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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,762
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 243
Gots: 226 | FT: 11
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 Chaney
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dreadnaught33 (Jonathan) for bringing this brew to a tasting. It's funny: I hooked this guy up all year with FFF brews and now he hooked me up with one for a change!

A: Poured a dark, dark brown, with very minimal lacing that dropped right back down into the glass. The soft, one finger beige head stayed frothy throughout the session.

S: FFF hop profile and then some! Actually, I thought I could smell "Gumballhead" imbedded in the dark candy-chocolate-coffee madness!

T: Chocolate and citrus? How could that be? Well, it certainly does in this brew. Very fruity and hoppy for a porter and this beer sort of reminder me of Heavy Seas' "Letter of Marque"... only better. A tinge of vanilla held everything together nicely.

M: Not too thick, but thick enough for the style. The fruity elements definitely kept the bitterness in check and the carbonation was both prickly and comfortable at the same time.

D: A bit of nostalgia: This was the brew my wife and I split on our first New Year's Eve as a married couple. I'll be getting more of this stuff soon from friends and family in the Midwest. This is one of the strangest beers on the market!

Chaney, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a pitch black with a fat head on top of it, excellent lacing is left down
the glass

S:Nose picks up some great aromas. Roasted malts come thru first
followed up by a huge amount of citrus hops that really cut thru everything else.

T:Up front in the initial sip a smooth amount of roasted malts come thru that follows
into the middle. On the backend the hops really come thru that follows as in runs down the
throat.Very exciting and tasty.

M:The body was expecting to be a little thicker but still does a good job overall, the palate
is left slightly dry from the alcohol and the hops begging you to take another sip.

D:This is a really easy drinking that is extremely tasty with that FFF twist on it. Taste like
a porter that you would expect with a awesome hop kick on it as well, definitely going
pick some more of this up to take to some holiday parties.

SuperNova777, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerman207 for the hook up on this one. Review is from notes taken on 12/18/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours like a standard looking porter -- a deep dark brown color and it starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than thin ring around the surface; body is dark and nearly opaque, showing highlights on the edges and where the light manages to pierce it through the center; body does show a little bit of carbonation, but leaves no lacing.

Smell: Um, hops, but I want to say that it actually smells more like pot. Tons of grassy hops are right up front on the immediate pour and I'm a little let down -- I like hoppy beers, don't get me wrong, but this comes across as overly hopped at first; thankfully, after a while the smell starts to settle down, and while the hops are definitely present throughout, a nice bittersweet and syrupy sweet chocolate presence sneaks in and kind of brightens my night; some roasty and toasty maltiness is in there as well, with a bit of a burnt espresso presence. It ends up quite good, but it really had to work its way there for me.

Taste: Much like the smell, starts as totally hops and really nothing else, and they're very bitter and grassy, again, kind of like pot (I almost feel like I'm drinking at a Dave Matthews show or something here) and the hops dominate, until, after a while of warming and settling, the syrupy sweet and bittersweet baker's chocolate/cocoa start to sneak in and offer a balance and suddenly this beer comes across more like a Black IPA as opposed to a porter -- really, I feel it's a bit of a lucky save.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery, but not "light" by any means like some porters tend to struggle with; the carbonation is quite full; a thin, semi-dry sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the acidity, but not likely the ABV as it's quite doable at 6%.

Drinkability: There was a little bit of contention amongst the tasting group about what to do with this bottle. I feel that it would do well to sit for some time, perhaps 6 months to 1 full year to allow the hops to mellow out and allow the malts to showcase their flavors; the argument to that would be that it is only 6% ABV and may not stand the test of time, even if kept in a relatively decent closet/cellar or whatever. Frankly, I'm willing to give it a shot -- after all, what's 6 moths?

bamadog, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of hardy008
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a 2 finger creamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate malt, roasted malt, and hops.

The taste of the beer has dark chocolate malt, roasted malt, sugar, and hops. There is a light amount of sweetness, balanced by the bitterness from the roasted malt and hops.

Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and properly carbonated. This is a nice, easy to drink Porter. Not too hoppy, which is a plus for a porter in my book. I would buy this again.

hardy008, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of CruisaC
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my New Belgium tulip

Pours a dark brown, almost black with almost an inch of tan foam. Leaves nice lacing on the glass

Smells of hops, moreso than I would expect based off the appearance

Taste is dominated by hops upfront but before you realize it transforms into mild coffee and chocolate, not overly sweet

I could drink this beer without much problem. I'm not always in the mood for that flavor profile but when I am it will be a nice option. I have another bottle chilling in the basement so we'll see what it's like in a bit.

