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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: 1,867
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 250
Gots: 277 | 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 mmcave
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into nonic, nice sticky looking off white head that dissipates into little more than a film, and leaves little thin lacing. Body is musty black brown, almost opaque except when held up to light then the typical ruby is apparent and I can see the figure of my hand. Smells immediately of typical Three Floyds hop bouquet, with a chocolate underbody or backbone, hints of coffee, cocoa, pine, there is a mild roasted nutty character to this, and hidden bits of vanilla. I think as this warms the hop character mellows out or maybe I just adapt to it. Its strange one minute I feel the hop character is in competition with the dark malts and then the next I’m fine with the balance, its sort of a strange brew that way. The taste is reminiscent of dry roast coffee, with an underlying smokey nuttiness, that then exposes a slightly milky chocolateness with little hints of vanilla and then turns back to roasted coffee. The bitterness in the flavor is very nice especially as it warms not over bearing. Personally this could be a little more robust, I enjoyed this beer a great deal, but its not quite what I had hoped for still tasty just the same I'm sure I'll grab a bottle next year.

Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-review (orig below)
Poured from a 22oz bomber that I brought back from Indy into a pint glass. No dating info. Was pitch black in color but could just see burgundy highlights at the edges when right up to the light. Carb bubbling in the center with slight lacing. It has a small cocoa head that slowly settled into a constant film fed by the carb.

The aroma was heavy on the hops - mainly pine but some citrus. Didn't get as much of the roasted or chocolate malts this time. Liked it better last time - probably had more age on it then so hops were tamer. This is more IPA than porter to me in both aroma and taste. The taste it still good but seems to be between styles and conflicted. Too hoppy for a porter but not enough hops for an IPA. Mouthfeel was good but again would have liked it more creamy.

Overall, a good beer but didn't enjoy it as much as last time. Still recommend. I'd like to try one more time to see how a 3rd compares and which review is closer to normal. If closer to the original then a bottle when I can get is good. If closer to now then maybe even few years on a whim.

***Original 1/9/07 review below***
4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.0
Poured from a 22oz bomber with no bottling information. Was basically black with some burgundy deep in the color. Had a 1/4" inch cocoa head that slowly whittled to a constant film. The smell was heavy on the roasted malts - very and of course the hops. Mouthfeel was pretty good but wanted just a little more creamy. The taste was excellent. Goes down very smooth with a not too bitter finish. It's been recent that I've started to enjoy porters so can't wait to try this again next year to see if I love it even more. For now, it's good to have the one bottle and then try again so just 4 on drinkability but sure it will rise in the future. Highly recommend especially if you like porters. (4, RR, T, Y)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown to black in color with a coffee and cream colred head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice roasty and chocolate smell, sweet sugary and buttery chocolate. There is also a lemon and orange acidic smell as well as some coffee, but the smooth chocolate aroma dominates. Taste is fruit and chocolate. There is some twangy citrus acidity on the back of the tongue while a smooth chocolate flavors slides underneath on the front of the palette. Finishes with a slightly dry and bitter mixture of roasted malts and chocolate. Medium to heavy in body, there is a nice tingly that helps to break it up. No problem with 22oz, a very chocolatey and rich porter.

Photo of maundythirsty
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with brownish edges and a big, persistant tan head. Heavy lacing. A very attractive beer. Smells like Three Floyd's hops -- a little floral, a little pine, a little grapefruit.

Can I find any of the advertised coffee bitterness in the taste? It would be a Christmas miracle. All hops, all the time. Substantial carbonation, but it comes off as creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Have to admit that I liked this stuff. I would drink more of it. However, I would consider labeling the bottles "IPA" before putting them in the fridge. I knocked the smell, taste and drinkability some points because I was turned off as a porter lover, though not as a beer drinker. It doesn't taste like much more than the usual Three Floyds hops profile.

Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Secret Santa jay23. Thanks for the opportunity. I assume this is the recent 2006 release.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" brown head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with plenty of sticky delicate lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasty, with hoppy notes too. Taste is rich chocolatey sweetness coupled with plenty of piney hops. Mouthfeel is a tad on the flattish side, but drinkability remains excellent. A classic I enjoying revisiting each year during the holiday season.

