Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.68/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
11-21-2011 11:16:20 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.85/5 rDev -7%
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.
11-21-2011 01:13:37 | More by Jaycase
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
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!!
11-20-2011 02:53:20 | More by tat2dhllblly
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
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!
11-19-2011 06:49:08 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.53/5 rDev -14.7%
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!
11-19-2011 05:55:50 | More by rmcnealy
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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