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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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

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Ratings: 1609
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%


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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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from Nov. '11 release. Special thanks toe racins for this one! Awesome extra. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with maybe a few reddish hues. Thin half finger of tan tight bubbled head. Fades to a ring fairly quickly. Nicely carbonated with bubbles rolling from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing sheets. On the swirl, you concur up a nice tight bubbled finger and half tan blanket of head.

S: Very similar initially to a black IPA. Upon pouring I got the hop notes up front, but when you dig in you do get some of that deeper toasty roast notes. And some milk chocolate. Smells candy sweet.

T: Wow this is an amazing blend between too styles! You get awesome Amarillo hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue initially. Very piney notes. But then it really blends into a sweet chocolate malt delicious center mouth taste. On the close, you get some of both pine bitterness and sweet chocolate roast flavors. Dangerous drinkable! Even better as it warms up during the bottle.

M: Light to medium. It's not thick or mouth coating, but hard to call a dark based beer "light"

O: I have to go strong A. Great beer. Best example of the style I have had. Better than Hop in the Dark from Deschutes which I loved this summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 16:20:59 | More by inlimbo77
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beesy

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a duvel snifter.

A - pours a dark brown with a dark khaki colored, half finge head.

S - roast, chocolate and alcohol with a touch cinnamon'ish type smell

T - A nice dry roast malt flavor paired with a firm hop bitterness that gives way to a tpuch of crystal malt sweetness on the back of the tongue. I am struggling to pick up the spices though

M - very nice - a slightly creamy mouthfeel

D - medium-low

Overall, a nice christmas styled brew thats not overloaded with spices.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:30:33 | More by beesy
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VaTechHopHead


3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Typical porter black, non-transparent. Big light brown foamy head that leaves great lacing.

S - Rich roasted aroma with slight coffee and just a faint whiff of chocolate. The "strange american hops" don't have much aroma in this one at all. Very pleasant.

T - Light hops and roasted malts right from the start. Not much complexity from this one, kept pretty traditional. The hops become more prevalent as it warms and there's a slight acidic note in the finish.

M - Medium body with carbonation that fills the palate. Chewy malts and slight acid-tone make it easy to sip and ABV definitely kept in check.

O - I was expecting more outside the lines style from the beer for the style but it was kept in check very well and the ingredients blend well. Other than the slight acidic feel in the finish it is a very good example of style.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 02:54:23 | More by VaTechHopHead
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with two finger tan head, head is ver dense and creamy, nice lacing left down the glass.

I smelled chocolate and hops and was also able to smell the alcohol which kind of caught me by surprise.

I tasted chocolate first then a nice touch of hop bitterness. There is a bit of sweetness but it's not over bearing. I found this brew to be very tasty indeed.

Full bodied beer that coats the mouth, is very smooth and finishes with a mixture of chocolate and hops while leaving a bitter aftertaste.

This Christmass Porter is delicious. The chocolate and hops are working well together, it's nice to look at and it feels good going down. One of my favorite holiday beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 02:06:05 | More by JCaweinstein
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a much fresher bottle of Alpha Klaus to review now, so let's see how this one compares to the one I had in the past.

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing, too. Aroma is roasty and hoppy, it smells like piney hops, roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some citrusy (grapefruit) hops. None of the flavors overpower the other ones, which is a good thing in this case. There's also a nice bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating, and is well carbonated. I like this brew a lot, it's really good hoppy porter. I'd certainly buy this again in the future, and it's really worth trying if you've never had this before.

First review of this beer from 8/4/2006:
The beer pours black, with a huge foamy head. There's a bit too much carbonation with this one. Even then, it's still a pretty good looking beer. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some floral hops too. The main taste in this beer is coffee, with some bitter chocolate and a good bit of hoppiness. The taste did get better as the beer warmed. There's also a lingering bitter aftertaste. This is a full bodied beer, with a creamy but overcarbonated mouthfeel. You can't tell the alcohol too much with this beer, it hides the 7.5% ABV well. Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but it could be better if the carbonation was cut down a bit. Cheers!

L: 4.5 S: 4 T: 4 F: 3.5 O: 4

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 23:48:44 | More by bluejacket74
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angrywolf

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a bubbly mocha head.

S: Smells of chocolate, molasses, coffee and pine.

T: Similar to the smell: starts of of chocolate roasted malts, coffee notes, a slight sweet taste probably coming from the Mexican sugar and finishes with a pleasantly bitter taste from the hops to balance it all out. There is no question that this is a hoppy porter, which is not surprising considering this is a Three Floyds brew.

M: Thin to medium-bodied, on par with most porters. Perfect carbonation.

