detected until the very last few sips.
Mouthfeel is quite thick, but not cloying...carbonation is nice and the finish is very clean.
Another great offering from 3F...could enjoy this one all evening if only I had more.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 00:25:17 | More by warriorsoul
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of footbalm.
Pours a deep brown, almost black, with ruby hues. Head is small, tan and doesn't stick around for long. Lacing, however, is quite nice as is the collar.
Smell is warm spiciness (cinnamon), roasted malt, chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Some hops noticable in aroma, not much alcohol (not any actually)
Taste is rich, toasty and full of roasted malt goodness. Cinnamon is present as well, but just a hint. Hops come on in full force, but are not out of balance with the rest of the malty natured brew. Chocolate and a bit of coffee round this one out. Slight warming as this goes down.
Mouthfeel is full and very very good. Smooth while not being cloying and just enough balance to make it very very drinkable.
Overall, a great beer. I've yet to disappointed with anything I've tryed from 3F, and I didn't have any doub that this one would continue the trend. Of course, it does.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 01:01:50 | More by LuckySevens82
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of Perkuno's Hammer, because it's a big porter and it kicks ass. My apologies to whomever sent me this treasure...it was late last year and I've since forgotten (remind me please! so I can thank you). I forgot about it for about 6 months, and it still has a nice hop bite to it. 22 oz. bomber pours into my imperial pint as nearly black, with the faintest crimson highlight; nice thick tan head that retains well.

It's Christmas in July. The aroma of this beauty sends me back to sipping Bailey's in December around the tree with my parents; that is to say, quite piney... with notes of dark chocolate, black licorice, and a crisp pungent hop nose. Chocolate flavor and rich dark malts initiate the palate, leading to a slightly resinous herbal hop finish, which is not nearly as bitter as the aroma might suggest. Quite balanced. Mild alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is velvety and near perfect, with just a tingle of dry carbonation in the finish. I'd love a fresh sample this holiday season, as this is a real treat. Maybe 3F will start to send this to PA? Please?

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 00:48:29 | More by IrishRedRock
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far333

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Eggplant black with a thick, tightly bubbled head that rises barely over the top of the liquid, and leaves a thin cap atop, with foamy legs rising up the sides.

Interesting aroma, intially hoppy and then roasty malt. A unique combination, but it works. Flavor is hops upfront, a mixture of citrus and pine, followed by strong clove and chewy spruce tips, with some raisin and cherry. The typical roasted malt porter flavor is subdued, and the ABV is well-hidden. Tangy finish with a cocoa linger.

Great example of what I consider to be perfect mouthfeel - smooth and even, a little creamy. Slight carbonation tingle, but it doesn't mask any flavors. Pretty drinkable, but I may not be able to get through more than 5 or 6 bombers in a sitting due to the rich flavor and ABV.

Another top beer from a top BA - BuckeyeNation has hooked me up again. Thanks.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 02:30:45 | More by far333
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber into a dimple pint. The color is virtually black (I even used my cell phone to check ;) ) with a very good bubbly beige head. The beer smells like actual hop pellets which on another sniff has a strong porterish roastiness to it and just a touch of sweetness. The taste is about as hoppy as I'd expect from 3F, with a very strong high-alpha, citrusy hopping, and then once the initial hop wears off the actual porter flavor comes through, with a nice roastiness in the beer and a chocolate sweetness; the flavors meld together very well in some odd way. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and chewy. As for drinkability, this would be one I'd love to have tons of come next winter!!

It's sure not normal...but it IS indeed tasty!! This has definitely catapulted up to amongst my favorite Christmas beers, and while it was slightly more hoppy when we had it in January, now it's mellowed out to a nice balance. As nice and piney a beer as I've had and one I will look for this holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 17:28:33 | More by beergeek279
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a huge fan of this brew. I want to see how I compare to before. It pours an incredibly dark brown to black color with a small head that falls to a moderate broken head over top. The nose is divine. Brilliant hop aroma, along with a big chocolate and moderate coffee, but not bitter. Very well blended flavors on this beer as well. The hop is mostly aroma and flavor. Not a lot of bittering. I get a blast of chocolate and a nice hop flavor, but not bitter. Very very good. The feel is a light thick to heavy moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. This beer is awesome. Everything works so well together. I'll alwyas grab this beer when it comes out. So good.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 03:05:33 | More by kmpitz2
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with an above medium dark foamy head with good retention. Aroma of pine is really non-expected but enjoyable nonetheless when mix with roasted malt. I couldn’t really detect any chocolate or coffee, which I would have expected. Taste is dominated by the pines and IMHO doesn’t leave enough places for roasted malt and bitterness. I guess I’m kind of surprise this is rated so highly since it seems to be liking character and I must say that I’ve had much better beer from 3 Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 17:19:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This porter came out very, very dark in color with a beautiful white head.

Smell – The malts here are dark and roasty. There are some light coffee ground notes here along with some rather aggressive, leafy hops.