Another solid offering from FFF

CruisaC, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of BlueCat1
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knowing that Xmas holiday beers are short-lived I make a point to try as many as I can during the season. Three Floyd's Alpha Claus Xmas Porter immediately jumped to the top of my list as best of 2010. I consider this beer a true celebration!

The color is dark. It's a clean looking dark but in holding it up to a light I could not see through it.

The smell is piney, citrusy hops and chocolate malt. Breathe deep and you know you're in for a treat.

It has a full rich taste and wonderful mouth feel. Certainly not the drinkability of a session beer but it is very appealing...no problem having more that one.

At $10 a bottle I can't afford to drink a lot of 'em, but it was definitely worth the price. Hopefully Santa will leave me a few, though I haven't been that nice...at least that's what my wife says!

BlueCat1, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. I believe this is an 09.

4.5 A: Pours a black color. Two fingers of dense creamy light brown head. Good retention and some lacing.

4.0 S: Lot of chocolate in this one. Toasted and roasted malts next. Hop character is subtle at this point, but is herbal and citrusy.

4.0 T: The taste is still pretty hoppy however. Orange, pine, and grapefruit hops are most powerful and give an almost sourish flavor. Roasty, but more so toasty and burnt flavors. Some grainy malts as well.

4.5 M: Medium body. Moderate amounts of carbonation. Reasonably creamy and quite smooth.

4.0 D: Good hoppy porter. Definitely a good one to try. Solid in each category.

DavoleBomb, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a coffee black with a light, though creamy tan head on top. Looks like a porter.

The smell is quite hoppy for a porter...but, this is Three Floyds, and the name is Alpha Klaus, and the slogan is, "It's Not Normal," so what is to be expected? It's piny in the nose, with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. There is a citrus overtone in the aroma, which is lightly balanced by a roasted, chocolate malt essence.

Quite a unique flavor. Almost like a black IPA...well, I guess you could call it that. There are the typical elements of chocolate roasty notes, coffee, molasses...but there are also some spicy notes in there as well...like cinnamon, brown sugar, and clove. The standout flavor is in the hops, for sure. The finish is quite bitter, and the lasting flavor on the tongue is citrus from the hops.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer...I like the take on the classic porter style, giving it a little more depth with a lot more hops. It is black in color, but looks are often deceiving.

movingtrain, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Franz4
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Friend brought back a growler, we broke this open 2 days later.

A- poured with a huge head that settled nicely with lots of lacing. Very dark, just a touch of translucence.

S- Very much a pine scent to it, a bit antiseptic. Nose really downgraded my hopes for this beer.

T- Tastes like a christmas tree, add in a touch of toasted brown sugar and some dark chocolate, but nothing really works it's way through the pine.

M- medium bodied with a hoppy pine aftertaste.

D- I was somewhat disappointed, this wasn't a bad beer, but it seemed to be a bit one-dimensional and the pine overpowered everything else.

Franz4, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, yet creamy dark tan colored foam. the beer is very dark brown, appears black yet lets some light in around the edges.

S - smells of dark roasted yet not charred malts. fair amount of sweetness with a touch of dark fruits in a bed of vanilla and chocolate. hints of ground coffee beans and a light spice, also a kiss of minerals and ash.

T - begins fairly clean, with a fair amount of mineraly and lightly roasted malts. just a touch of old-style pour sourness, meshes with a robust charred bitterness, followed up by bits of vanilla and milk chocolate at the end. some faint earthy hops as well.

M - light to barely medium body, with carbonation a little low, yet pleasant and working well for the style. very creamy as well, but finishes slightly dry from malty bitterness and hops.

D - good all around, nothing here stands out and its a bit surprising for a Three Floyds beer not to be over the top with the hops. decently drinkable.

Stigs, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While it's still early December, I'm going to get a head start in my resolutions for 2011 - rid my cellar of detritus in a way that makes me keenly aware of the idiocy that is aging more beers than I can consume in time. Exhibit A: the Alpha Klaus I picked up at Three Floyds at my first (and only) DLD, back in 2008

Highly carbonated, this beer is a very dark brown with coffee colored highlights, there's a dense, brown head with excellent retention and particularly spectacular lacing. The nose is pretty solid too. A very strong anise character is noticeable right away, along with a blend of lactose and moderate roast. The lactose creaminess is particularly enjoyable, working very well with the dark grains which lend chocolate, coffee and graham crackers. And despite its age, there's a definite pine hop presence. It makes me wonder what sort of beast this was fresh. Pretty solid.

