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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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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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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Etan for sending this bottle!

A - Pours a dark, opaque black with a healthy three fingered light caramel colored head that sticks to the sides of my thistle glass like sticky, cotton candy.

S - Roasted chocolate malt, light charcoal, and pine.

T - Consistent throughout with dark chocolate, charcoal, light smoke, coffee, and ends with some citrus bitterness. Leaves a pleasant coating in the mouth of coffee, roasted chocolate, and citrus.

M - Light medium body and at times it feels too watery and thin.

O - The finish is unique for a porter but I wish it had more body. When I think of a porter, and especially a Christmas type of beer, I think thicker with more body.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:44:04 | More by jzeilinger
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Motor oil black with 2 fingers of mocha head that dissipates most of the way and leaves a reasonable amount of lacing.

Smell- Very piney in scent with a little bit of chocolate and coco thrown in.

Taste- Pine up front with a long finish of unsweetend chocolate.

Mouthfeel- A slick and smooth mouthfeel with just the smallest hint of carbonation.

Overall- Me not being a huge piney hops fan, I really wasnt blown away. I thought it just had 2 distinct flavors and was nothing crazy complex. In the end, I get the tie in with the piney hops and Christmas, and it makes for a decent seasonal brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 20:54:22 | More by BrownAleMale
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber, courtesy of an unknown Beachwood patron,

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head, spotty lace.

S: Dark chocolate, Dutch cocoa, hint of coffee, charcoal, straight up porter nose.

T: Creamed coffee, dark chocolate with a nice roasted malt undecurrent. Well made, classic flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, drying finish, crisp carbonation.

O: A beer I had a long time ago, well before I was a BA, so it was cool to revisit it. I remember when this you to be in the old Top 100. I don't think it's that good, but it's very solid and a nice holiday treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 06:58:38 | More by Halcyondays
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DoubleJ

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a random surprise to taste at Beachwood BBQ. Don't get the wrong idea, this was from a fellow customer, not the restaurant itself. On to the beer:

A dark porter, as its color goes into obsidian territory. Head retention is acceptable, and it leaves a few spots of lace. The nose is strangely hopped up. There are tons of hops in the aroma, leaving a very bitter aroma. There's bitter chocolate in there as well, so it isn't a total hop assult (not that I was asking for more anyways).

As hoppy as the aroma was, the taste is more bittersweet, with the malt and hops fighting more supremecy. It starts sweet with great amounts of fudge and chocolate. The sensation of spice, like that of chipotle peppers, diversifies the beer. Finally, we get the blast of hops which taste very raw and green. Yet despite their rawness, the beer isn't really bitter. It's actually on the smooth side with a medium full body, helping to knock down any lingering concerns I had over the dose of hops used in this porter. Turns out to be a good one, in fact.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:04:08 | More by DoubleJ
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Jagen

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip

A - pours a dark brown/black color with a 2 rfinger white-tan head. head slowly dissipates leaving a nice lace around the glass.

S - roasted malt comes strong with a delicious piney hopiness...makes me think of xmas trees and spiced nuts. roasted chocolate and coffee in the background.

T - roasted malt at the front with a sweet hoppy finish...really digging it. last time I had it, it was at least 6 months out of season and had lost most of the hop character...really digging it fresh. hoppyness and baking chocolate finish that lingers for awhile...decently balanced. nice take on a hoppy porter!

M - mild-high carbonation, medium...in between thin and creamy

O - really enjoyable...try it fresh if you can. The hops and malt profile do remind me of christmas...might grab anyother bottle to drink on xmas day

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 06:03:17 | More by Jagen
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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

Poured from bottle into tulip. Purchased at Liquor Barn in Louisville for approx $10.
Pours a nice deep black brown with tan hue and sticky tan head. Roasted malt, vanilla and chocolate aromas.
Taste is slightly bitter vanilla chocolate roasted malts and slightly sweet, but well blended with obvious hops (but very mild). Nice crisp-ness to it. Its fresh and bold. Nice porter...nothing really "christmas" about it...well some vanilla I suppose, but regardless, its a great porter. Not as robust as I like (Evil Twin Lil'B)...but very very good nonetheless.
Drink one anyway...drink it now

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:21:27 | More by DrinkSlurm
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tut2528

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to woodjjacct for opening this one!

A: typical sout, black as night, creates slight head that is slight tan in color.

S: big tobacco, leather, roasted malt, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and oak come through along with a slight hop note.

T: basic stout with a FFF hop twist. big coffee grounds and hoppy profile, and smoke. it also has a moderate tobacco and leather character that adds a bit of complexity. i'm not picking up on any kind of creaminess.

M: medium bodied, but doesnt leave much on the palate.

