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

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

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1,682 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,682
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 226
Gots: 215 | FT: 12
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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award0705

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-17-2011 00:31:14 | More by award0705
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callmeishmALE

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-30-2011 19:24:03 | More by callmeishmALE
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jstewart1130

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-27-2011 21:58:59 | More by jstewart1130
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hu5om

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-14-2011 15:09:50 | More by hu5om
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azdback

Arizona

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-14-2011 21:10:54 | More by azdback
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-14-2011 15:50:19 | More by burnheartsMKE
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dcsoke

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-16-2011 02:57:53 | More by dcsoke
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xDeadGuYx

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-15-2011 01:03:54 | More by xDeadGuYx
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DONA812

Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-20-2011 19:16:25 | More by DONA812
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TPONY51

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

10-23-2013 05:04:35 | More by TPONY51
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JamesS

Indiana

4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice, excellent deep black color with just a bit of tan head and some very nice horizontal lacing. Excellent aroma and taste, both very chocotaly with nice burnt grain attributes and a bit of spices coming through, deep and dark and warming. It goes down very, very smoothly for a higher gravity beer. This is really very, very good, one of the best beers I've had in a long time.

(On tap at Sonka's Irish Pub, Terre Haute, IN)

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 21:36:50 | More by JamesS
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Jon

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first bottling of Alpha Klaus yields incredible results.

The pour exhibits an opaque black with reddish tints at the edges. A foamy taupe head appears, too, and sticks around as long as the liquid in the glass.

Nose of piney hops, freshly roasted espresso, chocolate maltiness and a hint of spiciness.

Flavor-wise, I don't know if I can ask for much more. A huge "porter" with a magnificently hopped character shows vast notes of pine, bubble gum, chocolate, and espresso along with a light toffee flavor. While the hop addition is clearly copious, this beer possesses more of a sweet and spicy character than a truly bitter profile. Almost like a Robust Porter/Double IPA hybrid. Vastly complex and if nothing else, delicious.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with some turbidity.

Furthermore, Alpha Klaus possesses an uncanny drinkability. I don't care if this beer is 10% abv and is only available in a handy 22-ounce economy size bomber, every bit is savored. I love this beer and anxiously await its release each year.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 03:28:02 | More by Jon
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"I saw beerluvr kissing (his glass of) Alpha Klaus, underneath the mistletoe last night..."

Ok, that aside, this long-awaited beer poured into the Kwak cradled bulb glass with a rocky, crater-filled tan head that slowly fell over deep brownish/ruby red liquid. A heady perfume of fresh pungent hop fills the nose, sharp and inviting...the malt doesn't stand a chance here! The taste is a powerful blast of of hoppy flavors, floral, resiny and extremely bitter. As it warms a bit nice roasted malt flavors creep thru mixed with charcoal bitter notes as well. Not a super complex ale, but wonderfully flavorsome, with piney and roasted constituents dueling back and forth. The finish just lingers on as the day is long...no hint of the 7.5% alcohol here, just flavor packed and delicious, this could pass for a super dark IPA with all the hoppiness contained within. I would of given it higher marks if the mouthfeel was just a bit more thick. Outstanding!

Thanks to CRJMellor for this hop bomb!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 15:46:52 | More by beerluvr
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Comparing this directly to 3F's Black Sun Stout, as they're fairly similar and I wanted to get a feel for the subtle differences.

Alpha Klaus has a slightly less dark head, but the same inky black color. Smells plenty hoppy, though a touch less than the Black Sun. There's also more depth to the smell; whereas Black Sun's nose is almost all hops, there's a sizeable amount of roasted malt and chocolate in Alpha King. The taste pretty much follows suit, similar to the Black Sun, but heavier on the roasted and chocolate malts and a bit lighter on the hops.

Personally, I think I prefer the Alpha Klaus, but only by a hair's breadth. My friend murrayswine likes his beers to be hoppy and unbalanced, and so prefers the Black Sun. Either way, though, you can't really go wrong. Two damn fine beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 05:41:38 | More by battlekow
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Giant, dense, light chestnut colored head holds like a champ, eventually leaving a sheet of lace. Roasted malt, coffee, maybe some marshmallow in the aroma and a smell I couldn't quite place at first, but I think it's hops, kind of piney, very interesting. A pretty dry beer. Bitter chocolate and roasted malt flavor, some black licorice, some mild sweetness, and those hops all bounce back and forth melding towards the end. Body is moderate, thick for a porter. Looks great, smells great, tastes great ... this beer delivers. Very interesing mix of hops and dark malts. I had no idea what I was getting into and I'm just psyched. Gonna have to stock up.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 03:26:45 | More by HappyHourHero
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear deep ruby. Almost black. Thin creamy brown head recedes to a fluffy coating that retains nicely. Lacing is quite nice.

One helluvan aroma. While the hops are the main player, there's some great underlying chocolate and roasted bitterness. The hops impart a Huge citric characteristic and some pine notes as well. Some burnt malts, tobacco and char hit the spot as well. One of the best smelling beers I've ever sniffed.

The taste is a plethora of goodies. Many different aspects kick in with some big flavors. I'll start with the hops again. Big, bitter, piney, citric and raw. But that's not all and they don't overwhelm other flavors. Tobacco juice and char, burnt malts and bitter sweet chocolate. Spicy black pepper mingles with sweet molasses. And there's a dry cocoa residue left on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Body is about medium-full.

