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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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Reviews: 721
Hads: 2,021
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 5.5%
Wants: 267
Gots: 320 | FT: 18
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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Reviews: 721 | Hads: 2,021
Photo of leantom
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another review of a FFF beer. How does it stack relative to Alpha King, a beer of a totally different style (i.e., APA)? Here goes:

A: Like many other FFF beers, this beer looks exquisite. Dark, pitch black with a massive four-finger head. Leaves plenty of lacing as well. The beer is very well-carbonated.

S: I can see how the beer is related to Alpha King; it's relation is in the hops. The hop profile is exactly the same as Alpha King, even though the malt profile is completely different. Beer smells very grassy and citrusy - almost like a bouquet of flowers. This initial hop smell gives way to rich chocolate/coffee malts. Interesting mixture. Both hops and malt scents would be very good stand-alone; I'm not sure how well they combine, however.

T: Very good, but I like Alpha King a little more. The hops just jell better with the APA style. However, again, the beer's still quite good. Initial grassy/flowery hops give way to a very good malt backbone composed of chocolate, toffee, and rich coffee beans. Like most FFF beers, this one is very well-balanced between the malt and the hops.

F: Very good. Well-carbonated, thick, and refreshing.

O: A very good beer. Would have again even though Alpha King is better. A good seasonal release. (1,277 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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! (205 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-12-02 in Clarksville, IN

A - Dark brown with a 1.5-finger light brown head with good lace.

S - Mocha, medium roasted grain, dark bread.

T - Sweet and dark chocolate, dark roasted/char grain, milk, earthy spice, Herbal, citrus zest and roast bitterness. Dries nicely.

M - Medium body and mild-medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Fairly substantial.

O - A very good brew. On par with Founders Porter (426 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Head retains alright atop a black body.

Very slight peppermint, hoppy.

Hoppy, clean, floral with a notable chocolate, won't be mistaken for a black IPA. Dried out from the mexican sugar. Not as superlativey as I expected.

Body's real light, been a while since I had a porter and not a stout. (295 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky brown-black with an enormous, thick khaki head that takes some time to recede.

S: Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt toast, roasted grain, and kola nut vie for dominance against aromas of grass, herbs, grapefruit, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and juniper berry.

T: The entry offers up notes of coffee, dark chocolate, heavy cream, vanilla bean, leather, burnt toast, dried black cherry, kola nut, and roasted grain which are chased by flavors of lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat, bitter orange, herbs, grass, cedar, and juniper berry. The finish is slick and oily with a turbulent balance of roasted malt, bitter citrus, and pungent herb flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, slick, and silky. Carbonation is gentle and unobtrusive. All in all, this beer could stand to feature carbonation that is a little firmer, but this is a very minor qualm.

O: This is an excellent porter, one that expertly presents a balance of malt and hop aromas and flavors. I would recommend it highly to fans of the style. (1,029 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with some lighter brown around the edges - pours with a medium brown head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Dark, cooked, roasty malts and some hops - not the freshest bottle of this, but there are definitely some hops here, leafy and kind of herbal - some dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, semisweet chocolate - some roast and lightly burnt malts - some sweetness and what smells like some spices

Taste: Dark chocolate and some general spiciness - dark chocolate, chocolate malts, some baker's chocolate - some roasty, burnt bitterness, as well as some leafy, herbal, piney bitterness from the hops - some hints of dark fruits and some caramelized sweetness, but finishes dry

Mouthfeel: Medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes very dry with some cinnamon-like spice

Overall: Maybe a beta klaus

This is definitely a nice porter, but the combination of roast and hoppiness could be a little better. Definitely good, but not the best from Three Floyds (which isn't much of a criticism). (1,074 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown near black with some dark reds at the edges. Moderate carbonation keeps a small tan head. A bit creamy with some sticky lacing and a clumpy cap.

Smell: Rich chocolate malts. A bit of cocoa and a mellow spice component. A nice bit of chocolate malt with some solidly roasted malts. A balance of milk chocolate and roasted malt sweetness. Heavily hopped with earth and pine elements. Almost reminds me of spruce. A touch bready with some mild burnt hints. Slightly herbal.

Taste: Pine needle and some serious citrus. A nice backing earthy element with some herbal notes to compliment the spice. A bit of brown sugar sweetness. Malts run heavy on the roast with a sizable cocoa element. Bitter chocolate, some milk chocolate, and a mild burnt edge. Caramelized malts as well as some solid chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with medium body and moderate carbonation. Coats the tongue without sitting heavy.

