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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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BA SCORE
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1,707 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,707
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 231
Gots: 218 | 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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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 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.

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

Kentucky

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
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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
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womencantsail

California

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
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-02-2014 00:17:29 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-02-2014 00:00:30 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-13-2011 22:52:10 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2012 01:32:25 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

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
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-28-2014 03:52:24 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-10-2013 17:57:19 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

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
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zeff80

Missouri

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
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

22 oz bottle from dyan, thanks dogg. This has been a long time want.

Appearance: Poured into a US pint glass. This stuff is extremely foamy, initially pouring with about five fingers of head, which takes a few minutes to settle. Nice head retention once it does settle, holding strong at a 3/4 inch height. The body of the beer is black, opaque, appropriately porterish.

Smell: Nice malty sweetness, big chocolate and coffee notes. Hints of vanilla, carob. Very pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Medium roast coffee and the surprising presence of citrusy hops, which doesn't taste as bad as it sounds. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests, has more of a baker's chocolate sort of quality to it. I was expecting this to be overcarbonated, but the mouthfeel hits the mark for the style quite well; medium bodied, not quite stout thick, and pleasantly dry in the finish.

12-03-2008 01:15:35 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Who would've ever expected hops in a Three Floyds porter? Well, they're there! It's aroma is chock full of resinous, piney and spruce-like hops (Chinook, but mixed with something else... even some Cascades perhaps...) over subtle, toasted and mildly chocoaltey dark malts. It's very dark brown body rests beneath a frothy head of tan foam that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. It's medium bodied and mildly zesty across the palate. The piney hop character is continued in the flavor, but more balanced by its lightly chocolatey maltiness. It's well-balanced with a solid bitterness, but it's far from overdone; and, as might be expected, it finishes with a flourish of hops. It's not particularily complex, offering little beyond its hops and dark malt combination, but it is quite enjoyable and very drinkable in that sense. Nicely done!

12-07-2004 11:23:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours black with a decent crème head. Nose is interesting. Striking characteristics that are a bit difficult to nail down. Coffee perhaps. Candy. Some type of fruit. Almost like a unripe berry or hard apple or something like that. Whatever it is, I like it. Flavor is nice. Spicey robust tones. Thick malts. Pleasant acidity. A nice robust porter with good spices and a touch of fruity sweetness as well. Feel is thick on liquid and carbonation is a bit lower and barely biting. This is a nice porter. I could drink this all night.

03-09-2009 18:10:29 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a huge foamy brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is rich with dark chocolate and floral hops, unique but straight-forward.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell, dark chocolate and hops. The bitterness of the two is blended nicely to compliment each other instead of competing for dominance. The malt character seems quite subdued which is a bit different for the style. This also may be the hoppiest porter that I’ve had. The after-taste is bitter and slightly metallic.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation (again, different for the style), finish is dry but sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, not very filling and the ABV is very well hidden, this is the perfect beer to sit and chill out with if you’re looking for something that’s a little bit more than just a sipper.

12-17-2006 03:26:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

A - pours with a small head of medium brown foam on an opaque, black body. Settles quickly, leaves light lace.

S - coffee and nutty chocolate with lots of caramel in the background.

T - dark caramel and green hops up front. Some toffee and bitter chocolate in the background. The beer finishes with pungent, pine and grapefruit hops and smoky dark malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - very nice, this comes across more like a black ipa than a porter but I don't consider that a reason to complain. A nice balance between the hops and the dark malt.

