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

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter

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Reviews: 728
Hads: 2,043
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 274
Gots: 333 | FT: 17
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 HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 8.21.12.

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger medium brown head with good retention.

S - Roasted malts, coffee and some hoppiness as well.

T - Subtle and smotth coffee and roasted malts, the hop backbone is still there.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Coffee finish lingers.

O - It's a nice porter with a hop background. It's Christmas in August.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one a while back from Chadquest, I believe.

Pours a very dark black body with a small tan head. Straight up porter aroma, lots of roasted grains with a hint of vanilla sweetness behind it and a slight smell of alcohol. Very balanced on the palate. A little bit of burnt bitterness, good dark roasted malt, not too complex but enjoyable. Mouthfeel was a touch thin but not watery, very drinkable. Overall this is a solid porter, I didn't pick up on anything exotic that made this a "Christmas" porter but it was still very good.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to aasher for sending this beer and also an apology that it took me so long to drink! That's what happens when a beer gets buried at the back of my fridge. Cheers and thanks again, Al!

Pours a very dark brown color with a medium tan slightly rocky foam. nice lacing sticking behind.

Rich roasted malt aroma. Hints of chocolate, coffee. Also picking up on some sweetness, brown sugar-like. Very faint charcoal noticeable as the beer opens up. Nutmeg?

Big, dry roastiness asserting a strong flavor presence. Bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt toast. Dry dark roasty finish lingers on. Bitterness is moderate and though I'm not picking up a large hop presence, there's plenty of bitterness from the roasted malt.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. Despite the prominent roasted grain character, beer remains smooth.

Great roasty malt character here, not sure what the "Christmas" part in the "Christmas Porter" refers to but certainly an excellent robust porter. Would certainly like to drink this again in the future.

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Photo of Heatwave33
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Black with a light brown head.

Smell: Chocolate and earthy hops up front. Followed by sugar and slight smoke.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slight coarse, good carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: A well rounded porter with a good balance. Medium bodied and a nice Winter brew. Cheers.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$8.49 for a bomber from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI.

A: deep, dark color, opaque, poured with light brown full head that dissipated to thin veil
S: full, rich, deep roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, made my mouth water!
T: just like the nose and lived up to everything I was anticipating from the first smell
M: well-rounded, deep, velvety, highly, highly drinkable

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark tootsie roll brown with a two finger dark mocha head with lacing and spiderwebs on the edges of the glass as it went down.

S: Fresh hop dry hopping of citrus , pine and grapefruit. Dark roast malt is there, but definitely a pleasantly Black IPA aroma going on.

T: Very strong and forward hop presence with sweet aroma hop that makes the first sip decadent. A great bouquet of pine and citrus hops blended with mocha, coffee, and sweet malt. The finish is slightly licorice with cocoa and a bit of vegetal taste.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel, which for a 6% porter seems about right. Mild carbonation.

O: This is a delicious American porter, I would drink this frequently I suspect if it were available around me.

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Photo of JayQue
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Porter...WITH HOPS.... Pours a dense black color, no light gets through. Big tan head with a hard pour. Good head retention and lacing.
Impressive aroma. Roasted malts...chocolate malt ahd piney hops!!!

Tastes great as well. The roasted malt and chocolate are dominant, but the hops provide a nice (and potent) balance. The overall mix is great.

This is a rich, smooth porter with a following resinous/strong piney hops presence.

A very good Porter for any occasion.

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Photo of Duffman929
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle

A: Dark brown color by pour and has a tan colored head that is pretty prominent. Carries a nice, thick lace during the drink.

S: Roasted malts and hoppy/bitter. Coffee maybe?

T: Malted porter nature but has a bitter flavor at the end. Has a piney quality that wasn't expected. No real aftertaste that holds. Kind of light.

M: Thicker feel during the drink. Sweet, hoppy.

Overall, I enjoyed this porter. Much hoppier than most that I have had recently, so it was a good change of pace. I will look forward to having again next year, but I won't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown pour with a bit of red around the edges. Big, dense light brown head. Retention is excellent. Solid lacing.

S: Nice roasted malt with creamy chocolate. Pine comes through as it warms. A little bit of earthy hops.

T: Roasted malt, pine, earth and maybe a hint of smoke. Nice surge of chocolate in the finish along with a bit of earthy hops to round it out.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth.

O: I really liked the balance of complimentary flavors in this one. Definitely on the hoppy side for a porter but it's not a black IPA or anything like that. Smooth, creamy and drinkable to boot.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Dark brown body with ruby highlights. The head is light brown, moderately sized, and eventually leaves spots of stick down the glass.

A fine aroma consisting of roasted malt, earthy and somewhat piney hops, a bit of smoke, and a small amount of licorice.

