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

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

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Reviews: 728
Hads: 2,040
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 274
Gots: 331 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

Alpha King’s festive cousin. A big American Christmas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar and of course, tons of strange American hops. Cheers!

38 IBU
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Reviews: 728 | Hads: 2,040
Photo of carln26
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured form the bottle a dark brown to black with some ruby highlights, and a dense, tan head that stuck around for ages, and left a clumpy lace on the side of the glass. The nose is an explosion of grapefruit hop along with espresso and chocolate, just a hint of toffee on the finish. The taste? WOW. This is a porter. More grapefruit and orange right up front. The espresso and chocolate are a bit muted in the flavor. There is a touch of dark roasted malt on the finish. Man is this beer a hop bomb. Thick, wonderfully rich mouth feel. Great drinkability, no real heat from the alcohol. Merry Christmas 3 Floyds!

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Photo of stewart124
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle aged a year
Right when I opened this I could smell the hops!
Pours a very dark reddish brown with a foamy thick tan head. Lingering head.
Smells of strong high octane hops and an underlying malt presence. Everything is maksed by the hops though.
The first thing that comes to mind for taste is the body. Very smooth and rich. Hoppy and delicious. Malts hit the palate more towards the end of the hop bite. Dark tasty malts in the aftertaste that stay with you. There is a spice to this beer but mainly I taste hops and roasted malts. Complex beer and it is a great one. Merry Christmas Alpha Klaus!

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Photo of cubedbee
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no date, but I know it's 2005. Poured into an imperial pint, dark opaque black with a slight reddish hue, 3 fingers of light brown head, good retention, nice lacing. Smell is very very hoppy for a porter, somewhat piney, some nice dark chocolate and roasted coffee lingering. Taste is more of the same, a wonderful rich chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, all overlaid with a strong hop taste. Mouthfeel is full and rich and creamy. Very very nice porter, I love the hops, great seasonal.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, Sams-suburban chicago, a whopping $8.99 bomber

popped to celebrate bears and giants W's

appearance: wicked awesome bottle, as usual from FFF. Pours a silky dark, almost black, color. creamy chocolate brown head forms with nice lacing...some ruby highlighting

smell: dark and robust chocolate, characteristic of fresh hopppiness always found in 3F brews. roasty and creamy, some light toffee, coffee bean, cocoa poweder

taste: silky smooth and delicious, fresh and clean hoppiness, milk chocolatey. full flavored, some dark fruitage, raisin, toffee. Quite hoppy for a porter, very enjoyable

mouthfeel: silky smooth, quite nice

drinkability: very very drinkable

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Photo of Maestro
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this gem with dessert on Thanksgiving. The beer poured a dark brown with hints of red. The head was tan and well-represented, leaving a nice head on the glass. The smell was full of chocolate and Pacific Northwest Hops. Taste was reminiscent of many good porters I have sampled in the past. The alcohol was high but very unnoticeable. I could have drank more of this beer. Find a bomber and enjoy!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 3 Floyds bomber. Looked dark and thick, had the trademark 3 Floyds smell (maybe they use the same hops in many of their beers?). Really good taste too.

I don't try too many porters, I guess I never got into them all that much. But this one was good. I'll have it again in the future, especially if I can find it in smaller bottles.

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Photo of jlh8643
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the brew pub. Very dark with slight ruby tinge around the edges and a tight tan head that sits on top leaving good lace down the glass. The aroma gives you a ton of pine with hints of cocoa and chocolate and dark roasted malt. The pine hops lead initially but the dark malts take over with the malty sweetness and taste of molasses coming from the mexican sugar. The beer finishes somewhat dry with hops again bringing up the rear. Another great beer for the holidays from 3F's

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Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown, red visible on the sides, big tan head forms, nice sticky lace. Smell is coffee/chocolate, roast, then big pine and grapefruit hope blasts. Taste is chocolate, coffee and caramel, with a super resinous piney finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation. True 3F interpretation, my only complaint is that by the end of the glass the hops have killed taste buds enough to weaken the roasty flavour, but other than that spectacular.

