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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: 1,856
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 249
Gots: 272 | FT: 15
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 danielocean03
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque blackish brown, full finger of foamy beige foam slowly gives way to a moderate sticky ring of lacing, spotted coating also hangs on for the ride. Aromas are primarily roasty espresso and bittersweet chocolate, sweet and malty, pleasant hoppiness also present. Taste is also sweet, rich coffee and chocolate flavors, light bitterness, hops are more subtle in taste than in the nose. Mouthfeel is light to moderately bodied paired with medium levels of carbonation, washes down super smooth. Delectable beer, very drinkable and enjoyable, Will purchase the next release.

Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to David from the Publick House Brookline for hooking us up with this beer which you can't get in MA.

This beer poured a brownish/black body with a huge pillowy tan/off-white head. There's some serious carbonation in this puppy.

Nose is an interesting mix of dark cocoa powder, mellow wood, olive juice, fresh toasted malt, toffee and coffee.

Medium bodied with a mild grain touch from start to finish. Dark roasted malt and very dark espresso beans dominate this beer. Very astringent with a sharp roasted malt bitterness. Has a slightly grainy and very bitter base. Citrus and Earth hops are over the top and surprisingly big for a porter, but never overtake the malt bitterness giving it an almost deceptive hop taste.

Quite a porter. Tastes sort of like someone crushed a butt load of espresso beans into a dark malt based beer, but beyond that... good beer.

Photo of kirok1999
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one with a fellow BA after we downed an Alpha Kong.

A- Pours a nice almost black with a ton of chunky foam that leaves good lacing.

S- Chocolate and bitter. Some sweetness comes through from the ample malts.

T- Bitter chocolate, brownie like. Lingering aftertaste of chocolate and bittering hops. Very nice balance. No watery characteristics at all.

M- Heavy and thick. Slippery and mildly carbonated.

D- Pretty high ABV but very drinkable after a nice meal. Or better yet with a good chocolate dessert.

Photo of sacfly
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz
Pours a nearly opaque black. Thick brown head of medium and large bubbles. Aroma is pine, then fades to burnt grain. Taste is roasted barley coffee with a burnt black patent bite that transitions to a hoppy pine bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavorful and interesting highly hopped porter. Very enjoyable.

Photo of jorjoria
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge head which requires a very long settling time. Smell is malt with a hint of espresso. The taste coffee, caramel and malt. Also I get some raisin like flavors as well as nice hoppiness. The alcohol is well balanced. There is also a slight tart note as the flavor fades. The mouth feel is very dry and for lack of a better word foamy.
Overall a nice porter with a hop kick.

Photo of nickss
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly dark brown… I would almost say black except for a barely perceptible ring of mahogany when held to the light. A huge 2.5-3” head… big and puffy. The head gradually resides to an inch of khaki beauty.

Large toffee tones start this one out… strong vinous berries and dark, wine soaked fruit… earthy depth and bitter chocolate. The most complex porter I have ever inhaled…. A masterpiece in the nose.

Toffee, cream, and bitter chocolate…. Wow…. Fantastic. You can feel the hops get up in your sinuses, but otherwise they aren’t easy to notice because of the huge maltiness. As the beer warms, however, the hop profile shows itself. Glorious.

Perfectly thick, but a bit too much carbonation… a very minor complaint.

While an amazing tasting beer, it is too big for me to want to drink more than one bomber in a sitting. Additionally, the strength of the brew pretty much ensures I couldn’t have more than one…. Still… absolutely incredible…another winner from 3 Floyds.

Photo of Brian700
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours black with a big brown head. There is pretty good lacing going on.

The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt.

The flavor is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, mild alcohol presence. There is some hop finish that cleanses the palate a bit and gets your mouth ready for the next drink.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium/moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable porter. I would like to try this one again.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is strong as is the lacing and the color is jet black and the head at first is so massive, it however falls into this thin head that doesn't break it's surface.

The smell is such a rush of coffee with a little cocoa and chocolate to blend together well. Has a slight flowery fruitiness of dark fruit like currants.

The coffee is bitter and overpowering like an expresso with a big hoppiness, yet it still has some fruitiness that it ends with. It also ends fairly clean, but with some taste still on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but more carbonated and very dry.

I like this, but the mouthfeel could have been smoother, yet dry, and the fruitiness could've gotten bigger to come and meet the coffee/cocoa flavors.

