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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: 1,720
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 232
Gots: 221 | FT: 14
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 Papi
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have anticipated this beer since I saw it on the seasonal list at the brewpub. I am a fool for a good porter. The pour was amazing. Very little light passes through this porter. It is black with a half-inch mocha head. The head stays for quite a while and laces heavily.

The smell is full of chocolate mocha coffee, indeed it almost smells like the mocha fraps I get at SBucks. But there is also hints of pine and maple syrup.

The taste was a bit of a shock, but not bad. Bitter pine and grapefruit is up front but is quickly followed by coffee and cane sugar in the middle with a hint of cloves. The carbonation wakes up the tongue and prepares it for a porter punch of alcohol. The finish is chocolate and vanilla bean.

The mouthfeel is not thin but not totally heavy either. The sugar leaves a stickiness on the lips and the carbonation pops in the mouth.

This porter is full of flavor and will overpower many meals. I would pair this porter with exotic cuisine filled with spices. I would like to have more of this special beer.

Papi, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Betmore
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pouring this into an Imperial pint glass (man, I need some new glassware...) at around 50 degrees. Its darker than any non-Imperial porter I've ever had and as dark or darker than most non-Imperial stouts. The only way I can get any light to come through is to hold the bottom of the glass up to a very bright light. It produced a resilient mocha colored head that left thick lacing as it slowly faded.

I could actually smell this stuff as soon as I cracked the bottle. The aroma is an amazing blend of rich coffee and chocolate malts. A deeper search reveals hints of vanilla, caramel, and licorice. What has me most excited at this point is the coffee smell. If this brew has similar coffee notes to Hell's Black Inteligencer, I'm in for a real treat. Oddly, after my first couple drinks, the hop aroma really made itself present. (Note to self: You just learned something.) The only thing that stopped me from giving it a 5 in this catagory was when I asked myself, "Could it be better?" Yes. Two words. Barrel aged.

Its go-time. No suprise here, coffee and roasted chocolate malts are running the show. They're doing a damn fine job at it, too. All the up-front roasted notes slowly give way to just the right amount of hop bitterness and then a suprise, slightly sweet ending. Subsequent tastes bring even more coffee, roasted malts, and hops. This is a big-boy porter... One of the best I've ever had. Again, though, the only way it could be better... Barrel aged.

Mouthfeel was good. There is enough carbonation to add a bit of sizzle. Viscosity is just right. Its neither syrupy nor watery. A little more towards the syrup side might make it better, but I'm probably splitting hairs here.

Drinkabitly is pretty amazing, really. I don't remember the last time I had a beer this dark, with this much flavor, that felt this drinkable. I could drink this all evening and then some.

Overall, this is a kick-ass porter. If you get a chance, try it.

Betmore, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep coal color with a cappuccino foam, two fingered head.

S-The nose is led by huge amounts of grapefruit Centennial hops with some dark chocolate and roasted notes and some vanilla.

T-Bitter pine and orange with some grapefruit and some pretty deep roasted notes.

M-Seems a little thin in the mouth, although strangely creamy as well, with medium carbonation, and a lingering dryness.

D-For the reputation this beer has, I was pretty disappointed with it. The bitter/hoppy notes don't seem to meld well with the porter notes.

samie85, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours an inky dark brown with two fingers of creamy khaki head. Wide bands of beige lace.

Smell -- Very similar to Alpha King. Lots of pithy grapefruit, pine forest, cocoa powder, roast malt.

Taste -- First impressions of grapefruit and chocolate orange. Mild pine resin hop bitterness mingles with hints of roast char along with mild malt sweetness akin to molasses and dark chocolate. Lingering flavors of chocolate malt and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel -- Light-bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbles are gentle, nearly creamy. Could use some heft, but it feels great on the tongue.

Drinkability -- This was a delightful diversion from the tried and true American Porter route. Great hop aromatics and flavor, yet still really mild and satisfying. Crisp and refreshing aren't necessarily attributes that one would associate with a Porter, but this is really nice. I'd love to see this year-round. Great stuff.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for a taste o' this!

Not sure why Dexter was on, but at least there's beer. And Alex is talkin' this one up, too. It pours a pitch black-brown topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose contains a strong contingent of green hops, with some chocolate and light roasted malts in the background. The taste holds a touch more roast, but it's still only a vain attempt at countering the hops, which have maintained their strength. The body is a light-ish medium with a light moderate carbonation. Honestly, I can see why people could like a rather hoppy porter like this one, but I am not one of these people. There's just not enough roast to provide any kind of appreciable balance.

TMoney2591, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a deep brown with a khaki colored head that sinks down slowly and leaves decent lacing on the side of the glass. Pretty opaque on initial view.

