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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: 1,700
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 230
Gots: 216 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-30-2013 07:45:40 | More by BigJim5021
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-23-2012 19:57:24 | More by sammo
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-02-2014 02:29:38 | More by Denzo
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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
Photo of EricCioe


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

12-07-2010 02:38:18 | More by EricCioe
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-10-2012 03:49:56 | More by Envelopes
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-06-2013 02:10:43 | More by Sturmthis
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-15-2011 05:08:11 | More by Pellinore1
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

03-01-2009 20:11:21 | More by beachbum1975
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

06-07-2014 14:55:37 | More by Alpar
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-13-2012 06:30:52 | More by martyl1000
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-24-2013 07:14:30 | More by ohiobeer29
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3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

12-16-2006 02:24:46 | More by bigdeuce
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

12-25-2009 00:49:49 | More by MeisterBurger
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-27-2012 04:00:42 | More by minterro
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-08-2014 01:48:29 | More by Roger85
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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

08-09-2009 00:49:53 | More by kegger22
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-29-2013 21:29:29 | More by jminch
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

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

06-12-2003 20:09:11 | More by jcalabre
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4.47/5  rDev +8%

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.

04-23-2008 03:32:20 | More by Slynger
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-23-2013 00:16:25 | More by kirkse
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

05-01-2014 22:53:50 | More by stogirelli
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

12-28-2009 19:07:40 | More by mikey711
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-31-2012 05:02:12 | More by teamwiggum
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-26-2013 22:08:20 | More by tourdot
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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