Taste – The hops really come out at the taste. They are big for a porter, even an American-style one. The coffee flavor is mild but well represented. There’s a milky sweetness to this flavor profile as well that makes it a complex, very interesting beer.

Mouthfeel – This AP is medium-bodied with some good, gritty bitterness that works well with the creamy milky sweetness.

Drinkability – This is a very balanced, good-drinking porter that went down way too well.

Comments – Big thanks to my BA bro BuckeyeNation for hooking me up with this classic Three Floyds offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 00:01:48 | More by RoyalT
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, smooth full bodied pour with reddish purple tinges around the edges. A huge tan head comes in and holds until I'm done. Ridiculous amounts of sticky lacing. I love it! Smells like I walked into a coffee shop and then put a hop plant up my nose. It works well! Very nice mixture of the two along with some sweet chocolate on top. Taste has a concentrated espresso shot, not really roasted at all, but still intense. Dark, lucious chocolates dominate the malts. A little charcoal in there underneath. Full green hop plants come in the finish. There's a creaminess in there as well but I really get it at the end. This beer went down way, way too smooth. Too good. It's a shame we can't get it here in Michigan and the price also makes it a shame but its still worth it for a treat every once in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 22:04:24 | More by granger10
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A high pour yields a ruddy black brew topped by an impressive peak of chunky,beige head. As the tight head unwinds, it leaves lacing as thick as your Grandmother's doilies!

Intoxicating aromas of pine-drenched Cocoa Pebbles (mmm) and good coffee roastiness are a prelude to what lies ahead. Smooth porter aromas and massive pine sap gooeyness somehow balance eachother out.

A sip reveals a magnificently tastey porter with a uniquely 3 Floyds twist. Rich chocolate, vanilla, and roasty coffee flavors upfront, an assault of evergreen sappiness throughout, and a smooth finish that is neither sweet, nor bitter, but smoothly perfect.

Body is medium-big, silky-smooth, and very rich on the tongue.

Overall, one of my new favorites from 3F. Absolutely dangerous in drinkability. Each sip brings a smile to my face. Not a trace of the alcohol within. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 15:15:49 | More by AlexJ
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark brown body, black if you don't hold it to the light. Topped by a couple of thick, tight and extremely level fingers of light tan foam. Good lacing.

Aroma features tons of chocolate, a bit of coffee, and a can of mixed nuts.

Taste is a rich blend of chocolate, nuts, and a beat later, a big tingle of earthy hoppiness goodness throughout the mouth.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-full. HIgh drinkability.

A very enjoyable porter for the holiday season, with food or as a late night beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 07:05:53 | More by RonfromJersey
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark opaque onyx hues with scants of light creeping through the bottom of the glass, topped off with a dark tan craggy thick solid gigantic head cap leaving behind some impressive lattice lace.

Huge aroma of hops destruction and a cocoa malty foundation that only FFF seems to know how to do.

First swigs: An enormous amount of tacky possible Simcoe(?) hops that holds up to a cocoa Porteresque foundation. Sweet sugary hot chocolate like powdery detection. Gently roasted malt profile holds up.A bit one dimensional, but so flavorful that it is not to a detriment.

Medium to full bodied and sticky in the finish feel due to such a deluge of ingredients.

Last swigs: Tastes a whole lot like fresh Victory Storm King with so much hop and malt duking it out. Quite excitied to try a new FFF. Acquired via a trade with Orbitalr0x.


Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 06:15:16 | More by blitheringidiot
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a wonderful dark brown with tinges of red shinig through. The head is chocolate and creamy.

Smell: The nose is an incredibly powerful but wonderful cocoa smell. The coffee notes are also wonderful.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is a very solid, very good tasting porter. None of the flavors are over the top or uncalled for. The all blend to creat something wonderfully balanced and wonderfully tasty. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick.

Drinkability and Overall: I've been spoiling myself with these good porters lately. This is another classic. Three Floyds have again outdone themselves with this rich, thoughtful and wonderfully refreshing piece of brewing art. Thanks to PatYoda for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 02:57:18 | More by santoslhalper
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Imperial pint glass

A- Dark in black color with a dark tan head that last pretty long. To dense to see bubbles rising

S- Even during the pour the smell of hops wafts through the air. The roasted malt, bright green hops and a hint of yeastiness is strong in the presentation

T- A rich chocolate malt is the initial taste with a strong bitterness of hops at the end. Just a bit of grassiness in the HUGE hop flavor that hangs on in the end. No alcohol taste in the finish which is surprising.

M- Full body mouth feel with good hardy astringency and a little alcohol warmth in the mouthfeel

D- This is a big beer with a bigger hoppiness. The aroma and bitterness of the hops are well balanced so it feels like there are fresh hops right in the glass. It would be nice to see a bit more maltyness in this beer but I can see hops are the driving force in this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 02:36:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from my local Shop Qwik, I've downed 6 or 7 of these already, I better write up a review on one of these before it's all gone.

Appearance - a vigorous pour gets a moderate head, mocha in color. Thick with good retention and lace. The beer is very dark and lets just a little light through its deep garnet body.

