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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

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Ratings: 1,971
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 254
Gots: 315 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 12-06-2002

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
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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing.

A-Almost looks like a cola to me. Black with carbonation bubbles running up the side. Head didn't stick around.
S-Chocolate, molasses, slightly floral hoppiness, and a little bit minty
T-Nice roasted malt, chocolate, some licorice, floral hop increases as it warms. Very tasty.
M-Crisp in the mouth, medium to full body, maybe a little over carbonated
D-I would have hogged the whole bomber if they had let me. This review should also be considered an ISO for Alpha Klaus Porter.

Photo of gibgink
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a pleasant departure from the normal assortment of porters that are out there. I picked up hops and Christmas spices on the nose. This is really the first beer I've had where the hop presence was in the taste, but not in a dominating(unpleasant for me) manner. Overall a good beer, would have again.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pure, dark, black. Nice one and a half inch pillowy toffee colored head that fades into a thin cap and leaves behind some sparse lacing.

S: Does not smell like any porter I am familiar with, but then again this is a Three Floyds beer. Smells a hell of a lot like Alpha King at first then opens up to fresh ground coffee, roasted oats and slight heavy cream

T/MF: Very roasty, malts are very present which the aroma would not really lead you to believe. Taste reminds me a bit of Surly's Coffee Bender but with a bigger hop character. The hops are what really define this beer but the dark roasted malts also play a part, though not nearly as much as other American porters, but considering this amount of hops in this beer is he malts that you can detect in this beer almost makes it seem balanced. Medium bodied, very chewy, good, substantial feel.

D: The unique taste alone is enough to keep you coming back for more, time and time again. But the balance displayed by such an incredibly hopped up porter makes this beer a thing of beauty.

Photo of thedrewski86
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at 3Floyds last night. Had about a 1/2" light tan head, very tight carbonation. Left a good amount lacing. Smells like fruit, spices. Tastes somewhat sweet, roasty, chocolaty and malty. After spending a half hour riding to the bar in 35 degree weather on my motorcycle, this was very warming! After the first sip, you feel much better. The mouthfeel lost a little in my opinion, there was less carbonation than I expected and it felt a little slick going down. Almost oily. I got used to it though, honestly I wouldn't change a thing about this beer. I could easily spend a snowy afternoon drinking these over at 3F!

Photo of betsona
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage 22oz bottle poured into a 12oz snifter.

A- Black with a mocha head that disappears, turn away for a second and it is gone. Ever so slight lacing of head.

S- Strong molasses with a slight hint of citrus hops. Hints of espresso also come through the longer it sits.

T- Warms me up on a snowy evening in February. Plenty of roasted malt at the front gives way to a pleasant citrus taste. Also a little bitter chocolate comes through.

M- little to no carbonation. A nice body that is pleasant on he tongue.

D- I look forward to next years release. It is a enjoyable porter with a nice hop. I gladly pick one up every time I see it on the shelf.

Photo of EricCioe
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark black with a frothy, pretty mocha head. On the nose there is a deep pine mixed with roasted coffee. On the tongue the roasted malt and coffee come to the fore with a bit of hop bitterness at the back. In the mouth, it's pretty similar to Alpha King, a bit of a buzzsaw, which works pretty well here but cuts down a bit on the drinkability. Overall I'm a big fan.

Photo of Budlum
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer produces a mountain of dense, tan head that requires a very careful pour. Head rentention is excellent. The body is very black but has quite a few shades of red. This is an excellent looking porter.

Rich espresso and chocolate aromas immediately fill the nostrils when sniffing this beer. The strong coffee aromas eventually present brief bitterness before a very pleasant hop smell. Simply put, this is the way a porter should smell.

Oddly, very strong hops start this beer off prickling the tongue and providing more bitterness than expected. Long afterwards, the rich flavors typical to a porter close in. Rich chocolate, a strong earth presence and a faint caramel-flavored coffee tastes provide a long finish. This porter is definitely unique in presentation.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, presents a nice viscous feel and leaves a healthy coating behind after each sip.

Drinkability is good but this beer requires some concentration to fully enjoy. It is very flavorful but almost too heavy to drink in large quantities.

Photo of Wildman
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured very dark with ruby background. If formed a light tan head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of roasted malts and flora hops, with some coffee and chocolate elements to it. The flavor was of malt, hops, coffee and anise. The finish is a touch astrigent and creates an interesting aspect to the overall body. A rather unique porter.

Photo of danielocean03
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque blackish brown, full finger of foamy beige foam slowly gives way to a moderate sticky ring of lacing, spotted coating also hangs on for the ride. Aromas are primarily roasty espresso and bittersweet chocolate, sweet and malty, pleasant hoppiness also present. Taste is also sweet, rich coffee and chocolate flavors, light bitterness, hops are more subtle in taste than in the nose. Mouthfeel is light to moderately bodied paired with medium levels of carbonation, washes down super smooth. Delectable beer, very drinkable and enjoyable, Will purchase the next release.

Photo of Brian700
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours black with a big brown head. There is pretty good lacing going on.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt.

The flavor is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, mild alcohol presence. There is some hop finish that cleanses the palate a bit and gets your mouth ready for the next drink.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium/moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable porter. I would like to try this one again.

