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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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1,721 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,721
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 232
Gots: 221 | FT: 13
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

mikepcarney, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

johnyb, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

schmidtmattsays, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

stephensinner, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Photo of nomad
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a color just short of black with a thick off-white head. Lacing is superb as is the head retention. Truly a great sight in a pint.

Smells of muted hops, vaguely sweet and citrus oranges, with a nutty and roasty but soft malt presence. Through two bottles I'd have to say this beer's aroma is pretty weak, at least consistently with those 44 ounces.

Flavor has a smooth, dark core with a toasty black malt ending and little roast barley accents, greatly helping the drinkability. Short chocolate flavors in the middle of the palate as small hop kicks are faintly juicy near the moderate finish redolent of wonderful brown sugar tones. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation is very nice.

Where's the smell? Besides that, a very smooth porter.

nomad, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Three Floyd's Alpha Klaus pours out a nearly, but not quite, black color with a creamy head. The aroma is very roasty, nutty, and hoppy. Incredibly, the hops go very well with the roastiness. The flavor is sweet at first with caramel and chocolate. Roasted flavors come in at the middle. The finish is bitter, with citrus hops. This beer is probably more hoppy than any porter I've had. Furthermore, the hop flavor melds with the roasty flavors to create a delicious whole. Mouthfeel is medium. A beer this tasty is almost drinkable by default. Great beer. I'm falling in love with this brewery, even as I despise it for the price of it's beer ($9 for this bomber).

beveragecaptain, Dec 17, 2005
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

midlifec, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

fehrminator, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pure, dark, black. Nice one and a half inch pillowy toffee colored head that fades into a thin cap and leaves behind some sparse lacing.

S: Does not smell like any porter I am familiar with, but then again this is a Three Floyds beer. Smells a hell of a lot like Alpha King at first then opens up to fresh ground coffee, roasted oats and slight heavy cream

T/MF: Very roasty, malts are very present which the aroma would not really lead you to believe. Taste reminds me a bit of Surly's Coffee Bender but with a bigger hop character. The hops are what really define this beer but the dark roasted malts also play a part, though not nearly as much as other American porters, but considering this amount of hops in this beer is he malts that you can detect in this beer almost makes it seem balanced. Medium bodied, very chewy, good, substantial feel.

D: The unique taste alone is enough to keep you coming back for more, time and time again. But the balance displayed by such an incredibly hopped up porter makes this beer a thing of beauty.

bluemoonswoon, Nov 21, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

illini4x4, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of stewart124
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle aged a year
Right when I opened this I could smell the hops!
Pours a very dark reddish brown with a foamy thick tan head. Lingering head.
Smells of strong high octane hops and an underlying malt presence. Everything is maksed by the hops though.
The first thing that comes to mind for taste is the body. Very smooth and rich. Hoppy and delicious. Malts hit the palate more towards the end of the hop bite. Dark tasty malts in the aftertaste that stay with you. There is a spice to this beer but mainly I taste hops and roasted malts. Complex beer and it is a great one. Merry Christmas Alpha Klaus!

stewart124, Dec 10, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to brandoman63 for hooking me up with a bottle!

Pours a near black, thin cocoa head rising up. Medium carbonation.

Tons of different scents picked up in the nose. Rich, bittersweet chocolate. Dark stuff. Caramel, light coffee, and sugar present. Fresh floral hops are present behind all of this.

Flavor carries through on the smell and then some. Bitter chocolate flavors, sugared malts. A bigger hop presence than the smell also. At times its up front and sometimes it follows the chocolate and other flavors this one has. The thing I enjoy about the hops is that they provide a spicy backbone to the beer. Somehow this makes it feel like a serious holiday porter. Excellent balance even though there's so much going on.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy but stinted slightly by the bitter, spicy hop presence. It works extremely well in the flavor but takes away from mouthfeel a little. For some reason coffee is one of the main flavors that sticks with me, though it isn't a big player in smell or taste. Hop burps of the floral variety and again spicy and a little bitter/dry finish.

Drinkability is great. If there was a way to keep the hop presence that contributes greatly in taste and round out the mouthfeel this would be an unbelievable beer. Regardless, it's one that I wish was more available and I could enjoy a bomber of any time. Another unique brew from FFF, yummy!

Very drinkable beer

ncvbc, Jan 26, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as my first bomber of Alpha Klaus ever and one that I've been waiting to finally drink. Want to thank my girlfriend for the opportunity of trying this one since it was a christmas gift from her.

A- looks like the typical porter with a dark, chocolate brown head that is completely opaque and is rather clear, not foggy. Actually has a bit of a sheen to it. A nice small head that stays throughout and floats barely on the top of the bottle; kinda like a bit of foam on the top of a coffee. The head is actually made up of a bunch of small bubbles that sit right on top. I really like the color of this one. Nice and thick head that poured in my friend's pint glass since we split the bomber. looks like thick cream sitting on top of dark coffee

S- wow well people did not lie when they said there is hops coming off of this one. Especially kind of intense hops for a porter where hops are usually not represented. There is also a bit of hints of spices and chocolate that comes up with the hops Also there is a smell of a drak chocolate.

