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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: 1,674
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 226
Gots: 212 | 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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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GOt this thanks to paco1029384756.

A: It comes gunning out the bottle like its excited for me to drink it. A thick bubbly frothy head rises up 2 fingers and quickly fades, leaving a slight lacing. The beer is essentially midnight black.

N: I could smell the roast and coffee while pouring it. Aside from a lot of that, lots of dark malts, some caramel, some earthy hops, touch of black patent malt, and even a hint of molasses.

T: As expected, lots of roast and coffee. WIth that is some more dark malts, black patent, crystal, and touch of sweet caramel. It has a slightly sweet taste with a little creaminess and perhaps oatmeal. I also get some bitterness from both earthy hops but more from the charred malts. I also get a hint of peppermint.

N: Pretty thick and slightly creamy with lower but decent carbonation.

F: Dries just a bit but still smooth and creamy with some sweetness. Lingering roast and coffee with lots of bitterness from mostly the charred malts. A slight peppermint comes out more on the finish and leaves the mouth with a feel of it. A little residual sugar as well makes the mouth a bit stick.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:28:55 | More by jlindros
Photo of drabmuh


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No date on the bottle but I'll assume it was from this season, extra in a trade. Beer is black and forms a thick brown head of small and medium bubbles that slowly falls away leaving a ton of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and thin.

Beer is medium to low in body, slight roast / smoke on the back end. Some sweetness up front, easy drinking and smooth. Second taste, really high drinkability. A slight aftertaste is building. Not a lot of bitterness. Its a great porter for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 03:59:46 | More by drabmuh
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New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra from Hayesez - thanks. Poured from a bombed into a pint glass.

A- Dark blackish brown with hint of ruby on the outer edge of the brown/tan head. Head dissipates quickly leaving some nice lacing.

N- Chocolate and coffee, mixed with with bright bitterness along with citrus and floral hops.

T- Big coffee flavor up-front. Almost stout-esque. FInish of citrus and flavor hops. Some nice chocolate malt tones.

M- Heavy.

D- Could not drink very many of these, given its heaviness. Also seems a little flat. Could use some more carbonation to improve the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 23:20:45 | More by Tinfoilrcr
Photo of billab914


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Poured nearly black with a thin tan head covering the top. The head faded out pretty quick, and didn't leave much lacing behind.

I'm getting three distinct flavors in the aroma. First the most present is the citrus hoppyness that really comes through pretty well. Almost as present is the strong roasted, bitter malts that add a strong coffee flavor. Last is the sugar that adds a sweet sugary smell to it. It's nice that all three come through so well and none of them overpower the beer.

The taste is a lot like the flavors in the nose suggest. The big roasted bitter coffee and chocolate seem to take the forefront of the flavor a little, but the citrus hops come through in the finish. The sugar gives it a sweetness, that helps balance out all the roasted bitterness very well.

Mouthfeel on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed drinking this one. They really balanced out the citrus hops, bitter malts and sweet sugars very well to make a very good complex beer. I would gladly drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 23:01:29 | More by billab914
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4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. 2009 Vintage.

Pours a dark, dark blackish brown with hints of light ruby brown on the edge. The head is decently sized, tan, and recedes with some nice lacing.

First off in the smell it has a nice hop profile with piney, earthy hops. The malts have both chocolate and roasted coffee characters.

The hops aren't as evident in the taste but this is a straight up KICK ass porter, it just overtook Black Butte for me. It has light roasty flavors, plenty of sweetness, chocolate, some fruitiness, and a nice large backing of super piney hops. This is a winter beer for all winter beers.

The mouthfeel is near perfect, with decent carbonation but a big, full mouthfeel. Drinkability is excellent.

This is a freakin amazing brew, luckily there is a huge stash at the store near me, I might have to go stock up for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 02:57:33 | More by crossovert
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to deliriumfest on BA.

Pours jet black and viscous with a large creamy tan head that lasts and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is awesome and intense: chocolate, coffee, roast, spice, and floral hops.

Flavor is also excellent and just HUGE. Chocolate, roast, and coffee dominate, but there's also caramel, spices, and loads of floral and piney hops on the finish.

Body is full and mouthfeel is a little syrupy but not overwhelming.

Overall, this is just excellent stuff. Say what you want about Dark Lord (I say it's awesome), but if you don't think Three Floyds is one of the best in the business, in the words of Ice Cube, you better "chiggity-check yo' self before you wriggity-wreck yo' self."

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 21:25:04 | More by nickd717
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this great brew!