O: This is one of my favorite porters. The roasted malts balance out the hoppiness of this beer just perfectly. I love that this beer is full of big flavors and its ABV is only 6%

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:10:01 | More by angrywolf
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jegross2

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Company. 2011 bottle served in an oversized wine goblet.
Score: 91

Appearance: Pours a deep, opaque brown with one finger of tan bubbly head that settles into a creamy-looking tan ring that sticks to the outer rim of the glass. Above average lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Piney, resiny hop bitterness hits up front. Some spices. Espresso beans and unsweetened chocolate. 4/5

Taste: Like the aroma, a piney hop resin flavor hits heavy first. Some light sweet-citrus on the mid-palate, very IPA-like in the front of the flavor. Roasted coffee beans then take over. Bittersweet chocolate and faint smokiness on the mid-palate. As the beer layers, Christmas spices gradually come through. Finish is bitter coffee. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly acidic. 3.5/5

Overall: With its IPA/APA qualities, Alpha Klaus is one of the more unique porters that I have ever had the pleasure to try. Three Floyds' signature hoppiness adds an extra layer of complexity to a delicious brew. This is a must-try porter for all beer drinkers. I brought a bottle of this to a party the other night, and it was a universal hit.

Cost: $9.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 19:00:52 | More by jegross2
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brystmar

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, lots of tan head on the surface. Strong lace, great retention. Huge hop aroma on top of decadent chocolate malt and crystallized sugars.

Taste follows the nose with roasted malts and chocolate up front. Mexican sugars show up midway through, fading slowly as the hoppy backbone cleans things up. Finish is neither dry nor sweet. A lingering hoppy bitterness remains in my throat after swallowing.

Big, creamy body sells the experience. I feel like a broken record saying this yet again, but hats off to FFF for brewing another superbly crafted beer. Top notch for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:26:22 | More by brystmar
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter, bought at the brewpub last week.

Dark, dark brown with burgundy edges and a light mocha head that dissipates into a ring around the edges of the glass. Some lacing as it is drank down.

Earthy, resiny pine and dark roast espresso on the nose. Notes of bakers chocolate, caramel and a bit of chalk.

Opens with deep roasted espresso and resiny hops. Bakers chocolate apparent behind that, with a bit more of those earthy hops. Doesn't deviate from the nose too much.

Thin-medium with a touch of stickyness on the lips, and some drying.

Interesting hoppiness for the style with deep roasted espresso. About what I expected from Three Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 07:32:39 | More by auroracrisis
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mwill7287

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black. Only a faintest red hue when held to the light. A finger’s worth of bubbly, frothy mocha brown head sits atop the beer after a moderately vigorous pour. There is very little apparent carbonation in this beer. The head retains very well all throughout the drink. A rich, thick lacing sticks to the walls of the glass. 4.75/5

Smell: A very interesting blend of roasty chocolates and bouncy alpha hops. Coffee and spices are latent in the mix. A wonderfully paradoxical medley of scents. 4.25/5

Taste: Follows through on the nose with a balanced blend of lighter roasted malts, a hint of Christmas spice, and a hoppy kick. Spices and hops kick it off, with roasted chocolates and coffee taking the middle. A hoppy aftertaste draws me back for another sip. Quite hoppy for a porter – the hops are predominant in this one. Almost like a black pale ale. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: On the lighter end. Very low carbonation. Bitter presence but nothing particularly strong; instead, a lusher, drawing kind of bitter. Not really sticky. 4.5/5

Overall: Easy drinking, even for a porter. Solid flavor and a bit of bitterness brings one back for more sips. Low carbonation and do-able ABV makes this one quite quaffable. 4.25/5

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 21:43:01 | More by mwill7287
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poibag808

Hawaii

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: dark black with a dirty white/light brown head. After agitating the beer I got about 1/4 inch head.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet molasses/burnt sugar.

T: You get roasted coffee upfront with some malt sweetness, then you get a nice hop bitterness on he back of your tongue.

Overall an interesting take on a porter. The hops make this a beer stand out from others porters and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 14:00:34 | More by poibag808
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dlello2

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a family beer tasting out of a bomber into tasting glasses.

A - Looks like a christmas party (well, the bottle does). Beer is a dark amber-brown. Looks like a think coffee. Plenty of head.

S - Somewhat earthy sweetness mixed with that 3 floyds hop/citrus accent. Almost smell some carrots.

T - Smoky molasses with caramel. It's spicy at the end with some chocolate. None of the flavors strike too hard.

M - Nice amount of carbonation for a porter. Not as thin of a body as the appearance would suggest.

O - Not too special, but certainly an enjoyable porter. Lots of spice with a pleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 03:51:37 | More by dlello2
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Thedaver4220

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark with a thick creamy tan head, about 3 fingers thick. Very nice lacing as well. Strong citrusy, hoppy smell with a mild roasted smell at the end. The taste is where this beer stands out. The roasted malt hits you first with a citrus back end. I expected, with the strong hop smell, it to be more of a hoppy taste, but NO!! A very delicious beer that exceeded my expectations, but shouldn't have considering it's FFF.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 06:24:25 | More by Thedaver4220
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is rich black, with caramel hints. Huge tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is lots of fresh hops, cola, sweet malt, and caramelized sugar.