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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 45F Serving Glass: Mug

Aroma: Piney, earthy smell is pretty assertive at first, with bits of subdued toasty malts & sweetness coming through near the end. The pine smell is obviously the dominant aroma in this one, but not overdone, and more reminiscent of a fresh cut tree in your house rather than fresh growth right in your face.

Appearance: Deep, deep opaque brown. Almost black. An aggressive pour results in an average sized head that hangs on to a thin film after a few minutes, dark tan in color. Great lacing.

Taste: The hops are still very present in the taste, contributing that same earthy pine smell, but is more balanced here than in the aroma. A good amount of sweetness makes itself known almost immediately, and finishes out with a bitterness that fades ti the original pine. Very cool.

Mouthfeel: Modest carbonation & full body make this a very creamy smooth beer. Finish is rather dry and begs you to take another sip.

Drinkability: This would be a great porter for any occasion, but it is especially well suited for the Christmas season with it's unique piney characteristic. I was expecting something a little more adventuresome form FFFs, but this still doesn't dissapoint. I'll be curious to see how a few hold up over the next couple holiday seasons.

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Photo of jakester
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bomber at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours an almost opaque ruby/garnet with brown tints and a two finger head of tan foam. Head eventually falls to islands and a ring, with fantastic lacing throughout the drink.

Aroma is a very complex combination of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, really spicy pine sap, dark fruits like prunes or dates, and big dark bread notes.

Flavor is this huge chocolatey pine needles, on the sweet side, with a fairly big hop bitterness to back it up. Fruits like gin soaked raisins and dates come through. Aftertaste is sweet chocolate, pine sap, and a slightly drying roastiness. Delicious beer!

Mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy, with soft carbonation.There is a nice bite on the tongue from bitterness, and the lips stick together from lingering sweetness. Finish is sweet, very slightly astringent from roasted malts, and slightly warm from alcohol.

This is an absolutely delicious beer, and as a holiday beer, it's perfect. Deep dark chocolate, spicy pine hops, luxurious mouthfeel, and a nice alcohol kick to boot. I need more!

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Klaus big bottle served in a large crystal snifter.

Nice color. Quite dark with ruby-red undertones. Little to no head achieved on the pour, however this beer exhibits a nice sticky, chunky lacing when swirled.

Chocolate and enticing malt aromas drift up from the glass. Other olfactory components include spicy hops, mild molasses and a hint of alcohol.

This beer measures up to it's malty aromatics with a good solid mouthfeel. It is full without being thick. The taste is enjoyable. A nice and smooth maltiness at the front with plenty of hop character to balance it out. This beer is super smooth while showcasing moderate flavors throughout before reaching a dry finish.

Chocolate, molasses, spicy hops like a mixture of sage and ground thyme and a smokiness fill out the taste.

This beer is incredibly drinkable for the style. It has lots of flavor without being overwhelming and it doesn't sit too heavily on the stomach. While its price-point and ABV deny it session beer status, it certainly drinks like one.

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

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

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

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

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

Very drinkable.

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

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

presentation: 22oz. bomber with a huge oval in the center of the label. red oval with green text says three floyds alpha klaus xmas ale. within the center of the oval is the alpha king with a santa hat. three floyds logo at the bottom of the oval. winter/christmas graphics in the corners of the label. their description of their xmas porter is on the right of the label above a map to the brewery. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: nice dark brown, almost black, with dark brown highlights along the edges in a snifter glass. pours a nice one inch light tan head that has good retention and laces well.

smell: floral and lightly grassy hop aromas and lightly chocolatey. sweet bread and estery. nice balance in aromas from hops to malts.

taste: chocolatey with some coffee flavors. mostly malty, but a balancing hop bitterness underlies and lasts through the finish. molasses and a little tannic. finishes bitter-sweet. very nice sweet chocolate as the brew warms.

mouthfeel: very smooth light-medium body. good carbonation and rolls around smoothly. good for the style, but i wish it were a little thicker. a tad resinous. smooths out even more as the beer warms.

drinkability: this is a nice sipper. goes down super easy, but you don't want to drink this fast. alcohol is there, but not overwhelming. very tasty and super smooth.

overall: this is just an excellent porter. i recommend drinkin' this just a tad below room temperature as this made all the difference in the world. very tasty and excellent mouthfeel.

