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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) PorterAlpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter

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Reviews: 728
Hads: 2,044
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 273
Gots: 338 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 12-06-2002

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
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Photo of tsauce2
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown. Opaque. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium/light carbonation. Light lacing.

S: True to form, very hop forward. Light notes of light roasted malt.

T: Hops come off on initial palate, then a traditional porter flavor hits. Aftertaste is just a touch bitter and dry. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

M: Medium/heavy body. Carbonation gives additional body. Hops and malt stimulate the palate and aftertaste serves as a counterpoint of mouthfeel as compared to the initial mf.

O: A solid porter at its base, but hop infused as all things 3F are. No complaints, but not "wowed" by this beer. Would mosdef drink this again.

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Photo of RickS95
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The way a porter should look. It's as black as night. The head is relatively thick with lots of different sizes of bubbles. The head is a toasty looking brown and it's got good retention.

I'm not sure what the make of the smell. It's not that it's bad, just strange. There is a slight roasty malt scent, as well as a hint of chocolate, but there's something else there. It's sort of a pine tree scent, but not like an IPA. It smells festive, but I'm not sold that the smell works.

Taste is pleasant, with mild chocolate nibs, roasted malty flavors, and piney hop flavors.

Deeply complex with sweetness early on. The sweetness gives way to bitter and slightly acidic. There never is any kind of creaminess that I was hoping for. Medium bodied, a bit more alcohol would be great.

This beer was all over the place. Some things were good about it, and other things merely average. All in all, I rate it head and shoulders above average, but not quite good.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don’t quite grasp the hype surrounding this beer. It’s quite good but I don’t see why it’s worth paying so much for it when equally or better brews like the Fitz, Tommy, and Great Dane’s Cascade or Black Earth are available for half the price.

Pours a bronzed cocoa with moderately lasting sticky white-brown head.

Smells of citrus hops and cocoa, dark roasted malts and grape fruit. Also bits of anise.

Tastes cakey but also of iced down chocolate milk. A bit thinner than I would like, fluffier too. I want cream and am only getting iced milk. Sweet front, dry finish.

Very drinkable.

I’ll pick of a bottle of this and try it again soon. Maybe their was something wrong with the keg I had or my taste buds that night but like I said, I don’t get the hype.

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Photo of Morphoenix
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sat down last night with a couple of friends and a 22 oz bomber of Alpha Klaus. Poured into a large Medieval Times glass which resembled something halfway between a weizen glass and a tulip. Worked well enough. Appearance was at first a deep, impenetrable brownish black with a dense tan head that subsided rather quickly. Smell largely consisted of a floral hop bouquet that instantly lets you know you're about to quaff a FFF brew...even so, I was expecting a bit more from the nose given the dark and intriguing appearance. Taste followed smell in the hops department, but also revealed a roasty malt and subtle dark chocolate character that gave way to some alcoholic presence. Mouthfeel was smooth and lightly creamy, with enough carbonation to make it lively. I didn't have any trouble finishing the entire bomber by myself, and I'm a pretty small guy, but I don't think I would drink this on a regular basis. I can see this being nice on a cold Christmas eve near the fireplace, but as far as regular consumption is concerned, I'll take a Sinebrychoff, please.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken 1/14/14.

I got a finger of light brown foam on top of a deep brown, nearly black body. The head had ok retention and light lacing.

Initial sniff reveals chocolate and hops. This was hoppier than expected. I got grapefruit and tropical fruit as I was attempting to discern the hop aromas.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a above average thickness and dark brown color. The head is a creamy rich texture and a medium brown color. Heavy lacing left behind at each level. Below average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: The english malt stands out accompanied by a bittersweet medium bodied chocolate aroma. Plenty of roasted, burnt coffee malt presence that mixes well with a heavily spiced aroma. True to FFF beer, there is a substantial hop backbone driving itself through and making this a truly unique brew.

Taste: The spices and hops in this brew jump out right away. Dry, the front is so dry and bitter. Heavy dark chocolate and coffee accents just punish the palate. The back end of this brew lightens up a little bit to the feeling of a more traditional porter but the spice tones continue to ring through.