Overall: You can stuff my stocking with this anytime.

Hoppy with enough malt to be interesting. Well played Christmas beer. (1,068 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into tulip glass.

Nice dark appearence expected from a porter.
You smell the dark malt of a porter, but also the hops. Instantly has me thinking "called a porter, looks like a porter, smell of porter... but with hops. What will this taste like?"
Good mouth feel. Not to thick and nicely drinkable.
The taste is intruiging... porter with lots of hops. The hops give it a sharp note on the end, but not in a bad way. (435 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (2,811 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - great head and lacing and so so so dark.
Smell - interesting smoke which I'm guessing is the Mexican sugar with some hop smell but more toasted malt than anything.
Taste - great malty beer with good amount of hops and smoky like the smell.
Feel - fantastic medium thick body with slight creaminess and light to medium body.
Overall - fantastic very different porter! (373 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany. Fluffy light brown head. Plenty of sticky lace after each sip.

Smells of roasted coffee, coco nibs, and an herbal spiciness, maybe nutmeg or clove.

Dry baking coco flavors, followed by bitter coffee. A touch of caramel sweetness, but in no way cloying. Slight hint of Xmas spices. As in the smell, perhaps nutmeg or clove. Maybe both. Roasted malts are followed by an unexpected bitter hop twang. This is what separates this Porter from most. It works for me, the hops play off the bitter coffee and roasted malt flavors well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall one of the better Xmas style beers out there. Not too heavy on the spices, nor cloyingly sweet or alcoholic. Perhaps a bit out there for a Porter, but it is FFF after all. (765 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours nearly pitch black with a small fizzy light tan head that reduces quickly, leaving nothing being

S- surprising dank, full of hops in the aroma up front with some piney and earthy notes. Sweet chocolaty malt with a touch of burnt coffee. A nice spicy bouquet closes it out, giving it a holiday-like aroma

T- a burnt coffee taste is first noticed, similar to the aroma. Nice sweet chocolate malt base, the danky hops give an interesting complexity to it; piney, hemp, earthy, spicy, ash tray

M- medium body ad carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- The hops certainly made this one interesting, very danky, almost weed-like. It overpowered the base porter a bit, worth a try but not something I'd go back to (733 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, light coffee, pine

T-dark roasted malt,dark chocolate, coffee, pine, light citrus, light char, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-nice porter with hoppy flavors and good balance (295 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: With some steam behind her, the alpha klaus was set forth into an English style pint glass. It build up a mocha brown and tan colored head two fingers tall made of pillowey mixed bubbles. It fell fairly quick given the size and left behind a honey comb looking lacing on the edge of the glass. The beer is very dark brown on the verge of black only a few shards of light peak through.

S: Lots of strong roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and burnt toast. On the hop front I'm getting slight citrus note.

T: Consistent with the aroma, very roasty coffee and dark cocoa forward with some toast that is over done. Bitterness is moderate but with an interesting tropical fruit flavor. As it warms up, some nutty flavors come out and the chocolate flavor drops out slightly.

M: Creamy mouthfeel comes through with the moderate carbonation and big body.

O: A hoppy version of a porter with the a mix of traditional and some interesting new world hop flavors. Not my favorite, but it's worth a shot if you come across it. (1,027 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a nonic.

A- Quite black, dense brown head. Really good retention with some good lacing, as well.

S- The "tons of strange American hops" comes out strong. Followed well by roasted malts, and coffee and cocoa notes.

T- Roasted malts come out first this time. Subtle chocolate sweetness. The hops take a back seat, to keep true to the style.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Bitter, both from roast and hops, and lingers in the long finish.

O- Really good. Love the feel, and lots of flavor. They hopped this very well, too. You know they're in there, but they aren't overbearing. (607 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken 1/14/14.

I got a finger of light brown foam on top of a deep brown, nearly black body. The head had ok retention and light lacing.

Initial sniff reveals chocolate and hops. This was hoppier than expected. I got grapefruit and tropical fruit as I was attempting to discern the hop aromas. (317 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip glass.

2013 vintage.

A. Very dark brown. Poured a modest amber head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. Not much as far as laces.

S. Straight forward. Hops and dark roasted malts. Minor notes of dusty grain.

T. Starts moderately bitter then gives way to major notes of dark malts, dark chocolate, grain with a dusty finish.

M. Slightly harsh. Full bodied but fairly thin. High carbonation.

O. This beer means it's time for the holidays and can be nostalgic. It's certainly well crafted and is a must try for hop heads. (544 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a above average thickness and dark brown color. The head is a creamy rich texture and a medium brown color. Heavy lacing left behind at each level. Below average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: The english malt stands out accompanied by a bittersweet medium bodied chocolate aroma. Plenty of roasted, burnt coffee malt presence that mixes well with a heavily spiced aroma. True to FFF beer, there is a substantial hop backbone driving itself through and making this a truly unique brew.

