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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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Ratings: 1,687
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 229
Gots: 214 | 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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Filabee

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-23-2012 19:57:24 | More by sammo
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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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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-02-2013 01:40:21 | More by Hallertau
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 22:50:20 | More by Golden2wenty1
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EricCioe

Montana

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark black with a frothy, pretty mocha head. On the nose there is a deep pine mixed with roasted coffee. On the tongue the roasted malt and coffee come to the fore with a bit of hop bitterness at the back. In the mouth, it's pretty similar to Alpha King, a bit of a buzzsaw, which works pretty well here but cuts down a bit on the drinkability. Overall I'm a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:38:18 | More by EricCioe
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Envelopes

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-10-2012 03:49:56 | More by Envelopes
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Sturmthis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-06-2013 02:10:43 | More by Sturmthis
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-15-2011 05:08:11 | More by Pellinore1
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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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emottram

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

03-08-2014 01:16:27 | More by emottram
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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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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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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-24-2013 19:50:46 | More by bschinelli
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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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minterro

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-27-2012 04:00:42 | More by minterro
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-23-2013 00:16:25 | More by kirkse
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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
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,687 ratings.