The palate opens surprisingly fruity, there's some mellow oxidation with raisins present. This works particularly well with the chocolate and the moderate creaminess that are present, creating a true cookie-like character. Roast character is light, there isn't too much of the balancing bitterness one expects from the heavily kilned grains, especially in a porter. The anise character that I picked out up front isn't as prominent on the palate. While present, it does lend a balancing spiciness to the sweetness. Again, as with the nose, with time, what my palate does pick up is a firm, but present hop undercurrent, piney and mildly juicy.

Medium-light in body with a wonderfully soft and creamy carbonation, this beer has a blend of lactose sweetness, a touch of coffee-like acidity and a little oxidation. At this point, the hops have faded and by quite a bit, but I quite like it this way. I don't remember how much I paid for this, but I'm happy to report that this doesn't fall into the shouldanevercellaredthat file. Enjoyable, I'd drink this again.

DefenCorps, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of EricCioe
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark black with a frothy, pretty mocha head. On the nose there is a deep pine mixed with roasted coffee. On the tongue the roasted malt and coffee come to the fore with a bit of hop bitterness at the back. In the mouth, it's pretty similar to Alpha King, a bit of a buzzsaw, which works pretty well here but cuts down a bit on the drinkability. Overall I'm a big fan.

EricCioe, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of toetag39
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A porter poured into a pilsner glass; came out a rich, dark brownish-black, it was consistent throughout. A can smell the hops and some type of fruit. With the first sip, I can taste molasses, coffee, and brown sugar. There is a little bitterness though not to my liking.

Yet another Porter that I hope was gonna be better but still a nice porter overall.

toetag39, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of paulozanello
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black and opaque color with red hues when looked against the light.

Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and some floral and fruity hops.

Taste follows nose with lots of malt, chocolate and coffee with a bitter finish.

Body is medium with some malt bitterness and a dry finish.

Overall a very nice porter with lots of hop presence and high drinkability.

paulozanello, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pitch black with a thick long lasting tan head that leaves a wall of lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

In the aroma I get an amazing mix of citrus hops, caramel, roasted, and chocolate malts.

The flavor is sweet, chocolatey, roasty and hoppey as hell. The finish is all hops with a malt profile to back it up.

The mouthfeel is thick and sweet more like a stout than a porter but what the hell its 3F and it has a ton of hops. This is a very clean well put together beer I just wouldn't call it a porter but I guess it gets a pass since it is really a christmas beer.

JoePat, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of dmfrench
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A piney pale that wants to be a porter :p

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A: Deep blackest brown body, no discernible highlights, with a persistent, one finger, creamy light mocha head that adequately laces the glass.

S: A typical FFF piney, citrus hop parade hits you strong up front, with delicious burnt cocoa, cinnamon, and brown sugar following. An epic nose that promises much.

T: Unfortunately, the nose can not keep it's promise. The hops, particularly the evergreen half, completely dominate the taste of this brew. There is still some malt left underneath, but it is just not coming through like it does in the nose. As a huge fan of toasty porters and stouts, it;'s kind of a let down for me.

M: A bit too carbonated for me... feels almost like soda, but otherwise well weighted.

D: Crisp and cleansing for a porter.

dmfrench, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, 2009 vintage. Split this one with the wife while putting up the Christmas tree and listening to big band Christmas tunes. Another huge thanks to Jeff (Alewatcher) for another amazing beer, though this is just old hat for him.

Pours black with a thin, if persistent, khaki head on top. Decent lacing, with highlights of ruby brown showing through around the edges.

Nose is a bit earthy, piny, lightly roasty as well. Some very light alcohol, and the earthiness is complemented by some baker's cocoa shining through with very little sweetness at all.

Taste is piny and bitter right on the front, resiny to the nth degree, with some light coffee and roasted malt notes sitting behind. Dry, with a light acidity that cuts the body, earthy and roasty, with a light woodiness. Baker's cocoa again comes through clearly and a bit chalky alongside the the dry bite of the roasted malt and resiny pine. Dry finish lingers long with a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is excellent - smooth and silky, though firm and tight at the same time. Medium bodied, nicely coating and dry, a bit oily. Very nice, and quite drinkable.

JohnQVegas, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Papi
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +9%
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 -18.9%
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 +5.3%
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 -21.3%
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 -18.9%
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 +5.3%
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 -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into tulip

A.

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

S.

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*

T.

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.

M.

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

D.

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
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,762 ratings.