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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: 1,680
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 226
Gots: 214 | 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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Photo of Lunch


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple of these over last Christmas served in a Three Floyd's shaped pint glass.

Pours a dark brown that nears on black with a couple fingers of a frothy tan head. Smells like motherfucking Christmas in a goddamn glass. Some nice Christmas spice along with roasted malt, chocolate and perhaps a hint of coffee. Smells a bit creamy as well. Taste is fairly full and creamy with chocolate, roasted malt, dark malts, and a hints of coffee. Some nice spice is there as well. Creamy carbonation and nice mouthfeel. My first ever Three Floyds beer that I found in a Philly bar several years ago is still a Christmas favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 13:43:51 | More by Lunch
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber sent by nlmartin as part of the Blind Beers BIF, covered in green construction paper with “10%” written as a warning. I got a whiff of the stuff and decided to pour into a snifter.

Widespread blackness in the glass, inky and impenetrable by light. Atop sits a frothy 1.5-finger head the color of brown sugar that pops away rather quickly to a thick top layer and leaves widespread froth as horizontal lacing.

Impressively hoppy nose. Lots of woody pine and smoked cedar, licorice and crumbled dark chocolate. Some solvent alcohol as well.

Dark chocolate, smoky cedar, tobacco, licorice, toast. Nicely smoky, with the acrid roast playing off piney hops. There’s a subtle sweetness mid-palate, but drying burnt malt swoops in at the finish.

Thin of body, which is somewhat disappointing. Carbonation lightly massages the tongue and causes moderate fizziness in the beer as it moves. The alcohol seems to be using all that flavor as camouflage — other than the steady warming in my chest, I don’t pick up much of it at all.

I actually had the opportunity to try the barrel-aged version of this beer at this Dark Lord Day 2011, but I have to say I like the unadulterated version more. The hops were substantial but kept in check; the toasty notes were offset by a nice sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:31:10 | More by Phelps
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/5/2010

22oz into pint glass

A: Dark brown color with some red floating around. The head stays on this on.
S: Smell of heavy hops is clear with some roasted malt and molasses.
T: A smokey, almost burnt flavor is initially felt. The aftertaste of smoke and dark chocolate is very enjoyable.
M: Very smooth with all of these different flavors in the beer.
O: A very enjoyable beer, but in order for me to purchase again, I would need a more complex hop flavor upfront. The hop smell made me think there would be a strong presence of hops, but I was wrong.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 17:04:58 | More by Seeker41184
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zimmerbloke for helping me knock off yet another want. Bomber split between my pair of Portsmouth snifters and shared with the wife.

A: Very dark brown body with translucent light tan edges. Huge fluffy toasted marshmallow head. Lacing is as copious as they come. If the edges were darker the perfect score would be warranted here. 4.5/5

S: All about the hops here. Specifically, big citrus hops dominate. As hard as I can, I'm having a hard time picking ip on any dark malts. Some muted cola aromas are the best I can find. So far I'm thinking this is more along the lines of a black IPA. I happen to enjoy black IPA's so this is in my wheel house. 4/5

T: Leads with the green citrus hops but opens up with some nice sweet milk chocolate. Coffee on the finish leans more toward the porter classification but as a package this tastes like a black IPA and porter hybrid... In a good way. 4/5

M: Average carbonation with a sticky finish and smooth full body. I wish it finished dryer but that's more of a personal preference. This fits my definition of good but not great. 4/5

O: Not quite up to the level of my personal bench marks for the style. Although its not Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte, it's better than most porters out there. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 05:59:40 | More by hopsbreath
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured the last third of a bottle into a wine globe. It formed a half finger tan head. The head faded fairly quickly to a thin trace with a little bit of lacing. Color is similar to a strong dark roast coffee.

S - The smell is this beer's forte. Great citrus hop and sweet malt nose with notes of vanilla and anise. Outstanding.

T - Roasty malts up front with hints of coffee and brown sugar with a very nice piney hop finish. Slightly smokey malt is there in the finish as well. It has great balance. The smell had me anticipating a sweet beer but the sweetness level is just right.

M - Very smooth with medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Alcohol warmth is slight in the finish.