22oz bomber into a Snifter

A- Poured a solid black with a 1 finger light brown head that left decent lacing.

S- Very earthy and cirtusy hops are the first to hit you with a great roastiness and sweet dark chocolate backround. Also getting some tangerine, and a little bit of coffee.

T- This beer tastes crazy! If I tasted this blind I would tell you it's a strong ale or D.I.P.A. Strong earthy and fruity hops slam the tounge as a bitter sweetness from the chocolate mellows them out. All mixed in with a spicy roastiness from the malts and a slight bit of alcohol as it warms.

M- A great full bodied porter with moderate carbonation and a solid bitter ending makes this brew so good and smooth.

Overall this is definitely the craziest porter I've come across. So unique and finely crafted, the guys at FFF know what there doing with this one. Pick one up and enjoy it.


Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 17:21:53 | More by Arenbeer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Derek, the Porter King, comes through! Thanks for sharing! Deep opaque brown pour with thick mocha froth and stout like lace.Strong coffee aroma with good levels of hopping, dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted coffee beans. Lots of bitter chocolate coffee flavours mingle well and leave a simmilar aftertaste. Large bitter chocolate finish. Thanks for sharing Derek!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 15:14:26 | More by mrmanning
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sent down from the land between the lakes - probably not sufficiently settled, but here goes:

a: pint serving, healthy mocha head coats the black beer below, retention is strong

s: first impression - American hops dipped in semisweet chocolate, caramel structure complimented by layers of roast and sweet grapefruit hops, licorice, more dark chocolate

m: carbonation smooth, medium-full bodied

t: chocolate coated tropical hop nuggets sit atop a bed of well roasted barley, underlying caramel rolled in dark chocolate, hop flavors of fresh grapefruit, more of the astringent side of the roasts comes out towards the finish with a lingering citrus peel bitterness, expertly pulled off without the hop-roast clash I was expecting

d: pretty unique porter that's a pleasure to drink

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 04:30:49 | More by blackie
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of dark tan head with okay retention. I'd like better head retention please. Nearly opaque dark brown and good looking.
S: Chocolate, some hops that are mildly reminiscent of marijuana. Cascade too? Hoppy and roasty.
T: Chocolate and pine. Very nice blend of porter and hoppiness. The hops surge forward with juiciness then the chocolate roastiness fills in behind. Very nice!
M: Bitter and very full.
D: Very high. Great stuff. I want another and will buy again. Terrific seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 01:47:17 | More by dfillius
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Alpha Klaus aged a little over a year (about 3 months in my beer fridge, can't speak for the other 12 months prior to the bottle coming into my possession). 22oz. bottle poured into a New Holland High Gravity Series glass (sort of a hybrid between a flute and a tulip, not exactly sure what type of glass it is)

A: deep, dark brown, practically black. Thick yet airy caramel foam builds quickly and lasts through a warm-up period and the first couple of sips. Lacing is spotty at best.

S: balanced aromas of milk chocolate and lightly roasted coffee, with some subtle hints of herbal hops and even a bit of vanilla. As I agitate the glass to pull out more aromas, I get an unpleasant scent of cabbage- though only during the agitation and it fades quickly so I'm not going to dock any point for this.

T: like chocolate covered coffee beans, that's about as best as I can put it. As with the aromas, Alpha Klaus exhibits a nice balance of sweet and roasted malts. As it warms, the roasted malts take over and a pleasant dark coffee bitterness comes through.

M: smooth and creamy with a pleasant hop oil slickness. Carbonation is mild though actually increases a bit at it warms. Body is definitely in the medium range, not too thick but hefty enough for a cold Chicago night.

D: I love a good porter and I love most of what Three Floyd's does so there's no doubt I expect to enjoy this one every year. It's been some time since I've had a fresh one and my next order of business will be to locate a bottle of the 2009. This bottle of Alpha Klaus has held up well to a year on the shelf, but I know I've had better. Smooth, creamy and flavorful without any one aspect taking too much control, Alpha Klaus is well balanced and highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 01:36:45 | More by jhoban19
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4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was hooked up with a couple of bottles of this tasty beverage courtesy of my mother in law. I shared this bottle with some friends of mine, and one of them decided to spill it all over my pants. I don't want to mention any names (ahem...number1bum). Hopefully the second time around I will get more in my mouth and less on my apparel...

Appearance: A straight, rough pour reveals a deep, dark, black colored brew with barely a centimeter worth of coffee colored creamy head. This beer appears lifeless in my Mad Elf glass, yet I know that tasty goodness awaits.