O: find this one just above average, and think that the variant would be awesome... especially the Plum. there needs to be a sweetness in this to make this one more balanced

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:07:13 | More by tut2528
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my boy Pat at cavalier for a case... your clutch man

A- pours a deep dark brown, actually nearly black in some angles... big thick tan colored
Head... stays around for a bit... very sticky blotting to the glass

S- Christmas tree pine... huge flavor of chocolate malt, roasted coffee... sweet dark fruit essence

T- first sip reveals a fairy balanced pine sappyness... which leads the way for the English chocolate malt.. following up behind is a roasty coffee fling.. ending with a overall hop balance with a reminiscent mint mouth... this beer really reminds me of Christmas... strange

M- medium bodied... stellar carbonation... slight chewy/creamy mouth feel.. as it warms to room temp... it almost becomes oily in some aspects... delightful

O- I really can't get enough from this brewery.... that's all I have to say...good day

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:08:15 | More by warrenout330
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ChiPool

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

AK pours the darkest brown color, if not all-out black. Generous amount of head is also present: 1.5 inches, dark cream colored. Nice aroma on this one: roasty malts dominate. Taste offers more of the roasty malts, with a bit of earthy hops on the back end. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium.

Glad that I tried it, but I will stick more to RIS offerings, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:05:43 | More by ChiPool
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312HopBomb

Illinois

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

22 oz bomber/ 3 Floyds Imperial Pint glass

Dark chocolate color with ruby highlights. Huge rocky head falls slowly to a foamy cap.

Smells like a cirus bowl. Lemon, orange and grapefruit hops are fresh as can be with some floral and corriander. Chocolate malt and sugar cookie. Some slight espresso roast.

Taste starts with bold citrus hops much like the nose. Hops fade into a great roast with sweet chocolate and slight coffee and a roasty toasty malt finish but the hops hold their own and blend nicely.

Mouthfeel is moderate to full. Slightly chewy. Medium carbonation.

This is better than I remember from last year and I loved it. 3 Floyds has some kind of secret weapon that utilizes hops to perfection.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 04:00:50 | More by 312HopBomb
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rlee1390

Indiana

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

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Roasted malt, candied sugar, chocolate and a tad bit of spice.

T-Roasted malt, good deal of spice, some chocolate, not much bitterness though.

M-Medium bodied, creamy.

O-A solid porter, not as good as Topless Wytch though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 22:40:53 | More by rlee1390
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours almost completely black, but hints of brown peak through. Sizeable tan head forms; about 3.5 fingers. Retains and laces very well. Only the slightest bit of light gets through the edges of the glass.

S- Hops profile is prominent. Mostly floral scents with slight hints of pine. Traditional porter notes are hiding under the hops. Semisweet chocolate and coffee roasts are the main flavors under the hops.

T- Pretty much just like scent. Hops up front with moderate bitterness. Midway through the drink there is a change from hops bitterness and bite into the traditional porter flavors. Chocolate and coffee flavors are more bitter in the taste than the scent. Drink ends in a combination of bitter hops and bitter dark roast bite that I've never experienced in a beer before.

M- Highly carbonated and slick on the palate. Not that creamy, but not that thin. Alcohol level is low and undetectable in the taste or on the palate. Easy to drink.

Overall, this is a porter like none I've had before. The hop profile is prominent, yet there are still darker malt flavors too. This is the first stout or porter I've had in which I could detect the hops. Not a trait I would like other brewers to try in a porter or stout, but a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:28:31 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a Hopleaf tulip. 2012 release.

A: Pours a rich brownish black with a large tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of coffee and chocolate, with the hops lending some slightly fruity acidity. Smells like a chocolate wafer.

T: Big, bitter, piney hops and roasted grain, some mild sweet chocolate. Somewhat dry and acidic.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy.

O: The nose is really where this beer shines.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 03:42:57 | More by Etan
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown color with a two finger sand colored head that lasts for a few minutes and leaves behind a medium amount of lacing, medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells mostly of pine resin and dank herbal hopping over char-roasted malt. The chocolate aroma notes stay firmly in the background of the nose. But in the flavor, the chocolate comes into the foreground to stand alongside spicy and earthy hopping and the pine resin retreats into the background. It does gain a flavor note of chocolate-dipped dried orange peel as the glass warms up towards room temperature. Bitterness is evenly distributed throughout. I was braced for a lot more dissonance of flavor than what I actually received. Well done, Three Floyds, well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 21:30:43 | More by WastingFreetime
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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

Bottle opened on 8.21.12.

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger medium brown head with good retention.

S - Roasted malts, coffee and some hoppiness as well.

T - Subtle and smotth coffee and roasted malts, the hop backbone is still there.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Coffee finish lingers.

O - It's a nice porter with a hop background. It's Christmas in August.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 06:47:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
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quirkzoo

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one a while back from Chadquest, I believe.

