Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
An excellently hoppy porter. Spruce pine aroma. Black. A fullmouth treat of quality chocolate on the sweeter side, and hoppiness. Some roast, something dairy, ginger, cardammon, anise, cinammon, grapefruit and other citrus Thanks Wohlfs for bringing in.
12-26-2004 03:01:31 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
Yet another beer shared by azagthoth in his fridge clearing event yesterday. 22oz bottle.
Pours very dark brown, real small tan head, no lacing, not much retention but I guess the lack of head is forgiveable given the style.
Aroma is of roast, chocolate, and alcohol in that order. Didn't detect much hops in the nose(certainly not like the other reviews would suggest), just a little hint of some citrus. Smells more like a stout.
Flavor is more of a sweet porter. Some brown ale flavors coming out, ie nuttiness. Not much roast or bitterness, some booze and chocolate flavors make things interesting. Possibly a hint of spiciness but that could be hops, don't know.
Body is medium, CO2 is ample, the beer warms as you drink it. Not a bad beer over all.
02-07-2009 20:31:00 | More by t0rin0
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!
Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and pine-like herbal hops. There is also a slight coffee aroma if you smell hard enough. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and some citrus zest hops on the finish but not as strong as the smell would suggest. Medium roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a much lighter body than I was expecting with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter by itself but I don’t really understand the whole Christmas aspect attached to this one.
08-01-2011 05:45:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
On tap at the FFF Brewpub in November 2009.
Pours a very, very dark brown with a moderately-brown head. Hops are at the forefront of this one, with a bit of dark chocolate, coffee, and roast coming through in the background. The taste is quite similar, with an amazing amount of piney hops coming through alongside a little bit of citrus. Chocolate and coffee also make an appearance. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Overall, a little intense and heavy for extended drinking, but definitely an absolutely delicious beer.
01-23-2010 18:11:34 | More by Thorpe429
4.83/5 rDev +16.7%
Dark chestnut with rubiginous highlights beneath a large, sturdy cap of light brown foam that displays admirable persistence; the gently rounded surface looks to be at the same level that it was several minutes ago. Random streaks and swirls of chunky lace stick steadfastly to the glass.
The nose is of chocolate covered hop cones and pine boughs. This is about what I expected, but it's still a treat. The sharply citric evergreen aroma is amazingly powerful, yet doesn't quite smother the roasted maltiness that identifies this as a porter. Other than restrained bittersweet chocolate, no other non-hop aromas are evident. Three Floyds and their hop obsession... gotta love 'em.
The flavor, like the nose, wields a hop cudgel and isn't afraid to swing it with force. It tastes like the brewers threw a couple of Christmas trees into the vats and let them sit for a few months. These hops are much more piney than they are citrusy; I'd be curious to know which varieties were used. Although the first several mouthfuls were almost overwhelmingly evergreen-like, I'm now able to discern the malty goodness underneath.
The first half of each mouthful is wall-to-wall hops, while the second half allows cinnamon-dusted, ground coffee bean-flecked, chocolate liqueur to strut its stuff. The malt backbone is rock solid, as it has to be to stand up to the greatest humulus lupulus assault on a porter that I've ever experienced. The mouthfeel is firmly medium with a creaminess that one usually finds only on bigger beers. If your hop tolerance is high, then this beer is as dangerously drinkable as they come.
I had a good idea what Alpha Klaus had in store before I cracked the crown, but that hasn't kept me from being impressed as hell (drinking is believing). While hops are far and away my first love, I also appreciate massively malty beer. Nothing wrong with combining the two into a two-headed beast of epic proportions. Kudos to Three Floyds for sheer audaciousness, originality and further evidence of genius. 'Christmas in a glass', 'the best of both worlds'... whatever you call it, call it great beer.
01-11-2005 22:14:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev -1%
Appearance: Pours an indigo color with just the vaguest rusty brown highlights; a massive head adorns (too much head, frankly) and leaves chunks of lace
Smell: The aroma is somewhat boozy and I think I may be picking up a b it of acetone; once I get past that, I get dark chocolate, prune, cinnamon and loads of pine
Taste: Opens with a pruny chocolate flavor that moves in a piney direction almost immediately; cinnamon flavors joins to add some spice as well; after the swallow, the roasty malt flavors dominate but don't diminish the pine
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied but foamy and fizzy
Drinkability: I'll need to try a fresh bottle sometime as this is interesting but a bit flawed
07-06-2008 16:55:59 | More by brentk56
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Though I don't usually enjoy big hops in my chocolate-flavored beers, I'll make an exception for this. Right from the pour, a big boquet of hops swirled around big toasted grains and chocolate for imense complexity right from the aroma. Pours a thick and silky dark brown that is entirely opaque. Nice tan foamstand rose from the glass and left ideal lacing and it subsidded. Tastes of sweet chocolate malt, toasted grains, and barley malt up front. Creamy and smooth texture that led right into the spicy, earthy hop flavor. Creates serious bitterness to offset sweet chocolates. A coffee like finish rounds out the sweetness and boldness. Finishes a hoppy crispness. Quite clean for such a bold beer. Never drying or cloying. The alcohols never get out of hand.
02-13-2006 12:51:47 | More by BEERchitect
3.23/5 rDev -22%
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 couldnt really detect any chocolate or coffee, which I would have expected. Taste is dominated by the pines and IMHO doesnt leave enough places for roasted malt and bitterness. I guess Im kind of surprise this is rated so highly since it seems to be liking character and I must say that Ive had much better beer from 3 Floyds.