Photo of ybnorml
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A black beer, no light gets thru. Has a big foamy light brown head and some nice lace. A marvelous sharp hop note jumps out of the Bottle/glass and straight into your nose. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee linger behind. A roasted malt bitterness washes over your tongue. Followed by a snappy hop bite at the back of your throat. The dry finish is mostly esspresso coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark chestnut brown and black with a small tan head that fades into a a mild cap. Tons and tons of spotty and scattered lacing is all over the glass.
Smell is of roasty malt with vanilla, dark chocolate, bitter citrus hops, and mild coffee, and chestnut notes.
Taste is of the same aromas with a decent hop expolosion and dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is bitter, roasty, full bodied, along with a coffee like finish.

Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured about only an inch of this beer into the mug and for that I recieved about 3 inches of foam. It took me probably five minutes to get to a near full glass as the foam wanted to keep rising outside the mug. Finally I had myself a nice dark porter with still a good cap of dark tan foam. Smell is sweet and chocolatey, with a nice roasted character. The flavor is semi-sweet with light coffee and chocolate tones, immediately clashing with bitter roasted malt flavors. The moderate bitterness lingers well on the tongue, while the alcohol doesn't seem too strong. Nice rich mouthfeel, smooth with strong carbonation. Good drinkalbility here, I like the bitter flavor on this one. It was worth it despite the difficult pour.

Photo of BAbaracus
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle undated, presumably 2004 vintage Pours syrupy black with virtually zero head retention. Nose is super pine cone hops overpowering virtually all other aromas. Really, this one smells like nothing less than a freshly squeezed Xmas tree. And to my senses that’s a good thing. The body has a nice heavy gravity to it, sliding down the throat langorously like carbonated molasses... only a slight exagerration, but the enthusiasm brought about by this beer encouraging a bit of truth stretching. The hops aren’t nearly as dominant on the tongue as the aroma, but still marginalize the other tastes. The actual taste of the hops used is quite excellent, however. A fine, if nearly exquisite, example of what I look for in a Christmas ale. High marks all around

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Largest head I have ever seen on a beer - i think i filled about 1/8th the glass and it overflowed with head (and i poured slowly!). Head stayed forever - very fluffy so I just scooped some out. Beer looks thick, but is anything but - very light on the palate. Taste is amazing - dark dark belgian chocolate (like 75% cocoa or something) with a big hop sense as well. I really enjoy three floyds for the way they inject hops into different styles of beer while retaining the characteristics of the style. This is my favorite Three Floyds beer thus far.

N.B. Drink this one cold. Alcohol becomes overwhelming as it warms and overpowers some of the flavors.

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Pours a clear dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. Head is pretty diminishing with good lacing. Has a great malty aroma of good chocolate. Has a little grain too and just enough hops to keep in blended very nicely. Has a thin texture and a mediun body. A decent amount of carbination. Has good flavors. Definately not a beer that would make you afraid of the dark. Has a nice light bitter finish. This is very good, well done 3F’s.

Photo of phisig137
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black, with a huge, long lasting head. Cascades of bubbles fall down the head into the beer, and leave behind huge amounts of lace, and a cragy head.

Aroma is hoppy, with hints of roasted malts and chocolate.

Flavor is filled with roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Dry, slightly hoppy finish. Very well balanced and crafted. Mouthfeel is full and smooth... I'd swear that this came out of a cask if I didn't know any better. Drinkability is good, as this one hides its relatively high 7.5% very well. Drinks like a 4.5% beer.

Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Hey porter! Hey porter!
What time did ya say?
How much longer will it be till I can
see the light of day?"

A: Dark black; cream/tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Chocolate and molases with a pleasant hint of fruityness. Slightly bready.

T: Dark chocolate, VERY chocolatey, molases, bread/biscuit, slight nut & fruit, slight tartness in finish. Alcohol is subtle, but becomes more perceptible as it warms.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Light to moderate carbonation; slightly chalky.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle.

Pours with a huge amount of thick, tan head that was difficult to control. The beer itself is very dark, pretty much black with tiny little bubbles. The head stays forever.

Smell is great with coffee, roasted malt, and plenty of hops. Complex and powerful.

Taste is bitter, coffee and chocolate with a dry finish that blends the roasted bitterness with some hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat sticky feeling.

A tasty and drinkable beer, but the head is a little out of control and all the bitterness and decent strength make it not something to drink all day.

Photo of fretlessman71
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Many thanks to Chazwicke for sending this along.

A hallowed brew that I’ve had once before. Three Floyds is one of those breweries that, somehow, someway, can’t manage to make a bad or even mediocre beer. Nothing like a Christmas porter at the end of April, but what the heck…

APPEARANCE: Jet-frickin’ black. If I squint, I can see ruby mahogany highlights when held to the light. Serious tan head, fantastic lacing.

AROMA: WHOA. Malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, hops, this baby has it all.

