Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
When pouring this beer, all I see is a pitch black liquid with a off white/slightly tan head. Not much of a head on the beer, but looks fine for a porter.
When I take a whiff of this beer, I get a huge layer of spicy/resiny hops that eventually fade to the background which let a roasty/chocolate nose shine through. The balance of the roasty/hoppy smell is great. I really enjoy the beer, and you will too if you're a hophead. I think the beer would be fairly solid without the hoppiness, but I don't think it'd be as special.
After taking a few sips I can mostly taste a piney/citrus flavour that is slightly upfront, but the malty sweetness is there in the background. I get some roasted notes and some black patent notes, but the flavour in this is almost entirely spicy/resiny hops. If I didn't know it was 'supposed to be a porter' I'd call this a weak Black IPA. The more I drink the beer, the more roastiness and black patent but it's very subtle. I don't get any chocolate that I got in the nose, but that's okay. I bet if you let this beer age about 5 months it'd be a fantastic beer for people that don't love hops as much as me.
The more I taste this beer, the more I see that Three Floyds really know how to hop a beer. They do it enough to have a great balance and superb flavour. Alpha Klaus is really no different.
The mouthfeel is thing and carbonated. The spiciness coupled with the acidic carbonation really help the overall sensation of the beer. I'd say this has everything you'd expect from a porter. Aqueous mouthfeel but full flavoured. It's like a stout, but I could drink as many as my alcohol tolerance would let me.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2009 00:30:48 | More by swizzlenuts
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4.34/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I'm pretty fortunate that I was able to have this twice over the past few months. The second time I had it, however, it was a little bit past its prime so this is the review of the tasting at the December Albany Taproom bottle share, courtesy of jdhowe (thanks!). Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Darkened in color, save for a few reddish amber streaks at the edges. The head is an off-white color that rises to the top in a creamy manner, akin to an English porter, yet dissipates rather quickly over the course of consumption. Not too many bubbles show, but it does seem well carbonated overall. Solid in terms of color and body, and nothing too showy overall. Modest by FFF standards.
The aroma sure isn't, though - I've had my fair share of winter beers last year, but this may be one of my favorites yet. Big notes of dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs) meld with an underlying roasted chocolate profile with a plethora of spices, ranging from mint to nutmeg, from allspice to ginger peel. Pine and orange peel are also predominant, with some notes of cardamom and tamarind. Slightly pepper, with some light anise and molasses notes. Finishes with some caramel and toasted toffee. Usually, for the most part, these flavors are more predominant in Belgian quads or winter releases, but the part that makes it unique here is the porter base, which is roasted, bready, and far closer to an English style, save for the hop profile in usage. It's really nice overall, and highly resembles a mint and spice filled chocolate treat.
The flavor is equally on par, and by golly, FFF churns out yet another high quality beer in its own class. Lots of dark fruit notes, notably ranging from dark cherries to plums, with some molasses and anise, changing bases rapidly into the roasted dark chocolate profile (think powdered cocoa) that melts with the mint, nutmeg, ginger, and tamarind profile, to instantly satisfying results. The bitterness, nuttiness, and spiciness keeps things from getting too sweet or cloying overall, and the roasted profile, melded with the fruit and mint, becomes a high quality winter treat that is delectable and sharp, in many regards. The finish is filled with some extra pine and citrus, as well as a bit of earthiness, which accentuates the spice base in the porter. Roasted and grainy, yet at the same time, pretty filling and creamy overall. This is what so many winter warmers should strive for. Absolutely delicious.
This is to porters what St. Bernardus Xmas Ale is to quads. Gets a good base beer and fills it with a fun, jubilant hop profile and array of spices that makes this become the much needed holiday treat, at the end of the day. By far one of my favorite seasonal releases from FFF, and I hope to get this every year for the holidays as long as I can.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 07:57:09 | More by magictacosinus
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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