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

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Ratings: 1,950
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 254
Gots: 308 | FT: 19
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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 SQNfan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown to black in color the beer poured a 1/2" brown head with small tight bubbles that left some nice lacing.

S- Sweet malt, piney hops, campfire smoke and chocolate ice cream that was all very balanced.

T&M- Medium body and light on its feet with very good concentration of flavor in the midpalate. The flavors from the nose continue along with some roasted expresso.

D- This is not a thick, heavy porter rather one of wonderful balance and lightness though full of flavor. This really is easy to drink and should hold well for years to come.

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a massive foamy head that refuses to die. Lots of lacing.

S: Rich chocolate aroma with a touch of cappuchino. Very nice.

T: Semi-sweet with a big chocolate taste and a roasted coffee bean finish. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium-bodied with an unusual crispness. Moderate carbonation.

D: This is a damn good porter, but at $9 a pop, it's only good enough to have as an occasional treat.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Phatz allowing me to try this.

A - Motor oil dark shades of maltiness with medium tan head that possesses decent retention.

S- Roasty malt scents with piney and chocolate notes

T- Crisp, oily, sweet, chocolatey and moderately bitter. A spectrum of flavors with subtle floral hop and twiggy pine tastes juxtaposed roasted nutty walnutlike dryness.

M- Fully balanced -sweet, dry, nutty, oily bitter. A great blend of textures.

D- Quite easy to knock back oz. after oz. as I could have drank the whole bottle had I not been sharing with other beer lovers.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BeerBeing for hooking me up with this bottle.

a - pours deep black with a one-finger tan head, retention around the edges with good lacing

s - big bittersweet chocolate aroma with hints of citrusy hops, not much alcohol detectable in the nose

t - intense bittersweet chocolate up front, lots of burnt malt, coffee hints, body has some nice citrusy hoppiness in it, very different for a porter, but it's great in that it adds another dimension, really didn't pick up any alcohol, finish is a bit sweet and chocolatey

m - ample carbonation, creamy and full-bodied, coats mouth well, sweet finish, nice warming

d - very drinkable for a big porter, very complex taste that at the same time doesn't wear out the palate

Easily my favorite porter. FFF has a winner here. Much more complex and drinkable than most porters I've tried. Well worth seeking this one out.

Photo of jmalex
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After saving this one for a few months, I finally decided to break it out. On a strangely cool night, too. Just like winter... kind of... not really. Ah well, onto the beer!

APPEARANCE: Woah, poured a glass full of foam. I'll consider that an aberration. Absolutely jet black with black highlights and black, black, black. A huge, rocky, dark tan head lasts the entire way down the glass leaving some fantastic lace.

SMELL: A big fight between the hops and the malt for who will come out on top. The hops are piny and citrusy and the bitterness blends perfectly into bitter black malt. A significant amount of roastiness is also present. Chocolate, coffee, and some licorice round out the aroma.

TASTE: My God. My first thought is "absolute perfection" which is saying something. The hops show up first and set the stage nicely. But in full force, a fantastic maltiness shines through with caramel, chocolate, a bit of smoke, and licorice. The finish continues to be malty and is deliciously satisfying. Balance, balance, balance! This beer does it wonderfully.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied and just enough carbonation. Goes down really creamy. Almost milkshake-like.

DRINKABILITY: 7.5%?? You'd have no idea. Hides the alcohol well, and is otherwise easy drinking anyway. A bomber of this is definitely a single serving.

I'm amazed. I was underwhelmed by all FFF beers I've had so far (for the most part), but this one did it for me. For an imperial porter, Alpha Klaus delivers and then some - whether it's a cold day or not.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Pours an opaque dark brown color with a head that's out of control huge. This light brown head is quite stiff and resists fading. Three dimensional lacing all over the place. Quite a show.

The nose isn't overly aggressive but the aroma is a solid sweet earthy malt chocolate of the tootsie roll variety. You can detect hops and a little alcohol as well.

The mouth feel is not as heavy as i had anticipated. There is a nice presence of the hops and carbonation.

The semi-roasted chocolate malt flavor is really nice. There is a slight bitterness to the finish that lingers a bit. I enjoy that complexity.

The combination of the hops and bitter ending leave me with an impression that this is a "lighter" drinking porter. The 7.5 ABV is well hidden. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of Boppar
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"And what would you like for Christmas this year?"
"Well Santa, just once I'd like to be impressed by a porter."

