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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter

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BA SCORE
92
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1,982 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,982
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 255
Gots: 314 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 12-06-2002

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
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Ratings: 1,982 | Reviews: 724
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4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, even for a porter. It was topped with a nice off white head comprised of nice small bubbles.

The aroma is outstanding, filled with a bunch of chocolate and roasted malt and some coffee. The chocolate is very creamy smelling and inviting.

This is one tasty beer. It starts off with a nice chocolaty burst with a touch of bitterness and fades into roasted malt with a slight lingering bitterness.

Nice body on this, not to heavy but thick enough to get the job done. Great for the style.

Good beer all around. Would make a great everyday drinking beer except it's not available year round.

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zimm421
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of sleazo
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celebrating my one year BA anniversary.

A_Pours a very deep dark brown and gushes up the sides of my mug. Half dark brown liquid half egg cream like foam. Staying power is somewhat exceptional. A domelike appendage sticks out from the rim of the glass, almost a half an inch.

S_Mocha rich chocoale, bitter pine hops, not that strong.

T_Bitter up front and in the behind with a nice sweet chocolate middle. The start is pure roasted malts, the end bitter piney hops. Very well balanced with a good hop character.

M_Rich and creamy, a bit heavier than a normal porter. It does have a creminess that is almost like a nitro-can or tap.

D_Outstanding, as usual from Three Floyds. I could drink a few of these on a cold blustery night.

Photo of ruckus232
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark/Black in appearance with a few fingers of light brown or tan head.

Smell: Well there is a roasted scent but there was an unexpected earthy almost hoppy/piney smell as well. There was a little bit of sweetness but not much.

Taste: Well it seems like there are a lot of things going on in this. There is a slight fruity taste at first that goes into a hoppy bitterness that then goes into a sweet maltiness that finishes off with the roasted coffee type bitterness. The hoppy bitterness does remain afterwards too.

Photo of udubdawg
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. I've waited a while for this one.

pours nearly black, the head foamy and brown, the lacing pretty decent. Nose is full of piney hoppy bitterness, some citrus as well, but chocolate is also quite evident along with a muted char. Smells great, though I'm not really getting the coffee I expected.

I'll admit it - I'm underwhelmed by the taste. Probably hyped this one up too much in my mind. Very enjoyable though I had hoped for something that seemed a little more...I dunno, spicy? There's heavily roasted and charred malts, chocolate again, more coffee than I noted earlier, and of course lots of hops. I love that side of the beer. It seems pretty balanced despite all those hops, which are more citrusy and less pine than I noted in the aroma.

Finish is lightly drying, carbonation light, body medium-high. Nothing detracts from the drinkability, and I find myself taking big mouthfuls to let the full flavors wash over my palate, but I've got no real desire to have another tonite.
An excellent beer. I just think I still prefer Top Sail.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of hero27
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. 2005 Vintage.

Clever artwork and cool looking label, as you would expect from the Floyd's bros. Foamy tan head..leaves some lacing that fades pretty quickly due to the oily consistency. Chocolate malt aroma with a touch of hops. The taste is fairly complex, and who would have guessed Three Floyds would add some extra hope to their porter recipe? Very hoppy for a porter..the roasted character hides the hops pretty well up-front, but you'll find yourself burping hops for the next few hours.. I've noticed that some warmth really brings out the flavors..you're doing a huge disservice to this beer if you drink it too cold. A great seasonal porter that is meant to be drank fresh..but I will be laying a few of these boys down to try next Christmas.

Photo of wiltznucs
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Rastacouere
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Raindog, thanks sir Body is dark brown and initially wears a tan head that fast becomes one of the quickest dissipating festival of bubbles I've ever seen. Aroma is very intense with more hops than I can shake a stick at. This is woody, herbal, chocolatey, grapefruity with notes of marijuana and smoke. Quite the melting pot you'd like to cook your dinner with. Very direct and dry yet eminently appealing. On the tongue, it's very grassy, reminding me of the Saison from a few hours ago, sweeter than expected with lots of brown sugar, maple and chocolate. Still, after a few sips, the feeling you have is to be drinking hop juice.. but good hop juice! Well-made and to my liking where a fine medium body with appropriate carbonation sure helps. So, when is next christmas?

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Kevincredible
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Farnswurth
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kirok1999
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one with a fellow BA after we downed an Alpha Kong.

A- Pours a nice almost black with a ton of chunky foam that leaves good lacing.

S- Chocolate and bitter. Some sweetness comes through from the ample malts.

T- Bitter chocolate, brownie like. Lingering aftertaste of chocolate and bittering hops. Very nice balance. No watery characteristics at all.

M- Heavy and thick. Slippery and mildly carbonated.

D- Pretty high ABV but very drinkable after a nice meal. Or better yet with a good chocolate dessert.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of robgage
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccozzi
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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