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

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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
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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Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Kevin_Young
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 650 ml bottle into my CBS snifter.

A) Dark... Dark brown with a big bubbling mocha head, over two fingers. The head slowly dissolved, and there was a ton of lacing.

S) Roasted malt, espresso, hint of dark chocolate, wood and pleasant hops aroma.

T) Nice... Follows the nose. Roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate flavors. This is quite earthy. The pine and citrus finish is greatly appreciated.

M) Rich and creamy, well carbonated, but very smooth, until you get that hop bite at the finish, which really drives you to that next sip.

O) This is a true holiday classic. It's like the Bing Crosby of holiday beers.

Photo of davey101
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a FFF .5L glass.

A - Pours a black body that exposes some dark brown tints around the corners of the glass. Nice and fluffy khaki three finger head forms, settles into a thin but lasting cap. Great lacing and retention. Super sticky and clinging.

S - The aroma starts off with sweet milk chocolate, burnt coffee, and roasted malts. A huge blast of piney and grapefruit hops then sends you into confusion.

T - Sweet bakers chocolate, espresso, and char collide with the piney and citric hops. The flavors wash away quickly leaving behind the bitterness typical of an IPA.

M - On the thin to medium side with plenty of carbonation. Works well with the style and flavors and makes for an easy drinking beer. In the span of this review I've already downed a glass...

O - Apparently a porter really works well when its hopped up. Light enough to be drinkable with plenty of chocolaty coffee goodness to balance out that distinctive FFF hop profile.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of snansel
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Christmas seasonal!!

Pours out black with a nice 3 fingers of mocha/tan head.

The aroma is extremely hoppy, there is a ton of burnt sugar (probably the Mexican sugar) and some subtle chocolate notes.

The taste is pretty bitter with a bunch of grassy, piney hops followed by a bitter burnt sugar (again, probably the Mexican sugar) and finishes with subtle chocolate and coffee notes. There is really no sweetness to balance the beer and it finishes pretty dry.

The mouthfeel is creamy and it has a medium body.

This is not your typical Porter (which Three Floyds points out on the bottle), but I'm not a huge fan of it. I would like a little sweetness to balance out all the bitter notes and the coffee and chocolate notes could be more pronounced. It's an interesting beer, but not great.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a deep ruby red, almost black color with one finger of head. There is just a little bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is very hoppy. Lots of fresh hops, but a good malt background. The taste is sweet with some chocolate. The hops that are present in the aroma aren't really representing in the taste. Need more hops early in the boil methinks! The mouthfeel is nice and strong. The drinkability is pretty good for a 7.5% brew. A nice take on porter.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer looks amazing and smells amazing. A dark stout like color with beige foam. The smell is hoppy, like a dry hopped wonder. There is also some chocolate to help out the non-hopheads. The flavor is a wonderful blend of hops and chocolate. The melange is oddly fantastic. It's a really drinkable mix, I must say that this beer is one of the better things I've ever put on my tongue. It is the wonderful blend of chocolate and hops without bringing the hop bitterness within. It's a great beer, get it as fresh as possible for the best experience.

Photo of Minkybut
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this big beer from bottle to tumbler at 48 degrees. BE CAREFUL with this beer. It has like pepsi amounts of carbination in it. Poured a mountain oh head, big lumpy brown biscuit head. I actually floated a potato chip on top of it. Smell oozing from this mass of foam was nutty and sweet. Taste was also nutty with big amounts of roasted coffee and a little peaty. I thought the carbination was a little over the top but all in all it is a fine porter. maybe a little heavy for a porter though. I would call it a stout. i will buy again.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of afksports
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah man, yes! Alpha Klaus on Christmas Eve! I'm enjoying this with my mother while we decorate the tree and get ready for church. Thanks to stevefinny (and probably TJBurgess) for the hookup on the bottle. Steve, a Merry Christmas is on its way for you from Brooklyn.

The beer pours line a porter should. Nice head, sustained lacing, dark brown and rich - specks on the glass... it's a truly nice appearance. This bad boy is malty too. But surprising to me were the hops in the first whiff. Woo! This one is tasty without being too big, sweet without stamping it on your palate, and balanced like I'm about to be hanging this ornament.

It's drinkable, smooth like a porter, an an excellent example of the style. I'll be enjoying the rest of this bottle before Church.

Maybe.

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,969 ratings.