Mouthfeel: Heavy huge bitter front which transitions nicely toward the back end with resonating spiced tones throughout.

Overall: A really unique brew from FFF. Have to look forward to them putting their own twist on traditional beer styles. I enjoyed this one but wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

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Photo of bradford
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA.
I was excited for this since Stan pulled it out of his personal stash from the back. Came with a $13.99 price tag.
Looked about like every other porter in the world, dark brown, almost black with a big tan head that stayed for a while.
Smell was good, lots of roasted malts and hops
Taste was good but way less than what I expected
Mouthfeel was preety good. Full but smooth and slick
Drinkablity was good. It's a good beer but nothing spectacular.
It's tough to live up to the 3F name and this is the only beer from Munster that has not really thrilled me. I love 3F's use of hops, but it seems a little excessive in the Porter.
Can't wait to try again the Dark Lord, Dreadnaught, Gumballhead, Behomthe Blonde, Robert the Bruce and Alpha King though. I have been fortunate enough to try many of the hard to find (in the West) beers from 3F, and I want more

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Photo of vic21234
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Pours black with a small amount of tan head. Has a thin feel/ look to it.

S- Smells of chocolate and lots of roasty malts. Almost an aroma of chili peppers in there as well.

T- Starts off slightly bitter with some citrus hop characters. The roasted malts then come through, along with an overall sweetness coupled in with some chocolate flavors.

M- Thin to medium bodied, nicely carbonated, bitter yet roasty. An easy drinker. Has an almost spiciness in the back end of the mouth feel.

A nice offering from FFF. This is not a beer I would buy again as porters don't come high on my list but I don't regret buying it.

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Photo of zachary80
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bomber.

Excellent creamy head, tan color. Body is a very dark brown. Thick lacing.

Aroma is pungent, very hoppy for a porter with malt as a secondary feature of the aroma.

Flavor is also pretty strong for a 6% porter. Hop flavor is very present. Light chocolate, roasted malts. Lingering bitterness is strong

Body is thin for an imperial porter, fine for a normal. Smooth.

Interesting beer. Reminds me of their Black Sun Stout. Over hopped for a porter. Horrible value, but my score isn't adjusted for that.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark black abysmal brew topped with an extremely thick and chunky two finger medium-brown head. The head is dense, solid, creamy, and persistent. Tons of really nice lace is left all around the glass. Looks as things should be for the style.

S - Profoundly realistic notes of cocoa powder, peanut brittle, and toffee. Rich chocolaty hot cocoa made double strength (ie two packets of Lil' Miss) with whole milk. Smells really dense and assertive, with hints of burnt charred wood and a decomposing wood pile. Smells perfect for a wintery day like today.

T - Tons of hops overpower the cocoa and toffee that I smelled in the nose, but more earthy woody fireside notes come out in the midpalate. Charred ashy wood that is left the morning after a night at the campground. The hops are nice, but somehow out of place for the style. Some chocolaty sweetness comes out in the finish, along with more of that lovely cocoa powder flavor.

M - Medium bodied, decently carbonated, bitter as hell form the hops (I wonder what the IBUs are in this one), and EXTREMELY dry on the finish. Ashy, woody, and as dry as the damn desert. This is definitely a mouthfeel that grabs your attention and won't relent.

D - A very interesting and extremely well made porter. I straddle the line between the hop-head and malt-head camps, but for the style I think that this is a little bit ridiculously overhopped. Definitely not a bad beer by any stretch, and I think those who love burnt roasted bitterness wl love this more than I do. Drinkablility suffers at the hands of too much hop bitterness and burnt-charred notes.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Grant for sending this one to me.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some definite red highlights. A short lived off-white head is present, too.

S: Quite a lot of roast, and perhaps char, with just a touch of smokiness. There are some nice hints of dark fruits, earthy hops, and bitter dark chocolate. I seem to pick up just a touch of licorice.

T: Mostly roasted malt flavor with a nice char character. A mild sweetness in the form of toffee, and the same earthy hop notes. A mild to moderate bitterness to the beer.

M: Medium in body and medium carbonation, too.