Taste is extremely well-balanced. Hops are mild and blend seamlessly. The malt is roasted and semi-caramelized. There is also a nice milk chocolate note.

Mouthfeel is very silky. Carbonation is mild, as are the hops. The beer has a nice roasted sensation throughout. Clean finish.

Overall, a decadent, creamy porter with excellent drinkability and a unique hop character.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 21:08:38 | More by dorianmarley
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zachary80

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bomber.

Excellent creamy head, tan color. Body is a very dark brown. Thick lacing.

Aroma is pungent, very hoppy for a porter with malt as a secondary feature of the aroma.

Flavor is also pretty strong for a 6% porter. Hop flavor is very present. Light chocolate, roasted malts. Lingering bitterness is strong

Body is thin for an imperial porter, fine for a normal. Smooth.

Interesting beer. Reminds me of their Black Sun Stout. Over hopped for a porter. Horrible value, but my score isn't adjusted for that.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:54:29 | More by zachary80
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scottfrie

California

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened by someone generous at a recent tasting.

A: Pours a raisin brown with a finger of dark foam that faded into a thin collar of a head.
S: Sweet smelling with a bit of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits.
T: Dark fruits dominate. I get flavors of nuts, chocolate, cinnamon, and leather in the aftertaste with a bit of smoke as well.
M: Medium-thin body, low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth. The alcohol is barely noticeable but not super distracting.
O: Solid porter for sure. Great sweetness and balance. I can’t wait to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 23:04:54 | More by scottfrie
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shanblur

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark color with a tan head which leaves moderate lacing.

S - Roasted and chocolate malts dominate over a piney hops.

T - Nice balance of the roasted malts and piney hops, with a bit more hops.

M - Smooth with a light carbonation.

A nice mix of roasted malt and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 19:58:29 | More by shanblur
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Jishguy

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark body which appeared almost solid black, but when held up to light, allows the tiniest glimmer of light to shine through. The pour produced a thick, mocha colored two finger head.

S- Chocolate and roasted malts mostly dominate the aroma. Sweet caramel malts, and citrus and earthy hops poke through in the background. Smells very complex.

T- Wonderful. Dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted coffee malt flavors immediately strike the palate. The bitter sweetness of the malts is counter-balanced by a perfect amount of citrus hop flavors lingering in the backbone. The finish is bittersweet and slightly citusy.

M- Undoubtedly the best quality of this beer, absolutely perfect. Carbonation is spot on for the style. This beer is as creamy as I've ever tasted. Almost leaves a coating in your mouth after swallowing.

D-I'm more than likely going to grab another one before my local liquor store closes.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:30:27 | More by Jishguy
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark mahogany with just a tiny bit of light getting through. Carbonation is low and the head is tan and quite thin. The nose offers some mild toasted malt and chocolate notes with a hint of cedar.

Flavors are definitely on the mark. Rich, creamy toasted malt with a bit of a sharp hop bite starting at mid-palate that doesn't really serve this particular style all that well. Mouthfeel is quite creamy for a porter. You get flavors of coffee, bakers chocolate, and a slight bit of orange rind from the hops. A terrific beer that, in my opinion, is a bit too hopped for this style. It's very subtle, but the flavors tend to be just a bit too bitter on the finish. Still worth trying if you can find it.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2011 11:16:20 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Jaycase

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Black as night. Large mocha colored head. Decent lacing.

s: Chocolate is the most predominant aroma. Perhaps some coffee present too.

t: Here too chocolate is the most predominant. Roasted malts. Piney hop presence in the background

m: medium body, medium carbonation,

o: Very drinkable. The blend of flavors is nothing extraordinary but still very much a good beer. Perfect for a cool autumn evening. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:13:37 | More by Jaycase
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Brothers Drake Tulip.

A: Dark and black as night. A 2 to 3 finger head forms that shows a smoked wood color with minimal carbination showing. The head quickly fades leaving just a cap that lasts for the duration of this beers soon to be short lived life.

S: I see right up front 3 Floyds plan for this beer with the nose. 3 Floyds is tempting to use your prime sense of smell to bring back christmas memories of old. It smells of sweet pine (from the over hopping at the end of boil and possible dry hopping), undertones of chocolate and lingering sweetness. All reminding one of the christmas season from the smells that surround you.

T: Not as hop forward as I expected. Great balance of chocolate malts and base malts with the hops not showing up till the end and lasting long after each sip. Cocoa powder, wet grass, de-bittered chocolate.

M: Light but wanted. With a beer this dark you would expect a heavy mouthful but thankfully 3 Floyds does this porter right.