I don't mind porters by any stretch. But they tend to make me feel that they're missing something. Maybe I just want them to be stouts. Who knows. But this beer has changed my perspective on that, because I finally found a porter that wowed me.

From a bomber, it pours a very deep black color with an amazingly large head of foam. Good lacing, and nice head retention before it settles into elegant lace after a couple minutes.

Coffee and toffee on the nose. Maybe a small amount of non-descript dark fruit.

The taste is a rich maltiess, the way a porter should be, with nice coffee tones, and a very well-balanced hoppy bitterness. What I enjoyed most about this beer was that the hops were perfectly in balance with the malt. They were just assertive enough to be like, "Yo, I'm here," but they really didn't interfere with anything else going on palate-wise.

This beer was a good thickness and had some nice weight to it. Perfectly in keeping with the porter style, yet somehow more satisfying than normal.

And as far as drinkability, I could session these. If there had been more of them, and I hadn't had to drive a friend home, I would have.

Photo of happygnome
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours a jet black color with about a inch and half worth of tan head that has decent retention time leaves an amazing amount of lace, in short what i look for in a good beer very very inviting
s: the roasted malts really come out in the aroma nice hop bitterness as well very nice
t: very very good, roasted malt flavor, hop presence very nice
m: full bodied beer very nice not overly carbonated

overall this beer is amazing one of the best ones ive had truly a great beer

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

Bomber, purchased around March 14, so it's been on the shelves for a while, but it was in a dark area behind other bottles and it looks like it's been taken care of well.

Pours obsidian black and totally opaque with a monstrous tan head. The bubbles are the largest I've ever seen, and the lacing is awe-inspiring. The foam sprays up the side of my pint nearly to the rim, and holds on in persistent patches, Jackson Pollock-style.

I don't even give a shit what it tastes like anymore, just let me stare at it for a while.

Three Floyds has the coolest bottle art ever.

The nose is a seductive blend of citric hops, dark roasted malt, and coffee. This is one of the most unique and best-smelling beers I've encountered-- it's like Storm King, but with much more balance and complexity.

Opens with bitter, mouth-puckering hoppiness that hangs around until the finish. The malt backbone appears mid-palate, but fades away fast into a strong aftertaste of coffee. After a few sips, the hops hang around much longer, and I almost have to take a break from the beer for the coffee flavor to come back to the forefront. It's a hop-bomb porter, and it kicks ass-- balance, complexity, and unapologetic hopping in one sexy bottle.

The mouthfeel is chewy and fluffy at the same time, and creamy as hell at the back of the palate. Again, unusual, and impressive.

After about a quarter-pint, the warming effect of the alcohol becomes slightly noticeable, but I couldn't taste it in the beer if I tried-- it is"only" 7.50%ABV after all. Drinkability is out of control-- I could drink this beer non-stop until my liver resigns.

This is an awesome, awesome beer. This beer could convert anyone to a hophead, but the beautiful thing is that it doesn't have to-- the malt backbone is more than strong enough to withstand a year of cellaring (I think.)

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm very impressed with this beer. It is slightly hoppy and extremely roast-y without a tremendous amount of chocolate or coffee. It reminds me a great deal of Founder's Black Rye, which I tremendously enjoy.

Color is a dark black, but is not the inky-black of imperial porters. As the beer went from bottle to glass, it appeared more of a light brown. Aroma is lightly of centennial hops, superceded by pleasing chocolate malt roastiness. Flavor is very dry and roasty, but not too cholate-y or coffee-ish. The dryness is great, and reminsicent of Founder's Black Rye to me. Mouthfeel is almost "chalky," perhaps due to the dry character of this beer, but somehow matches the flavors I'm detecting. Quite drinkable.

I've been saving this beer for the right occasion where I can properly enjoy this beer, and this afternoon in front of March Madness is it.

Photo of BeerHonky
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Three Floyds purchase. Naturally, I had heard a lot of the brewery, so when I came across a case of this at the Beer Yard, I couldn't pass it up. At any rate...pours a beautiful dark opaque brown with rusty highlights around the edges. Super soft, light brown head that has a wonderful thickness to it. Looks like something I'd want to put on top of some chocolate cake. Smells immediately like I'm in a backwoods hop patch. And, unfortunately, I hate to be cliche, but it does smell like Christmas. Super, smooth creamy mouthfeel transports a huge delivery of roasty, chocolatey, caramel malt into the palate. Not too far behind is the surprising hop presence. Very hoppy for a porter. I even has a bit of that stringent porter character, which I'm not always a fan of, but its pulled off with perfection here. I'm assuming its the other flavors that balancecd it. The beer finishes with a nice dry touch and a lingering aftertaste of dry, dark cocoa powder. Man, this stuff is just amazing, its unlike any other porter I've had.

