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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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1,707 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,707
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 231
Gots: 218 | 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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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-01-2014 20:12:34 | More by Zonian1
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

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

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-29-2014 14:51:45 | More by Filabee
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CesarLopes

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-25-2013 19:39:14 | More by CesarLopes
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tsauce2

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-16-2014 03:18:44 | More by funkyaudio
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

12-16-2012 21:54:30 | More by cvm4
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-05-2014 21:37:36 | More by bootdown21
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-02-2013 00:57:31 | More by anticipation23
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

09-27-2008 01:21:02 | More by Wetpaperbag
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

01-10-2014 15:33:16 | More by KFBR392
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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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throwback

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

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!

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

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-26-2013 05:44:47 | More by mecmd
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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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davemathews68

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%

A- brown black with brown highlights. Two fingers of head that linger for a bit leaving some decent lacing.

S- my favorite part. Glorious hop aromas, herbal, dank, a little pine, toasted slightly burnt dark malts. The combination is of a spent bong but in only the good ways!

T- at first the Tate follows the nose, dank hops and toasted malts. As it warms the pine hops are noticeable and the malt follows and finishes with milk chocolate.

M- a little thicker than other porters but I think it still would follow all the style guides. Nice carbonation for the style.

O- like much of the FFF line up the aroma is great. The pine with chocolate flavors give it a Christmas feel. Will seek this out again.

01-04-2014 15:53:28 | More by davemathews68
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-24-2013 07:14:30 | More by ohiobeer29
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-02-2014 02:29:38 | More by Denzo
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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