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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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1,675 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,675
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 226
Gots: 211 | 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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beachbum1975

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes around Christmas holiday 2008. 2008 batch recently purchased from West Side Liquors.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my over-sized Duvel tulip.

Pours an attractive deep brown, opaque color with some light root beer colored edges sneaking out around the edges. A 2 inch tan head dissolves to a nice halo after sitting in my glass for a few minutes.

Three Floyds, back in action! Dark, sweet malts and citric hops are all over the place! In the backseat, I get some freshly roasted coffee and alcohol.

My oh my, this is a hopped up stout! Rich, decadent and highly enjoyable blend of Three Floyd's goodness. This is too easy to put back. If you want a nice, solid, hoppy stout, you must try this one. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 20:11:21 | More by beachbum1975
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-13-2014 19:19:27 | More by beersdmf17
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errantnight

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting brew. Pours a nice head, creamy and chocolatey. Dark chocolate looking almost opaque black. Very full mouthfeel. Smells of dark chocolate and tons of hops. Very odd to have these hops in this brew. Leaves good lacing and is a nice refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 02:24:46 | More by bigdeuce
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour produces a glass full of light-absorbing liquid blackness topped by a half-inch, frothy tan head that leaves spots of lacing and retains well enough.

Lifting the glass to my nose reveals a festive cavalcade of aromas--chocolate, roasted chestnuts, freshly halved clementines, and pine needles. Maybe even a little black licorice.

The taste is wonderful, a perfectly balanced, full flavored but nuanced combination of roast, chocolate, nuts, and sweet citrus balanced against resiny hop bitterness, with a nice dry, slightly tart finish and a mildly lingering spice. It's basically a really good porter with a buttload of American hops.

The mouthfeel really shines here, it's bright and crisp and creamy. Good body. Light carbonation. Just spot on.

Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 00:49:49 | More by MeisterBurger
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kegger22

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alpha Klaus pours brown, almost black with a huge, creamy tan head that faded quickly. The aroma was predominately coffee. The taste was also coffee with an alcohol taste as it warmed up. Carbonation is not all spent in the head, medium body. Drinkability is OK. Not bad for a porter, but Three Floyd's missed their usual mark of excellence.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 00:49:53 | More by kegger22
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-02-2013 01:40:21 | More by Hallertau
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mikepcarney

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

07-06-2013 21:34:59 | More by mikepcarney
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jcalabre

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled by hoprus. Originally sampled on 19 December 2002. Yet another winner from Three Floyds has been poured into my glass. Alpha Klaus has a roasty flavor w/ coffee tones along with hints of cinnamon. It is medium bodied and brown/dark red in color. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 20:09:11 | More by jcalabre
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-13-2012 06:30:52 | More by martyl1000
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Slynger

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpha Klaus pours a deep, dark, blackly brown with rosey highlights, and a slim but creamy tan lid that slips quickly to leave some nice lacing.

Sniffs deliver bitter-sweet chocolatey, black coffee, roastedness twirling with citric and piney hops, and cinnamony spice.

And . . . The flavor matches it step for step. It's full, soft, creamy, and smooth. It's dry, bitter, and roastedness comes in perfect amounts, and lingers in the finish.

This is a dynamite chocolatey-roasted, hopped up, spiced up, porter. Sure do love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 03:32:20 | More by Slynger
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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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kirkse

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-23-2013 00:16:25 | More by kirkse
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davemathews68

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 15:53:28 | More by davemathews68
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from phone notes. Enjoyed a 2008 bottle during christmas.

A: Deep brown with a fluffly tannish white colored head. A bit more head than I would have liked but it held pretty well and left good lace

S: Some notes of chocolate and roast but really not all that aromatic

T: Despite the lack of aroma, this tasted great. Rich bitter chocolate, some nice roasted flavors and a slight hint of caramel. Also had some nice cinnamon notes too

M: Very full bodied but there was a slight bit of alcohol heat.

D: One of the better tasting porters that i can think of.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 19:07:40 | More by mikey711
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Roger85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-08-2014 01:48:29 | More by Roger85
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PEBKAC

New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty light-hearted pour into my favorite Ommegang chalice. Dark & ruby-hued, I've seen it before. The tan head barely makes its presence known, & there is no lace to speak of. A little more viscous then I would of thought, but it's only my eyes. They lie all the time.

First off, the chocolate is very obvious. More straight up sugar then caramel, with a pleasant flowery bitterness rounding the scent out. A little simple, honestly enticing. I couldn't sense any alcohol.

Unsweetened chocolate, with a heavy measure of refined sugar, & a little butter to give it that greasy feel, it's almost like drinking fresh coco if you couldn't differentiate much between hot & cold. :P The bitterness is more assertive then hot coco, but because grandma never really made it with enough sugar(preferring to just drop the block of chocolate into the pot & get back to her novelas), it is strikingly similar. Coffee & nutty notes are subtle, but add slight complexity. Childhood memories begin to saturate my brain, but the alcohol isn't far behind.

Carbonation is strong, with the feel being greasy, but the body is moderately light & very fluid.

Someone send me a growler of this stuff next season. Too easy. :)

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 04:00:32 | More by PEBKAC
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black as Black can be. Head is tannish, less than one finger and goes away pretty quick

S: Very little malt/roast smell. very very citrusy hoppy. Maybe a little sweet

T: Very hoppy, but after a bit the grain comes through. Slightly warm on the way down. A light hoppy burp comes back after a little bit of drinking.

M: Thinning, but pleasing. Ok porter for a hot day, but not for a cold one.

D: I don't think I'd get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 19:28:07 | More by mdwalsh
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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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emottram

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

03-08-2014 01:16:27 | More by emottram
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-09-2014 12:20:52 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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Artjsantos

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-20-2013 15:20:09 | More by Artjsantos
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-30-2013 07:45:40 | More by BigJim5021
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minterro

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-27-2012 04:00:42 | More by minterro
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-02-2013 00:57:31 | More by anticipation23
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.