D - Very nice beer. I wasn't expecting a porter with this much hops but it was very tasty. It kind of blurs the lines between porter and black IPA. It's quite drinkable. A whole bomber in one sitting would be no trouble.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 00:16:17 | More by LaCoursiere
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From My Notes:

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 16:18:48 | More by LiquidBread219
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a lone bottle the other day. Love trying FFF beers I haven't had yet. 22 oz bomber.

A- Pours black. One finger tan head. Recedes down to thin cap with lace sticking to the glass.

S- Interesting nose. Roasted malts, more chocolate than coffee beans. Pine hop aroma comes in and out of the nose. Hard to distinguish if the bitterness is coming from hops or bittering chocolates.

T- Flavor follows the malt end of the nose. Roasted malts at first, bittering chocolate, then some subtle burnt coffee flavors. Piney hops peek through at the end of the drink playing off the malts nicely. Lots of good flavors coming from this porter.

M- Not quite full body with very little carbonation. Wants to have a stout body, but not quite. A little dry in the mouth.

D- Very interesting porter here. Lots more flavor than you would expect from a porter, but dead on from what you would expect from FFF. This would be a great on a snowy night, but it does the trick on a rainy, chilly evening. Would buy another in a heart beat!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:02:54 | More by HosP
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a black body, mocha colored head. Great looking porter body that is dense and without any red. Lacing is fantastic on the glass.

S: Roasty, smoke and some milk notes. Very subtle nose that is not overly aromatic.

T/M: Wow, this has a great roasted coffee flavor right up front. Semi-drying flavors on the palate. Also get some good smoke flavors. The roasted flavors do overpower a lot of the other flavors, but I still get some milk/lactic flavors in this one. Great smooth body with some bitter notes and a nice finish.

D: Very drinkable beer that really was nice to sit down to. Easy to kill the bomber yourself and the flavor is very robust.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:08:45 | More by mbusster88
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Grant for sending this one to me.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some definite red highlights. A short lived off-white head is present, too.

S: Quite a lot of roast, and perhaps char, with just a touch of smokiness. There are some nice hints of dark fruits, earthy hops, and bitter dark chocolate. I seem to pick up just a touch of licorice.

T: Mostly roasted malt flavor with a nice char character. A mild sweetness in the form of toffee, and the same earthy hop notes. A mild to moderate bitterness to the beer.

M: Medium in body and medium carbonation, too.

D: Kind of heavy on the roast which limits the amount of other qualities you can pick up, but good.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 21:06:22 | More by womencantsail
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lookin out on cracking this bottle drew

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some roasty character was present on the nose with chocolate, toffee, brown sugar notes and a little grassy boozy aroma.

T: the chocolate, roasty, and brown sugar flavors blended quite well and were more apparent on the palate with grassy hoppy accents. It also seemed to have a little caramel character as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, grassy, mild hoppy and silky finish.

D: it actually was really easy drinking and was a tasty porter, glad I got to try this brew again; pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:30:35 | More by Gobzilla
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 12 oz snifter

A- Very dark appearance, slight lacing, tan mocha head that disappears fast.
S- Cocoa, molasses as well as espresso aromas, hints of hops at the end.
T- Coffee taste right away, a little bitter but not overpowering, syrupy flavors come out as I continue to drink. Well carbonated.
M- Smooth on the palate, bitter feeling on the tongue as well.
D- Easy drinkability, slight bitter taste but well balanced with the hops and coffee flavors, nothing too unique but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 21:42:10 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage 22oz bottle poured into a 12oz snifter.

A- Black with a mocha head that disappears, turn away for a second and it is gone. Ever so slight lacing of head.

S- Strong molasses with a slight hint of citrus hops. Hints of espresso also come through the longer it sits.

T- Warms me up on a snowy evening in February. Plenty of roasted malt at the front gives way to a pleasant citrus taste. Also a little bitter chocolate comes through.

M- little to no carbonation. A nice body that is pleasant on he tongue.

D- I look forward to next years release. It is a enjoyable porter with a nice hop. I gladly pick one up every time I see it on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 22:49:55 | More by betsona
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Very dark brown or black. A little carbonation. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, brown head. Settles very slowly. Leaves a persistent ring as it does, and never fully dissipates. Substantial lacing.

S: Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, baked bread, a little molasses, and just a touch of clove.

T: Roasted malt and coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and a little licorice. A touch of woody and peaty notes.

M: Thick, and hearty. Grainy and a little sweet in the front, a touch of peat in the end. Syrupy, lightly bittersweet aftertaste. A bit of a dry finish. Has a higher alcohol palette than what it actually is.