S- Big roasty malts, some bitter coffee and dark chocolate. A faint amount of hops on the tail end. Maybe some dry cocoa which goes with the coffee and chocolate.

T- Like the nose, cold pressed coffee with a little bitterness, dark chocolate and good toasted malts. No real hops to speak of. The more sips I take, the more pronounced the coffee and chocolate become. Seems more like a coffee stout than anything.

M- Medium bodied that has some bitterness to go along with it. Dry on the finish and a little carbonation feel.

D- A decent porter but reminds me more of a normal stout. Good flavors but a little too dominant in the coffee, chocolate flavors.

Wisconsinality, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer looks amazing and smells amazing. A dark stout like color with beige foam. The smell is hoppy, like a dry hopped wonder. There is also some chocolate to help out the non-hopheads. The flavor is a wonderful blend of hops and chocolate. The melange is oddly fantastic. It's a really drinkable mix, I must say that this beer is one of the better things I've ever put on my tongue. It is the wonderful blend of chocolate and hops without bringing the hop bitterness within. It's a great beer, get it as fresh as possible for the best experience.

Vdubb86, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of cetherid
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into tulip


pours black with a head, similar to that of a root beer. It essentially looks like a glass of pop.


Getting the dark roasted malt smell you get with most porters, then you get that piney hop aroma. No aroma really stands out but still good smelling.

*as this is getting warmer, I get some subtle coffee. The hops smell dies a bit..perhaps I'm drinking this a tad too cold*


basically like an alpha king with bitter chocolately roasted malts. You get the really bitter piney hops in there as well. A little more piney than alpha king as alpha king also has those citrusy hops in there as well. Good tasting, but a tad too much pine bitterness for my taste.


faily thin. about medium bodied. lots of carbonation. A little resiny hop aftertaste left over.


decent. I'll have one or two a year probably around this time of year. I'm close to the brewery but it's only a 1 month item. ABV not too bad so a bomber would be easy in one sitting. I'd like this more if I was a fan of very piney hops.

cetherid, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of nkersten
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint from bottle. Color is a dark dark brown bordering on black. A very creamy 1 finger head sits at the top with excellent retention and some of the best lacing I have seen in a porter. Smell is huge hops up front - bitter, pine, some spiciness. Chocolate, caramel and roasted malts follow. Hop forward but still relatively balanced flavor. The spicy hop flavor plays well with the chocolate sweetness. Some roasted malt and hitter hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewey, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, but not as good as some of the less hoppy porters like Great Lakes or Founders. Hoppy flavor gets a bit overwhelming after a while. Alpha Klaus is a great beer and will only get better over the next few weeks as the hops fade.

nkersten, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of kk73
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours out black with a tan creamy head. Head retention is minimal as it quickly faded to a tan ring of foam. Little to no lacing.

S - Sweet roasted caramel malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits and some slight earthy hops.

T - Coffee and roasted malts are dominant. Dark chocolate becomes more apparent as it warms, with some earthy hops for a little bitterness. Sweet but not to sweet.

M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry on the finish.

D - Good beer here, just didnt wow me. Im guessing may be better fresh, but still a pleasure to try and to drink. Not hot and boozy an easy drinker.

kk73, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Christmas came a little early for my this weekend. Santa was very good to me indeed. Wrapped up inside this gift was a jet black body with a tight tan head. Notes of chocolate, dark sugars, roasted malts and winter spices. Smooth and creamy. I'm glad the holidays are right around the corner so I can pick up another one of these.

nerdrocker101, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Macky20
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Included and recommended by Gratefulbeerhead.... Thanks Eric! I really enjoyed this one. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Black appearance with dark tan head. Pours to 1/2 inch of head with good retention. The aroma is dominated by coffee and chocolate, and the taste is very similar, dominated by coffee and chocolate as well. Very good porter, sweet with a domination of malt on the tongue. Mouthfeel is perfect for a porter and the drinkability is exceptional for a porter.

Macky20, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a dark brown color almost black but not quite there. One and a half finger mocha colored head shows great retention. Light spotty lacing as I drink the beer down.

S- Roasted malts come out first with a light sweet chocolate malt as well. This turns more into a sweetness of chocolate toward the middle with some earthy hops toward the end. This balances the malts but only for a short second.

T- Roasted malts come into play first like the aroma. Milk chocolate like taste comes out as well. The middle of the beer combines of both coffee and chocolate more like a chocolate covered coffee bean. The ending gets a little more bitter in the coffee flavor with some light bitter hops in the very end

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer and style. The beer seems to coat everything it touches. Flavors were chocolate covered coffee beans left on both the palate and it lasts long into the aftertaste with light alcohol flavors. Beer itself was very balanced and I couldn't have been more happy with that. Light drying on the palate during the session.

