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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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1,761 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,761
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 243
Gots: 224 | FT: 11
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

JellyJacket, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with a brown head and decent lacing

Smells roasty, yet piney hops are quite evident

I get roasted malts, a bit of dark chocolate, and coffee in the taste. Floral/earthy/piney hops kick in to lead to a slightly bitter finish. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel quite smooth.

This was a big and interesting beer. Hop kick hampered drinkability for me towards the end of the bottle, but this was enjoyable.

Strix, Aug 01, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

AlexChillton, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

BYOFB, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of davey101
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a FFF .5L glass.

A - Pours a black body that exposes some dark brown tints around the corners of the glass. Nice and fluffy khaki three finger head forms, settles into a thin but lasting cap. Great lacing and retention. Super sticky and clinging.

S - The aroma starts off with sweet milk chocolate, burnt coffee, and roasted malts. A huge blast of piney and grapefruit hops then sends you into confusion.

T - Sweet bakers chocolate, espresso, and char collide with the piney and citric hops. The flavors wash away quickly leaving behind the bitterness typical of an IPA.

M - On the thin to medium side with plenty of carbonation. Works well with the style and flavors and makes for an easy drinking beer. In the span of this review I've already downed a glass...

O - Apparently a porter really works well when its hopped up. Light enough to be drinkable with plenty of chocolaty coffee goodness to balance out that distinctive FFF hop profile.

davey101, Dec 18, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass

The beer pours a lovely jet black color, extremely opaque texture with a thick, cloudy khaki head that leaves behind a touch of lacing. The aroma is nice, lots of rich chocolate, touches of vanilla with some nice brown sugar notes as well, roasted coffee with some nice dark grain brings out a touch of alcohol at the finish. The flavors are very pleasant, big rich dark grain right off the bat, a bit of sweet chocolate and vanilla, grassy bitter hops bring out some smokiness. There is a nice bit of roasted coffee flavor that lingers really nicely. The body is nice and rich, almost milky yet almost thin, carbonation is right in the medium sweet spot with a very dry finish.

Verdict: A very tasty Christmas Porter from Three Floyds. The flavors are nice and rich, but the grassy hop presence really adds something interesting to this beer, per their motto, “It’s Not Normal.” Definitely a nice treat to enjoy each winter.

kevanb, Dec 24, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a deep ruby red, almost black color with one finger of head. There is just a little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is very hoppy. Lots of fresh hops, but a good malt background. The taste is sweet with some chocolate. The hops that are present in the aroma aren't really representing in the taste. Need more hops early in the boil methinks! The mouthfeel is nice and strong. The drinkability is pretty good for a 7.5% brew. A nice take on porter.

SheepNutz, Nov 04, 2004
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer looks amazing and smells amazing. A dark stout like color with beige foam. The smell is hoppy, like a dry hopped wonder. There is also some chocolate to help out the non-hopheads. The flavor is a wonderful blend of hops and chocolate. The melange is oddly fantastic. It's a really drinkable mix, I must say that this beer is one of the better things I've ever put on my tongue. It is the wonderful blend of chocolate and hops without bringing the hop bitterness within. It's a great beer, get it as fresh as possible for the best experience.

Vdubb86, Nov 27, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

bschinelli, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

emottram, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

mkennedy119, Dec 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Flabbyjandro, Sep 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

chadwicktorres, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

fehrminator, Dec 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

MrVonzipper, Jan 18, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah man, yes! Alpha Klaus on Christmas Eve! I'm enjoying this with my mother while we decorate the tree and get ready for church. Thanks to stevefinny (and probably TJBurgess) for the hookup on the bottle. Steve, a Merry Christmas is on its way for you from Brooklyn.

The beer pours line a porter should. Nice head, sustained lacing, dark brown and rich - specks on the glass... it's a truly nice appearance. This bad boy is malty too. But surprising to me were the hops in the first whiff. Woo! This one is tasty without being too big, sweet without stamping it on your palate, and balanced like I'm about to be hanging this ornament.

It's drinkable, smooth like a porter, an an excellent example of the style. I'll be enjoying the rest of this bottle before Church.

Maybe.

afksports, Dec 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

CarolinaKev, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Minkybut
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this big beer from bottle to tumbler at 48 degrees. BE CAREFUL with this beer. It has like pepsi amounts of carbination in it. Poured a mountain oh head, big lumpy brown biscuit head. I actually floated a potato chip on top of it. Smell oozing from this mass of foam was nutty and sweet. Taste was also nutty with big amounts of roasted coffee and a little peaty. I thought the carbination was a little over the top but all in all it is a fine porter. maybe a little heavy for a porter though. I would call it a stout. i will buy again.

Minkybut, Feb 25, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

csmartin6, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Christmas seasonal!!

Pours out black with a nice 3 fingers of mocha/tan head.

The aroma is extremely hoppy, there is a ton of burnt sugar (probably the Mexican sugar) and some subtle chocolate notes.

The taste is pretty bitter with a bunch of grassy, piney hops followed by a bitter burnt sugar (again, probably the Mexican sugar) and finishes with subtle chocolate and coffee notes. There is really no sweetness to balance the beer and it finishes pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is creamy and it has a medium body.

This is not your typical Porter (which Three Floyds points out on the bottle), but I'm not a huge fan of it. I would like a little sweetness to balance out all the bitter notes and the coffee and chocolate notes could be more pronounced. It's an interesting beer, but not great.

JohnnyMc, Dec 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fellow BA Quarre gave us this about a year ago (!) and we are just digging into it now. Lucky for us, it has held up very well :-) Color is dark dark root beer, it had a head to match but it's gone now, just a ring in my glass. Aroma promises all sorts of things, including dark chocolate, make it 60%. Tastewise, one is rewarded with more chocolate notes in the taste, a wider range than found in the aroma. I found the malt to be very prominent, but then the hops hit. The finish is hoppy, but not over the top. I think that's due to the malt being just so present. Solid medium mouthfeel, small fine carbonation. Drinkability is high due to the ease of which this goes down. Bring on this beer!

PatandDavid, Jan 13, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

johnyb, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Derek, the Porter King, comes through! Thanks for sharing! Deep opaque brown pour with thick mocha froth and stout like lace.Strong coffee aroma with good levels of hopping, dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted coffee beans. Lots of bitter chocolate coffee flavours mingle well and leave a simmilar aftertaste. Large bitter chocolate finish. Thanks for sharing Derek!

mrmanning, Feb 27, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

bootdown21, Feb 05, 2014
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,761 ratings.