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

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Ratings: 1,951
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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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown black with garnet highlights and a frothy tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Roast malt, espresso, and chocolate dominate the aroma initially. Earthy hops, pine, muted grapefruit, and roast malt fruitiness form the aroma.

Flavor reveals a huge pine base, with roast malt at the backbone, dating to onion and coffee at the finish. Floral hops and muted citrus add complexity. Chocolate surfaces late to balance the toast and coffee. The pine cone flavor harkens memories of cinnamon and Christmas spices, turning minty and slightly bitter at the finish.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate to low carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Interesting combo of less-popular hops and chocolate/malt/coffee roast. The mint and pine notes really hit home on a nice porter base to make this a non-traditional seasonal. The bitterness is just a touch too much for me.

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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with barely any light getting through. It has a fluffy khaki head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and retention. Smells like chocolate and Pine-Sol. The aromas are full of dark chocolate and lots of citrus. Lots of lemon and pine needles in the mix. Subtle malt notes. The flavors are pretty bitter. Huge hop presence. Tons of lemon zest and hints of grapefruit rind. Lots of chocolate. Some roasted malts in the mix. There's a nice amount of pine needles and pine resin. Drinks more like a Black IPA than it does a porter. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied, but feels like it could be on the lighter side of full-bodied. Active carbonation and smooth and fluffy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's easy and fun to drink.

Once again, this is more of a Black IPA to me. It does have a ton of chocolate notes though. This beer is always a delight during the winter. Well crafted.

This is very similar to Avery New World Porter.. just saying..

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stout glass. Pours an opaque black with two fingers of creamy tan head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves decent lacing. Had aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and bold citrus. Taste is very roasty with big citrus in the middle. Some dark chocolate begins the finish, but orange peel lingers for a long while. Drinks really big for the ABV, it's a slow sipper through and through.

Overall: Very hoppy and big for a porter, and I wouldn't expect anything less from FFF. This is one of the best FFF beers, and that puts it pretty high up there in the market place.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.