Photo of cracker
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First this is a damn good beer. Pours a dark opaque black color with a faint creamy head. The aroma is to kill for. I've never smelled such fresh piney resins in a bottled beer. It's as if this beer were served on draft at the brewery. It clearly has benefited from late hop additions and dry hopping. Fresh, fresh , fresh. Somewhat of a subtle touch of sweet molasses aroma. Taste is of warming alcohol and an overwhelming yet delightful dry dark chocolate presence. Lots of bittering hops which linger as an aftertaste which is pleasant nevertheless. Well balanced despite being hop heavy. Chocolate malts back it up adequately. A wonderful seasonal beer. Oh I love this time of the year!!!

Photo of WoodBrew
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recommend that this Porter recipe be indoctrinated into the year round offerings by 3Fs. It is a solid "run of the mill" Porter....nothing fancy...just outstanding. The beer poured an opaque dark with ecru head that left a nice laceing. The scent was subtle earth and peat...did not get much hops. The taste was a wonderful, what I would call, standard porter. There was subtle hints of earth/peat and a very faint touch of pepper. The mouthfeel was medium in body and very creamy....there was smooth carbonation. Overall....the best nonchalant porter I have ever had!

Photo of david131
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep dark brown that is borderline black. The light to medium brown head is thick and creamy is comes right back with a swirl. This looks fantastic.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, grassy and citrusy hops, and that distinctive Three Floyds smell. Very appealing and unique for a porter.

T- Sweet, very roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a nice hoppy edge. This is pretty robust and the sweetness is great.

M- Sweet and pretty smooth with a roasty aftertaste. Not all that clean, but I wouldn't have it another way.

D- A unique take on the style and the alcohol is nicely hidden. A nice holiday treat.

Photo of billab914
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Poured nearly black with a thin tan head covering the top. The head faded out pretty quick, and didn't leave much lacing behind.

I'm getting three distinct flavors in the aroma. First the most present is the citrus hoppyness that really comes through pretty well. Almost as present is the strong roasted, bitter malts that add a strong coffee flavor. Last is the sugar that adds a sweet sugary smell to it. It's nice that all three come through so well and none of them overpower the beer.

The taste is a lot like the flavors in the nose suggest. The big roasted bitter coffee and chocolate seem to take the forefront of the flavor a little, but the citrus hops come through in the finish. The sugar gives it a sweetness, that helps balance out all the roasted bitterness very well.

Mouthfeel on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed drinking this one. They really balanced out the citrus hops, bitter malts and sweet sugars very well to make a very good complex beer. I would gladly drink this one again.

Photo of imagineiii
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought this from chicago when he came home for the holidays. my first FFF beer.

A: Surpringly black, almost no ruby hues in this beer. Very nice inch of creamy brown head. The head on this beer sticks around longer, and leaves more consistent lace behind than almost anything else. superb.

S: maple, coffee, light grains. sweet sugars.

T: I feel like most porters out there dont know what they are: are they a light stout? are they supposed to be sweet? dry? this one knows whats going on. its dark and roasty but dry and lighter than its sweeter cousin. its got more hop bitterness than its close relative, dry stouts. It finishes dry and roasty but with sweet notes dance, exceptional balance.

M: Lighter than you might think, maybe because theres more carbonation than dark stouts of this color.

D: Very drinkable for 7.5%. ALthough, after half of the bottle I begin to notice lingering sweet notes dont dry off the palate like they did earlier. Doesnt take away from the tastes but it does from the drinkability.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as when I opened it I didnt think I had an A beer in my hand.

Photo of Otesanek
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into dogfish snifter. Black, various sized bubbles compose a nice 3/4" khaki head. Head drops to a fog and a solid ring. Super malty nose, all rich caramel and chocolate. Almost an interesting note of wood, like ceder or something. Quite a bit of carbonation, fizzles and brings back the head with a swirl. Smell is clean and clear, maybe a little meaty, some licorice too. Flavor is really great. Hops don't show themselves in aroma or flavor, obviously an aged bottle, considering FFF haven't been distributed in Ohio for a long time, no idea where dude got these or how long they've been in his cooler. Flavor is an amazingly complex blend, rich round chocolate, no lingering bitterness but definitely not too sweet. Sweet creamy coffee, light easy drinking iced tea, such a smooth light flavor without being bland or one note. Glad I got a second bottle of this. Drinks super easy. Feel is good too, only the slightest bit mouth-coating, not sticky at all, mostly helps the flavor linger. These kinds of finds are always great. As the beer warms flavor starts showing some fruit, raspberry I think. It's interesting to me that drinking and tasting this beer is definitely linked to my situation right now. I'm enjoying this beer, while watching the new K-OS video, I'm reminded that I really enjoy his music. It takes me back to a drive down to Yellow Springs where I first purchased Palo Santo Merron and stole ramps from a state park. Those ramps were delicious.

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Shankopotamus
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of lostandwandering
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BurdockBoy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a dark opaque brown with 2 fingers of loose foam of khaki colour. Sweet, hoppy, lemon nose. Chocolate, mocha, with orange back tones. I got a bit of leather in the back also. Delicious for a porter!

Photo of shadytony
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,971 ratings.