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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Ratings: 2,009
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 261
Gots: 317 | FT: 17
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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 nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a small head of medium brown foam on an opaque, black body. Settles quickly, leaves light lace.

S - coffee and nutty chocolate with lots of caramel in the background.

T - dark caramel and green hops up front. Some toffee and bitter chocolate in the background. The beer finishes with pungent, pine and grapefruit hops and smoky dark malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - very nice, this comes across more like a black ipa than a porter but I don't consider that a reason to complain. A nice balance between the hops and the dark malt.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger tan head nearly completely black body with a touch of light getting through. Nice smooth coffee/espresso aroma. The flavor. Burnt roasted malt with a very nice hop flavor, very distinct that many porters lack. Very smooth beer. Moderate carbonation and full bodied. The hop character for this one sets it apart from many other porters. Excellent beer.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a small wispy tan head.

Aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate and strangely, but pleasantly citrus.

Citrus doesn't come through in the flavor as much. Maybe just a tinge of it up front. The roasted malts are the all star here. Loads of bitter creamy chocolate dominate with some coffee as well. Finishes pretty bitter and dry.

Pretty good creaminess especially once it warmed a bit. Carbonation levels are average.

I look forward to this one every year. Not my favorite porter, but a solid example of the style and lack of bottle dating on this one doesn't make me wary like the IPAs.

Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass

The beer pours a lovely jet black color, extremely opaque texture with a thick, cloudy khaki head that leaves behind a touch of lacing. The aroma is nice, lots of rich chocolate, touches of vanilla with some nice brown sugar notes as well, roasted coffee with some nice dark grain brings out a touch of alcohol at the finish. The flavors are very pleasant, big rich dark grain right off the bat, a bit of sweet chocolate and vanilla, grassy bitter hops bring out some smokiness. There is a nice bit of roasted coffee flavor that lingers really nicely. The body is nice and rich, almost milky yet almost thin, carbonation is right in the medium sweet spot with a very dry finish.

Verdict: A very tasty Christmas Porter from Three Floyds. The flavors are nice and rich, but the grassy hop presence really adds something interesting to this beer, per their motto, “It’s Not Normal.” Definitely a nice treat to enjoy each winter.

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I just have to say this one kicks ass! A monster thanks to Billakowski for trading me a bottle. The beer poured out looking black and thick looking. The head was brown in color with laces the glass nicely. The smell of the beer has some big hops coming off of it, along with plenty of roasted malt aromas and chocolate notes. The taste of the beer has a hoppy kick up front, it's almost like a black IPA at first. Then as the hops fade the chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. The beer has several layers of transitions in the flavor. It makes this beer very impressive. The mouthfeel of the beer had a great body to it along with a a solid carbonation. Overall It's not really a Christmas brew but regardless it's a damn fine beer. I would drink it again without a doubt.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bstyle for this one!

A: Pours a nice black color with a two finger tan colored head on top. Really nice retention, lasting at one finger for quite some time. Nice streaky lacing down the sides.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, lots of pine and citrus mixed in with chocolate and some light coffee.

T: Nice and hoppy on the flavor profile as well. Pine and grapefuit up front with some roasted malt, chocolate, and a little coffee.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter.

O: Sort of like a black IPA, but I like this one, since it leans more towards a porter, but has a nice hop component.

Photo of jlpepper13
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Brandy snifter. Reviewed with runny nose so sorry if I miss something.

A: Pours out opaque pitch black with full tan well constructed head that lingers. Lace clings to the glass as the beer is drank.

S: smells of coffee and centennial(?) hops. Sweet malty and very faint fusel alcohol aroma when breathed deeply.

T: slight burnt roastyness that quickly gives way to hoppy dryness. toffee and dark chocolate notes as the hops fade. Gets a lasting roasty/coffee taste as it comes to near room temperature.

M: medium feel with good carbonation that makes the tongue tingle. Gets creamier as it warms up in the glass.

O: Great overall beer that is different from the porter style but is so classic of the 3 Floyds Brewery. Didn't have too much hop without a good malt backbone to keep it on the porter side of things. Can't wait to enjoy again.

Photo of Microbrewtaster
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Had a nice dark brown almost the color of black coffee, a nice mocha colored head that had a slight head on a light pour with some lacing.

S - The smell of this beer is very malty with notes of dark chocolate and coffee are the most prevalent, a Pine like smell brought out the Christmas in this Porter. Hops were also big as is the case with most 3 Floyd's beers.

T - Hops, Pine, and follows the nose it is slightly tangy maybe a grapefruit type of hops. Thoroughly enjoyed this bomber. a

M - A full bodied feel with a pleasant cream taste and good carbonation.

O - I really liked this Porter, not the typical one of its class but a good production none the less.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My introduction to Three Floyds.
Pours black, small white head, nothing out of the ordinary for a porter so far..
Smells of coffee and... hops? Wait - isn't this a porter?
Initial taste is coffee, malt & hints of chocolate, quickly followed by hops hops hops. More like a black IPA than a porter.
Smooth in the mouth, but dries you out. The carbonation made it feel almost foamy.
Overall tasted great, and i would definitely have again, though it wasn't what i expected from a "christmas porter."