O: This was a great beer that I have come to expect from 3 Floyds. Also very happy that my wife could suprise me with it after a shopping trip around Columbus OH. Thanks for coming back to Ohio guys!!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:53:20 | More by tat2dhllblly
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another selection from my Three Floyds monthly beer sampling: Alpha Klaus. And I must say, it’s been too long; if I’d had it my way, I’d have had this beer on the first of the month. Still, I’m lucky enough to be trying it, so I’m grateful. Here’s to the beginning of the holiday season!

A: A smooth, shining black body; looks dark yet lively, perfect for the weather. A testament to how foam should develop, the head on this boasts a hearty three-fingered brown cream on first pour. It condenses to a silky dark tan silk, with a trail of thick, textbook lacing in its wake. Retention is slight, but it’s the only thing keeping this one from a perfect look.

S: An odd array of aromas: in the beginning, for instance, I’m getting a big whiff of chocolate malts, coffee, and pumpkin pie spice, but not without a thick anise/medicinal scent. It reminds me a bit of Stone’s 15th Anniversary Black IPA, which had a stomach-churning nose I really didn’t like. In this case, though, it’s just a fleeting moment that’s overtaken by a rich aroma of dark chocolate and even more holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, candied fruits, and other strange potpourri). Rounding it out is a very piney hop bitterness, which blends quite well with the semi-sweet chocolate. Quite a complex nose, but with a strong foundation of rich chocolate.

T: Not as strong as the nose let on, but with just as much chocolate: the palate warms up with a taste of gooey chocolate brownies and chocolate-covered almonds. It’s fudgy and delicious, but more on the bittersweet/pure cocoa side to pump up the hops as they climb toward the front. Believe me, though, these powerful pines need no help to be noticed, seeing as their tart presence instantly takes command; the chocolate, though, does seem to soothe the beast. Instead of overpowering blasts of style-busting pines, they move more into the realm of earthy cocoa powder. Bitter, though in a complex way. After, loveably fresh flowers provide a smooth leafy foundation for a few flavors of herbs and Christmas spice. Finish is dry and roasty – still pretty earthy.

M: Light and watery, like an English Porter, though not without its American prickliness. Not mouthcoating or anything else: overall, the feel is pretty much 50/50 of just those first two textures.

O: This is good beer, though not my favorite combination of flavors. It’s a big chocolate dream, powered by a bitter sting of pine-cone hops, which are two elements that are right up my alley. But, while these flavors have some great moments, I don’t think this beer will ever be one of my favorites. Pick one up, though; it’s pretty tasty!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 06:49:08 | More by BarryMFBurton
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rmcnealy

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured an extremely dark, non-translucent brown that created a large tannish mocha colored head. The dense consistent foam left a respectable, even head that stuck with the beer. The immediate aromas of robust floral hops are very welcoming followed with hints of caramel, roast and chocolate. The overwhelming onset of hops is great. Generally I find porters to have a less potent hop note that is drowned out by the darker smells. The taste mirrors the smell with immediate hops trailed by the coffee tastes. The mouthfeel is great with slight bitterness, slight maltiness and a tingling sensation. The taste fleets leaving a chocolate mint end. A cool beer with very differing yet complimentary elements.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:55:50 | More by rmcnealy
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stxSS07

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 batch into a Duvel Tulip

A- Pours pitch black with a 2 finger mocha-colored that sticks around for a few minutes, frothy head. Tight bubbles, excellent lacing.

S- I can smell the FFF hop profile as soon as I crack the bottle. Big sweet tropical and citrus notes go hand in hand with a rich roasted malt/dark chocolate note. A little bit of sweetness detectable as well. Really nice.

T- Big coffee/chocolate notes up front. I get some smokey flavors in there as well paired with a sweetness. Big hop notes from the nose are absent until the finish where they show themselves to clean things up and dry out the mouth. A bit disappointing after the nose.

M- Medium bodied. Maybe a bit bigger than your average porter. Creamy mouth feel (from the sugar?) pairs with lively carbonation.

O- Really different when compared to a traditional "American Porter", but I like it. I just wish the big FFF hop profile promised in the nose translated into the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 05:37:15 | More by stxSS07
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tsauce2

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown. Opaque. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium/light carbonation. Light lacing.

S: True to form, very hop forward. Light notes of light roasted malt.

T: Hops come off on initial palate, then a traditional porter flavor hits. Aftertaste is just a touch bitter and dry. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

M: Medium/heavy body. Carbonation gives additional body. Hops and malt stimulate the palate and aftertaste serves as a counterpoint of mouthfeel as compared to the initial mf.

O: A solid porter at its base, but hop infused as all things 3F are. No complaints, but not "wowed" by this beer. Would mosdef drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 12:57:19 | More by tsauce2
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.