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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: 14
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 -3.4%

leschkie, Nov 21, 2011
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ohiobeer29, Dec 24, 2013
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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.

timtim, Jan 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jaminjohnson, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

CesarLopes, Nov 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

mmcnaughton, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Filabee, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Denzo, Feb 02, 2014
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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.

cvm4, Dec 16, 2012
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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.

BlindPig, Sep 01, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mecmd, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Lunch
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.

Lunch, May 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jjheinrichs, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Callmecoon, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

teamwiggum, Dec 31, 2012
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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.

tsauce2, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Adkins1203, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

anticipation23, Dec 02, 2013
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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.

Wetpaperbag, Sep 27, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

throwback, May 31, 2013
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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!

errantnight, Aug 02, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

BigJim5021, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

martyl1000, Dec 13, 2012
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.