D: MMM. This is robust and hearty, but not overwhelming enough to slow you down.

Atmosphere is exceptional. Great dark appearance with a magnificent head. Nose is chock full of of great components. Well balanced flavor. Nothing overpowers, and it's not distracted by a high alcohol flavor. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 04:59:16 | More by bmwats
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3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to AwYeh for splitting this beer with me.

Appearance - Pours a dark brownish black with a well carbonated vanilla froth on top. Less than half a finger of head on this one. It has impressive lacing that hugs onto the glass tightly.

Smell - A hoppy chocolaty smell. I get slight hints of vanilla along with oak. Smells like some slightly different hops I'm not quite used to.

Taste - A hoppy and fruity porter. Very consistent in its hop profile all throughout. A slight hint of dark cherry with citrus notes. Slight spices are prevalent as well. I also get slight hints of cocoa, that add to the hoppy bitterness. The 'Porter taste' comes in the aftertaste. Further along in the drink, I noticed it became a little more watered down.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Fairly drinkable and radically different. It just got old pretty quickly. I was completely happy splitting this with a friend and not drinking the entire 22oz.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:08:41 | More by Jesse13713
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3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into pint glass; received in the 2011 Black Booty BIF; thanks seeswo!

A: Pours an opaque dark brown/black with two fingers of foamy, creamy light brown head.

S: Roasted, toasty malts, and lots of milk chocolate. A light earthy mustiness, and a good deal of pine and citrus hops- not sure that their combination with the chocolate malts is one of my favorite beer smells ever, but its quite enjoyable and the combination does form an interesting, Christmasy, fruity, spicy aroma.

T: Bittersweet chocolate and pine hops both really dominate the flavor here. Light roasted malts come in in the middle of the flavor and hang around on the finish, along with a good dose of pine hop bitterness- almost like a dark malt version of a West Coast IPA.

M: Medium bodied with quite a lot of carbonation for a porter, somewhat creamy.

D: A good beer but I somewhat quickly tired of the flavor on this one. One glass of this was enough for me; not particularly anxious to pick it up for a second time, but wouldn't be opposed to trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:59:14 | More by AwYeh
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hurfer for the bomber! Poured into a dimpled glass mug. Pours dark brown with a thick foamy head that quickly fizzles, yet retains thin lacing throughout the session. At first, there was a strong hop aroma that overpowered everything else. Once the beer warmed up I was able to pick up caramel and chocolate aromas in addition to brown sugar and the hops. Caramel, cocoa, vanilla, and roasted malt flavors at the beginning. Then the hops kick in for a bitter hop and chocolatey finish. This beer has a silky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. I was glad this beer did not have a lactose milk sugar overkill like some of the 3F beers. This is a porter I would glady drink over the holidays!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 15:11:47 | More by CuriousMonk
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Shared by BigSexy410; thanks man, this was a Want of mine. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a jet black color with an inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, chocolate, roasted malts, and light citrus hops. Interesting.

t - Tastes of pine hops, citrus hops, floral notes, soap, roasted malts, chocolate, and sweet sugar or fruit. Again interesting.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - An interesting porter; can definitely see the resemblance to Alpha King with the pine hops. Lots of pine and chocolate/roasted malts; definitely enjoyable. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:24:13 | More by mdfb79
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 22oz Bomber poured into a Tulip glass.

A: A very rich, dark brown with about 2 inches of light, sandy-color head. Lacing is ample.

S: The aroma of hops is present, but is quickly overpowered by coffee and roasted chocolate.

T: Hit with a tiny, bitter hop taste as it hits my tongue. A sweet, fruity roasted malt dominates.

M: Creamy with tiny bubbles introduce themselves to my tongue. A heavey, medium body Porter that finishes a little dry.

D: Very drinkable! Looking forward to Christmas 2011!! Kidding...let's enjoy some sunshine in 2011 first! A great way to start the weekend.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:43:41 | More by Dhren1979
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass a dark brown color with a fluffy mocha fan head of 2 fingers. The aroma is a nice blend of chocolate and hops. Almost has a spice to it as well in the nose. Nice lace as the head settles. Medium mouthfeel. Cocoa like sweetness up front with a transition to a dark chocolate bitterness. The hollow are pretty bold towered the end as well. Slight booze.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 14:17:12 | More by kbutler1
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with ample tan head. Smells like pine hops and subdued coffee, sweet chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, hops, dry, high carbonation. Kind of like a porter IPA. Pretty good. I'd call this a good Cascade Dark Ale :) I'm diggin the hoppy aroma and the back flavors in this porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 06:51:04 | More by youradhere
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Gratefulbeerhead for this one, Cheers Eric!