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

After being poured into a tulip, a slight tan head sits atop an extremely brown body. The nose is way tamed from Xmas time. Dark chocolate and coffee are the dominant smells. The piney hops are there, but they are slight.

The taste is much improved from when this was fresh. The piney citrusy hops have left the stage, but not the building. Bitter, burnt, coffee flavors come first followed by chocolate. The hops show themselves at the end of the taste experience. Citrus and pine flavors, followed by a ripe fruitiness that I expect will show itself more with age.

The mouthfeel is thick, which is something that far too many Porters are missing, IMO. Drinkability is good, but 1 bomber is enough. I do prefer this fresh, but less than a year of age has done wonders for this one.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Following its emancipation from a 22oz bomber, this porter sits heavy in my snifter and kicks up a frothy light brown head. Opaque onyx is the color, ambrosial is the aroma. A thick roasted chocolately coffee smell coexists simultaneously with citrous and piney hops. An interesting combination that is not used enough, in my opinion. Alcohol is present in the nose as well. Flavor begins with large malts and roasted grain. Bitter chocolate blends with coffee in a big dark way, reminiscent of a stout. A crescendo of hops begins in the middle, beginning subtly and finishing the flavor with bitter, drying citrous. Roasted grain continues in the finish, but is dominated by an onslaught of prickly hops. Mouthfeel is thick (for the style) and very full, with some hop bite and medium-low carbonation. An intense, complex, enjoyable and very drinkable porter. Why do Three Floyds kick so much ass? I don't know, but I'll stay satisfied as long as I'm supplied with these unique and well-hopped takes on familiar styles.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: Dark coffee coloration with a very nice toffee colored head.

Smell: Very floral smelling nice combination of coffee, chocolate and malty smokyness.

Taste: Very clean and tasty malty-coffee spicy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very clean with no after taste.

Drinkability: I could drink this one all day. As previously stated it has a very clean taste and a great smell to it. I wish I had brought more home with me.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IrishMike for this one....Xmas in August it is.
Pours an extremely dark black w/ a full finger of light brown head w/ a gentle pour....decent amount of lacing.
Smells real good...amaretto, some espresso and a hefty dose of dark chocolate.
Taste is more of the same and then add in a decent amount of bitter hops...will have to find this one fresh to compare. No alcohol detected until the very last few sips.
Mouthfeel is quite thick, but not cloying...carbonation is nice and the finish is very clean.
Another great offering from 3F...could enjoy this one all evening if only I had more.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of footbalm.
Pours a deep brown, almost black, with ruby hues. Head is small, tan and doesn't stick around for long. Lacing, however, is quite nice as is the collar.
Smell is warm spiciness (cinnamon), roasted malt, chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Some hops noticable in aroma, not much alcohol (not any actually)
Taste is rich, toasty and full of roasted malt goodness. Cinnamon is present as well, but just a hint. Hops come on in full force, but are not out of balance with the rest of the malty natured brew. Chocolate and a bit of coffee round this one out. Slight warming as this goes down.
Mouthfeel is full and very very good. Smooth while not being cloying and just enough balance to make it very very drinkable.
Overall, a great beer. I've yet to disappointed with anything I've tryed from 3F, and I didn't have any doub that this one would continue the trend. Of course, it does.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This reminds me of Perkuno's Hammer, because it's a big porter and it kicks ass. My apologies to whomever sent me this treasure...it was late last year and I've since forgotten (remind me please! so I can thank you). I forgot about it for about 6 months, and it still has a nice hop bite to it. 22 oz. bomber pours into my imperial pint as nearly black, with the faintest crimson highlight; nice thick tan head that retains well.

It's Christmas in July. The aroma of this beauty sends me back to sipping Bailey's in December around the tree with my parents; that is to say, quite piney... with notes of dark chocolate, black licorice, and a crisp pungent hop nose. Chocolate flavor and rich dark malts initiate the palate, leading to a slightly resinous herbal hop finish, which is not nearly as bitter as the aroma might suggest. Quite balanced. Mild alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is velvety and near perfect, with just a tingle of dry carbonation in the finish. I'd love a fresh sample this holiday season, as this is a real treat. Maybe 3F will start to send this to PA? Please?