Smell: I will admit, since this is the second time I've enjoyed this brew I kinda know what to expect. The smell is a mix of chocolate and coffee with a nice hoppy, bitter bite to it. A hoppy porter indeed.

Taste: This is just a phenomenal tasting beer. A big hit of coffee and coffee with a pronounced hop presence throughout. It's the perfect blend of bitter and sweet. An interesting take on the style, it satisfies hop head in me while simultaneously quenching my sweet tooth.

Mouthfeel: A smooth texture, light on the carbonation, nice full body. Very well done.

Drinkability: Without a doubt one of the best porters I have ever had. There's a big hit of classic porter-quality chocolate and coffee with the delicious bitterness of IPA level hops. What more can you ask for? If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend you try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 05:52:04 | More by krisandajt
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3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

consumed on 5-17-09 (from notes)

App-dark, opaque,no lace to thin lace head, disappears quickly.very inviting.

Ar-where do i begin? roast presence is there;but its not your typical roasty note, this is different.I get Horchata and maybe "mexican chocolate(?)". has a lot going on.

T- very similar to aroma,horchata (which is rice water with cinnamon and sugar), mexican hot chocolate comes to mind,coffee,finish has some bitterness/earthy note to it.

MF-carbonation isnt in your face,but it has some thickness to coat your mouth.

D-if you dont mind a complex beer with lots going on,then go ahead.not to easy of a drinker but it was great trying it.

as much as i wanted to "love" this beer I was a bit disappointed.smells better than the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 20:32:55 | More by getkrunkhoe
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the FFF Brewpub in November 2009.

Pours a very, very dark brown with a moderately-brown head. Hops are at the forefront of this one, with a bit of dark chocolate, coffee, and roast coming through in the background. The taste is quite similar, with an amazing amount of piney hops coming through alongside a little bit of citrus. Chocolate and coffee also make an appearance. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Overall, a little intense and heavy for extended drinking, but definitely an absolutely delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 18:11:34 | More by Thorpe429
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this bottle in an in-person trade!

A: Poured pitch black with a mocha colored, frothy head that clung to the walls of the glass.

S: Before I poured this beer I took a quick wiff from the bottle and quickly said, "Oh wow! Hops!". After the initial blast of hops, the dark chocolate malts come through. The malty aroma is one that is very sweet, I'm not picking up much roast, if any at all.

T: Wow, my initial shock of the taste is also how I feel when it comes to my first sip. There is an insane amount of flavoring hops. The hop character consists of grapefruit and grassy flavors. Backing up the big hops is a pleasant, dark chocolate malt presence. Here's the kicker, and why there are dark chocolate malts instead of regular or milk chocolate malts; there is very minimal hop bitterness, just hop flavor and aroma. The bitterness in this beer, IMO, is from the bitter dark chocolate flavoring. There is also a hint of vanilla in there as well. The flavor of this beer is definitely unique, for better or for worse.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, and leaves hop resin in the mouth afterwards. I am not used to this amount of hop oiliness in this style of beer.

D: This beer is most definitely a style bender with the massive amount of hops involved. Once I finished the first first half of the bomber, I promptly reached for the rest and made a pour. While this isn't a typical Porter, it is one that I did enjoy, being the hop head that I am.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 02:46:58 | More by aglose45
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Palmers in LaGrange IL

Served in a shaker pint glass

Appearance was a deep dark brown with a 1 finger head that lingered throughout much of the pint.

The smell is just this sharp grassy piny hop with a low amount of dark malt sweetness. To me it was similar to sticking my nose in a bag of hop pellets where the nuances of the variety are shadowed by the sheer plant smell.

The taste was once again dominated by the grassy hop taste. Behind the initial grassy taste there is a typical porter malt profile to stand up against. The nice thing is the bitterness is pretty low and this is all about the aroma and flavor hops. Quite enjoyable to say the least.

If it had anymore bitterness I think it would cut down on the drinkability considering it is already a pretty full bodied beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 14:22:11 | More by weatherdog
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light-brown head.

Smells hoppy of bitter citrus fruit.

Tastes similar to an IPA at first with a bitter grapefruit taste to it. There's an odd sweetness to it as well as a roasted malt flavor that comes through at the end. Slight hints of chocolate and coffee, but the hop flavor really dominates.