D: Kind of heavy on the roast which limits the amount of other qualities you can pick up, but good.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at FFF brewpub poured into a half pint. Appearance is very dark brown with little light coming through. A stiff tan head stands an inch over the beer. It clings tightly to the glass in patches as the session goes on and Finding Nemo flashes on the screens in the pub. Aroma is pine, cocoa, roasted malt, and the slightest bit of orange peel. Quite hoppy for a porter. Taste is initially bitter with spruce and anise. Then the essence of one of those chocolate-wrapped oranges from Christmastime slides in. Roasty and charred notes on the swallow. Medium body, creamy, but thinner than it looks, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Typical porter black, non-transparent. Big light brown foamy head that leaves great lacing.

S - Rich roasted aroma with slight coffee and just a faint whiff of chocolate. The "strange american hops" don't have much aroma in this one at all. Very pleasant.

T - Light hops and roasted malts right from the start. Not much complexity from this one, kept pretty traditional. The hops become more prevalent as it warms and there's a slight acidic note in the finish.

M - Medium body with carbonation that fills the palate. Chewy malts and slight acid-tone make it easy to sip and ABV definitely kept in check.

O - I was expecting more outside the lines style from the beer for the style but it was kept in check very well and the ingredients blend well. Other than the slight acidic feel in the finish it is a very good example of style.

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Photo of Nctide
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber bottled 11-7-15. Pours dark with a tan frothy head. The aroma is earthy hops with some sweetness and cigar tobacco. It's subtle but I also smell pretzel notes. The hops seemed overwhelming at first but it tastes more balanced as it warms. This beer is on the hoppy side for a porter and could easily be called a black IPA. I prefer a richer malt flavor in a porter but this was an enjoyable enough beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with one finger of head that suddenly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Bizarre aroma of piney/grassy hops and burnt, roasted malt. I can tell they packed the aroma hops into this beer. I have never tasted a beer that tastes like Alpha Klaus. Even the over-hopped Imperial Stouts do not pack the hop flavor of this porter. A lot of resinous pine (pine forest or Chritmas tree fire comes to mind) and grass. The yeast did their job because despite the sugar addition, this is one dry beer. The chocolate malt does not play a very large part of the flavor profile and that is a bit of a shame. The malt gets overpowered by the hops. Tastes almost wet hopped. A wet hopped, Christmas Porter or a Black Christmas IPA? Don't give lesser brewers any ideas now. Bitterness is higher than any porter that I can recall. I just cannot give this beer a higher score because it is so unporter-like. The appearance and mouthfeel are the only things reminiscent of porters. Nicely carbonated but could of used a little more heft in body. A hopheads dream of a porter. One of these a year would be enough.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours nearly pitch black with a small fizzy light tan head that reduces quickly, leaving nothing being

S- surprising dank, full of hops in the aroma up front with some piney and earthy notes. Sweet chocolaty malt with a touch of burnt coffee. A nice spicy bouquet closes it out, giving it a holiday-like aroma

T- a burnt coffee taste is first noticed, similar to the aroma. Nice sweet chocolate malt base, the danky hops give an interesting complexity to it; piney, hemp, earthy, spicy, ash tray

M- medium body ad carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- The hops certainly made this one interesting, very danky, almost weed-like. It overpowered the base porter a bit, worth a try but not something I'd go back to

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Courtesy of brewczar. 750ml bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured one shade shy of black with deep red highlights around the edges. Pour revealed a quarter inch, frothy, off-white head that dissipated almost immediately. Nose consisted of espresso and a roasted quality. Taste was smokey, roasty with a dry hops bittering at the back. Mouthfeel was light and watery with a carbonation level slightly over the top for the style. Easy drinking, well-hidden abv. Somewhat lacking in flavor, but improves somewhat as it warms.

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Photo of adam42381
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown, almost black, with a 2 finger creamy medium tan head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malt with lots of hops and a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Piney and grassy hops up front followed by roasted malt and a hint of chocolate in the middle before ending with more piney and grassy hops. Aftertaste is fairly bitter with just a touch of semisweet chocolate. The flavor profile is nothing like any porter I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You'll have no difficulty finishing off a bomber on your own.