Pours a very dark black body with a small tan head. Straight up porter aroma, lots of roasted grains with a hint of vanilla sweetness behind it and a slight smell of alcohol. Very balanced on the palate. A little bit of burnt bitterness, good dark roasted malt, not too complex but enjoyable. Mouthfeel was a touch thin but not watery, very drinkable. Overall this is a solid porter, I didn't pick up on anything exotic that made this a "Christmas" porter but it was still very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 16:20:48 | More by quirkzoo
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BrewerB

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to aasher for sending this beer and also an apology that it took me so long to drink! That's what happens when a beer gets buried at the back of my fridge. Cheers and thanks again, Al!

Pours a very dark brown color with a medium tan slightly rocky foam. nice lacing sticking behind.

Rich roasted malt aroma. Hints of chocolate, coffee. Also picking up on some sweetness, brown sugar-like. Very faint charcoal noticeable as the beer opens up. Nutmeg?

Big, dry roastiness asserting a strong flavor presence. Bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt toast. Dry dark roasty finish lingers on. Bitterness is moderate and though I'm not picking up a large hop presence, there's plenty of bitterness from the roasted malt.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. Despite the prominent roasted grain character, beer remains smooth.

Great roasty malt character here, not sure what the "Christmas" part in the "Christmas Porter" refers to but certainly an excellent robust porter. Would certainly like to drink this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 23:04:48 | More by BrewerB
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Heatwave33

Florida

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Black with a light brown head.

Smell: Chocolate and earthy hops up front. Followed by sugar and slight smoke.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slight coarse, good carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: A well rounded porter with a good balance. Medium bodied and a nice Winter brew. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 03:25:17 | More by Heatwave33
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$8.49 for a bomber from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI.

A: deep, dark color, opaque, poured with light brown full head that dissipated to thin veil
S: full, rich, deep roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, made my mouth water!
T: just like the nose and lived up to everything I was anticipating from the first smell
M: well-rounded, deep, velvety, highly, highly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:54:05 | More by wisrarebeer
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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

A: Pours a dark tootsie roll brown with a two finger dark mocha head with lacing and spiderwebs on the edges of the glass as it went down.

S: Fresh hop dry hopping of citrus , pine and grapefruit. Dark roast malt is there, but definitely a pleasantly Black IPA aroma going on.

T: Very strong and forward hop presence with sweet aroma hop that makes the first sip decadent. A great bouquet of pine and citrus hops blended with mocha, coffee, and sweet malt. The finish is slightly licorice with cocoa and a bit of vegetal taste.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel, which for a 6% porter seems about right. Mild carbonation.

O: This is a delicious American porter, I would drink this frequently I suspect if it were available around me.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:28:27 | More by alpinebryant
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JayQue

Virginia

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

Great Porter...WITH HOPS.... Pours a dense black color, no light gets through. Big tan head with a hard pour. Good head retention and lacing.
Impressive aroma. Roasted malts...chocolate malt ahd piney hops!!!

Tastes great as well. The roasted malt and chocolate are dominant, but the hops provide a nice (and potent) balance. The overall mix is great.

This is a rich, smooth porter with a following resinous/strong piney hops presence.

A very good Porter for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:04:39 | More by JayQue
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Duffman929

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle

A: Dark brown color by pour and has a tan colored head that is pretty prominent. Carries a nice, thick lace during the drink.

S: Roasted malts and hoppy/bitter. Coffee maybe?

T: Malted porter nature but has a bitter flavor at the end. Has a piney quality that wasn't expected. No real aftertaste that holds. Kind of light.

M: Thicker feel during the drink. Sweet, hoppy.

Overall, I enjoyed this porter. Much hoppier than most that I have had recently, so it was a good change of pace. I will look forward to having again next year, but I won't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 07:53:04 | More by Duffman929
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown pour with a bit of red around the edges. Big, dense light brown head. Retention is excellent. Solid lacing.

S: Nice roasted malt with creamy chocolate. Pine comes through as it warms. A little bit of earthy hops.

T: Roasted malt, pine, earth and maybe a hint of smoke. Nice surge of chocolate in the finish along with a bit of earthy hops to round it out.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth.

O: I really liked the balance of complimentary flavors in this one. Definitely on the hoppy side for a porter but it's not a black IPA or anything like that. Smooth, creamy and drinkable to boot.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:46:59 | More by Dope
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ehammond1


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

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Dark brown body with ruby highlights. The head is light brown, moderately sized, and eventually leaves spots of stick down the glass.

A fine aroma consisting of roasted malt, earthy and somewhat piney hops, a bit of smoke, and a small amount of licorice.

The flavor is dominated by the roasted malts complemented by dark fruits, earthy hops, and some licorice.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average example of the style, but after having this multiple times now, it always leaves something to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:23:52 | More by ehammond1
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LacquerHead

Illinois

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

Great porter. My favorite so far.

A: really dark brown, almost black with a roasted brown head.

T: At first some hoppy flavors showed up. But the malt quickly took over. It had roasted malt flavor that matched the smell. There was a presence of bitter chocolate. It also had a light coffee flavor.

I could drink this all night.

Overall: for me, this porter was perfect. Well rounded and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 21:18:12 | More by LacquerHead
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.