Medium bodied and easy to drink. The bitter citrus flavor really surprised me, but as a big fan of IPAs I enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:38:23 | More by sidetracked
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Super dark brown with reddish highlights. Tan head that fall to a ring.
S - Roasted malt, smokey, coffee.
T - Smokey, roasty with some fruit and hops.
M/F - A bit thin on body. Nice carbonation though.
D - Interesting and intensely smokey. Light thin body is a fault in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 17:47:54 | More by ThirstyBird
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. It presenets a deep chocolate in color, with ruby highlights and a medium white head with a good amount of lacing. The nose is burnt chocolate with piney resin(this is a good thing). The backbone of the flavor is chocolate, it is followed by a nice amount of piney hop flavor. The piney finish lingers. The brew is medium in body, and has a nice creamy mouthfeel. This is an excellent porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 18:49:05 | More by bonkers
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4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and dark brown color with a thin and creamy brown head. The aroma is complex and intriguing with a masterful mix of roasted malt, citrus hops, and sprucey freshness. The flavor is just as interesting with a surprising burst of citrus hops followed by a smooth transition into a background flavor of roasted malt. The finish sees the introduction of the piney flavor mixed in with a slightly sweet and tart malt flavor. The finish ends cleanly and fresh with a farewell kiss of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 04:15:10 | More by manahansf
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black hue with large frothy light brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Full body with creamy texture and flat carbonation. Aroma and flavor of heavy roasted, molasses and vanilla. Long full complex sweet flavor with moderate sweet finish of long duration. May be the best of style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 03:02:53 | More by tmoneyba
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black that lets no light though even when held directly to a lamp. The beige head is a thick 3 fingers high. Full coating of web-like lace is left around the glass and a half inch cap remains on top of the beer.

The aroma is fairly hopped up. Pine and grapfruit are at the front for sure. This is mixed with a unique sugary chocolate and smoked malt. Making for a very interesting nose.

The flavor is a tad muted. Light chocolate, grapefruit, smoked malt, and molasses. It has a taste that I can't quite pick out. It's a flavor I've never had on my tongue. Nothing bad just very peculiar.

The medium to full body is almost devoid of all carbonation.

Overall a very good christmas beverage. I would love to revisit this every year.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:56:24 | More by beerwolf77
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from phone notes. Enjoyed a 2008 bottle during christmas.

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

12-28-2009 19:07:40 | More by mikey711
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The liquid looks pretty normal: black, little bit of head...that's basically it. Swirling the glass does produce impressive lacing (particularly for a porter), but I was going +0.5 on the cool Three Floyds bottle (and cap) anyways.

This beer's nose is indeed exceptional, unlike any other Christmas concoction I've tried. The chocolate is background at best (more apparent, I suppose, in the black appearance), the hops are there via lacing (again, appearance), but the smell is sweetly unique. Based on the label's description, I guess it's the Mexican sugar. It probably wouldn't smell like this all by itself, but kudos to FFF for such a treat. While novel in its aroma, it still seems seasonal--I'm sensing brown sugar...and (maybe) some ginger; regardless, it's alluring like sweet Christmas cookies!

This brew oozes character. The English chocolate malts are indeed like a medium on which the sugar and American hops dance a jig. It actually tastes like equal parts of each ingredient. Though unlike a dessert beer--all congnacy and strong--it's like dessert IN a beer: hopped-up sugar and chocolate. There's a bitterness in the aftertaste that dulls this effect but, undoubtedly, it's among the neatest beers I've come across.

Aside from that bittering, it's like a cookie fresh out the oven. It must be the hops that make the sugar tingle; meanwhile, the chocolate coats cheeks. I expect something like this is trial-and-error (I mean, really, how do folks come up with stuff like this?), but this feels like a well-designed beer.

As with most unique tastes, you don't want to overdo it. It's novel enough to share with Christmas party strangers, and good enough for me to pursue each and every year. Alongside Gumballhead, this beer puts fits Three Floyds on the frontier of craft brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 18:58:48 | More by marvin213
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a rich chocolate black with a two finger head that forms quickly and dissipates slowly. Tan colored head that leaves nice lacing...very creamy.

S: Bittersweet chocolate mocha with a faint nutty caramel roasted malt, a little brown sugar and molasses. Smells wonderful.

T: Follows the nose with added coffee bitterness and a faint hop on the finish that crisps things up nicely. Very nice roasted malt that brings a nice complexity. Excellent!

M: At the heavier end of a porter, medium to heavy body, nice carbonation...very crisp and smooth and even slightly creamy.

D: For an American Porter at 7.5% this is an extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 05:29:27 | More by RedBrewer83
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.