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

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

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Ratings: 1610
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%


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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MaxSpang

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

The beer is very dark and it looks thick, much like a stout. The head was huge, light brown, and has tiny bubbles which makes it look like a big fluffy pillow. Lacing was pretty high, and this beer looks gorgeous!

SMELL

Tons of chocolate in this guy. It's a nice sweet and milky chocolate smell, and is followed by slight coffee smell. There is a nice citrus hop smell that's to be expected with a Three Floyds beer. Very nice roasted malt notes. It smells wonderful!

TASTE

Chocolate is the number one flavor in this beer. It starts off as a nice milky taste, then finishes as a bitter dark chocolate. There's some nice coffee notes as well as some lovely citrus hops. I don't taste any Mexican sugar, but I'm assuming that it fermented out. This is a really nice porter!

MOUTHFEEL

This beer is very drinkable. It starts off with a nice medium body, but finishes dry and bitter. It's not as thick as it looks, but the small bubbles make it slightly creamy.

OVERALL

Fantastic porter! It's. It's a nice balance between bitter and sweetness, and it would work well as an after dinner beer. The citrus hops are nice, and they don't overpower at all. Very nice "festive cousin" to Alpha King!

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:10:24 | More by MaxSpang
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thick two finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Chunks and streaks of lace coat the glass on the way down.

Roasted malt aroma that's slightly smokey with hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and toffee. Slightly balanced by earthy, piny hops.

Thinner bodied than expected with some tight carbonation, possibly the beginning sign of oxidization. The hop presence is much stronger than the aroma hinted at making it very dry and bitter, outshining the roasted malt notes. Just too hoppy for the style in my opinion. Roasted malt backbone with dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. Smoother as it warms but still too hoppy with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 04:02:10 | More by corby112
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a roughly 5 year old bottle of this beer during a marathon tasting session with Phil. This beer started in Indiana, got packed up when I finished college in 2007, came home and has sat in my cellar until tonight.

MASSIVE mocha head on top of a DARK beer with hints of ruby barely shining through. Decent lacing, and the head recedes to a 1cm on top of the beer.

Martinelli's apple juice is what I smell on the nose, no doubt due to the age of the thing. Hint of chocolate as well. Dark fruits here and there as well.

Smooth as silk on the mouth. Chocolate (milk?), with a hint of roast. Mellow smooth carbonation too.

We've had a lot of porters during the tasting marathon that this week has been. This one has been no exception to greatness. I only regret waiting this long to open it. Fantastic beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 05:23:59 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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mattboyer182

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown color almost black with a thin tan head.

S - There is a bunch of chocolate notes in this. Perhaps some coffee. Piney hops are present as well.

T - Loads of chocolate just like the smell. Roasted malts, smoky, spices, and hops.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Good beer but I probably would like it more if it were a bit sweeter and thicker.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 20:53:44 | More by mattboyer182
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A three floyds beer that sits in stores? Really?

Pours middle of the road stout brown colored with a huge tan head that holds well given the 8-9 months of aging going on here.

A boque of fruits and fruity Christmas spices that take on that mild milk stout like malt backing. Lovely stuff through and through.

Chocolate, bitter sweet chocolate that is. Very citrus and floral hops for a porter are present. Ok the more I drink the more I realize this is a damn hop bomb in chocolate clothing. Certainly some cinnamon and spices here but the hops are bleeding into their turf and I’m having a hard time discerning it all. 6% never seemed so bold and strong and well flavorful. This is outstanding.

The opening here is just velvety smooth and just about perfect. Bold flavors, bold creamy carbonation, and yes it doesn’t last a bottle but still excellent.

I have to admit with this sitting on shelves I was not expecting much, but I’m down right blown away. I give 3floyds a pass on price as I now except to pay 4-5 bucks more than the beer is worth on their stuff. This is amazing beer priced like something life changing or at least expensive to make. Enjoy and cheers but really guys 9 bucks for a bomber?

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:02:52 | More by bobhits
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!


Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and pine-like herbal hops. There is also a slight coffee aroma if you smell hard enough. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and some citrus zest hops on the finish but not as strong as the smell would suggest. Medium roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a much lighter body than I was expecting with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter by itself but I don’t really understand the whole Christmas aspect attached to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 05:45:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Miller's Pub, Chicago, IL

Poured a murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that retained well and left some sticky lace on the glass. Smooth toasty caramel malts in the aroma, complimented by big piney hops and a chocolatey essence. The taste followed the aroma, with lots of caramel, chocolate, pine, with notes of cinnamon and brown sugar. Smooth and satisfying, medium-almost-full-bodied, and pleasantly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 13:30:50 | More by Rifugium
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claspada

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a 2008 version of this beer. I bet I would have not enjoyed it fresh because of the extreme hoppy nature of 3F beers.
Appearance is ridiculous. Glorious dark mocha with a dark brown head and crazy crazy crazy lacing. This definitely used to and may still have some hop character.
Aromas are fudgey brownies; dark and milk chocolates are amazingly aromatic. Some sweetness; maybe caramel, light toffee and a bit of earth as it warms but the chocolate duo is by far the alpha dog (or should I say lead reindeer because this is Alpha Klaus... sorry). As it warms the espresso and toffee become more evident and borderline equal with the chocolate.
The tastes begin with lightly roasted coffee and slight toffee and burnt caramel maltiness. Dryer than I originally expected; roasty. Not the blast of chocolate that I got in the nose at all. Fairly straight-forward and simple, yet still delicious but I was expecting more from the nose. This is only a 6% porter so I should have tempered my expectations, but those aromas were hard to ignore. I am pleased that as it warmed the fudge brownies came back into the fold more, hooray!
Initially while slightly chilled the mouthfeel is overbearingly carbonated, but as it warms and I "snift" this a little it is exponentially more drinkable. Medium to full bodied which is saying a lot for a 6%ABV adequately carbonated beer. This drinks like a much heavier beer, in a good way, with so much flavor and complexity and fullness, a tad sticky once it reaches room temperature.
Overall, this is a great great American Porter, by far the best American Porter I have ever had. I have had many many great English Brown/Robust Porters, which have been great and plenty of good Baltic Porters as well but as far as American Porters go this is tops. Great Lakes was great but not as full bodied and complex. I don't consider any porter like Ballast Victory @ Seas an American porter because it's an Imperial Porter @ 10%ABV, so anyway yum. Glad I tasted it aged to avoid the bitter hoppiness that apparently exists when this brew is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 23:47:40 | More by claspada
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpha Klaus 2007
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam
S - i'm picking up a nice amount of smoke still and some sweet roasted malts. Very nice still 4 years later.
T - Nice roasted malts, alot of coffee and hints of chocolate. It seems like i'm drinking coffee at some points and an nice roasted porter at other times. Its actually very enjoyable. I am curious what the flavor is fresh if its this good later on.
M - smooth and creamy, with light carbonation. there is a slightly dry finish that makes this very drinkable.
D - I am enjoying this one alot. I wasn't expecting alot from it after this many years..

4/3.5/4/4/4

Alpha Klaus 2008
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam and nice oily lacing
S - same as the 2007 just a bit stronger, the sweetness seems a bit more intense and the roastedness
T - The taste is where this one seems to lack compared to the years prior. The coffee and chocolate seem a bit more muted along with a thinner watery feel. There is a slight roasty bitterness in the finish.
M - light-medium bodied but I don't think its meant to be that way. light carbonation.
D - I'm disappointed with this one. I find it to be quite different from the previous years.
4/4/3/3/3

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 02:53:58 | More by mikereaser
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Jazzcrop

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And here we go, okay: Tastes are really neat smoked malt, light and dark chocolates, brown sugar -- dark/darker (than normal), astringent and grassy hops, light booze, hiding caramel, ginger, more hops, coffee malt, medium roast beans, rubber, cream and fudge.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 06:20:02 | More by Jazzcrop
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

into a nonic pint

Pours a dark brownish black with a thin tan head that fades to a moderate amount of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little hops.

Tastes are vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and smoked malt. Nice and creamy with a dry roasted flavor being pretty dominant.

Mouthfeel is medium with ok carbonation.

Overall is really good and might be one of the best porters I've had yet. Was very excited to have this having only had 1 other 3 Floyds beer

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 20:06:01 | More by daveytheformer
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my man dannyfrost for this! Poured into A Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. very black body with no light shining through.One and a half finger tan head.Great lacing all over the glass.Good carbonation.

S. Chocolate covered hops would be the best way to describe this! Getting pineapple some pine,chocolate small amount of smoke.

T. More pronounced chocolate and roasted malts,the hops are definately still present.Some coffee,some type of fruit in there in the end maybe some plums.

M. Awesome mouth for a porter in my opinion. Nice and creamy,medium feel,great carbonation for this.

Overall I loved this beer! So tastey,very hop forward.FFF just doesnt really let me down.If you can get this,get it!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 02:46:50 | More by Marty30
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Lunch

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple of these over last Christmas served in a Three Floyd's shaped pint glass.