06-16-2005 17:19:02 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
Totally happy to be reviewing this one today. I had tried and tried to hunt this one down for the longest time, and I was finally able to secure one through the BDAY07 BIF. Awesome looking bottle, with classic Three Floyds artwork. Just a real treat to be able to crack this one open tonight and enjoy it..
A Poured a very dark, murky brown. A large two inch plus head formed quickly on the top and held on for what seemed like forever. Unrelenting as I thought it would be it finally gave way and left behind tons of gooey sticky brown lace in its wake. Obscured pretty much the whole glass and never really left. Some nice carbonation could be made out as it was not totally opaque, rather some light was able to get through. Overall had a nice thick look to it and I knew right away that it totally meant business.
S Wow, what a warmer was my first impression of this. Huge roasted caramel like smell, sweet and sugary mixed in with a touch of a brandy like quality upon first aroma. As it started to warm, a lot of subtle things started to come about. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg were present, a noticeable bitter hoppiness, not quite a citrus hops, more a piney and spicey type of hops. Either way lots of spice was very evident in the nose. Great really great aroma.
T Wow, a very strong powerful ale this was. Immediate smokey, rustic type of taste would be the best way to describe it. Lots of caramel, nuts, and cinnamon were intermixed with a nice deep cereal and grainey base. The hops were ever present, but no where near in total control. This was really more then balanced, it was more unique and intrsting. Some many flavors, almost tasted like a yule log. It was just everything you would want in a winter brew, lots of spices, and it defiantly kept you warm, with a nice dry hopped bitter finish too!
M Super smooth, and very creamy. The first sip was actually misleading. I thought it was going to be lighter in feel then it was. Came off quite heavy at times, not in a bad way, just heavy. Drank like a stout more then anything. Very good carbonation kept it lively and it had a great smooth finish, but yet it was somewhat quick and crisp at the same time.
D Great, this was really a good sipper. Now normally I can have two or three of something, but this one was a one time. I really had to sip through it due to it having such a full heavy feel about it. But it was really good nonetheless. I was actually looking for something in the vain that day so it served its point very very well.
Overall I was really impressed with this. You could tell that a lot of work had gone into it as it was just almost too complex to accurately describe. I was like a kid in a candy shop with this one. Just really fantastic. I would gladly come though with more of this anyday, but will more then likely wait until the winter, as with it being this hot, its just a bit too big for the summer. But really awesome and deserves the reputation that it has. If only three floyds were closer!
08-24-2007 00:33:24 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
Thanks to Grant for sending this one to me.
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some definite red highlights. A short lived off-white head is present, too.
S: Quite a lot of roast, and perhaps char, with just a touch of smokiness. There are some nice hints of dark fruits, earthy hops, and bitter dark chocolate. I seem to pick up just a touch of licorice.
T: Mostly roasted malt flavor with a nice char character. A mild sweetness in the form of toffee, and the same earthy hop notes. A mild to moderate bitterness to the beer.
M: Medium in body and medium carbonation, too.
D: Kind of heavy on the roast which limits the amount of other qualities you can pick up, but good.
02-28-2011 21:06:22 | More by womencantsail
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
Two finger tan head nearly completely black body with a touch of light getting through. Nice smooth coffee/espresso aroma. The flavor. Burnt roasted malt with a very nice hop flavor, very distinct that many porters lack. Very smooth beer. Moderate carbonation and full bodied. The hop character for this one sets it apart from many other porters. Excellent beer.
12-30-2011 03:09:57 | More by kylehay2004
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
Well I just have to say this one kicks ass! A monster thanks to Billakowski for trading me a bottle. The beer poured out looking black and thick looking. The head was brown in color with laces the glass nicely. The smell of the beer has some big hops coming off of it, along with plenty of roasted malt aromas and chocolate notes. The taste of the beer has a hoppy kick up front, it's almost like a black IPA at first. Then as the hops fade the chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. The beer has several layers of transitions in the flavor. It makes this beer very impressive. The mouthfeel of the beer had a great body to it along with a a solid carbonation. Overall It's not really a Christmas brew but regardless it's a damn fine beer. I would drink it again without a doubt.
12-22-2011 01:59:06 | More by Knapp85
3.25/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
11-28-2010 23:47:07 | More by TMoney2591
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
22 oz. bomber, 2005 release, cellared for a year.
I've been staring at this bottle in my fridge for the better part of a year...time to drink it.
After trying this on cask recently, I was curious as to how a cellared bottle would stand up. Brilliantly, I would say.
THe main difference is the subdued hops, still vaguely sprucey, but not overpowering at all. The version on cask carried a fresh hop flavor, like every other 3F beer.
Pours a deep black/ruby, nearly opaque. Thick foam takes it's time to settle, leaving residual lacing. Almost too much foam, even from a slow pour, but that's minor.
Smell is a piney hop with a hint of roasted malt.
Taste is unique, with notes of chocolate, coffee, spruce, and maybe a slight grapefruit hint in there too. Lots going on, and never a dull moment. This is far from one-dimensional.
Mouthfeel is rich and velvety, definitely a sipper. One bottle per sitting, usually a rare occasion around here...
12-30-2006 06:17:44 | More by emerge077
4.65/5 rDev +12.3%
A - Poured out an opaque, thick dark, dark brown color with a small, foamy, bubbly tan head that left some sticky lace.
S - It smelled of dark chocolate, roasted malt, some coffee beans and a floral hop aroma. Very interesting for a porter.
T - This is probably the best tasting porter that I've ever had. Great dark chocolate flavor with a smooth roasty malt quality. It had a sharp hop bite from the hops that also added a subtle citrus taste.
M - It was soft and smooth with a crisp finish from the hops. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is quite possibly the best porter that I've ever had! Just and amazing blend of flavors.
12-16-2008 12:37:01 | More by zeff80
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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