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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: 722
Hads: 2,023
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 269
Gots: 320 | FT: 18
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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Photo of vrbulldog22
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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."

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another selection from my Three Floyds monthly beer sampling: Alpha Klaus. And I must say, it’s been too long; if I’d had it my way, I’d have had this beer on the first of the month. Still, I’m lucky enough to be trying it, so I’m grateful. Here’s to the beginning of the holiday season!

A: A smooth, shining black body; looks dark yet lively, perfect for the weather. A testament to how foam should develop, the head on this boasts a hearty three-fingered brown cream on first pour. It condenses to a silky dark tan silk, with a trail of thick, textbook lacing in its wake. Retention is slight, but it’s the only thing keeping this one from a perfect look.

S: An odd array of aromas: in the beginning, for instance, I’m getting a big whiff of chocolate malts, coffee, and pumpkin pie spice, but not without a thick anise/medicinal scent. It reminds me a bit of Stone’s 15th Anniversary Black IPA, which had a stomach-churning nose I really didn’t like. In this case, though, it’s just a fleeting moment that’s overtaken by a rich aroma of dark chocolate and even more holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, candied fruits, and other strange potpourri). Rounding it out is a very piney hop bitterness, which blends quite well with the semi-sweet chocolate. Quite a complex nose, but with a strong foundation of rich chocolate.

T: Not as strong as the nose let on, but with just as much chocolate: the palate warms up with a taste of gooey chocolate brownies and chocolate-covered almonds. It’s fudgy and delicious, but more on the bittersweet/pure cocoa side to pump up the hops as they climb toward the front. Believe me, though, these powerful pines need no help to be noticed, seeing as their tart presence instantly takes command; the chocolate, though, does seem to soothe the beast. Instead of overpowering blasts of style-busting pines, they move more into the realm of earthy cocoa powder. Bitter, though in a complex way. After, loveably fresh flowers provide a smooth leafy foundation for a few flavors of herbs and Christmas spice. Finish is dry and roasty – still pretty earthy.

M: Light and watery, like an English Porter, though not without its American prickliness. Not mouthcoating or anything else: overall, the feel is pretty much 50/50 of just those first two textures.

O: This is good beer, though not my favorite combination of flavors. It’s a big chocolate dream, powered by a bitter sting of pine-cone hops, which are two elements that are right up my alley. But, while these flavors have some great moments, I don’t think this beer will ever be one of my favorites. Pick one up, though; it’s pretty tasty!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Miller's Pub, Chicago, IL

Poured a murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that retained well and left some sticky lace on the glass. Smooth toasty caramel malts in the aroma, complimented by big piney hops and a chocolatey essence. The taste followed the aroma, with lots of caramel, chocolate, pine, with notes of cinnamon and brown sugar. Smooth and satisfying, medium-almost-full-bodied, and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of Duffman929
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle

A: Dark brown color by pour and has a tan colored head that is pretty prominent. Carries a nice, thick lace during the drink.

S: Roasted malts and hoppy/bitter. Coffee maybe?

T: Malted porter nature but has a bitter flavor at the end. Has a piney quality that wasn't expected. No real aftertaste that holds. Kind of light.

M: Thicker feel during the drink. Sweet, hoppy.

Overall, I enjoyed this porter. Much hoppier than most that I have had recently, so it was a good change of pace. I will look forward to having again next year, but I won't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened by someone generous at a recent tasting.

A: Pours a raisin brown with a finger of dark foam that faded into a thin collar of a head.
S: Sweet smelling with a bit of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits.
T: Dark fruits dominate. I get flavors of nuts, chocolate, cinnamon, and leather in the aftertaste with a bit of smoke as well.
M: Medium-thin body, low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth. The alcohol is barely noticeable but not super distracting.
O: Solid porter for sure. Great sweetness and balance. I can’t wait to try this again.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ybnorml for this one. I forgot I had it, sat around for about 7 months.

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head which lasts for quite awhile, very nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of slight sweet malts, slight vanilla, and coffee/caramel. The taste follows the nose pretty much, their is a nice bitter finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice offering from 3Fs.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: solid black with hue of dark brown/mahogany, trace head evident. good lacing occurred.

S: coffee, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate, malt.

T: sweet chocolate and malt up front with hint of roasted nuts and bitter in the finish.

M: medium body, very smooth pour and drink. a little more carbonation than I like in my porters, but the flavors make up for it.

D: Quite good. Not my favorite porter, but a good one and nice offering by Three Floyds; give it a spin.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 22 oz bottle into my rochefort chalice.

This beer pours black with about 2 fingers of medium tan head. The retention is really good as it takes about 5 minutes to go down completely. As it falls there a nice chunks and lots of soapy lacing that covers all sides of the glass.

The aroma is very very strong. It smells like smoke which is amazing to me, never smelled that in anything other than a rauch. There are also some notes of oak and coffee.