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Photo of far333
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Eggplant black with a thick, tightly bubbled head that rises barely over the top of the liquid, and leaves a thin cap atop, with foamy legs rising up the sides.

Interesting aroma, intially hoppy and then roasty malt. A unique combination, but it works. Flavor is hops upfront, a mixture of citrus and pine, followed by strong clove and chewy spruce tips, with some raisin and cherry. The typical roasted malt porter flavor is subdued, and the ABV is well-hidden. Tangy finish with a cocoa linger.

Great example of what I consider to be perfect mouthfeel - smooth and even, a little creamy. Slight carbonation tingle, but it doesn't mask any flavors. Pretty drinkable, but I may not be able to get through more than 5 or 6 bombers in a sitting due to the rich flavor and ABV.

Another top beer from a top BA - BuckeyeNation has hooked me up again. Thanks.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber into a dimple pint. The color is virtually black (I even used my cell phone to check ;) ) with a very good bubbly beige head. The beer smells like actual hop pellets which on another sniff has a strong porterish roastiness to it and just a touch of sweetness. The taste is about as hoppy as I'd expect from 3F, with a very strong high-alpha, citrusy hopping, and then once the initial hop wears off the actual porter flavor comes through, with a nice roastiness in the beer and a chocolate sweetness; the flavors meld together very well in some odd way. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and chewy. As for drinkability, this would be one I'd love to have tons of come next winter!!

It's sure not normal...but it IS indeed tasty!! This has definitely catapulted up to amongst my favorite Christmas beers, and while it was slightly more hoppy when we had it in January, now it's mellowed out to a nice balance. As nice and piney a beer as I've had and one I will look for this holiday season.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a huge fan of this brew. I want to see how I compare to before. It pours an incredibly dark brown to black color with a small head that falls to a moderate broken head over top. The nose is divine. Brilliant hop aroma, along with a big chocolate and moderate coffee, but not bitter. Very well blended flavors on this beer as well. The hop is mostly aroma and flavor. Not a lot of bittering. I get a blast of chocolate and a nice hop flavor, but not bitter. Very very good. The feel is a light thick to heavy moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. This beer is awesome. Everything works so well together. I'll alwyas grab this beer when it comes out. So good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with an above medium dark foamy head with good retention. Aroma of pine is really non-expected but enjoyable nonetheless when mix with roasted malt. I couldn’t really detect any chocolate or coffee, which I would have expected. Taste is dominated by the pines and IMHO doesn’t leave enough places for roasted malt and bitterness. I guess I’m kind of surprise this is rated so highly since it seems to be liking character and I must say that I’ve had much better beer from 3 Floyds.

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

Appearance – This porter came out very, very dark in color with a beautiful white head.

Smell – The malts here are dark and roasty. There are some light coffee ground notes here along with some rather aggressive, leafy hops.

Taste – The hops really come out at the taste. They are big for a porter, even an American-style one. The coffee flavor is mild but well represented. There’s a milky sweetness to this flavor profile as well that makes it a complex, very interesting beer.

Mouthfeel – This AP is medium-bodied with some good, gritty bitterness that works well with the creamy milky sweetness.

Drinkability – This is a very balanced, good-drinking porter that went down way too well.

Comments – Big thanks to my BA bro BuckeyeNation for hooking me up with this classic Three Floyds offering.

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Photo of granger10
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, smooth full bodied pour with reddish purple tinges around the edges. A huge tan head comes in and holds until I'm done. Ridiculous amounts of sticky lacing. I love it! Smells like I walked into a coffee shop and then put a hop plant up my nose. It works well! Very nice mixture of the two along with some sweet chocolate on top. Taste has a concentrated espresso shot, not really roasted at all, but still intense. Dark, lucious chocolates dominate the malts. A little charcoal in there underneath. Full green hop plants come in the finish. There's a creaminess in there as well but I really get it at the end. This beer went down way, way too smooth. Too good. It's a shame we can't get it here in Michigan and the price also makes it a shame but its still worth it for a treat every once in awhile.

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