Aroma - strong and piny, mixed with a dark chocolate and roasted malts. A perfect aroma for the holidays.

Taste - everything seems to hit my palate at once. Malts, chocolate, coffee, and of course, a fabulous hop presence that is piny but not overly bitter. The hops stay the course while the other flavors subside. This beer I can best describe as my interpretation of liquid Christmas Tree, bringing joy to all who partake. From the first sniff to the final swallow, it is delicious. Regardless of how much I drink, the empty glass is still like December 26th, always a bit of a letdown but ever mindful that New Year's Eve is but a handful of days hence... :-)

Mouthfeel - the plentiful malts and generous hops give this a heavy, sturdy feel. The rich flavors are kept festive with some moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - are you kidding? I think I spent $100 on Alpha Klaus this year, it's dreadfully delicious. If my refund gets here in time, I may deplete Jungle Jim's of their remaining stock!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 20:29:05 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Dantes

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Package: 22oz. crowned brown bottle. Typically ornate 3F label depicting a green elf-like creature maniacally dropping hops into a full pint of beer. Blurb describes beer as an American version of a London Ale made with English malts, Mexican sugar, and unique hops; and having chocolate and floral flavors and aromas. Additional Christmas-y pictures. No ABV or date information listed, but believed to be this year’s.

Cost: Acquired via trade

Presentation: I figured an Anglo-American ale needed an Imperial pint. ~50º

Appearance: Fairly typical for a porter. Not quite black, with a nice, medium-gauge, light-brown head at first. Unfortunately, the head didn’t last very long, resolving to a thin but intact ½" layer. Bubbles percolating through the beer seemed somewhat large.

Smell: Nice, but somewhat underwhelming. The piney hops were definitely there, along with some coffee notes; but little in the way of the thick maltiness I expect in a porter, much less one modeled on an English ale. Not much in the way of floral notes either. Primarily pellet hops and pine.

Taste: Hops make the first impression, with a sharp, citrus-pine tingle. The next impression is of a very nice bittersweet coffee flavor, which turns out to be the highlight on the palate. There were some faint cocoa notes, but they may have been part of the deep, multilayered coffee flavors. There was no hint of alcohol (too little, really) and not much follow through. The finish was fairly short and dry, leaving mostly a preponderance of hops and some of that delicious coffee.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin and austere. The malts were underplayed, and the very low alcohol sensation robbed this of some of its impact. The flavors were all too fleeting in the mouth, with little finish. I also thought that this was a touch overcarbonated, more like an IPA in texture than a traditional porter.

Drinkability: While not unpleasant, nothing really stands out about this beer for me. Because I can think of several well-hopped and traditional porters I prefer, this ranks fairly low on the drinkability scale. Furthermore, the high cost and limited availability make searching this out a somewhat dubious proposition.

Backwash: To be fair, this was based on only two bottles from the same source, but I feel they were somewhat representative. I hope that the draught version is much better and I get to try it. Still, this is the first Three Floyds beer that I’ve found to be disappointing, especially after being so eager to try it. Aside from some nice coffee flavors, this wasn’t very flavorful in a multi-dimensional way and not much akin to any English ales or porters I can think of. Sure, the hops are there; but the malts were weak and the body and mouthfeel were thin. Especially after drinking some other porters recently, I found this a bit wanting. Not anything like a Fuller’s London Porter and a classy Imperial Stout. I’d take either of those (esp. the Fullers) over this in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 21:44:43 | More by Dantes
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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.

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!

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 and is just a f*ckin' great beer. Kudos 3F!

And an even bigger kudos to rhoadsrage for the chance to try this wonder!! Yummalishious!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 02:52:20 | More by tavernjef
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark almost black have to hold to the light to see thru it and notice its redish a nice tan head falls to a ring that leaves some sheet lace.
Aroma is basically chocolate covered pine cone, roasted malt some coffeee hints mixed with the nice chocolate aroma but dominated by pine nice and inviting.
Taste is roasted malt chocolate mixed with some light coffee flavors. The hops start fruity sweet teasing almost then move to bitter grapefruit rind mixed with those pine cones that leave a lingering pine finish on your tounge.
Mouthfeel is good a nice medium little light maybe but still very good.
Drinkability is good a nice porter that is heavily hopped as the name states. Want to think merlin48 for this fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 20:17:38 | More by mntlover
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walleye

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 00:59:49 | More by walleye
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cncbofh

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with some reddish hints peeking through. Noticed this brew was not very thick and syrupy but a tad watery. Huge billowing white head that hung out for the duration of session. Bubbles were very small and made for an almost whip cream texture head.

The smell was piney and roasty. There were some hints of cinnamon and spice but mostly a sweet malty scent.

The taste was incredible. Very earthy and chocolaty with hints of hops and sweet sugars and lactose. Exactly what I'm looking for in a high caliber porter.

I was a bit let down when it came to the mouthfeel. Not a lot of body or complexity. Very watery and a little too oily. Despite this setback, this beer was a Huge Winner with me. Will pick up more next time I make a trip to the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

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