The taste is also wood/smoke that is quite intriguing. I would have thought this was a smoked porter. There are small hints of hops and coffee.

The beer is very heavy on the palate but limited in drinkability.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - This is a beautiful pour, dark, almost black, topped with a lovely head with persistence and complex latticing.

S - The nose gave me the first sign that I was in for something different. The hops were forward, with only hints of the chocolate, roast and malt I expect from a porter.

T - Confirming what my nose had told me, the initial flavors of coffee quickly gave way to a strong citrus and pine smack of hoppiness. The finish was strong and bitter, and that dry, biting flavor held long after I finished. Not unpleasant, but a more powerfully hopped brew than I anticipated.

M - Moderate carbonation and a fairly thin consistency. No motor oil, to be sure. Strong drying sensation on the back-end.

O - If you are looking for the kind of friendly spice and roasted goodness you might expect from an Xmas Porter, you will not find it here. Not that that is a bad thing. This beer was extraordinary. I would not have expected the citrus to live so well with the roasted notes. Unfortunately, I think the hops is a touch out of balance, eclipsing some of the other notes.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with some lighter brown around the edges - pours with a medium brown head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Dark, cooked, roasty malts and some hops - not the freshest bottle of this, but there are definitely some hops here, leafy and kind of herbal - some dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, semisweet chocolate - some roast and lightly burnt malts - some sweetness and what smells like some spices

Taste: Dark chocolate and some general spiciness - dark chocolate, chocolate malts, some baker's chocolate - some roasty, burnt bitterness, as well as some leafy, herbal, piney bitterness from the hops - some hints of dark fruits and some caramelized sweetness, but finishes dry

Mouthfeel: Medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes very dry with some cinnamon-like spice

Overall: Maybe a beta klaus

This is definitely a nice porter, but the combination of roast and hoppiness could be a little better. Definitely good, but not the best from Three Floyds (which isn't much of a criticism).

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Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by some kind BA at the BA gathering at GI.

A - Deep brown, almost black, with a tan head that left a nice bit of lacing on the sides. Somehow the browner color gives it a more interesting look than just plain black.

S - Pretty sweet. Sugar and coffee and chocolate with a little bit of fruity note.

T - Somewhat roasty, with chocolate notes and surprising sweet fruit flavor. I was not expecting this to be as sweet as it was, but perhaps because it is a Christmas porter, it is a little sweeter than normal.

M - Smooth, creamy, light carbonation.

D - Pretty solid, although it feels bigger than it's 6%, which is good or bad depending on if you want to feel drunk or if you want something to placate your need for beer but not mess you up. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a nice roasty porter, with a decent tan head.

The nose gives you a huge grapefruit smell, not unexpected from these guys. The deep malt backbone holds up well and makes it a very well made Imperial type porter. Not a lot of ocmplexity, just a good drinking porter.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel, thinner than expected. Drinks well overall an nice try here.

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Photo of YankChef
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into uk size pint

appearance: deep dark black/brown with some light coming through the edges. nice offwhite pillowy head that makes some nice lacing

smell: subtle hints of chocolate, also some spice like peppercorn and maybe a little vanilla

Taste: Lots of hops for the style, taste is complex and malty with pretty prominent bitterness akin to the peppercorns. Espresso type bitterness, srved pretty warm its all coming right out at me.

overall: a bit hoppy i thought, with another 3-6 months on it i bet this one is really nice but that kind defeats the point. I have been a little un-impressed with FFF to be honest

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Photo of chaz01
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle that's been aged in cellar for at least a year, poured into a snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, black, with a tannish brown head. Beer is very dark, thick and opaque.

S: Roasted malt flavors including some chocolate flavors.

T: Semi-sweet taste of cocoa initially, followed by a little bit of a cocoa-mint taste. Finishes with more cocoa flavors and just a little hint of roasted coffee.

M: Creamy mouthfeel reminds me of chocolate milk, just enough carbonation.

D: Nice sipping beer on a cold winter night. Very smooth and easily drinkable at 6%.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer shared by azagthoth in his fridge clearing event yesterday. 22oz bottle.

Pours very dark brown, real small tan head, no lacing, not much retention but I guess the lack of head is forgiveable given the style.

Aroma is of roast, chocolate, and alcohol in that order. Didn't detect much hops in the nose(certainly not like the other reviews would suggest), just a little hint of some citrus. Smells more like a stout.

Flavor is more of a sweet porter. Some brown ale flavors coming out, ie nuttiness. Not much roast or bitterness, some booze and chocolate flavors make things interesting. Possibly a hint of spiciness but that could be hops, don't know.

Body is medium, CO2 is ample, the beer warms as you drink it. Not a bad beer over all.

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Photo of jpalarchio
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark but very thin for a porter. Smells almost of pine needles; maybe it's the whole "christmas" thing that has me thinking of pine needles.

I think there is a lot of unfounded hype around this one. It's good but like most FFF I've had, price per beer is just way too high for what you're getting. One 22oz vs a six-pack of Bell's Porter and I'll take the Bell's hands down.