Deep dark brown, may be mistaken for black if not held to the light. Dark brown sugar head stand two fingers tall.. Head recedes rather quickly leaving a slight cap and moderate lacing behind.

First and foremost I was not expecting this kind of hop contribution. The brighter citrusy hops really stand out. Moderate levels of roasted malt, appropriate for the style, blends with cocoa and slight java aromas. The constrasting aromas really work well.

Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and espresso roll across the tongue. The citrus hop flavor lightens the flavor as it follows just behind. Hints of caramel linger on the back of the palate.

Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate though adequate. The sweetness linger on the tongue just a bit making the finish slightly long.

Very nice beer. Better than many porters but does not quite reach the top tier. This is one I would seek out on occasion if it were available locally. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 17:54:17 | More by kzoobrew
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a speck of ruby, with a fuller spectrum of cherry red colors in the edges of the glass. A fluffy, creamy beige head forms on the pour and lingers for a while, leaving lacing to cling to the glass.

Smell: Chocolate malt, lots of pine hops and some light earthy and grassy hop aroma.

Taste: This is sort of a simple porter. It starts off with some chocolate malt, but the pine hops are the focus. Some earthy and grassy hops are present as well, mimicking the aroma. Lingering hop bitterness. It seems like I do not agree with their recipe, but as usual, the execution was skillful.

Mouthfeel: Moderately full, with medium creamy carbonation. The hops pull at my taste buds a little bit and leave the tongue dry, with some residue behind my lips.

Drinkability: Heavily hopping this beer just was not a decision that coalesces with what I am looking for in a Christmas Porter. This is quite possibly the first time I will want a less-hopped beer and most likely the last.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 01:38:02 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, dark brown, near black in color. Head is a huge four or five finger of brown foam despite a rather gentle pour. Foam slowly fades to a two finger cap and leaves solid rings of lace ebhind on the glass.

S - Roasted hops? Piney, citrusy dark malts? It really bounces back and forth between strong pine aromas with a touch of citrus and dark, roasted chocolate and coffee beans. Very impressive nose due to the very strong, yet well melded hop and malt profiles. A love the aroma of this beer.

T - Piney bitterness quickly matched by lightly roasted dark malts. Hints of bitter chocolate and just a touch of burnt coffee bean. As the beer warms the malts certainly become more dominant but the hops are strong throughout. Three Floyd's name is stamped all over this one.

M/D - Big, full bodied roastiness with a decent bit of hop bite as well. A sipper, but certainly one I can sip for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 20:15:36 | More by ckeegan04
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by some kind BA at the BA gathering at GI.

A - Deep brown, almost black, with a tan head that left a nice bit of lacing on the sides. Somehow the browner color gives it a more interesting look than just plain black.

S - Pretty sweet. Sugar and coffee and chocolate with a little bit of fruity note.

T - Somewhat roasty, with chocolate notes and surprising sweet fruit flavor. I was not expecting this to be as sweet as it was, but perhaps because it is a Christmas porter, it is a little sweeter than normal.

M - Smooth, creamy, light carbonation.

D - Pretty solid, although it feels bigger than it's 6%, which is good or bad depending on if you want to feel drunk or if you want something to placate your need for beer but not mess you up. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 15:48:12 | More by AgentZero
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pour served in a Darkness tulip

A - Blackish brown, small brown head, decent lacing

S - Tons of fresh, piny hops, mint, milk chocolate

T - Pine needles, lactose --> peppermint and lots of bitter hops, and some chocolate malts --> ends surprisingly bitter and piny.

M - Medium-bodied, great carbonation, fantastic feel overall

D - For sure -- one of the most drinkable porters I've had.

Overall, this is a deliciously minty pine tree dipped in chocolate. If that sounds appealing, you will dig this. For what it's worth, I like this beer better than pretty much any Black IPA I've had. Not quite sure what differentiates this porter from that style, but if you're after the hops, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 22:23:43 | More by klikger
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,680 ratings.