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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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1,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 227
Gots: 214 | 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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Bung

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. Nearly black pour, white head. Surprisingly piney aroma, some peat and roast malt. Flavor is also surprisingly crisp, very dry and hoppy. This over-rides the earthy malt, chocolate and coffee. Nearly creamy, but the bittyness hurts the mouthfeel a bit. Finishes with some linering coffee and hop bitterness. Really too much hops for the style. More alcohol warming as well than I would prefer, even though it is not that terribly high an abv. Drinkability is pretty meh. Unfortunately I had rather high expectations for this. Hopefully with some age this will mellow out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 05:41:43 | More by Bung
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown in color. There was at least a two inch head sitting atop this beer. Smell is subdued hops and some chocolate malt. Taste is much more of the malt with a little bitterness as well. There is a grassy and pine flavor of course coming from the hops. Pretty decent medium full on the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 23:58:20 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a root beer color with no head.

S- Dark malts, coffee, chalk. Not overly strong.

T- Hops on the front receding to coffee, and dark chalky malt. You get a strong alpha hop profile throughout. Not quite as malty as I would expect.

M- A bit too carbonated. And a bit too thin for a porter.

D- Overall a well crafted beer but I have lost all the porter notes in this to an alpha taste that I cannot shake from my palate. I want more malt which isn't there. Better on the first few sips than the last of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 20:40:17 | More by Mudpuppet
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with an above medium dark foamy head with good retention. Aroma of pine is really non-expected but enjoyable nonetheless when mix with roasted malt. I couldn’t really detect any chocolate or coffee, which I would have expected. Taste is dominated by the pines and IMHO doesn’t leave enough places for roasted malt and bitterness. I guess I’m kind of surprise this is rated so highly since it seems to be liking character and I must say that I’ve had much better beer from 3 Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 17:19:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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getkrunkhoe

California

3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

consumed on 5-17-09 (from notes)

App-dark, opaque,no lace to thin lace head, disappears quickly.very inviting.

Ar-where do i begin? roast presence is there;but its not your typical roasty note, this is different.I get Horchata and maybe "mexican chocolate(?)". has a lot going on.

T- very similar to aroma,horchata (which is rice water with cinnamon and sugar), mexican hot chocolate comes to mind,coffee,finish has some bitterness/earthy note to it.

MF-carbonation isnt in your face,but it has some thickness to coat your mouth.

D-if you dont mind a complex beer with lots going on,then go ahead.not to easy of a drinker but it was great trying it.

as much as i wanted to "love" this beer I was a bit disappointed.smells better than the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 20:32:55 | More by getkrunkhoe
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oso

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

03-18-2014 03:54:06 | More by oso
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Borlando89

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

01-08-2013 05:47:21 | More by Borlando89
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

01-13-2013 00:24:34 | More by jhillwastaken
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for a taste o' this!

Not sure why Dexter was on, but at least there's beer. And Alex is talkin' this one up, too. It pours a pitch black-brown topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose contains a strong contingent of green hops, with some chocolate and light roasted malts in the background. The taste holds a touch more roast, but it's still only a vain attempt at countering the hops, which have maintained their strength. The body is a light-ish medium with a light moderate carbonation. Honestly, I can see why people could like a rather hoppy porter like this one, but I am not one of these people. There's just not enough roast to provide any kind of appreciable balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 23:47:07 | More by TMoney2591
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

01-08-2014 07:33:24 | More by drewone
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silenius

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2004 vintage just picked up today. I think it was released for 2004 within the last day or so.

Pours a dark brown black with a nice 1 finger choco-like head. Lacing all up and down the glass.

Smell at first is almost solvent chemical in nature. Very pine-sol like. After a bit that blows off to just reveal some very resiny green hop aromas. No citrus or floral smells here, boys, just a buzz-saw hoppy green resin aroma. Strange for the style even if FFF is known for its hoppy beers (which I happen to like). Too hoppy and the malt to balance it is much too small. Only faint smoky chocolate aromas find their way through (or is it just my expectation that it would be there).

Taste is hoppy for sure and (thankfully) the smoky chocolate malt reports for duty. Green hop burps bring back memories of the Dark Lord sludge. *shudder* Hops definitely predominate this one, but the malt plays a bigger role in the taste than in the nose. A nice sweet-smoky chocolate that leaves a pleasing combo of smoky-roasted malt with hop bittering on the finish. I still think the hops are too overdone.

I think a much better example of a hoppy porter that is properly balanced comes from Goose Island in the form of their XXX Porter. Had it the other day and was floored!

Mouthfeel is round with some light prickling from the carbonation. I keep thinking of a nice charcoal grilled steak when drinking this beer.

I think with age this might balance out a bit, but for now it is too hoppy for a porter. At the very least it doesn't have the stuffing to stand up to all the hops foisted upon it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 02:57:11 | More by silenius
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maggotbrain

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is black with a thick tan head. The head dies down to a bubbly layer of film. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

The beer smells strongly of pine. Not really expected with a porter, but this is a Three Floyds beer and mega-hopped beers are their thing.

There is a lot of pine in the taste as well. Somewhere in there meek hints of dark chocolate and coffee attempt to make themselves known, but are crushed behind a wall of pine. This would be great if Three Floyds called this a black IPA, but they don't, they call it a porter, and I'm having trouble figuring out what is supposed to make this beer very porter-like.

Mouthfeel is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer is pretty good, goes down easy.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, but it is certainly not worth $8.99 for a 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 03:08:45 | More by maggotbrain
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Qbdoo

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

11-30-2013 20:59:39 | More by Qbdoo
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EdwardFortyHands

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

07-23-2013 01:23:13 | More by EdwardFortyHands
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Bluecane

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

04-21-2013 06:16:23 | More by Bluecane
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Flight317

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

06-08-2014 20:47:34 | More by Flight317
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Bucknutty24

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

10-28-2012 21:25:47 | More by Bucknutty24
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

01-06-2014 02:20:55 | More by Kaveman
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

11-17-2012 03:03:01 | More by jplopez21
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

06-08-2013 14:20:21 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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andjriz

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

04-18-2012 19:25:52 | More by andjriz
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

12-05-2013 06:51:15 | More by beernads
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gmendez1122

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

04-27-2014 19:34:31 | More by gmendez1122
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

12-06-2013 23:24:43 | More by mmulebarn
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/19/08.

Pours a dark brownish black, with almost two fingers of light tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy for what I expect from a porter, with some chocolate, and a little spice.

Taste is interesting. When I first started drinking this, I thought the hops were overpowering. As I got toward the end, and as it warmed, the hops seemed to fade a some, but still a bit on the hoppy side. Didn't get much malty flavor in this. Not very balanced. Some slight roasted chocolate tastes as well, and some spices.

It's full bodied, low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel afterward. Drinkability is alright, considering the heaviness.

The hoppiness turned me off a bit, and there isn't much spiciness for something that is labeled a winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 05:44:35 | More by bkilpatr
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.