Photo of jsanford
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours dark black with a creamy mocha head that settles to a nice haze and ring.
S - Smells more like a "Black IPA" then a Porter, which is OK with me! Big malty aromas of dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and caramel with a huge pine resin and grapefruit hop profile. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by the copious amount of hops given 3F's track record.
T - Yep, more hops! Pine resin and grapefruit (Amarillo?) hop flavors backed up by a good amount of roasty, bitter chocolate and coffee malts.
M - Fairly full-bodied with a nice, creamy mouthfeel and solid carbonation.
O - Not at all what I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless!

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with a reddish hue, A surprisingly large 3 finger khaki head.
S- Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate. there's also a nice hop presence if you look deep enough. Burnt caramel. This is a crazy good smelling porter.
T- A nice amount of hop flavors and bitterness up front and followed by a lot of chocolate and coffee. A complex and smooth bundle of flavors; a variety of hops and chocolate mixed in one.
M- Goes down very very easy, crazy smooth. The flavors kinda give you a dry tongue but the beer somehow leaves you with a not so dry feeling, which I really like. good carbonation.
O- Its just an amazing porter, FFF does it right in every way. Im looking forward to this coming around next year.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to scott (theportersorter) for bringing this to our last tasting!

22oz bottle poured into a darkness snifter.

pours out pretty much black, some brown noticable on the edges, tannish colored head.

lots of evergreen piney woody hops with lots of burnt roast, almost a bit of smokiness?

again, piney, woody hops meet burnt roasted malts. some cocoa, and a roasty bitter finish.

medium to full in body, almost a bit sticky.

overall, no x-mas spices or what not, but it still some how tastes like christmas. almost a black IPA, very nice. id love some more of this.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from Nov. '11 release. Special thanks toe racins for this one! Awesome extra. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with maybe a few reddish hues. Thin half finger of tan tight bubbled head. Fades to a ring fairly quickly. Nicely carbonated with bubbles rolling from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing sheets. On the swirl, you concur up a nice tight bubbled finger and half tan blanket of head.

S: Very similar initially to a black IPA. Upon pouring I got the hop notes up front, but when you dig in you do get some of that deeper toasty roast notes. And some milk chocolate. Smells candy sweet.

T: Wow this is an amazing blend between too styles! You get awesome Amarillo hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue initially. Very piney notes. But then it really blends into a sweet chocolate malt delicious center mouth taste. On the close, you get some of both pine bitterness and sweet chocolate roast flavors. Dangerous drinkable! Even better as it warms up during the bottle.

M: Light to medium. It's not thick or mouth coating, but hard to call a dark based beer "light"

O: I have to go strong A. Great beer. Best example of the style I have had. Better than Hop in the Dark from Deschutes which I loved this summer.

Photo of beesy
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a duvel snifter.

A - pours a dark brown with a dark khaki colored, half finge head.

S - roast, chocolate and alcohol with a touch cinnamon'ish type smell

T - A nice dry roast malt flavor paired with a firm hop bitterness that gives way to a tpuch of crystal malt sweetness on the back of the tongue. I am struggling to pick up the spices though

M - very nice - a slightly creamy mouthfeel

D - medium-low

Overall, a nice christmas styled brew thats not overloaded with spices.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with two finger tan head, head is ver dense and creamy, nice lacing left down the glass.

I smelled chocolate and hops and was also able to smell the alcohol which kind of caught me by surprise.

I tasted chocolate first then a nice touch of hop bitterness. There is a bit of sweetness but it's not over bearing. I found this brew to be very tasty indeed.

Full bodied beer that coats the mouth, is very smooth and finishes with a mixture of chocolate and hops while leaving a bitter aftertaste.

This Christmass Porter is delicious. The chocolate and hops are working well together, it's nice to look at and it feels good going down. One of my favorite holiday beers.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a much fresher bottle of Alpha Klaus to review now, so let's see how this one compares to the one I had in the past.

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing, too. Aroma is roasty and hoppy, it smells like piney hops, roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some citrusy (grapefruit) hops. None of the flavors overpower the other ones, which is a good thing in this case. There's also a nice bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating, and is well carbonated. I like this brew a lot, it's really good hoppy porter. I'd certainly buy this again in the future, and it's really worth trying if you've never had this before.

First review of this beer from 8/4/2006:
The beer pours black, with a huge foamy head. There's a bit too much carbonation with this one. Even then, it's still a pretty good looking beer. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some floral hops too. The main taste in this beer is coffee, with some bitter chocolate and a good bit of hoppiness. The taste did get better as the beer warmed. There's also a lingering bitter aftertaste. This is a full bodied beer, with a creamy but overcarbonated mouthfeel. You can't tell the alcohol too much with this beer, it hides the 7.5% ABV well. Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but it could be better if the carbonation was cut down a bit. Cheers!

L: 4.5 S: 4 T: 4 F: 3.5 O: 4

Photo of angrywolf
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a bubbly mocha head.

S: Smells of chocolate, molasses, coffee and pine.

