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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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1,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 227
Gots: 214 | 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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Knoxrb12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2014 22:14:35 | More by Knoxrb12
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-18-2014 21:15:24 | More by imyourhero21
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mjw1200

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-30-2013 03:21:17 | More by mjw1200
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brew with hard to find highlights. The head is the color of lightly milked coffee and it leaves nice thick webs of bubbles on the side of the glass.

The smell is a smoked coffee mixed with chocolate and hops. Surprisingly big amounts of coniferous tasting hops which is both arousing and intimidating. A large malt nose beats the rest of the smells into submission balancing everything. Nice.

The taste is initially a scorched coffee bean flavor but moves gently to a dark bittersweet coffee. On the back and sides of the tongue is a nice moderate bitterness from a pine tasting hop profile. It is accented by a sweet malt creaminess lullaby that is like a warm fluffy blanket on those cold Christmas mornings.

Smooth and a great variety of flavors. Big malts with a big hop profile. Light carbonation and a nice chocolate goodness that leads you through the taste sensation. Well done, this is a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 04:43:24 | More by jbphoto88
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-21-2011 16:44:04 | More by leschkie
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful dark porter with a thick, tan head that stcks around well and leaves great lace. chocolate, toasty malt, piney hop and a touch of oak and maybe coffee in the nose. tastes of milk chocolate, then hops, with a mildly bitter dark chocolate and coffee finish. big body for a porter and very, very tasty. one of if not the best porter i've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 16:44:04 | More by timtim
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-26-2013 10:50:26 | More by jaminjohnson
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-20-2011 02:42:21 | More by mmcnaughton
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Thin tan head that fades fast. Maybe a hint of red in the head. It is very black.
S- Coffee. Really nothing else besides a little sweet.
T- Has a sweeter taste and really couldn't pin point anything to much for the actual taste but in the aftertaste it was pretty strong coffee and seemed a bit smokey also.
M-Medium body maybe a bit thin. Light/medium carbonation.
D- It is to coffee for me not all bad though. I not big fan of porters or stouts (do prefer stouts) and I do try to keep opinion out when I am doing my review besides in drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 01:09:28 | More by BlindPig
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Lunch

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple of these over last Christmas served in a Three Floyd's shaped pint glass.

Pours a dark brown that nears on black with a couple fingers of a frothy tan head. Smells like motherfucking Christmas in a goddamn glass. Some nice Christmas spice along with roasted malt, chocolate and perhaps a hint of coffee. Smells a bit creamy as well. Taste is fairly full and creamy with chocolate, roasted malt, dark malts, and a hints of coffee. Some nice spice is there as well. Creamy carbonation and nice mouthfeel. My first ever Three Floyds beer that I found in a Philly bar several years ago is still a Christmas favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 13:43:51 | More by Lunch
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adamant1912

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

12-05-2011 04:40:26 | More by adamant1912
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tsauce2

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown. Opaque. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium/light carbonation. Light lacing.

S: True to form, very hop forward. Light notes of light roasted malt.

T: Hops come off on initial palate, then a traditional porter flavor hits. Aftertaste is just a touch bitter and dry. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

M: Medium/heavy body. Carbonation gives additional body. Hops and malt stimulate the palate and aftertaste serves as a counterpoint of mouthfeel as compared to the initial mf.

O: A solid porter at its base, but hop infused as all things 3F are. No complaints, but not "wowed" by this beer. Would mosdef drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 12:57:19 | More by tsauce2
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Adkins1203

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-27-2013 00:46:43 | More by Adkins1203
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Callmecoon

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-05-2012 06:16:01 | More by Callmecoon
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:07:09 | More by RoamingGnome
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christmas in September!

A- The first thing that comes to my attention is the head. Its thick tight knit and very foamy/frothy. This head won't go away either. The beer is a very dark dark brown, almost black.

S- Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Got wood? Yes there is an oak smell that is very subtle mixed in. I suppose its the glue that mixes it all together.

T- This has a bitter chocolate taste. Coffee for sure and the roasted malts. This is a nice American Porter, pretty solid tasting.

M- The feel of the mouth is a touch gritty. That could be due in part of the fact that its been sitting around, and it seems like there is some yeast floating around in the beer.

D- This beer drink pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:21:02 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Inglewood

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2013 18:51:22 | More by Inglewood
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MordorMongo


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-13-2013 20:02:07 | More by MordorMongo
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errantnight

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I used to think I generally preferred stouts to porters (not that one need choose)... but lately, I'm finding some of my favorite dark beers are porters. This joins that group.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised when leaning in for a whiff of this luxuriously thick, deep black brew I found it to be wafting up noticeable aromas of citrus and pine hops. I was, but I shouldn't have been.

And I guess I shouldn't have been any more surprised when I found a velvety, roasty but not burnt roasted brew, full of coffee flavors to meld generously into an oily hoppy delight. I was... but I shouldn't have been. Not quite an IDA... this definitely put the porter characteristics first, but it seemed bright despite its rich darkness.

Despite a silky texture, it did feel a little light on the palate, and neither quite rich/creamy enough or spritely enough to satisfy either direction. That's nitpicking, it still was great in the mouth.

I could drink this all winter, and it seems particularly well suited for the pseudo-colder winter months of SoCal... may I find this in my stocking every year!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:37:18 | More by errantnight
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cfh64

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-27-2012 23:30:25 | More by cfh64
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown, can't see through it. Light tan head.

S - Loads of roasted malts, burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Some piney hops as well.

T - Typical hopped up fashion with 3F. Piney hops, coffee grounds, smokeyness and leather.

M - Medium body & carbonation. Well done.

O - Great Christmas brew that reminds you of the smell of the season.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 21:54:30 | More by cvm4
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-13-2014 19:19:27 | More by beersdmf17
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown to black in color with a coffee and cream colred head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice roasty and chocolate smell, sweet sugary and buttery chocolate. There is also a lemon and orange acidic smell as well as some coffee, but the smooth chocolate aroma dominates. Taste is fruit and chocolate. There is some twangy citrus acidity on the back of the tongue while a smooth chocolate flavors slides underneath on the front of the palette. Finishes with a slightly dry and bitter mixture of roasted malts and chocolate. Medium to heavy in body, there is a nice tingly that helps to break it up. No problem with 22oz, a very chocolatey and rich porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 20:10:19 | More by hoppymeal
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-06-2013 04:02:49 | More by HumphreyLee
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Artjsantos

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-20-2013 15:20:09 | More by Artjsantos
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.