Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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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
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
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
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
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
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
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-03-2008 20:14:43 | More by NCSUdo
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-10-2006 01:41:45 | More by beermanbrian
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
12-11-2005 22:50:20 | More by Golden2wenty1
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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