T: Similar to the smell: starts of of chocolate roasted malts, coffee notes, a slight sweet taste probably coming from the Mexican sugar and finishes with a pleasantly bitter taste from the hops to balance it all out. There is no question that this is a hoppy porter, which is not surprising considering this is a Three Floyds brew.

M: Thin to medium-bodied, on par with most porters. Perfect carbonation.

O: This is one of my favorite porters. The roasted malts balance out the hoppiness of this beer just perfectly. I love that this beer is full of big flavors and its ABV is only 6%

Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Company. 2011 bottle served in an oversized wine goblet.
Score: 91

Appearance: Pours a deep, opaque brown with one finger of tan bubbly head that settles into a creamy-looking tan ring that sticks to the outer rim of the glass. Above average lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Piney, resiny hop bitterness hits up front. Some spices. Espresso beans and unsweetened chocolate. 4/5

Taste: Like the aroma, a piney hop resin flavor hits heavy first. Some light sweet-citrus on the mid-palate, very IPA-like in the front of the flavor. Roasted coffee beans then take over. Bittersweet chocolate and faint smokiness on the mid-palate. As the beer layers, Christmas spices gradually come through. Finish is bitter coffee. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly acidic. 3.5/5

Overall: With its IPA/APA qualities, Alpha Klaus is one of the more unique porters that I have ever had the pleasure to try. Three Floyds' signature hoppiness adds an extra layer of complexity to a delicious brew. This is a must-try porter for all beer drinkers. I brought a bottle of this to a party the other night, and it was a universal hit.

Cost: $9.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of brystmar
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, lots of tan head on the surface. Strong lace, great retention. Huge hop aroma on top of decadent chocolate malt and crystallized sugars.

Taste follows the nose with roasted malts and chocolate up front. Mexican sugars show up midway through, fading slowly as the hoppy backbone cleans things up. Finish is neither dry nor sweet. A lingering hoppy bitterness remains in my throat after swallowing.

Big, creamy body sells the experience. I feel like a broken record saying this yet again, but hats off to FFF for brewing another superbly crafted beer. Top notch for the style.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter, bought at the brewpub last week.

Dark, dark brown with burgundy edges and a light mocha head that dissipates into a ring around the edges of the glass. Some lacing as it is drank down.

Earthy, resiny pine and dark roast espresso on the nose. Notes of bakers chocolate, caramel and a bit of chalk.

Opens with deep roasted espresso and resiny hops. Bakers chocolate apparent behind that, with a bit more of those earthy hops. Doesn't deviate from the nose too much.

Thin-medium with a touch of stickyness on the lips, and some drying.

Interesting hoppiness for the style with deep roasted espresso. About what I expected from Three Floyds.

Photo of mwill7287
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black. Only a faintest red hue when held to the light. A finger’s worth of bubbly, frothy mocha brown head sits atop the beer after a moderately vigorous pour. There is very little apparent carbonation in this beer. The head retains very well all throughout the drink. A rich, thick lacing sticks to the walls of the glass. 4.75/5

Smell: A very interesting blend of roasty chocolates and bouncy alpha hops. Coffee and spices are latent in the mix. A wonderfully paradoxical medley of scents. 4.25/5

Taste: Follows through on the nose with a balanced blend of lighter roasted malts, a hint of Christmas spice, and a hoppy kick. Spices and hops kick it off, with roasted chocolates and coffee taking the middle. A hoppy aftertaste draws me back for another sip. Quite hoppy for a porter – the hops are predominant in this one. Almost like a black pale ale. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: On the lighter end. Very low carbonation. Bitter presence but nothing particularly strong; instead, a lusher, drawing kind of bitter. Not really sticky. 4.5/5

Overall: Easy drinking, even for a porter. Solid flavor and a bit of bitterness brings one back for more sips. Low carbonation and do-able ABV makes this one quite quaffable. 4.25/5

Photo of poibag808
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: dark black with a dirty white/light brown head. After agitating the beer I got about 1/4 inch head.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet molasses/burnt sugar.

T: You get roasted coffee upfront with some malt sweetness, then you get a nice hop bitterness on he back of your tongue.

Overall an interesting take on a porter. The hops make this a beer stand out from others porters and a must try.

Photo of dlello2
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a family beer tasting out of a bomber into tasting glasses.

A - Looks like a christmas party (well, the bottle does). Beer is a dark amber-brown. Looks like a think coffee. Plenty of head.

S - Somewhat earthy sweetness mixed with that 3 floyds hop/citrus accent. Almost smell some carrots.

T - Smoky molasses with caramel. It's spicy at the end with some chocolate. None of the flavors strike too hard.

M - Nice amount of carbonation for a porter. Not as thin of a body as the appearance would suggest.

O - Not too special, but certainly an enjoyable porter. Lots of spice with a pleasant aftertaste.

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark with a thick creamy tan head, about 3 fingers thick. Very nice lacing as well. Strong citrusy, hoppy smell with a mild roasted smell at the end. The taste is where this beer stands out. The roasted malt hits you first with a citrus back end. I expected, with the strong hop smell, it to be more of a hoppy taste, but NO!! A very delicious beer that exceeded my expectations, but shouldn't have considering it's FFF.

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,009 ratings.