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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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1,735 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 233
Gots: 219 | 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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Photo of jeonseh
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
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 650 ml bottle into my CBS snifter.

A) Dark... Dark brown with a big bubbling mocha head, over two fingers. The head slowly dissolved, and there was a ton of lacing.

S) Roasted malt, espresso, hint of dark chocolate, wood and pleasant hops aroma.

T) Nice... Follows the nose. Roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate flavors. This is quite earthy. The pine and citrus finish is greatly appreciated.

M) Rich and creamy, well carbonated, but very smooth, until you get that hop bite at the finish, which really drives you to that next sip.

O) This is a true holiday classic. It's like the Bing Crosby of holiday beers.

RoamingGnome, Jan 02, 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
Photo of wyatt13
4/5  rDev -3.4%

wyatt13, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Flabbyjandro, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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
Photo of seaoflament
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 azdback
5/5  rDev +20.8%

azdback, Nov 14, 2011
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
Photo of Boilerfood
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Boilerfood, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

xdefeatsy, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Agold
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Agold, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Kaveman
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mecmd, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Artjsantos, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of carln26
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured form the bottle a dark brown to black with some ruby highlights, and a dense, tan head that stuck around for ages, and left a clumpy lace on the side of the glass. The nose is an explosion of grapefruit hop along with espresso and chocolate, just a hint of toffee on the finish. The taste? WOW. This is a porter. More grapefruit and orange right up front. The espresso and chocolate are a bit muted in the flavor. There is a touch of dark roasted malt on the finish. Man is this beer a hop bomb. Thick, wonderfully rich mouth feel. Great drinkability, no real heat from the alcohol. Merry Christmas 3 Floyds!

carln26, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of bootdown21
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bootdown21, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

imyourhero21, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Denzo, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Murchmac
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Pushes the envelope of a porter. Smells of chocolate, hops, and deep malts. Pours a beautiful wood brown with a one finger head. Begs to be drank immediately. At the forefront of haute beer where the smell influences the taste. Coffee tastes, with outstanding hops, alcohol tastes that deepen as you drink it down. Smell vanilla towards the end. What an amazing beer. Long coating lingering aftertastes, I dont want to see more of clones like this, this one is enough. Three Floyds have a good thing going and I want more.

Murchmac, May 12, 2007
Photo of ohiobeer29
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ohiobeer29, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a clear dark brown with an insanely big, meringue looking brown head.

S: The aroma is spicy and hoppy. There are chocolate and coffee notes as well as a noticeable metallic smell.

T: The taste is coffee, roast, alcohol, metallic, very bitter and slightly astringent.

M: The mouthfeel is full and carbonated with a slight alcoholic warming effect.

D: This is a nice sipper - but it could be an all night sipper.

barefootbrewer, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of KFBR392
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a above average thickness and dark brown color. The head is a creamy rich texture and a medium brown color. Heavy lacing left behind at each level. Below average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: The english malt stands out accompanied by a bittersweet medium bodied chocolate aroma. Plenty of roasted, burnt coffee malt presence that mixes well with a heavily spiced aroma. True to FFF beer, there is a substantial hop backbone driving itself through and making this a truly unique brew.

Taste: The spices and hops in this brew jump out right away. Dry, the front is so dry and bitter. Heavy dark chocolate and coffee accents just punish the palate. The back end of this brew lightens up a little bit to the feeling of a more traditional porter but the spice tones continue to ring through.

Mouthfeel: Heavy huge bitter front which transitions nicely toward the back end with resonating spiced tones throughout.

Overall: A really unique brew from FFF. Have to look forward to them putting their own twist on traditional beer styles. I enjoyed this one but wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

KFBR392, Jan 10, 2014
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.