D- This was a very drinkable porter that has jumped leaps and bounds in my eyes. Three Floyds has this problem with making knock out beers left and right....what a problem to have!

alleykatking, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter. It poured smoothly and had a quickly dissipating khaki head, lacing the glass. It looked as if it were the prototype for a porter. The smell was excellent. It was rich, malty, roasted, and had a sweet fruit aroma as well, perhaps cranberry. It had great flavor. The flavor mimicked the aromas. It was spot on. It had a great consistency and was incredibly smooth. It's one of the most drinkable beers I've had, and my list is extensive. The only knock on this beer is that it only comes in 22oz bombers. This one is a masterpiece.

aasher, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this late Christmas brew!

A - Totally black with a dark tan head and moderate retention and sticky lace covering the glass. This is a nice looking porter right off the bat. One of the other guys commented on the label and how Three Floyds is "messed up" or something like that. I proceeded to tell him about the type of people 3F employs which made it make sense.

S - Dark chocolate roasted malts with a moderate sweetness and a fig and dark fruit nose. Dry cocoa compliments the American hop pine and citrus character that finishes out the back end.

T - Delicious roasted chocolate malt and semi-sweet chocolate with cocoa and a hearty helping of American hips that balance with the malts. A little pine blends well in this one.

M - Medium-full bodied and completely roasted with a dry bitter finish of roasted malts and hops. Good balance in the mouthfeel.

D - Christmas in July. Nice. It's a drinkable porter year-round but definitely would be more fitting with snow on the ground.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Bluejacket74 for hooking this up- it's like Christmas in July!!!

A- Poured from the bottle with a dark tan head, which slowly receded to reveal some nice lacing over-top a completely opaque dark brown body. No visible carbonation.

S- Smells of roasted and stewed malts, some faint metallics, some piney hop aroma, and impressions of dark chocolate. Quite complex in the nose.

T- More roasted malts hit the palate than stewed malts. Midway you get some moderate high-alpha piney hops along with impressions of dark chocolate. The hop bitterness surges a bit in the finish, and lingers piney on the tongue. A little more one-dimensional on the palate than I had hoped (perhaps because this is an older bottle), but still quite enjoyable.

M- Medium body with a little bit of texture, presumably from unattenuated sugar. Moderately soft carbonation. Slight astringency. Appropriate for the style.

D- Perhaps the one-dimensionality comes from age on this bottle... just a little too simple and a little too skewed to the bitter side than I would have liked. Despite the average drinkability, I would still seek this out again.

jgasparine, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a really old bottle so I hope its not ruined.

A- Pours out looking somewhat clear with a burgundy highlight. The head is weak, but its there. It still manages to leave lots of uniform lacing. The beer in the glass is black with burgundy around the edges.

S- Pretty weak nose but whats there is pretty good. Grassy hops, lots of grain and some bitter sweet cocoa and coffee. There is also a lot of smoke and wood

T- A hoppy porter for sure. The grassy, leafy hops are backed up by a milky sweet malt bill. If you told me this was a milk stout I would certainly believe you.

M- Pretty thick for a porter. Its very very smooth with a slightly drying finish from the hops. Carbonation is quite low and it promotes a silky smooth feel.

MbpBugeye, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle tried 30 Dec 2007. Courtesy of Phil, thanks!

Large brown foamy head. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown, almost black in color. Aroma is of sweet chocolate milk and eggnog spices, reminiscent of this years OSA. Lots of roastiness, coffee, chocolate. Finish is more of the same with ethanol making a presence. Milky in texture, medium to heavy body.

Very easy to drink.

htomsirveaux, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this from gratefulbeerhead so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Portsmouth pint glass

A: This beer pours a somewhat thin but deep dark chocolate color with a one finger of creamy, light coffee color head. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving minor wispy lacing.

S: Nose is full of chocolate, sugar, and hints of coffee.

T: Taste starts with hints of anise, mild sugar and...piney hops. The middle is really filled with rich dark chocolate notes. Finish is like a cup of coffee that hangs on your tongue with a bit of mint that hits the back of your tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat thin with a creamy finish.

D: This is drinking quite nice right now. Goes down nicely, not too filling, mild kick. I would love to try a fresher bottle of this to compare.

Jayli, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of blackearth
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a black body with a nice tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts and coffee beans. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation and feels soft and creamy. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla lead to a mellow finish. Excellent drinkability from this porter.

blackearth, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong toffee malt and coffee. The flavor is coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is pretty basic American porter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 18, 2010
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, May 01, 2010
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.

drabmuh, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Tinfoilrcr
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.

Tinfoilrcr, Mar 14, 2010
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.

billab914, Mar 07, 2010
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.