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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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1,735 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 233
Gots: 219 | 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 claspada
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a 2008 version of this beer. I bet I would have not enjoyed it fresh because of the extreme hoppy nature of 3F beers.
Appearance is ridiculous. Glorious dark mocha with a dark brown head and crazy crazy crazy lacing. This definitely used to and may still have some hop character.
Aromas are fudgey brownies; dark and milk chocolates are amazingly aromatic. Some sweetness; maybe caramel, light toffee and a bit of earth as it warms but the chocolate duo is by far the alpha dog (or should I say lead reindeer because this is Alpha Klaus... sorry). As it warms the espresso and toffee become more evident and borderline equal with the chocolate.
The tastes begin with lightly roasted coffee and slight toffee and burnt caramel maltiness. Dryer than I originally expected; roasty. Not the blast of chocolate that I got in the nose at all. Fairly straight-forward and simple, yet still delicious but I was expecting more from the nose. This is only a 6% porter so I should have tempered my expectations, but those aromas were hard to ignore. I am pleased that as it warmed the fudge brownies came back into the fold more, hooray!
Initially while slightly chilled the mouthfeel is overbearingly carbonated, but as it warms and I "snift" this a little it is exponentially more drinkable. Medium to full bodied which is saying a lot for a 6%ABV adequately carbonated beer. This drinks like a much heavier beer, in a good way, with so much flavor and complexity and fullness, a tad sticky once it reaches room temperature.
Overall, this is a great great American Porter, by far the best American Porter I have ever had. I have had many many great English Brown/Robust Porters, which have been great and plenty of good Baltic Porters as well but as far as American Porters go this is tops. Great Lakes was great but not as full bodied and complex. I don't consider any porter like Ballast Victory @ Seas an American porter because it's an Imperial Porter @ 10%ABV, so anyway yum. Glad I tasted it aged to avoid the bitter hoppiness that apparently exists when this brew is fresh.

claspada, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpha Klaus 2007
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam
S - i'm picking up a nice amount of smoke still and some sweet roasted malts. Very nice still 4 years later.
T - Nice roasted malts, alot of coffee and hints of chocolate. It seems like i'm drinking coffee at some points and an nice roasted porter at other times. Its actually very enjoyable. I am curious what the flavor is fresh if its this good later on.
M - smooth and creamy, with light carbonation. there is a slightly dry finish that makes this very drinkable.
D - I am enjoying this one alot. I wasn't expecting alot from it after this many years..

4/3.5/4/4/4

Alpha Klaus 2008
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam and nice oily lacing
S - same as the 2007 just a bit stronger, the sweetness seems a bit more intense and the roastedness
T - The taste is where this one seems to lack compared to the years prior. The coffee and chocolate seem a bit more muted along with a thinner watery feel. There is a slight roasty bitterness in the finish.
M - light-medium bodied but I don't think its meant to be that way. light carbonation.
D - I'm disappointed with this one. I find it to be quite different from the previous years.
4/4/3/3/3

mikereaser, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Jazzcrop
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And here we go, okay: Tastes are really neat smoked malt, light and dark chocolates, brown sugar -- dark/darker (than normal), astringent and grassy hops, light booze, hiding caramel, ginger, more hops, coffee malt, medium roast beans, rubber, cream and fudge.

Jazzcrop, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

into a nonic pint

Pours a dark brownish black with a thin tan head that fades to a moderate amount of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little hops.

Tastes are vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and smoked malt. Nice and creamy with a dry roasted flavor being pretty dominant.

Mouthfeel is medium with ok carbonation.

Overall is really good and might be one of the best porters I've had yet. Was very excited to have this having only had 1 other 3 Floyds beer

daveytheformer, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Marty30
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my man dannyfrost for this! Poured into A Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. very black body with no light shining through.One and a half finger tan head.Great lacing all over the glass.Good carbonation.

S. Chocolate covered hops would be the best way to describe this! Getting pineapple some pine,chocolate small amount of smoke.

T. More pronounced chocolate and roasted malts,the hops are definately still present.Some coffee,some type of fruit in there in the end maybe some plums.

M. Awesome mouth for a porter in my opinion. Nice and creamy,medium feel,great carbonation for this.

Overall I loved this beer! So tastey,very hop forward.FFF just doesnt really let me down.If you can get this,get it!!!

Marty30, May 28, 2011
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.

Lunch, May 26, 2011
Photo of Phelps
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.

Phelps, May 11, 2011
Photo of Seeker41184
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.

Seeker41184, May 08, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
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

hopsbreath, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of LaCoursiere
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.

LaCoursiere, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
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.

LiquidBread219, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of HosP
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!

HosP, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of mbusster88
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.

mbusster88, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Gobzilla, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
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.

Chriscrundwell12, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of betsona
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.

betsona, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of bmwats
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.

bmwats, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
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.

Jesse13713, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
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.

AwYeh, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
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!

CuriousMonk, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Dhren1979
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.

Dhren1979, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
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.

kbutler1, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of youradhere
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.

youradhere, Jan 23, 2011
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.