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

Purchased in spring 2006 so I assume this is the Christmas 2005 release. Pours totally opaque black with a thick tan head which heavily laces the glass. Beautiful. Smell is big roasted burnt malt and citrusy hops. Taste is much like the smell. Dark roasted malt dominates. Coffee. Big citrus grapefruity hops offset the malt taste. Heavy mouthfeel coats the mouth. Overall pretty nice stuff. Most definitely tastey and gets better as it warms. This reminds me a lot of 3F's Black Sun Stout, although maybe my memory of that beer is fading somewhat.

Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, 2005 release, cellared for a year.

I've been staring at this bottle in my fridge for the better part of a year...time to drink it.

After trying this on cask recently, I was curious as to how a cellared bottle would stand up. Brilliantly, I would say.

THe main difference is the subdued hops, still vaguely sprucey, but not overpowering at all. The version on cask carried a fresh hop flavor, like every other 3F beer.

Pours a deep black/ruby, nearly opaque. Thick foam takes it's time to settle, leaving residual lacing. Almost too much foam, even from a slow pour, but that's minor.

Smell is a piney hop with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste is unique, with notes of chocolate, coffee, spruce, and maybe a slight grapefruit hint in there too. Lots going on, and never a dull moment. This is far from one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is rich and velvety, definitely a sipper. One bottle per sitting, usually a rare occasion around here...

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at the Three Floyds Brewery Pub in Munster, IN, 12.28.06.

A dark brown offering with a foamy, light brown head. Surprisingly strong, piney hops in the nose, along with roasted coffee beans. The taste is full of thick, luscious roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, French roast coffee, and more crisp, chewy hops. The hops really make this beer stand out - despite all the rich, thick roasted flavors, you can still taste and get a nose full of the IPA-like dry hopped elements. Very smooth and nicely chewy. Quite possibly the best porter I've ever had.

Photo of Matthew
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz 2006 bottle. Pours a deep black, looks pretty viscous going down the side of my glass. Small bubbly head settles quickly to leave only some small bubbles off to the side. Pretty dark looking beer.
Floral hops are the most prominent aroma in the beer, followed up by some bakers cocoa malty aroma, light caramel and pumpernickel bread.
Floral hops, with a slight touch of citrus. Grainy chocolatliness with touches of smoke and burnt coffee. Hints of sweet carmalized malts blended with some more citrusy hop.
Medium to full bodied beer with carbonation a little less than what I would have expected. Very nice.
Great drinkability, great layered flavors that blend nicely, never would have guessed 7.5abv if I hadn't looked at the label. Great balance between nice flavorful malts and nice floral and citrus hops.

Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug.

Brownish black in color leaves a big light brown head at first which quickly fades into a small small layer of bubbles with a good level of lacing. Smells immediately are of coffee and chocolate, with some caramel, roasted malt, and citrus hops upon further inspection. Taste is bitter of chocolate and coffee at first, with some caramel, malt, and sugar afterwards. A nice subtle hop finish makes this a well rounded brew. Full in body with a little bit of a dryness. I'm not big on porters, but because I wanted to try it for Christmas, I picked it up. I haven't met a Three Floyds beer I didn't enjoy yet, and this one is no different. Very easy to drink and very sessionable.

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

A perfect beer.

As a Three Floyds beer, I expected a great balanced mouth of hops, and it was delivered. What I wasn't ready for was the drinkablilty factor.

A touch of granny smith apple flavor, slight hint of caramel, overtaken by roasted coffee bean/ chocolate malt. Then the surpise.. The finish dropped off to a light dry hop which forced me to do the whole experience over.

Sampled at 40 degrees and 65 degrees, the more toward room temp it got, the bigger the greenapple carmel/coffee roast got. Soft light brown head, very dark in color, an exceptional beer. The porter base was well chosen.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso foam colored one finger head that fades into just a foam ring at the edge, and it leaves some spotty lacing. Body is an inky black. Looks great.

Smell - floral and citrusy hops, chocolate, barley malt bread, roasted malt, candy sugar, and some caramel.

Taste - same as the smell. Floral, citrusy hops on the front, with the chocolate, barley malt bread, and roasted malt in the middle, with candy sugar and sweet caramel combining with a lemony hop twang on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good, and it can be sessionable.

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich blackish brown with a nice off-white head.

The aroma was of earthy hops, chocolate, coffee, and toast.

The flavor of the beer was rich with toffee, caramel, coffee and chocolate malt flavors. The hops were assertive and had and earthy and floral character. There was a nice slightly smoky finish. What an array or flavors!