The flavor is dominated by the roasted malts complemented by dark fruits, earthy hops, and some licorice.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An above average example of the style, but after having this multiple times now, it always leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great porter. My favorite so far.

A: really dark brown, almost black with a roasted brown head.

T: At first some hoppy flavors showed up. But the malt quickly took over. It had roasted malt flavor that matched the smell. There was a presence of bitter chocolate. It also had a light coffee flavor.

I could drink this all night.

Overall: for me, this porter was perfect. Well rounded and very tasty.

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Photo of DCon
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a 22 FL OZ - 650 ML bottle of this in a trade w/ mdvatab. Poured from the Bright Orange/Green Labeled bottle w/ Yellow dots, Alpha King's cousin (Alpha Klaus) wearing a Santa Claus hat & festive ornaments drawn around the bottle into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date like all FFF's brews but know its from this past season so not worried.

Aroma- Has only a bit of roast in the aroma. The hops hit the nose hard (like many FFF beers) and overpower this one. Can't say I don't mind this either!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that is dark tan and has great retention. Has an opaque brown colored body and can't see through it, even while put up to the light. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of roast from the beginning of the drink and then the awesome American hops come in the middle and take this one over. Has a very dry finish with a medium-high bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Slight burnt taste, and stays roasty on the palate. The one "true" category for this style.

Overall Impression- This one was all over the place! Of course the average FFF hops are used but they are quite overpowering in many categories. Still appreciated the brew and will be checking it off of my list of beers enjoyed by my favorite brewery. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of ZPB
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A shared bottle with father-in-law and brother-in-law, thanks George for finding this one!

Poured into three tall glasses with a tan head that lingered quite a while. A beautiful black opaque color.

Smells of roasty malty goodness. Not the typical scents of a porter - very little chocolate or coffee.

When the liquid hit my tongue I immediately knew why the smell was different. It tasted like a black ipa. The roasted malts were hidden behind the hops.

Dry finish like an ipa, not a porter.

I know why they call this a 'cousin' the ipa, because that's what it is. Good, not great. A Black IPA not a porter. I would not need to drink again.

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Photo of falconxman
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Killian's Mug. Paired with BBQ beef and baked beans.

A) Very dark. Hold it up to the light and there's a hint of some caramel color. Head similar to coffee with lots of lacing as it dissipates.

S) Chocolate, malt, coffee. Porter goodness.

T) "It's not normal" sounds about right. Could definitely taste the malts with a slight bitter aftertaste. And then there's a bite of hops. A little pine, too.

M) Smooth with a little bite.

O) For a porter, this goes down really nice. Great looking with an interesting taste. Try it with a little BBQ for a cornucopia of flavors.

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Photo of tewaris
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Kickin' fresh Christmas Porter brewed with Mexican sugar among other things. What's with FFF and different sugars?

Bomber poured into a Lion stout mug. Thanks Dan!

Beautiful looking beer, dark brown and clear with a chocolaty, thick and creamy head that formed in cascades. Great lacing and retention as well. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and general sweetness. No hops in the aroma whatsoever.

Tastes sweet and chocolaty but the bitterness quickly takes over. Finishes quite bitter and slightly roasty. I understand this is Alpha King's cousin and all but the bitterness, frankly, is clashing. The aftertaste is rather empty too. However, the biggest culprit is the rather thin body that makes the beer taste rather empty.

Overall a good porter but unbalanced for no good reason. Not in the same league as Edmund Fitzgerald or Cutthroat.

4.5, 4, 3.5, 2, 4

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Photo of Crass3000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/24/2011

4/5 Pours out black as night with a two_finger, tan head with great retention.

4/5 Smell is a mix of subdued citrus and pine hope, some dark malts, and mollasses, which all combine nicely Really nice semll.

4/5 Taste is almost a little hop-forward with pine yet is blended well with the dark malts, dark sugars and fruit. Really a nicely balanced beer with a slight hop-forward taste.

4/5 Mouthefeel is medium to thick and more on the thicker side. Really a nice beer. Just when I wanted to try this a generous BA had it in a box at my house without even asking

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Photo of RickS95
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The way a porter should look. It's as black as night. The head is relatively thick with lots of different sizes of bubbles. The head is a toasty looking brown and it's got good retention.

I'm not sure what the make of the smell. It's not that it's bad, just strange. There is a slight roasty malt scent, as well as a hint of chocolate, but there's something else there. It's sort of a pine tree scent, but not like an IPA. It smells festive, but I'm not sold that the smell works.

Taste is pleasant, with mild chocolate nibs, roasted malty flavors, and piney hop flavors.

Deeply complex with sweetness early on. The sweetness gives way to bitter and slightly acidic. There never is any kind of creaminess that I was hoping for. Medium bodied, a bit more alcohol would be great.

