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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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1,684 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,684
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 227
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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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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Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

07-23-2013 01:23:13 | More by EdwardFortyHands
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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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%

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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
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scottwurst

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

12-15-2013 04:05:09 | More by scottwurst
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maundythirsty

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with brownish edges and a big, persistant tan head. Heavy lacing. A very attractive beer. Smells like Three Floyd's hops -- a little floral, a little pine, a little grapefruit.

Can I find any of the advertised coffee bitterness in the taste? It would be a Christmas miracle. All hops, all the time. Substantial carbonation, but it comes off as creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Have to admit that I liked this stuff. I would drink more of it. However, I would consider labeling the bottles "IPA" before putting them in the fridge. I knocked the smell, taste and drinkability some points because I was turned off as a porter lover, though not as a beer drinker. It doesn't taste like much more than the usual Three Floyds hops profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 02:37:44 | More by maundythirsty
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mcallister

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I happened across a bottle of this and figured I better pick it up considering it's 3 Floyd's and I love porter and I forgot to purchase one in the "holiday" season.

Pours a dark burnt brown with an enourmous fizzy off tan head with significant lacing. Main smells of choclate and oats with a little vanilla lingering way back in the background.

Very smooth porter with good roasted choclate malt, very oaty and grainy mouthfeel but not necessarily in a off way. I don't know this beer has left me a tad dissapointed. Not a bad brew at all but for the price many other beers are around to be taken. This beer lacks in complexity and mouthfeel. Still not bad

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 22:20:33 | More by mcallister
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in the 2010 Secret Santa BIF. Loved Alpha King, let's give this on a go. 22oz bottle opened on Christmas night 2010 poured into my new Pumpking tulip...

A: Super dark with no light shining through. A 1 inch mocha colored head that fades extremely slowly leaving a huge fluffy lace on the glass. Very good.

S: I get some mild roasty chocolate blended with earthy citrus hops. Some lemon quickly follows in the middle with some piney spices on the backend. Some molasses and black licorice hideout on the backend. Smells kind of like a Black IPA or a Black and Tan. Good.

T: Tastes of roasty licorice upfront with some watery vegetable dishwater in the middle. Ok.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A dry finish. Decent.

D: Once you get past the strange flavors, this is ok.

All in all, this is an ok brew to try around the holidays if you have access. Don't bother hunting. Many better brews in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 01:48:40 | More by steve8robin
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samie85

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep coal color with a cappuccino foam, two fingered head.

S-The nose is led by huge amounts of grapefruit Centennial hops with some dark chocolate and roasted notes and some vanilla.

T-Bitter pine and orange with some grapefruit and some pretty deep roasted notes.

M-Seems a little thin in the mouth, although strangely creamy as well, with medium carbonation, and a lingering dryness.

D-For the reputation this beer has, I was pretty disappointed with it. The bitter/hoppy notes don't seem to meld well with the porter notes.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 02:55:55 | More by samie85
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,684 ratings.