The mouthfeel was medium, but not too heavy considering the 7.5% ABV. The carbonation was just right.

This is an outstanding American porter and probably the best I've had to date.

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

Pours deep dark brown, not much of a head, and a lot of bubbles from the carbonation visible.

When I poured the second half of the bottle, it looked much nicer... bigger head, and less bubbles.

Aromas are excellent. Hoppy pine and sweet chocolate noted on the nose. Very nice.

Flavors are quite nice. Tastes of chocolate on the front, a touch of mocha hoppy bitterness, and then a nice creamy yet crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit light on the front, but makes up for it with the nice finish.

What a well done porter. My favorite offering so far from Three Floyds. This is a very tasty and drinkable brew.

Thanks a lot sman262 for sending this my way.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a huge foamy brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is rich with dark chocolate and floral hops, unique but straight-forward.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell, dark chocolate and hops. The bitterness of the two is blended nicely to compliment each other instead of competing for dominance. The malt character seems quite subdued which is a bit different for the style. This also may be the hoppiest porter that I’ve had. The after-taste is bitter and slightly metallic.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation (again, different for the style), finish is dry but sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, not very filling and the ABV is very well hidden, this is the perfect beer to sit and chill out with if you’re looking for something that’s a little bit more than just a sipper.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from a trade with liverletdie. I believe that it is a 2005 bottle.

A: The porter is a deep brown with ruby red highlights that appear when held to light. It pours with a very vigourous and active head that weighed in at close to 3 fingers. As the head recedes, it laces nicely.

S: The aroma has elements of an American porter, a winter warmer and a DIPA. There are roasted chocolate notes, brown sugar sweetness and explosive hops.

T: The flavor is primarily roasted malts and chocolate depth that I associate with a porter. The hops hit hard, providing a piney taste that is not too intense. Because I am familiar with FFF's beers, I think that the year's aging has softened up the hops a bit. In conjunction with the chocolate and hop flavors, there is a brown sugar sweet spiciness.

M: The mouthfeel is a good blend of chocolate, sugar and hops. I like the flavor and I like the mellowed hops.

D: A nice combination of flavors, with chocolate, sugars and hops all making appearances. It's too warm outside (despite it being mid-December, it is near 50) to properly enjoy this. It goes best in front of a fire on a cold snowy night.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Jet black with a 1 finger head that vanishes. Minimal lacing. Minimal carbonation-very still.

S: Huge aromas of hops, roasted coffee and chocolate, and toasted malt.

T: This beer is such a rare balance of hops, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, malt, vanilla, and did I mention hops, coffee, and chocolate? No one flavor eclipses another one. Exceptional balance!

M: Due to it's minimal carbonation this beer has a smooth velvet-y mouthfeel.

D: Could drink this all day long.

I've had the good fortune to try this years batch on draft at FFF and in bottled form. I have to say i prefer the bottled version. In my opinion, at FFF, they serve this too cold with too much carbonation.

Photo of tjthresh
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first pint that I enjoyed at the Three Floyds brewpub. It was presented in an English pint glass. Dark brown with a huge dense rocky head that didn’t want to go away. The nose was all hops. Amarillos if I had to guess. Some chocolate and roast flavor. A touch sweet, but the hops were the feature act here too. A bit on the thinner side. Overall, Alpha Klause did not live up to expectations.

Photo of malcontent
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick, clingy head mounted atop a deadly-looking, pitch-black body. Can't really comment on the lacing as the head refuses to die. Awesome-looking brew.

Amazing burnt edges highlight the unexpected hop-scent and incredible coffee/caramel malt character with just a little alcohol thrown in.

Oh, shit. I'm not quite to 100 reviews but this is it so far. Stunning in its effortless combination of competing flavors. The dark toasted malt taste with the obvious themes of coffee and smoke are laced with hints of cinnammon, cream and clove. The real surprise is the hops. Now, hops are almost always the key component of any 3F's brew, but for them to work so well within the parameters of the porter style is sublime.

The mouthfeel is creamy without succumbing to excessive thickness and doesn't sit as heavy as one might imagine. This is just a killer beer. Killer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 Floyds- Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter

Apearance- Black with a thick heavy lacing head.
Smell- Strong bitter chocolate, coffe, cherry, vanilla icing, and burnt hops.
Taste- Bitter dark chocolate with dark roasted coffee beans.
Mouthfeel- A little harsh up front, bitter and dry. Finishes off smooth and warm.

