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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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93
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1,755 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 240
Gots: 223 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 1,755 | Reviews: 698 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Hopsiam14, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Artjsantos, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ohiobeer29, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Kevin_Young
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Kevin_Young, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of LoganMc
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%

LoganMc, Oct 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

meanmutt, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Devman171
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Devman171, Aug 29, 2014
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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

martyl1000, Dec 13, 2012
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
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

T_Hass, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

kybeerdrinker, May 12, 2014
Photo of bobhits
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A three floyds beer that sits in stores? Really?

Pours middle of the road stout brown colored with a huge tan head that holds well given the 8-9 months of aging going on here.

A boque of fruits and fruity Christmas spices that take on that mild milk stout like malt backing. Lovely stuff through and through.

Chocolate, bitter sweet chocolate that is. Very citrus and floral hops for a porter are present. Ok the more I drink the more I realize this is a damn hop bomb in chocolate clothing. Certainly some cinnamon and spices here but the hops are bleeding into their turf and I’m having a hard time discerning it all. 6% never seemed so bold and strong and well flavorful. This is outstanding.

The opening here is just velvety smooth and just about perfect. Bold flavors, bold creamy carbonation, and yes it doesn’t last a bottle but still excellent.

I have to admit with this sitting on shelves I was not expecting much, but I’m down right blown away. I give 3floyds a pass on price as I now except to pay 4-5 bucks more than the beer is worth on their stuff. This is amazing beer priced like something life changing or at least expensive to make. Enjoy and cheers but really guys 9 bucks for a bomber?

bobhits, Aug 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SCZ, Nov 22, 2013
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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
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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%

Thishops4u, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of cvm4
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mjw1200, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of tewaris
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Kickin' fresh Christmas Porter brewed with Mexican sugar among other things. What's with FFF and different sugars?

Bomber poured into a Lion stout mug. Thanks Dan!

Beautiful looking beer, dark brown and clear with a chocolaty, thick and creamy head that formed in cascades. Great lacing and retention as well. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and general sweetness. No hops in the aroma whatsoever.

Tastes sweet and chocolaty but the bitterness quickly takes over. Finishes quite bitter and slightly roasty. I understand this is Alpha King's cousin and all but the bitterness, frankly, is clashing. The aftertaste is rather empty too. However, the biggest culprit is the rather thin body that makes the beer taste rather empty.

Overall a good porter but unbalanced for no good reason. Not in the same league as Edmund Fitzgerald or Cutthroat.

4.5, 4, 3.5, 2, 4

tewaris, Jan 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

nathanjohnson, Dec 04, 2011
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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.

kzoobrew, Jan 17, 2011
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,755 ratings.