Overall: A good beer overall, but not really my idea of a porter. I also don't understand the Christmas connection with this one, but maybe it fits with 3 Floyds' motto of "It's Not Normal." This one is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark mahogany with just a tiny bit of light getting through. Carbonation is low and the head is tan and quite thin. The nose offers some mild toasted malt and chocolate notes with a hint of cedar.

Flavors are definitely on the mark. Rich, creamy toasted malt with a bit of a sharp hop bite starting at mid-palate that doesn't really serve this particular style all that well. Mouthfeel is quite creamy for a porter. You get flavors of coffee, bakers chocolate, and a slight bit of orange rind from the hops. A terrific beer that, in my opinion, is a bit too hopped for this style. It's very subtle, but the flavors tend to be just a bit too bitter on the finish. Still worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of guityler83
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: With some steam behind her, the alpha klaus was set forth into an English style pint glass. It build up a mocha brown and tan colored head two fingers tall made of pillowey mixed bubbles. It fell fairly quick given the size and left behind a honey comb looking lacing on the edge of the glass. The beer is very dark brown on the verge of black only a few shards of light peak through.

S: Lots of strong roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and burnt toast. On the hop front I'm getting slight citrus note.

T: Consistent with the aroma, very roasty coffee and dark cocoa forward with some toast that is over done. Bitterness is moderate but with an interesting tropical fruit flavor. As it warms up, some nutty flavors come out and the chocolate flavor drops out slightly.

M: Creamy mouthfeel comes through with the moderate carbonation and big body.

O: A hoppy version of a porter with the a mix of traditional and some interesting new world hop flavors. Not my favorite, but it's worth a shot if you come across it.

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Photo of Auracom
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taking on this one solo. 22 oz. bottle on December 30th, 2011, poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Nothing much to see here. Flat, matte brown with a light khaki head. Not much retention, just some bubbles linger on top. Typical lacing.

S - At first, it's mostly milk chocolate bar and a touch of cinnamon. Closer to room temp, milk chocolate combines with lots of mexican sugar, light fruit, syrup, and slight coffee bean.

T - A bit of a contrast, plentiful dark chocolate and espresso flavors. Definite hop bitterness, citrus, and pine cut through near the backend of the drink.

M - Medium body, fair carbonation, good smoothness. Medium length finish and bitter finish.

D - That mexican sugar is really noticeable and fits well with the blend. I do wish there was a bit less espresso and more of that milk chocolate in the drink. Preferences aside, it's a good brew that is exactly what I'd expect from FFF during the holidays.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting brew. Pours a nice head, creamy and chocolatey. Dark chocolate looking almost opaque black. Very full mouthfeel. Smells of dark chocolate and tons of hops. Very odd to have these hops in this brew. Leaves good lacing and is a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

AK pours the darkest brown color, if not all-out black. Generous amount of head is also present: 1.5 inches, dark cream colored. Nice aroma on this one: roasty malts dominate. Taste offers more of the roasty malts, with a bit of earthy hops on the back end. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium.

Glad that I tried it, but I will stick more to RIS offerings, especially for the price.

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Photo of SchaefMan
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, this one took a while for me to get from the bottle into the glass. It poured a nearly opaque black, with a tan head that I could not avoid, and took time to disperse.

The smell had some vaque molasses or brown sugar, but very mild.

The taste had roasted malts, some coffee, and the characteristic hops, with a slight aftertaste, but not unpleasant.

The mouthfeel consisted of strong, carbonation, but not too much. I could also feel what I saw in the glass. You could see how it clung to the sides of the glass, as if it had some viscosity to it.

I am not a porter guy, or stout for that matter, so I could not drink this all the time, but I am glad I tried this, because it was full of flavor, some of which I am still trying to peg.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Thin tan head that fades fast. Maybe a hint of red in the head. It is very black.
S- Coffee. Really nothing else besides a little sweet.
T- Has a sweeter taste and really couldn't pin point anything to much for the actual taste but in the aftertaste it was pretty strong coffee and seemed a bit smokey also.
M-Medium body maybe a bit thin. Light/medium carbonation.
D- It is to coffee for me not all bad though. I not big fan of porters or stouts (do prefer stouts) and I do try to keep opinion out when I am doing my review besides in drinkability.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.