Overall- A porter I've been looking for, for quite some time. Definitely worth it! This should be offered all year!!

Photo of yelterdow
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Props to Ego for hauling home some 3F goodness back to NJ... little surprises like this make the world go 'round that much easier.

Served from a bomber into an imperial pint glass at cellar temperature on a chilly November evening the week before Thanksgiving. *takes breath*

Appearance- Four fingers of light chocolate brown head grace this ridiculously fabulous looking beer. The sheer density of the crown is stupefying, with large craters rather than bubbles marking its surface. Like some object from space, it looks like a chunk of ice or rock from the outer limits. Color is real dark and brown for a porter... webs of lacing drape the inside of my glass, I'd have guessed this was an inperial stout blind.

Smell- What a strange and interesting nose on this beer... it's an odd blend of Amarillo and other hops blended with chocolate malt and something from my third grade art room. Solid.

Taste- The initial hop blast rips across the tongue and exudes a balanced display along with a softly roasted, bitter chocolate finish. As with all of this brewery's selections, the character is distinctly their own... big flavors with a hoppy, lasting finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Adequately creamy and light in the mouth. The beer's duration of being alive and exciting could be longer, but it's good nonetheless. A satisfying porter that pushes the envelope to go further... but don't try too hard, as the style would be lost completely. Much hops, now I must sleep.

Photo of Gavage
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown / black color with a 2" head that lasts forever. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: loads of chocolate, roasted malts, and huge hop bitterness. Pure pleasure for the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, brown sugar sweetness, rich dark chocolates, licorice, and a large but non-offensive bitterness. This beer just absolutely excites the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is loaded with the great flavor profile and lasts quite a bit. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: this is simply a great beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable. One of my favorites.

Photo of Callenak
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this when I was recently in Cleveland. More than excited to see it and try it.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours jet black with a small, but lasting off-white head. Other reviews really made it seem like there was tons of carbonation, but mine was a perfect amount. Maybe from the age.

Beautiful nose to it. Coffee, chocolate and a surprising amount of hops.

First taste surprised me, unlike most porters where it's all roast, this one was a solid hop bitterness. Taste like Northern Brewer. Excellent. Hops was of course followed by a wonderful chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Hops rule this one though. Probably the most noticeable hop presence I've had in a porter/stout.

Mouth feel was thick and enjoyable. Carbonation was perfect and really brought out the aroma.

Final verdict, a really good beer. Not like any porter I've had. Maybe not something I'd crave every day, but for the cold night I was drinking it on while homebrewing, this was perfect. I paid $9 for this bottle though which I think is entirely to much. I do dislike that about 3 Floyds. I can't blame them, with the demand they have it's more than understandable. Just hard to know I could have bought 2 Old Viscosity's for the price of this, which is a much better beer.

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

Received this one from BeerBeing in the Birthday BIF. Just in time for the chilly weather...

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with mahogany highlights that can barely be seen through this beer's dense body. The head rises quickly -- cocoa brown and chunky -- immediately creeping up the sides of the glass. Lacing is spotty, but what this beer does have is some big legs. Nice.

S - Big notes of brown sugar and molasses that lounge atop a divan of cushiony and cold floral hops. Piney notes can also be found mingling with dark espresso tones and (cold) hot cocoa-mocha, like a General Foods International coffee.

T - Given the big presence of hops in the hose, the taste comes off as superbly balanced. Starting with molasses brown sugar cookies, the sweetness subsides as a dark baking chocolate bitterness steps in. Also noted are coffee, pralines, and figs. The alcohol is nicely concealed, although you know it's hiding there somewhere. The aftertaste is only moderately bitter, and the drying is just enough to keep you in suspense for the next sip.

M - As with most FFF products, the mouthfeel on this baby is superb. Enough carbonation to keep it tingly, but never rising above a fine froth in the mouth, leading to a creamy, chewy swallow that doesn't leave your belly feeling full of CO2.

D - This is an excellent staple for any fan of "colder weather beers" with some nice backbone. At 7.5%, it's also feasible to knock off a bomber on your own without getting whacked. An excellently hoppy take on a traditionally mildly hopped style.

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.