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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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1,680 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,680
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 226
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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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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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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cfh64

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-15-2012 04:49:27 | More by stephensinner
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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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beersdmf17

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Gratefulbeerhead for this one, Cheers Eric!

Deep dark brown, may be mistaken for black if not held to the light. Dark brown sugar head stand two fingers tall.. Head recedes rather quickly leaving a slight cap and moderate lacing behind.

First and foremost I was not expecting this kind of hop contribution. The brighter citrusy hops really stand out. Moderate levels of roasted malt, appropriate for the style, blends with cocoa and slight java aromas. The constrasting aromas really work well.

Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and espresso roll across the tongue. The citrus hop flavor lightens the flavor as it follows just behind. Hints of caramel linger on the back of the palate.

Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate though adequate. The sweetness linger on the tongue just a bit making the finish slightly long.

Very nice beer. Better than many porters but does not quite reach the top tier. This is one I would seek out on occasion if it were available locally. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 17:54:17 | More by kzoobrew
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought from the wine joint in Hamden. Enjoyed last evening as a NYE warmup during a viewing of "War of the Worlds"

Pitch black porter with a dark tan head. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Hops? I could've sworn that this was a batch of kind bud swimming around with dark roasted malts.

Dark chocolate, coffee, and a bunch of spices that I couldn't figure out. That is, after your tongue is assaulted with Christmas tree sappy hops. Even with the big flavor, a bit lighter than a lot of porters out there. Though not traditional in any sense, very enjoyable and worth a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 19:52:45 | More by Dithyramb
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throwback

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-31-2013 16:44:49 | More by throwback
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, via jaustin72403

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black, under a fingers worth of tan head. Pretty good retention and nice lace.

S: Smells of a light coffee, slight wood, a little bit of fruit and citrus hop. Good aroma.

T: Very nice fruity sweetness and citrus up front, followed by a mild coffee and ending in a light roasted malt and moderate roasted bitters. Citrus, mostly grapefruit, hop qualities hang around throughout. A speck of chocolate to found as well. Very good tasting porter.

M/D: Full bodied, slightly creamy, carbonation is light. Drinkability is really good on this one. Makes me think of an IPA with roasted malt. My first FFFs brew, very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 20:14:43 | More by NCSUdo
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CesarLopes

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-25-2013 19:39:14 | More by CesarLopes
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-01-2012 12:09:08 | More by ohtheguilt
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle

Black with brown frothy head. Head fades quickly to a thin film.

Smell of chocolate, coffee and a great roasted note. Also a much stronger hops character than you would expect (or maybe exactly what you would expect from three floyds).

Taste has a very nice bitterness up front. With the chocolate flavors combined it reminds of bakers chocolate.

The bitterness builds and leaves that cheek puckering aftertaste. Not entirely unpleasant but would prevent me from drinking too many in one sitting. Overall a nice heavy beer to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

Another nice offering from three floyds.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 01:41:45 | More by beermanbrian
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-18-2011 04:47:09 | More by jjheinrichs
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-07-2012 02:27:05 | More by tripledbrew
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sammo

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-23-2012 19:57:24 | More by sammo
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. At 8.99 a bottle, my biggest beer splurge to date.

Pours crude oil black with a couple fingers of capuccino froth. Nose is vibrant and clean, with notes of menthol/piney hops, tabacco, espresso beans and dark chocolate cocoa. Taste is a tale of two beers, reminded me a lot of Founders Black Rye, with the juxtaposition of big floral hoppiness and chocolately roasted malts. Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. This is an impressive American porter, I don't know if I can put it above the Edmund Fitzgerald though, certainly not on value. At half the price it's a steal, at $9/bottle it's a one time indulgence.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 22:50:20 | More by Golden2wenty1
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EricCioe

Montana

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark black with a frothy, pretty mocha head. On the nose there is a deep pine mixed with roasted coffee. On the tongue the roasted malt and coffee come to the fore with a bit of hop bitterness at the back. In the mouth, it's pretty similar to Alpha King, a bit of a buzzsaw, which works pretty well here but cuts down a bit on the drinkability. Overall I'm a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:38:18 | More by EricCioe
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,680 ratings.