FLAVOR: Wow… reading the tasting notes from the BJCP, I could almost copy it straight over. Hoppy, sure, but a good sweet-but-roasted black malt vibe. Good dry finish. Smooth all the same. Espresso and chocolate are strong here. Never knowingly had a beer that used Mexican sugar, but I think I can taste it as well in the complex sweetness. Maybe not. It’s a great blend either way. There’s still head at the bottom of the pint! Now THAT’S staying power.

MOUTHFEEL: Very smooth. Good proper weight; somewhat high carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: At 7.5% ABV, it’s not quite a session beer, but it’s not supposed to be. This is a Winter Warmer of a porter, and on a chilly night in Indiana, this gets my first choice.

OVERALL COMMENTS: This beer is stellar in every way – it’s got it all. Not a weak link anywhere to be had. Nothing like Three Floyds, man – even on a warm Sunday afternoon, this beer hits the spot. Now we just have to get them to distribute to Colorado.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tyrawlings for the bottle.

Appearance: Big beautiful tan head, probably over and inch, sturdy and slow fading. Very dark brown body, barely lets light penetrate.

Smell: Very nice coffee and rich milk chocolate with a generous dosing of hops.

Taste: The essence of a porter revealed here. Rich chocolate, but slightly sour, smokey and bitter (although that part is kind of subdued). Enjoyable drinking.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation gives this a substantial body.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable porter, that shows off the best features of the style.

Photo of dustified1234567
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with unlimited head.

S- Smell was hard for me to distinguish but a little bit of coffee or chocolate.

T- Molases or coffee somewhere in between those.

M- Thick and very carbonated.

D- The only reason that this beer got a 4 for the drinkability is because of all of the foam it was hard to drink for like twenty minutes. I would recommend this because it was a good sit down and relax beer.

Photo of dutchboognish
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this for half off because it was off season, so I was pretty happy about that.

Poured a nearly black color with a gigantic dark tan head that just wouldn't quit.

Smelled and tasted like chocolate and coffee. With hints of sweetness though. Still pretty drinkable even though it was so dark and rich, probably due to the, at least what I would consider lower for a beer like this, ABV of 7.5%.

Overall I really enjoyed drinking this beer and would certainly recommend it to anyone that likes dark beers.

Photo of nvsblman
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a thick, coffee colored head. Great roasty aroma with coffee, chocolate, earthy hops, and a little bit of something herbal in the background. Maybe mint? Really complex flavor with a mix of brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate primarily. There's a nice, strong hoppiness without being a citrusy hop bomb. Also noticing a bit of the herbal note in the flavor. Well carbonated and medium bodied. This is a really flavorful and enjoyable beer!

Photo of xgrigorix
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Twentytwo ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Deep, impenetrable brown (almost black). Dense rocky beige coloured mousse recedes slowly leaving patchy lace behind.

Robust notes of grapefruit, flowers, & pine cut right through the chocolately background, screaming "Drink me!"

Wow! That's some hoppy porter. Tons of hops flavour right up front & in your face. Plenty of citrus & pine tree sap & hop induced bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering chocolate flavour medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation. I wish this were available year round, and around the corner from me.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to highclassdrinker for the trade.

This was a dark brown brew with a HUGE, four finger, rocky head. It nearly filled my pint glass when I poured it.

Aroma was sweet, with milk chocolate, a bit of hops, and roasted malt down underneath. Very layered.

Taste was rich roasted malt and bitter coffee, with a lingering, bitter roasted finish. No chocolate on the palate.

Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Very nice.

Drinkability was very good... went down easily, and I wouldn't mind having more.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour starts with a "wow" - heaps and heaps of sticky mocha colored foam towering over the brew even with a relatively gentle pour. The foam eventually collapses leaving gobs of lacing on the glass.

The smell is all malt and roast - notes of molasses and coffee abound in the aroma.

The flavor is surprisingly toasted for a porter. There's a reasonable body of caramel and molasses underlying the brew but the predominant experience is bitterness - not of hops but of toasted grain. Flavors of coffee (expresso) dominate over any more subtle notes that may be present. There's a mild amount of hopping at the end but it doesn't compete with or compliment the bitter dark malt.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a malty brew with lots of carbonation leaving a clean palate after each sip. There's a strong bitter aftertaste of black coffee as a finish with no real hop dryness.

Good but not great. It's a bad sign when a beer reminds you of another beer and you wish you were drinking the other brew instead. In this case it's one of my favorite dry stouts: North Coast Black Hart which has similar roasted malt characteristics but a serious hop finish that leaves no doubt it's a *dry* stout. Too bad the Alpha Klaus wasn't equally interesting. Mind you, it's a good beer but not one I'd spend all year looking forward to...

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,856 ratings.