This is a great fucking experiment in Porter Brewing. It's rough and raw and jagged and fabulous.

Thank You Dale!!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 04:54:09 | More by Bighuge
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vladtheimpaler

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle. Perfect thick tan head atop a beautiful brown body. Nice even carbonation. Hoppy chocolate aroma. Those hops are fresh right now for sure. Flavor is rich with chocolate. Nice hop flavor with a light bitterness. Hop flavor and roasty maltiness lingers. Thick and chewy mouth feel. Extremely drinkable and satisfying. That thick head really has staying power, and forms a nice lacing on the glass. the balance in the flavors is perfect in this one. A must have while fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 23:00:11 | More by vladtheimpaler
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malcontent

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick, clingy head mounted atop a deadly-looking, pitch-black body. Can't really comment on the lacing as the head refuses to die. Awesome-looking brew.

Amazing burnt edges highlight the unexpected hop-scent and incredible coffee/caramel malt character with just a little alcohol thrown in.

Oh, shit. I'm not quite to 100 reviews but this is it so far. Stunning in its effortless combination of competing flavors. The dark toasted malt taste with the obvious themes of coffee and smoke are laced with hints of cinnammon, cream and clove. The real surprise is the hops. Now, hops are almost always the key component of any 3F's brew, but for them to work so well within the parameters of the porter style is sublime.

The mouthfeel is creamy without succumbing to excessive thickness and doesn't sit as heavy as one might imagine. This is just a killer beer. Killer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 02:21:55 | More by malcontent
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at the Three Floyds Brewery Pub in Munster, IN, 12.28.06.

A dark brown offering with a foamy, light brown head. Surprisingly strong, piney hops in the nose, along with roasted coffee beans. The taste is full of thick, luscious roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, French roast coffee, and more crisp, chewy hops. The hops really make this beer stand out - despite all the rich, thick roasted flavors, you can still taste and get a nose full of the IPA-like dry hopped elements. Very smooth and nicely chewy. Quite possibly the best porter I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2006 04:09:34 | More by RockyTopHeel
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Evidently the proprieter of the Capital Ale House in Richmond gto a hold of the last case of this or any other Three Floyds beer being sold in the state of Virginia. Lucky us.
Poured a magnificent dark brown-black with a generous tan head. Excellent lacing was left with each sip.
Dark roasted malt and coffee, caramel and brown sugar, mild hops and bread, dark fruit and maybe rasisin and plum? More going on here than I can nail down, but excellent.
The taste was amazing; this lives up to the hype. Chocolate and caramel malts, dark fruits and midly bitter floral hops. Very complex.
The motuhfeel was my favorite part, and totally unexpected. It seriously starts off like any other porter, and I was about to be disappointed until I swallowed. The something strange happens. After you swallow, the semi-bitterness is gone, replaced by a fantastically smooth and mildsly sweet creamy-ness. Its like you just drank a totally different beer. Fantastic and very unique. Medium-full biodied.
Overall an excellent beer, and worth the hype for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 16:43:41 | More by sinistrsam
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stewart124

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle aged a year
Right when I opened this I could smell the hops!
Pours a very dark reddish brown with a foamy thick tan head. Lingering head.
Smells of strong high octane hops and an underlying malt presence. Everything is maksed by the hops though.
The first thing that comes to mind for taste is the body. Very smooth and rich. Hoppy and delicious. Malts hit the palate more towards the end of the hop bite. Dark tasty malts in the aftertaste that stay with you. There is a spice to this beer but mainly I taste hops and roasted malts. Complex beer and it is a great one. Merry Christmas Alpha Klaus!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 04:23:31 | More by stewart124
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mynie

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler. One half of one gallon. Poured and consumed the same evening.

Pours as blank and black as the time before you were born. Excellent head. You couldn't see through this if you held it up to the sun.

Smells like grapefruit death hops mixed with raw porter chocolate. Wow. Nearly as hoppy as the Alpha King only with a wonderful malt balancing it out.

Tastes; mix a perfect IPA with a perfect porter and somehow have them both retain their perfect complexity and not bash into each other and this what you get. The stages are so distinct it's like you're taking a sip of one beer and then a sip of another. Big bread, yeast, and grapefruit hops in stage one, hitting you all in a rush. Followed up by earthy roasted chocolate, raw like potting soil or summertime sex, growing into a more processed, candied chocolate, and ending on a big hit of hops.

One of the very best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: growler

01-01-2006 20:39:16 | More by mynie
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
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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jaxl

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark black. Head also has a dark brown tint to it.
Smells of chocolate and coffee. Also maybe some fruit.
Taste is perfect. Just the way a porter should be. Fruits, hops, everything comes together.
Mouthfeel isn't too strong for a porter.
Goes down smooth. Great beer. Must have.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 04:50:54 | More by jaxl
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manahansf

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and dark brown color with a thin and creamy brown head. The aroma is complex and intriguing with a masterful mix of roasted malt, citrus hops, and sprucey freshness. The flavor is just as interesting with a surprising burst of citrus hops followed by a smooth transition into a background flavor of roasted malt. The finish sees the introduction of the piney flavor mixed in with a slightly sweet and tart malt flavor. The finish ends cleanly and fresh with a farewell kiss of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 04:15:10 | More by manahansf
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,682 ratings.