Taste: The spices and hops in this brew jump out right away. Dry, the front is so dry and bitter. Heavy dark chocolate and coffee accents just punish the palate. The back end of this brew lightens up a little bit to the feeling of a more traditional porter but the spice tones continue to ring through.

Mouthfeel: Heavy huge bitter front which transitions nicely toward the back end with resonating spiced tones throughout.

Overall: A really unique brew from FFF. Have to look forward to them putting their own twist on traditional beer styles. I enjoyed this one but wouldn't go out of my way for it again. (1,143 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black in Beef O'Brady's house glassware. Negligible head and lace.

Aroma is lovely bouquet of velvety chocolate malts and a spiced, fruity sort of character just bubbling under. Wow.

Taste is exquisite, too. Dark bittersweet chocolate and berries and a bitter finish. I even get note of mole sauce among the deep chocolate underbelly (not a bad thing in my book). Thick bodied and filling, this is a remarkable, complex, and standout beer. (447 characters)

Photo of davemathews68
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- brown black with brown highlights. Two fingers of head that linger for a bit leaving some decent lacing.

S- my favorite part. Glorious hop aromas, herbal, dank, a little pine, toasted slightly burnt dark malts. The combination is of a spent bong but in only the good ways!

T- at first the Tate follows the nose, dank hops and toasted malts. As it warms the pine hops are noticeable and the malt follows and finishes with milk chocolate.

M- a little thicker than other porters but I think it still would follow all the style guides. Nice carbonation for the style.

O- like much of the FFF line up the aroma is great. The pine with chocolate flavors give it a Christmas feel. Will seek this out again. (709 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poure dinto my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich dark brown hue with a creamy two finger mocha head that never goes away. No, this slumps down to a solid fat finger leaving sticky lacing in its wake and never goes lower than that.

S - Woah..this is fun aromas. Chocolate, light anise notes, sweet sugars, and an assortment of hop notes. Light pine, citrus (oranges, lemons), spicy hops. This is like some weird black IPA porter thing. Really was not expecting hops here.

T - Taste is just as fun as the nose, though MUCH more roasty. Tons of roast here, almost burnt and smoky. Dark chocolate, acrid coffee, sweet malts/sugar. Big pine notes, resinous, spicy hops, citrus hops. I second what another viewer said...this is like a cross between a stout and a black IPA.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, works great with the style, light prickly/spicy carbonation.

O - Overall, this was not what I was expecting at all. Its definitely not your average porter, and its much more smokey than your run of the mill black IPA. A pleasant surprise. (1,084 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out black as night with a e finger beige head with good retention and some nice lacing as the head goes down Smell is brown sugar, dark fruits , a little toffee, and a little dark malts. Taste is dark malts, the dark sugar, and a little bittering hops at the end that seems to stay in the mouth and not in the throat. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and should be a little thicker for the style. Overall this is great beer but could be a little thicker and more complex, (485 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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! (570 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 89/100

Great American Porter that drinks much more like a Black IPA, rich, malty and hoppy. Has a great feel for 6% Light spice. Although it's really good/almost great. Doesn't set itself apart from a 'subliminally self-righteous' worth grabbing if you see it. That said, I wouldn't seek it out specifically~ (409 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very dark and roasty aroma with big hints of chocolate and a pretty strong hop presence. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, sweet caramel, toffee, cream, grains, and nuts. Sweet hints of the Mexican sugar come through. Big scent of earthy hops that give a black IPA like aroma. Hints of spicy pine resin and grass. Subtle citrus hints of orange and lemon. A very good and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a dark, roasty, and hoppy taste with big notes of chocolate malt and spicy hops. Upfront taste of dark roasted barley malts with notes of dark chocolate and cocoa, coffee roast, burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, cream, and nuts. Big balancing presence of hops with earthy and herbal notes of spicy pine resin and grass. Slight citrus notes of orange and lemon. Sweet notes of the Mexican sugar. A pretty unique and good taste. Its like a cross between a stout and black IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, moderately slick, and somewhat oily. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A very solid dark brew. Its more like a black ale than porter. A nice combination of roast and spicy hops. (1,443 characters)

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.