Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
No date on the bottle but I'll assume it was from this season, extra in a trade. Beer is black and forms a thick brown head of small and medium bubbles that slowly falls away leaving a ton of lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet and thin.
Beer is medium to low in body, slight roast / smoke on the back end. Some sweetness up front, easy drinking and smooth. Second taste, really high drinkability. A slight aftertaste is building. Not a lot of bitterness. Its a great porter for sure.
04-01-2010 03:59:46 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
Many thanks to Phatz allowing me to try this.
A - Motor oil dark shades of maltiness with medium tan head that possesses decent retention.
S- Roasty malt scents with piney and chocolate notes
T- Crisp, oily, sweet, chocolatey and moderately bitter. A spectrum of flavors with subtle floral hop and twiggy pine tastes juxtaposed roasted nutty walnutlike dryness.
M- Fully balanced -sweet, dry, nutty, oily bitter. A great blend of textures.
D- Quite easy to knock back oz. after oz. as I could have drank the whole bottle had I not been sharing with other beer lovers.
04-08-2007 23:37:56 | More by Slatetank
4.18/5 rDev +1%
GOt this thanks to paco1029384756.
A: It comes gunning out the bottle like its excited for me to drink it. A thick bubbly frothy head rises up 2 fingers and quickly fades, leaving a slight lacing. The beer is essentially midnight black.
N: I could smell the roast and coffee while pouring it. Aside from a lot of that, lots of dark malts, some caramel, some earthy hops, touch of black patent malt, and even a hint of molasses.
T: As expected, lots of roast and coffee. WIth that is some more dark malts, black patent, crystal, and touch of sweet caramel. It has a slightly sweet taste with a little creaminess and perhaps oatmeal. I also get some bitterness from both earthy hops but more from the charred malts. I also get a hint of peppermint.
N: Pretty thick and slightly creamy with lower but decent carbonation.
F: Dries just a bit but still smooth and creamy with some sweetness. Lingering roast and coffee with lots of bitterness from mostly the charred malts. A slight peppermint comes out more on the finish and leaves the mouth with a feel of it. A little residual sugar as well makes the mouth a bit stick.
05-01-2010 00:28:55 | More by jlindros
4.47/5 rDev +8%
The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet chocolate scent along with a stiff hop bitterness. It's rich with roasted and black malts as well. The taste is great. It has a crisp black malt and hop bitterness up front and then it mellows with a sweet chocolatey finish. It warms a bit, but that only increases the enjoyment of it. This is a very flavorful porter. It has a bountiful wealth of flavor and an excellent arrangement of hops. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one tastey beverage. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. These guys only produce nothing but the best.
09-11-2007 17:20:04 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev -7%
First had: on tap at Miller's Pub, Chicago, IL
Poured a murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that retained well and left some sticky lace on the glass. Smooth toasty caramel malts in the aroma, complimented by big piney hops and a chocolatey essence. The taste followed the aroma, with lots of caramel, chocolate, pine, with notes of cinnamon and brown sugar. Smooth and satisfying, medium-almost-full-bodied, and pleasantly drinkable.
07-04-2011 13:30:50 | More by Rifugium
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong toffee malt and coffee. The flavor is coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is pretty basic American porter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
05-18-2010 05:39:39 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Shared by BigSexy410; thanks man, this was a Want of mine. 2010 vintage.
a - Pours a jet black color with an inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of pine hops, chocolate, roasted malts, and light citrus hops. Interesting.
t - Tastes of pine hops, citrus hops, floral notes, soap, roasted malts, chocolate, and sweet sugar or fruit. Again interesting.
m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.
d - An interesting porter; can definitely see the resemblance to Alpha King with the pine hops. Lots of pine and chocolate/roasted malts; definitely enjoyable. Would have again.
02-05-2011 23:24:13 | More by mdfb79
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.