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas 2006 release

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown (nearly black) color. One finger, creamy brown head which left very light lacing.

Smell: Rich coffee and chocolate aromas. There's also hints of toasted nuts, toffee, and molasses.

Taste: Initial taste is coffee and toasted nuts. Chocolate flavors are definitely present. There's also a nice, malty flavor to it. Alcohol is nicely blended.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a very good, smooth beer. I'd probably be hard pressed to drink more than one bomber, but two might be possible. Overall, very nice offering from Three Floyds. Highly recommended.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no date. Pours a black color, nearly opaque except for a slight caramel glow at the base when held to the light. The beigh head didn't firm up all that much, but showed decent retention and left a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is toasty and nutty, hints of chocolate, toffee, and some tree bark.The flavor follows, with a strong carob and grainy coffee finish. It improved greatly as it warmed, more subtle and nuanced.

The mouth is medium bodied, rather light compared to some porters. It deomonstrates solid complexity, lighter and cherry-like on the tip of the tongue, then dries nicely on the luscious finish. A tip o' the cap sirs.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber and poured into a large mug. Dark murky brown coloration topped by a burgeoning tan head that threatened to break flood stage before settling back down to a thick lathery cap. Great lace.
Nose had a strong espresso note dotted with chocolate and nuts. Hops resins cruised around the edges letting it be known the hops were there in force.
Tasted slickly hoppy at the outset. Coffee essence rolled up and laid out on the tongue. Had a dark chocolate covered espresso bean taste. Hazelnut and faint peat flavors linger as each sip crested mid-palate before fading on the finish. Hope resins remain after each sip departs, something I can always count on with a Three Floyds brew. The feel was hearty and full, very nice.
Mmm, mmm, Alpha Claus XMas Porter is one tasty porter! Dinkability borders on ridiculous. Check the BeerSpy for where I found it; there were still a few left as of this past Sunday.

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

Poured this big beer from bottle to tumbler at 48 degrees. BE CAREFUL with this beer. It has like pepsi amounts of carbination in it. Poured a mountain oh head, big lumpy brown biscuit head. I actually floated a potato chip on top of it. Smell oozing from this mass of foam was nutty and sweet. Taste was also nutty with big amounts of roasted coffee and a little peaty. I thought the carbination was a little over the top but all in all it is a fine porter. maybe a little heavy for a porter though. I would call it a stout. i will buy again.

Photo of oakbluff
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade with Viggo. Thanks man!! This is a beer with a lot going on. Holy crap! Unbelievable hop nose to this beer- just like an IPA. Not what I expected for a porter. I can also smell chocolate and a little smoke. Decent initial head that fades away quickly. Color is dark rich porter. First sip is of oily hops with a chocolate background. This is as oily as some of the larger barelywines I’ve had. That’s a real feat for a 7.5% porter! Even though there’s a shitload of hops here- they are not out of place. NOt overly astringent, just a flavourable balance with the sweetness of the malt. The malt is very rich and reminds me somewhat of a impy stout moreso than a traditional porter. no matter- it is delicious. At first I thought this would be a real slow sipper, but I really gained speed plowing through this treat. First rate brew- hope to try again one day.

Photo of wingman14
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice blackish color with brown highlights and a light tan head that fades quickly. It smells both hoppy and malty, with some sweet notes. The taste starts hoppy and malty with the sweet up front. The balance in flavor is great, giving you everything you want from the dark beer characteristics, but also satisfying the hops that I crave. The finish is hoppy with the bitter following in the aftertaste begging for another sip. A delicious beer, with a great balance in flavor and mouthfeel. This one has a lighter body for a dark beer, but still has great powerful flavor and a great balance. This one is not the easiest to drink, but great for those that love flavor. Enjoy!

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

Nice brown frothy head that clings fairly well. Stays for a while.

Smells like an ipa with some chocolate malting. Very strong hoppy smell.

