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

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Ratings: 1,968
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
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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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a jet black color, forms a nice finger and a half of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Really good head potential and retention, nice, solid lacing is left on the walls of the glass.
S - 3 - Middle of the road here. There is a decent amount of malts and cocoa, but the hops seem a bit overdone in the aroma.
T - 4 - Very unique, never had a porter quite like it. There is a quite large bite of carbonation upfront I'm not too keen on, but this fades into bittersweet chocolate, cocoa nibs, malts, and strangely enough, there is a very distinct nuttiness, quite savory ones. Straight boiled peanuts mix with a hoppy ending in a way that sounds strange in text but works very well. Make no mistake though, this beer is very much savory and not too sweet.
F - 4.25 - Nice thick mouthfeel.
O - 4.25 - A very unique and good porter. Is unlike any other I've tasted and is recommended to fans of the style looking for something a little different from the beaten path.

Photo of dmgeng
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After I had bought this, I realized that it wasn't a bigger beer so I was slightly hesitant to crack into this one but was not dissapointed in the end.

A - Rich black color with very fluffy brown head. Sticky lacing all the way down. Very clear. Pours pretty thick for a normal ABV porter.

S - First smell is full of citrus, floral, and fruity hops. Far more hops than expected and after the hops the chocolate, roasted malt character comes through. Much hoppier than any porter I've ever had.

T - The flavor is much the same with the citrusy hop character true on the tongue. The middle taste has a full flavored porter at the heart with rich malt, chocolate, and some roasty/coffee tones. Sweeter than a stout but with enough of the roast character to balance. The hops hold through until the end with a nice soft bitterness mixed with the bitter chocolate of the porter.

M - Medium to full mouth-feel with the tones of sweetness. Medium carbonation. Sits very much like a regular porter on the palate with some coating but not cloying.

Overall, the hoppiest porter I've had and I would qualify it just as 3 Floyds has as a cousin of Alpha King. It is like a well endowed black and tan with a mix of Alpha King and Anchor porter. This isn't their best beer and I'm not quite sure what the "Christmas" motif is supposed to bring since there is no spices or big ABV which are typical hallmarks of Christmas beer but it is good none the less. This would be a good winter session beer since it is both robust and hoppy.

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4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,968 ratings.