This beer was all over the place. Some things were good about it, and other things merely average. All in all, I rate it head and shoulders above average, but not quite good.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a medium off-white head. Scent is very hoppy...wasn't expecting that. Very hoppy with some roasted malt aroma with a hint of Christmas spice. Taste is not as hoppy as the nose implies. Roasted malt flavors with a bit of chocolate. Some piney hop flavors and just a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied...not as thick as I was hoping. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this does not taste like a typical American Porter to me. Drinks more like a black IPA.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Black with a light tan head that fades quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Hops, sublte roasted notes, pine resin.

Taste: roasted malt, some coffee notes, hops, a bit astringent.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp, dry finish.

Overall: A tasty black IPA. The doesn't taste like a porter to me.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3 Floyds Alpha Klaus was one of the few beers that really surprised me in 2011. I had it for the first time during our NYE celebration and split it amongst a few friends. I decided that with my last bomber I would be selfish and write up a proper review.

It's really a great looking Porter. Dark like a fine cup of Joe, Alpha Klaus is topped with a thick cappuccino-colored head. The head dies off eventually to just a skimming but spiderwebs fantastically.

With a bouquet filled with hops, 3 Floyds stays true to their uncompromising modi operandi. Roasted barley takes place center stage along with a nose full of piney/earthy, floral and juicily citric hops. I don't know how to say this without sounding weird, but this is a juicy smelling porter. Lots of great caramel and coffee notes come through as well and help make this solidly an "A" beer.

First thing to hit the palate are definitely the notes of roasted coffee. Mouthful after mouthful, roasted barley and chocolate malt are the key players well-rounded with earthy hops. Though there seems to be a lot of hop aroma in the nose, hops don't overwhelm the mouth. They don't underwhelm either. A little bit of citrus, a good amount of pine and just the right bittering.. I don't use the word 'awesome' to describe a beer too often but... Awesome.

Smooth, a bit creamy and highly drinkable makes 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter a clear winner in my humble opinion. Though I'm always willing to share, I was glad to have this bomber all for myself.

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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter. Pours black in color with the faintest clarity of brown around the edges. A tan cap about a finger strong slowly fades leaving a webby lacing pattern on the glass. A light swirl revives a finger of froth back to the surface.

Smells quite hoppy with elements that are herbal with piny. Some toasty grain, chocolate with black licorice and dark fruit inclusion like plum and raisins. This has a familiar aspect to it, almost like an American Black ale but the roasty grain elements really mesh well with the hop selection.

The taste includes pine and herbal hops upfront that are quit fresh tasting even though this bottle is a year old. Dark unsweetened chocolate, coffee, raisins and an oaty sweetness provides a fresh grainy character. The backend includes a touch of sulfur. Very nice toasty aftertaste mixed with something along the lines of grapefruit zest.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew. Decent alcohol warmth is noticeable but integrated well. I don't know what makes this a Christmas beer but it's quite enjoyable. Maybe it's the pine-like essence of the hops that is minorly reminiscent of Christmas wreath? Its like a black ipa but without the oily and overdone feel. This is worth checking out.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jsulko
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter

Pours very dark almost black with a chocolate head that fades quickly.

Smell is chocolate and and roasted malt. Slight hint of hops.

Taste is chocolate with a hint of carmel and coffee. Finish is smooth with a bit of hops bite.

A very robust porter leaning towards the stout range.

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Photo of Auracom
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taking on this one solo. 22 oz. bottle on December 30th, 2011, poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Nothing much to see here. Flat, matte brown with a light khaki head. Not much retention, just some bubbles linger on top. Typical lacing.

S - At first, it's mostly milk chocolate bar and a touch of cinnamon. Closer to room temp, milk chocolate combines with lots of mexican sugar, light fruit, syrup, and slight coffee bean.

T - A bit of a contrast, plentiful dark chocolate and espresso flavors. Definite hop bitterness, citrus, and pine cut through near the backend of the drink.

M - Medium body, fair carbonation, good smoothness. Medium length finish and bitter finish.

D - That mexican sugar is really noticeable and fits well with the blend. I do wish there was a bit less espresso and more of that milk chocolate in the drink. Preferences aside, it's a good brew that is exactly what I'd expect from FFF during the holidays.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a small head of medium brown foam on an opaque, black body. Settles quickly, leaves light lace.

S - coffee and nutty chocolate with lots of caramel in the background.

T - dark caramel and green hops up front. Some toffee and bitter chocolate in the background. The beer finishes with pungent, pine and grapefruit hops and smoky dark malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - very nice, this comes across more like a black ipa than a porter but I don't consider that a reason to complain. A nice balance between the hops and the dark malt.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.