Pours a dark brown that nears on black with a couple fingers of a frothy tan head. Smells like motherfucking Christmas in a goddamn glass. Some nice Christmas spice along with roasted malt, chocolate and perhaps a hint of coffee. Smells a bit creamy as well. Taste is fairly full and creamy with chocolate, roasted malt, dark malts, and a hints of coffee. Some nice spice is there as well. Creamy carbonation and nice mouthfeel. My first ever Three Floyds beer that I found in a Philly bar several years ago is still a Christmas favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 13:43:51 | More by Lunch
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Phelps

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber sent by nlmartin as part of the Blind Beers BIF, covered in green construction paper with “10%” written as a warning. I got a whiff of the stuff and decided to pour into a snifter.

Widespread blackness in the glass, inky and impenetrable by light. Atop sits a frothy 1.5-finger head the color of brown sugar that pops away rather quickly to a thick top layer and leaves widespread froth as horizontal lacing.

Impressively hoppy nose. Lots of woody pine and smoked cedar, licorice and crumbled dark chocolate. Some solvent alcohol as well.

Dark chocolate, smoky cedar, tobacco, licorice, toast. Nicely smoky, with the acrid roast playing off piney hops. There’s a subtle sweetness mid-palate, but drying burnt malt swoops in at the finish.

Thin of body, which is somewhat disappointing. Carbonation lightly massages the tongue and causes moderate fizziness in the beer as it moves. The alcohol seems to be using all that flavor as camouflage — other than the steady warming in my chest, I don’t pick up much of it at all.

I actually had the opportunity to try the barrel-aged version of this beer at this Dark Lord Day 2011, but I have to say I like the unadulterated version more. The hops were substantial but kept in check; the toasty notes were offset by a nice sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:31:10 | More by Phelps
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Seeker41184

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/5/2010

22oz into pint glass

A: Dark brown color with some red floating around. The head stays on this on.
S: Smell of heavy hops is clear with some roasted malt and molasses.
T: A smokey, almost burnt flavor is initially felt. The aftertaste of smoke and dark chocolate is very enjoyable.
M: Very smooth with all of these different flavors in the beer.
O: A very enjoyable beer, but in order for me to purchase again, I would need a more complex hop flavor upfront. The hop smell made me think there would be a strong presence of hops, but I was wrong.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 17:04:58 | More by Seeker41184
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zimmerbloke for helping me knock off yet another want. Bomber split between my pair of Portsmouth snifters and shared with the wife.

A: Very dark brown body with translucent light tan edges. Huge fluffy toasted marshmallow head. Lacing is as copious as they come. If the edges were darker the perfect score would be warranted here. 4.5/5

S: All about the hops here. Specifically, big citrus hops dominate. As hard as I can, I'm having a hard time picking ip on any dark malts. Some muted cola aromas are the best I can find. So far I'm thinking this is more along the lines of a black IPA. I happen to enjoy black IPA's so this is in my wheel house. 4/5

T: Leads with the green citrus hops but opens up with some nice sweet milk chocolate. Coffee on the finish leans more toward the porter classification but as a package this tastes like a black IPA and porter hybrid... In a good way. 4/5

M: Average carbonation with a sticky finish and smooth full body. I wish it finished dryer but that's more of a personal preference. This fits my definition of good but not great. 4/5

O: Not quite up to the level of my personal bench marks for the style. Although its not Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte, it's better than most porters out there. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 05:59:40 | More by hopsbreath
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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured the last third of a bottle into a wine globe. It formed a half finger tan head. The head faded fairly quickly to a thin trace with a little bit of lacing. Color is similar to a strong dark roast coffee.

S - The smell is this beer's forte. Great citrus hop and sweet malt nose with notes of vanilla and anise. Outstanding.

T - Roasty malts up front with hints of coffee and brown sugar with a very nice piney hop finish. Slightly smokey malt is there in the finish as well. It has great balance. The smell had me anticipating a sweet beer but the sweetness level is just right.

M - Very smooth with medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Alcohol warmth is slight in the finish.

D - Very nice beer. I wasn't expecting a porter with this much hops but it was very tasty. It kind of blurs the lines between porter and black IPA. It's quite drinkable. A whole bomber in one sitting would be no trouble.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 00:16:17 | More by LaCoursiere
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From My Notes:

A: Deep brown with a fluffly tannish white colored head. A bit more head than I would have liked but it held pretty well and left good lace

S: Some notes of chocolate and roast but really not all that aromatic

T: Despite the lack of aroma, this tasted great. Rich bitter chocolate, some nice roasted flavors and a slight hint of caramel. Also had some nice cinnamon notes too

M: Very full bodied but there was a slight bit of alcohol heat.

