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

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1,971 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,971
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 254
Gots: 315 | FT: 20
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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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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 bootdown21
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yelterdow
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Props to Ego for hauling home some 3F goodness back to NJ... little surprises like this make the world go 'round that much easier.

Served from a bomber into an imperial pint glass at cellar temperature on a chilly November evening the week before Thanksgiving. *takes breath*

Appearance- Four fingers of light chocolate brown head grace this ridiculously fabulous looking beer. The sheer density of the crown is stupefying, with large craters rather than bubbles marking its surface. Like some object from space, it looks like a chunk of ice or rock from the outer limits. Color is real dark and brown for a porter... webs of lacing drape the inside of my glass, I'd have guessed this was an inperial stout blind.

Smell- What a strange and interesting nose on this beer... it's an odd blend of Amarillo and other hops blended with chocolate malt and something from my third grade art room. Solid.

Taste- The initial hop blast rips across the tongue and exudes a balanced display along with a softly roasted, bitter chocolate finish. As with all of this brewery's selections, the character is distinctly their own... big flavors with a hoppy, lasting finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Adequately creamy and light in the mouth. The beer's duration of being alive and exciting could be longer, but it's good nonetheless. A satisfying porter that pushes the envelope to go further... but don't try too hard, as the style would be lost completely. Much hops, now I must sleep.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Jredner
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had been aged a few years so the hop element was toned down, but still much more lively than an average porter. Piney hop notes with chocolate cake and coffee in the aroma. Foretaste is roasty followed quickly by dark chocolate and espresso and then a kick of hops int he finish. Reminds me a lot of Gonzo Imperial Porter.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with a brown head and decent lacing

Smells roasty, yet piney hops are quite evident

I get roasted malts, a bit of dark chocolate, and coffee in the taste. Floral/earthy/piney hops kick in to lead to a slightly bitter finish. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel quite smooth.

This was a big and interesting beer. Hop kick hampered drinkability for me towards the end of the bottle, but this was enjoyable.

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4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"I saw beerluvr kissing (his glass of) Alpha Klaus, underneath the mistletoe last night..."

Ok, that aside, this long-awaited beer poured into the Kwak cradled bulb glass with a rocky, crater-filled tan head that slowly fell over deep brownish/ruby red liquid. A heady perfume of fresh pungent hop fills the nose, sharp and inviting...the malt doesn't stand a chance here! The taste is a powerful blast of of hoppy flavors, floral, resiny and extremely bitter. As it warms a bit nice roasted malt flavors creep thru mixed with charcoal bitter notes as well. Not a super complex ale, but wonderfully flavorsome, with piney and roasted constituents dueling back and forth. The finish just lingers on as the day is long...no hint of the 7.5% alcohol here, just flavor packed and delicious, this could pass for a super dark IPA with all the hoppiness contained within. I would of given it higher marks if the mouthfeel was just a bit more thick. Outstanding!

Thanks to CRJMellor for this hop bomb!

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a massive foamy head that refuses to die. Lots of lacing.

S: Rich chocolate aroma with a touch of cappuchino. Very nice.

T: Semi-sweet with a big chocolate taste and a roasted coffee bean finish. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium-bodied with an unusual crispness. Moderate carbonation.

D: This is a damn good porter, but at $9 a pop, it's only good enough to have as an occasional treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug.

Brownish black in color leaves a big light brown head at first which quickly fades into a small small layer of bubbles with a good level of lacing. Smells immediately are of coffee and chocolate, with some caramel, roasted malt, and citrus hops upon further inspection. Taste is bitter of chocolate and coffee at first, with some caramel, malt, and sugar afterwards. A nice subtle hop finish makes this a well rounded brew. Full in body with a little bit of a dryness. I'm not big on porters, but because I wanted to try it for Christmas, I picked it up. I haven't met a Three Floyds beer I didn't enjoy yet, and this one is no different. Very easy to drink and very sessionable.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,971 ratings.