Pretty drinkable although the 7.5% seems a bit low; this one really hit me.

Good to try, wouldn't be a regular beer I would seek out.

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Photo of jpiper
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at celler temp into 2 snifters.

Dark black with an off-white head which turns quickly into a thin layer.

Coffee is the dominant aroma, with other warm roasted malts, a floral hop note, and a slight sourness.

This turns out to be a somewhat classic, light-bodied, coffee, smokey porter. Not quite as special as I was hoping, but still good. My wife, who knew what was coming next, immediately set it down figuring it wasn't worth the calories. My reaction wasn't nearly that strongly negative - but I like a porter.

Light, with high carbonation. A little mouth-coating, but minor.

Easy drinking, though not terribly interesting.

There are several other porters I'd much rather drink. Somewhat of a letdown.


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Photo of chuckm
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong toffee malt and coffee. The flavor is coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is pretty basic American porter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Erish
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in a nonic pint glass at the FFF brew pub.

A: dark coffee color, goodly cappuccino-colored head with good retention and good lacing.

S: coffee, chocolate, pine and floral hops, oaky malt backbone.

T: so much coffee.... in the front, middle, and finish, also lots of citrus and grassy hop character, the finish has vanilla smokiness and a nicely bitter hop backbone.

M: medium-bodied, creamy to oily, moderate carbonation.

D: very tasty, but the overwhelming coffee flavor was a bit much for me at times. This beer needs a dessert to go with it!

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Photo of grover37
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (for $8.49 from Indiana) poured into two imperial pint glasses.

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly black. Reddish brown around the edges with a cream colored head which shrinks from half an inch to a full, thin but covering layer, of small and medium sized bubbles. This reduces to large patches with a heavy ring around the outside. Not much lacing.

Aroma: I can't believe this beer is only 6%. Huge aromas of bitter chocolate, vanilla, (whisky soaked?) oak, and some pine. This smells like a 10% imperial stout, like Yeti or Left Hand RIS.

Taste: The flavors don't do the aroma justice. A bit more watery than I imagined with some sweet chocolate up front. Earthy hops in the middle with a little bit of bitterness and a hint of the sweet vanilla in the aroma. Roasted barley in the finish along with pine which really sticks around along with a prominent burnt chocolate taste. The roastiness has a bit of a mocha, coffee with cream flavor as well. The finish is enjoyable but the initial flavor is somewhat underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned, a bit thin, but the long-lasting flavors make you forget about it quickly. Medium carbonation, perhaps a bit more than I expected.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink a lot of this. It smells huge but drinks easy. The taste in the finish leaves you craving more.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lookin out on cracking this bottle drew

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some roasty character was present on the nose with chocolate, toffee, brown sugar notes and a little grassy boozy aroma.

T: the chocolate, roasty, and brown sugar flavors blended quite well and were more apparent on the palate with grassy hoppy accents. It also seemed to have a little caramel character as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, grassy, mild hoppy and silky finish.

D: it actually was really easy drinking and was a tasty porter, glad I got to try this brew again; pretty solid.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpha Klaus 2007
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam
S - i'm picking up a nice amount of smoke still and some sweet roasted malts. Very nice still 4 years later.
T - Nice roasted malts, alot of coffee and hints of chocolate. It seems like i'm drinking coffee at some points and an nice roasted porter at other times. Its actually very enjoyable. I am curious what the flavor is fresh if its this good later on.
M - smooth and creamy, with light carbonation. there is a slightly dry finish that makes this very drinkable.
D - I am enjoying this one alot. I wasn't expecting alot from it after this many years..


Alpha Klaus 2008
A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam and nice oily lacing
S - same as the 2007 just a bit stronger, the sweetness seems a bit more intense and the roastedness
T - The taste is where this one seems to lack compared to the years prior. The coffee and chocolate seem a bit more muted along with a thinner watery feel. There is a slight roasty bitterness in the finish.
M - light-medium bodied but I don't think its meant to be that way. light carbonation.
D - I'm disappointed with this one. I find it to be quite different from the previous years.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a jet black color, forms a nice finger and a half of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Really good head potential and retention, nice, solid lacing is left on the walls of the glass.
S - 3 - Middle of the road here. There is a decent amount of malts and cocoa, but the hops seem a bit overdone in the aroma.
T - 4 - Very unique, never had a porter quite like it. There is a quite large bite of carbonation upfront I'm not too keen on, but this fades into bittersweet chocolate, cocoa nibs, malts, and strangely enough, there is a very distinct nuttiness, quite savory ones. Straight boiled peanuts mix with a hoppy ending in a way that sounds strange in text but works very well. Make no mistake though, this beer is very much savory and not too sweet.
F - 4.25 - Nice thick mouthfeel.
O - 4.25 - A very unique and good porter. Is unlike any other I've tasted and is recommended to fans of the style looking for something a little different from the beaten path.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.