D: One of the better tasting porters that I can think of.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 16:18:48 | More by LiquidBread219
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HosP

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a lone bottle the other day. Love trying FFF beers I haven't had yet. 22 oz bomber.

A- Pours black. One finger tan head. Recedes down to thin cap with lace sticking to the glass.

S- Interesting nose. Roasted malts, more chocolate than coffee beans. Pine hop aroma comes in and out of the nose. Hard to distinguish if the bitterness is coming from hops or bittering chocolates.

T- Flavor follows the malt end of the nose. Roasted malts at first, bittering chocolate, then some subtle burnt coffee flavors. Piney hops peek through at the end of the drink playing off the malts nicely. Lots of good flavors coming from this porter.

M- Not quite full body with very little carbonation. Wants to have a stout body, but not quite. A little dry in the mouth.

D- Very interesting porter here. Lots more flavor than you would expect from a porter, but dead on from what you would expect from FFF. This would be a great on a snowy night, but it does the trick on a rainy, chilly evening. Would buy another in a heart beat!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:02:54 | More by HosP
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mbusster88

New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a black body, mocha colored head. Great looking porter body that is dense and without any red. Lacing is fantastic on the glass.

S: Roasty, smoke and some milk notes. Very subtle nose that is not overly aromatic.

T/M: Wow, this has a great roasted coffee flavor right up front. Semi-drying flavors on the palate. Also get some good smoke flavors. The roasted flavors do overpower a lot of the other flavors, but I still get some milk/lactic flavors in this one. Great smooth body with some bitter notes and a nice finish.

D: Very drinkable beer that really was nice to sit down to. Easy to kill the bomber yourself and the flavor is very robust.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:08:45 | More by mbusster88
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 21:06:22 | More by womencantsail
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Gobzilla

California

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lookin out on cracking this bottle drew

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some roasty character was present on the nose with chocolate, toffee, brown sugar notes and a little grassy boozy aroma.

T: the chocolate, roasty, and brown sugar flavors blended quite well and were more apparent on the palate with grassy hoppy accents. It also seemed to have a little caramel character as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, grassy, mild hoppy and silky finish.

D: it actually was really easy drinking and was a tasty porter, glad I got to try this brew again; pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:30:35 | More by Gobzilla
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 12 oz snifter

A- Very dark appearance, slight lacing, tan mocha head that disappears fast.
S- Cocoa, molasses as well as espresso aromas, hints of hops at the end.
T- Coffee taste right away, a little bitter but not overpowering, syrupy flavors come out as I continue to drink. Well carbonated.
M- Smooth on the palate, bitter feeling on the tongue as well.
D- Easy drinkability, slight bitter taste but well balanced with the hops and coffee flavors, nothing too unique but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 21:42:10 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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betsona

Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage 22oz bottle poured into a 12oz snifter.

A- Black with a mocha head that disappears, turn away for a second and it is gone. Ever so slight lacing of head.

S- Strong molasses with a slight hint of citrus hops. Hints of espresso also come through the longer it sits.

T- Warms me up on a snowy evening in February. Plenty of roasted malt at the front gives way to a pleasant citrus taste. Also a little bitter chocolate comes through.

M- little to no carbonation. A nice body that is pleasant on he tongue.

D- I look forward to next years release. It is a enjoyable porter with a nice hop. I gladly pick one up every time I see it on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 22:49:55 | More by betsona
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Very dark brown or black. A little carbonation. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, brown head. Settles very slowly. Leaves a persistent ring as it does, and never fully dissipates. Substantial lacing.

S: Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, baked bread, a little molasses, and just a touch of clove.

T: Roasted malt and coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and a little licorice. A touch of woody and peaty notes.

M: Thick, and hearty. Grainy and a little sweet in the front, a touch of peat in the end. Syrupy, lightly bittersweet aftertaste. A bit of a dry finish. Has a higher alcohol palette than what it actually is.

D: MMM. This is robust and hearty, but not overwhelming enough to slow you down.

Atmosphere is exceptional. Great dark appearance with a magnificent head. Nose is chock full of of great components. Well balanced flavor. Nothing overpowers, and it's not distracted by a high alcohol flavor. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 04:59:16 | More by bmwats
Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.