Taste is hoppy and has a nice chocolate malty backbone. It tastes like an IPA had sex with a porter and this was the offspring. Complexities are there with the malting. Some caramel malting too. Has a hint of minty flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice. Malts cling well and aren't too thick.

Drinkability is awesome. This is one hell of a beer and it's hard to put down (as in stop drinking)

Photo of Budlum
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer produces a mountain of dense, tan head that requires a very careful pour. Head rentention is excellent. The body is very black but has quite a few shades of red. This is an excellent looking porter.

Rich espresso and chocolate aromas immediately fill the nostrils when sniffing this beer. The strong coffee aromas eventually present brief bitterness before a very pleasant hop smell. Simply put, this is the way a porter should smell.

Oddly, very strong hops start this beer off prickling the tongue and providing more bitterness than expected. Long afterwards, the rich flavors typical to a porter close in. Rich chocolate, a strong earth presence and a faint caramel-flavored coffee tastes provide a long finish. This porter is definitely unique in presentation.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, presents a nice viscous feel and leaves a healthy coating behind after each sip.

Drinkability is good but this beer requires some concentration to fully enjoy. It is very flavorful but almost too heavy to drink in large quantities.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle.

Smell - When first poured, I could smell a great grapefruit scent, that dissipates as it sits in the glass. The strongest scents are chocolate and some coffee.

Appearance - A very deep dark brown and clear mahogany color. It had about 1/4 inch of tan head that really sticks to the glass (lots of belgian lace).

Taste - Very complex and well-balanced. The taste was predominantly chocolate, but there are also lemon, coffee, and raisin flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium bod with a mildly bitter finish.

Drinkability - Wonderful. I could drink a lot of this (I wish I had more.) I bet it would be tasty if aged with cherries.

Photo of chuckm
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer just a little more hops than I expected from a porter. One that carrys a well hidden kick while being drank, color looked right for a porter but both flavor and mouthfeel seemed off from what I expect. Maybe the flaw is in the reviewer but not one of the FFF I'll buy again.

Photo of cabsandking
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with just a glimpse of ruby highlights. Tan head starts big but reduces to some spotty lacing. Nice depth in the nose...smoked aromas, roasted coffee and fresh spicy hop character. Super velvety smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. Tastes are of dark chocolate, roasted malts, strong espresso tones, dry chariness, and balanced excellently balanced by a hefty amount of hops providing mostly esters and bittering character. The hops fruity notes are sweet and sour at times giving this a well rounded profile. Towards the end buttery caramel and spearmint notes are clearer. Some alcohol burn slips through but no way considered unenjoyable. The finish is much of the taste coming through with a higher dry, tart character. Coffee and chocolate notes coming through in a big way here and I might even suggest this as breakfast beer.

Photo of beerphan
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber -> imperial pint

Pours black with a generous crusty tan head. Cliffed lace hangs in chunks all over the glass. By the time i pour for the third time the lace has become solid from top to bottom and crusty thick.

Nose: Roasted chocolate malts dance mildly behind a wall of oily pine hops. CLassic FFF nose.

Taste: Piney hops, with thick roasted chocolate malt backbone, coffee, caramels, and burnt coffee. Roastedness last through the bitter herbal finish to leave the mouth dry with a roasted sweetness.

Mouth is chewy, full and smokey dry.

Drinkability is high, each sip brings something different. I wanted to savor this but it went down quick. An interesting porter that certainly is not normal. Glad I got a chance to try.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber

A - Pours a solid black with a thin tan head and the slightest touch of small spotty lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee and huge piney hops. Wonderful aroma.

T - Chocolate, slightly burnt coffee, sweet sugar, piney hops. Sweet but bitter at the same time. Not necesarily balanced but a nice combination.

M - Medium bodied and lightly carbonated to create a creamy moutfeel.

D - A straight forward beer that is truly enjoyable. A nice 3 Floyds twist on the porter style.

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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. The liquid is dark, almost black with nice carbonation. The head is almost two fingers, a very velvety creamy brown and it fades to a nice lace. I great looking brew.

The smell is bitter and slightly burnt chocolate malt.

The taste is bitter chocolate with some interesting sweet note as well. The light burnt taste surfaces but does not linger long. The brew is rich and delicious.

The mouthfeel is good but perhaps a bit thinner than I expected.

The drinkability is very good. This brew is good but also growing on me.

Many thanks to Mac300 for a truly great trade for this brew..Prosit MK

Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,950 ratings.