T - the main taste of this one that first hits me is hops that just attack the tongue. This is the typical FFF citrus hops that seem to characterize their brew. Odd to see such a hop presence in a porter. Then after the hops fades away it fades away into your more typical porter aspects. There is a nice chocolate presence and actually a bit of a grainy sugar sweet presence that goes to offset the dark chocolate presence. After awhile the hops actually seem to come back to me as well and I think they may actually become a bit stronger and blend in with the chocolate aspect of the beer. There is also a nice milky aspect to the beer, makes it rather creamy and actually imparts that cream taste in the mouth. Afterwards there is a light hops presence that sticks around in the mouth.

MF - Rather creamy and smooth on the mouth without only a light amount of carbonation that seems to come in later. I love the milky aspect of the beer that goes with the taste of the beer alot. Afterwards, the light hops presence leaves a slight tingly feeling in the mouth and makes you wnat to have another drink.

D - overall a great porter from FFF and an interesting interpretation of the style that makes me want to keep having a sip after a sip to experience all of the interesting taste within this one. there are just so many different flavors in the porter that I keep wanting to discover. I love how this is like a mix of a hop bomb and a sweet porter too; gotta love the FFF boldness. Also, the creamy milky aspect makes it really easy to sip down and enjoy. I will pick this up every holiday season and enjoy it whenever it comes out. Also I have to say this is much better than the barrel aged Klaus since you can actually taste the hop profile that makes this such an interesting brew.

jeonseh, Jan 24, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

drdiesel9483, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

juliusseizure, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of warriorsoul
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IrishMike for this one....Xmas in August it is.
Pours an extremely dark black w/ a full finger of light brown head w/ a gentle pour....decent amount of lacing.
Smells real good...amaretto, some espresso and a hefty dose of dark chocolate.
Taste is more of the same and then add in a decent amount of bitter hops...will have to find this one fresh to compare. No alcohol detected until the very last few sips.
Mouthfeel is quite thick, but not cloying...carbonation is nice and the finish is very clean.
Another great offering from 3F...could enjoy this one all evening if only I had more.

warriorsoul, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of Ego
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

found for $72.95 a case plus tax. psyched to get my grubby little hands on it...

eyes...
this one poured a huge volcanic head of tan foam, a full 3 fingers tall in my duvel chalice. it settles at a good clip, I can see the carbonation bing replaced at the bottom of the head where the beer meets the foam. not completely opaque but pretty damn close, the head is much better than many porters poured into this glass, the head initially reminded me of kid from kid n play... good looking stuff (and the lacing is superb)

nose...
aroma is of deep chocolate and vague hops, cocoa powder and some coffee notes... nothing thrilling here to my nose honestly, slightly better than average.

taste etc...
super smooth, velvety and slick, great mouthfeel. dominant burnt flavor is deep and fantastic.
the hops are not overpowering in the least, to me they are "just right". The flavors are not all over the place here, they keep it rather simple and it is a readily drinkable beer. Where as some of the 3F line bash you over the head with hops (not a bad thing) this is balanced. I am really enjoying the burnt flavor over the bitterness.

verdict?
a great american porter. not worth mortgaging the house over but if you see it, definitely pick up a bottle.

Ego, Nov 02, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

wyatt13, Dec 25, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from sprinkle through the Secret Santa 07, thanks!

Dark looking porter, not too much head after the pour.

Very good aroma. I get some notes of chocolate and toffee right away, followed by a generous amount of hops (earthy and a bit of pine), warm milk, French vanilla coffee, a hint of hazelnut, and a bit of wood.

Taste of chocolate and hops upfront, a little bit of a hop bite too. There’s also a good dose of coffee flavors and roasted malt, charred wood, and bitter chocolate. Very aggressive flavors going on for a porter.

seaoflament, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of walleye
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured dark brown, wih granet edges, and a tan head. aroma pine, bitter sweet chocolate, honey, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, floral. flavor, semisweet chocolate, malts, caramel, fruity, raisins. the hops were not as strong in the flavor as they were in the aroma. nice dry mouth feel

walleye, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Typical porter black, non-transparent. Big light brown foamy head that leaves great lacing.

S - Rich roasted aroma with slight coffee and just a faint whiff of chocolate. The "strange american hops" don't have much aroma in this one at all. Very pleasant.

T - Light hops and roasted malts right from the start. Not much complexity from this one, kept pretty traditional. The hops become more prevalent as it warms and there's a slight acidic note in the finish.

M - Medium body with carbonation that fills the palate. Chewy malts and slight acid-tone make it easy to sip and ABV definitely kept in check.

O - I was expecting more outside the lines style from the beer for the style but it was kept in check very well and the ingredients blend well. Other than the slight acidic feel in the finish it is a very good example of style.

VaTechHopHead, Dec 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Boilerfood, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bschinelli, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

xdefeatsy, Dec 11, 2011
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.