12-30-2011 03:11:32 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +14%

Appears thick on the pour the color absorbs all visible light on the spectrum, where'd you go Roy G. Biv ; color is dark chocolate hued letting just an inkling of light through when held to the light. It forms a huge tan head with even lacing spread around my pint glass. Aroma contains pine tree scented hops which absolutely rush the senses along with something that is very candy cane esque with a peppermint herbal character underneath the hop layer dark chocolate cake mix and strong imported coffee hibernate. Taste with a little age on this sampe hop bitterness is just beginning to tame a bit, what's left is the pine cone / herbal mix that screams Christmas time. Dark roasted malts add a layer of coffee edged bitterness and dark chocolate roasts bring powdered cake mix onto the flavor profile, hop burps ensue all is well. As more yeast is added from the bottle a bready tone joins in the complexity that really equates to the cohesiveness of this creation, wow I tried it last holdiay season and it's just perfect...pilgrimage to 3F's maybe soon. Mouthfeel is full bodied yet crisp and dangerously smooth I paid $7.99 for a bomber and I don't feel cheated at all one of the few higher priced beers that earns it's value has a velvety texture on the palate carbonation maybe a bit higher but after carrying the higher gravity of this brew it comes of smooth as can be. Drinkability, well this beer is an incredible experience this Limited Liability Corporation from Munster, IN continues to arouse the beer lover deep down in my soul, a treat that one should track down every winter, it's great stuff.

02-13-2006 16:58:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a finger of creamy tan head. Retention is fantastic with a thin layer that just won't quit and leaves nice thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is Wow! Quite the robust aroma here with notes of chocolate, molasses, and coffee that are enveloped in a fresh smelling bouquet of floral hops and citrus.

That taste seems just a tad more subdued to me than the aroma is still wonderful. Chocolate, molasses, and caramel sweetness are well balanced out by roasted malts, zippy coffee notes, and some grassy feeling hops in the backend. The mouthfeel is mellow and creamy with an easygoing feel and a dry finish. I absolutely can not believe that this beer is almost 8%, it drinks that smoothly. Very nice!

Wow, this is definitley one of thee finest Porters I've had, American or not. I especially loved the use of the hops, which gave the aroma and taste a lively take on things that perfectly complimented some of the other tried and true flavors. Complex and hugely drinkable, this is definitely a winner in my book.

05-16-2008 16:35:53 | More by Kegatron
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

This is from cpferrisheers Chad!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Roastyness, herbal & citric hops

T: Roasty grains, a touch of baker's chocolate & dryness up front. Coffee bleeds trough as this warms, plus piney & herbal hops dance around charred grains brown sugar & dryness. Finishes dry, roasty, with coffee & cocoa, some grainy astringency pulls this down to a 4.0

MF: Fairly chewy with fairly assertive carbonation. Creamyness comes through as this warms, great balance

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV & style, the dryness, plus slight coffee overkill slows me down a bit. Nice, but give me SN Porter or Black Butte any day

04-14-2009 04:15:45 | More by russpowell
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

2008 22 oz bottle brought to the in-laws Xmas party. Thought I'd share some Midwest craft brews with my deprived Canadian family...

A - Black, two-fingered mocha head that dissipates slowly leaving complex lacing. Tiny amount of visible carbonation.

S - Sweet burnt malts and chocolate juxtaposed with floral piney hops and the slightest hint of citrus, largely orange. Much hoppier than one would expect from a porter - kind of a "Darkness-lite" in that respect.

T - Starts hoppy and sweet, ends chocolate. There's an oatmeal consistency midway through, and the ending bitterness is interesting because it's unclear whether it's from the hops or from bittersweet chocolate or from espresso.

M - Smooth, creamy, great viscosity. The moderate amount of carbonation complements the bitterness in the back end of the palate.

D - It's a little to rich and strong for sessions, but a single 22 oz goes down pretty easy. Nice for sharing during the holidays.

I wish Three Floyds had a regular porter I could get instead of having to wait until December each year. I'm not sure it's worth stashing as the hops will probably fade by March.

12-15-2008 01:25:04 | More by MasterSki
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%

deep brown color, with crimson highlights peeking through, blessed with a thick, prodigious cocoa-tan head...
Aroma: mmm,roasty-toasty, cinnamon, ginger,toffee,coffee, and cream...oh, yummy, oh, very good...nice as it gets...
Taste: Very smooth, yet terribly dark and full in the body, full in the flavor, ...a spicy, tastiness rings through the edges and uplifts and illuminates every aspect of the experience...nutmeg and clove...
Body never flags, stays full, and continually delivers flavor...finish isn't as strong as I'd like, but hangs on well enough...
overall, an excellent winter warmer/spiced ale, not a surprise from this outstanding brewery...wish it were easier to find though...

11-30-2004 00:00:00 | More by feloniousmonk
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.